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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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 at folk@wafolk.iinet.net.au (just corrected this link) 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.

Thursday 29th September (weekly)
The Beaufort St Songwriters Club happens every Thursday at Defectors Bar (above The Flying Scotsman) An original songwriter evening filled with talented writers showcasing their tunes in an intimate setting
$5 Entry

Friday 30th September 2016
-- Recorder & Early Music Society concert
Hans-Dieter Michatz – csakan, recorder, John Beaverstock – keyboards
Music by Fontana, Hotteterre, Barsanti, Telemann, Kraehmer and more…
Tickets at the Door: $30/ $25/ under 18 free
Refreshments served at conclusion of Concert
7:30 pm Friday 30th September 2016
St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Barker Rd Subiaco

September 30th - October 2nd
-- Manjimup Bluegrass & Old Time Music Weekend!
Spread the word it is going to be a great weekend September 30th - October 2nd - and book your accommodation now - especially if you want to be close to the action!
Local & Visitors Stage
Calling for interest from bluegrass / old timey style acts – the free stage will run between 9am and 4pm on the Saturday October - if you would like to perform, click here!
Song Competition
Songs are staring to come in – have you got yours underway? Are you singing Waltzing Matilda all the time to come up with alternative lyrics? Click here for how to win cash for you creativity!
Vintage and Classic Cars
Do you own a classic car? Want to display your pride and joy in the main street of Manjimup on Saturday October 1st? Click here for more information.
Call for Stall Holders
Do you Make, Bake or Grow things and would like to take a stall on Saturday October 1st? Click here for more information and how to book.
Feature band for the weekend, The Davidson Brothers, is one of Australia's leading bluegrass bands and they have never been to WA before! They are performing and giving instrument workshops and joining jam sessions in Manjimup during the weekend - the middle weekend of the school holidays.

Saturday 1st October
La Primavera @ THE FIB with Cathie Travers, Steve Froudist, John Mc Nair,John Reed
, 6.30pm sharp concert start. Doors open 5.30pm with food available for purchase from Blinco Street Cafe
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND - Kavisha Mazzella returns to The Fib after yet another SOLD OUT performance at the venue. Come celebrate and share in the SPRING spirit with music, tales and good friends who have played music together
BOOK NOW! (http://connectthechords.us8.list-manage2.com/ )
Cathie Travers on Accordion, Steve Froudist on guitar voice and percussion, John McNair on Bass, John Reed on Vocals and guitar join Aria award winner, songbird and folkloric explorer Kavisha Mazzella’s whose original song’s lyrical ingredients include humour, poetry, social justice and the spiritual. Combine this prowess with the voice of an angel and you have the experience of a Kavisha concert. Singing in English , Italian and other languages, she will take you on an uplifting boundary riding journey of well-crafted stories and songs ringing with echoes of Celtic, Fado and Gypsy influences that will strike a resounding chord within.
** Holders of Concession Tickets must present seniors/ disability card upon entry at the door. Failure to do so may result in full-charge of admission
Food & beverages are available for purchase at Blinco Street Cafe during events. BYO permitted upon food purchase unless otherwise stated.
FREMANTLE FIBONACCI CENTRE 19 Blinco Street, Fremantle WA 6160

Sunday 2 October
-- Ilan Zagoria - Southern African guitar styles- upcoming dates
The Zagoria Trio with guest drummers and dancers at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah, 1-3 pm, free entry
email: ilanzagoria@hotmail.com | www.facebook.com/ilan.zagoria

Wednesday 5 October
-- Desert Child House concert
Supported by Something Doing
7pm for 7.30 start $25 Entry. Mt Hawthorn location.
Desert Child - the guitar genius of Guy Ghouse & Damian Watkiss - fuses a wide mix of styles to create instrumental music which defies all contemporary genres. Hailing from Broome in North Western Australia, Guy and Damian have been exposed to a variety of globetrotting musicians and backpackers whose individual styles reflect world and ethnic music not heard on mainstream radio. The result is something quite unique and fresh. Desert Child take you on a musical ride that will leave you breathless! Spontaneous musical outbursts will have you laughing and cheering, while emotionally charged, subtle melodies will have you in tears. Desert Child has performed their music all over the world, from Edinburgh Festival, to Austin Texas, to London, to Asia and to a variety of Australian Festivals.
Desert Child will be supported by Something Doing (Peter Grayling and Rachel Armstrong) Something Doing reflects the sparkling era of ragtime music in an authentic and beautifully articulated fashion. Something Doing is Peter Grayling (cello, mandocello, mandola, mandolin, vocals) and Rachel Armstrong (mandolin, mandola, guitar, vocals), and they play their original arrangements of ragtime classics on vintage mandolin family instruments, and weave tightly honed classic rags with original tunes and songs.
Seats are limited, so get in quick to avoid disappointment!
Early bookings are essential!!
Please email mellie1@iinet.net.au for bookings and further details.

Friday 7th October
HILLS FOLK CLUB is delighted to welcome Peter Grayling & Rachel Armstrong, performing as “Something Doing”.
This entertaining duo is well known on Festival circuits for sparkling songs & renditions of ragtime classics on vintage mandolins & cello.
Farm Cottage on Neil Tonkin Park, Cagney Way, Lesmurdie at 8pm.
$10 Contact Pauline Tonkin 92916026

7th and 8th October
Fly By Night Musicians Club VICTORIA HALL, 179 HIGH ST FREMANTLE
Bonjour Holiday presents the return of HARRY MANX (CANADA) In concert with Clayton Doley
To find out more about the Fly By Night please visit www.flybynight.org

7 - 9 October 2016.
-- 2016 Nanga Music Festival
For those of you thinking of dropping in over the festival weekend, day tickets are now available here. Once you link to the page, just click the top option 'Entry Only - No bed' and select your day ticket option.
Have you pre-booked catered meals for you and your group? Catered meals can't be purchased at the festival so make sure you pre-book. Here are links to the menu as well as the meals booking page.
Cloudstreet brings fresh life to the best of traditional folk. Nicole Murray, John Thompson and Emma Nixon have carved themselves a niche on the international music circuit as outstanding performers of their genre. ?With vocal harmonies reminiscent of Steeleye Span and the Seekers, Cloudstreet creates powerful arrangements that span the Anglo-Celtic world. The trio delivers a powerful and moving musical experience based on entrancing musicality, impressive vocals – and, above all, a compelling sense of fun.
The name Co Cheòl means harmony in Scots-Gaelic, and when it comes to these four lasses, it’s an apt title. Co Cheòl will take you on a journey to the lands of the Celts and beyond, with gorgeous arrangements of soaring airs featuring luscious harmonies. Claire, Georgina, Merrily and Ginger accompany themselves on harp, flute, piano accordion, ukulele and quirky body percussion. Co Cheol won the prestigious Peter J Daly Memorial Award for Best Up-Coming Celtic Act at the National Folk Festival in 2015.
Desert Child Guy Ghouse and Damian Watkiss are the guitar supremos behind legendary WA instrumental duo Desert Child. The pair formed in Broome in 1995 but have known each other since they were toddlers, as both Guy’s and Damian’s fathers also played music together professionally in the early 1970s. ?Their exceptional abilities as guitarists, the fluidity with which they accompany each other and their good humoured on-stage banter makes for a mesmerising show. After following other music projects for the last few years, the pair has reformed just in time for Nanga 2016.
There really is nothing quite like Eastwinds. The music is what you get when you mix a percussion and woodwind virtuoso, a golden-voiced improvising singer, an astonishing beat-boxing didgeridoo player, a veteran multi-string instrumentalist and a veteran Australian player and creator of uncountable reed and woodwind instruments. ?Mix in some hot percussion, adventurous improvising, the haunting ney (a Persian end-blown flute) and some truly shocking puns and you have Eastwinds. Helen & Matt create an uplifting musical aura with Helen’s exquisite vocals perfectly balanced by Matt’s beautiful harmonies. Together they share Helen’s captivating lyrics, translating her everyday introverted reflections into melody. Their fragile yet powerful delivery made Helen and Matt the Short n Sweet darlings of the Nanga festival last year. So much so, that we invited Helen and Matt back in 2016 to share with us the magic of their full repertoire.
Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton are two of Australia’s most respected and renowned folk musicians, but it’s been a while since these two songbirds have worked their magic in the west. Their vocal harmonies, exceptional musicianship and unique interpretations of traditional song have won them national and international acclaim over the years. Their new album Declaration heralds a new era for the duo, as they explore the light and darkness of our world through the lens of folksong. The atmospheric works are interpreted through intricate guitar and banjo arrangements. Kelly Menhennett Duo is a national award-winning singer songwriter of the folk/soul/alt-country variety. Kelly is a captivating live performer with a voice that has been compared to a cross between Erma Franklin and Etta James. Richard Coates will join Kelly on the Nanga stage, accompanying her vocals and guitar work with accordion. Tendera ?A hit at the 2015 Nanga Music Festival, where they performed as a Short n Sweet act, the Tendera Trio returns with a diverse multicultural repertoire that mixes beautiful harmonies with exotic music from around the world. ?The members of Tendera come together from diverse cultural backgrounds, to share the soul-enriching benefits of singing and performing together. Tendera's love of global music, colourful garments and uplifting vibes will leave you smiling. Tom Richardson music may be best categorised as experiences and emotions rather than genres. An adventurous yet humble nomad, Tom has performed across the globe, ignoring the ‘next big thing’ trap and stepping into the side-stream to forge meaningful relationships with listeners worldwide. Tom creates incredible looped soundscapes and grooves onstage, while sharing his infectious performances, speaking and singing from a place of truth. He will also provide a live soundtrack to his partner Kimberley’s True Spirit Revival yoga class. Willie Wagtails formed a few years ago after jamming under a grapevine at the CERES market in Melbourne. Since then they have gone from strength to strength on the Australian festival circuit. Playing ocker jazz-folk music, they seek to make connections with Australian history, landscape and politics in their songwriting. Full of fast-paced and infectiously catchy originals, the Willy Wagtails’ energetic, discordant music smells like the bush. For more info: www.nangamusic.org.au

Saturday 8 October
-- Lounge Lizards Trio (The Bureaucrats)
the Lounge Lizards Trio will be heading over to Rotto for a fun night at Govs Bar in The Lodge.
If you're on the island, what better way could there be to spend a Saturday night?

Sun Oct 9th
-- Contra Dance with live music
St Margaret's Church Hall, 58 Tyrell St, Nedlands WA 6009. 2-5pm, only $5
Contra dance is quite popular around the world, and is a social dance that is a sort of mixture of square dance, English/Scottish dance, and some others. It is an easy dance to learn, and fun for all ages, with no partners or experience required to come along. Bring a water bottle, wear light casual clothes and comfortable shoes. Or just come and listen to the great music and watch the swirling dancers.
Contact: Steven Janowiecki steven.janowiecki@gmail.com | 0422 718 220 | www.facebook.com/groups/perthcontra
Also on the following Sunday afternoons: Sun Nov 13th, 2-5pm Sun Dec 11th, 2-5pm

10 October
-- Supperclub
Our next supperclub is on the Monday after Nanga Music Festival, and stars one of the festival’s main acts - lovely Tom Richardson, a fine songwriter and performer with special skill in using a loop pedal, laying down a soundscape for his music so that one man equals a whole band :).
Our spoken word act is local poet Peter Bibby, a fine writer with much to say about life. Tix and info here.

13 October (monthly)
-- The Fremantle Writers' Block
A monthly round robin performance of theme based songs of wit, style, insight, punch and beauty by a changing vanguard of some of our brightest and best with regular host and backer David Hyams. It's an entire night full of great songs, plus some impromptu collaboration.
Clancy's Fish Pub
Great songs
No door charge
Meals available
Starts 7.30

Friday October 14th
-- Wanneroo Folk Club
Something Doing (Peter Grayling and Rachel Armstrong) is the main act
Something Doing reflects the sparkling era of ragtime music in an authentic and beautifully articulated fashion. From the 1890’s in America, two great crazes shaped the history of music – ragtime, and the mandolin. By the 1920’s, ragtime had morphed into jazz and popularity of the guitar and banjo was growing.
Something Doing is Peter Grayling (cello, mandocello, mandola, mandolin, vocals) and Rachel Armstrong (mandolin, mandola, guitar, vocals), and they play their original arrangements of ragtime classics on vintage mandolin family instruments, and weave tightly honed classic rags with original tunes and songs.

Dorchester Hall, Cnr Dugdale, Warwick. Doors open 7:30pm, music from 8pm

Saturday 15th October, 2016
-- Fremantle Folk Festival
Presented by Clancy's Fish Pub
The inaugural Fremantle Folk Festival will be held in the historic Princess May Park, Clancy’s Fish Pub Fremantle (Cantonment Street) and surrounds, on Saturday the 15th of October, 2016. The Festival aims to be an inclusive, family-friendly celebration of the music, arts, and culture at the heart of our unique port city.
This all-day event will include a large outdoor stage, as well as the iconic Clancy’s stage - fully decked-out with impressive lighting, visuals, decorations, roaming entertainers - the works! There will also be a fully dedicated kids activity corner and delicious food from all around the globe - truly something for everyone.
Already confirmed are a huge line-up of local and international acts, including: Abbe May’s Gospel Choir, Donna Simpson (the Waifs) and Guests, the return of The Sensitive New Age Cowpersons, Jordie James (San Cisco), The Gyuto Monks (Tibet), Kallidad (NSW), Carus Thompson, Ensemble Formidable, Maurice Flavel’s Intensive Care,The Galloping Foxleys, The Justin Walshe Folk Machine and The Durongs.
This is an all ages event. *Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. * Intoxicated persons will not be admitted * No thongs or steel cap boots * The venue reserves the right to refuse admission to any person *
Tickets from Oztix: https://fremantlefolkfestival.oztix.com.au/

5 November
-- Perth Scottish Fiddlers present an evening of Music and Dancing!
Shenton Park Community Centre at 19:30–22:00.
Join Perth Scottish Fiddlers for an evening celebrating and sharing the wonderful lively fiddle and dance music of Scotland! They will be joined by guest artist, Scottish singer Amy Allardice.
The evening will commence with a concert, followed by supper and some Scottish dancing. The dances will be called, so no experience is needed, just enthusiasm!
Perth Scottish Fiddlers is a group of musicians who come together to play the rich and extensive violin and dance repertoire of Scotland, both traditional and contemporary. Comprising fiddles, cellos, bass, piano and guitar, the group plays a range of music, from beautiful airs and elegant strathspeys to fast and furious reels and jigs. The group’s original arrangements add an Australian flavour!
Since forming in 2009 Perth Scottish Fiddlers have played at a variety of venues, including Fairbridge Festival, The Irish Club of WA, the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre and the National Folk Festival. They have also supported performances by a number of Australia’s best Scottish musicians, Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt, Catherine Fraser and Duncan Smith, Colin Macleod, Robert Zielinski and international duo Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas.
The Perth Scottish Fiddlers will perform a concert of new and traditional Scottish music as well as some dance sets with a caller. Supper is included.
When: 7.30pm Saturday November 5th, doors open 7.00pm
Where: Shenton Park Community Centre, 240 Onslow Road, Shenton Park, Western Australia 6008
Tickets $20, school students and children free. Available at trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/MRRB
OR https://www.trybooking.com/222847

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

4th of

Innaloo Folk'n'Blues contact: johndralph@Hotmail.com


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



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
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
Rose and Wattle English Country Dancers: Fortnightly 7 - 9pm rose&wattle@iinet.net.au Karen 0439 844 024
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
Fair Maids of Perth. Meet fortnightly on Fridays at 7pm in the Guide Hall in Monash Avenue, Nedlands
Email: fairmaidsperth@gmail.com

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 Folk Clubs and Festivals



Vale Jim MacQuarrie (from The Folk Alliance) It is with heavy hearts that we share the sad news that Jim MacQuarrie passed away last week after ongoing health challenges.
Jim’s has made an amazing contribution to Folk scene for decade’s as a Performer on the American and Canadian circuit as an International Touring Agent and Manager of his agency Newsouthfolk . Jim spent also eight years with Warner/Chapell Music in operations and development and after leaving his home in the province of New Brunswick in Canada - Jim made his mark in the Australian Folk Scene contributing to the sustainability and development of the industry here and helping make connections to the Canadian and American Folk Industry.
Jim’s drive and passion for encouraging and supporting artists as they make their way in the scene has made a significant difference to too many young artists to mention. The endless time spent sharing his knowledge with others in areas such as touring/agency work, house concerts, and festivals was a testament to his generosity and passion for supporting the business of Folk.
Folk Alliance Australia now in its 20th year has seen many changes and Jim has been a consistent driving force behind many aspects of the organization for 18 of those years – he has been unstoppable in the energy and time he has devoted to the organisation over these years and up until 3 weeks ago was still making valuable contributions. Over these 18 years Jim has been in contact with hundreds of our members – imparted knowledge and set folks straight.
We are very grateful for the his roles with FAA , for the perseverance, diligence and commitment – he was one in a million and will be missed by friends, colleagues, our membership, our committee and the Folk Industry at large.
Rest in Peace Jim MacQuarrie

Denmark Festival of Voice 2017
June 2 - 4 2017 (WA Day Long Weekend)
Performer applications for Denmark Festival of Voice 2017 are now open.
Don't leave it until the last minute.

Fairbridge Festival Performer expressions of interest for the 2017 Fairbridge Festival are now open.
What we’re looking for: Fairbridge Festival is, at heart, a festival that presents and nurtures folk and world music – encompassing blues, roots, soul, gospel etc. along the way. While we continue to present traditional acts, we are excited by the myriad genre-defying original music styles that have their feet in both the traditional and the innovative.
Acts/performers that can also deliver interesting workshops, themed presentations/shows, or cover more than one genre will be favourably considered.
for more info

THE FLY IS BACK - LIVE ON HIGH. A new era begins for the Fly By Night Musicians club on the eve of its 30th anniversary at the clubs new home in the majestic Victoria Hall, 179 High St, Fremantle. After a year and half the Fly has succeeded in getting a 5 year lease from the City of Fremantle and granted a new Special facilities licence from the department of racing, gaming and liquor.
The Fly on High re-opens the main hall tomorrow night to celebrate the Fly's licence approval with our long standing event Motown, to get the place moving to a whole lotta soul.
THE BARFLY SESSIONS.. Next week the Fly will activate The BarFly sessions. These will be local musician sessions which will incorporate the already existing Gaslight Club on Wednesdays, re introducing the Stagefright emerging artist nights on Thursdays and local Fly Trap musician sessions on the available Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. If you are an emerging artist or would like to know more about the Fly on High or The BarFly sessions please email contact@flybynight.org We are taking bookings now....

Alan Lomax's Massive Archive Goes Online
Folklorist Alan Lomax spent his career documenting folk music traditions from around the world. Now thousands of the songs and interviews he recorded are available for free online, many for the first time. It's part of what Lomax envisioned for the collection — long before the age of the Internet.
Lomax recorded a staggering amount of folk music. He worked from the 1930s to the '90s, and traveled from the Deep South to the mountains of West Virginia, all the way to Europe, the Caribbean and Asia. When it came time to bring all of those hours of sound into the digital era, the people in charge of the Lomax archive weren't quite sure how to tackle the problem.
"We err on the side of doing the maximum amount possible," says Don Fleming, executive director of the Association for Cultural Equity, the nonprofit organization Lomax founded in New York in the '80s. Fleming and a small staff made up mostly of volunteers have digitized and posted some 17,000 sound recordings.
For the full story click here

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. re-build is well under way and you will be able to pay your membership on line as well. 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 or replace the old one since it is now a Spamming site.

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."

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

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