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2009 Albuquerque Folk Festival

From 6:30 on Friday evening, through a little rain on Saturday morning, through a beautiful Saturday afternoon, until Feufollet's last encore on Saturday night, with people still dancing away on the Main Stage dance floor...the 11th annual Albuquerque Folk Festival brought joy to the thousands of participants who joined the hundreds of volunteers and presenters at EXPO NM for a fun-filled weekend.

We had some winners at this year's festival:

Talent Contest:

Kids Fiddle Contest:

Raffle Winners

You can see pictures from the 2009 festival (and the 2005-2008 festivals) here. New: Add comments and ratings to the pictures.

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We hope you'll continue participating in folk activities all year long. You can find more information on many of the groups involved in this year's festival on our Resources page.

To give you an idea of what's in store for 2010, here's a look back at our 2009 festival:

2009 Schedule

The Folk Festival ran from 6:30 PM to 11:30 PM on Friday, June 19 and 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM on Saturday, June 20, 2009 at Expo NM (New Mexico State Fairgrounds) in Albuquerque.

If you want an overview of everything that's going on during the day, download a complete schedule as a PDF file. And if you want a more detailed preview, you can download our complete program as a PDF file.

Friday Night


Main Stage Performers



Boulder Acoustic Society

Boulder Acoustic Society

They're back! One of the most popular acts at the 2007 Festival, B.A.S. is returning to the main stage this year.

Old school but never old, Boulder Acoustic Society is the new wave of American roots music. It’s what happens when four songwriters get together to mash up blues, folk, gospel, indie and world music to soothe their musical curiosity. Whether it’s a festival stage, performing arts center, dive bar or a late night campground set, B.A.S. delivers musical diversity throughout their set as if it’s normal.

B.A.S.'s music is intense and exciting for listeners, with something new and interesting at every turn. The unique lineup of violin, accordion, bass and percussion support sharp vocal hooks and powerful grooves. The energy that B.A.S. brings to a stage can tip a festival into overdrive or mesmerize a club audience as they dance into the wee hours. All of this comes from four guys who wear vintage clothes, savor small batch bourbon and rock the ukulele.

For more info: boulderacousticsociety.net

Tish Hinojosa

Tish Hinojosa

Tish Hinojosa’s music crosses borders – between cultures, languages and musical genres. Moving with equal grace through folk, country, pop and latino styles, her music reflects contemporary America’s multicultural richness. Combining a vision that embraces all of these musical styles, with her characteristic warmth and a pure, soulful voice, this enchanting Texan singer-songwriter has gained a loving and loyal audience throughout America, Europe and beyond.

Tish is no stranger to New Mexico; she moved here from her native San Antonio in 1979, and discovered her love for pure and heartfelt country music. After a stint in Nashville, she returned to New Mexico, before relocating to Austin and then to Hamburg, Germany.

Over the years, Tish has contributed her talent to numerous issues such as bilingual education, immigration and farm workers’ rights. She has also performed by invitation at the White House for Bill and Hillary Clinton. She has gained the respect and admiration of many well-established musicians, not only her contemporaries, but also some of those who were important early influences, including Linda Ronstadt, who later recorded her own version of Tish’s song “Donde voy”. Among other artists that Tish has recorded and worked with are Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Dwight Yoakam, Nanci Griffith, Pete Seeger, Flaco Jimenez and Los Lobos.

Tish has released 15 albums, all of which beautifully display her ability to distill her diverse musical influences and colourful life experiences into a sound which is distinctively her own. Her latest CD, Our Little Planet, was released on CRS Records in Europe in September 2008. Inspired by her rediscovered love for country music, the 12 self-penned songs on this collection feature a deeply Americana mix of traditional bluegrass and Tish’s trademark sound of contemporary folk and tex-mex.

For more info: www.mundotish.com



Wagogo, born, raised and loved in Albuquerque, is an eclectic group of musicians that make a rhythmic cocktail out of their Chicano influences, Northern Mexico folk songs, warm calypso island grooves, and the captivating spirit music of Zimbabwe. Their lyrics are composed mostly by lead singer Armando Ortega, in a blend of Spanish, English, and the Shona language of Zimbabwe. With its diverse repertoire, Wagogo preserves the traditional roots of its music, along with exploring new sounds. Broadcast on radio stations from New Mexico to New York, California, and Zimbabwe, they have been re-invited to the Zimbabwe Music Festival for three years.

Wagogo is one of the longest-standing local New Mexico bands of the past decade or so, and has released five CDs since 1999. Multigenerational crowds in Albuquerque love to dance and sing with Wagogo, and we're pleased to bring them to the main stage this year.

For more info: www.wagogobanda.com

T.O. Combo

T. O. Combo

Are you ready to dance?

T.O. Combo plays waila (also known as chicken scratch) dance music from the Tehono O'odham tribe in Southern Arizona. The intricate melody lines of the polkas, mazurkas, cumbias, and schottisches are played with saxophones and accordians, accompanied by guitar, bass, and drums. The chicken scratch sound is the result of Southwestern, Mexican and European influences, and the music is also similar to Southwestern Hispanic music, such as grupero, conjunto, norteño and tejano music.

We're so sure you won't be able to sit still that we've expanded the dance floor at the main stage this year.

Alma Flamenca

Alma Flamenca

Alma Flamenca is a pre-professional performance company featuring students trained in the University of New Mexico flamenco program and students of the Conservatory for Flamenco Arts. For years, these students have dedicated themselves to developing their flamenco skills and are now ready to expand their artistic growth through performance.

Directed by Marisol Encinias, Alma Flamenca performs a flamenco repertory ranging from exciting group choreographies to powerful solo works. These performances incorporate the passionate expression of the flamenco art form, beautifully artistic choreography and wonderfully colorful costuming.

In addition, Alma Flamenca lectures, performs and provides demonstrations for numerous local and statewide community outreach programs, including schools of all levels, community centers and senior centers.

For more info: alma.nationalinstituteofflamenco.org

Aztec Stories

Aztec Stories

Michael Heralda will present his culturally educational, musical, and interactive program "Aztec Stories" on main stage this year.

The stories, ballads, and narratives presented in this program are all true and based on documented accounts of what is termed the oral tradition - stories handed down through families, generation after generation.

Many handmade indigenous styled instruments are used and shared throughout the presentations - clay flutes, Huehuetl and Teponaztli drums, gourd water drums, shakers, rasps, conch shell trumpets, and many other unique instruments all made from readily available materials giving the listener the understanding that musical instruments can be made from natural elements that surround you.

"Aztec Stories" is an intriguing and thought provoking way to learn about the culture of ancient Mexico and the indigenous worldview of the Mexika/Aztecs. For some it may be a way to reconnect to a wonderfully rich legacy that unfortunately lies dormant within them, buried for many, many years and generations. For others it may awaken a new understanding of a culture that was revealed only through the eyes of the Europeans where the beauty, art, and high levels of sophisticated philosophical understanding were ignored or suppressed.

Michael has performed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NY), the Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival (NY), the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NM), Museum of Latin American Art (Long Beach), the Getty Museum (CA), Autry Heritage Museum (CA), and at over 300 schools across the U.S.

For more info: aztecstories.com



Formed in 1995 when accordionist/singer Chris Stafford was 8 and fiddler Chris Segura was 11, Feufollet quickly became known as one of the most exciting Cajun bands in Acadiana, not because of their youth but because of their obvious musical ability and the vivacity with which they approached the traditional music of the area. In the eight years since Feufollet has been performing, they have built upon a regional popularity, becoming an attraction at folk festivals and performance venues not only in the South, but throughout the United States and French Canada.

Although Feufollet has often been hailed as the future of Cajun music, a more current assessment must admit that they are now the present of Cajun music. Once idolized at at early age for their precocious musicianship and sent all over the world as youthful emblems of Acadiana’s cultural resurgence, the members of Feufollet have, in the meantime, grown into the music as young adults. While Feufollet remains central to the neotraditionalist brushfire they helped ignite as youths, their latest album finds the band coming into its own and pushing the envelope, leading the way once again as Cajun music extends itself into a new century.

For more info: www.feufollet.net/

Morning Welcoming Entertainment

Chinese Martial Artists Dragon Frog Fiddlers

10 am to 11 am

Every year, you'll find reasons to get to the festival early. This year, four venues are starting up on Saturday at 10 a.m. with some special entertainment. Kids and their parents (and anyone else who likes good music) will enjoy the Frog Fiddlers at Stage 2. If you're more into accordions, check out the Albuquerque Accordion Club at the Demo Stage. Latin music? Try Mezcla Latina at the Jam with the Band tent. And, as always, the Chinese Martial Arts group will be doing their exciting Dragon Dance.

Location Name Description
Stage 2 Frog Fiddlers Frog Fiddlers, so named for the frog on the bow and Fully Relying on God, are Linda Vik's beloved students who have been playing together locally since 1999.
Demo Stage Albuquerque Accordion Club The Albuquerque Accordion Club provides a regular forum where accordion players of all skill levels, beginners to advanced, have a place to play for and with like-minded other people in a supportive, non-competitive atmosphere.
Dance Building Chinese Martial Arts Dragons and more!
Jam with the Band Tent Mezcla Latina Start off the day with a dose of toe-tappin' musical variety!

Stage Two:

There's a lot of local talent here in Albuquerque and New Mexico, and we're offering Stage Two as an avenue where a few of these bands can play and gain some visibility. Come on out and meet the up and coming folk and traditional music bands on the local music scene. Thanks to Michael Coy for organizing Stage Two.


6:30 PMBodhran (Irish Frame Drum)Stir your Irish blood by learning the basics of playing this wonderful drum. This is a very hands on workshop for participants.
7:30 PMA Taste of Primal Soup: Introduction to the DidgeridooIn this class Rev will introduce you to the essence of the didge and the power of its simple complexity, then he will guide you through a series of exercises designed to lead you from the very basic techniques of “making the sound” to actually playing a simple jam. You will leave with a visceral experience of the didge and the inspiration to learn more.
8:30 PMWagogo Singing WorkshopWagogo will teach a Zimbabwean gospel number called “Tariro Yenyu”, asking of the Lord the question what are your expectations of me, oh Lord, with very simple words calling for responses, lots of possibilities for harmonies, a very uplifting song.


10:00 AMFrog FiddlersFrog fiddlers, so named for the frog on the bow and Fully Relying on God, are Linda Vik’s beloved students who have been playing together locally since 1999.
11:00 AMWing and a PrayerOld-time, cowboy, country gospel band that combines lively vocals with a multitude of acoustic instruments from the familiar to the unusual.
12:00 PMFonn SonaFonn Sona (meaning ‘Happy Melody’) performs a generous blend of Celtic songs and tunes, featuring Dee Meier and John Green on vocals, Cleve Sharp on flute, and Chuck Butler on bodhran.
1:00 PMPlacitas Mountain BandThe Placitas Mountain Band, newly reconstituted, but still featuring the incomparable Shirley Metzler on fiddle, plays a combination of Old-Time and Bluegrass tunes and songs.
2:00 PMLa Rondalla de AlbuquerqueLa Rondalla de Albuquerque is a musical group dedicated to presenting traditional Hispanic songs of New Mexico, directed by Otilio Ruiz, which includes singers accompanied by traditional instruments.
3:00 PMCheap ShotsThis energetic six-person acoustic band plays an eclectic mix of Old Time, Celtic, Folk, Country, Blues, Bluegrass, and Swing.
4:00 PMSteve CormierSteve Cormier's music is mainly old and traditional cowboy fare. He also tells stories of his nine years as a ranch and farm hand.
7:00 PMThe PropellersThe Propellers are an innovative American Roots group. Lead by Cris Phillips (singer, guitar, mandolin) and Michael Sheppard (singer, guitar, dobro), they are joined by Dave Devlin (guitar, dobro and mandolin) and Zeke Severson (upright bass). The Propellers are gaining attention for their tight harmonies, exciting finger work and fresh mix of acoustic blues, folk and bluegrass traditions.
8:00 PMBluegrass OdysseyAlmost anyone will tap their toes and sing along with the true blend of bluegrass provided by Bluegrass Odyssey, featuring hard-driving banjo, upbeat singing, and strong fiddle, mandolin and bass.
9:00 PMSwampcoolersAn eclectic mix of folk, bluegrass, and gospel music with a little jazz and swing thrown in for good measure.

Demo Stage:

Our smaller "acoustic" demonstration stage offers a glimpse into some of the wonderful musical and cultural diversity that can be found right here in New Mexico! Thanks to John Brinduse for searching out these entertaining and educational performances.


10:00 AMAlbuquerque Accordion ClubThe club provides a regular forum where accordion players of all skill levels, beginners to advanced, have a place to play for and with like-minded other people in a supportive, non-competitive atmosphere.
11:00 AMSaiorse (Celtic)A local Celtic band offering energetic instrumentals and rousing vocals
12:00 PMSea Shanty SingalongA participatory sing-along workshop featuring seagoing work songs used by crews of sailing ships to make coordinated effort easier. Also folksongs of the sea and the seagoing life, including such favorites as "Blow the Man Down."
1:00 PMTikie's Thai DancersThai dancers and instrumentalists of all ages will demonstrate traditional Thai dance and music on string and wind instruments.
2:00 PMPaul and Carla RobertsWorld music excursion with instruments from many lands.
3:00 PMZoltan OrkestarClassical guitarist Zoltan Szekely, who was born in Romania and raised in Hungary, founded the Zoltan Orkestar in 2006. Zoltan's style is heavily influenced by both traditional Hungarian folk music and American classical jazz. Zoltan plays the guikulele, an instrument of his own devise, combining a guitar with a ukulele, with a bicycle horn, cymbal and zill thrown in for good measure. Both musicians and music lovers alike recognize his talent and passion. Joining Zoltan is accordionist/keyboardist/percussionist Issa Malluf, a favorite of belly dancers and Afro-European drum fans. Issa has played with Rahim Al-Haj and is well known throughout the state for his impressive percussion skills. He has recorded three solo albums and composed the music for A Pearl Fantasy, a theatrical production of music and dance. Bassist Lakesha Lohman is a multi-instrumentalist and a 2006 graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. She has performed in several ensembles and student projects, which include credits on violin, clarinet, viola and piano. In addition to being a musical Jill of all trades, Lakesha can bench press twice her own weight. Raised by coyotes in the Albuquerque wilderness, percussionist Jeff Romaniuk rounds out the Orkestar. Having previously performed with many local and national bands, including the Eric McFadden Trio and Chris Dracup, Jeff is also an avid stamp collector and world-class snake milker. The Zoltan Orkestar performs original songs in addition to Zoltanized standards and Hungarian folk songs. Catch them live at several Albuquerque bars and restaurants
4:00 PMSpecial OrchestraThese musicians ARE Special, and give their gift of music filled with heart-felt enthusiasm! This is their third appearance on the Demo Stage, it is a pleasure to share them again here with you.
6:00 PMTodd CrowleyZoomaster of the Musical Instrument Petting Zoo, Todd Crowley sings folk songs, using simple autoharp accompaniment to let the stories and poetry take center stage.
7:00 PMPreparing your Band for RecordingIf you're getting ready to cut your first CD, come find out what you need to know from professional recording engineer, Lee Padilla of Sanctuary Sound.

Songwriter showcase:

Our alternate stage for intimate performances by local singer/songwriters with their own story to tell. Special thanks to one of our best local songwriters, Dan Boling for bringing together this collection of colleagues for the songwriter's showcase.


11:00 AMC. Daniel Boling2007 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriter Contest 1st Place Winner - Daniel calls his songs "family friendly folk" - These are songs with a story to tell.
12:00 PMEric CarlsonEric plays original and traditional folk with old-time roots, some bluegrass seasoning, and a tasty mix of musical styles from throughout the world.
1:00 PMJohn & VivHosts and producers of the nationally syndicated public radio program Art of the Song Creativity Radio perform their originals and some favorites. The husband & wife duo play handcrafted Dillon guitars, harmonicas, native flute and feature wonderful harmonies.
2:00 PMTish Hinojosa Songwriting WorkshopTish will talk about her songwriting process, using examples of a few songs. She'll take questions, and if the group isn't too big, you and she may write a song.
3:00 PMTim HillHill songs include elements of folk, jazz and world music with frequent lacing of overtone singing (like Tuvan throat singing) in his songs.
4:00 PMJimmy AbrahamJimmy Abraham's songs are examples and explorations of narrative in song. The deep connection between music and storytelling informs his work. In songs that range from lyrical ballads to talking blues to raucous, sometimes bawdy, humor, he uses the voices of recognizable human characters to craft tales that move and delight us.
5:00 PMRachel LangerRachel Langer performs original songs about honeybees, lovers who won't die, and the end of the world in lo-fi folk style.
5:25 PMCynical Bird (Allan Esquibel)Cynical Bird is Allan Esquibel – a folk-rock singer-songwriter from Albuquerque , NM. You can find his music at www.myspace.com/cynicalbird - Enjoy!
6:00 PMKevin MorganKevin Morgan originally hails from Spokane, WA, and sings alternative-folk stories with a low, rumbling, Johnny Cash-like voice.
7:00 PMCarson MetzgerCarson Metzger weaves history and mythology into narratives about regretful mapmakers, bawdy Gods, and Biblical stories your parents never told you.
8:00 PMEva Ave & CarlosaurCarlosaur & Eva Ave (pronounced 'avenue') perform original & adapted sea shanties, washboard suites from their musical and doom-saloon gospel pieces.

Dance Program:

The dancing just gets better and better every year at the Festival. On Friday night, you can check out the High Desert Dancers in the Dance Tent and dance to Wagogo at the Main Stage. Plus, there'll be two dances Friday night: Swing and Country with Syd Masters and the Swing Riders, and Balkan with Goddess of Arno.

As always, you can start the day by enjoying Chinese Martial Arts dancing at 10:00 a.m. The dance workshops start at 11:00 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m.

Of course, you can always dance to the live music at various venues around the festival. Last year, the dance floor at the Main Stage was such a great success that we're expanding it this year. Great dance bands playing on Main Stage include Wagogo at 10:30 p.m. on Friday night and 12 noon on Saturday, T.O. Combo at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., and Feufollet at 10:00 Saturday night.

If you feel like dance jammin', you can join in the Band/Dance Scramble, with planning, rehearsal, and name creation from 5-6 p.m. and performance from 6-7 p.m.

It'll be hard to find time to eat dinner before the evening dances begin. There's African dancing starting at 6 p.m. and contra dancing starting at 7:30.

Dance Workshops

Here's our 2009 dance workshop schedule, with two dance venues. Here's your chance to try all kinds of different dancing styles. Thanks to Patsy Gregory for organizing the dance workshops.

TimeDance TentDance Building
6:30 PMHigh Desert Dancers
The High Desert Dancers will be demonstrating some of the dances popular in the Southwest, along with a little history of each dance. The HDD will teach several dances including a mixer or two.

With High Desert Dancers
10:00 AMChinese Martial Arts
Albuquerque’s Martial Artistry Kung Fu and Wushu Academy presents Chinese wushu with dragon, flag and lion dancing, lightning fast kung-fu and high flying acrobatics.

With invitations to perform as far away as Korea, England and Hawaii, Martial Artistry’s Team Steel Phoenix has been featured locally at the UNM Lobos basketball and baseball games, Eaves Movie Ranch, Summerfest, the Rio Grande Zoo, Arts in the Parks, the Kodak International Balloon Fiesta, the New Mexico State Fair, the Albuquerque Aquarium, the Montaño Bridge Opening, Celebrate America and the Millennium Event, to name just a few, with members appearing not only on every major television station, but also featured on ESPN, A&E, and numerous national and international magazines and newspaper articles.
11:00 AMScandinavian Dance
Enjoy lively couple's turning dances from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.

Led by Craig Olson
Hawaiian Hula
Hula, the living art and soul of Hawaii. Experience the grace and beauty of the Hula.

Led by Cindi Heffner
12:00 PMArgentine Tango
This dance workshop on Argentine Tango is open to all ages and will introduce participants to the basics of this dance that had its beginnings in Buenos Aires in the early 20th century. Members of the Tango Club of Albuquerque will demonstrate and invite the audience to learn some fundamental walking steps.

There are many opportunities to learn and dance Argentine Tango in Albuquerque. Check the Tango Club of Albuquerque's website at http://www.abqtango.org for information.

With The Tango Club of Albuquerque
Irish Ceili and Set Dancing
A lively Irish hoedown with jigs 'n reels in round-, line- and square-dances. "The music tells your feet what to do."

Led by Norita Callahan
1:00 PMCountry Western Two-Step
Basic Country 2-Step with Susan and Gary Kellogg will teach you the fundamental steps to feel comfortable on the dance floor.

Gary & Susan have been dancing and teaching in Albuquerque for more than 20 years. They teach Country Western Swing and 2-Step at AFF. They currently teach Country Western group classes through UNM Continuing Ed, as well as West Coast Swing, Waltz, Cha Cha, Night Club, 2-Step at various venues and also for special events (i.e., weddings, company parties, etc.). In addition, Susan teaches dance classes with Mike Haley at the Central Cabana on Wednesday nights. She is a co-founder of the Albuquerque Swing & Country Dance Club, a non-profit social dance club with 700 members, now in its 15th year.

Susan is also editor of Local DanceNews, which contains information for the events mentioned above, as well as info on all forms of dance in New Mexico. For more info, please call Susan at 505-299-3737 or email glkello@nmia.com

Led by Susan and Gary Kellogg
Tahitian Dance
Mana Tahiti (formerly Dance Tahiti) is currently under the directorship of Hokulani Duran and consists of a troupe of 8 dancers of varied ages and backgrounds. The troupe performs a variety of both traditional and avant-garde Tahitian dance forms choreographed to Polynesian music. The emphasis in Tahitian music is on visceral, fast drum beats, so much of the dance features rapid and powerful hip movements coordinated with graceful hand movements.

The public can receive more information about Mana Tahiti by contacting Leslie at lesash@q.com or Lava at lava@lavabuckley.com.

With Mana Tahiti
2:00 PMContra Dance
Contra dancing is traditional American folk dancing most often done with a partner across form you in a long set. Each couple dances with the couple next to them and with the larger set, forming moving figures as the couples progress up or down the set. These dances are social, providing opportunity for dancers to relate to each other in a fun and non-stressful way. All of the dances are taught, and beginners are welcomed warmly and encouraged.

Richard Wilson is a local caller who does contra and traditional community dancing with the New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society (FolkMADS). In Albuquerque, community dances are held on the first and third Saturday of every month at the Heights Community Center. In Santa Fe, the dances are on the second and fourth Saturday of every month at the Odd Fellows Hall on Cerrillos Rd. More information can be found at: http://www.folkmads.org.

Led by Richard Wilson
African Dance
A rhythm based, energetic dance style.

Led by Laryea Addy
3:00 PMSquare Dance
Square dancing is a truly American folk dance that's evolved over the years to its current modern form. In this session, we'll learn dances that show how square dancing has changed over time, and you'll see a demo of the exciting modern dance where the dancers never know what will come next. You won't need any experience to try a little do-si-do; everyone's welcome.

Kris Jensen calls both modern and traditional squares locally and around the country.

For more information on modern square dancing in Albuquerque, check the Albuquerque Square Dance Center's website at www.asdc.org.

Led by Kris Jensen
Irish Step Dance
Irish Step Dance is noted for leaps, points, and other precise foot movements, done to complex rhythms such as jigs, reels, and hornpipes. Two varieties, soft shoe and hard shoe, can be done as solos, in couples, or in larger groups.

The McTeggart school does performances and offers classes on Saturdays to anyone ages 5 though adult at all levels - see www.irishdancenm.org.

With McTeggart Irish Step Dancers
4:00 PMEnglish Country Dance
English Country Dancing is a joyful, smooth, and uplifting dance style with simple, yet elegant figures. Come and enjoy with us!

Led by Bill "Doc" Litchman
Yiddish Dance
Rikud Yiddish dancers will lead you in traditional Eastern European Jewish dances to Klezmer music performed by the Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band.

Both groups rehearse regularly and are open for the public to join. The groups also co-produce along with the non-profit Nahalat Shalom "Klezmerquerque" - a weekend of workshops and performances featuring world-renowned klezmer dancers, musicians & scholars held annually over Presidents' Day Weekend.

For more information regarding klezmer/Yiddish music and dance events in the area, Rikud, the Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band (and its new CD), and Klezmerquerque visit: www.nahalatshalom.org (click on "klezmer music/dance") and/or contact Beth Cohen at (505) 243-6276, E-mail: cohenedmunds@netzero.net,

With Nahalat Shalom Community Band

Evening dancing for everybody

Friday Night

Variety Barn Dance "under the stars" in the Dance Tent, 7:30-11PM, sponsored in part by Albuquerque Swing & Country Dance Club. Music by local favorites Syd Masters and the Swing Riders.


Balkan Dance Party with music by Goddess of Arno and instruction by Patsy Gregory.

Saturday Night

NM FolkMADS Contra Dance in the Dance Tent.  Music by the Albuquerque Megaband and calling by Richard Wilson.  Beginners instruction at 7:00 PM, Dance from 7:30 - 10:30 PM.


African Dance in the Dance Building from 6 PM to 8 PM.


What's a folk festival without the opportunity to play with your fellow folk? At the Albuuqerque Folk Festival, we provide two "formal" jamming venues plus as many informal venues as there are shady benches. It's easy to bring your instrument to the festival; you can check your instrument for free from 4:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, so there's no excuse not to come ready to jam all day.

Jam with the Band

There's a lot of local talent here in Albuquerque and New Mexico, and we're offering Jam with the Band as an avenue where musicians can play or sing along with a few of our great bands. It's ok just to listen too. Come on out and meet the up-and-coming folk and traditional music bands on the local music scene. Don't forget to bring your instruments.

Note the new Open Un-mic Unplugged sessions on Saturday evening. C'mon and sign up for your 12 minute performance. There'll be a sign-up sheet at the Jam with the Band tent; first come, first served.


6:30 PMFiasco BrothersBluegrass and traditional music
7:30 PMOpen JamJam until closing


10:00 AMMezcla LatinaTraditional and contemporary Mexican and Latin American Music with a focus on songs in Spanish with 3 part harmonies
11:00 AMFlagpole SaladCome play along with the fast-paced, tightly woven stringband music of Flagpole Salad, featuring Southern Appalachian-style tunes on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and guitar. Playing traditional fiddle tunes from the Civil War era and earlier, along with more recently composed tunes written in the Old-Time style (the precursor to bluegrass), they especially enjoy sitting knee-to-knee while getting into the groove of a tune, being transported by the music. Transcendental meditation, the old-time way!
12:00 PMBoulder Acoustic SocietyOld school but never old, Boulder Acoustic Society is the new wave of American roots music. It’s what happens when four songwriters get together to mash up blues, folk, gospel, indie and world music to soothe their musical curiosity. Whether it’s a festival stage, performing arts center, dive bar or a late night campground set, B.A.S. delivers musical diversity throughout their set as if it’s normal.

B.A.S.'s music is intense and exciting for listeners, with something new and interesting at every turn. The unique lineup of violin, accordion, bass and percussion support sharp vocal hooks and powerful grooves. The energy that B.A.S. brings to a stage can tip a festival into overdrive or mesmerize a club audience as they dance into the wee hours. All of this comes from four guys who wear vintage clothes, savor small batch bourbon and rock the ukulele.
1:00 PMMuddy River String BandThe Muddy River String Band draws the listener down a dusty lane echoing with acoustic memories of lonely mountain melodies. Rous- ing bluegrass tunes cause toes to tap of their own ac- cord.
2:00 PMFonn SonaFonn Sona (meaning ‘Happy Melody’) performs a generous blend of Celtic songs and tunes, featuring Dee Meier and John Green on vocals, Cleve Sharp on flute, and Chuck Butler on bodhran.
3:00 PMCoyote CrossingCoyote Crossing presents traditional bluegrass, gospel, and original acoustic music. Each of the band members are dedicated aficionados of bluegrass, and they have all played with numerous bands in the past. While their performances emphasize vocal harmonies, they back it up with powerful yet tasteful instrumental work – all guaranteed to get your foot tapping.
4:00 PMYoung EdwardYoung Edward is a bluegrass / alternative country band that plays a down home mix of haunting original tunes and traditional covers. Armed with a guitar, banjo, and upright bass the power trio has been pleasing crowds young and old for that past seven years.
6:00 PM - 9:00 PMOpen Un-mic UnpluggedPerform at your own risk! Rules are simple. Any group or individual can perform for 12 minutes. Put your (or your group's) name on the list. When you have performed for 12 minutes, sit down and leave the space available for the next performer unless no one is signed up. There will be 3 minutes between sets for set up time. If the next performer does not show up after 5 minutes, someone may take the rest of the time. Performance can be music, or dance or storytelling but must be clean and family/folk festival appropriate.

Hosted Jams

At the hosted jam tent, there's a new host every hour. Hosts are mostly there to encourage musicians to pick a song or start a song and to make sure that everyone gets an opportunity to participate. In addition, hosts bring their own unique flare to the jam. Thanks to Blythe Camenson for arranging the Hosted Jams.


6:30 PMFolkKatie Gill
7:30 PMSingAlongJerry G.
8:30 PMMom's SwingTom Hunter


11:00 AMBluegrassPeaches
12:00 PMBluegrassSteve Morgan
1:00 PMFolk MixCarl & Sandra
2:00 PMFolk MixGuy and Lisa Dicharry
3:00 PMFolk & PopBruce Davis
4:00 PMSingAlongJerry G.
7:00 PMIrish SessionJohn Conoboy
8:00 PMCeltic MusicChuck Butler
9:00 PMCeltic Music

Band Scramble:

Everyone at the Festival is eligible to sign up. Musicians (fiddle/banjo/guitar/mandolin/bass/miscellaneous), singers, and dancers are all welcome.

Sign up at the information booth between 10 am and 4 pm. Get your band assignment at the Main Stage at 4:45, practice (and choose a name) between 5 and 5:50, and be back at the Main Stage no later than 6 pm. You’ll have six minutes to perform.

Bands will be judged for music, rhythm, intonation/execution, style, stage presence, and band name. The top three bands will get prize ribbons.

Bribing the judges and MC should be discreet, but disclosed—and is encouraged!!!

A complete set of rules is available at the information booth.

Even if you don’t join a band, you’ll want to be at the main stage at 6 pm to enjoy the performances.

Music Workshops:

All of these workshops are designed for festival goers' participation. Even if you don't have an instrument to play, workshop presenters and/or other participants can often loan you one or share theirs to give you chance for a little hands on. Don't be shy! Come join the fun! And if you do have an instrument at home, don't hesitate to bring it along. We have an instrument check room available from the festival start until 10:00 PM so you don't have to lug that instrument around all day if you don't want to.

One of the great things about the folk festival is that everybody participates. Main stage performers are more than willing to share their expertise with everyone at the festival. This year, you'll find a song-writing workshop with Tish Hinojosa (at the Songwriter's Showcase), a Cajun fiddle workshop with members of Feufollet, and a singing workshop with Wagogo (at Stage 2).

Workshops labeled with a (B) are especially targeted to beginners. If a workshop is labeled with an (I), it's for intermediate players.

Thanks to Scott Reeder for organizing the instrumental workshops.

Stage Two


6:30 PMBodhran (Irish Frame Drum)Stir your Irish blood by learning the basics of playing this wonderful drum. This is a very hands on workshop for participants.
7:30 PMA Taste of Primal Soup: Introduction to the DidgeridooRev is an accomplished, self-taught didgeridoo player with 12 years of experience. In this class Rev will introduce you to the essence of the didge and the power of its simple complexity, then he will guide you through a series of exercises designed to lead you from the very basic techniques of “making the sound” to actually playing a simple jam. You will leave with a visceral experience of the didge and the inspiration to learn more.
8:30 PMWagogo Singing WorkshopWagogo will teach a Zimbabwean gospel number called "Tariro Yenyu", asking of the Lord the question what are your expectations of me, oh Lord, with very simple words calling for responses, lots of possibilities for harmonies, a very uplifting song.

Demo Stage


7:00 PMPreparing your Band for RecordingIf you're getting ready to cut your first CD, come find out what you need to know from professional recording engineer, Lee Padilla of Sanctuary Sound.

Workshop 1


6:30 PMTraditional 5-string Banjo Styles (I)Wayne ShrubsallBring your banjo and learn how to play a tune (or even two!) in traditional Appalachian styles. You can just listen, if you like.
7:30 PMBluegrass vs. Old-TimeWayne Shrubsall and Bruce ThomsonBecause the instrumentation is the same, many folks are confused about the distinction between bluegrass music and old timey or traditional music. Though there are some dramatic differences, in fact there’re a lot of similarities too and many great musicians use ideas from both genres. This workshop will highlight the differences and the similarities by teaching tunes in both styles.


11:00 AMTin Whistle (B)Andy MossWorkshop for whistle beginners. In one hour, play a few tunes. Have lots of fun.
12:00 PMApple Mountain Strings & Things (Mountain/Hammered Dulcimer and other instrument club)Albuquerque-based acoustic instrument club where players at all skill levels enjoy well-loved folk tunes with friends. Come and just listen, or bring your instrument and play along.
1:00 PMMountain Dulcimer (B)Irma ReederSpend some time exploring this versatile instrument! It's easy and fun to get started. We'll learn some basics, then enjoy playing songs. All levels welcome to come and play along! Some instruments provided. Irma is the 2009 Colorado State mountain dulcimer champion.
2:00 PMCeltic Mountain Dulcimer (I)Jonathan DowellCeltic music on the mountain dulcimer for intermediate players, and for beginners ready to move up. By Southern Regional champion, Jonathan Dowell.
3:00 PMMando Amore (I)Scott MathisFor lovers and players of the mandolin. Scott Mathis will be teaching Italian and Southwestern tunes that sound really great on "the old 8 string".
4:00 PMFolk Harp (B)Julietta Anne RabensJulietta Anne Rabens will teach the basics of Folk Harp. We'll start with an introduction to the instrument, followed by basic chords, simple melodies, and a little improvisation. Harps will be available, or bring your own.
7:00 PMRhythm Bones (B)David WilsonLearn how to play this simple but versatile rhythm instrument. Bones can be played with almost any genre of folk music and fit nicely in your back pocket. A limited supply of bones will be available for use during the workshop. Otherwise, bring your own or buy yourself a pair for an affordable price from our vendors.
8:00 PMHarmonica (I)Dan GarciaDuring this workshop you will learn how to play a single harmonica in multiple keys. The emphasis this year will be on semi-rare third and fourth position playing.

Workshop 2


6:30 PMBluegrass Flatpick Guitar (I)Gregg DaigleOverview of the roles of flatpick guitar (rhythm and lead) in bluegrass music.
7:30 PMFingerpicking GuitarPat NeffBeginning fingerstyle guitar--broken chords and other topics. Bring your guitar and learn fingerstyle arpeggio patterns to enhance your playing.


11:00 AMBluegrass Banjo (B)Bill HowdenHere's where the fun begins! Banjo setup, right & left hand techniques. Rhythm. Tablature. Q & A. Also why play banjo and how to keep going. Love your banjo.
12:00 PMWestern Swing Fiddle Improvisation (I)Gretchen Van HoutenCome see how improvisation begins and how you can tap into your own musical self. Workshop will be tailored to attendee's interests. Gretchen Van Houten is a past National fiddle champion.
1:00 PMHammered Dulcimer (B)Scott ReederCome see why someone would ever want to play an instrument with more strings than a dozen guitars. Introduction for non-players and tips for new players.
2:00 PMPalmasEva Encinias-SandovalPalmas is the rhythmic hand clapping which accompanies flamenco. The palmas hold all the various elements of flamenco music, song and dance together by keeping a constant meter for reference. The two basic techniques of the palmas include sordas and claras which make soft and loud sounds respectively. Learning the basic techniques of the palmas is crucial for anyone interested in learning flamenco as it will add to their overall understanding of all the elements involved.
3:00 PMKlezmer MusicBeth CohenLearn a Klezmer (East European Jewish folkdance music) tune by ear with violinist and Klezmer band director Beth Cohen. All levels and instruments welcome - beginners will learn accompaniment patterns. Charts provided at end of workshop.
4:00 PMNorth American Fiddle (I)Bruce ThomsonBecause we're a melting pot, North America has more styles of traditional fiddle music than any other continent; styles that include the rustic crooked music of the desert southwest and Mexico, the rhythmic old timey dance music of the Appalachians, the smooth intricate swing of Texas, and the lyric and bouncy music of New England. This workshop explore the differences in styles by teaching tunes in some of these different styles.
7:00 PMUkelele (B)Michael Ve'SeartIf you were stranded on a desert island, what instrument would you want to have? Instructor Michael Veseart will show you the basics of this fun and portable instrument. Aloha shirts are optional.
8:00 PMFeufollet Cajun FiddleFeufolletChris Segura and Chris Stafford of Feufollet have been playing double fiddles together for 10 years. They'll take you on a journey of Cajun two steps, waltzes and double fiddle styles that represent Cajun music from deep in the heart of French speaking Louisiana.

Workshop 3


6:30 PMBeginning Mandolin (B)Laurie PhillipsBring your ax and learn which end is right (and don't be left). We'll figure out a tune or two and point to a few things to work on for next year's folk festival. You don't need to read music ... but we won't hold it against you if you do! Seriously, there'll be a few basic moves and tactics, and you WILL be able to play when it's done (well, OK: we'll point you in the right direction). And, as always: a handout to take home!
7:30 PMBeginning Irish Fiddle (B)Gary PapenhagenEntry level exposure to Irish fiddling. Ornaments, bowing, and a few basic rhythms will be covered. Rambling Pitchfork, a jig, will be taught.


11:00 AMWomen's BarbershopEnchanted MesaWomen's barbershop, four part acappella singing. An original American artform presented by members of the local Sweet Adelines chapter, Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus. Come join us and experience four part harmony!
12:00 PMVocal DevelopmentBill HowdenBreathing, posture, exercises, using falsetto, determining vocal range, and more. For those who would love to sing but think they can’t, and anyone else.
1:00 PMHarmonic SingingTimothy HillHarmonic singing, a way of singing and engaging the overtone spectrum of the voice, produces an eerie and fascinating sound, deepening and enhancing the natural voice.
2:00 PMShape Note SingingHarmony singing of hymns based on a musical notation in which the head of the note indicates its duration. Everyone sings!
3:00 PMCowboy Gospel SingingWing and a PrayerOld-time, cowboy, country gospel band that combines lively vocals with a multitude of acoustic instruments from the familiar to the unusual.
4:00 PMCeltic SingingCeltic Singers of New MexicoThe Celtic Singers of New Mexico will be teaching a small selection of songs, each a representation of various traditions, including tweed-walking (work songs), mouth music, and others. All are welcome to join us!
6:00 PMFolk Song CircleAlbuquerque Folk Song CircleLaurie McPherson leads a group through a variety of folk songs. Everyone sings!
7:00 PMBeginning Guitar (B)Gretchen Van HoutenTreat yourself to the gift of playing guitar! Come see how fast you can grow from a beginner to knowing your way around the entire neck!
8:00 PMAutoharp (B)Todd CrowleyThis is a beginning autoharp workshop tailored to the individual player's level. We'll learn chord patterns, various strums, song accompaniment, and right hand picking techniques. Free loaner 'harps available to the curious. Come and enjoy this most enchanting of folk instruments.


Thanks to Diane Rossbach for coordinating our storytelling venue.


6:30 PMMark MaravetzBook Mark and puppet Digby Bobcat from the San Pedro Branch library will tell a scary story of New Mexico. Ask them about the library’s Summer Reading Program!
7:30 PMThe Green WomanThe Green Woman will set the mood for the ghost stories to follow.
8:30 PMGhost Stories (Open Mic for Storytellers)


11:00 AMRoberta MeyersMeyers will conjure up people from Taos' rich past, one of Kit Carsons wives, Frieda Lawrence, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Brett, Frida Kahlo & Sacajewea and a few suprises of mystery and magic and joy.
12:00 PMDavid MrazSouthwestern folk-tales, accompanied by guitar and song.
1:00 PMWalter SalaWalt brings stories to life in a natural way – humorous, sad, scary, exhilarating – but always leaving audiences feeling good. Stories are multicultural folk- tales, legends, and literary tales from America and all over the world.
2:00 PMDianne RossbachA few years ago, a Santa Fe museum curator contacted me about an unmarked and undated picture he'd received of elephants being led past the Governor's Palace in Santa Fe. That sparked my imagination! I knew I need to find out whaty I could. What year? What circus? Come join us to hear this clown's inside story.
3:00 PMSteven PlaStories from Africa and stories of African descent, from several different new- and old - world countries, including some featuring Ananse the Spider.
4:00 PMMargaret Edmundson“Tales for the Times.” While these personal tales unfold, the audience gets a bird’s eye view of the connections between history and current events.
5:00 PMJohanna and Scott DharseeStories from Far Away Islands, Deep Forests and Magical Gardens. Johanna and Scott take you on a journey of Ballads and Runes, Myths and Legends with traditional and non-traditional storytelling techniques. The art of storytelling is universal and as ancient as humanity; our dreams of a distant common past. Stories travel and have always traveled. On their way they pick up bits and pieces of different cultures and landscapes but the heroes and heroines, the villains and the mysterious creatures often stay familiar. We tell stories using music, song, masks, dance and mime. Johanna studied Mime and Dance in France and in India and is using stories and inspiration from both these cultures as well as her native Finland. Scott has composed music that reflects these stories and their background.
7:00 PMJaw Harp WorkshopNew Mexico Symphony musician Ken Dean will go over basic techniques for this ancient mouth resonated instrument. Feel free to bring your own instruments. There will be a very limited number of bamboo instruments available.

Li'l Folks Program:

What can kids do at the Folk Festival?

There's tons of stuff for kids at the Folk Festival. Kids are always welcome at the music and dance workshops, there's a special venue for storytelling, plus there's a tent just for Li'l Folks. A big thank you to Kris Litchman for organizing the Li'l Folks tent.

Li'l Folks Schedule



11:00 AMSing-along Music for ChildrenDonna Coy and Cindy KlossAudience participation is heartily encouraged!
12:00 PMStrum and DrumPaul and Carla RobertsIn Paul and Carla's banjo and drumming workshop, children use folk music as a framework for exploring self-expression and creativity through rhythm, singing and improvised dance.
1:00 PMFiddle Contest (through 12)Kris Litchman
2:00 PMFiddle Contest (13-17)Kris Litchman
3:00 PMEverybody Can Play a Ukelele!Michael VeseartMichael VeSeart, Kahuna Grande of the High Desert Sand Fleas Ukelele club, ably assisted by Chris Ellison, offers a beginners’ uke workshop. Ukes available to use or purchase from Encore Music.
4:00 PMAmerican Folk Music for Kids of All AgesEric Carlson and Michael SheppardAdd your voices to our dobro and guitar music!

Remember, kids under 11 can come to the Folk Festival for free, and admission for kids 11-17 is only $5 for all day on Saturday. So bring the whole family for a full day of music, dancing, singing, storytelling, and arts and crafts.

Arts and Crafts:

The last few years we have expanded the Albuquerque Folk Festival activities to include several craft workshops and demonstrations. Just as music and dance bring community together, activities like quilting and woodcarving are well known for their ability to strengthen community ties and provide a vehicle for creative expression. We are glad to have them join us, and thank Renee Hollis for reaching out to the various craft guilds to build a program for everyone to enjoy.

This year, we have an amazing one-woman quilt show, featuring the work of Betty Standiferd of Southwest Decoratives. Thanks to Trylla Esherick for putting this together.

Craft Guild Information:

Albuquerque Rug Hooking Group

Meeting: 3rd Thursday of the month 1PM -4 PM Informal get togethers are held weekly
Location: Palo Duro Senior Center – 5221 Palo Duro Ave NE
Contact: Darlene or Cathy
Contact Phone: 271-4694 or 286-8473
Purpose: To share the love of rug hooking and explore the many avenues of the craft.

American Sewing Guild Albuquerque Chapter

Meeting: 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM
Location: Asbury Methodist Church – 10000 Candelaria Rd. NE
Contact: Melissa Sonnen
Contact Phone: 505-271-1518
Contact Email: melissasonnen@msn.net
Purpose: Dedicated to providing information, education and programs in sewing arts. Also to provide support to the community through various community projects.

Desert Design Machine Knitters

Meeting: 2nd Saturday of the month at 9:30 AM
Location: Various members' homes
Contact: Carol Ellis
Contact Phone: 505-771-1773
Purpose: Focus on machine knitting, sharing techniques and skills.

Dropped Stitch Knitters Guild

Meeting: 1st Monday of the month at 10AM – 12 and the 3rd Monday of the month at 6PM – 8
Location: Village Wools – 5916 Anaheim Ave NE
Contact: Diane or Stephanie
Contact Phone: 856-7053 or 343-0469
Purpose: Encourage an interest in hand knitting

Enchanted Lacemakers' Guild

Meeting: 1st Friday of the month -7PM
Location: Various members' homes
Contact: Jannan
Contact Phone: 977-6166
Purpose: Sharing studies about lace including bobbin lace, needle lace,tatting, knitted lace, crochet lace and various forms of embroidered lace. Also programs, workshops, and discussions. Sponsors several workshops in lace making.

Las Aranas Spinners and Weavers

Meeting: 4th Tuesday of the month alternating day 9:30AM and evening 6:45 PM
Location: Village Wools – 5916 Anaheim Ave NE
Contact: Ruth
Contact Phone: 268-0726
Purpose: Sharing lectures, demonstrations, workshops and exhibits with the public to promote interest in spinning, weaving, dyeing and other fiber work.

Meadowlark Basket Weavers

Meeting: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month 1PM – 5PM
Location: Meadowlark Senior Center , Rm.2, Rio Rancho
Contact: Tricia Sutton
Contact Phone: 505-899-3982
Contact Email: TRISPAͨ዁@cs.com
Purpose: To interest and bring together people to learn and improve their basket weaving skills in a comfortable environment.

New Mexico Crochet Guild

Meeting: 3rd Saturday of the month 1:30PM-4PM
Location: Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church – 8600 Academy, Rm.407
Contact: Joan Bond or Shirley Flieshauer
Contact Phone: 856-1516 or 268-8747
Purpose: To encourage and promote the art of crocheting and the many applications for its use. All crocheters are welcome

Rio Grande Woodcarvers Association

Meeting: Tuesday nights 6 PM- 9 PM
Location: Hoffmantown Church – 8888 Harper NE
Contact: Cory Meyer
Contact Phone: (505) 764-9466
Contact Email: cmeyerҁ0@comcast.net
Purpose: Non profit organization devoted to preserving the art of woodcarving with traditional tools.

Sandia Mountain Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America

Meeting: 2nd Tuesday of most months 9:30 AM
Location: Asbury Methodist Church- 10000 Candelaria Rd. NE
Contact: Shirley Kay Wolfsberger
Contact Phone: (505) 265-0683
Purpose: To promote the art of embroidery through speakers, show and tell, workshops, demonstrations, exhibits and use of a huge library.

Thimbleweeds Quilting Club

Meeting: 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month 9:30 AM
Location: Sabana Grande Recreational Center, Rio Rancho
Contact: Donna Barnitz
Contact Phone: 505) 771-0018
Contact Email: donnabarnitz@yahoo.com
Purpose: Education in the field of quilting with speakers, field trips, annual quilt retreat, block of the month and workshops. Shares skills by doing community service projects.

Turquoise Trail Chapter- Embroidery Guild of America

Meeting: 2nd Sat of the month 1:30 PM
Location: North Valley Library - 4th Street
Contact: Marlene Bartalomei
Contact Phone: 505-922-0432
Contact Email: dbartoȹ85@aol.com
Purpose: The EGA is a national organization that promotes the embroidery arts by teaching, research and preservation of the craft. This chapter, part of the national EGA , was organized for embroiderers who work during the week. Has Sit and Stitch and a beginners Forum as well as a regular program each month.

Zia Sun Smockers

Meeting: 4th Friday of the month – 1PM
Location: Ryan's – 9500 Montgomery Ave NE
Contact: Lou ANN Ochiltree
Contact Phone: 505-896-0014
Purpose: Preserve and foster the art of smocking and related needlework for future generations, through education, communication and quality workmanship. Reaches out through community