The diary below is for classical guitar and related music in Western Australia. Send information by email to Graham Hawkes or by phone 92 74 20 09 / 0420 619 414.
More information about the performers and events can be found by following links in the diary.

Plucked Strings
6 to 7pm every Sunday

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Plucked Strings presenters

Plucked Strings
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Darryn Santana
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Programme co-ordinator
Graham Hawkes

Plucked Strings is an established radio programme on every Sunday evening from 6 to 7pm. The programme was presented for many years by Naomi Millett and now by Darryn Santana, Jason Marais and Graham Hawkes. They present a varied programme of music from the rich world of the guitar and related instruments, notice of guitar events, live performances, new releases, Guitar Society news, interviews and requests. The RTRFM web site offers live broadcast, re-streaming from archives of previous shows and playlists.

Requests - how to
We welcome your requests.
Between us we have a fair range of music but since we cannot bring a whole library into the studio, a request may take a week or two to be broadcast.
phone = 92 74 20 09.
email =
RTRFM email =
To make your email easier to find, please put PLUCKED STRINGS in the subject line.
RTRFM Studio
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Click for A history of this radio programme
We have a project to create a history of this wonderful radio programme. The show and its predecessors are among the longest running on this station which was also the first FM station in WA.
Plucked Strings and its predecessors celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the first broadcast [6th April 1987]. Anniversary edition of the show on 2nd April 2017.
PLEASE get in touch with additions and/or corrections.  Email Graham Hawkes.

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EventDate / Time Venue
Silver Sands Guitar Trio

Jonathan Paget
Nathan Fischer
Craig Lake

Part of City of Perth
Winter Arts Season
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Three inspirational, internationally-acclaimed guitarists perform ambient music to inspire, from Australia to Latin America, with a supporting act by the WA Guitar Society Orchestra. Award-winning guitarist Jonathan Paget (based at the WA Academy of Performing Arts) and Perth's own Craig Lake, are joined by Malaysian-based virtuoso Nathan Fischer in this stunning new ensemble.
3pm Sat
1st July

Tickets: $35 adults, $25 conc/members
Perth Town Hall
Cnr Hay St & Barrack St

City of Perth Parking options include: (1) Pier Street (between Murray & Wellington), (2) Council House (27 St Georges Tce), (3) Perth Concert Hall (Terrace Rd)

Plucked Strings
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This programme featuring music for mandolin

Broadcast with Graham

6 to 7pm Sun
July 2
On the radio RTRFM 92.1
Live stream on the internet =
'UKE' CAN DO IT! Interested adults can learn the humble ways of the Ukulele in this hands-on workshop run by collector, instructor and passionate player, Daniel Burton.
This fun introductory session will soon have you rocking out to Vance Joy, Green Day and The Beatles on your ukulele in no time. All basics will be covered from the correct way to hold your 'uke', to tuning, basic chords and strumming patterns, learning several songs along the way.
Participants can enjoy a glass of wine and cheese will be provided, so why not grab a group of friends and make a night of it?
2:00-4:30pm Thurs
6 July


There's also sessions for the kids at 2pm July 11 - search Discover! Ukele on for more information.

Philippa White
PHONE: +61 8 6488 2054
35 Stirling Hwy
WA 6009
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RTRFM at 40
6 to 7pm Sun
July 9
On the radio RTRFM 92.1
Live stream on the internet =
RTRFM Radiothon Party Celebrate the start of RTRFM's most important week with the Radiothon Party taking place ... Help RTRFM celebrate its annual pledge drive raising much needed funds to keep the station on air. 7pm Sat
Aug 12

Self guided trails - a format that allows ultimate flexibility and entertainment. Produced in partnership with RTRFM
State Theatre Centre of Western Australia
174-176 William St
Perth WA 6000

Sunday Aug 13

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August 11 to 20
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Classical Guitar Showcase

Classical Tuesdays
A tasty Tuesday series of free classical lunchtime concerts featuring staff, students or visiting guests.
WAAPA Music web page
1 pm Tues
Aug 15
Music Auditorium
WA Academy of Performing Arts
2 Bradford St
Mt Lawley
UWASOM Guitar Ensemble
Guitar students at University of WA
Free entry - no bookings required Lunchtime Concert
1.00pm Frid
18 Aug
Callaway Auditorium
School of Music
University of WA
Karin Schaupp
(classical guitar)

Claire Edwardes
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Claire Edwardes
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Karin Schaupp

Celebrated guitarist Karin Schaupp joins forces with percussionist extraordinaire Claire Edwardes in an all Australian program of enthralling musical landscapes. Through the mellow and sensual medium of marimba/vibraphone and guitar, the audience is taken on a musical journey through the Australian outback, sojourning in lush rainforests and soaking up the sun on warm beaches. Karin Schaupp and Claire Edwardes are two of Australia's best-loved musical artists and this is a rare privilege to hear them play together.
7.30pm Frid
Aug 18

$36 Full, $28 Conc/Friends
Bookings open
18th Jul Friends
25th Jul Public

WAAPA Music web page
Judith Cottier Theatre
Perth College
31 Lawley Crescent
Mount Lawley

This event is run in partnership with the WA Classical Guitar Society which was founded in 1960 to provide a vehicle for professional development, forums and master classes, a platform for performances of local, interstate and over seas artists, and the general promotion of the classical guitar throughout Western Australia.

More info about this huge festival
Instrumental Music School Services web page
Acclaimed international artist Karin Schaupp is festival artist and adjudicator this year

The aims of the Festival are:-
  • To provide a performance opportunity for students (especially young students).
  • To give ensembles an opportunity to hear others perform.
  • To provide each ensemble with constructive comments from an informed adjudicator.
  • To present each ensemble with a certificate which recognises its participation.
No other event in WA involves the participation of any where near the number of guitarists who go in the Festival.
Last year 70 ensembles involving 1,160 students!
Sat 19 Aug
Sun 20 Aug

Deadline for entries
Frid 2nd June
Carine Senior High School
51 Everingham St
nationwide tour
Rupert Boyd and cellist Laura Metcalf
Cellist Laura Metcalf and Rupert Boyd
SEP.03 - Perth
SEP.04 - Albany
More info later

Down South Tour

Guitar students at University of WA
More info soon Sept 4-10 ?
Manjimup Bluegrass JamCamp 2017 Weekend full of workshops and jam sessions. World class tuition from:
Donal Baylor, fiddle
Ian Simpson, banjo
Adam Gare, mandolin
Tony O'Rourke, guitar
Dave Johnson, mandolin and guitar, will be there to run beginner instrument workshops, jam sessions and singing sessions for anybody not registered for the weekend JamCamp
Sept 22-25
Queen's Birthday Long Weekend
more info soon
Tommy Emmanuel CGP* joined by guest Steve Wariner CGP
* Certified Guitar Player
Australia's world acclaimed acoustic guitar icon Tommy Emmanuel CGP returns home this September with the power and dynamism of a full band to his solo acoustic playing.
Tom's message is pure love for the guitar and the music and his delight in sharing it with the world, one audience at a time. Tommy's greatest honour was being named by his childhood idol Chet Atkins as a 'Certified Guitar Player' (CGP). The legendary US guitarist and producer Atkins gave this designation to only five players in history.
For the first time ever in Australia, two CGPs will perform on the same bill, as Tommy is joined by special guest Steve Wariner CGP, direct from Nashville. An acclaimed hit songwriter and world-renowned finger style guitarist, Steve will open all shows - and he and Tommy may even team up for some very special surprises.
8:00PM TUE
26 SEP
COST From $79.90
Tickets from
Perth Concert Hall bookings
Perth Concert Hall
5 St Georges Terrace
Perth, WA 6000
Karin Schaupp

Guitar Masterclass
WASO International Artist Masterclass Program continues to welcome world-class visiting artists as they inspire, challenge and celebrate some of Western Australia's finest young musicians. 7.00pm Wed
4 Oct

Free entry - Bookings are essential
Callaway Auditorium
School of Music
University of WA
Karin Schaupp

Karin Schaupp Plays Rodrigo

RAVEL Pavane pour une infante défunte
RODRIGO Concierto de Aranjuez
Christopher Dragon conductor
An exhilarating concert of fantastical tales and exotic colours.
Ravel's Pavane evokes the courtly world of Renaissance Spain with as much perfumed nostalgia as Rodrigo's popular guitar concerto does. Rodrigo described his glorious concerto as capturing "the fragrance of magnolias, the singing of birds, and the gushing of fountains."
Rimsky-Korsakov's equally popular tone poem Scheherazade plunges you headfirst into the exotic world of the Tales of the Arabian Nights. Former WASO Assistant Conductor Christopher Dragon is joined by acclaimed Australian guitarist Karin Schaupp in this enchanting concert.
". a flawless performance from Karin Schaupp, the like of which I have not heard before." - Classical Guitar (UK)
Two performances

7:30PM Fri
Oct 6
7:30PM Sat
Oct 7

Tickets from WASO
Perth Concert Hall
5 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
Rosemary and Thyme:
The English Guitar
Music Direction:
Jonathan Paget
Performed by:
Classical Guitar students with Jonathan Paget (guitar) and Stewart Smith (piano)
hrough the passion and artistic genius of Julian Bream, the guitar in England was repositioned at the leading edge of musical excellence, with stunning interpretations of works by the likes of Britten, Walton, and Tippet. Celebrate Bream's artistic legacy and the English guitar heritage in all its richness and poetry, from the Renaissance to the present day. The evening showcases performances by WAAPA guitar students, and features Jonathan Paget and Stewart Smith in a special performance of Mr Shand's Guitar Concerto.
WAAPA Music web page
7:30pm Wed
Oct 11
$27 Full
Bookings open
12th Sep Friends
19th Sep Public
Music Auditorium
WA Academy of Performing Arts
2 Bradford St
Mt Lawley
Guitar Plus
Collaboration with composers
UWA guitar students present a collaborative concert, performing an exciting program of rarely heard chamber music featuring guitar with other instruments.
Free entry - no bookings required 5:00pm Frid
13 Oct
Callaway Auditorium
School of Music
University of WA
    Concluded events below    
A Call from Afar
The West Australian Guitar Ensemble
Guitarstrophe! invites you to take some time off on Sunday to relax and experience sounds from Italy, Switzerland and Paris with a rich and diverse repetoire featuring works by Giorgio Mirto, Olivier Bensa and Jurg Kindle.
Guitarstrophe! web page

We are a youth guitar ensemble made up of high school and tertiary students, based in Perth, Western Australia. Guitarstrophe! aims to provide young, talented guitarists the opportunity to further develop their musicianship and performance.
2pm Sun
June 25
Free refreshments

Tickets - please email Caroline
Leederville Town Hall
84 Cambridge St
West Leederville 6007
FLAMENCO PURO returns to the Fly
With international guest artists
Jazmin Centeno & Andrius Masilionis
Much loved local ensemble 'Flamenco Puro' welcome international guest artists Jazmin Centeno and Andrius Masilionis to join them to present an exhilirating evening of Spanish music song and dance. The young and vibrant couple are based in Seville, where they have studied extensively with many renowned artists and regularly collaborate with prestigious artists. They travel extensively, performing and conducting workshops worldwide. 8.00pm SAT

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Fly By Night Musicians Club at Vic Hall!
179 High St
Guitar Horizons A WAAPA guitar student showcase 7.30pm Tues
6 June

St Patrick's Anglican Church
Mt Lawley
(corner First Ave and Beaufort St)
Edwin Chng

Plucked Strings
with guest
Edwin Chng
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RTRFM at 40
6 to 7pm Sun
June 4
On the radio RTRFM 92.1
Live stream on the internet =
UWASOM Guitar Ensemble
UWA guitar students will present a free concert of solo and ensemble works ranging from Baroque classics of Vivaldi and Bach to modern works by Australian composers.
Free entry - no bookings required Lunchtime Concert
1.00pm Frid
26 May
Callaway Auditorium
School of Music
University of WA
Jonathan Fitzgerald
Guitar Masterclass
UWA's Jonathan Fitzgerald will present a masterclass for talented high school guitarists.

Free entry - no bookings required
5.00pm Bar Open
for 5.30pm Frid
19 May
Callaway Auditorium
School of Music
University of WA
Join Alice Keath and the Grigoryan Brothers at the National Gallery of Victoria
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Slava and Leonard Grigoryan are regarded as Australia's finest guitar duo and have been delighting audiences around the country and the world with classical, jazz and world music.
The brothers will perform highlights from their new album Songs Without Words, amidst the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh. Songs Without Words focuses on the most personal, intimate classical repertoire - arranged by Slava and Leonard's father, Edward Grigoryan.
from 6:00pm Fri
12 May
Booking required
ABC web page
Broadcast on ABC Classic FM 97.7 from National Gallery of Victoria
Guitar Brazilliance
Music Direction:
Jonathan Paget
Performed by:
Classical Guitar students and staff
Join us for a fiesta of Latin American guitar music from Villa-Lobos to Bellinati and beyond, performed by WAAPA guitar students and guest artists the SilverSands Guitar Trio (Jonathan Paget, Craig Lake, and Nathan Fischer). The guitar artistry of South America dances to the tune of the choros, the samba, the waltz and the tango!
WAAPA Music web page
7:30pm Thurs
11th May

$27 Full, $22 Conc/Friends
Bookings open 4th Apr Friends, 11th Apr Public
Music Auditorium
WA Academy of Performing Arts
2 Bradford St
Mt Lawley
Daniel Champagne
LIVE at Four5Nine
"This young Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist has become a renowned performer throughout his home land and now around the world" (Firefly Column)

At Nannup weekend March 4/5
again in May
8pm Wed
May 3
Mojo's Bar
237 Queen Victoria St
North Fremantle
8pm Thurs
4 May
Rosemount Hotel
459 Fitzgerald St
North Perth 6006
RTR40for40 Throughout April RTRFM is running a donation drive called $40 for 40. Will you donate $40 for 40 years of RTRFM, $1 a year? There are no prizes, there are no slogans. At the end of the month all the names of those who subscribe will go onto a large wooden board, you may call it an honour board which will be kept at the RTRFM studio forever, making people a part of RTRFM history. All of April

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In the Pines 2017 24th edition of In The Pines
In The Pines will be the same as always with a stella line up of 20 local bands.
Broadcast live all day.

Announced to play this local music day of days are;
11:45: Welcome to Country, 12:00: Jeff's Dead, 12:30: Bells Rapids, 1:00: The Picture Gardens, 1:30: Solar Barge Big Band, 2:00: Phil Walley-Stack, 2:30: Craig Hallsworth, 3:00: Doctopus, 3:30: Dream Rimmy, 4:00: Forstora, 4:30: Childsaint, 5:00: Apricot Rail, 5:30: Instiut Polaire, 6:00: Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group, 6:30: Rag N' Bone, 7:00: POW! Negro, 7:30: Sodastream, 8:00: Hideous Sun Demon, 8:30: Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, 9:00: The Love Junkies, 9:30: Jebediah
Tickets on-line from RTRFM

All day Sunday
11am to 10pm
30th April

RTRFM broadcast from Somerville Auditorium so Plucked Strings not on
Somerville Auditorium
Univiserity of WA
Launch of Album "Luminous"
"I'm proud to announce that I'm Launching my 1st Album "Luminous" at the Subiaco's iconic Late Night, Live Music Bar & Restaurant, The Spruce Goose. There'll be some food for compensation from the restaurant.

I have a couple of AWESOME support acts, RASTA SHOULDERS (instrumental Duo) and Lucy Rose Burlington (singer songwriter)"
6 to 10pm
Sun April 23

R.Yoshi is a fingerstyle guitarist, songwriter from Japan who travelled across Australia and has lived far away from home.
The Spruce Goose
71/75 Rokeby Rd
Subiaco WA 6008
Phone: 0455 591 152

Jane Austen's Drawing Room

Stewart Smith (Clementi Square Piano), Jonathan Paget (Rene Lacote guitar) and WAAPA Music students
In the fashionable Georgian age of Jane Austen's romance novels, square pianos were the mainstay of domestic music-making. The square piano, which features prominently in the Stewart Symonds Collection, was an English invention that allowed compact affordable pianos to fill the drawing rooms of thousands of homes. English music-making of this era includes a surprisingly rich repertoire of songs for piano and guitar. 3pm Sat
22nd April

Tickets: $27 full; $22 conc/friends; Phone (08) 9370 6636 or purchase tickets online

WAAPA Music web page
Music Auditorium
WA Academy of Performing Arts
2 Bradford St
Mt Lawley

Plucked Strings

interveiw with Eliza Bourgault de Coudrey - harpist
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Eliza's web page
6 to 7pm Sun
April 9
On the radio RTRFM 92.1
Live stream on the internet =
Robin Thomson 2017
Robin Thomson
First presenter 1987

Plucked Strings

Interview with
Robin Thomson
First presenter of this show in 1987
40th birthday for this radio station
30th birthday for this programme

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A history of this radio programme

Broadcast with Graham
6 to 7pm Sun
April 2
On the radio RTRFM 92.1
Live stream on the internet =
Katie Noonan & Karin Schaupp
Katie Noonan
Karin Schaupp
Songs of The Latin Skies
Karin's web page

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp have an intuitive musical connection. Their collaborations have earned them high praise and their latest co-creation, Songs of the Latin Skies once again promises to enchant audiences.
Join them on Thursday, March 23 at the Quarry Amphitheatre as they journey through the great South American songbook of bossa nova, samba, salsa and tango, interpreting work by Gilberto Gil, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Luis Bonfa, and more. Bring a picnic and a bottle of wine and join Katie and Karin for the last show of the summer.
6:00pm THU
MAR 23

Tickets from Ticketmaster
The Quarry Amphitheatre
City Beach, WA
8:00pm Frid
MAR 24

Tickets from Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre
Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre

Plucked Strings

Interview with Karin Schaupp
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6 to 7pm Sun
Mar 19
On the radio RTRFM 92.1
Live stream on the internet =
An Evening in Paris

Parisienne jazz manouche with Sassafras; Jessie Gordon on vocals, Adrian Galante on clarinet, Lachlan Gear and Aaron Deacon on acoustic guitars and Pete Jeavons on double bass.
7 shows 6.30pm
Mon Feb 13
Sun Feb 19

Tickets from Fringe World site
The Ellington Jazz Club web site

The Ellington Jazz Club
191-193 Beaufort St
Ph 9228 1088


Fri 10-Sun 12 Feb

VUYANI ENSEMBLE Thur 16 Feb, St George's Cathedral [sold out], Albany, Denmark

15 Feb, Albany, Denmark
The divine harmonies of the Vuyani Ensemble - with guitarist Giuliano Modarelli - are woven through Maqoma's vibrant movement to bring this story of race, politics, cultural tradition and personal legacy to life.
Link TO PIAF + Modarelli Various PIAF venues - follow link
Eloquence Music
histoire du tango

Mathew Laurenson, guitar
Sara Duhig, violin

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a swathe of tango pieces, mostly by Piazzolla and Mathew Laurenson
3 shows 9.15pm
9th, 10th and 11th of Feb

Tickets $20 from Fringe World site
His Majestys Theatre- Dress Circle Bar
825 Hay St
WA 6000

Plucked Strings
with guests from Sassafras
Lachlan Gear
Adrian Galante & Jessie Gordon
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Ref: "An Evening in Paris"
6 to 7pm Sun
Feb 5
On the radio RTRFM 92.1
Live stream on the internet =

Plucked Strings
with guest
Mathew Laurenson
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Ref: Eloquence Music, histoire du tango
6 to 7pm Sun
Jan 29
On the radio RTRFM 92.1
Live stream on the internet =
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