Spokane Folklore Society
Answer Phone: (509) 598-9111.
P.O. Box 141
Spokane, WA 99210-0141
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Kit "KayCee"Brennick, State Farm Insurance
4407 N Division St, Suite 610
Spokane, WA 99207
Bus: 509-483-5540 Fax: 509-592-2098

CHallanger Coaching   Specializing in “Helping Women Get Out of Their Heads and into Action” since 2001.

 Kay Rowley, Rowley Rentals, LLC

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Valentine’s and Chocolate Lover’s Contra Dance

Saturday, February 11 from 7—10 pm
The February 11th SFS Valentine Dance will feature River City Ramblers providing the tunes and Nora Scott calling the dances at the East Spokane Grange, 1621 North Park Rd, from 7  to 10 p.m. We'll have a chocolate lover's potluck break with a chocolate fountain, so bring things that can be dunked, and some nuts to clean up the palette afterwards, and to counteract all that sugar.

Slow Jam

The slow jam is back! Calling all musicians: would you like to play in the contra jam band but lack experience or confidence in knowing the tunes? Well, here’s your chance to remedy all that!
At the slow jam, held from 6—8 pm on the second Sunday of the month, tunes are played at a slower pace and newer musicians can get extra help if needed.  Everyone has tons of fun in the process. Next session:
Sunday, February 12
Contact KayCee Brennick for more information at 509-994-0639 or kbrennick@comcast.net.



February 3, 2017 – Great cheer with fun dances, live music, good food, great people. Glide into family fun at the Family Dance on Friday, February 3! Circle, line, contra, folk and novelty dances with basic steps that leave you smiling. Live music! Everyone is welcome! All dances are taught by Susan Dankovich.
Potluck begins 6:30pm. Dancing begins at 7:00pm. Smiling begins the moment you walk through the door!
Great Hall at St. John's Cathedral, 127 E 12th AVE in Spokane. Co-sponsored by St. John Cathedral. Donations for the band are appreciated.
For more information, call Susan at (509)533-9955 or sdanko@cet.com.

Focus on Members

Musician and More Dan Gore

The SFS NL editor recently interviewed active member Dan Gore via e-mail. Dan has been involved in many SFS activities over the years. Some of his more recent efforts include serving on the SFS Board, playing at contra dances with the Brown’s Mountain Boys band, and organizing the Fall Arts Preview that runs before the Spokane Symphony’s Labor Day concert in Comstock Park.

How long have you been an SFS member?
I joined in 1986.

How did you first get started with the SFS?
My search for other musicians and venues in Spokane soon led me to the SFS.

How did you first get started with folk music? What instruments do you play?
My dad played the “hillbilly guitar”, the mandolin, and other instruments. So did my grandmother, my grandfathers, and my brother and friends. I was raised in North Carolina in a culture that valued the making of music and it seemed like everyone played something. It just rubbed off.

What folk activities have you been involved in, how long, etc.?
A close pal of my dad’s headed the folklore department at UNC in Chapel Hill NC (Daniel Patterson) and his scholarly interest in Southern folklore was always on display, from Shape Note singing to storytelling and the gathering of folks in our home to pick and sing the music we called ours. I was a part of this and credit much of my interest and involvement to Daniel Patterson.

Would you like to say anything about Brown’s Mountain Boys? (one of our new contra bands, and one of the best) or the mandolin congresses?
A discovery of Brazilian Choro several years back has jump-started my performance of mandolin. My group Alma Brasileira now schedules regular performances in which the local Brazilian community attends. I am incorporating these people into our sets as singers and interpreters of the music. My work is divided between arranging for the Brown’s Mountain Boys, their studio recordings and stage shows, and the Choro music for which I write parts and arrange the sets.

Do you have anything you’d like to say to the SFS membership (such as advice, encouragement, etc.)?
There are lots of wonderful dance instructors in Spokane and many venues. Go out and learn Latin Salsa from Jim Renn, or Lindy from Cody and Christy, or tango from Victor at Sartori. Eric and Tammy are great teachers of West Coast swing and they organize many dance events. You can dance nearly every night somewhere in Spokane. 

Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Enroll in a dance class or learn the banjo from Kelly Bogan.

Lady of the Lake Camp June 18—24, 2017

On the scenic shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene in northern Idaho, lies the ideal location for the Lady of the Lake Music and Dance Camp. Come join us at Camp N-Sid-Sen, an idyllic 257 acres of tall pine and fir forest. There is nearly a mile of lake shore, hiking trails, boats and beach. The camp has a beautiful new dance hall, multiple workshop sites, clean, tidy cabins, delicious food and more.

 Great bands and callers:
The Rhythm Raptors will be back!
Corkscrew will keep everyone hopping!
The Canote Brothers will ensure laughter and good feelings!
Seth Tepfer, Susan Michaels, and Kalia Kliban (English Country Dance)