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

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by submitting your WA Folk or acoustic music event to the link below.
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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)
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Your Name for verification purposes (not for publication):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 (We are not associated with that list) or any of the other email based gig guides then why not "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.

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

A number of the regular clubs will be in holiday mode so may not be on in late December or January. Check with the contact before going.

JANUARY 3rd-13th 2019
-- Jenny Gaunt
Jenny is a songwriter and multi instrumentalist with a social conscience. Personal and authentic while mixing the lighthearted with the melancholy in a perfect yin and yang, her songs really ‘get you in the feels’. Jenny’s experience touring Europe, Australia and within the West Australian folk scene has well prepared her to step out solo. She mixes a proven love of storytelling with raw feeling to create her new songs.
Her debut solo EP, Complete Part 1, was released in November, carried by her playing on guitar, keys and cello. This tour sees her performing alongside Ashley Wheeler (double bass) and Emily Verschuer (violin).
Jan 3: at Coalmine Beach Holiday Park, 2515 Coalmine Beach Rd, Walpole, Western Australia 6398
Jan 4: Thurlby Herb Farm, North Walpole, WA, Australia
Jan 5: Freehand Wines, Denmark, WA, Australia
Ja 11: (duo) Liberté, Albany, WA, Australia
Jan 13: Gypsy Tapas House, Fremantle, WA, Australia

Sunday 13th January
-- Matildas Music Club (twice Monthly)
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.

Thursday 14th January
-- 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.

-- English Music Session (2nd and 4th Monday)
All welcome
The English Music Session has been going for about 4 years, starting at the Moon and Sixpence, and now residing (ironically) at The Irish Club in Subiaco.
It is an open-to-all session - - bring along your instruments and tunes and join in, listen, learn, teach English country music (mainly).
2nd and 4th Monday evening - start 7:00 pm Irish Club, Townshend Rd. Subiaco
No charge (and very reasonable drinks prices!)
Contact Terry Sweet 0413 800 020 terrysweet47@gmail.com

Thursday 17th January
-- 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

Friday 18th January 2019
-- John Ralph .
Busy next weekend coming up Playing originals and covers at Movie nights for Stockland sponsored by Telstra. John is a performer and Teacher. Multi instrumentalist.Plays British /Irish Australian and American acoustic music.Also Classical Guitar, Pop and Rock. He is also the Chairman of the WA Folk Fed.
Friday.18th Jan 6pm-7.30pm Trampoline Park Banjup
Sat 19th Jan 6.pm=7.30pm Harrisdale Shops Park
A bit of busking as well. Sat 19th Perth Farmers Market
Sun 20th Streats,

-- Mundaring Folk ‘n’ Blues (Monthly 3rd Friday)
Roll Up Roll Up,We’re Back!
Here we are again, a start of another year – attempting the impossible. That being to offer something to suit everyone.
In an effort to accommodate the increasing number of acts eager to play the club it has been decided to make changes to the format where possible by reducing set times and increasing the number of acts per show.
And so, with out further ado, opening the first show for 2019 is a select few, first-year WAAPA students experiencing the club for the first time. Nelson, Sabrina, Finn and Siobhan have some experience performing on Perth stages but, have yet to experience THE club and THE Audience. And as always, we are pleased to offer an opportunity to new talent and what may be our musical future on display.
Opening the second set, another new face to our stage though not the club; Izzy – an established drummer of note explains, tongue in cheek, “my transition to folk n blues ? I found Bob”! Though still drumming with the band, she still performs solo acoustic sets with songs “lovingly arranged and delivered on guitar with harmonica in a laid back picking style sure to please fans of early Dylan and more.”
Next up another local seen performing intermittently around the hills enlisted in various ensembles but now presenting a solo set of his original material is Eric Nordberg. Eric is blessed with a gift of contemporary song writing, impressive guitar work and huge vocal ability. His appearances leave none in doubt of his passion for performance and craft.
Completing and complimenting the line-up is the familiar face of Ms Jenny Gaunt. Formerly one half of the now extinct Littlest Fox, the writer, cellist, guitarist and vocalist returns with her new trio featuring fiddle, double bass, guitar and a selection of original Australiana and a new EP to promote.
Doors open 6.45pm with show start of 7.30pm. Bar and food available and the usual gang in attendance.
Check out the website – http://www.mfnbc.iinet.net.au

Sunday 20th January
-- Jackadder's Music Club
Note the new start time 2:30 pm
Come along and enjoy our first show at for 2019.
Venue: Community of Christ, cnr. Lombardy Ave and Elmwood Street
Cost: $12 Children free Contact Carmel 0412777061 for more info.
Please note there will be no concert in January. Jackadder's starts up again on Sunday February 17th.

27th January
-- 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.

Monday 28th January
-- English Music Session (2nd and 4th Monday)
All welcome
The English Music Session has been going for about 4 years, starting at the Moon and Sixpence, and now residing (ironically) at The Irish Club in Subiaco. After a short break it will resume Monday 8 October.
It is an open-to-all session - - bring along your instruments and tunes and join in, listen, learn, teach English country music (mainly).
2nd and 4th Monday evening - start 7:00 pm Irish Club, Townshend Rd. Subiaco
No charge (and very reasonable drinks prices!)
Contact Terry Sweet 0413 800 020 terrysweet47@gmail.com

Friday 1st Febrauary 2019
-- HILLS FOLK CLUB (monthly, 1st Friday)
The HILLS FOLK CLUB Friday 1st February features Steve Turner, one of the most popular performers on the UK folk scene. Steve is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who also plays cittern, mandolin and banjo. His latest album was released on 7th December 2018, featuring Eliza Carthy, Martin Simpson and Sam Carter.
This will be a fantastic night and a great way to kick off the new year at 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

2nd of February 2019
-- Folk In the Mandurah
It’s that time again! If you would like to perform at the next Soiree, could you start considering your items, two for the official programme, (and any more for the post-programme jam session if desired). As per the previous e-mail, our starting time for the official programme will be 2.30p.m. finishing at 5.p.m., (with a break of approximately 30 mins at 3.30 p.m. for munchies, tipples etc). Please register you interest by sending details to this e-mail address, and I will list and acknowledge by return e-mail. From this week, I will also publish a listing of performers and songs weekly so as you can all keep advised of who is doing what etc. Steve and Anne have already registered on behalf of the Lucky Stars, as has Al Riebau from Merriwa Acoustic Club, and Mal has indicated his intention on behalf of “Mal and Helen”.
The (rough)theme is travel or movement, of any sort, from place to place. This is not a mandatory requirement, but just to give a general focus. We also would like to welcome back our regulars and any recent performers. We look forward to seeing you all again!
The format will be the same as before, and I would ask that if you have any special equipment, again let us know so as we can allow time for set-up. Contact and address from Ian Long [ilo78333@bigpond.net.au]

Friday 8th February
-- Wanneroo Folk Club (2nd Friday Monthly)
International Artist Steve Turner will be our special guest this mont. More info soon
Admission will be $10.00 ($8.00 for WAFF members).

Dorchester Hall, Dugdale St,Warwick
Email: John Ralph
Web: www.wafolk.org.au

Sunday 10th Febuary
-- Matildas Music Club (twice Monthly)
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.

-- 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: Feb 10th, Mar 10th, April 14th, May 12th, Jun 9th

Thursday, 14 thJanuary 2019
-- The Fremantle Writers' Block (monthly, 2nd Thursday)
Starts 7.30
Clancy's Fish Pub
Great songs, No door charge, Meals available

1-4 March 2019
-- Nannup Music Festival
Nannup Music Festival is an event that brings community together. People come from near and far to immerse in a Weekend Of Discovery.
Our 30th Birthday is for us, something to celebrate. 30 years of festivals, created by a tiny not for profit community organisation. Run by the community, for the community. This community swells over the festival, where thousands come to little Nannup for a memorable weekend of music and more.
To celebrate our 30 years we will be bringing some of the favourites back, whether from the early days like Bernard Carney and Ballpoint Penguins or from over the years, like Eric Bogle, Neil Murray and Loren Kate. We have more recent favourites returning, like Southern River Band, Bec Sandridge and Mathas. Then of course there are those to be discovered; and we will leave these for you to find...
Another celebration that we will share over our 30th Festival, is our new Home. Yes, Nannup Music Club Inc are now proud home owners. We have been fortunate to secure a loan allowing us to purchase a property within our festival site! Here we house our offices, workshop and storage space and our new 'Secret Garden' venue. It is truly wonderful having a space to work, create and call 'home'. Please pop in and see what we are creating and share in our birthday celebrations.
So, 30 years and a new home... it feels like big steps in where our dreams and visions are going and we really believe that it's the wholeheartedness of our event, its creation, its punters, supporters, performers and volunteers that together have helped us get there.
Nannup Music Festival is created and experienced in love and this is something we all share over each Labour Day long weekend. It's a weekend to come as you are, alone or with loved ones, young or old, and have fun. Listen to great music, meander along the river, eat delicious food, take part in a workshop, wander the festival stalls and the shops in town, play in the park, camp in the bush, swim in a water hole, busk on the streets; whatever you love about a weekend away, we are sure you will find in your weekend at the Nannup Music Festival.
Nannup Music Festival

March 2-4, 2019
On the holiday long-weekend of March 2-4, 2019 Drakesbrook Fine Wines will present a Festival like no other in Waroona, Western Australia. A 2 day Festival with Internationally renowned Artists such as Guitar Legend Hank B Marvin accompanied by Nunzio Mondia, Gary Taylor, The Robin Nolan Trio from Amsterdam and more. Relax and unwind to the delightful sounds of stunning Gypsy Jazz music that will make you happy, want to dance and chill as you feast on your hampers and sip Drakesbrook Fine Wines.
Each day will commence with a walk through the extensive Gypsy Jazz village surrounding the beautiful Drakesbrook Winery lake. There you will observe pop-up markets, market stalls, trinkets and merch stalls, food tents, trailers and vans, VIP tents, marquee bars and musician gazebos. Jazz music will break out during the day from the Winery Lake Deck with some surprise Gypsy Jazz musicians, Swing Dancers and more. Each day will culminate into an evening concert by the lake where you can enjoy delicious foods with great wines or beer - picnic style. Lanterns and lake lights will be aglow as the Sun dips behind the hills. Sit back and enjoy this most incredible concert with your friends and family.
Drakesbrook Winery in 22 Prince Rd Waroona, Waroona, WA.

15 to 17 March
-- Tony Backhouse
Singing with Soul, Inspirational a cappella workshop in Black Gospel and related styles.
Tony is a fantastic teacher of Afro-American Gospel music. He facilitates workshops in New Zealand, Australia and internationally and has a impressive ability to inspire other people. Come and share a soul-tingling weekend of singing with Tony!!
Beacon Yoga Centre, 151 South St, Beaconsfield.
Friday 7.30 – 9.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 10.00 – 3.00pm.
Weekend ticket - $175/ $155
Friday - $25/ $20
Saturday or Sunday - $95/$85

People are welcome to come for the Friday introductory session, just one day or the whole weekend.
Booking - contact Gyan gya42@yahoo.com 0415 995 121

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

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.

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

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 more details about the groups 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 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 Alison Scott ex.carrot@gmail.com 0426 410 561 www.facebook.com/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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Fly By Night Club Needs New Home
The Rise and now the Fall of Victoria Hall
In an ominous move from a cash strapped group, it has been announced by Fremantle Council that Victoria Hall will be sold.
Given that this Talbot Hobb's masterpiece is a high quality example of a community hall saved several times for the community, the question must be - to be sold to whom for what? Built in 1897 as a parish hall for St John's Church when the dynamic Archdeacon Watkins was building a Church of England empire in Fremantle, which included also building ten cottages in Cantonment Street, Victoria Hall has been an important part of the community. It is a special property. As one observer noted: "Victoria Hall is like a Victorian musical instrument - it has wonderful acoustical qualities... you first need to know how to play it."
You can read more at: https://www.facebook.com/TheFremantleSociety
Fly By Night Musicians Club are looking for a new home. If you know of any potential venues or have contacts that do please forward your ideas onto contact@flybynight.org. The Club is currently in talks with multiple venues around Fremantle and Perth but we cannot reveal too much at this stage.

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

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