Palouse Folklore Society


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July 11th: Thursday: House Concert with fingerstyle guitarist, Dorian Michael, in the Attic at 314 East 2nd Street in Moscow, 8:00 PM. Admission by donation.

 

We're very happy to once again welcome back Dorian Michael for an evening of guitar music in the Attic. Dorian started playing guitar as a seven-year old in Los Angeles just as folk music was about to have a renaissance of sorts and earthy acoustic music was his first guitar experience. He has been a working guitarist for four decades and in that time has played plenty of blues and folk, jazz and rock and roll. There has always been a huge variety of playing experience from smoky honky-tonks to theater orchestra pits. At some point along the way he started playing a few solo fingerstyle instrumentals, made a cd and decided he needed to hit the road and see if he could sell all those cds he had. Three solo cds and four ensemble cds later Dorian is still playing throughout the States and Canada. He calls his solo music “contemporary traditional”; original music that reflects his interest in a number of styles of music. These influences come through in his original material, but it is a contemporary music that grows from, rather than mimics, those influences. When he plays someone else’s music or a traditional piece he always manages to add a few surprises. Says Dorian, “Some music makes you feel, some makes you think and some music is just for the fun of it. I try to get to all those places in the space of a performance.”

 

 

July 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.

 

 

 

July 20th: Saturday: FAMILY DANCE at the Old Blaine Schoolhouse (Corner of Eid and Blaine Roads). Dance at 5:00 PM potluck at 6:30 PM.

 

Try simple folk dances involving your circle of relatives, at a Family Dance and potluck hosted by the Palouse Folklore Society at the Blaine Schoolhouse, Saturday July 20th at 5:00 pm, followed by a potluck picnic at 6:30 pm. Its free, family fun: "More fun than Disneyland, Daddy!" according to one 6 year old dancer last summer!

 

For directions, look for a map to the Blaine Schoolhouse at the Palouse Folklore Society website, palousefolk.org; in a PFS newsletter found on the Moscow Food Coop bulletin board, or call 882-0273 for more information.

 

Easy circle, line, contra and folk dances will be taught by Tim Daulton. There will be live music by some cool folks. 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. 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, after the potluck, with caller Erik Weberg and music by Paul Smith and Alex Roberts.

 

 

 

July 20th: Saturday: COMMUNITY CONTRA DANCE with music by Paul Smith and Alex Roberts and calling by Erik Weberg, at the Old Blaine Schoolhouse (Corner of Eid and Blaine Roads). Potluck dinner 6:30, dancing at 7:30 PM.

 

To say that we are thrilled to have Erik Weberg return to call for us is an understatement. Erik began his calling career some years ago here in Moscow, and since has been a much sought after caller and musician on the west coast. And he was part of the crew that put the metal roof on the Blaine Schoolhouse back in 1991. We can also 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!

 

You can find a map to the schoolhouse at our website, palousefolk.org, or in one of our newsletters in the bin on the Moscow Coop bulletin board.

 

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 Palouse Music Festival will come our way again this year on saturday, july 27th, 11am-8pm at Hayton-Greene Park, West Main Street Palouse: Adults: $10 – Kids 6-16: $5 – Kids Under 6: FREE! visitpalouse.com

 

 

 

Extended Calendar:

 

July 11: House Concert with fingerstyle guitarist, Dorian Michael, in the Attic at 314

East 2nd Street in Moscow, 8:00 PM. Admission by donation.

 

July 20: Family Dance with music by Some Awesome People and calling by Tim Daulton, at the Old Blaine Schoolhouse, dancing at 5 PM, potluck 6:30.

 

July 20: Contra Dance with music by Paul Smith and Alex Roberts and calling by Erik Weberg, at the Old Blaine Schoolhouse, potluck 6:30, dancing 7:30 PM.

 

August 17: Family Dance with music by Some Awesome People and calling by Tim Daulton, at the Old Blaine Schoolhouse, dancing at 5 PM, potluck 6:30.

 

August 17: Contra Dance and Pie Extravaganza with music by Under the Wire and calling by Gary Miller, at the Old Blaine Schoolhouse, potluck 6:30, dancing 7:30 PM.

 

September 6: House Concert with Mare Wakefield and Nomad, in the Attic at 314 East 2nd Street in Moscow, 8:00 PM. Admission by donation.

 

September 21: Contra Dance with music by a groovy band and calling by Nora Scott, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.

 

October 8: Concert with songwriter and singer, Bill Staines, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.

 

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 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 a groovy band and calling by somebody cool, at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.