Palouse Folklore Society

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September 6th: Friday: House Concert with folk duo Mare Wakefield and Nomad, in the Attic at 314 East 2nd Street in Moscow, 8:00 PM. Admission by donation.


We have another wonderful concert coming up in the Attic, Friday, September 6th at 8 PM. We're extremely fortunate to catch Mare Wakefield and Nomad as they head out this way from their home back east to play at the tumbleweed festival and do a few other shows along the way. Mare and Nomad are an Americana folk duo based out of Nashville Tennessee. Mare grew up in Southeast Texas and was heavily influenced by the alt-country sounds coming out of the Lone Star State. Nomad is from Istanbul, Turkey and carries a full arsenal of classical and jazz chops at his piano-playing fingertips. They've been together twelve years, married for almost nine, and have been making music together all the while.


Versatility and travel-scapes are evident in their music. Listeners roam through Arizona deserts, Oklahoma oil fields and Amsterdam canals. Journeys go inward too, exploring hope, heartbreak and barroom brawls. Story and song are woven together by Mare’s intimate delivery and Nomad’s exquisite piano and accordion. Currently based in Nashville, the pair were 2015 and 2016 Kerrville NewFolk finalists and 2015 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists. “Mare Wakefield & Nomad remind us of what it means to feel the sweetness in a song and hear the smiles and the tears in shared stories.

Skilled in varied musical styles, they keep an audience engaged and delighted.”  ~  Dalis Allen, Producer Kerrville Folk Festival. Check them out at...



September 14th and 28th -Saturdays: SLOW JAMS (Second and fourth Saturdays) from 1-3 PM 314 East Second St. attic (up the long driveway and up the back stairs.) For any interested folk musicians.  All experience levels welcome, including raw beginners. We may go over a piece more than once.


Bring music or chords if you have them and share a little of what you are working on. There will not be an audience. We just go round in a circle picking a favorite tune, and others try to join in. Perfection not even considered! Come join us.




September 21st: Saturday: FREE FAMILY DANCE SESSION at the 1912 Center in Moscow (Corner of 3rd and Van Buren). Dance at 6:30 - 7:15 PM .


Try simple folk dances involving your circle of relatives, at a Family Dance hosted by the Palouse Folklore Society at the 1912 Center, Saturday September 21st at 6:30 pm, followed by our regular third saturday contra dance at 7:30 pm. Its free, family fun: "More fun than Disneyland, Daddy!" according to one 6 year old dancer last summer!


Easy circle, line, contra and folk dances will be taught by Tim Daulton. All ages are welcome from babies to grandparents! We encourage kids learning with adults, in a variety of folk and line dances. No experience or partner is necessary.  A great introduction to our evening dance!


Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. The only rules are to have a good time and bring your smile.


Folks attending the family dance are welcome to stick around for the contra dance that evening, starting at 7:30pm, with caller Nora Scott and music by Red Herring. Call 208-882-0273 for more information.




September 21st: Saturday: COMMUNITY CONTRA DANCE with music by Red Herring and calling by Nora Scott,  at the 1912 Center (Corner of 3rd St and Van Buren in Moscow). 7:30 PM.


This will be our first dance back in the 1912 Center, our lovely Community Center. So bring along your dancing shoes and join us. We have an excellent band to drive the dancing for the evening, Red Herring. This band is made up of some of the liveliest contra dance musicians in the area. Coming to us from Spokane and Sandpoint, this band features members from the bands 'The Bridgewater Boys' and 'InTentCity'. Nora Scott from Spokane will be calling. She's great fun. We can hardly wait! After your first few weeks of school, you'll be ready to kick up your heels and have some fun. We'll see you there for a wonderful evening of contra dancing!


Beginner? No problem- Arrive at 7:30 and there are free lessons.  No Partner? No worry. There are lots of dancers - many would like to dance with you. All dances are taught. Singles, families & beginners are always welcome. Children are always FREE


Free dance lessons at 7:30, 8-10:30 Dance Admission: $6 for members, $8 for non-members and new dancers get in for $5




Some cool non-pfs events: PFS will be doing a little contra dance demo at the Latah County Fair on Saturday September 14th on the outdoor stage from 12:30 to 1:30 PM. Invite your friends to come check it out, and maybe join in a dance or two up on the stage. Music will be by Under the Wire, or parts thereof, and calling by someone awesome, of course.




Extended Calendar:


September 6: House Concert with Mare Wakefield and Nomad, in the Attic at 314 East 2nd Street in Moscow, 8:00 PM. Admission by donation.


September 21: Contra Dance with music by Red Herring and calling by Nora Scott, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.


October 8: Concert with songwriter and singer, Bill Staines, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM. Admission $15 at the door, PFS members get in for $12.


October 12: Contra Dance with music by Paul Smith and Alex Roberts and calling by Nancy Staub, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.


October 26: Halloween Contra Dance with music by The Acrasians and calling by Pat Blatter, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.


November 16: Contra Dance with music by Red Herring and calling by Nancy Staub, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.


December 21: Contra Dance with music by a groovy band and calling by somebody cool, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.