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Spokane Folklore Society
|President’s Desk |
Greetings folkies! As you enjoy the fresh spring air and beautiful flowers please remember that we are an all volunteer organization. A couple of our hard working board members will be reaching their term limits. If you have interest in contributing some time, please talk to a current board member about what it takes. We have a lot of fun doing what we do!
If you just don't have time please continue enjoying the slow jam and Wednesday and Saturday dances. Latter Day Lizards will be entertaining us in June for our Lady of the Lake Camp warmup dance. As always, see you at the dance!
Musicians! Come join the fun... Slow Jam is Picking Up Tempo They wished for a bass. Nine musicians had gathered for the first Spokane slow jam at the home of KayCee Brennick. James Funk led them as they played a delightful mix of contra tunes, allowing the less familiar musicians to play at an optimal pace for learning, not having to keep up with lines of dancers at the same time. Among them were accordion, bodhrán, mandolin, guitar, and James Funk’s own handmade octave mandolin??? Since that first session in December, the jam has gathered steam, meeting on the second and fourth Sundays each month from 7-9 pm. All musicians are welcome, any age and any skill level. The group plays tunes at a congenial pace, helping those less familiar with them, and generally enjoying making music together. Marlene Stein, one of the regulars, commented, “I have enjoyed slow jam at KayCee's. I love the type of music chosen and am glad we are allowed to use sheet music, since playing by ear isn't easy for me on my English Concertina. We play a lot of tunes, which makes the time well worth it. The nice variety of musical instruments at slow jam makes it fun. It's fun meeting new people, too, and it's nice that KayCee offers her house for a place to play together." The variety of instruments is one of the sessions’ special delights. As KayCee shared about the first meeting, “We had been going for a while when it was commented between tunes that a bass would really be nice to round out our sound. At that moment we heard the door bell ring. When I answered the door, silhouetted on my front porch stood a woman holding her upright bass. I couldn't believe it! Turns out she'd been ringing the bell for a while, but we couldn't hear it over the music we were making. Everyone was as tickled as me when Pat and her bass followed me into the house to join us. She was a perfect addition.”
Contra Dance in Spokane
May 6 Arvid Lundin and Deep Roots Nora Scott
May 9* Crooked Kilt Joseph Earhard-Hudson
May 13 Out of Nowhere Ray Polhemus
May 20 Jam Band Karen Wilson-Bell
May 27 Out of the Wood Morna Leonard
All dances are at the Woman’s Club, 1428 W. 9th Ave, Spokane *Except May 9, which is at E. Valley Grange, 1621 N. Park Rd.
SPRING STRING THING Fun-packed, interactive workshops designed to cultivate vocal and instrumental skills for beginning to advanced bluegrass musicians Saturday, May 9, 2015 ~ 10AM – 5PM
WORKSHOPS OFFERED Guitar, Swing Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Fiddle, Dobro, Bass, Harmonica, Children & Adult Vocals, Vocal Harmony, Stage Presence, Song Writing, Band Marketing, Morning & Afternoon Beginning Jam Sessions, Instrument Petting Zoo info at Spring String Thing webpage
LADY OF THE LAKE
JUNE 21-27, 2015
Lady of the Lake Music and Dance Camp is already more than half full! Please register soon
for this great camp. Come join us at Camp N-Sid-Sen on Coeur d'Alene Lake, Idaho for a
week of outstanding music and dance:
257-acre woods and shore hiking trails, boats, beach beautiful new dance hall
multiple workshop sites clean and tidy cabins delicious food and more
The staff and program promise to be outstanding!
English country dancing, (2+ hours a day)
Squares (1 hour daytime
Plus the music!
“Taking your fun seriously”
To get more information and to register online, visit www.ladyofthelake.org and click on June Week to ensure a spot at this fantastic camp! Registration is limited to the first 125 people who sign up (and mail a check) on a first come, first -serve basis.
Contra Dance in Moscow, Idaho
Date: May 16 Band: Out of the Wood Caller: Mitchell Frey