Palouse Folklore Society

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November 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.




November 21st:Saturday: COMMUNITY CONTRA DANCE with music by Potatohead with special guest Dan Maher and calling by Nora Scott, at the 1912 Center (Corner of 3rd St and Van Buren in Moscow). 7:30 PM. Potatohead has long been the heart of Irish music on the Palouse, and a mainstay at our contra dances for many a year. That's because they're simply wonderful. This band features the talents of Paul Smith on fiddle and djembe, John Watkinson on whistles, Lisa O'Leary on hammered dulcimer and bodhran, and this time around, special guest Dan Maher on rhythm guitar. And, of course, Nora Scott is one of the most experienced callers in the area. The dancing will be lively! The last dance was great fun, and this one should be as well. We'll see you there!


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




November 23rd:Monday: House Concert featuring Erin Inglish with the Stringtown Ambassadors in the Attic at 314 East 2nd Street. 7 PM. Admission by donation.


We’re in for a real treat. One of our all time favorite banjo players, singer and songwriter, Erin Inglish, is returning to play in the attic, and, she’ll be joined by the Stringtown Ambassadors! Mark your calendars for Monday November 23rd at 7 PM. We’re in for a groovy evening of music. Insightful songwriting, lush harmony singing, and fearless picking, this act features the award-winning songwriting of California banjo chanteuse Erin Inglish (expressive, sassy, dynamic banjo; lush and raw power-house vocals) galvanized by the soaring harmonies, tenacious solos and gritty rhythmic drive of the Stringtown Ambassadors - a rotating collective of passionate and unabashed modern-day minstrels hosted by fiddler and singer Rosalind Parducci. Luminous musicianship and rhythmic groove, Erin Inglish with the Stringtown Ambassadors present a high-energy, entertaining, positively-charged act - steeped with harmonies and instrumental prowess on the banjo and fiddle accompanied by percussion, guitar, mandolin or bass. (, The music will start around 7. Admission by donation.




Non PFS events that are kinda cool:


Theres a contra dance in Coeur D’Alene on Saturday November 7th, 7-10:30 at the Meadowbrook Community Hall, 7178 Meadowbrook Loop, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814. Live music by Arvid Lundin and Deep Roots with Emily Faulkner calling. This is a benefit for the Inland Northwest Food Network. A non-profit dedicated to connecting people, place, food and farms. Raffle prizes and a cake walk to add to the fun! Tickets $8 for INWFN members, $10 adults, $5 for teens and children free. For information, check out  or call (208) 416 1534. If enough people show up, it might help the coeur d’alene folks to start holding dances on a regular basis again!



And the University of Idaho’s Auditorium Chamber Series concert this month looks fascinating. Tuesday, November 10th at 7:30 pm in the University Auditorium in the Administration Building. The acclaimed Estonian vocal ensemble, Heinavanker, will sing ancient runic songs, folk hymns, and early Renaissance sacred music as well as works by Arvo Pärt and other contemporary Estonian composers that reflect these influences. Their singing includes techniques such as throat singing and "humwhistleing". The group will also be doing a workshop at 12:30 pm on the day of the concert in the Haddock Performance Hall at the Lionel Hampton School of Music to which all are welcome. For more information, or Tickets will available for sale at BookPeople in Moscow, on-line and at the door. Ticket prices are $10 for students, $19 for seniors, and $22 for general admission.



Two days of music and dance performances, workshops and evening contra dances. The Spokane Folklore Society's 20th annual Fall Folk Festival will take place this year on November 14th and 15th, It’s all free. Spokane Community College Lair,  N 1810 Greene St. More information, directions and a schedule of performances can be found at





Extended Calendar:


Nov 21: Contra Dance with music by Potatohead and calling by Nora Scott at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.


Dec 12: Contra Dance with music by Out of the Wood and calling by Sandi Klingler at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM. Note this is a second Saturday !.


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


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


Mar 19: Contra Dance with music by Potatohead and calling by somebody cool TBA at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.


Apr 16: Contra Dance with music by a Marsha Schoeffler band and calling by somebody cool TBA at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.


Apr 29: Renaissance Contra Dance with music by a groovy band TBA and calling by somebody cool TBA at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.