Palouse Folklore Society


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February 10th and 24th -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.

February 17th: Saturday: COMMUNITY CONTRA DANCE with music by Under the Wire and calling by Joseph Erhard-Hudson, at the 1912 Center (Corner of 3rd St and Van Buren in Moscow). 7:30 PM.

We had a wonderful turn out of new people at the last dance, and we hope to see all of their smiling faces again this month. We have one of our favorite callers, who is also excellent with newer dancers, Joseph Erhard-Hudson, to lead us through the dancing. And we have an excellent band to drive the dancing. Under the Wire is made up of John McInturff on fiddle. A long time staple of contra dance bands in this area. You've heard is masterful fiddle playing with the Hired Hands band and more recently with Coyote Hill; amazing multi-instrumentalist, Greg Hodapp, will be playing banjo, concertina and perhaps some whistle this time around; David Christian from Captain Ludd's Rant and Barefoot Saturday will provide the rhythm guitar; and holding everything together on bass will be Doug Park, veteran of Captain Ludd's Rant, Henry C and the Willards, Tom Drake and Undiscovered Country and numerous other bands over the years. 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.

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

Non-PFS events of note

 

A Memorial Service for David "Ranin' Coahran will take place on Saturday, February 17th at the 1912 Center. The service will begin at 1PM and there will be a social hour at 2PM. The service will be in keeping with the Quaker tradition, essentially silent meditation with a “worship sharing” format –meaning people who would like to say something about Ranin can speak out of the silence. There will have a couple of mic runners to help guarantee a little space between speakers, so folks can appreciate what was said. A memorial minute will be read near the beginning by Ranin's long time partner, Jimmi Mead. John Elwood will provide music prior to the memorial, and during the social hour. Come and help celebrate the life and gifts of our long time friend and community member.

 

The Spokane Folklore Society is presenting the amazing musician and prolific composer of contra dance tunes, Larry Unger, who will be in playing in Spokane in early February. He'll be joined by fiddle player Audrey Knuth for a house concert on Tuesday, February 6th at 7PM, then they'll be playing for a special extended Wednesday night contra dance on the 7th at the Woman’s Club on the corner of 9th and Walnut. The dance starts at 7PM and Emily Faulkner will be calling. For directions and more information regarding the house concert contact lparks.nidaho@outlook.com. Sponsored by the Spokane Folklore Society!

 



Extended Calendar:

Feb 17: Contra Dance with music by Under the Wire and calling by Joseph Erhard-Hudson, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.

Mar 17: Contra Dance with music by Red Herring and calling by Nancy Staub, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.

Apr 21: Contra Dance with music by Paul Smith & Alex Roberts and calling by Nora Scott, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.

May 4: Renaissance Contra Dance with music by a groovy band and calling by somebody cool, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM. Note this is a Friday !

May 19: Contra Dance with music by a Under the Wire and calling by somebody cool, at the Blaine Schoolhouse, potluck 6:30, dance at 7:30 PM.

June 16: Contra Dance with music by a groovy band and calling by Nora Scott, at the Blaine Schoolhouse, potluck 6:30, dance at 7:30 PM.

July 21: Contra Dance with music by Paul Smith & Alex Roberts and calling by somebody cool, at the Blaine Schoolhouse, potluck 6:30, dance at 7:30 PM.

Aug 18: Contra Dance and Pie Extravaganza with music by Floating Crowbar and calling by Ray Polhemus, at the Blaine Schoolhouse, potluck 6:30, dance at 7:30 PM.

Sept 15: Contra Dance with music by the River City Ramblers and calling by Nora Scott, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.

Oct 13: Contra Dance with music by Under the Wire and calling by somebody cool, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM. Note this is a second Saturday!

Oct 27: Contra Dance with music by the Acrasians and calling by Pat Blatter, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM. Note this is a fourth Saturday!

Nov 17: Contra Dance with music by a groovy band and calling by somebody cool, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.