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|Fall Folk Festival Thanks and Planning for 2017|
By Sylvia Gobel
Many thanks to everyone who supported the Fall Folk Festival.
The festival could not happen without the volunteers, the Friends of the Festival, the audience and, of course, the performers who all donate their time. Most of all a big thanks to the Festival Steering Committee:
Sylvia Gobel, Ken Glastre, Linnell Hinchey, Nora Scott, Carolyn Wright, Dan and Donna Burt , Margaret Herron and Patti Worley
The committee needs help with the planning and organization of the festival next year. You can take on a specific project or join the committee. We will start meeting in February to organize and assign tasks. Please join us and share your ideas and expertise to make sure the festival continues and improves.
If you are interested in joining the team please talk to any committee member or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-3683.
SPOKANE MANDOLIN CONGRESS 2016
By Dan Gore
Welcome to the Fourth Annual Spokane Mandolin Congress! With a panel of instructors that included Tim Connell, Pete Martin, Aaron Castilla, Don Thomsen, Ken Glastre, Daniel Gore, Sam Lyman, Rick Rubin, Kelly Bogan and Sam Saxton, the house of Dan Gore was filled with the angelic pluck of the mandolin string from 9am to 5pm, including all the bedrooms and kitchen. Four sessions of 1 ½ hours each covered topics as diverse as “Beatlmania” to “How to Decorate Your Mandolin Tree With Ornaments That Blink and Shine.” The topics ranged from beginner to advanced in each session.
The guests traveled from Mosow, Libby, Sandpoint, the Tri-Cities, Clarkston, and all points in-between. Panel guest Artist Tim Connell from Portland, and Pete Martin from Seattle elevated the performance quality of this event to the highest degree of artistry. Their mastery of the instrument coupled with years of experience as teachers of music gave the event a true professional approach to learning the instrument.
The day was not complete as the workshops took recess at 5pm. They all gathered at Kelly’s Underground for a night of performance by the panel members. Floating Crowbar kicked off the concerts with Tim Connell joining in penny whistle. Next, the Sam and Sam Jam brought up Aaron on fiddle and Dave Lorang on bass to a set of rock and blues, featuring the mandolin. The Brown’s Mountain Boys brought some good old down-home bluegrass to the stage with Dan, Kelly and Aaron. Then came the refined jazz of Brazilian Choro as Alma Brasileira and guest Tim Connell showcased the wonderful accordion playing of Janet Dodd and rhythm of Brett Dodd. Finally the evening reached its climax with the Late Show Featuring Tim Connell and his superb solo mandolin arrangements.
Spotlight on Leaders
This editor wants to highlight some of the many contributions that Sylvia has made to the SFS, in addition to directing the so I asked her a few questions recently:
Q. How did you get started in folk dancing?
AMy interest in folkdance started in grade school when we had international dance and square dance as part of PE in the Spokane Schools, so when I went to college (Western Washington in Bellingham) and found folk dance as part of the curriculum I was really happy - Folk Dance was really popular on college campuses in the late sixties and seventies - along with classes we also had several recreational folk dance groups on the college campus and in the town. I was folk dancing nearly every night of the week.
In Spokane our folk dance instructor started a performing group - we applied and were accepted into the Northwest Folklife Festival in 1981 - and I have been attending that festival ever since—I was fortunate to perform in four different dance groups over the years (not at the same time) - Schastye (international), Dance Soup (clog and swing), American Dance Cabaret (vintage dance), Erdely (Hungarian). Schastye went on a tour to Spokane's Sister City Mahachkala in the Soviet Union - we also toured and performed in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev.
Q. How did you get started with the FFF? What do you like most about leading it?
AThe Fall Folk festival started in 1996 - I was not involved in the organization the first year but took over the programming in 1997 and became the director in 2001. It is very rewarding to be involved in the FFF because we are creating a wonderful community event for the public that is affordable - and is clearly very much appreciated by the performers and community at large. The feedback we get the most is that people are astonished that there are so many talented performers in Spokane - and that is why I do this - the folk performers in Spokane don't get enough exposure and are under-appreciated.
Q. What great advice would you like to share?
AContra and folk dancing go through cycles in popularity - It takes everyone to keep the community strong - and I encourage everyone to step up and serve on the SFS board or the FFF committee - help promote the contra dances, support the bands - invite new people and make an effort to attend at least once a month even if you are busy.