Palouse Folklore Society


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October 5th: Friday: Concert with singer and songwriter David Mallett in the Unitarian Universalist Church, 420 East 2nd Street, Moscow. 7:30 PM. Admission $15 General / $12 PFS Members. Tickets available at the door.

 

It has been many years since renowned songwriter and singer, David Mallett has performed here on the Palouse. We’re in for real treat as this amazing performer makes his way to the west coast for a series of concerts. David Mallett hails from a small town in northern Maine, and in a career that spans four decades, his music has traveled to all corners of the world. His songs have been recorded by more than 150 artists, including Pete Seeger, Alison Krauss, John Denver, Emmylou Harris, and even the Muppets, and his "Garden Song" has become an American folk classic.

 

He has performed in town halls and folk clubs across America and Europe in addition to major venues such as Barns of Wolf Trap, Newport Folk Festival, and "Prairie Home Companion". The Bangor Daily News recognized him as one of the 58 most memorable Mainers of the 20th Century. The readers of FOLKWAX (www.folkwax.com) voted him 2003 Artist of the Year and "Artist in Me" 2003 Album of the Year. He has recorded 14 albums, including “The Fable True” (2007), based on Thoreau’s last expedition in 1857, a spoken word CD with accompanying music. You won’t want to miss this rare opportunity.  DavidMallett.com

 

 

 

October 13th and 27th -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 13th: Saturday: COMMUNITY CONTRA DANCE with music by Under the Wire and calling by somebody cool, 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, 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 his 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. I’m not sure yet who will be calling, but they’re bound to be awesome. Great music and lively dances to keep your feet moving!

 

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 27th: 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:

 

Oct 5: Concert with David Mallett in the Unitarian Church, 420 East 2nd Street in Moscow, 7:30 PM. Admission: $15 / $12 for PFS members.

 

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: Halloween 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 Crooked Kilt and calling by Nancy Staub, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.

 

Dec 15: Contra Dance with music Paul Smith and Alex Roberts and calling by somebody cool, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.

 

Jan 19: Contra Dance with music by a groovy band and calling by somebody cool, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.

 

Feb 16: Contra Dance with music by a groovy band and calling by somebody cool, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.

 

Mar 16: Contra Dance with music by a groovy band and calling by somebody cool, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.

 

April 20: Contra Dance with music by a groovy band and calling by somebody cool, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.

 

May 3: Renaissance Contra Dance with music by a groovy band and calling by somebody cool, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.