WA Folk Acoustic Music
and Dance Calendar

Thanks to those who contribute information for this calendar.
This calendar is once again supported by the WA Folk Federation
So if you want to help keep Acoustic Music alive in WA
then please consider joining the WA Folk Federation

Help to keep Acoustic music alive and vibrant in WA
by submitting your acoustic event
and passing on the address for this calendar to your friends and associates
If you have a web site please add a link from yours to ours.

This site is edited by
Rob from "The Rambling Bilbies"
and is updated regularly with
with information supplied by event and group organisers
as well as other lovers of acoustic music.

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to allow your prospective patrons a chance to plan their diaries.
The quicker you get it to me the more publicity you get for FREE

To be included in the calendar
See the guidelines and conditions below
All information is correct to the best of my knowledge at time of uploading.

Main Events (and more details of regulars as supplied )
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If you wish your Western Australian event to appear on this calendar email the details to:
In the following format:

Day & Date (eg. Fri 18th July):
Name of performer/concert etc:
Venue:- Short description of show (please keep it to less than 100 words (include door open & start time, cost etc.)
Contact name for info & bookings
Phone:      Email:      Web:     
Your Name for verification purposes (not publication):

I cut and paste from the email body so please don't send attachments,
I can't get text from pics, pdf's are awkward and take extra time
and some attachments can carry nasty things that I don't particularly want on my computer

(generally the emphasis of the calendar is acoustic and/or folk roots based events and news. This covers a wide range of genre such as folk, blues, world music, country, choirs and more. Placement is at the discretion of the webmaster.)
If you send your acoustic gigs to WAAN or any of the other email based gig guides then why not "CC" them to this calandar and your show will be up here within a couple of days and stay 'til the event is past, no waiting for emails to be sent out, it is online 24hr a day 7 days a week for everyone to see.

April 24th (ongoing gigs)
-- Justin Walshe w/ Simon Marks
The Folk Machine kicks off one helluva busy month of shows this Friday at Mojo's uniting all 6 pieces of the rejuvenated Folk Machine for the first time in the history of all times for the fitting occasion of our good friends Galloping Foxleys' EP Launch. The relatively new line-up introduces Duncan Strachan on electric guitar & vocals into the greasy machine with Jason Snook on mandolin & vocals, Justin Castley on double bass, Andy Pearson on Drums and Rhyll Wilson on vocals & percussion.
Look out for The Folk Machine's big ANZAC Day bash at Clancy's in Freo plus a stack of solo shows around the South West with Simon Marks and a daring foray into spoken word at the Northbridge Piazza for Ships in the Night. Details below. www.justinwalshe.com
Friday April 24th - Dowerin Community Club Solo w/ Simon Marks
Saturday April 25th – ANZAC Day Bash @ Clancys Freo The Folk Machine + Galloping Foxleys + Simon Marks + ???!!
Sunday April 26th - Ravenswood Hotel Solo w/ Simon Marks
Wednesday April 29th – Clancy’s Canning Bridge (Solo)

April 24th
-- Los Porcheros and friends
North Fremantle Bowling Club 8 Thompson Rd, North Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia 6159
These lazy city boys (and girl) are getting off their back porch and moseying down to North Freo Bowling Club to bring you a blend of country and folk with some sweet harmonies. They'll be joined by Stu Orchard and Michael Lane & The Revelationship for a stomping night of fine times and good tunes. A mere $10 on the door.

April 25-26
Combining traditional French gypsy songs with swinging originals Spyglass Gypsies bring the bygone days of bohemian Paris into the present with the lyrical sounds of accordion, clarinet and the percussive ‘la pompe’ of gypsy guitars. Energetic and playful, this group are sure to set feet tapping, legs dancing and smiles to the faces of all those who hear them.
Spyglass Gypsies are Richard Ashby and Cameron Jones on Manouche guitars, Loretta Palmeiro on clarinet and soprano saxophone, Andrew Scott on accordion and Shannon Haritos on double bass.
'The French phrase 'joie de vivre' - literally 'joy of living' - is all over this music, infectious and grin-inducing John Hardaker, Orange Press
April 26 - The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth
For more information, promo requests or to arrange an interview please contact: Richard Ashby P: 0450 259 330 E: spyglassgypsies@gmail.com | www.spyglassgypsies.com | www.facebook.com/spyglassgypsies

Sunday April 26th
-- WA Folk Federation Concert
Maylands Yacht Club East Street, Maylands. 2 pm
Tickets $15.00 (WAFF Members $10.00) at the door.
Refreshments Supplied!!!!
The Western Australian Folk Federation present the first in a series of concerts at this beautiful venue by the River.We are Fortunate enough to have four amazing acts.
Twisted Herring - Celtic fiddle music that is guaranteed to knock off socks. This is a new band in Perth that is fast gaining a reputation for making the fiddle shake the rafters. You don’t want to miss them!
The Long Ride Home - Carmel Charlton, an acclaimed WA artist and folk-lorist, is on a national tour performing the story of the pursuit of the Turks to Damascus by the 10th Light Horse Cavalry in 1918. This incredible but true story is based on letters written by Trooper Ned Moriarty. This is likely your unique chance to see her national tour show in Perth.
Pete Byfield - WA’s Wheatbelt is the home of rocks that wave, countless roos, and the romance of our vast homeland. Pete brings the wheatbelt to life with songs bright as sunshine yet poignant as morning dew.
Roham Zare - From the ancient mystical City of Roses comes a young man with a drum. But a drum unlike anything you have heard before. We guarantee you’ll be talking about him for months
For Further info Contact johndralph@Hotmail.com
Or see WWW.wafolk.org.AU (note the new web address)
Also on Facebook - Western Australian Folk Federation.

--Dr Mac and the Bees (Bach, Bartok and Brahms .
A violin and keyboard concert by The Three Centuries Ensemble (David Maconochie and John Beaverstock),
2 pm, Sunday 26 April, Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre, 46 Kalamunda Road, Kalamunda;
tickets $20/$15 at the door or via www.trybooking.com

Saturday 02 May 2015
Doors open at 7pm and Dancing starts at 7.30 to 10.30. Tickets are $25.00 and include tea/coffee, water and biscuits. BYO drinks and supper.
York Town Hall, Avon Terrace, York.
Fiddlestix is a seven piece line-up including caller Greg Hastings, founder of The Mucky Duck Bush Band with Jimmy Nunn (lead guitar/vocals), Maurice Archenoul (guitar/banjo/vocals), Tim Gillett (bass guitar/vocals), John “Froggie” Parkinson (fiddle), Pete Lambert (fiddle/mandolin), and Leigh Carmichael (Percussion). This will be an entertaining night of quality music and dance. The event is a fund-raiser for Heritage month for the York Society(INC), a not-for profit group, to assist with the continuing collection of Western Australian History, particularly related to York and the wheatbelt.

Sunday May 3
-- Gardiner and Masuda
Bar Orient Hotel (39 High Street, Fremantle) at 4:00 pm (doors open at 3:30 pm)
Guitar and piano duets are a rare beast but in the hands of mimi duo (Duncan Gardiner – guitar and Setsu Masuda – piano), the result is breathtaking and beautiful. Gardiner and Masuda each bring their own specialities Their current repertoire features a happy meeting of Japanese and Australian composers. From Japan will be works including an epic and dreamy version of the famous Sakura (Katsuhito Inoue), Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (Ryuichi Sakamoto) and an assortment of Tender Toys (Takashi Yoshimatsu). From Australia will be Nigel Westlake’s otherworldly Jovian Moons and Antarctica Suite and Gardiner’s latest suite for guitar and piano The Rose, the Butterfly, the Bee and the Moth. Gardiner’s work is inspired by words of renowned author, Jane Harrison, and the artwork of celebrated artist, Jo Darvall. The art-book will be on display for the performance.
Tickets: $25/$30 from www.trybooking.com

May 8th
-- WannerooFC
Back to the normal 2nd Friday at Dorchester & Dugdale, Warwick
Barry Skipsey will be the guest performer. Barry hails from Alice Springs and comes to the Club with his show “Performing Songs From The Heart.” Barry speaks to those who live past the city limits. His songs reflect the aspirations and experiences of his life. From following his urge as a younger man to leave the city and discover life at the“ End of the Bitumen “ to the fun and frustration of his own parenthood. They are songs of a contented man, someone who has found their place after much searching. In celebrating the timeless beauty, space, colour and the people of this vast continent, Skipsey reminds us that luck comes to those who take the risk of following their dreams. Barry primarily performs solo accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. He is a deft instrumentalist, a powerful singer and equally engaging as a performer. His music sits in the idiom of contemporary country. Barry’s second and current Solo Album, “ Let Your Spirit Fly” features 14 original songs including the Northern Territories unofficial Anthem, “You’ll Never Never Know, If You Never Never Go”. Recorded in Melbourne and produced by Hugh MacDonald of Redgum fame, it features many outstanding players and a more than satisfying blend of instrumentation. Country Music statesman, Slim Dusty recorded and released two of Barry’s songs, Good Heavens Above and the End of the Bitumen. Plans were underway to run a third song past Slim before the sad loss of this Australian Country Music legend.
This will be another great night so make sure you come along as Barry will not be here again for a long time!!

May 10th
-- THE GREAT RIDE Presentation by Carmel Charlton
In 1918 Palestine, the Australian Light Horse commenced a pursuit of the Turks all the way to Damascus. Carmel will present “The Great Ride” comprising images, songs and dialogue. It is based on a letter written by Carmel’s husband Eric’s great uncle Trooper Ned Moriarty to his sister Alice. The 10th Light Horse Regiment was given the honour of leading the Australian Mounted Division into Damascus where they accepted the surrender of the city. For more information and tour dates see www.carmelcharlton.com
Carmel will present The Great Ride at the following venues:
Sunday 10th May - 2.00pm - Army Museum of Western Australia Artillery Barracks, Burt Street, Fremantle BOOKINGS: 2pm Tickets: $10 Adults, Concession $7 http://www.trybooking.com/
Carmel recently produced a 2 track CD called ANZAC COVE & Farmers Farewell. Paul de Pierres a friend of Carmel's from Yorkrakine and Wyalkatchem days in wheatbelt W.A. asked if she could write some music for two of his poems - Anzac Cove and Farmer’s Farewell. Some years ago Paul traveled to Gallipoli and attended the Anzac Day Service. He noticed many backpackers and was impressed by their spirit of reverence towards the diggers who served there in WW1. The CD can be purchased from www.carmelcharlton.com or Anzac Cove single from www.cdbaby.com/cd/carmelcharlton6

11 May
-- Supperclub
I am delighted to confirm that one of the hits from this year’s Fairbridge Music Festival will be playing Supperclub on 11 May. To quote their blurb, “Eastwinds are international boundary riders breathing new life into old traditions. They are unlike any group you have heard. Their music is a vibrant blend of cultural threads, where exquisite melodies, sophisticated rhythms and the vocals of a songbird will transport you to other lands and a new geography of sound.” You’ll find more info on them at www.artistecard.com/eastwinds
Local poet Philip Strutt will open the evening with some of his poems.
Bookings and info at www.summersupperclub.webeden.co.uk

13 May
-- Louisa Wise CD Launch "Sweet Birds"
Louisa Wise is excited to be launching her new CD Sweet Birds in Fremantle, WA with a new swag of songs and tunes from this award winning songwriter and fiddler. 7:00 for 7:30pm. Supper provided.
Support spot by singer songwriter Helen Townsend with John Reed and Peter Harper. www.helentownsend.com Louisa's songs backed by John Reed and Ruth Wise.
For tickets go to :http://trybooking.com/131772 or pay at the door.

15th to 17th May
-- Tony Backhouse 'Singing with Soul' workshop
A fabulous weekend of singing Gospel music with Tony Backhouse. He comes to WA once a year (sometimes less often). They're great open-hearted weekends of inspirational singing. You can come for a taster on Friday night,Saturday or Sunday (10am to 3pm) or for the whole weekend.
To book or to find out more email Gyan gya42@yahoo.com 0415 995 121 Booking for Friday night not required. Just turn up.

29 May – 1st June 2015
-- The Denmark Festival of Voice
Choral, comedy and cabaret; poetry, spoken word and storytelling; sacred music, revolution songs, indigenous and world music, folk, country, jazz, gospel, hip hop and the blues… Denmark Festival of Voice stirs up a heady brew of vocal flavours and serves it up in heritage and contemporary venues all within a gentle stroll of each other in the heart of the charming Denmark village. The Denmark Festival of Voice is an immersion weekend that is all about singing. Everyone that comes along - professional, amateur or enthusiast - gets to join in.
It doesn’t matter whether you have lots of experience or none. Denmark Festival of Voice offers something for singers at all levels.
Join in a fantastic range of workshops presenting everything from practical skills development in areas including repertoire, harmony, vocal improvisation, stagecraft and presentation to more experiential offerings and cultural explorations. The Big Sing offers participants the opportunity to learn a song in four-part harmony with acclaimed choir conductor Rachel Hore and to perform it as part of the Festival Finale.
Trikaya - Riley Lee - Tenzin Choegyal - Tara Tiba - Vocal Evolution - Bukhchuluun Ganburged - Kim Scott - Miriam Lieberman - Heather Lee - Samaria Ishraq Cunio - TLA Quartet - Sparrow - Michael Askill - James Khidr - Embers of Loretta - Rachel Hore - Hi-Jinx - Pepperjacks - Kate Wilson - Working Voices - Summerhouse - Greg Bowles - A Kapella Munda - VoiceMale - Madjital Moorna - and many more….
Buy your tickets from our website or in person at our office in Denmark or at the Denmark Visitor's Centre http://denmarkfestivalofvoice.com.au Denmark Arts: Tuesday and Thursday 9848 3623

-- The Manjimup Bluegrass JamCamp
If you’ve been going to music events for as long as I have, you will know that it’s the people who make the music who have the best time! That’s why I’m so keen to promote bluegrass and old time music – there’s room for everyone – to strum, pick, fiddle, holler* - and to kerthump the bass! You don’t even have to be a virtuoso musician to get a buzz from playing bluegrass tunes with others!
To give you the confidence to join a jam circle (perhaps even start one of your own) we've organised another Learn to Jam weekend in Manjimup.
The camp will run over the Labour Day long weekend, Friday May 29th- Monday, June 1st and will be run by Greg McGrath from Jamcamps Australia.
Early bird bookings have just opened!
Places are limited to make sure everyone gets attention, gets to know each other and has fun making music! Go to the Jamcamps Australia website for details and bookings.
Great opportunity for all you closet pickers! Feedback the 2013 jam campers say their confidence to join a jam circle and also to have a go at singing lead had improved out of sight. Peos Estate Wines has once again donated Greg’s airfares from Brisbane so that the camp can run at an affordable price; on top of this the early bird prices (finish March 15th) are being subsidised by the Warren Arts Council.
*holler: noun, a loud cry or shout. (also field holler: a melodic cry with abrupt or swooping changes of pitch, used originally by black slaves at work in the fields and later contributing to the development of the blues).
Don't miss out. Go to the Jamcamps Australia website for details and bookings.

Regular Song & Spoken Word Events
(for group details visit:The Club and Dance page)
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1st of Month

Hills Folk Club contact: paulinekevin@bigpond.com

2nd of

Wanneroo Folk Music Club contact: johndralph@Hotmail.com
Toodyay Music Club

3rd of

Mundaring Folk'n'Blues


2nd of

Mid West Folk & Blues Club - 2pm-6pm. 99233707
Unplugged Acoustic Folk and Blues (no plug-ins), 3pm Roleystone Country Club. Mel 9399 8493

3rd of

1pm-4pm Mandurah Bluegrass Club join the Jam Session kayj4u@gmail.com
3pm-5pm Jackadders - carmel@carmelcharlton.com

4th of

5pm-8pm Perth Folk and Roots Club
Mount Lawley Bowling Club, Corner Storthes & Rookwood Street, Mount Lawley

Last of

2-5pm Margaret River Music Club - unplugged acoustic music forum.
3-5pm Perth Scottish Fiddlers group, Woodlands Reserve Hall, Teakwood Avenue. (Margaret 9445 1727)


2pm and 5pmYa Ya's, Northbridge present an Acoustic Open Mic session



Supper Club: Old Bakery Cafe on Eighth, Maylands, a short spoken word performance and a music set over supper.
Lip Service Poetry Group, 22 Kathleen St, Bassendean, Doug Miles 9255 2531 email: dugmiles @hotmail.com


Mojo's Wide open mic night hosted by Bruno 0424 606 437 Bruno and the crew

Fibbers Folk Club, Fibber Magee's Tavern, 8.30pm (Joff Davies 9221 1599, email: brief@iprimus.com.au



Wax Lyrical, Leederville



Kalamunda Music Sessions/Classes - David & Jenny Hoffman tel 9279 4707.
Tunesmiths Cafe Songwriters Club. Legends Bar 6 Hislop Road, Attadale. Makk - email phone-9258 4465 or Mike - email phone - 0413 677 084


1st of month

Wax Lyrical, Rosie O'Grady, South Perth

Regular Dance Events
(for group details visit:The Club and Dance page)
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Souleiado French Dance Group, Children after school, Nedlands, (08)63890767
Perth International Folk Dance Group, 7-10 pm Jenny 9381 5235
Rose and Wattle English Country Dancers: 7.30 - 9.30pm rose&wattle@iinet.net.au Karen 0439 844 024
Tartan Dancers, 1.30 pm. Dawn Cromb 9401 0772
Tartan Dancers, 7.45 pm. Dawn Cromb 9401 0772

Mad Tatters Morris, 7.00-9.00 pm Guildford Town Hall, Guildford. (Please ring first),
9279 8778, email: madtattersmorris@iinet.id.au
Beldon Scottish Country Dance Group: , 7.45 pm. Isobel Eaton 9304 5114
Hora Shalom Dance - Dances of Israel, 7.15 - 9.15p.m. www.horashalom.org.au

Perth Morris Men 7–9 PM (1st and 3rd of the Month)
Contact Steven Mansfield 9478 6968 or 0400 731 049 email: squire@perthmorrismen.org
Perth SCDC: 8 pm Sheila Parker 9405 6825

Kalamunda SCDC: 8.00 pm. Jan Pittman 9574 6671
Souleiado French Dance Group, Adults 7pm, Nedlands, 6389 0767
Rockingham SCDC: 7.30 pm Gale Tamplin 9593 5738
St Stephens SCDC: 7.30 pm Sylvia Barry 9364 5140
Warwick SCDC: 8 pm Rena Gold 9448 4945
Hora Shalom Dance - Dances of Israel, 10am - 12noon www.horashalom.org.au

Perth International Folk Dance Group, Mundaring Scout Hall 9.30-11am www.perthinternationaldance.org.au

Hora Shalom Dance - Dances of Israel, 10am - 12noon
Partner classes fortnightly on Saturdays, 12.45 – 2.15pm www.horashalom.org.au
Royal Scottish Country Dance Soc: Monthly "Hop" 1st Sat monthly

Irish Set Dancing: Last Sunday monthly, 6 pm Ken and Connie 9274 5170

Folk On Radio and TV
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2:20pm & 11:20pm

The Planet

Radio National

810 am

Sat & Sun

10 pm

The Weekend Planet

Radio National

810 am


9-11 pm

Folking Around

Radio Fremantle

107.9 fm


1 - 3pm

Celtic Music Show

6CRA Albany

100.9 fm

9-11 pm

Roots & Branches

Radio Fremantle

107.9 fm




KCR fm

102.5 fm


Beneath the Southern Cross

KCR fm

102.5 fm


Acoustic Cafe


92.1 fm


12 - 2 pm

The Friday Folk Fest

Hope FM

103.9 fm

12:30-1 pm

The Scottish Half Hour

Curtin Radio

100.1 fm


5-8 am

Telling Tales (fortnightly)

Curtin Radio

100.1 fm

6-9 am

Irish Beakfast

Radio Fremantle

107.9 fm

11am-1 pm

Global Rhythm Pot


92.1 fm

12-2 pm

Only Folking

Heritage FM

107.3 fm

5-6 pm

You Don't Have To Be Irish

Curtin Radio

100.1 fm


Music Deli

ABC National

810 am


7 - 8:30pm

Heritage Ireland



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The Calendar is transitioning back to the WAFF (under new management). We support all acoustic music in all forms. As such we will continue to provide this service to the Acoustic Music performers and lovers of acoustic music in WA and beyond.

So if you want to have your event included or if you run an open mic night or a club just send the info to the email link below in text format , it makes it a lot easier to cut and paste the info into the calendar (image and pdf files do not always allow this and documents are notoriuos for carring viruses so may not be opened)), if you are sending it to the WAAN weekly email drop then Cc this calender with your info as well and increase your exposure.
If you use this calendar I suggest you bookmark it in your browser for quick access. If you have a web page then please add a link to this site and I will return the favour on the cave of links.

WA Folk Federation Web Page has moved. If you have been wondering what has happened to the WAFF page then wonder no more. The new page is at www.wafolk.org.AU. It is currently being re-built but the basics are there (by basic I mean really basic at this stage). Over the next few weeks the page will expand with more information about the WAFF, the committee and its members. So take a look and save the new address to your favourites.

FLY LAUNCHES CROWD FUNDING CAMPAIGN THROUGH POZIBLE! The Fly by Night Musicians Club has been operating out of the iconic Artillery Drill Hall in Fremantle for 28 years. Last year we lost the lease of the building. Fortunately, we've been granted a new lease at the beautiful Victoria Hall just down the road!! But... there is a heap of work to be done and, a heap of stuff to sell before we can get up and running, and as always, a heap of costs involved in the move.
Please help us by donating to our Pozible campaign!! We have memberships up for grabs with special offers for bands, fly merch, signed posters and much much more!
Thankyou in advance! We are able to continue to open our doors as long as we have supporters. Thanks to all our supporters for a great 28 years!
How the Funds Will Be Used? Some of the key costs include the transferal of our liquor license, the sound treatment of our new space to make it viable for bands to play, and the deconstruction and transferal to Vic Hall.
To find out more and pledge please visit http://www.pozible.com/project/193286

Vale Lindsay Cullen We are sad to report the loss last week of Lindsay Cullen who died suddenly and unexpectedly at his home in Perth.
Lindsay was a well-known and keen performer of bluegrass music and regularly attended the Pickers Club in Fremantle. He also was a regular at the Irish Club Tuesday evening sessions in years gone by and indulged part time in instrument making, managing to produce some very decent mandolins which he named "Bing", a nickname given him from early student days. His job as a geologist took him to many far flung parts of the world but he always travelled with his mandolin and would usually find someone to accompany him on guitar in often quite desolate places.
Lindsay will be fondly remembered by Perth based bluegrass musicians as a genial, happy and generous person. He was just a genuinely nice chap and the world needs more like him not less. He was only 66.
Farewell Bing.

Denmark Festival of Voice Performer Applications Closing Soon Online applications are now open for the 2015 Denmark Festival Of Voice. We were really delighted to receive a huge number of applications in 2014 and while we would love to invite everyone, we have the hard task of picking and choosing.
Applications will be closing JANUARY 31 2015 so if you want to be selected, get on board early! Online applications can be made here: www.denmarkfestivalofvoice.com/performers

Mags from Colin Smiley - I have a large number of Town Criers and other folk mags that I’d like to pass on to anyone who would appreciate them, in return for a small donation to the WA Cancer Foundation. Can you please put the word out for me?
I have about 270 “Town Criers” (from 1976), 17 copies of the 1980’s Australian mag “Stringybark and Greenhide”, a few “Foc’syls”, the Bunbury folk mag and 61 Trad and Now. If anyone is interested they can call me on 9344-7813 or Mob. 040-027-5974 or email at cksmiley@amnet.net.au.
Much interesting reading and a good perspective on our changing folk scene. They should be of interest to someone! Thanks, Colin Smiley.

World Music in WA - WIGWAM Gig Guide www.facebook.com/wigwamgigguide
I've started a new resource to keep World Music fans up-to-date on all the multicultural events happening around WA. It's called WIGWAM Gig Guide, and is on Facebook. WIGWAM stands for World & Indigenous Guide to Western Australian Music. Kulcha may be no more, but did you know there are over 20 upcoming World Music events around Perth, Freo, and beyond? Click on "Events" in WIGWAM Gig Guide for the full list. Please "Like" and "Share" WIGWAM Gig Guide with your friends to help build a thriving multicultural music community in WA. And if you are a World Music performer, please send me details of your events for inclusion in WIGWAM Gig Guide.
Thanks, Matt Price mattprice@dodo.com.au

Musician's baggage on Qantas, Virgin etc... There has been a flurry of comments on the Ausfolk list of late which is of interest to all Musicians who need to fly around the counrty or further. Thanks to all who have contributed to this compilation, I have taken the notes and posted the relevant bits, If I have missed anything relevant please email me via the links from this page. One point to note is that you need to be a member of a nationally recognised group to recieve the benefits, Examples are APRA, Folk Alliance (FAA), WAM, MEAA/Musicians Union and probably a few others who may be affiliated.

(From Dave Hyams) For those interested in the musician's luggage issue, as discussed a few weeks back, here's the official media release from Qantas - it's not on the Qantas website, but posted online on the WA Music Industry Association (WAM) website at: http://www.wam.asn.au/Portals/0/docs/AMIN/QANTAS-MusicianAdditionalBaggageAllowance.pdf There's a phone number and two email addresses on it - and it is recommended bthat you take the letter with you for check-in.
Qantas has its carry on policy for musical instruments on its website: http://www.qantas.com.au/travel/airlines/carry-on-baggage/global/en#jump1 if your instrument is within size limits, you should be allowed to take something else on. I've not had a problem with this for a while, but then, consistency has never been Qantas' strong point! I dont believe they have ever put the extra musician's allowance for checked baggage up on their site.
(from Marina Hurly) As far as I am aware the one bag with Virgin policy has been going since May. With virgin musician baggage policy you get 3 bags with a maximum of 32 kg. Here is the procedure: 1. Join a musicians union or similar - folk alliance etc. 2. Book your flight 3. About 1 week before your flight send an email to Music@virginaustralia.com and tell them your reservation number, musician union membership no and ask for the increased allowance. They will make the changes on your booking and confirm by email. Last time I did this they even gave my bags priority and they came out first.
(from John McAuslan) In answer to all the traffic this morning on extra baggage deals for musicians, these allowances do exist but only for members of Folk Alliance (or another nationally recognised music body). This policy has been in place for over a year, our web site clearly states the procedures that should be taken if you wish to receive this allowance. Its not complicated and it does work. Marina and Chanel have it mostly correct but the policy is on the FAA web site is for Virgin. If you follow the procedure and there’s a problem, then you should let us know and I will contact the Virgin officer who looks after this stuff.

ASA at Tunesmith's Cafe Mike Cardy has announced that ASA has re-established a presence in Western Australia with Tunesmith's Cafe aligning with the ASA's Wax Lyrical. I have been appointed as the Regional Coordinator for Western Australia. The Australian Songwriters Association is Australia's pre-eminent song writing association and proudly presents the annual Australian Songwriting Contest, which this year has more than $30,000 of prizes. This song writing contest is the largest competition in the country and provides industry exposure for all finalists along with the great prizes.
The Australian Songwriters Association has a lot to offer people who create original music in Australia, from the grass roots amateur to experienced and published songwriters. Along with a whole range of services the association offers:
• A regular magazine that makes an enjoyable, informative read, and keeps members updated on various ASA Performance Opportunities, CD Reviews, Australian and International Song Contests, Industry Seminars/Forum Reviews etc. The publication also contains general information relating to Songwriting and Songwriters, and ASA members are often profiled or reviewed.
• Representation at music industry forums and seminars, to represent members. The association obtains important and relevant information to relay to ASA Songwriters, and are always seeking funding and appropriate networks to assist and unite our members with the community and the music industry in general.
• Communication with other songwriters, either on the internet or at live events in a supportive atmosphere. It creates opportunities for collaboration and networking. It also provides members with an avenue to come into contact with top songwriters and industry professionals, to assist their own growth and inspiration.
• Performance Opportunities - a nationwide network of Wax Lyrical, GAS gigs (Gigs Across Societies) where we work in with other songwriting bodies, special industry Showcases and well deserved Gala performances at our prestigious National Songwriting Contest Awards, offer many levels for our members to hone and present their work in the live environment.
• Song Feedback Service: Songwriters and Lyricists can now send in recordings of their work to the National Office of the ASA, and receive feedback from respected Music Industry professionals. This service is available all-year-round, though it can be done at the same time as entering the Australian Songwriting Contest. The price is $33 per song for members or $44 for non-members (or a single fee of $22 for Lyrics only).
ASA Membership applications are available on line through the website at - Click here to be taken to the registration form. The association is also on Facebook - go to ASA Facebook. In due course you will see the familiar ASA logo displayed at our Tunesmith's Cafe nights at Legends Bar in Attadale. I am keen to build the network of songwriters across Western Australia and across Australia. Please feel free to contact me if you know of songwriters coming to Western Australia who are looking to participate in an open mic night, or who might be travelling east and who we can refer to our colleagues in the east. I also encourage song writers to explore the Australian Song Writers Association website and consider the benefits of becoming a member. For example, getting profiled in the magazine can be a great way to get exposure across Australia to coincide with the release of a CD.
Tunesmiths Cafe (Incorporating Wax Lyrical - Australian Songwriters Association), Legends Bar, Hislop Road Attadale 7.30pm Wednesdays To book a spot - Mike Cardy - 0413 677 084 or mikecardymusic@iprimus.com.au.• Makk Eenhoorn - 0412 096 435 or tunesmithscafe@iinet.net.au

Musical instruments Needed "Melville Friends of Hatolia (Timor Leste) Inc is seeking pre-loved but no longer needed musical instruments for children in Hatolia. Our Friends group is working closely with a school and the teachers have asked for musical instruments so that they can include music into the children's school day. The instrument must be in working order so please no broken instruments. If you can include an instruction manual or the first book for your instrument that would be wonderful. Unfortunately any instrument that requires power is no good as electricity is unreliable in Hatolia. If you can help please email wendy.corrick@iinet.net.au. I will be able to collect if necessary."

Virgin Australia gives travelling musicians a break! APRA members are now able to start taking advantage of a more musician-friendly baggage allowance thanks to a special industry deal developed between Virgin Australia and the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN). The new initiative addresses the ongoing problems musicians face when travelling with musical equipment - being baggage restrictions and high excess baggage charges. We hope the new Virgin Australia baggage allowances will have a positive impact on the ability of Australian artists to tour more often and more cost effectively.
What's On Offer
Virgin Australia is now offering the music industry a baggage allowance of 32kg (across three pieces of checked baggage) for individual artists - with an additional 32kg able to be purchased in advance for just $15. This baggage allowance is available on Virgin Australia-owned and operated domestic services only and must be booked or pre-purchased at least 48 hours prior to departure. This offer applies to all new bookings and cannot be provided in retrospect, and Virgin Australia will not refund normal baggage charges already paid.
This offer is available to APRA & AMCOS members, as well as musicians who are members of other Australian music bodies. For more information on the offer and the booking process - head to the Member Benefits Section on the APRA website. (Let's hope that Qantas also come to the party)

WAM OPEN MIC GUIDE What's the best way get back on track or start your musical career? Practice your performance, then get out there and show your stuff. Let's face it, there's no experience like real experience!
Open Mic, Jam & Improvised Music Sessions are not just a fun night out - they're an important way to get involved in the music scene. Whatever your style of music, you can trial ideas and craft important performance skills. Gain experience, confidence, inspiration, feedback, advice, or find other players/writers to work with, by getting involved with your local music scene. Head to wam.asn.au/openmic for the full listing of what's happening throughout WA... you may also want to sign up to our Open Mic Mailing List too!

WELCOME WEST TV - CHANNEL 44 In our last publication, WAM reported that Perth is to be the first community station in Australia to commence digital broadcasts, with new community licensee West TV. We are now pleased to confirm that new Perth Community Digital TV Station, West TV, will commence 'test transmission' on channel 44 from Monday 15 March. Local, free to air content is anticipated to hit our screens from Saturday 10 April. Visit the West TV website at www.wtvperth.com.au - call the station on (08) 9221 5355, or email info@wtvperth.com.au

Seeking WA Music Recordings. We have started a collection of Western Australian music with the aim to collect a copy of every music recording, DVD, CD, cassette or vinyl produced in Western Australia, or recorded by Western Australian artists. The task is way beyond our budget and staffing resources, but nevertheless, has produced a collection of more than 4000 items to date. I am interested in acquiring copies of your recordings to add to the collection. We naturally would be pleased to receive a donation of your recordings, however we are also happy to purchase them if you get in touch with me for details. Antoinette Carrier, Librarian, Collection Development, State Library of Western Australia, Ph: (08) 9427 3286

Acoustic Gig possibilities - "Hello people, I have spots available at The Swan Lounge, North Fremantle for acoustic performers on Sundays. This is for solo performers or people from bands that want to play an acoustic show. Please get in contact with me if you are interested and I can arrange a date for you. Email mmmperth@gmail.com for more info. I also book bands on Wednesdays and Saturdays at The Swan Lounge if that is more your type of thing, feel free to email me about those bookings also. Thanks, Steve" Let me know if there is any other info you need to know. Thanks, Steve

DIGITAL RADIO Are you an artist or in a band and want exposure on digital radio? Radar Radio is passionate about undiscovered music, so get on it! Digital radio is a new and exciting way for listeners to tune in to current, and new, radio stations. Digital radio launched during May 2009 in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Perth! This new technology offers digital sound quality and a stack of other enhanced features. To pick it up you'll need a digital radio receiver, or you can stream stations like Radar Radio online 24/7. Visit www.radarradio.com.au - call (02) 9375 1544 or email info@radarradio.com.au

ROYALTY LOST & FOUND Composers and songwriters, do yourself a favour and check out the list of outstanding royalty payments awaiting collection at Australia's two major licence/royalty collection agencies (there are a few well known Folk people on these lists) . If you are not registered with at least one of these organisations, and publicly perform &/or sell your own recordings of original works, you are potentially missing out on live performance &/or mechanical recording royalties! The Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) current list is available here. For more about the APRA & AMCOS, visit www.apra-amcos.com.au call (08) 9382 8299 or contact wa@apra.com.au The Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) current list is available here. For more about the PPCA, visit www.ppca.com.au call (02) 8569 1100 or contact ppca.mail@ppca.com.au