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Wasn’t there a 60’s era movie that featured that chant?...*
It is time to join or renew your Spokane Folklore Society membership. Yes, they all expired at the end of August—yours, too! You can fill out a form at a contra dance, mail in the form on the back of this newsletter, or renew online at www.spokanefolklore.org. Don’t miss out!
Meet the Stringrays (and the Dean of New England Fiddlers)
By Penn Fix
Rodney Miller is very best contra dance fiddler in the country. And you have the opportunity to hear and dance to his wonderful music here in Spokane on October 4th at the Woman's Club Hall.
Until recently, Rodney lived in southern New Hampshire where he played night in and night out, in small community halls throughout New England to the major venues across the country. To prepare for this amazing evening, listen to two or three recordings of Rodney.* First, start with New England Chestnuts Volume I. Here Rodney plays the traditional tunes associated with some of contra’s favorite dances. By the way, no one plays “Money Musk” like Rodney Miller. Then listen to his very first album, Castles in the Air. With his brother Randy playing piano, Rodney established himself as a solid gifted fiddler. Of note is the tune “Cowboy Jig”, which he still plays today. After listening to these two albums, then stand in awe listening to Rodney's seminal recording Airplang with Peter Barnes, Molly Mason, and Russ Barenberg. You will be amazed when you find out that this album was recorded in 1985. It changed the way we listened, played and danced to contras. All the contemporary swingy contra dance bands you hear today were influenced by Rodney Miller and this album. Thirty years have come and gone; Rodney has played every conceivable venue in this country and abroad.
He remains a master of his instrument dedicated to the music and dance he loves so much. Come listen and dance to the tunes he has written and the fiddle he built himself. He will be accompanied by two of his favorite New England musicians. Stewart Kenney has played bass for the likes of Wild Asparagus and other major New England bands. Max Newman is the young gun in the band. No one has come close to duplicating the role Russ Barenberg played in Airplang until Max arrived. So drop everything and come to the dance. You won't be disappointed!
House Concert October 5 at 7 pm in Lincoln Heights
Intimate house concert in Lincoln Heights. Admission $15-20 sliding scale. Limited seating. For location and reservations please email: email@example.com.
* Or watch the band on YouTube! This will get you started! Also, stringraysmusic.com - Editor
SFS Fall Folk Festival—
November 11 and 12
By Sylvia Gobel, Festival Director
The Spokane Folklore Society Fall Folk Festival is FREE to the public and features 8 stages of traditional and ethnic dance and music along with workshops, jamming, special entertainment and crafts for children. Also featured are sales of traditional crafts and meals. The Saturday schedule features a live KPBX Radio show. Traditional New England Contra dances will close the festival on Saturday and Sunday.
The festival is designed to support our regional folk musicians. Many local folk artists are hidden gems well worth discovering. The festival features about 100 performing groups representing Celtic, bluegrass, blues, African, Asian, Middle Eastern traditions and more.
About 5,000 people attend the festival each year.
Several hundred volunteers are needed to work the day of the festival. It is supported through donations from sponsors and individuals, and selling $3 buttons at the festival. We need to raise about $25,000 dollars to pay for rent, sound equipment, craft supplies, publicity, printing, security and required building staff. All performers and festival organizers donate their time.
Plan to drop by or spend the weekend or tune into KPBX 91.1 FM from 11 to 1 p.m. (Saturday) to hear a live broadcast from the festival.
For more information check out our website www.spokanefolkfestival.org or call 509-828-3683.
Slow Jams are the 2nd Sunday of every month. They're at my place from 6 to 8pm. Any one who's interested in attending can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Thanks! —KayCee Brennick
Contra October 4 from 7—10 pm @ Woman’s Club
Note the extended time for this super special Wednesday dance. Penn Fix calling.
Admission: $10, $8 members. Please bring a snack to share at the break if you can!
Fall Music and Dance Weekend October 6-7-8
Join friends old and new for the Lady of the Lake Fall Dance and Music Weekend. It is one of the longest continuously running contra dance camps in the entire Northwest. Fall Weekend was founded by Penn Fix and friends in 1981, and it has been held every year at Camp N-Sid-Sen on the shores of beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene ever since.
This year’s line-up features contra, Irish, and square dancing with Lisa Greenleaf, Sam Keator, The Stringrays, and Spokane’s own Floating Crowbar.
See www.ladyofthelake.org for all the details and to sign up!
Bonus: On October 4, the Wednesday before, The Stringrays will play for our regular contra at the Woman’s Club.
Sandpoint contra dance, Friday, October 13th with Out of the Wood, Emily Faulkner calling. 7-10 pm at Sandpoint Community Hall. All dances taught and called; new dancers should arrive on time for the first dance! $5 donation, clean smooth shoes a plus. Potluck snacks at the break. More information at: Sandpoint Contra Dance on Facebook. Email questions to: email@example.com, or leave a message at 208-263-6751.
International Folk Dance
By Karen Wilson-Bell
The International Folk Dance Group has switched to meeting on the first and third Tuesdays. In October we will also be meeting on the fifth Tuesday (Halloween).
We meet from 7 to 9 PM in the home of Karen and Justin.
New dancers are always welcome. Come learn a new dance from a different country. Call 327-7862 for directions
2017 Mandolin Congress
WHAT: A day-long series of mandolin workshops at all levels taught by a panel of professional mandolin instructors
WHEN: Saturday November 18, 2017 9am – 5pm, evening concerts at Kelly’s Underground from 7 to 10pm
WHERE: home of Daniel Gore, 2120 S. Post, Spokane WA 99203 (Kelly’s Underground 1301 W 14th Ave, Spokane, WA 99204)
CONTACT: Dan Gore 509-838-9135 firstname.lastname@example.org
TICKETS: $100 (this is a suggested donation) ; please reserve a space!
MISC: Free and ample street parking
RESERVATIONS: Space is limited to about 35 students. Please reserve your space now if you want to attend.
FOOD: Bring something for lunch and snacks. Other refreshments will be available.
WHAT ELSE: An evening of mandolin concerts performed by members of the panel will begin at Kelly’s Underground, starting at 7:30pm. A donation of $10 is collected at the door if you did not attend the workshops. The Rocket Bakery will be open for food and drink.
Thanks to the FFF Committee
The members of the Festival Steering Committee have been hard at work since January. Please say thanks and, even better, help them out by volunteering to work during the festival. We are especially happy to welcome new member, Lynn Doremus.
Sylvia Gobel is the Festival Director and is responsible for overall operations and programming. Margaret Herron serves as our Secretary. Carolyn Wright serves as the treasurer and coordinates volunteers. Ken Glastre coordinates sound and assists with programming. Nora Scott is responsible for vendor coordination. Linnell Hinchey organizes button production, housing, and set up. Dan and Donna Burt are coordinating publicity, and Lynn Doremus is working on fundraising.
Future of the Festival—The festival committee needs apprentices that will start training to take over some of the responsibilities and bring in fresh new ideas. If you are interested in keeping this tradition going for another 20 years and want to get involved or have ideas or expertise to share, please contact us at email@example.com or 509 828-3683.