Palouse Folklore Society


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November 8th: Friday: with Joe Jencks, Wes Weddell and Dan Maher, at the Unitarian Church in Moscow (Corner of 2nd and Van Buren). 7:30 PM. Admission $15, PFS Members $12.

 

Joe Jencks and Wes Weddell, accomplished singer/songwriters with deep Northwest roots, bring their Fall 2019 tour to the Palouse Folklore Society at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse in Moscow, happily joined by local favorite Dan Maher.

 

Joe Jencks spent the 1990s in Seattle, launching a career that has garnered acclaim for his powerful voice and socially-conscious songs. A 20-year veteran of the international folk circuit (his first national tour featured a stop with PFS at the UUCP), Joe currently calls Chicago home. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove, and grit. While over the past 20 years, Pullman-native Wes Weddell has worked multiple shifts in the engine room of Seattle’s roots music scene as frontman, sideman, writer, teacher, and community-builder. In 2001 he received the inaugural Mary Gates Venture Fellowship to travel the region gathering local lore and turning it into song (My Northwest Home). Celebrated for its thoughtful and accessible approach, the effort earned a “Modern-Day Woody Guthrie” comparison from the Seattle Times and set Weddell on a mission to give voice to his neighbors that continues today. Dan Maher fell in love with folk music as a teenager growing up in Spokane, eventually leading to his involvement with public radio as the host of Inland Folk for nearly 40 years. As a performer, he has played hundreds of shows across the West, having opened shows for many of his non-industrial folk heroes such as Tom Paxton, Norman Blake, Bill Staines, Dave Van Ronk and Utah Phillips. Dan has an vast repertoire of songs ranging from land to sea, classic to contemporary. In his free time he is an avid baseball fan, and loves listening to Vin Scully's broadcasts of Dodgers games. This is a rare treat to enjoy three amazing performers in one show. joejencks.com and wesweddell.com

 

 

 

November 9th and 23rd -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.

 

November 16th: Saturday: COMMUNITY CONTRA DANCE with music by Red Herring and calling by Nancy Staub, at the 1912 Center (Corner of 3rd St and Van Buren in Moscow). 7:30 PM.

 

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'. Nancy Staub from spokane will be calling. She's always great fun. We can hardly wait! 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: The 24th annual Spokane Folklore Society Fall Folk Festival at the Spokane Community College Lair, 1810 N Greene. Free. November 9-10. Be sure to look for performances by Bigger Boat, Arvid Lundin and Deep Roots and Greg and Caridwen Spatz all on Saturday, and then on Sunday, Dan Maher, Floating Crowbar and Tracy Spring. There'll be contra dancing too! spokanefolkfestival.org

 

 

 

Extended Calendar:


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 Potatohead 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 Paul Smith and Alex Roberts and calling by Nora Scott, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.

 

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

 

May 16: Contra Dance with music by Crooked Kilt and calling by somebody cool, at the Blaine Schoolhouse, potluck at 6:30, dancing at 7:30 PM.

 

Jun 20: Contra Dance with music by a groovy band and calling Nora Scott, at the Blaine Schoolhouse, potluck at 6:30, dancing at 7:30 PM.

 

Jul 11: House Concert with Kray Van Kirk in the Attic at 314 East 2nd Street, Moscow. 8 PM. Admission by donation.

 

Jul 18: Contra Dance with music by Paul Smith and Alex Roberts and calling by somebody cool, at the Blaine Schoolhouse, potluck 6:30, dancing at 7:30 PM.