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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 -


Wanneroo Folk Club

2nd Friday of the month

Next Club is on 11th May

Next club Special Guests: Bluegrass Parkway. 

Next meeting will have the pleasure of one of Australia's premier bluegrass bands. This amazing group always popular so be early to get a good seat.

The Sing-a-Round in April was a great hit with both performers and audience and will be back again soon. If you like the idea then contact us and give us your thoughts as to the possibility of running one monthly or 2 monthly. 

So come along for another great night of music.

Dorchester Hall, Cnr Dugdale, Warwick. 

Doors open 7:30pm, music from 8pm

$5 ($3 WAFF Members) 

Email: John at johndralph@Hotmail.com

Jackadder's Music Club                                             

3rd Sunday of Every Month at 3 PM

15th April


We've just had notice that this may be the last Jackadder's in Woodlands because  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.


We have had a stay of execution for April. 

Our fabulous special guests Martin & Coole will be performing on Sunday 15th April. As this is just prior to Fairbridge, they are bringing their festival line up, which will be: Emma Birkett – vocals, ukulele, Jonathan Cope – vocals, guitar, mandolin, Ian Simpson – banjo, dobro, guitar, Malcolm Mah – double bass, Stella Huang – Chinese hammer dulcimer,Merlin Ma – bamboo flute. How's that for a line-up?

Martin and Coole play a blend of folk, swing and blues, and feature the songs of Jonathan Cope and Emma Birkett. Their debut recording ‘The Roaring Gimlet’ released in 2017, combines their close vocal harmonies, guitar, ukulele and mandolin, embellished with dobro, banjo, violin, harmonica, double bass, plus the yangqin, the traditional Chinese hammer dulcimer.

They mostly set their songs in a local West Australian context sharing modern and old stories; like the true tale about a friend that spent a night in a maximum-security prison for not wearing his bicycle helmet; a FIFO (Fly-in Fly-out) widow’s lament; or the trad style folk ballad about Goongarrie, a Goldfields ghost town out near Lake Ballard in central Western Australia. The duo often play with some wonderful and diverse musicians and are currently exploring an innovative Australian Chinese cross-cultural sonic line-up.

We also have some wonderful support acts. Lynda Martin is a very fine songwriter who plays the guitar with finesse and her sweet and lyrical vocals will have you wondering why we've not heard more from this excellent performer.

Also performing will be singer songwriter Peter Hancock with his wonderful stories and songs of Australia plus his rich vocals and gentle guitar.

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

ABN: 23 052 531 632

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