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Celebrate the 20th
Annual Fall Folk Festival
Saturday, November 14th -11 am to 10 pm
Sunday, November 15th11 -5 pm
The Lair –
Spokane Community College
1810 North Greene St.
Information 828-3683 or
The Fall Folk Festival presents the diversity of our community through traditional music, dance and
the arts. Nearly 100 performing groups perform on eight stages. The festival is FREE thanks to the
generous support of many community business owners and individual donors. This community
event is designed to promote awareness of the many and varied cultural and ethnic traditions in the region and to provide a showcase for sharing
these traditions. The festival also includes music and dance workshops, activities for kids, crafts, dance, storytelling, jamming, a Craft Fair, Bake
Sale and meals.
Folk Festival: 20 Years and Growing
The first Fall Folk Festival took place in 1996 and was held at the Unitarian Church
with 25 performers. A big thanks to Carla Carnegie, Leone Peterson, Vicki Ball and Dave Noble
who got it all started. In spite of a serious Ice Storm, the festival attracted around 350 peo-
ple. Since then the festival has been rapidly growing. The festival outgrew the church and
moved to Glover Middle School. In 2003 the festival moved to Spokane Commu-
nity College. In 2005 the festival celebrated its 10th anniversary and expanded
to two days.
The festival now showcases about 100 performing groups and attracts
about 6,000 attendees. In 2013 the festival expanded its Sunday programming in
order to accept more performers..
Participatory Dance and Music Workshops
All held in the Cafeteria
English Country Dance
Come dance the contra dances of merry old England! All
dances taught by dancing Master, Mitchell Frey
, live music by Margie Heller
on violin, Emily Faulkner on recorder and
Steve Riggan on keyboard. Jane Austin loved them and
wrote about them –come dance them.
with Susan Dankovich
Old-fashioned barn dance for families and dancers of all
ages. Circles, sets, line and easy international dances. Fun
International Folk Dance,
Easy folk dances from around the world.
New England Contra Dance
(Sat. 7:30-8, Sun. 3:30-3:45)
Learn the basics of this community dance tradition that
has been bringing communities together in New England
for hundreds of years and has spread across the country.
Both workshops are followed by a dance.
(Sunday 1-2 pm)
With the Spokane Area Square Dancers and caller
Demonstration and participatory dance.
All held in the First Floor Conference Room 126
Washtub Bass with Michael Gifford (Saturday 4:15-5:30)
Michael plays many instruments.
His biggest pleasure comes
from playing the washtub bass, or “gut bucket”. He has given
hundreds of quick lessons since his first WTB, built in 1965.
Finally, in 2013 he produced his washtub bass instructional
video for YouTube, “Complete Washtub Bass”, in two parts. (Search it for an educa-
tional experience). See Michael perform this weekend with Western Reunion and the 2-bit Jug band.
Fun Fiddle Tunes for Mountain Dulcimer
with Heidi Muller (Sunday 3:30-4:30 )
Learn easy fiddle tunes on Appalachian dulcimer. All levels welcome–play melodies
and chords and discuss how to jam together.
Bring your own dulcimer or just come and listen. Heidi has been a professional musi-
cian for over 30 years. She taught guitar and dulcimer in Seattle from 1986-2000 and has
published numerous dulcimer books and recorded many CDs that feature her singing, songwriting, and
Festival Set-up/Pizza Party
Friday, November 13
Come join us before the festival on Friday, November 13
any-time after 5 pm
to help with a variety of tasks. We need folks
to help set up chairs and sound systems, organize the bake
sale, put up signs, fold schedules and stuff programs and
Free pizza and pop will be provided to all volunteers Friday evening. Meet in the cafeteria at Spokane Community Col-
lege (Building 6). Park in the east parking lot and come through the east entrance for best access. Directions and maps
can be viewed at www.scc.spokane.edu/maps/
IF YOU ARRIVE BEFORE 5 P.M you will have to pay for Parking –park in
the meters or buy a day pass from the kiosk or Security Office in Bldg1.
Ways to Support the Festival
There are many ways each and every one of you can get involved with the production of this festival. It is a wonderful
gift to the community and a much-needed showcase for the
excellent folk and traditional performers living and creating in our area.
Volunteer -Sign up for a 2-hour shift helping
out at the festival.
There are many jobs from greeters, to set up, clean up, stage managers and announcers, room monitors,
button sellers, sound technicians and more. Sign up on the website or call 828-3683 for more info.
Donate purchased baked goods.
Health Depart-ment regulations do not allow home baked goods for an event
of this size. The Bake Sale is one of our main fundraisers. Bring
your donations Thursday night or during the festival.
Become a Friend of the Festival
. It's not too late to give a financial contribution to
the festival. Send your donations to Fall Folk Festival, PO Box
9768 Spokane, WA 99209. Donation envelopes will be available at the festival.
4. Buy a button at the festival
. They cost $5 and help us pay our expenses.
5. Purchase a festival T-shirt to support the festival.
Heidi Muller & Bob Webb
We are very pleased to welcome Heidi Muller & Bob Webb to
the Fall Folk Festival. When they were in Spokane several
years ago for a concert at the Unitarian Church, they packed
Heidi Muller is an award-winning songwriter, guitarist
and mountain dulcimer player with eight critically-acclaimed
recordings, including three with partner Bob Webb. She has
performed solo for over 25 years, touring nationally to concert
halls, coffeehouses, and festivals.
Together Heidi and Bob cross the musical boundaries
between original songs and traditional tunes, blending each
other’s influences from the Pacific Northwest to the Appalachian Mountains. Featuring dulcimers, guitars, mandolin, elec-
tric cello, and Heidi’s crystalline vocals, they have three recordings:
Light the Winter’s Dark,
Heidi also has five previous CDs to her credit. They
have toured together since 2003 to places including the Tumbleweed Music Festival, Kentucky Music Week, Colorado
Dulcimer Festival, National Music Museum, and the NPR live performance radio show, Mountain Stage.
Heidi made her name as a Seattle recording artist in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s. Her song “Good Road” is still heard weekly on
Northwest Public Radio and KPBX-Spokane as the theme song of the Inland Folkshow.
One Weekend, Two Contras
You will have two opportunities to contra dance at the Fall Folk Festival:
Saturday night (7:30-10 p.m.)
Workshop with Nora Scott (7:30-8) Dance from 8 to 10 p.m. featuring,
Out of Nowhere with callers Nora Scott, Emily Faulkner and Ray Polhemus.
Sunday afternoon (3:15-5 p.m.) with Northern Shore and caller, Mitchell Frey
Introductory workshop from 3:15-3:45.
Visit www.spokanefolkfestival.org for more information...
The Slow Jam is Back
The slow jam is resuming November 8! It will be on the second Sunday of each month from 6 to 8
pm. This year features a potluck dinner from 5 to 6 pm. Bring your favorite dish to share before the
music starts. We’ll play contra dance tunes at a slower pace to give musicians a chance to learn the
music before playing at the jam night dances more fun for everybody! And we have a great time at
Sessions will be held at the home of KayCee Brennick: 235 W. Cleveland, Spokane.
Contact Leonard Parks at firstname.lastname@example.org
to be added to our contact list, a copy of our tune list, and more information.
SFS Business News
SFS still desperately needs a new treasurer, as well as a younger
able body to regularly help set up the sound system at dances.
In addition, we are getting to badly need more regular dancers.
The last two weeks we've had 24-25 dancers, and before that in the
very low 30s.
We all know that longer lines make the dances more fun: the
more the merrier!
Since it takes as much hard work by the band, caller and production people to have a 10 or 20
person dance as for a 40 or 50 person dance, we all need plenty of
people to come out and make it truly worthwhile.
We need to get our average numbers up to 40 or more to be successful.
So come out and dance, and bring all your friends, especially
younger ones that will continue the tradition. This contra dance has
been going for over 30 years now. Let’s keep it going strong for many