WAFF Committee


West Australian Folk Federation Committee
The WA Folk Federation Committee are a group of volunteers who are elected at the Annual General Meeting of the WAFF membership(generally held in October).
Below is a little information about this intrepid group of people who are currently guiding and administering the WAFF for the members.

Executive Committee
Chairperson: John Ralph
I have been involved in the folk scene for many years both in Australia and in the UK.
I am a full time musician and play regularly around Perth. I also help to organise the Wanneroo folk club. I have been on the WAFF committee for many years now and was privileged to take over the post late 2014. I am passionate about folk music, dance and poetry in all itís forms and and I am looking forward to promoting local folk music and in keeping the spirit of one of the oldest WA folk organisations alive.
Vice Chair: Robert Oats
I have been a member of the WAFF since about 1975 after being introduced to the Stables Folk Club by a friend. I was on the committee in 1978 when the National Folk Festival was in Fremantle and was involved in the Toodyay Folk festival for a number of years. I got back on the committee at the 1997 AGM and served for for about 8 years. During this period I produced the Town Crier (when it was a printed magazine format) and the WAFF web pages and sat in a number of positions on the committee until taking a sabbatical to pursue other things. I returned to the committee as vice chairman after a couple years acting in an advisory role and editing the web pages.
I have been a performer since 1968 and He play guitar, sing and have written, recorded and performed my own material, some of which can be found on a CD called "Tread Softly" which highlights some of his own songs. I have been in a number of bands and currently play with The Rambling Bilbies . I also does the odd sound engineer job (including Wanneroo Folk Club). Rob is a life member of The Nannup Music Club after editing their web page & other online stuff for several years.
I also keep the WA Acoustic Music and Dance Calendar updated which promotes acoustic music events around WA.
Contact for Rob: 04 1890 8899 or rob@thebilbies.com.au
Treasurer: Terry Bonnett
Terry is a Private Dentist in practice since 1997. He has been a member of WAFF for about 18 years and joined the committee in 1998, not long after the Joondalup Festival and was on the committee that helped save the WAFF at that time. He became Treasurer in about 1999 with only one year out of the job during this time.
In Terry's words: "Unfortunately I have no musical talents (can't sing, can't dance, can't do a godamm thing)"
Terry was made a life member of the WAFF at the 2017 AGM for service to the WAFF and the WA folk community. To contact Terry: phone 9279 2875 or waffinc@gmail.com, if you don't mind waiting ages for me to reply.
Secretary Diana Keegan
General Committee
Deb Ralph (Memberships). My responsibilities in the WAFF include helping Terry out with memberships, collecting the money and ensuring members have current cards. At the Wanneroo monthly folk club I collect the admission money on the door with the help of Jean and Jamie. I buy the milk, coffee, tea, and biscuits every month and check we have sufficient supply for the evening. I buy the raffle prize, which is always a bottle of red wine (my favourite) and make sure we have a supply of raffle tickets. Counting the money, ensuring there is a float for change on the night and balancing the Wanneroo accounts.
I work 4 days a week as a nurse, which I still enjoy after 38 years. I look after John, do all the shopping, cleaning, washing and cooking at home (John does help a little). John and I have been married for almost 35 years. I am a terrible singer, completely out of tune, I canít play an instrument but I do love to dance, and I try to attend the monthly contra danceís run by Steve, which are always fun and welcoming. My other hobbies include kayaking, bush and beach walking, cycling and I go to the gym once or twice a week.


David Cutler. Iíve been playing, singing and writing songs since the late 60s mostly in England up til 1975. Iíve still been writing since then but have only very recently come back to performing, if thatís the word, in folk clubs after a long break. I appreciate all genres of folk music and Iím glad to back in this enthusiastic folk scene and to be able to help out on the WAFF Committee.
Wendy Bonnett
Wendy has been a long time supporter of folk music in WA along side Terry.





WEST AUSTRALIAN FOLK FEDERATION INC.
CONTACT DETAILS
POSTAL ADDRESS: PO BOX 328 INGLEWOOD WA 6932
EMAIL:wafolk@hotmail.com
WEB: www.wafolk.org.au
ABN: 23 052 531 652