Palouse Folklore Society


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October 8th: Tuesday: Concert with folk legend Bill Staines, at the 1912 Center in Moscow (Corner of 3rd and Van Buren). 7:30 PM. Admission $15, PFS Members $12.

 

Anyone not familiar with the music of Bill Staines is in for a special treat. Bill has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. Now, well into his fifth decade as a folk performer, he has gained an international reputation as a gifted songwriter and performer. Singing mostly his own songs, he's one of the most popular and durable singers on the folk music scene today, performing nearly 200 concerts a year and driving over 65,000 miles annually. He weaves a blend of gentle wit and humor into his performances. Bill's music is a slice of Americana, reflecting with the same ease his feelings about the prairie people of the Midwest or the adventurers of the Yukon or the everyday workers that make up this land. www.acousticmusic.com/staines/

 

 

 

October 12th and 26th -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.


 

October 12th: 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 Nancy Staub and music by Paul Smith and Alex Roberts. Call 208-882-0273 for more information.

 

 


October 12th: Saturday: COMMUNITY CONTRA DANCE with music by Paul Smith and Alex Roberts and calling by Nancy Staub,  at the 1912 Center (Corner of 3rd St and Van Buren in Moscow). 7:30 PM.

 

We can expect some great music from Paul Smith and Alex Roberts. Sometimes the best music is made when its kept simple, like dancing to just fiddle and guitar. Paul Smith is familiar to all of you from his work over many years with the local Irish music band, Potatohead and his groovy gourd banjo album which he released a couple of years ago. With Alex Roberts providing back up on guitar we're in for a lively evening of music and dancing! And we're fortunate to have Nancy Staub calling for us. She's always great fun.

 

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


 

October 26th: Saturday: HALLOWEEN CONTRA DANCE with music by the Acrasians and calling by Pat Blatter,  at the 1912 Center (Corner of 3rd St and Van Buren in Moscow). 7:30 PM.

The Halloween dance is always one of our favorite dances during the year. Here’s your chance to dress up and whoop it up! And we’re in for a treat as this band and caller make their way to moscow all the way from Boise. Currently a 4-piece band, consisting of Tim Sommer on guitar and about anything else, Monica Pollard on piano, and Ken Pollard & Jan Beckwith on fiddles. They play Scottish, Scandinavian, and American folk music and are the house-band for the Boise Contra dances. Caller Pat Blatter is also a regular at the Boise dances. By way of expanding our vocabulary, Acrasia: the state of mind in which one behaves contrary to their own better judgment, possibly through a weakness of will. Socrates thought such behavior was impossible. Some of us have found it is not. It'll be a frightfully lively evening. Great contra dancing from wonderful people. Someone will again be doing photos during the mid-dance break. So plan to come on out and join us! Costumes are fun and encouraged, but not necessary.

 

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

 

Extended Calendar:


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 8: Concert with Wes Weddell, Joe Jencks and Dan Maher, in the works.

 

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 Potatohead and calling by a host of local callers, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.

 

January 18: Contra Dance with music by a groovy band and calling by somebody cool, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.

 

February 15: Contra Dance with music by a groovy band and calling by somebody cool, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.

 

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

 

April 18: Contra Dance with music by a groovy band and calling by somebody cool, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.

 

May 1: Renaissance Contra Dance with music by a groovy band and calling by somebody cool, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.