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WELCOME to the web pages of the West Australian Folk Federation (WAFF)

WAFF was incorporated 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.

      John Ralph, WAFF Chairman

Current WAFF Affiliated Folk Clubs


WAFF supports new and existing WA Folk Clubs through 'affiliation.'  Affiliated clubs can receive benefits though WAFF insurance and APRA license fees.  Affiliated clubs are asked to pay WAFF a small membership fee yearly to help cover the Federation's 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 (especially in the Perth Metro Area) we are here to help you!

Currently two clubs are now officially affiliated with WAFF -


Dan Walsh & Gypsy Lou

Hot Toddy

Josh Gray

Wanneroo Folk Club

2nd Friday of the month

Next Club is on 13th April

Next club will be a Sing-a-Round. 

Yes the famous Wanneroo Sing-a-Round is back for another chance for people to play a couple of songs "in the round" (yes only 2 songs each to allow everyone to get a go). This format has been going gang busters the last few times we have done it so get in early. If you don't sing, play an instrument or recite poetry just come and enjoy the craic.

March saw a brilliant night of wondeful entertainment featuring the amazing The Cityslickers (Ian Simpson, Wayne Perry & Peter Harper). They didn't disappoint and in fact got an encore! Ian and Wayne bounced virtuoso fret work between them and showed why they are held in such high esteem. 

Support act for the night is Fiona  (from Twisted Herring and the Perth Scottish Fiddlers) and Stuart (WAPOL). Another stunning act with a lot of new material. The small pipes and fiddle intertwined to present a wall of Celtic sound. The floor spots were also pretty good with David Beatie opening with his guitar instrumental work and Kate Manera singing a few of her own songs unaccompanied. 

So come along for another great night of music.

Dorchester Hall, Cnr Dugdale, Warwick. 

Doors open 7:30pm, music from 8pm

$10 ($8 WAFF Members) (It may be cheaper for Sing-a-Round nights)

Email: John at johndralph@Hotmail.com

Jackadder's Music Club                                             

3rd Sunday of Every Month at 3 PM

18th March


We've just had notice that this may be the last Jackadder's in Woodlands because from April the City of Stirling are closing us down in favour of a sporting group who want to use the hall after their game.

Please come along on Sunday at 3pm to support our club and enjoy the great music.

We're working on a strategy to keep our venue and we need your support.


Hope you'll be able to come along to Jackadder's Music Club.

It will be a lovely show with "Jane and The Rain" delivering a textured, melodious show coloured by wit, joy and a sense of social awareness." Jane Cornes (Doris), Neil Steward (Summerhouse, Amnesia, Phoenix Club) and Chris Clark (Del Mundo) have performed for many years in various bands, but since forming Jane and The Rain in early 2016, they've returned to their first love – fine, nuanced originals performed with the minimum of technical wizardry to live audiences around Australia.

Jane's soaring vocals combine with thought-provoking lyrics and careful musical arrangements. Jane and the Rain love playing to listening crowds, particularly at house concerts and festivals. They also have a policy of giving back to their community, and regularly perform free of charge at charity events and for causes they believe in.

Also performing will be the brilliant and respected fiddle player Fiona Davidson. She has recently formed a group (1 keyboard, 3 fiddles) and we are looking forward to hearing them at Jackadder's.

Venue: Warren Lake Hall, Teakwood Ave, Woodlands

Cost: $8 Adults – Children free

Time: 3pm For more info call Carmel 0412777061

 Woodlands Reserve Hall, Teakwood Ave, Woodlands.                     

 Adults $8, WAFF - Children $2 - WAFF members 50% discount        

 Carmel Charleton 9446 1558 carmel@carmelcharlton.com               

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 of 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.

  • Reduced entry fees at all WAFF sponsored events including folk club meetings, concerts, and more
  • Subscription to the WAFF quarterly newsletter
  • Listing in the WAFF database as a performer, with free advertisement and priority placement at WAFF events
  • Opportunities for learning including instruction, song sheets, workshops, and more
  • A source of information on concerts, festivals, and other folk-related events
  • A chance to join in a community that has a focus on fun, fellowship, and folk

  • WAFF Child - Free (WAFF member children are given free membership up to age 12 years, allowing free entry to all WAFF sponsored events)
  • Individual Membership - $20 per year (allows one adult full WAFF benefits)
  • Family Membership - $30 per year (allows a member and partner and two children up to age 19 full WAFF benefits)

Joining WAFF is easy.  Just click on the "Join US" button at the top of this page.  It will lead you through the membership registration process.  You can pay your dues using PayPal or your credit card (secure transaction).

If you have questions please contact the WAFF Membership Officer at: WAFolk@hotmail.com 




EMAIL: wafolk@hotmail.com

WEBSITE: www.wafolk.org.au

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