WA Folk Music & Dance Calendar

WA Folk Music and Dance Calendar

Thanks to those who contribute information for this calendar.
This calendar is a service provided by the WA Folk Federation
to help promote folk events in Western Australia.
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 WA Folk or acoustic music event to the link below.
Passing on the address for this calendar to your friends and associates
will also help promote your event to a wider audience.
If you have a web site please add a link from yours to ours.

This site is edited and updated regularly with
with information supplied by event and group organisers
as well as other lovers of acoustic music.
When submitting information or requesting alterations
please allow time for updates

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,
I cut and paste info that is either sent to me direct or from other sources,
sometimes inaccuracies may creep in.

The links below will take you direct to the sections listed.


If you want your Western Australian
event to appear on this calendar email the details to:

In the following format:
Day & Date of the event (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, link to ticket, etc.)
Contact name: (for info & bookings)
Phone: (land line and/or mobile) Email:       Web:      
Your Name for verification purposes (not for publication):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 so I won’t open them.
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 any of the other email lists then please “Cc” them to this calendar at (new anti spam email) 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.

If you join the WA Folk Federation you will get weekly emails with the next fortnight of upcoming gigs listed here.

Main Events (and more details of regulars as supplied)

— Click here for Regular Song & Spoken Word events (or scroll down the page).

Thursday 21st March
— Merriwa Acoustic Music Club (monthly, 3rd Thursday)
7:30PM until about 10:00PM
True North Compass Building Childcare Centre, 869 Connolly Drive, Merriwa, Western Australia (parking lot entrance: Jenolan Way)
The focus of this club is sharing acoustic music together, growing creatively, and later perhaps performing community service. Acoustic instrumentalists of all levels, ages, and styles (folk, bluegrass, acoustic rock, etc.) are surely welcome and encouraged. Poets, dancers, singers, story-tellers also welcome. Generally the format will be a sing-around the circle with everyone getting a chance to add a song or performance. Then learning a new song together.
Contact: Oakyfolky@msn.com with questions or comments

24th March
— Matildas Music Club (twice monthly 2nd & 4th Sunday – Check 1st)
Open mic music club.
2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.
Music starts 2 pm.
Claremont Bowling Club – 64 Bay view Terrace Claremont.
Plenty of parking. Drinks at club prices.
Entry $5.00
contact 9271 1018 or 9284 2512.

East meets West with the wonderful Crystal Jade Chinese trio featuring Stella Huang on yangqin (Chinese hammer dulcimer), Merlin Ma on bamboo flute and Malcolm Mah on double bass. Together they perform enchanting instrumental renditions of traditional oriental music and contemporary Chinese pop tunes. Crystal Jade will be joined by folk duo Martin & Coole, featuring Jonathan Cope and Emma Birkett and accompanied by banjo and dobro maestro Ian Simpson, who described their unique cross-cultural combination as ‘Country and Eastern’. Presented by the City of Perth, the Horizons Sunday Concert Series is a free twilight family friendly music series celebrating the cultural diversity of Western Australia.

Monday 25th March
— English Music Session (2nd and 4th Monday)
All welcome start 7:00 pm
Mooney’s Subiaco (formerly Paddy Maguires), 328 Barker Rd, Subiaco
No charge (and very reasonable drinks prices!)
The English Music Session has been going for about 4 years, starting at the Moon and Sixpence, and then residing (ironically) at The Irish Club in Subiaco. Now at the new venue above
It is an open-to-all session – – bring along your instruments and tunes and join in, listen, learn, teach English country music (mainly).
Contact Terry Sweet 0413 800 020 terrysweet47@gmail.com

Friday 5th April 2019
— HILLS FOLK CLUB (monthly, 1st Friday)
the Hills Folk Club held at Falls Farm Cottage on Neil Tonkin Park, Cagney Way, Lesmurdie at 8pm.
Admittance $10
Contact Pauline Tonkin 92916026 / paulinekevin@bigpond.com

Saturday, 6th of April
— Mandurah Acoustic Music Soiree
Well the next Soiree will be on Saturday, the 6th of April, starting at 2.30p.m. with the same format as the Soiree on the 2nd of February. The subject will be “Colours” -as always, the reference can be as oblique as you like!!-though even this is not mandatory, merely a suggestion. The Soiree on the 2nd of this month was very successful and a great deal of fun. We welcomed Al Riebau who with his wife Marg, travelled all the way from Merriwa to attend, an approximately 200 km round trip- that’s enthusiasm!! It was great to hear him play the Autoharp and sing-look forward to see and hear you anytime Al. Al by the way, runs the Merriwa Acoustic Music Club, meeting the 3rd Thursday evening of every month, and I can recommend a visit-great atmosphere, great music. We also look forward to seeing more of their members at the Soiree at some time.
Bill Hardy has offered to run a soiree at his home in Port Kennedy perhaps on alternate months. I’ll be talking to Bill over the next few days to see how this can be organized This will have the dual benefit of giving our Soiree members an alternative monthly venue, and Bill has quite a few contacts himself, which I’m sure will have a flow-on effect to Mandurah. I’ll let you know as things progress.
more info: Ian Long [ilo78333@bigpond.net.au]

Monday 8th April
— SHANTY CLUB (2nd Monday monthly)
at 19:30 Clancy’s Fish Pub Fremantle, 51 Cantonment street, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160
The irresistable song of the Siren calls you back to the SHANTY CLUB. First the Shanteasers and now She Shants. There’s a revolution going on! or… is it a mutiny? Of course the Lost Quays will manfully weather the storm and try to keep the shanty club ship on an even keel. What could go wrong? Come on down to Clancy’s for a rollicking good evening of shanties. Community singing at its best! All are welcome.

Thursday, 11th April 2019
— The Fremantle Writers’ Block (monthly, 2nd Thursday)
Starts 7.30
Clancy’s Fish Pub
Great songs, No door charge, Meals available

Friday 12th April
— Wanneroo Folk Club (2nd Friday Monthly)
Special Guests from the UK are Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer
The Anglo-German duo Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer hails from Staffordshire, although Karen is originally from Stuttgart, Germany, where Paul ‘discovered’ her busking in a city centre park. He invited her to perform in England and the two of them have now been playing music together since 2012. In the last two years they have spread their wings very successfully into the British and European folk and festival scene and perform now mainly in Theatres, Village Halls, Folk Clubs and of course at Festivals throughout the UK. In addition they tour annually in southern Ireland and Germany – and in 2019 they are embarking on their first tour of New Zealand and Western Australia.
So, what is it that makes this internationally touring duo so irresistible? Could it be Karen’s German accent tinged with an oatcake-induced North Staffordshire dialect? Or Paul’s besotted gaze whenever she takes to the microphone? Or is it simply the exquisitely performed music and the happy, warm feeling everyone seems to get at their shows…
With their unique onstage-chemistry and their widely praised harmonies, the Anglo-German duo Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer entertain and engage their audiences “in a likable, humorous style”. Combining their own beautifully written songs with a fine choice of folk favourites, Paul’s vocal and individual guitar style blended with Karen’s voice, clear and yet so powerful, leaves audiences mesmerised: “I have never seen our audience so spellbound!” exclaimed a promoter recently. Karen adds with alto and tenor recorders, Irish flute and whistle – and not to mention the odd German ‘joke’ – to this fantastically entertaining night.
A memorable evening of great music and fun awaits. Definitely a night not to be missed!
Support act will be The amazing Wiz himself: Dick Wilkinson, an amazingly good entertainer and and incredibly good talent.
A not to be missed night
Admission will be $10.00 ($8.00 for WAFF members).
Dorchester Hall, Dugdale St,Warwick
Email: John Ralph
Web: www.wafolk.org.au

Sunday 14th April
A Presentation of Story, Song and Verse; Written and Compiled by Colin Smiley.
With: Phil Beck, Tony Bray, Carmel Charlton and Phil Gray.
3 PM. The Irish Club, 61 Townshend Road, Subiaco.
Tickets: $10 on the door includes an Irish afternoon tea.
Daisy Bates worked with and documented the tribes and customs of Aboriginal People. Breaker Morant is remembered for his horsemanship, bush balladry and for his contentious execution, in the Boer War. Daisy and Breaker didn’t always tell the truth and created “new backgrounds”. Both had dark secrets they kept quiet about! They got married in 1882, but not for long!
Come along and learn about their escapades!
The Australian Irish Heritage Association and Colin Smiley

— Matildas Music Club (twice Monthly, 2nd & 4th Sunday)
Open mic music club. We are having another of our famous BBQs after the session, entry $5, BBQ $5…starts as usual 2pm.
2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.
Music starts 2 pm.
Claremont Bowling Club – 64 Bay view Terrace Claremont.
Plenty of parking. Drinks at club prices.
Entry $5.00
contact 9271 1018 or 9284 2512.

— Contra Dance (Monthly)
The dancing is 2-5pm
St Margaret’s Church Hall, 58 Tyrell St, Nedlands WA 6009
Contra dance is a great chance to meet new people and get some exercise set to amazing music from our live Mega band. An American version of a bush dance, or Ceilidh the dances are easy enough for beginners to join in immediately but varied enough to keep experts interested (with plenty of space for improvisation so bring your best Cajun/tango/? moves) 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.
We usually meet on the Second Sunday of the month, but for exact dates check www.facebook.com/perthcontra (you should not need to have a facebook account to see this page)
More info: Alison Scott ex.carrot@gmail.com 0426 410 561
Dance dates for early 2019 are: April 14th, May 12th, Jun 9th

Monday 15th April
— Monday Supperclub (Monthly) .
featuring the music of an interesting semi-trad duo comprising Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer, he from the UK, she from Germany. They contacted me and I took some persuading, not being a big fan of the more traditional style. But they eventually won me over and I’m looking forward to seeing them live at Supperclub.
You can watch a recent performance by them here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ml5McGSloUI
Our spoken word is, um, me, reading original things. Hope you can make it. Bookings and info at the supperclub website –https://www.juicecreativ.com/monday-supperclub.html
You’ll find everything you need to know about supperclub, along with a link to buy tickets, here: https://www.juicecreativ.com/monday-supperclub.html
Dome Cafe, Railway Parade, Maylands WA
Enquiries 0414 862 306 jcornes@iinet.net.au
6.45 pm Guests seated • 7 pm Spoken word • 7.30 pm Dinner • 8.15 pm Music • 9 pm Coffee
Book Here

— English Music Session (2nd and 4th Monday)
All welcome start 7:00 pm
Normally on the 2nd and 4th Mondays, this month, due to various circumstances, it was on the 4th and will be again on the 18th and 25th.
Mooney’s Subiaco (formerly Paddy Maguires), 328 Barker Rd, Subiaco
No charge (and very reasonable drinks prices!)
The English Music Session has been going for about 4 years, starting at the Moon and Sixpence, and then residing (ironically) at The Irish Club in Subiaco. Now at the new venue above
It is an open-to-all session – – bring along your instruments and tunes and join in, listen, learn, teach English country music (mainly).
Contact Terry Sweet 0413 800 020 terrysweet47@gmail.com

19 – 21 April 2019
— Albany International Folk’ n Shanty Festival
Albany International Folk’ n Shanty Festival is Free!
The purpose of the event is to celebrate international maritime folk music and history. We also recognise the huge health benefits of singing and will be raising money for worthwhile men’s health charities.
Folk and Shanty music is participative so you will hear people joining in with familiar songs and see collaboration between groups of musicians. There will also be workshops and talks to help people who want start their own groups.
Shanty singing has become a massive phenomenon in Europe and North America with huge festivals attended by tens of thousands of people. The reason is simple. It’s easy, fun and makes you feel good.
We hope that you come to Albany and enjoy the music and the beautiful south coast of WA

Sunday 21st April
— Jackadder’s Music Club
Venue: Community of Christ, cnr. Lombardy Ave and Elmwood Street
Cost: $12 Children free Contact Carmel 0412777061 for more info.

26-28th April 2019
More than just a music festival
Early-bird tickets are now on sale for WA’s favourite camping festival.
Back for its 27th year, Fairbridge Festival offers bucket-loads of music and dance acts, along with workshops, stalls and activities the entire family can enjoy.
Fairbridge Festival not only brings together a hand-picked program of some of the best in folk, world and roots music, but in its car-free idyllic camping grounds gives families a wealth of things to do over three full days. DOWNLOAD PRINT FRIENDLY MEDIA RELEASE W/ ALL FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES
Early-bird period is from Monday 14 January, 7:00am AWST until 10 February, 9:00pm AWST.
• Early-bird prices save you over 15% on full priced tickets
• Three-day festival with family camping from $485 for two adults, two children
• Three-day festival without camping from $160 for adults
• Single day tickets from $93 for adults and $56 for evening tickets.

Saturday, 27 April 2019
Irish Club Western Australia, 61 Townshend Road, Subiaco. from 20:00-22:00
‘From the Fields of Connacht, Where the White Rocks Grow . .’
. . episodes from the Irish Diaspora From ‘Orrible Oliver’s White Rocks of Connacht to the Goldfields of Oz, from Kelly of Killane to our own Ned Kelly. Wild tales of Slavery, Rebellion, Murder and Mayhem rattling down all the years even unto Thatcher’s Britain. Amazing stories told with all the verve and black humour for which the Dingo’s Breakfast are renowned.
Tickets · $15 www.trybooking.com

23-26 May
— Events with Jane
Four day performance skills, singing and songwriting retreat at Banksia Springs, Dwellingup with me and Brenda Chapman. Suitable for all levels of musicality. www.juicecreativ.com

31 May – 3 June 2019
— Denmark Festival of Voice
A celebration of the power and beauty of the human voice…
The Denmark Festival of Voice is an intimate festival, held every year over the WA Day long weekend in the beautiful south coastal town of Denmark, Western Australia. Every year hundreds of people come together to watch, listen, learn, laugh, share their stories and sing their hearts out.
Subscribe to our e-Newsletter to stay up to date with Festival news, announcements and more.
Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now! Buy tickets for Denmark Festival of Voice

12-15 July
— Events with Jane
Four day yoga and writing retreat in Yuki, NSW at GYMEA with me and the best yoga teacher i know, Kathryn Ridingj. Gymea is a beautiful retreat space in the rainforest. www.juicecreativ.com

23-30 October
— Events with Jane
Week-long songwriting retreat in Bali. We stay in lovely villas with their own pools. Brenda is coming to this one, too, to teach us about voice care. www.juicecreativ.com

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

1st of Month Hills Folk Club contact: paulinekevin@bigpond.com
Bush Poets & Yarnspinners

2nd of

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

3rd of

Mundaring Folk’n’Blues


2nd of

Matilda’s Music Club – 2pm
Claremont Bowling Club – 64 Bay view Terrace Claremont.
9271 1018 or 9284 2512
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 Jackadderscarmel@carmelcharlton.com

4th of

Matilda’s Music Club – 2pm
Claremont Bowling Club – 64 Bay view Terrace Claremont.
9271 1018 or 9284 2512

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: Dome Cafe, Railway Pde, 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/ClassesDavid & 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



Beaufort St Songwriters Club, Defectors Bar (above The Flying Scotsman) $5 entry

1st of month

Wax Lyrical, Rosie O’Grady, South Perth

Regular Dance Events
(for more details about the groups visit: The Club and Dance page)

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 0414 859 393
Tartan Dancers, 7.45 pm. Dawn Cromb 0414 859 393

Mad Tatters Morris, 7.00-9.00 pm Guildford Town Hall, Guildford. (Please ring first),
9279 8778, email: madtattersmorris@iinet.id.au
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: 2nd and 4th Wednesday 7 – 9pm
reefm@iinet.net.au Karen 0439 844 024 https://www.facebook.com.roseandwattle

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 Carol Phillips 0408 629 571
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

Contra Dancing: 2nd Sunday monthly, 2-5 pm Steven Janowiecki 0422 718 220
Irish Set Dancing: Last Sunday monthly, 6 pm Ken and Connie 9274 5170

Folk On Radio and TV


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



Postal Address:
PO Box 328
EMAIL: wafolk@hotmail.com
ABN: 23 052 531 632>