Palouse Folklore Society

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January 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.




January 21st: Saturday: COMMUNITY CONTRA DANCE with music by the Brown's Mountain Boys and calling by a host of local callers!, at the 1912 Center (Corner of 3rd St and Van Buren in Moscow). 7:30 PM.


This will be the first visit to Moscow by this recently gathered Spokane band. The Brown's Mountain Boys feature some of the hottest musicians in Spokane. Three members, Mark Harding, Dan Gore and Kelly Bogan, played together for years in the band  "Molly & Tenbrooks," and added the 'fiddle hotshot' Aaron Castilla to round out the quartet. Kelly Bogan is one of the most sought-after banjo and dobro players and instructors in the area. Dan Gore has played mandolin since his early years in North Carolina and has recorded with Tim O'Brien and Pete Rowan. Mark Harding has been a long-time presence on bass and guitar in many Inland Northwest bands. And Aaron Castilla, still in his teens, has been turning heads for the past decade with his amazing fiddle work. There will also be a gathering of callers for this dance as well. Sounds like an awesome way to start off the new year!


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



Free dance lessons at 7:30, 8-10:30 Dance Admission: $6 for members, $8 for non-members and $5 for first time beginners


January 28: Saturday: Concert and CD release celebration featuring Paul Smith, at the Unitarian Church (corner of 2nd and Van Buren in Moscow), 8 PM. Admission: $10 for PFS members and $12 for non-members.


You've all heard Paul Smith's masterful fiddle playing over years as a part the Irish music band Potatohead. And some of you also know that he is a gifted player of several other instruments, including the banjo. Combine this with his scholarly interests in world music and you have something pretty amazing. Paul says on his website,  30 years ago, I found the Rosetta Stone of American music hiding in the piano music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk, especially in his 1854 piece “The Banjo,” which turned out to be a transcription, in fact the only surviving document of African-American banjo music until the 1920s, a link between West Africa and the heart of American roots music. In the next few decades, I published my research, built gourd banjos, and tried to master this intoxicating banjo music. I have at last finished and released the recording of this project, "American Akonting".  So it’s time to celebrate the release of this enchanting CD and to benefit the Palouse Folklore Society at the same time. Paul has very generously offered this concert as a benefit for PFS. The Admission money will go to help support the Folklore Society's efforts to continue bringing great folk music opportunities and contra dancing to the palouse. Join us for this exciting evening of music! 




Extended Calendar:


Jan 21: Contra Dance with music by the Browns Mountain Boys and calling by a host of local callers at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.


Feb 18: Contra Dance with music by Under the Wire and calling by possibly Morna Leonard at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.


Mar 18: Contra Dance with music by the River City Ramblers and calling by Nora Scott at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.


Apr 15: Contra Dance with music by The Acrasians and calling by Pat Blatter at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.


May 5: Renaissance Contra Dance with music by Dogpaw and calling by somebody cool TBA at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.


May 20: Contra Dance with music by Out of the Wood and calling by somebody cool TBA at the Old Blaine Schoolhouse, 7:30 PM.


June 10: Contra Dance with music by Out of the Wood and calling by Nora Scott at the Old Blaine Schoolhouse, 7:30 PM.