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WELCOME to the West Australian Folk Federation (WAFF)

WAFF was established around about 1970 with the principle aim of promoting Folk Music and Dance in WA and attracting the National Folk Festival to WA. We bacame an incorporated body in 1974. It has served the state entire, and particularly the Perth Metro area, for over four decades. WAFF is working now to reinvigorate itself and redefine its role as a leader in promotion of folk arts in Western Australia. In the coming months we promise many new and exciting developments. Join us as we work to elevate understanding and appreciation for folk music, poetry, dance, and story-telling.

Notice of the Annual General Meeting
The AGM forfor this year is on Sunday October 14th at 2pm. We will be sending emails out very soon with further information. Proxy Forms etc. will be posted at the same time and will be available from this page soon. If you haven't recieved an eamil by the end of August please email us with a current email address. You must be a paid up member to nominate for committe and to vote at the AGM.

WAFF Affiliated Folk Clubs

WAFF supports new and existing WA Folk Clubs through affiliation. Affiliated clubs can receive benefits though WAFF such as APRA license fees and and other assistance. Affiliated clubs are asked to pay WAFF a small membership fee yearly to help cover expenses for club licenses coverage. WAFF can and sometimes does help with managing clubs and finding performers.

If you would like to start a folk club we are here to help you!

Currently two clubs are officially affiliated with WAFF

A few pics from August

The Rambling Bilbies, Jamie McKinnon,
Gypsy Lou & The Scottish Fiddlers

Wanneroo Folk Club

2nd Friday of the month

Next Club is on 14th September

Special Guest is for September is Jim Jam with support act Bob Rummery & Phil Roeterdink
Jimjam is a fun-loving multi-instrumental and vocal harmony trio performing unique arrangements of folk, blues and jazz plus their own original compositions. Over the last 10 years Jimjam has wooed audiences little and large at major corporate events to small house parties. The trio is also preparing to record an album of all originals and some of these will be performed for the first time at the Wanneroo Folk Club.

Bob & Phil will be showcasing Harry Robertson. Harry Robertson was a scottish born singer/songwriter who came to Australia in the late 1950ís/early 60ís. Among other occupations Harry was in the RN during the second War and served on Ocean Going Tug boats. After the war he spent some years with the Whaling fleet working in the South Atlantic. Wherever he worked he wrote songs about his experiences. When he came to Australia he initially worked in Brisbane with the fledgling Australian whalers along the Northern Nsw and SE queensland coasts. Harry wrote many songs and was very popular at the folk clubs and festivals in Sydney and Melbourne. His songs have slipped off the radar in more recent times and Phil and I thought it a good time to reintroduce some of his songs to present day audiences.
It promises to be a fine night of live music and it would be great to see a big turn out - the hall is pretty warm with the heater on so the cold winter nights should not be a deterrent.

Dorchester Hall, 2 Dugdale St, Warwick.
Find us on Google Maps here
Doors open: 7:30pm, music from 8pm
Entry: $10 ($8 WAFF Members)
Email: John at

On the left Pics from July club night (taken by Rob Oats).
From the top David Cutler (MC for the night), David Beatie, Steve Elliot,
Dee Seac & Tod Russell, Jenny Gaunt, Jenny with Phil & Josh Gray.

Jackadder's Music Club

3rd Sunday of Every Month at 3 PM
Woodlands Reserve Hall, Teakwood Ave, Woodlands.
Find us on Google Maps here

Adults $8, WAFF - Children $2 WAFF members 50% discount
More Information at:
Carmel Charleton 9446 1558
In July we have singer, songwriter Kelly Newton Wordsworth from Williams performing at Jackadder's Music Club and also Dave Maxwell who is a wonderful trumpet player who plays jazz standards. He has played in many top venues and currently entertains at the Indi Bar in Scarborough.
Kelly Newton-Wordsworth is an award winning Western Australian singer-songwriter and farmer with a dedicated international fan base. When she's not tending to her bio-dynamic farm, Kelly is creating and performing music that, quite literally, makes the world a better place. For more information on Kelly's music visit

WAFF Membership

There are several types of WAFF membership. Of course, you may ask yourself why join WAFF? Joining WAFF is an expression of support of WA Folk arts which we believe may slowly be lost without support. It is also a commitment to ensuring that our past traditions are neither lost nor remain frozen in time, but rather they continue to evolve in volume, diversity, and quality. In a state rich with heritage, the blending of peoples from many lands, and the spirit of high adventure, we can all join in to keep it's songs, stories, and dances alive.

Joining WAFF is easy. Just click on the "MEMBERSHIP" link at the top of this page. It will lead you through the membership registration process.
If you have questions please contact the WAFF at:>

A short history about the logo that we are currently using .
Prior to 1997 there was a new "modern look" logo in use which didn't really say much about who we are are what we do. After the failure of the Joondalup Festival the committee decided that we need to go back to basics a bit. As the new Town Crier editor at the time I was looking through the WAFF office and unearthed 2 items. One was a drawing by the late Ken Ferguson which was used as the logo possibly for the National Folk Festival in 1978. The other was a silk screen of Swans which was used for a tee shirt design for one of the early Toodyay Festivals. Up until very recently I had no idea who had designed the T-shirt art work. I have recently discovered that this mystery artist was a lady by the name of Cindy Stonor-McClean, a long time supporter of the WAFF and folk music in WA. I liked the look of both drwaings since they had a connection to both folk music and Western Australia. So after much scanning and fiddling on my computer I combined the two drawings into one, added a guitar, mandolin and banjo from drawings from the internet and the new logo was born. Over time it evolved with the adding of a bit of colour.
(pics clockwise from top left: Ken Ferguson's drawing, the combined version in black and white, the coloured version)

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