Palouse Folklore Society


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June 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.

 

 

June 11th:Saturday: COMMUNITY CONTRA DANCE with music by the Floating Crowbar, and calling by Ray Polhemus, at the at the old Blaine Schoolhouse. Potluck dinner 6:30, dancing at 7:30 PM.

 

Believe me, there are few better combinations of band and caller than Ray Polhemus and the Floating Crowbar! Not only do we get to dance at the Blaine schoolhouse, but we get music by the amazing Irish music group from Spokane, the Floating Crowbar. Ray is by far one of  the most experienced callers in the area, and one of the most fun to dance too. Its easy and delightful to get into the dancing groove with the fiddle playing of Morgan Anderson, Don Thomsen's tenor banjo and mandolin, the uilleann pipes, flute and whistle of James Hunter and the rhythm guitar of Rick Rubin. It doesn’t get much better than this.

 

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.

Free dance lessons at 7:30, 8-10:30 Dance Admission: $6 for members, $8 for non-members and $5 for first time beginners

 

 

June 25th:Saturday: COMMUNITY CONTRA DANCE with music by Arvid Lundin and Deep Roots, and calling by Morna Leonard, at the at the old Blaine Schoolhouse. Potluck dinner 6:30, dancing at 7:30 PM.

 

What a wonderful combination of band and caller! We're thrilled to have Arvid Lundin return with his lively fiddle playing and great band. Backed up by David and Char Beach on guitar, bodhran and mandolin we're in for a real treat. Add to the mix the amazing calling of Morna Leonard from Hamilton Montana, and we're in for one awesome dance. We'll see you there!

 

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.

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 but kinda cool:

 

This Friday, June 3rd, will be the next "First Friday" contra dance at the Twin City Square and Round Dance Center in Clarkston.

 

7:00-7:30 is a quick introduction to contra dance, followed by lively dancing from 7:30-9:30.

 

$6/person and children free.

 

See lc-contra.com for directions.


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 Captian 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!

Want to go down?  It would be fun!  We can arrange carpools if folks want to do this.  Send us a note if you want to carpool, or if you can offer a ride (radavich@moscow.com)
With enough interest they are hoping to have this turn into a regular First Friday dance there.

Times: Beginners' workshop at 7:00, dance proper 7:30-9:30

Location: Twin City Twirlers Dance Hall, 2130 5th Ave, Clarkston, WA 99403
$5 for newcomers. $8 regular admission

 

 

 

Extended Calendar:

 

June 11: Contra Dance with music by the Floating Crowbar and calling by Ray Polhemus at the Old Blaine Schoolhouse, Potluck at 6:30 and dancing at 7:30 PM. Note this is a second Saturday !

 

June 25: Contra Dance with music by Arvid Lundin and Deep Roots and calling by Morna Leonard at the Old Blaine Schoolhouse, Potluck at 6:30 and dancing at 7:30 PM. Note this is a fourth Saturday !

 

July 9: Contra Dance with music by Under the Wire and calling by somebody cool TBA, at the Old Blaine Schoolhouse, Potluck at 6:30 and dancing at 7:30 PM. Note this is a second Saturday !

 

July 23: Contra Dance with music by a Arvid Lundin and Deep Roots and calling by somebody cool TBA, at the Old Blaine Schoolhouse, Potluck at 6:30 and dancing at 7:30 PM. Note this is a fourth Saturday !

 

August 13: Contra Dance with music by Potatohead and calling by Gary Miller, at the Old Blaine Schoolhouse, Potluck at 6:30 and dancing at 7:30 PM. Note this is a second Saturday !

 

August 27: Contra Dance and Pie Extravaganza with music by the Floating Crowbar and calling by somebody cool TBA, at the Old Blaine Schoolhouse, Potluck at 6:30 and dancing at 7:30 PM. Note this is a fourth Saturday !

 

Sept 17: Contra Dance with music by Out of the Wood and calling by Nora Scott at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.

 

Sept 8: House Concert with the Woolly Breeches in the Attic at 314 East 2nd St, 7 PM.

 

Sept 20: House Concert with Dorian Michael in the Attic at 314 East 2nd St, 7 PM.

 

Oct 15: Contra Dance with music by Potatohead and calling by Sandi Klingler at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.

 

Oct 29: Halloween Contra Dance with music by the River City Ramblers and calling by somebody cool TBA at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.

 

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

 

Dec 17: Contra Dance with music by Marsha Schoeffler band and calling by somebody cool TBA at the 1912 Center, 7:30 PM.