Apple Mountain Scottish Session

ATC String Band

The ATC Stringband is a student group from the Academy for Technology & Classics, a public charter school in Santa Fe. ATC offers a unique music class called "Acoustic Americana" in which students play and study traditional folk music from all over the U.S. including Old-Time, Bluegrass, Blues, Cajun, and New Mexican. Students play fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, and bass.

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Ballet Folklórico Fiesta Mexicana

Bébé La La Band

Albuquerque's indie Folk Americana duo, Bébé La La, features singer- songwriter, guitarist, violist Alicia Ultan and vocalist-accordionist, Maryse Lapierre, who is originally from Quebec, Canada. Combining Lapierre's French influences with Ultan's original "art" songs, the duo boasts a unique and lovely repertoire that highlights their signature "stunning" harmonies. Formed in 2010, the duo has performed throughout Albuquerque and surrounding areas, including at the Outpost Performance Space, Albuquerque Old Town, the Hillsboro Music Series in Hillsboro NM, The Lavender Festival, Route 66 Summerfest, the Albuquerque Folk Festival and many other venues. Bébé La La's debut album, High Wire, was nominated for three 2016 New Mexico Music Awards and they took home two, including in the Singer-Songwriter and Native American Music categories. Bébé La La has received high praise for their warm, friendly, refined and joyful performances time and again. David Steinberg of the Albuquerque Journal called them "a breath of fresh air" and of High Wire, one reviewer wrote, "The luscious vocal harmonies on this CD will have you panting for more!" More recently Bébé La La has been performing as a full band with drums and bass, filling out their already richly textured music.

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Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons

Seattle roots and blues duo Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons are the toast of the international blues community not just for their lively and compelling stage shows, or their 2016 win at the International Blues Challenge that cemented their reputation. It’s also for their uncanny ability to not only bring the past to life through these old songs, but to give it a contemporary context that breathes new life into the music. A perfect example of this, is their new album A Black & Tan Ball (2017), recorded with harmonica master and National Heritage Fellow Phil Wiggins.

Both Ben and Joe have deep backgrounds in folklore, musicology, and community work, all of which they bring to the music. Anyone looking to define their style might use the term “songster”. Used for early blues musicians whose stunningly vast repertoire included music-hall broadsheets, British ballads, Appalachian fiddle tunes, or minstrel songs. The better term is a new and important one: Black Americana. By pulling together the many threads of black American roots music, and demonstrating the underlying meanings behind the black experience in folk music, Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons are showing another side to Americana that can help expand the genre’s boundaries.

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Coleman Academy of Dance

The Coleman Academy of Irish Dance offers traditional and cutting edge Irish dance classes for dancers of all ages in a family friendly atmosphere. Our mission is to promote teamwork, sportsmanship, hard work, and a desire to succeed while helping students have fun and make friends. We endeavor to challenge dancers to exceed their own expectations.

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Da Terra Meiga

Da Terra Meiga is translated into English as “from the witches’ land.” Hailing from Galicia, which is in Northwestern Spain, Da Terra Meiga has arrived to the US bringing their original sounds blending Iberian rhythms and themes with Celtic sounds and Afro-Caribbean beats. Featuring Ruben Cortiñas Ares (Spain) on Guitar and Vocals an Laura Cruz Trigo (Cuba) on Vocals, Da Terra Meiga blend Iberian rhythms and themes with Celtic sounds and Afro-Caribbean beats. Upon their move to Albuquerque, NM the band added percussionist Kyle Molina, Rev Tsolwizar on Didgeridoo and Djembe with Brian Shonerd on Bass Guitar.

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Duke City Ceili Band

DCCB is a group of friends from the local Irish session scene:  Harlow Pinson, Jim Crowley, Phil Gaudette, Grace Broadhead, Steve Hawson, Louis Scuderi, and Cleve Sharp.  We formed to play dance music for ceilis, but do the occasional song at other events.

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Eileen & the In-Betweens

Eileen & the In-Betweens is a celebrated social justice indie folk band based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They have released three full-length albums of original music and have been invited to perform their uplifting social justice music across the U.S. and Canada. Frontwoman Eileen Shaughnessy's songwriting is inspired by the sacredness of the earth and the desire to mobilize music as a tool for social change in line with the “greats” such as Pete Seeger, Holly Near, and Woody Guthrie. Eileen draws sonic inspiration from her Irish-American & Celtic heritage, folk roots, Americana, pop, and world music. Edible Magazine featured Eileen as one of New Mexico's top talented songwriters and in the words of KUNM Music Director Matthew Finch, “[Eileen & the In- Betweens] has risen in my esteem to the top rank of Albuquerque artists. [Their] song craft is exceptional and is especially important now.”

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Enchantment Scottish Country Dancers


Colorado-based band Espresso! merges the two musical traditions of Django Reinhardt and Ste?phane Grappelli with red-hot interpretations of American swing and Gypsy jazz favorites. The traditions of the past come alive with powerful instrumental leads and vocals in French and English. Very danceable, this music is infectious. "You owe it to your ears."

Espresso! includes an abundance of Colorado talent: Bill Pontarelli (clarinet), Jordan Ramsey (mandolin), Emily Reynolds (guitar), and Duane Webster (bass). Bill and Emily have performed Gypsy Jazz and American Swing for many years at venues in and around Boulder and Denver, Colorado. Jordan Ramsey came on board in 2010, greatly enriching the new group dynamic. Bass man Duane Webster has been putting it all together since 2016 to create our saucy swing sound.

They have played this music for years and love keeping the tradition of American swing music and Gypsy jazz alive.

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FolkMADS/Merri Rudd

Greg Butera & the Gunsels

Call it Folk. Call it Country. Call it Americana. Call it whatever. Greg Butera is creating music deeply rooted in America’s rich traditional past. Following years as a supporting player in various bands around the area, as well as in Austin, Butera has taken a step forward into a lead role. Recently releasing his debut album, Tell Me Now, Greg Butera is more than ready to establish himself amongst the excellent crop of up-and-coming songwriters who have recently revitalized country music.

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John Conoboy & Jim Crowley

KeyReel and Karina

Uzbekistan born multi-instrumentalist KeyReel Raskolenko joins with local favorite Karina Wilson to bring together the fiddle traditions of Europe and North America.

KeyReel has been described as world class as a violinist and composer. He has performed and recorded with many musicians across North America and Europe. A virtuoso player on 4-string and 5-string acoustic and electric violins, he is a classically trained musician with experience in classical chamber and orchestra music, fiddle music, improvisation, and music composition. While his fiddling is rooted in the Cape Breton style, he is equally versed in playing classical, Irish, Scottish, and American Folk music. He has taught and performed at prestigious festivals such as the Cape Breton Fiddler’s Association (Canada), Celtic Colours (Canada), and Summer Music Intensives (Texas), and has also toured extensively across Europe and Asia with classical chamber and fiddle music. In addition to teaching and performing, KeyReel also composes for many instruments, including violin, string quartet and orchestra. His works have been performed at the Great Hall of Gnesin’s Academy, the Moscow House of Composers, and Texas Christian University. KeyReel graduated from the Gnesin’s Russian Academy of Music with his BM and MM degrees for violin in 2005. He is currently working on his Artist Diploma degree from Texas Christian University, where he is a student of Dr. Elisabeth Adkins. He is a member of several orchestras in DFW area TX now. In addition to his classical program and fiddle life, he studies and plays jazz and occasionally performs rock concerts in DFW area on his 5-string electric violin.

Violinist, fiddler, songwriter, and composer, and Santa Fe native, Karina has been performing with artists and touring acts on the national and international scene since 2005 around the US and Ireland, France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Poland. She has composed and performed original music for the ARCOS Dance touring show ""Warriors"", as well as the NMSA and SFUAD original production of "woman's voices", and the Santa Fe Playhouse "Santa Fe fiesta melodrama" and has been featured on numerous recordings throughout the United States and Ireland. In addition to touring nationally with acclaimed tune writer Larry Unger, she is an active member of numerous local Santa Fe bands as well as leading her own projects: The Katydids, Karina and Pete, and the Karina Wilson Trio- a performance art group, and runs a private violin/viola studio. Strongly influenced by traditional American music styles (like southern Appalachian old time, Northern New England, French Canadian Québécois, Texas swing, honky tonk, Cajun, American folk and rock n roll), with elements of world music traditions (Irish, Scottish, English country dance/early music, west African Susu music and dance, and Zimbabwean mbira), she is finding a way of stitching the old traditions together and bringing them back out into the current soundscape.

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Kristina Jacobsen Songs from the Rez

Participants from the “Songs from the Rez” songwriting retreat perform their original cowrites that were written between May 25-June 1 on a rural mesa in Many Farms, Navajo Nation. This is an intensive weeklong songwriting and yoga retreat featuring daily songwriting assignments and guided mentoring from instructors, morning yoga classes, nightly song circles, voice lessons, and a final performance open to community members. Previous participants have come from Navajo Nation, Sweden, Denmark, Albuquerque, and across the continental U.S.

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Ladies at Play

"The Ladies at Play are a high-spirited and musically adventurous trio that will "knock your socks off"!!!

Miranda Arana (flute, whistle, percussion) teaches world music at the University of Oklahoma and performs Irish, Middle Eastern, Latin American, Eastern European and Vietnamese Music. Her playful, flirtatious spirit and passion are an integral part of the Ladies at Play sound.

As a master student/chef of international cuisine, artist and innovative musician, Shanda McDonald (fiddle, accordion, keyboard) adds her own spice, elegance, and cosmic energy to the trio. Even though classically trained, she glides from old-time shuffle to salty groove as effortlessly as warm hollandaise on a poached egg.

Kathy Dagg, MD (guitar, Octave Mandolin, banjo) is gifted not only in the art of healing and humor, but she's also a creative and most divine rhythmnista!!! In addition to seriously rocking out on numerous fretted instruments, she keeps the Ladies grounded, steady and in stitches."

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Lone Piñon

Lone Piñon is an acoustic conjunto from Northern New Mexico whose music celebrates the diversity of our region's cultural roots. Using violins, accordion, quinta huapangera, bajo sexto, mandolin, percussion and vihuela, the group has revived and updated the Chicano stringband style that once flourished in New Mexico, bringing a devoted musicianship to Northern New Mexican polkas and chotes, virtuosic Mexican huapango and son calentano, and classic borderlands conjunto.

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Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore

Mollie O'Brien and her husband, guitarist Rich Moore, have for nearly 30 years quietly made it their mission to find, mine and reinvent other artists' songs. They are geniuses at the craft of interpretation in the way that great singers, since the beginning of popular American music, have made the songs of their era their own. As songwriters they add their own tunes to the canon of American roots music they inhabit and show us they’re completely at home with their musical selves.

Grammy winner Mollie has long been known as a singer who doesn’t recognize a lot of musical boundaries, and audiences love her fluid ability to make herself at home in any genre while never sacrificing the essence of the song she tackles. She is a singer at the very top of her game who’s not afraid to take risks both vocally and in the material she chooses. Rich, while known to produce some of the funniest onstage running commentary, is also a powerhouse guitar player who can keep up with O’Brien’s twists and turns from blues to traditional folk to jazz to rock and roll. He creates a band with just his guitar and, as a result, theirs is an equal partnership.

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Rikud Dance Troupe

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Rusty Tap

Drawing on repertoire largely from the Portland Collection and original compositions, Rusty Tap hopes to provide exciting and complex music that inspires young people to dance! The ensemble includes Juliana Huestis (fiddle), Russell Berman (guitar/bass clarinet), Mirinisa Stewart-Tengco (fiddle, percussion), Lee Ann Black (bass), and Clara Byom (piano/accordion/clarinet).

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Saoirse, Albuquerque's finest 'Celtic-Eclectic' band, plays progressive Celtic World music. Complimentary vocals, along with a richly layered mix of flutes, fiddles, cellos. uilleann pipes, guitars, banjos, mandolins and bodhrans, make Saoirse an enjoyable listening experience, and a great introduction the power and beauty of the Celtic musical tradition. Don't miss this Southwest favorite!

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Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee

Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee research, edit, translate, adapt and arrange traditional melodies and lyrics from Scandinavia, British Isles, Europe, India, and North America and perform them in their own unique way, with both modern and traditional instruments.

Johanna (vocals, woodwinds, jouhikko, kraviklyra, research, translation, arrangements) was born in Finland. Apart from music she has a background in theater and dance. Having studied theater in France and Bharata Natyam dance in India, she has performed and toured for over 30 years, including 10 years as part of the official cultural program of the City of Malmo?, Sweden.

Scott (stringed instruments, arrangements, composer) was born in USA. Before relocating to New Mexico, he spent 16 years in Europe, where parallel to his artistic work he worked as a therapist at ballet companies such as Dance Theatre of Harlem, London Festival Ballet, English National Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet and Hamburg Ballet, and also taught at Danish State School of Modern Dance.

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Snor T Horse

This band consists of two duets Cathy Barton and Dave Para, who have played old and new folk music from Missouri and the Ozarks for 40 years, and Mike Fraser and Tenley Hansen who go by the name Shortleaf, after an important native pine tree, and share very similar musical interests. In only recent years have the quartet been playing dances and concerts together, but the collaboration is more years in the making. Cathy and Dave met Mike, an apprentice of Ozark master fiddler Bob Holt, at an area fiddle contest probably in the 1980s and subsequently did some shows with him in the Ozarks and recorded some albums for the Missouri Department of Conservation, “Voices of the Hills,” and “Fiddles and Forests.” After Mike moved to Kansas City with the department, he was able to join Dave and Cathy's school assembly program they developed with the late Bob Dyer in 1986, “Missouri Cultural History,” after Bob was unable to continue the show in 2006. Cathy and Dave have always enjoyed playing with fiddlers, as so much of their instrumental repertoire on hammered dulcimer, banjo and guitar come from the fiddle tune tradition. The Shortleaf Band moved to Kansas City with Mike to continue playing a combination of Ozark and Celtic music with new members, including Tenley, a trained musical stage performer who was playing keyboards and guitar, singing leads and writing songs for the band. The four share a love for traditional music and its cultural contexts and history, good singing and the joy of making a big sound for an evening dance. After sharing some nights together, studio time and some traveling they have found an easy fit together. Friends first, band members second.

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Solstice Belly Dance


STEAM! brings intuitive musicality and energy into every tune set and song. Featuring the contradance genre, which incorporates Irish, Old Time, French Canadian and modern tunes, but then adds layers of spontaneity and innovation to make the music shine. STEAM! is... Alice Boyle - Fiddle|Viola; Dave Firestine - Mandolin|Bouzouki; Robert Rosenberg - Guitar|Banjo (rhythm & lead); Claire Zucker - bodhrán|vocals|concertina|clogging. These four great friends may be separated by the Rocky Mountains (Claire and Dave in Arizona, Alice and Robert in Kansas), but that doesn’t stop them! STEAM! tours nationally - just in the last couple of year they have played dance weekends in Florida, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and New Mexico. And each September they are at the heart of Carp Camp at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. Jamming for 16 hours a day for two weeks straight gives room for experimenting and touring through the odd and wonderful permutations of each tune, not to mention the tie dye and general silliness that fills each day.

Whether playing contradances or concerts, this group of fine musicians is a joy to watch and listen to. You can expect power sets, uplifting elegance, quirky unusual tunes, a variety of songs, and beautiful waltzes. You can hear the magic in their 2013 release, Jackalope, which features their contradance repertoire or their new 2017 waltz CD, Heartland, which shares beautiful renditions of instrumental and sung waltzes from the heartland of the country.

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The Adobe Brothers

The Adobe Brothers is a band comprised of identical quadruplets born to different mothers a long time ago who came together to play music as a band in 1979. Their initial musical preference consisted of Old Timey fiddle music, Bluegrass, and folk music of North America, but has subsequently expanded to include Western Swing, Celtic, blues, Klezmer and whatever else might be fun to play. The Brothers refer to their music as “International Bluegrass” and proclaim themselves the progenitors of this genre. Their fundamental musical philosophy is “if it’s fun and sounds good, we’ll play it.” Their song/tune list has over 200 titles in it and during a concert they’ll often draw from hundreds of other pieces that they forgot to add to the list. The brothers are:

  • Jacoby Adobe (Jimmy Abraham) - vocals, guitar, harmonica
  • Pierogi Adobe (Terry Bluhm) - vocal, bass
  • Moby Adobe (Wayne Shrubsall) - vocals, banjo, guitar
  • Toby Adobe (Bruce Thomson) - vocals, fiddle

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The Fast Peso String Band

The Fast Peso String Band formed in January of 1981 with Tom Adler, Gary Ashkin, Jim Hughes and Bo Olcott. John Eddy joined the following year. We started out playing for contra dances, wedding and other parties and in bars. We were all listening to old-time string band recordings of the late 1920's and the "revival" string bands of the early 70's into the then current OT bands of the 1980's. Jim had spent some years living in West VA and visited many luminaries of old-time music there as well as attending the festivals. Tom and Bo spent the whole summer of 1980 doing the same. By 1984 the FPSB was performing in festivals, movies, radio, more dances, parties and bars and enjoyed a wonderful little tour of the state of Chihuahua, Mex. In the fall of that year having won the Telluride BG Festival's band competition (1st prize being studio time in Conifer, CO.) the band recorded an album on cassette, "A Bargain At Any Price". In 2002 Tom produced and performed on the CD, "Sweet Nell", an original OT tune project featuring the tunes of Tom Adler, David Margolin (an often-time guest Peso), Jim Mullany and Rob Pine with Gary Ashkin playing fiddle on Tom's original tunes. The CD received some good folk music magazine reviews and folk radio airplay in the US and in England. The same FPSB lineup still performs here and there to this day.

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The Savage Hearts

The Savage Hearts are a twin fiddle driven bluegrass-meets-honky-tonk band from Colorado’s musically innovative Front Range. Featuring string pedagogue/Jeff Scroggins and Colorado founding member, Annie Savage with songwriters Tracy Lynn and Kevin Slick and the powerful Jodi Harbin rounding out triple female lead vocals, this southwestern bluegrass band specializes in high energy performances and has a passion for providing educational outreach. They are joined by Annie’s student Jackson Earles and Colorado favorite Keith Summers on bass. Special guests have included Becky Buller, Greg Blake, Jeff Scroggins and a rotating cast of twin fiddlers.

Upon release of their debut album, “Playing it Forward” the Savage Hearts took the #1 slot on the International Folk DJ charts in the fall of 2016 and remained in the Top 5 of the Roots Music Report for the bluegrass genre for 6 consecutive months.

The Savage Hearts look forward to bringing their spicy blend of bluegrass to your festival and workshop stage. Passing the music gig at a time.

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The Secret Life of Drones

Last century, on different continents, Juan Wijngaard and Sharon Berman fell in love with the hurdy- gurdy after hearing it on vinyl. Many years later, they met at a hurdy-gurdy party in California. They discovered a mutual affinity for certain melodies, sounds and music, and ultimately, each other. While on the west coast, they performed in venues from Los Angeles to Port Townsend. Their repertoire includes original compositions and draws from French, Spanish, English and Balkan traditional music, bridging a time from the middle ages to the present.

Juan was born and raised in Buenos Aires and subsequently lived in the Netherlands, Switzerland and England, where he first heard and fell in love with medieval and later French folk music. He made his first hurdy-gurdy in 1976 and taught himself to play it by ear. Juan was part of the original lineup of the English band Blowzabella. Juan also plays English border and Galician bagpipes. Juan is a painter and recovering children’s book illustrator. Sharon was born and raised on the U.S. west coast. She has performed with ensembles specializing in early, traditional and new music. While living in Montre?al, Que?bec, Sharon immersed herself in the musical traditions of Que?bec and West Africa. She holds master's degrees in ethnomusicology and visual anthropology, and plays accordion, recorder and hurdy-gurdy. Shortly after moving to New Mexico, Juan and Sharon joined forces with Tom Lozano and Rima Montoya and formed the group ¡Viva la Pepa! and recorded an album in 2010. Sharon and Juan are based in Corrales, NM.

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Virginia Creepers

The Virginia Creepers love tunes and songs from Appalachia and beyond and have been playing old- time music in New Mexico for more than 25 years. Their repertoire includes weird, old, crooked tunes from exotic places like West Virginia and Kentucky, lively dance tunes that they play for squares and contras, and songs about hard times, trains, and whiskey, all ranging in age from the Civil War era and earlier to newer pieces in the old-time style. The band features Rick Olcott on guitar, Scott Mathis on mandolin, Jane Phillips on fiddle, Laurie Phillips on mandola, and Marc Robert on bass and banjo. All of them sing now and then. The band features Rick Olcott on guitar, Scott Mathis on mandolin and guitarron, Laurie Phillips on mandolin and mandola, Jane Phillips on fiddle, and Marc Robert on bass and banjo. Based in Albuquerque, they play around NM and beyond for dances, parties, and festivals, and as soothing background music for the quiet and studious patrons of saloons and taverns.

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Zoltan and the Fortune Tellers

Zoltan and the Fortune tellers play ticklishly oddball original tunes about cheese, love, lemurs, sandwiches, snake oil, and much more. Rooted in Gypsy swing, ragtime, folk and jazz the trio brings a healthy mix of fun family friendly tunes that will have you on the dance floor in no time. Winding melodies will transport you to carnivals and circuses of faraway lands. Zoltan and the Fortune Tellers are on a mission to entertain...they also look and smell good while doing it.

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