Square dance calling — the spoken instructions said over the music — makes participation easy. But there are other aspects — like the prevalence of gendered language such as “ladies and gents” — that can make square dancing an unwelcoming or confusing space. One group of friends in the Appalachian square dance scene are taking action to make the tradition more welcoming for all participants.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
This week’s episode of Mountain Stage is our first of two recorded on the shores of Lake Superior at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota. Going strong for 30 years, you’ll hear alt-rock institution The BoDeans make their fifth appearance on the show. Comprised of members of Duluth’s Trampled By Turtles, Dead Man Winter make their Mountain Stage debut. The Pines bring their evocative and atmospheric brand of northern Midwest alt Americana. Minnesota-based singer-songwriter Jonathan Rundman opens the show, and you’ll also hear from the Jill and Julia show – our friend Jill Sobule, along with SNL alum Julia Sweeny.
Listen this Sunday at 2 on West Virginia Public Radio, or across America on one of more than 130 public radio stations.