Palouse Folklore Society


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February 11th and 25th -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 15: Wednesday: House Concert featuring Anna and Elizabeth, in the Attic at 314 East 2nd Street, 7 PM. Admission by free-will donation.

 

We're very excited to be hosting Anna and Elizabeth in the Attic at 314 East 2nd Street in Moscow, on Wednesday, February 15th at 7 pm. The collaboration between Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle spans worlds—between their homes in Brooklyn and rural Virginia; between deep study of mountain ballads and explorations into the avant garde. They spent the summer and fall touring across the US, UK, and Ireland, including The Newport Folk Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival (UK). Their mission is to balance respect for traditional music and musicians who came before with a relentless push into new artistic territories. Inspired by the richness and tradition of the music, Anna and Elizabeth gather songs and stories from archives and visits with elders. They bring these songs to life in performance with sparse, atmospheric arrangements using guitar, banjo, fiddle, and the uncanny blend of their voices in close harmony. They accompany their songs with stories—of the lyrics, of the singer, of the quest to learn the song—and they illustrate them in mesmerizing fashion. The two revive the old scrolling picture show, dubbed  “crankies”—intricate picture-scrolls illustrating the old songs they sing, which they create in tandem with papercuts, shadow puppets, prints, and embroidered fabric. Check them out at annaandelizabeth.com.

 

 

 

February 18th: Saturday: COMMUNITY CONTRA DANCE with music by Under the Wire and calling Morna Leonard, at the 1912 Center (Corner of 3rd St and Van Buren in Moscow). 7:30 PM.

 

Morna Leonard from Montana always has some interesting new dances for us to experience. She’s a lot of fun. She’s also extremely chemically sensitive, so please don’t wear any perfumes or fragrances to this dance. 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 $5 for first time beginners

 

 

 

Non PFS events that are very cool!

 

Theres a new monthly song circle that’s formed in town, the monthly Moscow Song Circle. It will be at One World Cafe on the third Thursday of each month, from 7-9pm.  Everyone is invited to sing folk songs and shanties with us!

 

 

 

Extended Calendar:

 

Feb 15: House Concert with Anna and Elizabeth in the Attic at 314 East 2nd St, 7 PM. Admission by donation.

 

Feb 18: Contra Dance with music by Under the Wire and calling by 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 Dog Paw 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, Potluck 6:30, dancing 7:30 PM.

 

June 10: Contra Dance with music by Out of the Wood and calling by Nora Scott at the Old Blaine Schoolhouse, Potluck 6:30, dancing 7:30 PM.

 

June 24: Contra Dance with music by Arvid Lundin and Deep Roots and calling by Somebody Cool at the Old Blaine Schoolhouse, Potluck 6:30, dancing 7:30 PM.