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.
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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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-- We want to put YOUR ACOUSTIC GIG HERE -

If you want 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: (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Your Name for verification purposes (not for publication):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
(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 (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.

-- Regular Song & Spoken Word events can be found down the page.

Friday 22 September 2017
… AND NOW THE BIG NEWS: the internationally esteemed Tükrös Ensemble, one of Hungary’s finest, is coming to Australia and to PS Art Space to perform at Hemispheres.
Doors open 7pm Tickets: $20 (booking & $25 (Door)

September 22-25th
-- Manjimup Bluegrass JamCamp 2017
Manjimup, Queen's Birthday Long Weekend.
Featuring Donal Baylor - Fiddle Tutor for the Manjimup Bluegrass JamCamp 2017.
Weekend full of workshops and jam sessions. World class tuition from:
Donal Baylor, fiddle. Ian Simpson, banjo. Adam Gare, mandolin. Tony O'Rourke, guitar. Dave Johnson, mandolin and guitar,
All will be there to run beginner instrument workshops, jam sessions and singing sessions for anybody not registered for the weekend JamCamp.
We are really excited to have Donal Baylor as the fiddle tutor for the Manjimup Bluegrass JamCamp this September long weekend, 22-25th. The weekend will offer a tutors concert,workshops, jam sessions and exceptional tutoring form some of the best bluegrass players in Australia. Dont worry if you're not a fiddler. We have also secured Ian Simpson, banjo, Tony O'Rourke, guitar and Adam Gare on Mandolin. Don't miss out! Early bird registrations opening soon.
Donal Baylor is deeply passionate musician who is interested in all things related to traditionally based music in whatever its form, but particularly bluegrass and old time string music. He specialises in fiddle, but also plays acoustic guitar, clawhammer banjo, mandolin and ukulele. For the past 15 years, he has been the fiddler in Bluegrass Parkway and also is part of the Canberra-based Black Mountain StrSing Band. http://www.donalbaylor.com
Banjo Tutor for the Manjimup Bluegrass JamCamp 2017. Ian Simpson is coming to the Manjimup JamCamp as our Banjo Tutor. This promises to be a weekend full of music, learning, jamming and good times. The weekend offers multi level workshops, slow and fast jams, a concert and a bush dance. Program and registrations coming soon. Ian Simpson is one of Australia’s most accomplished banjo players. He won the Australian National Banjo Championships at Tamworth no less than 3 times in 1983, 1986 and 1987. Ian’s career highlights include recording over 20 albums with Slim Dusty, seven Golden Guitars at Tamworth with The Flying Emus, three Australian National Banjo Championships, an ARIA and other awards too numerous to mention. He’s picked for Paul Kelly and fooled around with the Sensitive New Age Cowpersons; no-one’s ever going to agree on who is Australia’s pre-eminent banjo player, but everyone’s will have Ian Simpson on their shortlist! Ian plays a variety of instruments including the guitar, Dobro, pedal steel and double bass, but admits the banjo is still his passion. Multi award winning acoustic duo Jane Germain and Ian Simpson’s new album Home on the Hill features songs they have been creating together from raging bluegrass, hard driving blues, to old timey banjo duets and alt country. Check out the new Ian Simpson and Jane Germain album Home On The Hill on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVfB8TwCPDM
Let your friends and book you accommodation now.
Early Bird Registrations Now Open!

September 24th
-- Acoustic Sessions at the FHC
Forest Heritage Centre. Dwellingup, WA
The FIRST performance of our Acoustic Sessions is FAST APPROACHING! Jenny and Josie, live in the Amphitheater, 24th September. Bring along a Picnic Basket and Blanket, or preorder picnic baskets from Blossom on the Paperbark. BYO Alcohol.
For Bookings and further information please see our Event Page at www.facebook.com/events/103730073574510

26th September
Australia’s world acclaimed acoustic guitar icon Tommy Emmanuel CGP returns home this September, for an increasingly rare capital city tour. Tommy brings the power and dynamism of a full band to his solo acoustic playing, with incredible charisma, stunning speed and dexterity and unerring command of melody.
Tom’s message is pure love for the guitar and the music and his delight in sharing it with the world, one audience at a time. Tommy’s greatest honour was being named by his childhood idol Chet Atkins as a ‘Certified Guitar Player’ (CGP). The legendary US guitarist and producer Atkins gave this designation to only five players in history.
For the first time ever in Australia, two CGPs will perform on the same bill, as Tommy is joined by special guest Steve Wariner CGP, direct from Nashville. An acclaimed hit songwriter and world-renowned finger style guitarist, Steve will open all shows - and he and Tommy may even team up for some very special surprises.
Perth Concert Hall.

Thursday 5 October
-- Fred Smith – Great album Tour – spring 2017
CD Launch for ‘Great’
Navy Club – Fremantle 64 High Street, Fremantle
7:30pm start with Liz Frencham, Carl Pannuzzo and Eleanor Firth on violin
Tickets $25 Adult, $20 Concession, bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/RWBC
They have a nice restaurant so if you’d like to dine before the show call 9336 3757 to reserve a table.
So, I set out to have a quiet winter, but ended up recording a double album. I recently emerged from the mastering suite blinking into the sunlight and the realisation that I really ought to do something about selling it. It is in this regard that I write. It is called Great.
We will be coming west with Liz Frencham and Carl Pannuzzo to launch the sucker on Thursday 5 October at the Navy Club in Fremantle. I’ll also be playing a little house concert in Kalamunda and the lovely Nanga festival which I understand is on the verge of selling out.
Then we’ll be hitting the road touring it to Perth, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle, Tassy, and Upper Lansdowne! Great is a collection of two dozen story songs set in America. Songs about people really. Americans are people too.
The first disc is acoustic: guitars, fiddles, banjos and dobros playing stylings from folk ballads to bluegrass to country. It features some lovely playing and backing vocals from Liz, Carl, Pete Fidler and various other tasteful sidemen. The second disk is a honking tonking rollicking affair with drums, bass, trumpets and other instruments-of-whoopee chiming in on styles from rockabilly to blues to disco, culminating in my maiden foray into hip-hop. What could go wrong? Actually, the single is called What Could Go Wrong. We’re making a video. I’ll send you a link to it when its cooked.
This is a commercially absurd adventure - no one makes double albums anymore - but it all works as a coherent thing, and would be good company on a road trip I suspect. The songwriting I’m proud of. There’s a fair bit of pizztaking, naturally, but also some ballads said to be very moving by the few who have heard them.
If you would like to order a pre-release copy, email me your postal address and I’ll send you one along with an invoice for 30 bucks.
Hope to see you at the launch. It's been too long since I travelled west.

Friday 6th October (monthly)
Held at Falls Farm Cottage on Neil Tonkin Park, Cagney Way, Lesmurdie at 8pm. $10 entry. Kids free. We will still have the pot belly stove on to keep you warm.
Contact Pauline Tonkin 92916026 / paulinekevin@bigpond.com

6-8 October 2017
Just a quick note that NANGA#10 is nearing sellout. We have a limited number of Day Tickets available for those who can't join us for the entire weekend. There are also a few Weekend Entry Tickets available.
With plenty of Nanga nostalgia, Artistic Director Jane Cornes Mclean has been rekindling connections with some crowd favourites from past festivals. We're hoping many of you will reunite for the festivities.
Nanga welcomes the return of Kristina Olsen! Kristina enthralled us at the inaugural Nanga with mesmerising performances culminating in an unforgettable 'Womensong' round robin.
Kallidad will also return with the scorching hot flamenco fusion that lit up the stage in 2014.
We’re very pleased to announce the return of Fred Smith Trio! Fred created some incredible vibes at the 2012 festival with witty storytelling and sensational compositions.
The committee is also thrilled to welcome Bush Gothic whose haunting interpretations of bush ballads are a perfect fit for the rustic festival backdrop.
Enda Kenny makes a welcome return with some great material from his new CD Heart Tattoo.
Liz Frencham will also join the party – with her classy vocals and jazzy double bass.
We’ll call the Penny Larkin and Carl Pannuzzo return a homecoming. With so many epic and touching moments over the years, they feel like part of the family.
The same holds true with Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse who are reforming just for Nanga#10!
Bernard Carney brings the magic back to the Nanga stage with his wit, charm and consummate guitar skills.
Rose Parker Trio will also join the celebrations and deliver some inspiring new material.
Craig Sinclair returns with his trademark acoustic slide supporting his effortless vocals and introspective compositions.
We’d also like to welcome renowned WA wordsmith Kate Wilson for some scintillating poetic performances.
Check out each bio on our website's Artist page by clicking: Nanga#10!
Nanga is offering a special loyalty price (email recipients will have recieved their code) of $120 per adult (plus accommodation) on weekend entry tickets for you and all of your group. This loyalty price is available only from 20-27 July, after which our Earlybird price of $135 (plus accommodation) becomes available. After 17 August, the full entry price rises to $145 (plus accommodation).
Accommodation: Bunk style, shared accommodation and ablutions along with limited camping and campervan spots are available, at cost, for only $80. Make sure you book your accommodation when booking your entry ticket.
Meals: With no food stalls at Nanga (just Mick, our lovely coffee man), the festival offers pre-booked, catered meals throughout the weekend. The meals represent great value and are priced with no profit to the festival. Individual meals or a Meals Package can be selected at the booking site after you have booked your entry pass and made your accommodation selection. Shared self-cater facilites are also available on-site in Timbarra Lodge or Currawong Lodge.
We are so pleased to reach ten years and realise that it is due to the long term support shown by the entire Nanga community. nangamusic.org.au

Sunday October 8th (Monthly)
-- Contra Dance
The dancing is 2-5pm
St Margaret's Church Hall, 58 Tyrell St, Nedlands WA 6009
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.
www.facebook.com/groups/perthcontra (you need to log in)
More info: Steven Janowiecki steven.janowiecki@gmail.com 0422 718 220
Dances for the rest of the year: Nov 12, Dec 10, all are Sunday afternoons from 2-5pm, http://www.facebook.com/perthcontra

Indian Ocean Hotel, Hasting Street, Scarborough Artists performing include Rick Steele, Howie Morgan, Minky and Rosco, Carmel Charlton. All proceeds go to the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
Time: 2pm onwards Entry: $10 per person at the door.
Great prizes to be won

9th October (date TBC)(monthly)
at 19:30
The irresistable song of the Siren calls you back to the July 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.
Clancy's Fish Pub Fremantle, 51 Cantonment street, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160

-- Monday Supperclub
Our next supperclub features Victorian musician Carl Pannuzzo. Carl is probably best known for his performances with Totally Gourdeous, but if you've never caught him as a solo act, you're in for a treat. Carl's heartful stage presence, combined with his brilliant songs, make this a highlight of my Supperclub year :).
We're also delighted that local poet Mags Webster is making a welcome return to Supperclub.
Oh, now that the weather is getting warmer we've updated the menu to encompass a couple of salady things - Greek salad with lamb, and Salt n pepper squid salad. Go us!
Tix and info at www.summersupperclub.com
Monday Supper Club is a not-for-profit event created and hosted by Jane Cornes Maclean. It offers a showcase of fine, independent musicians and wordsmiths. If you plan on coming along, yippee and please read the bit bottom right about it being a listening event. Booked performers are fed and paid a modest fee. Any money left over goes into the kitty to subsidise less well-attended events and an annual holiday to Bali for the organisers. Joke. If sufficient tickets are sold, organisers and volunteers (Jane, Flora and Neil) also eat for free. Otherwise, they pay for their own meals.
If you'd like to be notified as new events are announced, please join our email list. Tickets to the club must be booked and paid for online in advance via the link above. There are no door sales.

12th October (monthly)
-- The Fremantle Writers' Block
- dont miss this night full of great songs and impromptu collaboration, with songs on the theme of "Heartland"
Clancy's Fish Pub
Great songs, No door charge, Meals available
Starts 7.30

13th October 2017
-- Wanneroo Folk Club Special International Act
This month we feature KIERAN HALPIN.
If the measure of a songwriter is the number of artists singing their songs – then Kieran Halpin must be considered a great modern writer of songs. There can be few writers on the acoustic/folk scene in Europe today who have had more songs covered. Names like Ilse De Lange (All The Answers), Vin Garbutt, Dolores Keane, The Battlefield Band, John Wright, Flossie, Niamh Parsons, Chris Jones and countless more have recorded his songs. In fact his songs can be heard in folk clubs, pubs and festivals all over the world sung by the famous and not so famous. Often the songs are better known than the writer himself! Some have been translated into German, Finnish and Spanish! He has recorded albums in his native Ireland, Scotland, London, Nashville, Oxford and Sydney. www.kieranhalpin.com Dorchester Hall, Cnr Dugdale, Warwick. Doors open 7:30pm, music from 8pm
$20 ($15 WAFF Members) (prices to be confirmed for this special international performer)
Email: John Ralph
Web: www.wafolk.org.au

14th October
-- Fremantle Folk Festival 2017
Pleased as punch to announce the line up for Fremantle Folk Festival 2017. Tickets available this Monday.
Last years pre sale purchasers check your email today as you have a chance to nab one early for supporting the first event! Super excited to see The Pigram Brothers, Circus WA's Big Top and our family and VIF ticket offers! Sponsors and Patrons revealed shorty.
Tickets available here from Monday 21st - https://fremantlefolkfestival.oztix.com.au/?Event=77472
A family friendly boutique festival of music, culture and fun in the heart of the port city.
Princess May Park Cantonment St, Fremantle 6160

SUNDAY 19th October (monthly)

Venue: Warren Lake Hall, Teakwood Ave, Woodlands Time: 3pm
Cost: Adults $8 Children free
For more information contact Carmel 0412777061 or carmel@carmelcharlton.com

November 3rd - 5th
-- Australian Bush Poets 2017 National Championships
Info is on the WA Bush Poets Website. At the Memorial Hall Stirling Tce, Toodyay
Full details at www.wabushpoets.asn.au/natchamps.html

10th November 2017 (Monthly)
-- Wanneroo Folk Club
The great Wanneroo Sing-a-Round
A chance for everyone to do a song or 3 "in the round". We set the seats up in a big circle and work our way around with each performer singing a song or 2 (depending on the numbers) until we reach the beginning. then we have a break for a cuppa and we do it again!
Come along to try out new songs, old songs, tunes, poetry, whatever. Performing is optional so if you just want to listen that's OK as well.
Dorchester Hall, Cnr Dugdale, Warwick. Doors open 7:30 pm, music from 8 pm
Email: John Ralph
Web: www.wafolk.org.au

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
Bush Poets & Yarnspinners

2nd of

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

3rd of

Mundaring Folk'n'Blues

4th of


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



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 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: 2nd and 4th Wednesday 7 - 9pm
reefm@iinet.net.au Karen 0439 844 024 https://www.facebook.com.roseandwattle
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

Contra Dancing: 2nd Sunday monthly, 2-5 pm Steven Janowiecki 0422 718 220 www.facebook.com/groups/perthcontra
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



Denmark Festival of Voice 1 - 4 June 2018 (WA Day long Weekend) PERFORMER APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN. CLOSING END OCTOBER

Fairbridge Festival 2018 Artists and performers Welcome to Fairbridge Festival 2018! We are already working hard on creating another great festival. The dates are confirmed for 20-22 April 2018. Performer expressions of interests open on 7 July 2017, and close on 15 September 2017. If you, or someone you know, can contribute something amazing, we’d love to hear about it!
Application Expressions of Interest:
Music acts and comedy
Dance displays and workshops, arts and crafts workshops, talk and panels, and participative wellness workshops
Street theatre, circus, and theatre
Further information: Maisie Glen Artist Administration artists@fairbridgefestival.com.au

Nannup Music Festival Are you keen to apply to perform? Or to present a workshop, or a panel? Or something else in mind ? If you would like to join us for Our 2018 festival - Just a heads up that applications close in 2 weeks! 15 July is last day to submit.. Stage, kids, street, health, art, panel, workshop, educate... Whatever it might be.. 2,weeks until closed. If you are keen to be part of the festival, or know someone that is, applications will be available via our website on the 1st of May. Or you can email Phaedra - artists@nannupmusicfestival.org

Guildford Songfest - The Guildford Association is excited to present the inaugural Guildford Songfest on the weekend of 16 & 17 September 2017.
Using the beautiful historic buildings of Guildford, The Guildford Songfest will present a weekend of workshops and performances in venues around the Stirling Square Village Green in Guildford.
Please visit our website at www.guildfordsongfest.weebly.com for more information about this exciting new festival. Applications for choirs to perform are open now and can be completed online by visiting the website. Applications will close on May 30.
With venues for the festival ranging from the majestic Guildford Town Hall to more intimate chapels, we intend to develop a varied and exciting program including some well-known headline acts showcasing smaller vocal groups for your enjoyment.
Come and spend the weekend with us in the Swan Valley and experience everything Guildford in Spring has to offer.
For more information please visit the web site above.

Inaugural Jungka Jungka Festival A heads-up about the inaugural Jungka Jungka Festival to be held in Norseman at Easter. This is a free event celebrating the Great Western Woodlands, the largest remaining temperate woodland on the planet.
For more details, see https://www.wilderness.org.au/events/jungkajungka-woodlands-fesitval-wa.
I've been working with the organisers about entertainment options for this. I know it's a tricky time of year, but there may be people in your circles who would be interested in a bit of performance exposure. I don't think there is any option for payment, but the camping will be free.
Could you please pass this information on to your contacts to see if anyone is interested. It will be great to get people involved at in the beginning of a festival.
Please ask them to contact me to express interest. Rob Phillips, 0416 065 054, r.phillips@iinet.net.au

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