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2011 Albuquerque Folk Festival

Thanks to everyone who made the 2011 Albuquerque Folk Festival a great success! Look for pictures soon!

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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 2012, here's a look back at our 2011 festival:

2011 Schedule

The Folk Festival will run from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM on Friday, June 17 and 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM on Saturday, June 18, 2011 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.

Friday Night


Main Stage Performers



Antonia Apodaca and Bayou Seco

Antonia Apodaca and Bayou Seco

Antonia Apodaca was born in 1923 in Rociada, New Mexico in the house in which she lived until it burned down on December 20, 2010. She learned to play accordion and guitar from her parents and uncles, and she married a fiddler named Max Apodaca. Together they spent about 35 years in Riverton, Wyoming, where they raised their five children, he worked as a miner, and played music on the weekends for the nearby communities. In 1979 they returned to Rociada. They started playing locally and ended up becoming known all over New Mexico for playing the old music. In December 1987, Max died. Antonia quit playing for a year until Jeanie and Cleofes Ortiz visited her and convinced her to continue to play. She composes many songs about her life in New Mexico which she has added to her repertoire of older traditional songs. She was awarded the Governor's award for Excellence in the Arts in 1992. She has continued to play, often with Ken and Jeanie, and has performed with them at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 1992, as well as three times for the series, Lo Madura de la Cultura, in Albuquerque, and at many other venues in the western USA. She has several recordings, one which is out of print. She is currently working on a new one.

Ken Keppeler and Jeanie McLerie, also known as Bayou Seco, have been playing with Antonia since 1988. Together they bring a vibrant collaboration of the old and the new. always remaining true to the roots of the music. Bayou Seco celebrates the energetic music of the Southwestern part of the USA. They have learned first hand from elder musicians in the communities where they have lived, concentrating on Cajun/Creole, Tohono O'odham double fiddle tunes, pre-Hollywood cowboy songs & tunes, and northern New Mexican Spanish Colonial dance music. Ken plays 1 and 3 row diatonic accordeons, mandolin, and fiddle, and Jeanie plays guitar and five string fiddle. They currently live in Silver City, New Mexico. The duo has seven CD's, has been featured on several PBS television programs, and on many radio shows. They are currently working on a new CD.

For more info: www.bayouseco.com

Kim and Reggie Harris

Kim & Reggie Harris

“Kim and Reggie inspire a sense of joy and exhilaration that lifts the soul…makes you want to sing and celebrate your neighbor!! Music that makes you come alive!” - Philadelphia Daily News

Kim and Reggie Harris are dynamic and superbly talented traditional folk performers whose captivating stage presence and unique harmonies have earned the respect and love of audiences throughout the US, Canada and Europe for over 30 years.

Consummate musicians and storytellers, Kim and Reggie combine a strong folk and gospel legacy with a solid background in classical, rock, jazz and pop music. Creative curiosity, years of road and stage experience, and interactions with performers such as Pete Seeger, Jay Leno, Tom Paxton, Harry Belafonte and others have led them to produce music that entertains and inspires.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, a city rich in cultural and musical heritage, Kim and Reggie's early exposure to the diversity of musical styles and genres was nurtured in the schools and churches of their youth.

Audiences at venues such as The Kennedy Center, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Smithsonian Institute, Reunion Arena in TX, the Psalm Festival in Graz, Austria, as well as a myriad of theater arts centers, festivals, universities and schools have given this inspiring duo standing ovations for their vibrant performances.

As a result of their CDs “Steal Away” and “Get On Board” (Appleseed Recordings) and materials developed in their work with the Kennedy Center, Kim and Reggie have earned wide acclaim for their contributions to the resources and knowledge base - in historical and educational circles - on the Underground Railroad and the modern civil rights movement.

In addition to numerous recordings on the Appleseed and Folk Era labels they are also featured on a number of compilations, films and educational projects worldwide.

Kim is presently pursuing a Ph.D. at Union Theological Seminary in NYC and both continue to write, record and produce music as a means to promote creativity, education, social responsibility and understanding in the world community.

For more info: kimandreggie.com

Dixie Bee-Liners

Dixie Bee-Liners

The Dixie Bee-Liners is a Virginia-based sextet that features soaring vocal harmonies, dynamic instrumental styles and performances filled with jaw-dropping grit, humor and emotion.

Husband and wife team Brandi Hart and Buddy Woodward have fronted The Dixie Bee-Liners since they formed the band in 2002. Lead vocalist Brandi Hart's originals cover a broad range, from hard-driving bluesy scorchers to ancient-toned instrumentals. She plays rhythm guitar, Nashville guitar, fiddle and mountain dulcimer.

Bluegrass veteran Buddy Woodward has played with John Starling, Steve Earle, Rosie Flores, Jim Lauderdale, and many others. A gifted songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Buddy plays the mandolin, guitar, banjo and bass.

The Bee-Liners' line-up includes four other award-winning musicians: Sav Sankaran on vocals and bass, Sara Needham on vocals and fiddle, Zach Mongan on banjo, and Leah Needham on dobro.

In 2008, The Dixie Bee-Liners' ground-breaking album "RIPE" dazzled critics and fans alike and earned the band four #1's on the bluegrass charts. Later that year The Bee-Liners were named Roots Music Association's Bluegrass Artist of the Year, plucked from among such luminaries as Alison Krauss and Merle Haggard, who also shared the nomination.

The band's newest CD, "Susanville," is a collection of tales that takes listeners on a musical road trip along America's highways and byways.

“The Dixie Bee-Liners is a collection worthy of praise... Brandi Hart has a voice that could give Alison Krauss a run for the money and could Buddy Woodward be the next Dan Tyminski...?” -- Jennifer Webb, NY Times' About.com Country Music Guide

For more info: dixiebeeliners.com

Carolyn Martin

Carolyn Martin Trio

Singer Carolyn Martin has been described as “… a winning throwback to the days where emotion was measured and artful rather than loud and histrionic.” From European concert halls to intimate venues at home in Nashville, fans have come to know Carolyn as a a vocalist with a unique sense of musical style, a charismatic stage presence and a voice that exudes passion and experience – the soulful elegance that is the very essence of music.

Carolyn Martin is a native Texan who has lived in Nashville for many years. She began singing professionally while growing up in Abilene, and began traveling and performing throughout Texas and the rest of the US a few years later. Since settling in Nashville in 1985, she has had the pleasure of working with many of the most talented musicians and singers in the world.

Carolyn was a member of Nashville’s Time Jumpers, a western swing band comprised of Nashville’s finest session musicians and singers for 11 years. Their latest project, “Jumpin’ Time”, garnered two Grammy nominations. Carolyn was also featured as part of the Time Jumpers DVD “Jumping Time”, which has appeared on more than 140 Public Television stations and has won two Emmy awards.

A belief that “Swing is Swing” allows her group, Carolyn Martin’s Swing Band, to range far beyond the ‘tradtitional’ western swing repertoire; she will juxtapose western swing classics from Bob Wills, Cindy Walker and Spade Cooley with swing era song from Peggy Lee, Hoagy Carmichael and Louis Armstrong, show tunes from Broadway and Hollywood, traditional country tunes from Faron Young and Hank Williams along with new material written by Carolyn and her friends.

Carolyn was the 2008 recipient of the Academy of Western Artists’ Will Rogers Cowboy Award for Western Swing Female Vocalist of the Year. She was nominated for the award again this year, while her latest CD, “Swing” was nominated as Western Swing Album of the Year by the Western Music Association. In 2008, western swing DJ’s and reviewers around the world named “Swing” as one of the Top 10 albums of the year.

For more info: carolynmartinmusic.com

Los Martinez

Los Martinez

Fronted by Lorenzo Martinez and his brother Roberto Jr., Los Martinez preserve, promote and treasure the sound of Northern New Mexico. Through the ages, the guitar and violin have become the instruments of choice for generations of New Mexicans living in the mountains, tools to express the emotions and experiences lived as Spaniards, Mexicans, and U.S. citizens for over four centuries.

The brothers Martinez grew up performing traditional music with their father, Roberto Sr. (Los Reyes de Albuquerque), and on their own. Lorenzo Martinez is a master folk violinist and a NEA National Heritage Fellow for preserving and promoting New Mexico's violin tradition. He has recorded two seminal albums-the first when he was 15!-of this rapidly fading repertoire. Roberto Martinez Jr. accompanies Lorenzo on guitar and vocals, performing inditas, polkas, redondos, and musical forms from New Mexico and the Western U.S. Creating a unique blend of music which draws from the diverse cultures of New Mexico past and present, Los Martinez are an authentic New Mexican musical experience.

Los Primos

Goddess of Arno

As pioneers of the world music scene in Albuquerque, Goddess of Arno’s band members have been performing, teaching and studying traditional Balkan and East European folk music together for over 30 years. This award-winning ensemble accompanies beautiful solo, 2- and 3-part vocals with traditional ethnic string and percussion instruments as well as violin, guitar, saxophone, and electric bass.

The band’s repertoire includes fiery instrumentals and traditional songs from Albania, Macedonia, Serbia, Greece, Bulgaria and Hungary –many in the Rom (Gypsy) style and language. The musicians of Goddess of Arno love the exotic rhythms and scales, which the southern Balkans absorbed from the Ottoman Empire, and the passion of the Rom music, which offers opportunities for instrumental improvisation.

Goddess of Arno was originally formed as accompaniment to the popular Svirka women's Balkan Chorus and later developed its own identity, known for exciting dance parties and concerts. Goddess of Arno has performed throughout the southwest and has produced and performed in concerts and workshops with internationally acclaimed Balkan and Rromani musicians and scholars such as Esma Redzhepova, Yuri Yunakov, Kabile Bulgarian Ensemble, and Professors Carol Silverman and Sonya Tamar Seeman. In 2002, Goddess of Arno released its award-winning CD: Balkan Dance Party!

For more info: http://members.tripod.com/arnoproductionsnm/GoddessofArno/index.htm

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards Trio

Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth … such is a Jonathan Edwards performance. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, show after show - songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor - all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age.

An artist who measures his success by his ability to attract and take good care of an audience, Jonathan maintains that it is the feedback he receives after his shows that keeps him going. “It is really gratifying to hear [someone say], ‘Your stuff has meant a lot to me over the years.’””

The “stuff” he's referring to is a highly respected repertoire that includes such classics as “Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy,” “Sometimes,” “Don't Cry Blue,” “Emma,” “Everybody Knows Her,” “Athens County,” and everyone's favorite ode to putting a good buzz on, “Shanty.”

And then, of course, there's “Sunshine (Go Away Today),” his 1971 fierce proclamation of protest and independence that sold a million copies and earned him a gold record. It's a highlight of every performance.

Since 1971, Jonathan has released 15 albums, including Blue Ridge, his standard-setting collaboration with bluegrass favorites the Seldom Scene, and Little Hands, his collection of children's songs, which was honored with a National Library Association award. A long overdue studio album is imminent.

Performing with Jonathan will be longtime accompanist Stuart Schulman on bass, piano, fiddle, and vocals, and Taylor Armerding, formerly of Northern Lights, on mandolin and high-tenor vocals.

"An Edwards performance is an unforgettable roller-coaster ride which combines his remarkable singing, storytelling, and wit"_ -- Martha's Vineyard Times

For more info: jonathanedwards.net

Morning Welcoming Entertainment

10 am to 11 am

Every year, you'll find reasons to get to the festival early. This year, seven venues are starting up on Saturday at 10 a.m. with some special entertainment. Chinese Wushu Dance returns to the Dance Tent, with exciting dragons, lions, and martial arts. If you're into banjos try Banjos, Etc. at Jam with the Band. If you prefer ukes, the Roadrunner Strummers Ukulele Band will be at the Children's Tent. Walt Sala starts off the day's storytelling, Tortilla Junction plays bluegrass and old-time at the Mainstreet Stage, and ShonaSlovakia plays Afro-Gypsy fusion at the Demo Stage. Plus, the

Mainstreet StageTortilla JunctionTortilla Junction has been performing at local venues since 2007. This three member band plays upbeat music on a variety of instruments including guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica, dobro, and bass. Their repertoire includes traditional and original bluegrass and old-time with some Cajun, blues, and folk mixed in. Tortilla Junction took 2nd place at the 2008 Statewide bluegrass band competition in Santa Fe and 3rd place in 2010. The band members are the husband-wife team of Art and Lynda Garcia, and local multi-instrumentalist Jerry Grayson. They receive overwhelming positive response wherever they play so be prepared to tap your feet, clap your hands, and sing along!
Demonstration StageAfro Gypsy FusionShonaSlovakia fuses high energy Shona/Zimbabwe music with Reggae, rock and roll combining Ranchera, New Orleans style, Ska, Latin, Gypsy, R&B and global poly rhythms.

ShonaSlovakia enjoys incorporating the "voice" of each musician in the ensemble. Improvisation and fusion music is our core experience. We have been called "Superior entertainment..." and "a foremost dance band." "One of the best new bands in Santa Fe!" Randy Forrester, GOTTA DANCE, KSFR. Our primary driving force is having fun playing together! Sally Blakemore, accordion, extended African marimba, steel drums, bongo and kick block, Rusty Storbeck, soprano African marimba and ho sho, Nicolas Gadbois, lead vocals and guitar, composer of many of our songs, Gerald Rodriguez, percussion and trap set, harmony vocals and Dave Smith, bass guitarist, tuba, bells and harmony vocals. Contact Sally Blakemore for bookings artyprojects@cybermesa.com
Dance TentChinese Wushu DanceLet Martial Artistry's Team Steel Phoenix whisk you to the ancient land of the dragon and the phoenix. Where Chinese lions leap and stalk to the pounding of drums and the clash of cymbals and gongs, a dragon coils through the heavens as it seeks the Celestial Pearl of Wisdom and kung fu heroes soar through the air and display their wushu martial prowess in a manner beautiful to behold.

This is a show of pageantry and history, with Northern Chinese dragon dancing, astounding high-flying acrobatics, Southern Chinese Lion dancing, Shaolin kung fu and wushu. Adults and children alike will be thrilled as Steel Phoenix presents the martial arts of China in a high-energy exhibition that brings the excitement and mystery of Chinese Wushu to life!
StorytellingStrange & Possibly TrueThere's always a moral to Walt's gentle tales. This year he returns with a set of tales that is sure to make you wonder about the thin line between fact and fiction.
Children's TentUkesKids! At last, a musical instrument that's just your size... come watch & hear how it's played, then try one to see how much fun it is. Learn a song in 10 minutes with the Roadrunner Ukulele Band!
Jam with the BandBanjos Etc.Good old songs and early jazz favorites with four banjoists, a pianist, and a bassist. Be ready to sing!

Mainstreet Stage

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


6:00 PMAdobe BrothersThe Adobe Brothers have been entertaining audiences since 1979 with a lively mix of acoustic music, including old time string band, bluegrass, ethnic folk music, and western swing, a composite style they refer to as “international bluegrass.” Their tunes include compositions by members of the band, classics by some of the best known acoustic musicians of this century and the last, and relatively new music played in the old time style. The group in its present configuration features Toby Adobe (Bruce Thomson) on fiddle and jaw harp, Moby Adobe (Wayne Shrubsall) on banjo and guitar, Jacoby Adobe (Jimmy Abraham) on guitar, harmonica and fiddle, and Nyrobi Adobe (Dave Klaus) on bass.
7:00 PMWatermelon Mountain Jug BandThe Watermelon Mountain Jug Band, featuring Gary Oleson (washtub bass), Ben Perea (banjo, guitar), Pat Houlihan (vocals, guitar, jaw harp, kazoo, jug), and Barbara Piper (washboard, high-hat, percussion), has been entertaining audiences, young and old, since 1975. Rooted in the original 1920’s jug bands of the South, the band delights audiences with jug band, ragtime, country and bluegrass music with some rock ’n roll or a Spanish ranchera added for spice. Ben might even play a classical music piece. The Watermelon Mountain Jug Band has been recognized as “one of New Mexico’s treasured natural resources”…“a truly unique mixture of music, mirth and pure entertainment”…“totally irresistible.” So sing along! Grab a kazoo and enjoy! It’s just too much fun to miss!
8:00 PMBuckarettesThe Buckarettes are an almost all-female group of well seasoned musicians that span not only the styles of rare and collectible western swing, eclectic selections from the 40’ and 50’s, but also include compositions from modern day writers, even from within the group. Their performances are known for outstanding cowgirl harmonies, superb musicianship, swingin’ hips and fringe, kick-up-your-boots-rhythm and spontaneous silliness that erupts from the girls on stage and flows to their delighted audiences everywhere.
9:00 PMSquash Blossom BoysThe traditional, yet contemporary, Squash Blossom Boys bring together a mix of Old Time, Cajun, and driving Bluegrass music. Versed in jazz improvisation and music arrangement, the band creates a unique sound that explores the roots and boundaries of Americana. The band’s stylistic versatility lends itself to the demands of multiple audiences. Since their inception, they have played at festivals, performance spaces, bars, restaurants, and grower’s markets. The music of the Squash Blossom Boys accommodates both calm, easy-listening atmospheres, as well as upbeat lively venues. With Dustin Orbesen (dobro, vocals), Kit Murray (banjo, vocals), Kyle Malone (guitar), and Peter Lisignoli (bass), the Squash Blossom Boys have played everything from jazz to reggae only to finally become a bluegrass band. Occasionally, mandolinist Tristan Scroggins, violinist Sam Weiss, and multi-instrumentalist Ezra Bussman perform alongside the core quartet. Together the boys have won several awards including Pickin’ in the Pines and Albuquerque Folk Festival’s band competitions, as well as, The Weekly Alibi’s “Best of Burque”.


10:00 AMTortilla JunctionTortilla Junction has been performing at local venues since 2007. This three member band plays upbeat music on a variety of instruments including guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica, dobro, and bass. Their repertoire includes traditional and original bluegrass and old-time with some Cajun, blues, and folk mixed in. Tortilla Junction took 2nd place at the 2008 Statewide bluegrass band competition in Santa Fe and 3rd place in 2010. The band members are the husband-wife team of Art and Lynda Garcia, and local multi-instrumentalist Jerry Grayson. They receive overwhelming positive response wherever they play so be prepared to tap your feet, clap your hands, and sing along!
11:00 AMAtomic GrassFormed in early 1977 when most of its members were living or working in Los Alamos, Atomic Grass has been one of the longest-running bluegrass music groups in northern New Mexico. The group has performed throughout New Mexico and the Southwest at concerts, festivals, weddings, parties and community events. This five-member band's repertoire includes the traditional bluegrass songs as well as modern compositions from contemporary country and acoustic music songwriters. Their sound is composed of smooth vocal harmonies and tight, lively instrumentals with banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and string bass. Ron Hale plays rhythm and lead guitar; Dave Devlin plays mandolin; Jerry Longmire plays fiddle; James Horn plays a hard-driving Scruggs-style banjo; and Phil Vergamini plays acoustic string bass and is a founding member of the band.
12:00 PMJUBALationJUBALation is a band consisting of four sisters… Dominique, Gabrielle, Natasha, and Evelyn Coffing. They have been playing music their whole lives and they enjoy playing a wide variety of music including Celtic, Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Classical, and more, offering a smooth blend of vocal harmonies, and strong instrumental back-up on harp, guitar, fiddle, mountain dulcimer, bass and bodhran.
1:00 PMHoly Water and WhiskeyHoly Water and Whiskey is an Albuquerque vocal trio that plays acoustic traditional, folk, bluegrass, gospel, cowboy, etc. and some select “whiskey” tunes. The group bases its arrangements on solid and straightforward instrumental playing with a special focus on the vocal harmonies found in the songs that they play. They also enjoy having fun interacting with their audience in the genuine belief that music and laughter are universally healing.

The group consists of Maggie Washburne on bass, Scott Altenbach on guitar, and Bruce Washburne on guitar and banjo.
2:00 PMCheap ShotsCheap Shots is an eclectic acoustic band featuring a mix of Old Time, Celtic, bluegrass, traditional, swing, standard, vocal, and original tunes and songs. The six band members include Peter Esherick on hammered dulcimer and mandolin; Jimmy Abraham on guitar, fiddle, harmonica, and vocals; Pat Aruffo on fiddle; Erika Gerety on bass, mandolin, and vocals; John Brinduse on guitar, keyboard, and percussion; and Bill Balassi on guitar and mandolin. Cheap Shots (sometimes known as "Cheap Shots and the Blow Hole"), is often joined by clarinetist, Gary Libman on traditional style swing and Klezmer music. Cheap Shots won the 2006 Old Time Band competition at the Santa Fe Bluegrass Festival.
3:00 PMLa Rondalla de AlbuquerqueLa Rondalla de Albuquerque is a musical group dedicated to presenting traditional Hispanic songs of New Mexico. The group is sponsored by the City of Albuquerque and directed by Otilio Ruiz. There are 20 members of the group which includes singers accompanied by Mexican harps, vihuelas, guitarrons, guitars, a violin and mandolin. La Rondalla plays at the Patio Market in Old Town, Albuquerque from 10-12 AM every Saturday, spring, summer and fall.
4:00 PMBreaking BlueBreaking Blue is an eclectic old time band with a classical edge. Randy Martin's vintage clawhammerbanjo blended with the classically trained flute styling of Stephanie Hanusa give this old time group a matchless world feel. The mellifluous voice of songwriter Chrystal Anderson delivers a comfortable avenue through the obscure coupling of flute and banjo while saxophonist turned bass player, Shawn Berkompas, provides a jazzy foundation for the group. Rhythm guitar player Cassie Brittain and percussionist Jeremy Dorr complete this 6 piece ensemble. Breaking Blue has been featured artists at the Church of Beethoven in Albuquerque as well as numerous coffee shops, festivals, and open mics. The song writing team of Chrystal Anderson and Randy Martin won the Southwest Pickers Association 2009 songwriting contest for their song, "Crowded Room".
5:00 PMSound Explorer's AssociationThe group SEA, Sound Explorers Association, is composed of 3 talented individuals with diverse musical backgrounds and experience, featuring Carl Bernstein on guitar and vocals, Marilyn Priddy on vocals, percussion and cello, and Scott Atchley on mandolin. This collaboration has resulted in a performance repertoire that encompasses an extraordinary range of musical styles and expressive energy. Their programs include selections from Folk, Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, Brazilian choro and samba, and Classical genres. Many of their unique arrangements include improvisation. SEA also features creative arrangements of original vocal and instrumental compositions that reflect the members’ varied musical backgrounds.
6:00 PMCoyote CrossingCoyote Crossing, consisting of Tony Brozena on five string banjo, Lance Gray on bass and vocals, Marlene Gray on guitar and vocals, Steve Morgan on guitar and vocals, and Carl Seager on fiddle, mandolin and sometimes vocal bass harmonies, 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.
7:00 PMEva Ave & CarlosaurEva Ave. & Carlosaur have been inventing the Doom Saloon genre since 2008 with their piano-accordion-drum slapstew gospel numbers, dark ragdream breakdowns and experimental songs. Carlos got his masters in jazz piano from Indiana University and Eva makes big paintings and publishes the Nightly Noodle Monthly when she isn't composing with Carlos. They're currently working on a large-scale project painting pianos, which will be used for an art-gallery-installation-10-piano-orchestra concert in the beginning of the fall.

Demonstration 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 Natalie Kreutzer for searching out these entertaining and educational performances.


6:00 PMAlbuquerque Accordion ClubAlbuquerque Accordion ClubA variety of folk, multicultural and fun tunes. 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.


10:00 AMAfro Gypsy FusionShona SlovakiaShonaSlovakia fuses high energy Shona/Zimbabwe music with Reggae, rock and roll combining Ranchera, New Orleans style, Ska, Latin, Gypsy, R&B and global poly rhythms.

ShonaSlovakia enjoys incorporating the "voice" of each musician in the ensemble. Improvisation and fusion music is our core experience. We have been called "Superior entertainment..." and "a foremost dance band." "One of the best new bands in Santa Fe!" Randy Forrester, GOTTA DANCE, KSFR. Our primary driving force is having fun playing together! Sally Blakemore, accordion, extended African marimba, steel drums, bongo and kick block, Rusty Storbeck, soprano African marimba and ho sho, Nicolas Gadbois, lead vocals and guitar, composer of many of our songs, Gerald Rodriguez, percussion and trap set, harmony vocals and Dave Smith, bass guitarist, tuba, bells and harmony vocals. Contact Sally Blakemore for bookings artyprojects@cybermesa.com
11:00 AMSongs and Harmonic SingingTimothy HillHarmonic singing, originating with Tuvan throat singing, is a way of singing and listening with acute attention to the overtone spectrum of the voice, producing a sound at once otherworldly and deeply human. Harmonic singing deepens and enhances the natural voice, giving singers a direct experience of the physical laws of sound, powerful insight into the nature of harmony and a glimpse at the roots of human language and song.

Timothy Hill grew up listening to Alan Lomax and The Clancy Brothers, who were friends of his parents. Coming of age in the golden era of the singer-songwriter, he showed early promise, but being inquisitive about the wider world of music, soon branched out to other idioms. Soon he would perform under the direction of experimental composer John Cage, study with jazz legend Keith Jarrett, immerse himself in Indian Classical Vocal music and, after joining David Hykes and the Harmonic Choir, become a pioneer in the art of harmonic (overtone) singing. The New York Times called him "a virtuoso of the Tibetan chanting technique." Finally he came full circle, re-dedicating himself to original and traditional song repertoire, creating a homespun and intimate tapestry of sound woven with strands from his remarkable musical journey.
12:00 PMTan y Ddraig Welsh ChoirTan y Ddraig Welsh ChoirTraditional songs from Wales sung in Welsh by Tan y Ddraig or Dragon's Breath, a small local acappella mixed voice choir.

Tan y Ddraig is currently an eight member acappella mixied voice choir sponsored by the Welsh Society of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico. We have been in existence since the early 1980's when Rhiawen Gerard, founding member and President at that time, of the Welsh Society of New Mexico, began a Welsh language class. Several of us, including Rhiawen, enjoyed singing, so she began using songs to help us with pronunciation. When the class ended, the singers formed a small choir. Since then we have had several people come and go, We are an informally organized amateur group, and are always interested in having new singers see if they would like to join us. We sing in Welsh primarily, with a couple of songs in "foreign" languages: English and Welsh Romany (Gypsy). We have been fortunate to have an number of native Welsh speakers in our group, and in the Society, who help us with accurate pronunciation, as well as with authentic folk style. We sing folk songs and hymns, many of which are the most well know of Welsh songs. If you would like to join us in singing, please contact Patsy Gregory at (505)243-3174 or by email at chilton@unm.edu. We could particularly use tenors and sopranos at this time, but any voice is welcome.
1:00 PMIndian Odyssey: Classic and Bhangra Indian DancePart One: Artists from the Family YMCA in Los Alamos will perform a variety of items demonstrating the Indian classical dance forms of Kathak and Bharatanatyam that include technical and light contemporary pieces.

The main dancers, Kavita Nandakishore and Alina Deshpande have been trained under able teachers in India. Kavita has been performing the classical dance style of Bharatanatyam professionally for about 10 years now. She has learnt Bharatanatyam under Guru Ashwini Ekbote and Guru Parimal Phadke, two senior disciples of Dr. Sucheta Chapekar in Pune, India. She has performed for various organizations in India and has been actively involved with shows in New Mexico since 2007. Kavita also teaches Bharatanatyam at the Family YMCA, and can be reached at (505) 661 4007.
Alina Deshpande learnt Kathak under Guru Smt. Maneesha Sathe in Pune, India. She has been teaching in Los Alamos, New Mexico since 2004 and has been performing since 1996.

The accompanying artists include Ashvini Vaidya, Nileena Velappan, Yasmeen Lookman and Kelly Shea who have been learning Kathak under Alina Deshpande.

The following items will be presented:

1) Ganesh Vandana - An invocation to Lord Ganesha performed in the Indian Classical dance styles of Kathak and Bharatnatyam by Alina Deshpande and Kavita Nandakishore.

2) Parvati Stuti - An invocation in praise of Goddess Parvati. The devotee describes the virtues of Goddess Parvati and seeks her blessings. This is a solo performance performed by Kavita Nandakishore in the Bharatanatyam dance style and features intricate hand gestures and foot movements.

3) Taraana - A group dance set to contemporary Indian classical music, performed in the Kathak dance style.

4) Shiva-Tandav Stotra - A duet, performed in the Kathak and Bharatanatyam dance styles by Alina Deshpande and Kavita Nandakishore, describing the virtues of Lord Shiva, the God of dance, and his persona.

Part Two of this presentation will feature Bhangra dance and music, with an opportunity for the audience to rock out to some Blazin' Bhangra Beats.

Jennifer Woods formed the Punjabiquerque Bhangra Dance Team in 2008, and performs in different venues around Albuquerque. For this festival, she is collaborating with a singer and local percussionists. She teaches weekly classes at a local dance studio. For more information, you may e-mail her at wooddancer@gmail.com, or call 291-8746.
2:00 PMThai DancingVariety of Thai Classical Dances and Thai Classical Music of Thai Hammer Dulcimer.
3:00 PMRumeliaRumeliaWe are a 3 women band blending our voices with Accordion, Clarinet, Percussion and Violin creating a new upbeat spin on music from Eastern Europe.

Nicolle Jensen, voice and percussion
Deborah Ungar, accordion and clarinet
Sitara Schauer, voice and strings
4:00 PMSpecial OrchestraSpecial OrchestraSince 1999, the award winning ensemble has been helping children and adults with developmental disabilities, world-wide, to share in the joy of making music. From being featured performers at the global Special Olympics in Ireland, to performing for dedications of the New Mexico Rail Runner train, the group has delighted audiences using adaptive techniques developed here in the Land of Enchantment. Founder and artistic director Gair Linhart leads the group in original compositions such as Perfect Heaven and the New Mexico Waltz. Choreographer Azita Creighton leads the colorful and accomplished Special Orchestra Dance Troupe.
Experience it all and access special music techniques at: http://www.specialorchestra.org .
5:00 PMTraditional Mexican and Latin-American MusicMezcla LatinaMezcla Latina combines three part harmonies with a melodic mix of ballads and folk songs with a variety of dance tunes, including rancheras, cha-chas, and cumbias.

Songwriter Showcase

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


11:00 AMKatie GillKatie Gill's crystal clear voice is very versatile, easily spanning the styles of pop, jazz, folk, blues, Western Swing, country, light opera and opera. Her vast experience comes through in any situation and her talents complete any occasion. She loves to ham it up in large auditoriums as well as in someone's back yard. Her award winning CD "All in Good Time" is available at www.cdbaby.com. Go to the link page for more info and to enjoy the sound of Katie's music. You can also visit the itunes store.
12:00 PMMackie ReddMackie has won several songwriting awards over the years and has opened for some great acts like The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Tim O'Brien, Peter Rowan to name just a few. He has been compared to James Taylor. This is a show you won't want to miss.
1:00 PMJonathan EdwardsThe word "legend" is often used to describe veteran folk/rocker Jonathan Edwards, whose 1971 million-selling song "Sunshine" ("go away today...") brought him instant fame. He has collaborated with artists like Emmylou Harris and Jimmy Buffett and done theater, commercials, movie soundtracks, TV series narration, and record production. A new CD, "My Love Will Keep" (Appleseed Recordings), has just been released and is his first studio album in 14 years.
"A strong, warm performer who writes soothing and often moving tunes"--Billboard.
"One of the most distinctive voices on record"--Music City News.
2:00 PMLynn RosenthalThought-provoking lyrics and rhythm guitar with soaring and sublime vocals that aim for the heart of the listener, plus original Native American style flute.

Performing Native American style flute since 1993, Lynn's work with this instrument is largely improvisational and deeply moving. Her flute CD, The Night Has Eyes, has been reportedly used for everything from meditation to birthing babies. A singer/songwriter since 2001, Lynn has had the privilage of performing at such notable NYC venues as The C-Note, The Cutting Room, CBGB's Gallery, and The Actor's Institute.
3:00 PMMichael HearneMichael Hearne has penned songs for Jerry Jeff Walker and Gary P. Nunn ("Lesson to be Learned from Love") and his New Mexico anthem, "New Mexico Rain," has been recorded by his uncle and aunt, Bill and Bonnie Hearne, and by country music legend Johnny Rodriguez. Michael leaves an indelible mark on his audiences not only with his signature guitar sound, but also with songs and stories that are rich in lyrical prose, imagery and humor. He's never met an audience he didn't like and fans quickly become repeat offenders on the house concert, music festival, and club scenes, as both the man and the music are extraordinarily genuine, inspirational, and entertaining.
4:00 PMJimmy AbrahamJimmy Abraham's songs feature carefully crafted lyrics, memorable tunes, and simple but elegant guitar accompaniment. Winner of 4 NewSong appearances at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, Just Plain Folks nominee for "Doin' the Voley-Voo", his songs have been recorded by such bands as The Adobe Brothers,The Swampcoolers and the Canote Brothers, and performed by numerous friends in different parts of the country. He has two CD collections available at CDBaby.
5:00 PMAl DawsonAl's performances feature beautifully crafted guitar, vocals and original songs, or as Steve Earle states, "Al plays and sings like an avenging angel".

Al has played, sung and recorded jazz, blues, bluegrass, folk, country, pop, hard rock and big band music. In fact pretty much everything except opera. He has performed as a singer, guitarist and drummer with The Cryan' Shames, The Boston Tea Party, Aorta, Platte River Crossing, Cotton, Possum River and Otis & The Elevators. He has been a member of AFTRA, SAG and has been a voting member of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (the Grammy people). He has played music and photographed in the U.S., Southeast Asia, Europe and Canada. He has opened for (to name a few )The Who, Jimmy Buffett, The Hollies, The Moody Blues, Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows, The Association, Tom Rush, Tim Hardin and Count Basie (that's a whole 'nother story). His voice is better than it's ever been and his guitar playing continues to grow. Now officially and old geezer, he looks forward to another 45 years of bringing joy to people through his music and art.
6:00 PMAlbuquerque Boys ChoirThe Albuquerque Boys Choir is a three-part female trio singing beautiful original songs in three part harmony. Their songs are creatively accompanied by a wide range of instruments include guitar, banjo, charango, accordian, ukulele, kazoo, and "tube" --an instrument invented by the band.
7:00 PMDavid PetersWith his original folk songs backed by a strong voice, David has been pleasing audiences throughout the Southwest since 2006. David plays mostly coffee shops and festivals in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area where he makes his home, Gordon Lightfoot, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, and Lennon/McCartney have influenced his songwriting. In fact, when people hear him for the first time, they invariably compare him to Gordon Lightfoot, a comparison David appreciates. In addition to his folk style, David has been incorporating some acoustic blues influenced by the old Delta blues players of the early 20th century.

Dancing at the Festival

The dancing just gets better and better every year at the Festival. This year, we're starting off with two dance workshops at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night: African dance and Irish set dancing.

The workshops will prepare you for the two evening dances that follow at 7:30:

On Saturday, the dance workshops, in two venues, start at 11:00 a.m. Take a dinner break at 5 p.m. and then come back for the 6 p.m. workshops that will lead into the Saturday evening dances that start at 7:30 p.m.. This year, the Barn Dance sponsored by ASD will feature Michael Hearne and South by Southwest, and the Contra Dance, sponsored by FolkMADS will feature the Albuquerque Megaband with Erik Erhardt calling.

Of course, you can always dance to the live music at various venues around the festival. The expanded dance floor at the Main Stage returns this year, so you can dance to Main Stage performers.

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. on Saturday.

Dance Workshops

Here's our 2011 dance workshop schedule, with two dance venues. Don't miss the chance to try all kinds of different dancing styles. Thanks to Patsy Gregory for organizing the dance workshops.

Dance Tent


6:30 PMAfrican DanceTBA


10:00 AMChinese Wushu DanceMartial ArtistryLet Martial Artistry's Team Steel Phoenix whisk you to the ancient land of the dragon and the phoenix. Where Chinese lions leap and stalk to the pounding of drums and the clash of cymbals and gongs, a dragon coils through the heavens as it seeks the Celestial Pearl of Wisdom and kung fu heroes soar through the air and display their wushu martial prowess in a manner beautiful to behold.

This is a show of pageantry and history, with Northern Chinese dragon dancing, astounding high-flying acrobatics, Southern Chinese Lion dancing, Shaolin kung fu and wushu. Adults and children alike will be thrilled as Steel Phoenix presents the martial arts of China in a high-energy exhibition that brings the excitement and mystery of Chinese Wushu to life!
11:00 AMScottish Country DanceKenneth ArmstrongThe Enchantment Scottish Country Dancers love dancing. We meet on Friday nights and new people are very welcome to join us. Scottish Country Dancing is usually done in a four couple set. The dances are Reels, Jigs and Strathspeys and are great fun and good exercise. Further information from Kenneth Armstrong at 294-0042 or karmstrong00@comcast.net.
12:00 PMSquare DanceBill "Doc" Litchman with The MullanysSquare dancing is a truly American folk dance, and Bill Litchman is a world-reknowned traditional Western square dance caller. You won't want to miss this opportunity to experience a square dancing style that's becoming increasingly popular around the country.
1:00 PMArgentine TangoThe Tango Club of AlbuquerqueHoughton Mifflin's International Word Origins:

Who does not know the tango? Well, not everybody knows the steps, but most speakers of English are aware of the often slow, sometimes mournful Argentine ballroom dance whose pauses are as important as its movements. Where did it come from? Historians agree that the tango began in Argentina late in the nineteenth century as a somewhat boisterous style of music and a shockingly intimate dance for couples to go with that music. Millions of Europeans immigrated to Argentina early in the twentieth century, and some of those Europeans brought the low-class tango back to France, where it became the rage in the early teens of the century. That made it respectable and admired by the better classes in Argentina and around the world. The tango is mentioned in English as early as 1913, when a London newspaper calls it "a most graceful and beautiful dance."

Tango Club of Albuquerque is a non-profit organization created by the Tango community of Albuquerque and surrounding areas to promote Argentine Tango. We sponsor frequent workshops and events, offer education in dancing techniques, the history of Argentine Tango and provide opportunities for social dancing.
2:00 PMHawaiian HulaHa`aheo O Hawai`iHalau Hula Ha`aheo O Hawai`i shares ALOHA and hula thoughout the Southwest. Come and learn the basic hand, foot, and body movements that entwine to tell stories of Hawaii's history and every aspect of Hawaiian life. The group is directed by native Hawaiian Cindi Heffner.
3:00 PMCuban Salsa: Rueda de CasinoSarita StrengExperience Cuban-style Salsa Dance! And Rueda de Casino - a circle dance with partner switching.

Casino and Rueda de Casino are how people dance to contemporary salsa music in Cuba. Take a class with Sarita Streng who has been to Cuban seven times to study dance and co-produced and directed the documentary film "La Salsa Cubana."
4:00 PMScandinavian DanceMuggies Uff Da BandDance music of the Scandinavian immigrants of the late ninetieth and early twentieth centuries.
6:00 PMCountry Western 2-StepSusan and Gary KelloggYou'll be dancing NM's most popular country dance, the Country 2-Step, by the end of class! No partners/experience needed. Following the lesson, practice your new steps at the "Barn Dance Under the Stars" to live music by SxSW at 7:30pm. Presenters Gary & Susan have been teaching dance in ABQ for over 20 years. Susan is editor of the free E-newsletter called "Local DanceNew" which posts LOTS of fun dance activities in New Mexico, as well where to learn just about any form of dance. To subscribe to LDN, and for info on the ABQ Dance Club (over 700 members), ongoing dance lessons offered at the Dirty Bourbon every Tuesday and Wednesday, and through U.N.M. Continuing Education, please e-mail glkello@nmia.com or call 505-299-3737. We look forward to dancing with you soon!

Dance Building


6:30 PMIrish Set DancingJodie Streit with Bo y YoOriginally derived from French quadrilles, these dances resemble American square dances in that they are danced by 4 couples arranged in a square. Danced to Irish Reels, Jigs and Hornpipes they are lively and fun. The Sliabh Sandia Set Dancers keep the Irish traditional alive by dancing in homes around Albuqerque every Monday evening. New Dancers are always welcome. For information contact Jodie Streit at nmjodie@yahoo.com.


11:00 AMHaitian DanceRacine Kreyol Drum and Dance EnsembleRacine Kreyol Drum and Dance Ensemble is a group of Haitian artists dedicated to educating the Albuquerque community about the rich tapestry of Haitian culture. The group offers classes in Traditional Haitian drum and dance. In addition to their regular classes, they have taught special workshops and performed at events such as the Albuquerque State Fair, Balloon Fiesta, the Obama Inaugural Bash and a host of others.
12:00 PMBelly DancingJoy Germack and SadaqahSadaqah will play upbeat, fun mid-eastern music. Joy Germack will teach belly dance, a Tsifteteli style. This is a Greek traditional folk dance. (Turkish: chiftetelli). Gypsies and Greeks have adopted the upbeat folk rythmns into oriental dancing. Joy danced for many years in many Greek clubs across the US and Canada.
1:00 PMInternational Folk DanceBill Croft, Carol Toffaleti, Noralyn ParsonsTeaching international folk dances from Europe, the Balkans and the Near East.

Bill Croft has been dancing international folk dance since 1981, and Carol Toffaleti since 1977. Bill and Carol began dancing in California, led the international folk dance group in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the late 1980s, and danced in Manchester, UK before moving to Albuquerque in 2006. They have attended workshops in California, Michigan, Illinois and the UK.

Noralyn Parsons grew up with folk dancing parents in Oak Ridge, TN, and has been dancing since she was 14, starting at various dance camps in the East (West Virginia, Kentucky, Maine and North Carolina) and workshops in Nashville and Atlanta. Noralyn has been dancing and teaching in Albuquerque for 22 years. Noralyn: ""I love the infinite variety of music and cultural influences evident in the dances, and greatly enjoy sharing what I love."
2:00 PMSwing DanceDonna HowellWhether you call it swing, east coast swing, Western Swing, hop or jitterbug, this 6 count dance is a popular and playful American tradition. It's a versatile style that can be done to Big Band tunes, Bob Wills, old rock and roll and rhythm and blues. Emphasis will be on rhythm and good frame. Toward the end of the class, an advanced move will be taught for those who wish more. . Presenter Donna Howell has taught swing, waltz and two-step as well as historic dances for decades, teaches at the Genoveva Chavez Center in Santa Fe and hosts a dance music program on Santa Fe Public Radio, KSFR 101.1 FM.
3:00 PMHungarian DanceGary & Jane DiggsCouple dances demonstrated from Mezoseg and Kalotaszeg regions; easier recreational line dances taught.
4:00 PMKlezmer DanceRikud Yiddish Dancers and Nahalat Shalom Community BandFun, easy and joyous Yiddish folk dances with Albuquerque's own Yiddish dance troupe 'Rikud' and live music from The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer band.

Rikud Yiddish dance troupe is open for all to join in and dance. Contact Michele Diel for more details: 505-265-6748 e-mail: dancerMichele@gmail.com. Rikud usually rehearses with The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer band on Sundays from
2-4pm. Both groups co-produce and perform in Albuquerque's annual Klezmer music and dance festival ""KlezmerQuerque"" - held in February over Presidents day weekend.
6:00 PMContra Dance WorkshopErik Erhardt with The McPapsContra 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.

You can do 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.

Erik Erhardt has great energy and enthusiasm for bringing dance to more people, especially youth, through concise, clear, and precise teaching and by making leadership opportunities for young dance callers and musicians. Dancers of any experience level find his dances accessible and engaging. Erik's repertoire includes contras, squares, circles, and traditional reels. Known as the "fastest, smoothest, dreamiest swinger", he has called and taught traditional and couples dancing in the northeast and southwest.

Evening dancing for everybody

Friday Night 7:30-10 pm

African/Latin/Roots Dance in the Dance Tent with music by local favorites Wagogo


Irish Set and Ceili Dancing with music by by Bo y Yo in the Dance Building and teaching by Jodie Streit.

Saturday Night

Variety Barn Dance "under the stars" in the Dance Tent, 7:30-10:30 p.m., sponsored in part by the Albuquerque Dance Club. Music by Michael Hearne and South by Southwest


NM FolkMADS Contra Dance in the Dance Building from 7:30 - 10:30 p.m..  Music by the Albuquerque Megaband and calling by Erik Erhardt

Jamming at the Festival

What's a folk festival without the opportunity to play with your fellow folk? At the Albuuqerque Folk Festival, we provide three "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 9 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 9 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 local bands, plus Villa Hispana Stage bands like the Carolyn Martin Trio. 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.


7:00 PMCelticFonn SonaWe are a Celtic band of 4 members. Scott Ware on Guitar , Mouth Harp, and Vocals. Suzanne Taichert on Harp, Guitar, Cats Paws, and Vocals. Cleave Sharp on Fluit,Guitar, and Vocals. Chuck Butler on Bodhran, and Vocals. Rob Huffman, pro performer and songwriter from Boston, will join Fonn Sona for this jam.
8:00 PMOpen Jam


11:00 AMBluegrass/SwingAdobe BrothersAn eclectic mix of traditional fiddle music, bluegrass, Celtic, traditional Latin music, and swing.
12:00 PMHarmony SingingHoly Water and WhiskeyThis is your chance to experience being wrapped up in harmonies - tenor, alto, baratone, gospel or folk, home is where the harmonies are.

Holy Water & Whiskey has been playing in Albuquerque for 7 years. Scott, Maggie, and Bruce - with Maria on sound - lift people up with their gospel, leave 'em on the range with their cowboy music, and lay 'em on the bar with their Irish, folk, and traditional music - covers and originals. Dancing and humming along are sweet with their harmonies. Their 3 CDs are available on CD Baby.
1:00 PMArt of Jamming SwingCarolyn Martin TrioA workshop encouraging spontaneous music making with others and some ideas to make it fun for everyone, with emphasis on the swing repertoire snd playing western swing.
2:00 PMOld TimeVirginia CreepersThe Virginia Creepers will be leading a jam, playing popular hits from the 1800's and early 1900's.

The Virginia Creepers have been playing Appalachian string band music since the waning years of the last century. As two-time winners of the Old Time Band Contest at the Santa Fe Old Time and Bluegrass festival, the "Creepers" are, arguably, among the best practitioners of the Old-Timey art in New Mexico, an honor equivalent to having the best green chile enchiladas in North Carolina.
3:00 PMIrishFinn's ThumbFinn’s Thumb consists of Dain Forsythe (whistles, flute, vocals, bodhrán), Jeannie Dyke (guitar, vocals, whistle, flute) and Pam Morden (fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki). Together these three friends combine their joy and passion for the traditional music of Ireland into a musical tapestry. Not only will you hear the songs for which the cultural music of Ireland is well known, but you will also enjoy the subtle dance tunes which can simultaneously make you want to dance and weep. Finn’s Thumb shares with the audience their love for this music and the delight they find in performing together.
4:00 PMBluegrassLost Howlin' CoyotesThe Lost Howlin' Coyotes are a New Mexico based Bluegrass band. Steeped in traditional Bluegrass and gospel music, the Coyotes deliver a unique blend of original tunes, bluegrass standards, gospel favorites and plenty of surprises at every performance.

Band founders Tony Mora and Gordon West teamed up in 2005 as an acoustic duo winning several awards in local competitions and festivals. They have since added the talents of Randy Dupuy on banjo and vocals, Cat Rose Mora on bass fiddle and vocals, and Louis Blackwell on the fiddle.

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.

Hosted Jam 1


6:00 PMIrish/CelticTom TunneyAll instruments and levels of playing welcome. Everyone will have a chance to call a tune and set the pace. Sheet music provided.
7:00 PMMixed FolkCarl Allen & Sandra VeithMixed folk and country music with vocal harmonies and guitar, dobro and bass.
8:00 PMOpen Jam


11:00 AMEnglish Country Dance MusicMad RobinAlbuquerque based band, "Mad Robin," will lead a jam featuring English Country Dance Music with lead sheets and ideas for creating harmony and arrangements.

Members of the group "Mad Robin" include Juli Palladino (violin/viola), Dr. William Litchman (clarinet) who also is an expert at calling for English Country Dances, Sherilyn Urben (violin/cello/piano), Gary Mayhew (guitar) and Tom Hunter (mandolin and octave mandolin). The group plays regularly for various dances and is helping to create a regular dance series for English Country Dancing.
12:00 PMCowboy Swing/60s FolkSabinal Sisters
1:00 PMIrish/CelticTom TunneyAll instruments and levels of playing welcome. Everyone will have a chance to call a tune and set the pace. Sheet music provided.
2:00 PMCelticFonn SonaWe are a Celtic band of 4 members. Scott Ware on Guitar , Mouth Harp, and Vocals. Suzanne Taichert on Harp, Guitar, Cats Paws, and Vocals. Cleave Sharp on Fluit,Guitar, and Vocals. Chuck Butler on Bodhran, and Vocals. Rob Huffman, pro performer and songwriter from Boston, will join Fonn Sona at the Festival.
3:00 PMMom's SwingTom Hunter Mom, born in 1917, enjoyed and shared the songs with which she grew up, in the 20s and 30s, when much of popular music was infused with jazz. From the big bands to the Beatles in the 60s, she enjoyed a variety of songs.

Some may be like Jerry's selections, from the previous hour, and my focus will be to play with whoever comes. Please bring some old songs that someone who has inspired you musically might have shared with you!

If they swing, then that will be like icing! If there's schmaltz, then some may waltz!

Challenging fun, huh?
4:00 PMFolk SingalongJerry GraysonThe sing-along will have song sheets for those participating to choose many well known songs, or lead other well known sing-along songs of your choosing which may not be on the song sheets. Chords and keys will be simple. Good voices and lots of enthusiasm will make this fun for all. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to bring acoustic instrunments to accompany the songs.

Hosted Jam 2


6:00 PMBritish Isles Traditional & Early MusicMelismataMelismata, a mixed voice ensemble, includes Jane Lancaster, Rose Marie Demorcy-Henry, Barbara Luboff, Paige Grant, Sherilyn Urben, Angela Welford, Morgan Davies, Neil Williams and Dale Kennedy who hail from Santa Fe, East Mountains, and Albuquerque. They will lead participants through some easy folk songs, encouraging improvisatory harmony, and then some more intricate historic folk music. Lead sheets will be distributed. Melismata performs for a variety of venues including the Celtic Festival, entertainment formats, parties and weddings.
7:00 PMTBA
8:00 PMOpen Jam


11:00 AMBluegrassSteve MorganThis all level jam uses a circular rotation that allows anyone in that rotation to pick a tune to sing or play. We allow anyone in the rotation to take breaks on their instruments if they so desire. This jam has been very successful over the past many years. Come join us!
1:00 PMFolk/PopBruce Davis
2:00 PMSingalongDan Matthews
3:00 PMCountry/Folk/SwingGary Reynolds with Southwest WindGary Reynolds and the Southwest Wind Band has been together about four years, after meeting in a recording studio. We play a mixture of Folk, Country & Western Music with acoustic guitars, bass and fiddle with true clean pure vocal harmonies along with it.

Band members are Gary Reynolds, Robyn Mackenzie, Patrick Hickey, and Dave Aubol.
4:00 PMSongs of the 20sJudy & Mike MuldawerJudy and Mike will lead the jam playing and singing popular songs from the flapper and Charleston era. We use uke, guitar, and kazoo. Participants can bring their instruments, voices, and their own selection of appropriate songs.

2011 Workshops

Wanna Play? Here's your chance!

The workshop schedule for the 2011 Albuquerque Folk Festival is coming together.

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 instrument workshops with members of the Carolyn Martin Trio, the Jonathan Edwards Trio, and Goddess of Arno, and a gospel singing workshop with Kim and Reggie Harris.

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 and Art Brooks for organizing the vocal workshops.

Workshop 1


6:00 PMJaw Harp (B)Ken DeanSymphony 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 limited number of instruments available for $6.00 each at the workshop.
7:00 PMBalkan Music WorkshopGoddess of ArnoWith members of Goddess of Arno Balkan band. Learn to sing a song and play a melody using the exotic scales, harmonies & rhythms of the Balkans (if we're lucky we'll learn more than one song!). Learn melodies and chords by ear- sheet music and lyrics (in Romani or a Slavic language) also provided. All levels welcome. Dancers also welcome.


11:00 AMIntroduction to Bodhrán (Irish Frame Drum) (B)Dain ForsytheYou'll feel the heartbeat of Irish Traditional Music when you learn the rudiments of how to play Ireland's drum. This is a hands on workshop for everyone.
12:00 PMApple Mountain Strings & ThingsApple Mountain StringsAlbuquerque-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 and 2011 Texas State mountain dulcimer champion. She is also co-founder and director of the New Mexico Dulcimer Festival (October 14-15).
2:00 PMOzark Mountain Dulcimer (I)Jonathan DowellFiddle tunes from the Ozarks for the mountain dulcimer, for intermediate players and beginners ready to move up. Jonathan is the 2007 Southern Regional champion and 2009 National silver medalist.
3:00 PMFolk Harp (B)Julietta Anne RabensLearn 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.
4:00 PMBeginning Ukulele (B)High Desert Sand FleasLearn how to play this fun instrument - learn strumming, a few chords, and some songs - and have Joy for life! Loaners available.

Workshop 2


6:00 PMWestern Swing Fiddle Workshop (I)Gretchen Van HoutenCome learn with Gretchen, past Winfield national fiddle champion. Like they say,"It don't mean a thing...if it ain't got that swing!" Show up and we'll doozy up a tune or three.
7:00 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 AMIntroductory Irish Fiddle (I)Gary PapenhagenWe'll take a hands-on look at Irish Fiddling ornaments, basic rhythms, and a simple little jig, "Lannigan's Ball" will be taught by ear.
12:00 PMNorth American Fiddle (I)Bruce ThomsonBecause we're a melting pot, North America has many styles of fiddle music including 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 will explore variations by teaching tunes in old timey, bluegrass, and New England music styles.
1:00 PMHammered Dulcimer (B)Scott ReederFun to tune (ha ha – 70 plus strings), and a blast to play! Where else do you get to hit a stringed instrument with sticks? Introduction for non-players and tips for new players.
2:00 PMFiddle to the Next Level (I)Tom PerryUse scales, arpeggios, and chords to improvise and play along with your band! These simple techniques will help you even if you don't know the song.
3:00 PMFiddle (I)Stuart Schulman of Jonathan Edwards TrioLearn a fiddle tune created especially for ABQ by Stuart Schulman of the Jonathan Edwards Trio.
4:00 PMMexitunesScott Mathis and Linda AskewScott and Linda will explore traditional instrumental music from Mexico, New Mexico and Arizona. Polkas, Valses, Cumbias, Inditas, Cunas and more. Any instrument is acceptable.

Workshop 3


6:00 PMMandolin (B)Laurie PhillipsBring your ax and learn which end is right (and don't be left). You don't need to read music ... but we won't hold it against you if you can! We'll discuss the local music scene, point to some things to work on, and practice some basic moves and tactics. And we WILL learn a tune. As always: a handout to take home!
7:00 PMBanjoZach Mongan of Dixie Bee-LinersTouching on aspects of the banjo such as tuning your banjo and how to keep it in tune, different styles and techniques including clawhammer and 3-finger Scruggs style, and how to incorporate the banjo in a non-traditional style song. Bring your banjo, recorder and any questions you may have!


11:00 AMFlatpicking Guitar (I)Gretchen Van HoutenWe can work on picking, pull-offs and hammer-ons that smooth out picking.
12:00 PMBuild a Washtub BassCliff JohnsonLearn how to build and play a Washtub Bass by building one with a 5-gallon pail. Materials provided, take your finished instrument home with you (and play it at other festival activities).
1:00 PMMandolin - Fun at Any Level (I)Taylor Amerding of Jonathan Edwards TrioThis workshop will focus on making the most of what you already know, and then setting a path for improvement. We will look at the basics - tuning, holding the pick, primary chord forms - and then get into different rhythms, more advanced chord forms, scales and playing leads. Finally, we will explore how the mandolin's role in a band.
2:00 PMAccordion StylesRory Hoffman of Carolyn Martin TrioAccordionist extraordinaire, Rory will discuss the many roles of the accordion in swing and western music. Topics will include comping, soloing, the left hand, the difference in playing styles when accompanying a vocalist and whether accordions really caused stampedes in the old west.
3:00 PMAutoharp / Mountain Dulcimer (B)Todd CrowleyA two for one workshop as we'll learn the basics of both the autoharp and mountain dulcimer. We'll use the autoharp for rhythm accompaniment and the mountain dulcimer to pick out simple melodies. Free loaners available on both instruments; no experience necessary.
4:00 PMGuitar (B)Bill BalassiWe'll be learning chords that you can sing along with. The guitar is one of the easiest and the most difficult instruments to play, but it takes only a short time to get started.

Workshop 4


6:00 PMWashboardCliff JohnsonLearn how to play a washboard; materials, sources, & options. Loaners available.
7:00 PMWelcome to the Autoharp (B)Todd CrowleyA crash course in playing this wonderful melodic instrument, full of rich chords and beautiful arpeggios. By the end of the workshop, we'll be changing chords rhythmically in time as we sing some old favorite folk songs. Free loaner autoharps available; no prior musical experience necessary.


11:00 AMTin Whistle (B)Andy MossWorkshop for whistle beginners. In one hour, play a few tunes. Have lots of fun.
12:00 PMZimbabwe Gourd RattlesArmando OrtegaLearn to play the Zimbabwe hosho (gourd rattle). Armando Ortega of Wagogo will be teaching variations on 6/8 and 4/4 shaker patterns that accompany marimbas and thumb pianos.
1:00 PM3-Finger Bluegrass Banjo (I)Wayne ShrubsallLearn some of the basic right- and left-hand patterns that characterize and define bluegrass banjo style, all in the open "G" tuning. Bring your banjo! Tablatures will be provided.
2:00 PMSwing Guitar (I)Michael MuldawerThis workshop is designed for guitarists who have some facility with the instrument but are relative beginners to swing chording. Michael will teach the essentials of playing movable/closed chords and the comping technique that creates the strong rhythm provided by a swing guitarist. He will begin with a 2-chord song to establish the fundamentals, then demonstrate a more complex swing song. Attendees will be provided with chord charts for these two (and possibly more) examples as well as a transposition chart, recommended self-education material, and a page of finger positions for the more common chords used in swing tunes. At the end of the session, the attendee should not be afraid to tackle a tune in keys such as F or Bb and containing diminished, augmented, minor 7, and 6 chords in several positions around the fretboard. Michael will teach one essential intro/turnaround found throughout jazz.
3:00 PMKlezmer MusicBeth CohenKlezmer refers to the the dance music of the eastern European Jewish people. Learn to play a klezmer dance tune with Beth Cohen: a long-time ABQ music teacher and folk musician, Community Klezmer band director since 1995, co-producer of KlezmerQuerque & band member of The Rebbe's Orkestra & Goddess of Arno. All levels of musicians and all instruments are welcome.
4:00 PMHarmonica (B)Alex HastingsBlues harmonica player Alex Hastings will be hosting this introductory harmonica workshop. He has been playing for over 9 years and teaching the harmonica for 3. Bring a harmonica in the key of C, or buy an inexpensive one from one of our festival vendors before the workshop.

Workshop 5


6:00 PMVocal HarmoniesDixie Bee-LinersExperience vocal harmonies from a Bluegrass perspective.
7:00 PMHarmonic Singing (Throat Singing)Timothy HillHarmonic singing, originating with Tuvan throat singing, is a way of singing and listening with acute attention to the overtone spectrum of the voice, producing a sound at once otherworldly and deeply human. Harmonic singing deepens and enhances the natural voice, giving singers a direct experience of the physical laws of sound, powerful insight into the nature of harmony and a glimpse at the roots of human language and song.


11:00 AMWomen's BarbershopRoute 66 SoundEnjoy a group of women singing barbershop music in the Sweet Adelines style.
12:00 PMUnscheduled
1:00 PMGospel SingingKim and Reggie HarrisTogether We Sing...raise your voice in song, as Kim and Reggie Harris lead you in experiencing and developing song leadership and community building, focusing around songs of faith and freedom. Relax, sing, and celebrate!
2:00 PMShape NoteShape Note Singers of Albuquerque New MexicoShape Note, or Sacred Harp, singing originated in colonial New England. Our songs come from that era as well as the 19th and even the 20th century albeit in the original style. We sing without accompaniment in four part harmony in a "hollow square" formation.
3:00 PMCowboy / Country GospelWing 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 SongsCeltic Singers of New MexicoThe Celtic Singers of New Mexico is a group dedicated to the study, preservation, and enjoyment of traditional vocal music from the Celtic lands, particularly Scotland and Cape Breton Island. Many of our songs are sung in Scots Gaelic, others in Broad Scots dialect or English.
5:00 PMGroup SingingAlbuquerque Folk Song CircleParticipatory singing. Each person around the circle will have an opportunity to lead a song, request a song, or just enjoy the singing of others. Most songs will be selected from "Rise Up Singing"; copies will be available to borrow or to purchase.
6:00 PMGroup SingingAlbuquerque Folk Song CircleContinued from 5 pm session.

For Kids

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 kids. A big thank you to Kris Litchman for organizing the Children's Tent.

Children's Tent Schedule


10:00 AMUkesRoadrunner Ukulele BandKids! At last, a musical instrument that's just your size... come watch & hear how it's played, then try one to see how much fun it is. Learn a song in 10 minutes with the Roadrunner Ukulele Band!
11:00 AMSong SpiralPatty StevensSong Spiral is about community singing, dance and play dedicated to families with wee ones. No child too young and no body too old. Using songs, games and rounds as well as improvisation in the language of the new born, toddlers and all the rest of us will have a super fun laid-back musical adventure. Song Spiral's mission is to build an experience that creates as well as embraces a musical legacy of community music making.

Patty Stephens is a jazz singer, music educator, member of the band The Brazil Project. Above all, she's a singer of songs with a marvelous son and lots of lovely brothers and sisters who all sing too.
12:00 PMFun with StringKristin Litchman & Patty StevensWhat can you do with a piece of string? Play cat's cradle, do tricks, whiz buttons, make pictures...and more!
1:00 PMRhythm BandMad RobinLearn about tempos and time signatures by shaking, rattling, and banging with the band Mad Robin.
2:00 PMTin Whistle WorkshopDain ForsytheLearn to play a tin whistle.
3:00 PMIrish Step DanceColeman AcademyIrish 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 Coleman Academy does performances and offers classes on Saturdays to anyone ages 5 though adult at all levels.
4:00 PMChildren's Talent ShowcaseMusicians and dancers ages 5-15 years old share their talents for all to enjoy.

If we haven't convinced you yet, here are a bunch of pictures from previous folk festivals, showing the range of activities for kids.

Remember, kids under 18 and under can come to the Folk Festival for free. So bring the whole family for a full day of music, dancing, singing, storytelling, and arts and crafts.

Albuquerque Folk Festival Activity Patch

Earn a free patch by doing fun things at the folk festival. Just pick up a form at the CD Sales table (or download one here), participate in a variety of the activities available, answer questions, and turn in the form at the CD Sales table by 8:00 pm Saturday night.

There are a total of eight activities. To receive a patch: Ages 2 - 4 need to complete only 1 activity; ages 5 - 8 need to complete 3 activities; ages 9 - 11 need to complete 5 activities; ages 12 - 14 need to complete 6 activities; ages 15 - 18 and adults need to complete all 8 activities. If you don't feel like doing all the activities and earning your free patch, you can purchase one for $2.00 after 4pm on Saturday (we want to make sure everybody who does the activities gets one).

Here are the activities:

  1. Visit the musical instrument "Petting Zoo" and play some of the instruments. Find out the name of the one you like the best. Which one did you choose?
  2. Take part in a dance workshop. Write the name of the workshop here. What did you learn about this dance?
  3. Take part in a vocal workshop. Write the name of the workshop here. What did you learn about this vocal music?
  4. Take part in an instrument workshop. Write the name of the workshop here. What did you learn about this instrument?
  5. Visit the folk arts area and learn about the various crafts from people who do them. Which one did you like the best?
  6. Listen to one of the Villa Hispana performances. Which one did you choose? What did you like best about it?
  7. Visit one of the Jam Sessions. Describe what it was like.
  8. Visit the Demonstration Stage and watch a performance. Which one did you choose? What did you like best about it?

Here's the form; click on it to download a pdf version that you can print out and bring to the festival.

Form for Albuquerque Folk Festival Activity Badge

Calling All Girl Scouts

Links to Girl Scout Insignia Opportunities

You can download a pdf file with all this information here.

*Means the badge can be completed by attending the event.

Available during the day will be dance, instrument and vocal workshops. jam sessions with accomplished musicians; performances by professional dancers and musicians; an instrument "Petting Zoo"; and an area for folk arts, including knitters, weavers, quilters, woodcarvers and others.

This event provides hands on experience of music, dance and many folk arts. It is an opportunity for younger girls to earn Petals, Try-Its and Badges and for older girls to network with practitioners to learn the necessary skills to complete Interest Projects. In some cases they will be able to complete all the requirements for the badge, in other cases, only one requirement will be completed and it will be up to the girl to finish the other requirements. Please remember that there is no "double dipping". Activities can only apply once (e.g. If you sing a song for Brownie Girl Scouts through the years you must choose a different song to sing for Travel Right).


*Rose Petal - Make the World a Better Place

Brownie - (Remember only 4 requirements are needed to complete the try-it)

Brownie Girl Scouts Through the Years - 4.) Sing a Song - Travel back in time. Choose a decade (1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s) and learn a song that was popular then. Sing it for your troop or group, or your family. Then teach it to them.

*Dancercize - 1.) Move to the beat - Practice these movements to your favorite music: March in place, Step forward and backward and swing your arms to the sides, Step sideways and swing your arms in circles, Put your hands on your hips and move from side to side, Walk in a circle, lifting your knees very high while clapping your hands, Make up some of your own moves. Do them for at least 10-15 minutes. 2.) Dance on Stage - Watch a dance performance at a theatre or community center, on an outdoor stage, or on television. What parts of the dance can you imitate? 3.) My Own Dance - Make up a dance to your favorite song. Teach this dance to other girls. 6.) A Dance Story - Use dance to tell a story. Use movement to express feelings such as fear, excitement, sadness, or surprise.

Puppets, Dolls, and Plays - 2.) Yarn Doll - Have fun putting a yarn doll together.

Travel Right - 5.) Sing a Song - Make up a song about traveling. Sing it with your Girl Scout troop or group, or with your family on your next trip. Make up hand gestures to go with the song.

Creative Composing - 1.) Compose a Song - Make up a song for a special day or occasion: a rainy day song, a campfire song, a holiday song, a silly song, a song for a special Girl Scout ceremony. If you play an instrument, make up a song to sing with the instrument. Sing your song alone or with friends. 2.) Compose music for Instruments - Compose a tune for an instrument. It can be an instrument you have made. You can form a band with others and make music together.

*Making Music - 1.) Move to the Music - Listen to different kinds of music: fast, slow, lots of instruments or voices, one instrument or voice. Move your body to the beat of it. Twirl around. Jump up in the air. Take long leaps or make small, gentle movements. Make up movements set to music to tell a story. 2.) Singing in Rounds - Sing in rounds. Practice singing "Make New Friends", or "Row, Row, Row your Boat". What other songs can be sung in rounds? 3.) Action Songs - Action songs connect words, music, and hand movements. "Bingo" is one and the "Brownies Smile Song" is another. Teach action songs that you know to a friend. Learn a new one from a friend. 4.) Melody Glasses - Drinking glasses filled with different amounts of water can become a musical instrument. Set up your glasses and try to play a song. 5.) Music Around the World - Sing songs from different countries. Teach them to others.

*Sounds of Music - 1.) Make Your Own - Percussion instruments make a sound when hit or shaken. They can be drums, rattles, gongs, tambourines, or shakers. Try making a shaker. 2.) Single String Swing - Can one string make music? Try your hand making a "washtub" bass using a large empty food can (#10 or 48 ounce), and a string. 3.) Sliding Air - What does wind have to do with music? Different sounds are made by changing the amount of air in a tube. Try making a bottle whistle using a coke bottle and straw. 4.) Shoebox Guitar - Did you ever think that you could make music with some rubber bands, a shoe box, and a paper towel roll? Try one. 5.) Melody Mobiles - Create a mobile that makes music as it sways in the air. First collect small lightweight items that sounds pleasant to you when they bump into each other. Attach them with string to two coat hangers. 6.) Live Music - Attend a concert put on by a band or orchestra. Are any of the instruments like the ones you made?

Juniors - (Remember only 6 requirements are needed to complete the badge)

*Dance - 1.) Watch Their Moves - You can learn a lot about dance by watching how people (and animals) move. Watch two of the following and use your observations to choreograph or design an original dance: A group of young children playing, Animals in a zoo, such as monkeys, elephants, birds, seals, and reptiles, People on a crowded bus or train, some on their way to or from work, Dancers rehearsing in a yoga, ballet, or modern dance class, An athletic team warming up and playing a sport. 2.) Moods and Moves - Watch how people move when they are sad, happy, angry or lost in thought. Use mood and movement to portray a story or scene through dance. 3.) Step, Stamp, Stomp! - Tap dance, sometimes called dancing on the souls of your feet, is form of dance that accents fancy footwork. Learn three basic tap dance steps. 4.) Dance Watcher - Attend a dance performance, watch one on TV, or observe a dance class. How do the dancers movements match the music? Do the costumes make it more interesting? What did you like most? 5.) Dance Around the World - Explore the dance of a country other than your own. Learn the steps of at least one and dance it well enough to teach it to a friend or group. 6.) Lines and Squares - In line dancing, dancers are arranged in a line, side by side. Each person performs intricate steps to the beat of music. In square dancing, groups of eight form a square, with each person with a partner, in starting position. A square caller calls out the patterns to perform. Attend or put together your own square or line dance. Invite friends and family of all ages. 7.) Country and Western Dancing - Country dancing is fast-paced and musical. Some of the dances that make up country dancing, such as kicker dancing, cowboy dancing, and Western dancing can be done in couples or as line dances. Create a country and western theme dance event, with decor and food to match.

*Yarn and Fabric Arts - 1.) Weave On - Learn how to weave and do one of the following: Weave something on a cardboard loom, make a belt with finger weaving. 4.) Knots - Learn how to make the following knots: Overhand, Square, Granny, Half Hitch, Sheepshank, Clove Hitch. 5.) Knot Project - Do a simple macrame project: belt, plant hanger, bookmark, or placemat. 6.) Knit On - In knitting, learn how to cast on, knit, purl, and cast off. Make a scarf, cap, afghan square, or other small item. 7.) Crochet On - In crocheting, learn how to start a chain, single crochet, double crochet, tie off or end. Crochet a scarf, cap, afghan square, or other small item. 9.) Fabrics of the Past - Find out about a fabric art that was traditionally done by women in earlier times. 10.) Fabrics 'Round the World - Find out about fabric arts that are traditional to a particular culture or country.

*Making Music - 1.) A Family Affair - All instruments belong to different family groups. Choose an instrument family and learn what the members of that family do. 2.) A New Sound - Design a brand new instrument. How is it played? What does it sound like? 3.) Practice, Practice, Practice - The best way to master any instrument is to practice. Try learning two new songs that you can practice, or make up your own silly songs. 4.) Compose Yourself - Write a simple melody of at least eight measures for an instrument. Write down your piece of music using symbols for notes, key, tempo, and dynamics. Try to teach someone to play your newly composed piece. 5.) Musical Roots - Many pieces of music have interesting stories behind them. Pick a piece of music abd find out the following: What was the composer like? What other pieces did he or she compose? When was the music composed? Was it written? Does the piece of music tell its own story? 6.) Be a Conductor - Choose a piece of your favorite music and learn how to conduct the piece. Use something for a baton. 7.) Music with a Theme - Select one of these themes and play music that matches it, for an audience, friends or family: The sea, A river, A busy urban area, A forest, A mountain range, A field or meadow, A circus, or festival, A march or parade. 8.) On Stage - Using your musical skills, take part in a performance in a Girl Scout ceremony, an individual recital, a group erformance, or a community musical event. 10.) The World and its Influence on Music - Throughout history, composers have written songs about significant world events. Some of these pieces were written in celebration. Find out about two pieces of music that were influenced by historical events. Play or sing them for your troop or group, and explain what influenced the composers to write them.

*Music Fan - 2.) Listen to Something New - Listen to at least two types of music that are new to you - either live or recorded. 3.) Sharing Music - Perform! Sing, play an instrument, or produce a performance for others to see. Stage your performance for an audience of at least ten people. 4.) Found Music - Make your own simple musical instrument, using common objects found around the house. Pick one favorite song that you can accompany with your instrument. 6.) Folk Songs from Afar - Every culture has its own folk songs. Some have been translated into English; others are widely sung in their native languages. Learn a folk song from two different cultures. 7.) Careers in Music - You don't have to know how to play and instrument to find a job where music is important. Interview someone with a career that involves music, such as a sound engineer, a music critic, a composer, or a music teacher. Find out why that person chose a music career. How did she learn her job? What does she enjoy about her career? Write up your interview and share it with your troop, friends or family. 8.) Music: Insight into History - Its fun to look back and listen to music that was popular in another time. Find two songs that were written during another period of history. What does the music tell you about that period? Is that music still played today? 10.) Dance Time - Create a dance to a tape or CD that you've chosen.


Calling All Boy Scouts

You can download a pdf file with all this information here.

Links to Boy Scout Insignia Opportunities

*Means the badge can be completed by attending the event.

Available during the day will be dance, instrument and vocal workshops. jam sessions with accomplished musicians; performances by professional dancers and musicians; an instrument "Petting Zoo"; and an area for folk arts, including knitters, weavers, quilters, woodcarvers and others.

Boy Scout Opportunities: This event provides hands on experience of music, dance and many folk arts. It is an opportunity for younger boys to earn Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelo Awards and for older boys to network with practitioners to learn the necessary skills to complete Badges. In some cases they will be able to complete all the requirements for the badge, in other cases, only one requirement will be completed and it will be up to the boy to finish the other requirements.

Tiger Cubs

*Make a musical instrument

*Along with your adult partner, teach a song to your family or to your den and sing it together.


*Family Fun - Attend a concert, a play, or other live program with your family.

*Sing-Along - a.) Learn and sing the first and last verses of "America"; b.) Learn and sing the first verse of our national anthem; c.) Learn the words and sing three cub scout songs; d.) Learn the words and sing the first verse of three other songs, hymns, or prayers. Write the verse of one of the songs you learned; e.) Learn and sing a song that would be sung as a grace before meals; f.) Sing a song with your den at a pack meeting.


Family Fun -

Cub Scout Band - a.) Make and play a homemade musical instrument; b.) Learn to play two familiar tunes on any musical instrument; c.)Play in a den band using homemade or regular instruments; d.) Play two tunes on any recognized band or orchestra instrument.


Showman - 9.) Sing one song indoors and one song outdoors, either alone or with a group. Tell what you need to do differently when singing outdoors; 11.)Tell what folk music is. Hum, sing, or play a folk tune on a musical instrument; 12.) Name three American composers. Name a famous work by each; 13.) Draw a music staff. Draw on it a clef, sharp, flat, natural, note, and rest. Tell what each is used for; 14.) Show the difference between 2/4, 3⁄4, and 4/4 time by beating time or playing an instrument; 15.)While you are a Webelos Scout, earn the Cub Scout Academics belt loop for Music.

*Cub Scout Academics - Music -

For the Belt Loop: 1.) Explain why music is an important part of our culture; 2.)Learn a song with at least two verses and sing the verses to your den or to an adult family member; 3.)Listen to four different types of music either recorded or live.

For the Academics Pin: Earn the Belt Loop and then complete 5 of the following - 1.)Make a musical instrument and play it for your family, den, or pack; 3.)Play a song by yourself or in a group, in unison or in harmony; 4.) Create an original melody and/or original words for a song; 6.) Attend a live musical performance or concert; 7.) Demonstrate conducting patterns for two songs using two different meters while your adult partner or den members sing or play the songs you have selected; 8.)Take voice or dance lessons or lessons to learn to play an instrument.

Boy Scouts

Music - 2.) Name the five general groups of musical instruments. Create an illustration that shows how tones are generated and how instruments produce sound; 3.) Do TWO of the following: a.) Attend a live performance, or listen to three hours of recordings from any two of the following musical styles: blues, jazz, classical, country, bluegrass, ethnic, gospel, musical theatre, opera. Describe the sound of the music and the instruments used, Identify the composers or songwriters, the performers and the titles of the pieces you heard, If it was a live performance, describe the setting and the reaction of the audience, Discuss your thoughts about the music; b.) Interview your parents and grandparents about music. Find out what the most popular music was when they were your age. Find out what their favorite music is now, and listen to three of their favorite tunes with them. How do their favorites sound to you? Had you ever heard any of them? Play three of your favorite songs for them, and explain to them why you like these songs. Ask them what they think of your favorite music; d.) List five people who are important in the history of American music and explain to your counselor why they continue to be influential. Include at least one composer, one performer, one innovator, and one person born more than 100 years ago; 4.) Do ONE of the following: a.) Teach three songs to a group of people. Lead them in singing the songs, using proper hand motions; b.) Compose and write the score for a piece of music of 12 measures or more; c.) Make a traditional instrument and learn to play it.


Thanks to Diane Rossbach for coordinating our storytelling venue.


6:00 PMStorytelling for all SeasonsBrenda Hollingsworth-MarleyBrenda Hollingsworth-Marley is a storyteller for all seasons, specializing in (but not limited to...) African and American tales. Let the music begin!
7:00 PMStory Circle


10:00 AMStrange & Possibly TrueWalter SalaThere's always a moral to Walt's gentle tales. This year he returns with a set of tales that is sure to make you wonder about the thin line between fact and fiction.
11:00 AMMillenium Storytelling CafeTelling your own tale...
12:00 PMMyth & MysteryDianne RossbachCome join in the fun! Dianne's stories focus on joyful myths and mysteries that build families and civilizations. Be part of the story as she retells the myths that explain the secrets of the universe. These tales will become part of your "new" history. The reindeer knows you are here...
1:00 PMArmando OrtegaArmando OrtegaThis storyteller has the beat! Get in the groove...
2:00 PMActs of Inspiration and TransformationGloria MadridFestivals and Celebrations can be acts of inspiration and transformation. Gloria's multicultural stories can inspire, motivate, and please. Come be inspired! You may never be the same.
3:00 PMThat Reminds MeMargaret EdmundsonMargaret's warm and personal style is sure to find a place in your heart. Her tales may come from near or far, but always come from the heart....and you may even learn a thing or two while you listen. Sit back and relax.

Craft Workshops and Demonstrations

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.

Several guilds will have hands-on projects for kids, including the American Sewing Guild, Beaded Iris, and the New Mexico Quilters Association.

Craft Guild Information:

American Sewing Guild Albuquerque Chapter

Meeting: 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM
Location: Asbury Methodist Church – 10000 Candelaria Rd. NE
Contact: Becky
Contact Phone: 505-281-5542
Purpose: Dedicated to providing information, education and programs in sewing arts. Also to provide support to the community through various community projects.

Dannelle Gundlach and class members of the Beaded Iris

Location: 1512-F Wyoming NE, Albuquerque
Contact: Dannelle Gundlach
Contact Phone: 505-299-1856
Purpose: Beads, classes and findings

Dropped Stitch Knitters

Meeting: 1st Monday of the month
Location: Village Wools – 5916 Anaheim Ave NE
Contact: Debbie
Contact Phone: 505-350-6732
Contact Email: dskinabq@gmail.com
Purpose: Encourage an interest in hand knitting, to share skills and information, to sponsor classes and work shops. We are a local chapter of The Knitting Guild Association, a national organization.

Enchanted Lacemakers' Guild

Meeting: 1st Friday of the month -7PM
Location: Various members' homes
Contact: Tammy Padilla
Contact Phone: 505-363-9218
Contact Email: padgan@aol.com
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.

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 Fleishauer or in Santa Fe Allison Jones
Contact Phone: 856-1516 or 268-8747 or (SF) 505-471-0642
Purpose: To encourage and promote the art of crocheting and the many applications for its use. All crocheters and all skill levels are welcome

New Mexico Quilters Association

Contact: Cheryl Johnson
Contact Phone: 505-281-1750
Contact Email: callairs@mac.com
Purpose: NMQA meets the fourth Monday most months, alternating day and evening meetings, at the UNM Continuing Education Building, 1634 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. Organized in 1974, NMQA is an educational organization whose main purpose is to stimulate a greater interest in quilting, in its membership and in the community at large, by providing information about quilting and by providing instruction and training to people who are interested in the art of quilting. The proceeds from our annual Balloon Quilt Raffle support NMQA programs.

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: cmeyers30@comcast.net
Purpose: Non profit organization devoted to preserving the art of woodcarving with traditional tools.

Turquoise Trail Chapter- Embroidery Guild of America

Meeting: 2nd Sat of the month 1:30 PM
Location: North Valley Library - 4th Street
Contact: Rebecca Wardlaw or Sue Thomas
Contact Phone: 505-255-6852
Contact Email: rwardlaw@osogrande.net or egasue@hotmail.com
Purpose: The EGA is a national organization that promotes the embroidery arts by teaching, research and preservation of the craft.

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 projects.