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April 27, 2017

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April 27, 2017

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

What's in this issue:

Oops! Correction!

In yesterday's newsletter, we accidentally put the house concert by Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee at Apple Mountain. This is incorrect; the concert is at a private residence, NOT at Apple Mountain Music. Please call or email for directions, information, and reservations. The corrected House Concert information is below.

House Concert May 6th!

Concert 7:30-9 pm; doors open at 6:30 pm

Join us for a Fabulous House Concert by
Scott & Johanna Hongell-Darsee

HongellDarsee

Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee will be on hand for an acoustic evening of medieval ballads and ancient tales at 7pm. This renowned duo of musical storytellers and instrumentalists have performed at the Albuquerque Folk Festival and will be introducing some new pieces. The suggested donation is $15.

Contact Dianne Rossbach at rossbachd@msn.com for directions to her residence, reservations, and/or additional information. You can also call 505-294-6909 or email Erika Gerety-Libman at sponsors@abqfolkfest.org. It's best to reserve a spot as space is limited.

In traditional house-concert style concert, you are welcome to bring and share and/or partake in some snacks or beverages. Chairs will be provided.

A huge thank you to Scott & Johanna Hongell-Darsee and Dianne Rossbach for their in kind support! Funds will go to support the non-profit Albuquerque Folk Festival!


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April 26, 2017

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April 26, 2017

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

What's in this issue:

Mark your calendars for these two fun activities coming up VERY soon!

Let's Sing Together this Saturday! Sooo Fun!
April 29 at Apple Mountain Music 2-4 pm

You probably feel better when you’re singing, so, let’s sing more! Join Dan Matthews and friends for a sing-along. Invite your friends for an afternoon of singing well-loved folk songs and maybe learning a few to love well in the future.

The formula for the Fifth-Saturday AFF Sing-alongs is a list of familiar and very singable songs, good keys, a lyrics sheet (key ingredient); we sing and play loud so people may be less self-conscious and have permission to sing out. You pick the next song from a lyric sheet with 80-some songs. Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd NE in Albuquerque has graciously opened its doors for us to sing together—come early and look around. Suggested donation: $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Albuquerque Folk Festival.

Sing-along leader Dan Matthews has led small sing-alongs at a jam tent at ABQ FOLK FEST for many years. In 2010, he was invited to put together a main stage sing-along tribute to Pete Seeger in 2010. A posse of friends with strong voices has led scores of people in rousing, meaningful and joyous song each year since. Dan’s joy is singing with people, not singing for people, whether it's a song circle, the Fifth Saturday Sing-alongs or at the ABQ FOLK FEST.

If you can’t make this one, join us for others! They are every fifth Saturday in the month: July, September and December in 2017. Save the dates!

bigsingalong

ABQ FOLK FEST's big sing-along



House Concert May 6th at Apple Mountain Music!

Concert 7:30-9 pm; doors open at 6:30 pm

Join us for a Fabulous House Concert by
Scott & Johanna Hongell-Darsee

HongellDarsee

Scott and Johanna Hongell-Darsee will be on hand for an acoustic evening of medieval ballads and ancient tales at 7pm. This renowned duo of musical storytellers and instrumentalists have performed at the Albuquerque Folk Festival and will be introducing some new pieces. The suggested donation is $15.

Email Dianne Rossbach at rossbachd@msn.com or Erika Gerety-Libman at sponsors@abqfolkfest.org or call 505-294-6909 for directions, additional information or to reserve a spot (space is limited).

In traditional house-concert style concert, you are welcome to bring and share and/or partake in some snacks or beverages. Chairs will be provided.

A huge thank you to Scott & Johanna Hongell-Darsee and Dianne Rossbach for their in kind support! Funds will go to support the non-profit Albuquerque Folk Festival!

Last Call for Vendors!

Calling all vendors! May 1st is when Arts and Craft vendor applications must be mailed to the ABQ FOLK FEST if you would like to vend with us this year.

Arts and Crafts Vendor Applications and information are on line here: Vendor Information

ABQ FOLK FEST out on the Town

Look for the ABQ FOLK FEST At Any of These Upcoming Events

Look for ABQ FOLK FEST volunteers and performers around town at upcoming events! We’ll be out handing out flyers (with the schedule on the back), distributing flyers for other acoustic festivals in NM, and handing out $5 off coupons.

  • NewMexpo at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum, May 7th
  • Herb Fest, May 13 & 14 at the Rio Grande Nature Center. There will be herbs, plants, some Albuquerque Folk Festival bands, lectures, massages and more. Proceeds go to support the Nature Center.
  • Celtic Festival, May 20 & 21 at Balloon Fiesta Park

Bands at Herb Fest

Herb Fest, at the Rio Grande Nature Center on Mother's Day Weekend (May 13-14), features eight bands in support of the Nature Center and ABQ FOLK FEST. Each day there will be four bands, two in the morning, then two lectures, then two more bands in the afternoon. Except for $3 parking fee, the Herb Fest is free. Here's the lineup:

Saturday, May 13

  • 10:00 Eagle's Whistle
  • 11:00 Dog Star
  • 12:00 Olivia Messinger Carril, "Bees in the Backyard"
  • 1:00 Wes Brittenham, "Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden"
  • 2:00 Lady Fingers
  • 3:00 Cheap Shots

Sunday, May 14

  • 10:00 Music for All Seasons
  • 11:00 Adobe Brothers
  • 12:00 George Miller, "ABCs of Pollinator Habitat Gardens"
  • 1:00 Michael Halverson, "Native Plants from the Natural to the Landscape"
  • 2:00 Red Light Ramblers
  • 3:00 Jug of Punch

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April 17, 2017

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April 17, 2017

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

What's in this issue:

ABQ FOLK FEST 2017 Line Up!

We have some fabulous performers, workshops, sing-alongs, dances, and kids’ stuff this year including…

  • Carrie Rodriguez, singer-songwriter and fiddler from Austin with numerous CDs and awards with her "Ameri-Chicana" attitude.
  • Baracutanga, a hot energetic local band that explores and mixes the many danceable rhythms of South America. They are going places!
  • Nathan & Jessie, a world traveling jazzy folk, gypsy blues band
  • Púca, a Celtic dynamic duo out of Tucson
  • Sweetwater String Band, a “soulgrass” band from California/Colorado
  • Alborz Trio, a Persian trio
  • Our own award winning Squash Blossom Boys and world traveling Bayou Seco and so much more!!

Check our website for a complete (as of now) list.

Looking for Business Partners

If you are a business (or you know a business) that would like to support the ABQ FOLK FEST, we invite you to sponsor a workshop tent, a stage, and/or a performer. Sponsorship costs for each venue are related to the cost of the venue ranging from $200 for most workshops to $2000 for a large stage venue. We will provide banner or sign placement for a sponsor at the venue selected. Please contact Erika at sponsors@abqfolkfest.org to work out a good sponsorship rate.

Other sponsorship information at various levels for individuals and business is available on our website: http://www.abqfolkfest.org/sponsors.shtml

Mark your calendar for a house concert!

Join us for a fabulous night of music by Lauria!

Wednesday, April 21, 7:30 - 9 pm

Apple Mountain Music

10301 Comanche Rd NE, Albuquerque

Lauria

Lauria delivers a musical experience bordering on ritual and ceremony. Nominated for Artist of the Year by the National Academy Of Songwriters (LA), Critics’ Choice at NXNE (Toronto) and FolKrawl (Memphis), festival hit at The First Southern Roots & Blues Festival (Tasmania, Australia), her bamboo flute, harmonica, and invented vocal music has been included in movie and live theater soundtracks. Lauria will be joined by Michael Kott on cello.

This is a house-concert style concert, so you are welcome to bring and share and/or partake in snacks or beverages. Chairs will be provided. The suggested donation is $15. We look forward to spending a delightful evening with you!

This concert will be held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd NE in Albuquerque. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the concert will start at 7:30 pm. Please call 505-237-2048 to reserve your seat as space is limited.

A huge thank you to Lauria, Apple Mountain Music, and Jeff Hanson for generous in-kind and monetary donations to put on this concert. Funds will go to support the non-profit Albuquerque Folk Festival!

For more information on Lauria, AKA Laurianne Fiorentino, please visit her website: www.lauriamusic.com.

New! Family Rates and Discounts on ABQ FOLK FEST Tickets!

We are keeping the same great, inexpensive, accessible prices but some things are even more affordable this year!

Introducing our new family rates: $30 online buys you a ticket for a whole family. A family is defined here as 2 adults and any number of kids under 18. Family tickets are $35 at the gate.

$5 discount on gate prices! There are several ways you can get a $5 discount on Gate prices.

  1. Bring one or more instruments and we will give you $5 off the price at the gate! We hope you will play the instrument too! Or if you like, bring one to sell at the consignment table – and maybe buy a different one. Note: The $5 discount is good for any gate price (ie Adult, Student, Senior), but it may not be applied to advanced tickets or combined with other discounts.
  2. Pick up a $5 off discount card at any of our outreach events. Look for the Albuquerque Folk Festival at any of these coming events
    1. Earthday Celebration behind the Nob Hill, La Montanita Coop, Sunday, April 23rd
    2. NewMexpo at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum, May 7th
    3. Herb Fest, May 13 & 14 at the Rio Grande Nature Center. There will be herbs, plants, some Albuquerque Folk Festival bands, lectures, massages and more. Proceeds go to support the Nature Center.
    4. Celtic Festival, May 20 & 21 at Balloon Fiesta Park
  3. Early-bird tickets, best price available, on-line now through May 4, 2017. Don’t wait in line to pay, get your advanced tickets online! Go to Brown Paper Tickets.

Volunteer with ABQ FOLK FEST

Do you want to have a positive impact on Albuquerque and New Mexico and have fun doing it?

Think about Volunteering at the Albuquerque Folk Festival on the day of the festival, in advance of the festival, or at the end of the festival. Or, consider an organizing role. Contact Bill at volunteers@abqfolkfest.org for more information.

Here are some examples of current volunteer needs:

  • Set-up on Saturday morning pre-festival: Hanging signs, moving chairs, etc.
  • Staffing tables, pre-festival: Hand out discount cards and flyers at our table at events like Celtic Fest, Herb Fest, etc.

We would love your gifts of time/organization skills! Specifically, we are looking for people who can help by doing the following (training and guidance available in all areas):

  • House concert coordinator - We have an offer from several people to host house concerts, but we need someone to contact bands willing to work with us on fundraising concerts, and coordinate dates between bands and houses, and let the AFF board know, so it can be publicized.
  • Fundraising concerts coordinator - This involves watching for folk artists coming through town who are looking for places to play to pick up some extra funds who don’t require full price “destination funding”. It requires finding an available rental and setting up the concert and checking schedules of other concert organizers to avoid conflicts in town. There are several available.
  • Grant-writer - This involves reading through the grant requirements and writing proposals according to those requirements and compiling the pieces of a grant application (such as budget and Nonprofit status proof). The board is able to supply the necessary information for grant writing.
  • Sponsorship finder – We need people who can take some time to talk to potential sponsors, or email them. We have perks to offer cash sponsors such as advertising, tickets, banners at a stage etc. and we have a brochure for sponsors.
  • Treasurer in training – We are looking for someone with quickbook experience or willing to learn and start training to be our board treasurer for 2019. Plenty of time to learn!
  • Graphic design talents and spreadsheet or database talents needed!

Reminders: Sing-along and Adobe Brothers' Free Library Concert

Sing-along: Saturday, April 29 at Apple Mountain Music 2-4 pm

You probably feel better when you’re singing, so, let’s sing more! Join Dan Matthews and friends for a sing-along. Invite your friends for an afternoon of singing well-loved folk songs and maybe learning a few to love well in the future.

The formula for the Fifth-Saturday AFF Sing-alongs is a list of familiar and very singable songs, good keys, a lyrics sheet (key ingredient); we sing and play loud so people may be less self-conscious and have permission to sing out. You pick the next song from a lyric sheet with 80-some songs. Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd NE in Albuquerque has graciously opened its doors for us to sing together—come early and look around. Suggested donation: $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Albuquerque Folk Festival.

Sing-along leader Dan Matthews has led small sing-alongs at a jam tent at ABQ FOLK FEST for many years. In 2010, he was invited to put together a main stage sing-along tribute to Pete Seeger in 2010. A posse of friends with strong voices has led scores of people in rousing, meaningful and joyous song each year since. Dan’s joy is singing with people, not singing for people, whether it's a song circle, the Fifth Saturday Sing-alongs or at the ABQ FOLK FEST.

If you can’t make this one, join us for others! They are every fifth Saturday in the month: July, September and December in 2017. Save the dates!

bigsingalong

ABQ FOLK FEST's big sing-along



Free Adobe Brothers Library Concert

Wednesday, May 24th, 5-8pm

Ernie Pyle House/Library
900 Girard Blvd SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
Thanks to AMP Concerts
for helping the Albuquerque Folk Festival bring you this Free Concert!
adobesattable

Join us for the Adobe Brothers!

Adobe Brothers is a band of identical quadruplets born to different mothers a long time ago. They began playing together as a band in 1979 shortly after their mothers kicked them out of their homes. They started playing in local restaurants and bars in northern New Mexico and moved up to playing concerts, street fairs, and music festivals throughout the southwest. Their initial musical preference consisted of old time fiddle music, bluegrass, and folk music of North America, but this has subsequently expanded to western swing, Celtic, blues, and whatever else might be fun to play. Perhaps the greatest musical continuity throughout their existence as a band has been playing for contra and square dances; the Adobe Brothers are recognized as one of the top New Mexican contra dance bands.

Though the Brothers' musical style might be best categorized as Americana, a typical performance will include tunes and songs from a half dozen countries, as well as material ranging from 19th century Child Ballads to original compositions by the boys. The Brothers refer to their music as "International Bluegrass." Their fundamental musical philosophy is "if it sounds good and is fun to play, we’ll play it." Their song/tune list has over 200 titles on it and they'll often draw from another 200 pieces that they forgot to add to the list.

This is the latest in a monthly series of free events in collaboration with the Friends for the Public Library.


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March 20, 2017

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March 20, 2017

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

What's in this issue:

Mark your calendars for this fabulous house concert coming up soon!

Friday, April 7 Concert starts at 7:30 pm; doors open at 6:30 pm

A Celtic World Music House Concert with Saoirse

Saoirse

Saoirse, Albuquerque's finest 'Celtic-Eclectic' band, plays progressive Celtic World music. Complimentary vocals, along with a richly layered mix of flutes, fiddles, concertina, guitars, banjos, mandolins and bodhrans and sometimes uilleann pipes, 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!

The concert is 7:30pm - 9:00pm, but come early (doors open at 6:30) for socializing and snacks. In typical house concert fashion, we’ll provide a couple of snacks and a cooler for your beverages. If you like, bring a snack or beverages to share. Please call 505-237-2048 to reserve your seat. Space is limited!

Suggested donation is $15. Most of the proceeds from this concert go to support our non-profit Albuquerque Folk Festival.

Thanks to Apple Mountain Music for generously offering to host this event!

Thanks also to Saoirse for playing!

Reminder! The next sing-along is coming up:

Saturday, April 29 at Apple Mountain Music 2-4 pm

You probably feel better when you’re singing, so, let’s sing more! Join Dan Matthews and friends for a sing-along. Invite your friends for an afternoon of singing well-loved folk songs and maybe learning a few to love well in the future.

The formula for the Fifth-Saturday AFF Sing-alongs is a list of familiar and very singable songs, good keys, a lyrics sheet (key ingredient); we sing and play loud so people may be less self-conscious and have permission to sing out. You pick the next song from a lyric sheet with 80-some songs. Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd NE in Albuquerque has graciously opened its doors for us to sing together—come early and look around. Suggested donation: $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Albuquerque Folk Festival.

Sing-along leader Dan Matthews has led small sing-alongs at a jam tent at ABQ FOLK FEST for many years. In 2010, he was invited to put together a main stage sing-along tribute to Pete Seeger in 2010. A posse of friends with strong voices has led scores of people in rousing, meaningful and joyous song each year since. Dan’s joy is singing with people, not singing for people, whether it's a song circle, the Fifth Saturday Sing-alongs or at the ABQ FOLK FEST.

If you can’t make this one, join us for others! They are every fifth Saturday in the month: April, July, September and December in 2017. Save the dates!

bigsingalong

ABQ FOLK FEST's big sing-along

Introducing the ABQ FOLK FEST Board and Directors!

We have added lots of great new volunteers this year, but for now we’ll just introduce discuss the new board members, officers and directors.

  • Festival Event Director: Richard Eager – (NEW) Richard thankfully offered to step in to help after the loss of Gary!
  • Co- Event Director: Rachel Zulevi

We are thankful for all our all-volunteer Board of Directors (BOD) who work hard all year:

  • Doug Casteel, (NEW) BOD and Vendor Director
  • Bill Balassi, (Change) BOD, Secretary and Logistics Director
  • Donna Bauer, BOD and Operations Director
  • Deb Brunt, BOD and Participation Director
  • Rose Day, BOD and Publicity Director
  • Debra Fortes, BOD and Performance Director
  • Athena Kelly, BOD and Treasurer
  • Kyle Malone, BOD and President and Marketing Director
  • William Miller, BOD and Vice President and Volunteer Director
  • Kit Murray, BOD and Insurance Manager
  • Rachel Zulevi, BOD and Co-Event Director

We also thank our all-volunteer Advisory Board made up of mostly past presidents. The advisory board offers advice from previous years, but can stay active in other ways if they like:

  • Jimmy Abraham, Past President, volunteer presenter
  • Michael Coy, Past President, Assisting in Logistics and more
  • Peter Esherick, Past President, Scheduling Director, Photography manager
  • Erika Gerety, Past President, Fundraising Director
  • Richard Eager, Voted on AB, Event Director

Mark your calendar!

Free Adobe Brothers Library Concert

Wednesday, May 24th, 5-8pm

Ernie Pyle House/Library

900 Girard Blvd SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106

Thanks to AMP Concerts
for helping the Albuquerque Folk Festival bring you this Free Concert!

adobesattable

Join us for the Adobe Brothers!

Adobe Brothers is a band of identical quadruplets born to different mothers a long time ago. They began playing together as a band in 1979 shortly after their mothers kicked them out of their homes. They started playing in local restaurants and bars in northern New Mexico and moved up to playing concerts, street fairs, and music festivals throughout the southwest. Their initial musical preference consisted of old time fiddle music, bluegrass, and folk music of North America, but this has subsequently expanded to western swing, Celtic, blues, and whatever else might be fun to play. Perhaps the greatest musical continuity throughout their existence as a band has been playing for contra and square dances; the Adobe Brothers are recognized as one of the top New Mexican contra dance bands.

Though the Brothers' musical style might be best categorized as Americana, a typical performance will include tunes and songs from a half dozen countries, as well as material ranging from 19th century Child Ballads to original compositions by the boys. The Brothers refer to their music as "International Bluegrass." Their fundamental musical philosophy is "if it sounds good and is fun to play, we’ll play it." Their song/tune list has over 200 titles on it and they'll often draw from another 200 pieces that they forgot to add to the list.

This is the latest in a monthly series of free events in collaboration with the Friends for the Public Library.


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January 22, 2017

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January 22, 2017

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

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Two Concerts: January 27 and February 3

Mark your calendars for two concerts coming up in the next few weeks! January 27th and February 3rd.

Squash Blossom Boys/Silver String Band Performance

Friday, January 27th Concert, 9pm

The Squash Blossom Boys are teaming up with Silver String Band to bring you an awesome concert! Not for the faint of heart, this concert starts at 9pm (doors open at 8pm) at the Launchpad. Get ready to put your party hats on! Plus, the bands are generously donating proceeds to the Albuquerque Folk Festival. How cool is that. Check it out!

Squash Blossom Concert

House Concert by Timothy Hill

Friday, February 3, 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Timothy Hill is doing a house concert in honor of our late beloved festival director Gary Libman. The Concert is at 900 Warm Sands Drive SE in Albuquerque.

Timothy Hill

Photo: © 2014 Eva Soltes

New York artist Timothy Hill will be coming to New Mexico for a one-night only benefit concert in honor of our beloved, late Albuquerque Folk Festival director/president, Gary Libman.

Please join us for a magical musical experience by this extraordinary harmonic singer, singer-songwriter, and international musician. Timothy has traveled the world as a solo artist and with various national and international groups, including world tours with the David Hykes Harmonic Choir. He combines mesmerizing harmonic vocals, original songs, and musical exploration to generate a unique and unforgettable musical experience. Timothy is donating all proceeds to the Albuquerque Folk Festival, which was Gary’s passion.

The concert begins at 7:30, but come early (doors open at 6:30) for socializing and snacks. We’ll provide a couple of snacks and a cooler for your beverages. If you like, bring a snack to share. Suggested donation: $15 (or however much the AFF spirit moves you).

We have about 30 seats for the early birds, but it would be a good idea to bring an extra chair just in case. In true Gary Libman style, the concert will be followed by an anything-goes jam open to all with song in their hearts and/or an instruments in their hands.

For reservations and directions, email Bill at william_balassi@yahoo.com or Erika at Erika@unm.edu .

Thanks to Bill Balassi and Pat Aruffo for generously offering to host this event! Bring an instrument and jam afterwards in the spirit of Gary Libman!

Calling All Performers!

We are in the process of putting together the 2017 Albuquerque Folk Festival. If you are a performer, or know a performer you would like to see perform, it is not too late for performers to apply. Interested performers should fill out the online application. http://www.abqfolkfest.org/selectioncriteria.shtml

We are currently working on some decisions but we will continue to fill in some (mostly regional and local talent) a little later.

We have less stage space this year, so we can’t guarantee a spot but we would like to know who is available and if we can’t get you in this year, will keep you in consideration for future festivals.

We Accept Talent Donations

Many of our workshop instructors come from our performers. Many of our other workshop presenters (dance and music and storytelling) generously volunteer their time to teach a workshop at our festival. Presenters or performers who donate their time are of course entitled to sell CDs, or other merch or pass on information about individual or group instruction throughout the year.

If you are interested in donating your talents to present a workshop or as a performer (for either the ABQFOLKFEST or for ABQFOLKFEST outreach or fundraising concerts) – Yay! Please contact sponsors@abqfolkfest.org

The folk festival is interested in mostly local talent that represents the folk diversity in the city of Albuquerque. Bands, musicians, dance groups, and arts and crafters, and story tellers who are willing to present for free, and whose musical style fits the mission and style of the folk festival.

Sing-alongs every 5th Saturday at Apple Mountain Music 2-4pm

New Year’s Resolution: Sing More in 2017!

You probably feel better when you’re singing. One option to sing more in 2017 is to join Dan Matthews and friends for a sing-along every time there’s a fifth Saturday in the month: April, July, September and December in 2017. Save the dates. Invite your friends for an afternoon of singing well-loved folk songs and maybe learning a few to love well in the future.

Sing-along leader Dan Matthews has led small sing-alongs at a jam tent at ABQ FOLK FEST for many years. In 2010, he was invited to put together a main stage sing-along tribute to Pete Seeger in 2010. A posse of friends with strong voices has led scores of people in rousing, meaningful and joyous song each year since. Dan’s joy is singing with people, not singing for people, whether it's a song circle, the Fifth Saturday Sing-alongs or at the ABQ FOLK FEST.

The formula for the Fifth-Saturday AFF Sing-alongs is a list of familiar and very singable songs, good keys, a lyrics sheet (key ingredient); we sing and play loud so people may be less self-conscious and have permission to sing out. You pick the next song from a lyric sheet with 80-some songs.

Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd NE in Albuquerque has graciously opened its doors for us to sing together—come early and look around. Suggested donation: $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Albuquerque Folk Festival.


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December 7, 2016

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December 7, 2016

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

What's in this issue:

Happy Holidays!

The Albuquerque Folk Festival would like to wish you happy Holidays! We are so grateful for all of the volunteers, presenters and attendees at our festival. This town truly has good community. Please be safe out there. We look forward to seeing you next year. Mark your calendar for the ABQ Folk Fest for June 3, 2017 (free camping starts June 2).

End of Tax Year Donations!

Dear folk lovers, if you are looking to fill out your tax-deductible donations for the end of 2016, we are the place for you. ABQ FOLK FEST is an important part of the fabric of this City, but it takes your support. A few folk/bluegrass festivals have already come to their end this year. We are trying to avoid the same fate. City/State funding is getting smaller each year as expenses grow. Though it would be wonderful to find folks in a position to give large end-of-year donations to make this festival thrive, we are grateful for all donations no matter how large or small.

You can donate online here through Just Give or mail a donation to P.O. Box 4837, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87196.

To those who already gave us donations this year, thank you so much for your generosity! You give us energy and motivation for the long volunteer hours to bring this event to New Mexico again in 2017. Mark your calendars for June 3, and hold the whole weekend if you want to camp and jam in the free dry camping area.

Short on Cash? We offer alternate ways to contribute (see end of the newsletter).

Losses of Special Members of Our Music Community

In addition to losing our illustrious director, Gary Libman, the NM Folk Community also recently lost three extraordinary folk musicians who made their mark on this area. Last week, the community lost Gary Papenhagen. Gary was a long time presenter at the ABQ FOLK FEST. He was an integral part of the folk community who, in addition to being a fabulous fiddler, also taught fiddle, led music jams and classes in NM, led the community contra dance band in Santa Fe and played in several bands himself over the years. A couple weeks ago, we lost fiddle player Shirley Metzler who played in a band “Placitas Mountain Band” with Gary Libman at the ABQ FOLK FEST and around the state. She was an extraordinary fiddler and a strong woman who raised 10 kids in rural New Mexico. On the very same day, her good friend and musician “Bill” Bailey passed away. We deeply grieve their loss and celebrate their rich lives. Some of us like to imagine that there is a grand jam going on that many of us will someday join.

New start in 2017. Bring in the New Year with a Sing-along!

Sing-along with Dan Matthews: Invite your friends for an afternoon of singing well-loved folk songs. You can sing in the New Year on December 31, and you don’t even have to worry about the dark, cold, and drunk drivers because the sing-along takes place in the afternoon. It will start your new year with a smile.

Dan Matthews led small sing-alongs at a jam tent at ABQ FOLK FEST for many years and then was invited to lead on a main stage. He assembled a group and led a tribute to Pete Seeger in 2010 on a main stage. His formula is to pick familiar and very singable songs, put them in good keys, give people the lyrics (key ingredient) and sing and play loud so people will be less self-conscious and have permission to sing loud themselves. Think of any three folk songs you like from the folk revival of the '50s and '60s—at least one of them will be on the list. Dan’s joy is singing with people, not singing for people, whether it's a song circle or at the ABQ FOLK FEST.

This sing-along will be held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd NE in Albuquerque. Space is limited so come early!

Saturday afternoon December 31, 2016; 2:00 - 4:00pm, doors open at 1:30pm

Suggested donation: $15 at the door

Proceeds benefit the Albuquerque Folk Festival

“Tunes in June” Half-Price Holiday Gift

We are offering a December special for a gift of joy for someone you love: Half Price 2017 ABQ Folk Fest Tickets

The 2017 ABQ Folk Fest will be June 3, 2017 at the Albuquerque Anderson Balloon Museum. We are in the process of scheduling some great performers. Plus we’ll have lots of wonderful workshops, jams, performances, storytelling etc! Adult half-price tickets are $10 – that’s for the entire day and night of over 80 events!

To purchase these special tickets, go to Brown Paper Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2723635. Or send a check to the Albuquerque Folk Festival for “December tickets” along with the name and address (and/or email address) of the person receiving the ticket. The postmark must be in December. A letter will be sent to the recipient to show that the name has been added to the will call list (the letter can be further proof and used as a ticket). Checks can be sent to:

Albuquerque Folk Festival
PO Box 4837
Albuquerque, NM 87196

If you have questions or would like more information, email sponsors@abqfolkfest.org or call us at 505-294-6909. If you are not ready to think that far ahead, that’s ok, but remember to mark your calendar for June 3, 2017!

Alternate Ways to Contribute

If you can’t give cash right now, we are also looking for donations of folk-related items that can be raffled or sold at the ABQ FOLK FEST consignment. In addition, we value the donation of your time, your musical talent, and your organizational skills.

Gifts of Folk-related items! Here's a sample of what we're looking for:

  • instruments (new or nice quality used)
  • folk arts (quilts, wood carving, pottery, etc)
  • performances (performers, donate a free performance for a house concert or auction)
  • tickets to folk concerts
  • instrument cases
  • sound studio time
  • dance lessons
  • music lessons
  • balloon rides that we can auction
  • space where we can store signs and stuff (10x10)
  • a flatbed truck/trailer that can be used as a stage
  • and anything else that Folk Festival fans would enjoy using

For more information about gift donations, contact Erika.

Gifts of Specific Time/Organization Skills! We are looking for people who can help with fundraising by doing the following (training and guidance available in all areas):

  • House Concert Coordinator - We have offers from several people to host house concerts, but we need someone to a) contact bands willing to work with us on fundraising concerts b) coordinate concert dates, and c) communicate concert information to the ABQ FOLK FEST board so it can be publicized.
  • Fundraising Concert Coordinator - This involves watching for folk artists coming through town who are looking for places to play to pick up some extra funds but don’t require full price “destination funding.” This position involves finding an available rental facility, setting up the concert, and checking schedules of other concert organizers to avoid conflicts.
  • Grant Writer - This involves understanding grant requirements, writing proposals that meet those requirements, and collecting supporting documentation (such as budget information and non-profit status proof). The board is able to supply the necessary information for grant writing.
  • Sponsorship Finder – We need people who can talk to potential sponsors, either directly or via emails. We have perks to offer to cash sponsors such as advertising, tickets, banners at a stage, etc. and we have a brochure for sponsors.
  • ABQ FOLK FEST CD Compilation Coordinator - We need someone to help us develop an annual compilation CD of ABQ FOLK FEST performers that we can offer for sale to the public. This would involve gathering recordings at the festival of various artists (possibly through the sound operators) or getting prerecorded tracks, obtaining permission to use those recordings, finding a recording company to get the CD mastered, and creating the cover for the finished CD. For the person with the right skills, this could be satisfying and enjoyable.

Gifts by Shopping! You can donate by naming ABQ FOLK FEST as your designated non-profit organization when you make purchases from Amazon Smile, which will not cost you an extra dime! smile.amazon.com.


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October 26, 2016

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October 26, 2016

Gary Libman

1943-2016

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On October 18, 2016 ABQ FOLK FEST Director Gary Libman, 73, beloved husband, father, uncle, grandfather, friend, and community leader, passed away after a sixteen-month courageous and gracefully fought struggle with leukemia.

Gary was born on May 4, 1943 in Chicago, IL, to Benjamin and Frieda Libman. He is survived by his wife Erika Gerety; son Daniel Libman (Molly McNett); daughter Amy Cohen (Joseph Cohen); son Marc Libman (Christina Lee); grandchildren Ben, Madeleine, Miya, Rose, Oscar, Miles. Held in special memory by Norma Libman. Brother of the late Jack and Alan Libman. A beloved uncle and cousin and friend to many.

There will be a graveside service for Gary on Friday, October 28, at 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at Fairview Cemetery, 700 Yale Blvd, in Albuquerque, NM. The French Mortuary web page includes a map, along with a place to post your condolences and reflections on the many ways Gary touched our lives and to affirm the love and support we extend to Erika.

After the service, we are invited to sit Shiva at Peter and Trylla Esherick's home at 1125 Castellano Rd SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123. In the Shiva tradition, we will share food and memories and community. People are free to come and go until about sundown. Primary food and soft beverages will be provided. Potluck-style sides, snacks, or favorite beverages to share are welcome from people who are in town and able to contribute.

Please bring your musical instruments and your voices to join in a celebration of Gary’s life and his love of music and community and to carry his spirit into the night.

The non-profit Albuquerque Folk Festival, was Gary’s passion. He loved it because of its ability to bring music, light, community, dance, laughter, and happiness to the world -- as he himself did.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Albuquerque Folk Festival, PO Box 4837, Albuquerque NM, 87106; or submitted online.

Gary's Life

Gary was the second of three sons to two wonderful parents, Benjamin and Frieda. His father, a Jewish immigrant who came over on the “last boat” heading to America from Hitler’s Europe, met and married Frieda Sax and settled in the “Great Vest Side of Chicago,” as Gary always referred to it. Many of the friends he made in school remained close until the end, and it was in Chicago that he met and married his childhood sweetheart, Norma Granat. They had three talented, thoughtful, intelligent children, Daniel, Amy, and Marc and six wonderful grandchildren, Benjamin, Madeleine, Miya, Rose, Oscar, and Miles. Gary was justifiably proud of all of them.

One of Gary’s traditions was to designate a special day each year for each of his children, during which the child of the day could do whatever he or she wanted within—or nearly within—reason. Each summer, Gary and Norma had adventurous family vacations including river rafting, dude ranches, National Parks, and other activities throughout the country. As father, uncle, and grandfather, his relationships were characterized by playfulness, encouragement, joy, and laughter. A talented musician—Gary played clarinet, banjo, and autoharp—he encouraged his children and grandchildren to learn and love music. His son, Marc, is a fabulous piano player, and his grandchildren have continued a musical tradition and are themselves excellent musicians

Gary studied dentistry, but eventually found his true calling: microbiology. During his tenure, he owned a number of patents, developed several unique techniques and specialized inventions, and authored or co-authored a number of professional papers. Early in his career as a microbiologist, he worked for the Mars Candy Company. He liked to tell the story that after he proudly announced to the secretary filling out the birth certificate for his first son, Daniel, that he was a microbiologist with Mars Candy, the birth certificate subsequently arrived in the mail with the notation: “Father’s occupation: Works in Candy Store”.

Within a few years, he began his 23-year career with Abbott Laboratories, a large agricultural and pharmaceutical company headquartered in Chicago. He specialized in quality control for the pharmaceutical and agricultural division and headed up the regulatory sector of the international division, traveling around the globe ensuring that Abbott’s worldwide plants met stringent health and safety requirements. Though known for his genial good nature, he could also be tough when the situation warranted. More than once, he shut down a plant or stopped a shipment until potential health hazards had been resolved. When asked how difficult it was to make these decisions, Gary responded by saying it was simply the right thing to do to protect consumers.

During his career at Abbott Laboratories, and afterwards in private practice, Gary was honored with many prestigious positions: He served as the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance for Emerald Bio Agriculture; he held various management positions in Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs for Abbott Laboratories; he taught Anatomy and Physiology at a community college in Des Plaines, Illinois; he served on the Board of Directors of the Organic Materials Review Institute and the Biopesticide Industry Alliance in Washington, D.C., for which he also headed both the Regulatory Committee and the Legislative Committee; and he was a key presenter and contributor to the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee.

After retiring from Abbott, Gary and Norma moved to Albuquerque, where he established a consulting business focusing on quality assurance and on guiding companies through EPA’s complex regulatory requirements for new products. He was especially proud of getting approval for environmentally friendly organic pesticides, including one based on oregano. Throughout his career, he was frequently consulted as a subject matter expert.

Gary always had passion for music. He was the first musician in his family. As a child Gary started on fiddle and then clarinet. He often told the story of having tears of joy listening to the guest French horn player from the Chicago Symphony, sitting behind him with the rest of Gary’s all-city high school guest orchestra for a performance of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. Throughout his life, Gary kept a baton in his car to conduct classical music as he drove, fortunately never resulting in an accident with imperiled nearby drivers. As an adult he learned autoharp from master musician Brian Bowers, through a connection at the Chicago School of Folk Music. Then he learned to play his favorite instrument, the banjo.

Gary loved all music: classical, folk, opera, show-tunes, klezmer and more. His passion was contagious, and he took an active role in the music community. In Placitas, he was president of the Placitas Artist Series, scheduling an annual music and art series. He also founded and performed for many years with the Placitas Mountain Band. Gary started the group “Shlomo and the Adobes.” Though the Adobes were a distinct group already. Gary asked them to join him for Klezmer gigs, gathered music, and coordinated gigs. They play much of that music still today. He also was a member of the Albuquerque Megaband and the contra dance band, Cheap Shots, with whom he played his last concert at this year’s Albuquerque Folk Festival in June.

Gary was president, director, and chief cheerleader of the Albuquerque Folk Festival (AFF), positions he actively maintained throughout most of his illness. Although Gary would be the first to acknowledge the role of the 600+ AFF volunteers, it was his passion, leadership skills, and good cheer that helped to integrate the large and disparate folk music and dance community to make AFF the premier participatory music festival in the Southwest. He was the public face of the Festival, appearing on radio and TV each year, being interviewed by local newspapers, handling an astonishing number of calls and emails with grace, gratitude, and admirable patience. In 2012, Gary was instrumental in moving the Festival to its current, beautiful location at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum. He worked so effectively with the museum’s staff that he was appointed by the Mayor to the board of the Balloon Museum.

In addition, he served on the Board of Directors of the Southwest Bluegrass and Traditional Music Association, and he was a volunteer staff member of FolkMADS (Folk Music and Dance Society) for which he hosted the annual dance-camp talent show and led late-night jams after the dancing ended.

During the years of his intense activity in the Albuquerque music scene, Gary met and fell in love with Erika Gerety. They were married in October 2012. Erika said that the two of them spent four years of bliss sharing music, traveling in and out of the country, camping, attending music and dance festivals, organizing the Albuquerque Folk Festival, supporting various music communities, and sharing their joy with others and sharing in the joy of others. They developed strong and lasting bonds with family and friends. Gary became a part of Erika’s extended family. He loved them and they all loved him. He even facilitated a trip to visit Erika’s son and daughter-in-law in Morocco at a remote Peace Corp site. Erika summed it up as “ a lifetime of wonderful memories packed into a short time.”

One of Gary’s favorite music activities was participating in the annual Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, that attracts many of the best acoustic musicians in the country. The official festival lasts four days, but many who camp there, including Gary and Erika, stretched that to twelve days. He was a key organizer of Pick-o de Gallo camp that consists of members from New Mexico and Kansas and that hosts wonderful jams, memorable feasts, and hours-long, laughter-filled morning coffee clutches. Gary also delighted in his association with Carp Camp, an acoustic folk-instrument orchestra of 50 or so musicians--many of whom are national champions on their instrument--that played until 3:00 or 4:00 a.m. each night. Gary took clarinet lead on a number of the tunes and was always at the head of the annual Carp Camp parade along-side Carp Camp Conductor Dave Firestine. In many ways, this festival was the highlight of each year for Gary.

Gary was one of the funniest people any of us had ever met. Along with groaner puns, he had a never-ending supply of wonderful stories and jokes, delivered with masterful comedic timing and tone. But his best humor was spontaneous, emerging in the moment from immediate circumstances, like jazz improvisation. At his retirement celebration from Abbott, one of his co-workers told of being on an elevator with Gary. Several floors later, the already crowded elevator stopped, and a woman pushing a cart loaded with a safe squeezed onto the elevator. As she was exiting several floors later, Gary quipped, “Can't you just carry a purse like everyone else?” Gary hadn’t even remembered saying this until a co-worker recounted it at his retirement party. It was just one among innumerable moments of improvisation.

In June 2015 Gary was diagnosed with BPNDC (Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm), a rare and aggressive form of leukemia only recently diagnosed as a separate disease. Gary and Erika spent most of the past sixteen months at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He underwent a number of rounds of chemotherapy, came down with one infection after another due to low white-blood-cell counts, spent much of this time in the hospital where Erika stayed with him around the clock day after day, was poked and prodded, and received numerous transfusions of blood and platelets. Throughout this unending ordeal, he never gave up, never lost his sense of humor, charmed all of his doctors and nurses, and had them all laughing. When he was feeling up to it, he and Erika, sometimes accompanied by visiting friends, played music, bringing joy to all who heard. Everyone on the staff loved him, and many cried when he died. Even his doctor was deeply affected; he told Erika that Gary, who received experimental drugs never before used to treat his disease, had helped advance the medical knowledge that might one day enable them to successfully combat this ravaging disease.

We will miss this guy.


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July 14, 2016

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July 14, 2016

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

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Great Time!

Thanks to everyone who made the 2016 Folk Festival such a success. The weather cooperated, we had a good turnout, and all-in-all, it was a fun day of music, dancing, and camaraderie. As usual, despite the schedule adjustment that staggered the start times on the two main stages, there were too many choices...but that's a great problem to have. A big thank you to the directors, managers, and all the volunteers who worked hard to create a great festival!

The Albuquerque Folk Festival Board of Directors is already beginning the planning process for next year. We hope you filled out a feedback card, but if you didn't, or if you've had some other thoughts since the festival, you can always email feedback@abqfolkfest.org.

Sing Along with Dan

If you enjoyed this year's sing-along hosted by Dan Matthews (or if you missed it because there were so many other things going on), be sure to put July 30th on your calendar. Dan is hosting a sing-along at Apple Mountain Music from 2 pm to 4 pm. His formula is to pick familiar and very singable songs, put them in good keys, give people the lyrics (key ingredient) and sing and play loud so people will be less self-conscious and have permission to sing loud themselves. Think of three folk songs you like from the folk revival of the '50s and '60s-one of them will be on the list. Dan doesn't perform these days. His joy is singing with people not singing for people, whether it's a song circle or at the Albuquerque Folk Festival. So bring along your voice and enthusiasm, and spend a summer afternoon singing those oldie-but-goodie folk songs.

Apple Mountain Music is located at 10301 Comanche NE in Albuquerque. Doors open at 1:30 pm on July 30 for the sing-along. This is a benefit for the Albuquerque Folk Festival, and the suggested donation is $15. See you there!

Edgewood Arts & Music Festival

If you want another hit of folk music fun, head out to the Edgewood Arts & Music Festival, at Wildlife West Nature Park on July 28-31, 2016. JeeZ LaWeeZ, a favorite at this year's ABQ FOLK FEST, is a featured performer, along with the Blue Canyon Boys and the Hot Texas Swing Band. Other bands include ABQ FOLK FEST performers Holy Water & Whiskey, Singing Pilgrims, Cali Shaw Duo, Red Light Ramblers, Anslover Band, and Zoltan & the Fortune Tellers. All of this plus animals, dry camping, dancing, workshops, and more. For more information, check their website.

ABQ FOLK FEST Winners

Everyone at the Folk Festival is a winner, but some people won some prizes in our raffle and feedback card drawing. Without further ado, here they are:

Raffle

  • Music Go Round $100 gift card - Martin Garcia
  • Alicia Abeyta Facial Treatment $410 - Lynn Eby
  • Alicia Abeyta Teeth Whitening Trays $418 - Nancy Cochrell
  • Dr. Lee Medina Holistic Treatment $100 - Valentin
  • Sanctuary Sound CD Recording Time $800 - Greg Candela
  • Alesis QS7 Keyboard and Roland KC-300 Amp $700 - Kelly McNeill

Feedback Card Drawing:

  • John Mayall Amp Concert Tickets (2) $60 - Ed McKinney
  • FolkMADS Contra Dance Lessons (2) $18 - Susan Bloch

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June 3, 2016

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June 3, 2016

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

What's in this issue:

Last Minute Lists

  • Buy your tickets to the Festival in advance here and skip the purchase lines the day of the festival. You can also buy tickets in advance at various music stores around town.
  • Tell all your friends about how great the Festival is
  • Plan to camp (or jam with us at the campgrounds) from Friday night through Sunday morning
  • Do a little advance planning - check the schedule to figure out what you want to do. We know it's hard to select from so many great options. You can pick up a program at the Festival, but if you'd like to read it in advance, you'll find a PDF file here.

Stuff to bring to the Festival:

  • Your bike! Ride your bike to the Festival and use our free bike valet located behind the Balloon Museum, on the south side of the Balloon Fiesta Park.
  • Kids! There are so many things for them to experience: they can try out instruments at Planet Music and the Music Guild's instrument petting zoo, visit with giant puppets in the morning, hang out at the Children's Tent all day (music, games, and a magician will be there), listen to stories while sitting in a balloon gondola, watch other kids perform at the Kids Showcase...and kids 11 and under get in free.
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat (although there are shade tents and chairs)
  • Empty non-glass water bottles to fill at the water fountains (although the vendors will be selling drinks and beer)
  • Spare instruments to sell at our consignment table (under $600 is best)
  • Cash to buy stuff from the food trucks, crafts vendors, and instrument consignment table
  • Cash to buy raffle tickets
  • Your ATM card in case you forget to bring cash (or didn't bring enough given all the fun ways to spend it)
  • Your ID if you're over 21 and would like to purchase beer from Bosque Brewing Company in the afternoon (yet another reason to bring cash)
  • Instrument and/or dancing shoes: you can always leave your items safely at Instrument Check if you are going to performances etc (open till 9 pm)

Things to do at the Festival that aren't on the grid schedule:

  • Sign up for the Band Scramble at the information table by 3:45 pm if you are a musician or dancer
  • Recycle your trash at the recycling stations around the grounds
  • Fill out a feedback card and let us know what you think

Don't bring this stuff:

  • Glass bottles
  • Alcohol
  • Dogs or other pets (except uniformed service dogs)
  • The wind (we had enough of that last year and the year before!)

Sing-Along Returns

This popular ABQ FOLK FEST tradition returns this year. Hosted by Dan Matthews at the Jemez Stage at 6:30 pm, we'll be "Celebrating the Folk Groups of the Sixties"--Peter Paul & Mary, Kingston Trio, Limeliters, etc. Together, accompanied by the NeoWeavers, an annual potpourri of Folk Festival stalwarts, we will sing as many of their best known songs as we can.

The Kingston Trio is credited with starting the folk music boom when Tom Dooley hit No. 1 on the charts November 1958. The Brothers Four Greenfields rose to No. 2 in 1960 and The Highwaymen’s Michael was No. 1 in 1961. Number One Hits show the importance of folk at that time, but this isn’t really the point—the folk groups made lots of us happy playing songs we could sing along with through the ’60s.

There'll be handouts at the sing-along, but if you'd like to take a look at the lyrics in advance, here's a PDF of the handout.

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Events Today and Tomorrow

  • June 3rd Free camping and jamming begins at 3pm at the Balloon Museum. Set up your camp space and then head on over to the Ray Wylie Hubbard concert, have some delicious eats at Kimo Hawaiian BBQ, and enjoy a beer at Bosque Brewing Company.
  • June 3rd Ray Wylie Hubbard and Trio in a joint concert by ABQ FOLK FEST and AMP Concerts. More information is available at the AMP Concerts website.
  • June 4th FREE performances in front of the Balloon Museum. Our Welcome Tent provides a venue for popular ABQ FOLK FEST bands starting at 9:30 am.
  • June 4th Albuquerque Folk Festival!

You can find more information on these and other performance events around town on Q CLAPS.

ABQ FOLK FEST Tickets Still Available In Advance

For your convenience, you can buy tickets online from now until the day of the Festival. Save yourself a little hassle and buy your tickets in advance! Check our website for ticket information.

You can also save a few bucks and some hassle at the gate and buy adult tickets for $15 from our advanced ticket outlets, listed on our website.

Last year the lines to purchase tickets got really long. Save yourself some time and join the MUCH SHORTER will call line by buying your tickets in advance.


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June 1, 2016

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June 1, 2016

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

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Ray Wylie Hubbard

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Ray Wylie Hubbard concert THIS Friday!

June 3 - 7:30pm

Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

Join us for an Albuquerque Folk Festival Kick Off concert event with the quintessential Texas singer songwriter...

For the third year, AMP and the ABQ FOLK FEST are teaming up to bring in an artist to kick things off in the Folk Fest's big tent on the Balloon Museum lawn the night before. This year, we've got Texas raconteur Ray Wylie Hubbard on Friday, June 3. We've got Kimo's Hawaiin BBQ food truck on hand as well as beer from Bosque Brewery, and post-concert jamming out in the parking lot to get you in the Folk Fest spirit. Yay!

When it comes to down 'n' dirty roots 'n' roll, nobody in the wide world of Americana music today does it better than Ray Wylie Hubbard. Except, it seems, for Hubbard himself. After riding a decade-long career resurgence into the national spotlight with 2012's acclaimed The Grifter's Hymnal and his first ever appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman" ("I didn't want to peak too soon," quips Hubbard, 69), the iconoclastic Texas songwriter is back to continue his hot streak with The Ruffian's Misfortune-his 16th album.

Save money by buying tix in advance AND picking up a concert/festival package to get you into both days of programs on the AMP website.

SO. MUCH. MUSIC.

Our performance venues will be jam-packed! We’ll have diverse musical performances in four venues, spanning the day from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.. Check the schedule for the Sandia and Jemez stages, the Unplugged Outlet acoustic venue, and the Welcome Tent out front. You’re sure to find some of your favorites in this lineup!

  • ABQ Accordion Club
  • ACT String Band
  • Antonia Apodaca
  • Armando Ortega
  • Bayou Seco Duo
  • Bill Hearne Trio
  • Cactus Tractor
  • Cali Shaw Band
  • Cheap Shots
  • Duke City Swampcoolers
  • Growling Old Men
  • JeeZ LaWeeZ
  • Justin Evan Thompson
  • Kevin Herig
  • Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum
  • Lone Piñon
  • Mala Maña
  • Maria y Yahví
  • Meredith Wilder
  • Primavera
  • Red Light Ramblers
  • Round Mountain
  • Russell James Pyle
  • Ryanhood
  • Silver String Band
  • Singing Pilgrims
  • Special Orchestra
  • The Adobe Brothers
  • The Green Billies
  • The Mike + Ruthy Band
  • The Noseeums
  • The Rebbe’s Orkestra
  • Virginia Creepers
  • Zoltan and the Fortune Tellers

Things to mark on your calendar:

  • June 3rd Free camping and jamming begins at 3pm at the Balloon Museum. Set up your camp space and then head on over to the Ray Wylie Hubbard concert, have some delicious eats at Kimo Hawaiian BBQ, and enjoy a beer at Bosque Brewing Company.
  • June 3rd Ray Wylie Hubbard and Trio in a joint concert by ABQ FOLK FEST and AMP Concerts. More information is available at the AMP Concerts website.
  • June 4th FREE performances in front of the Balloon Museum. Our Welcome Tent provides a venue for popular ABQ FOLK FEST bands starting at 9:30 am.
  • June 4th Albuquerque Folk Festival!

You can find more information on these and other performance events around town on Q CLAPS.

ABQ FOLK FEST Tickets Available In Advance

For your convenience, you can buy tickets online from now until the day of the Festival. Save yourself a little hassle and buy your tickets in advance! Check our website for ticket information.

You can also save a few bucks and some hassle at the gate and buy adult tickets for $15 from our advanced ticket outlets, listed on our website.

Last year the lines to purchase tickets got really long. Save yourself some time and join the MUCH SHORTER will call line by buying your tickets in advance.


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May 27, 2016

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May 27, 2016

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

What's in this issue:

Message from the President

We love our Albuquerque community! This is our 18th year of our participatory folk festival in Albuquerque - the ABQ FOLK FEST. As always we'll have a full day's activities for everyone in the family - from toddlers to seniors. Each year we've tried to add a few activities and change performances and this year is no exception. Since we are located again at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum, this year we plan to include a tethered balloon ride - weather permitting. As always, we have many children's activities including story telling in a balloon gondola and instrument petting zoos for children of all ages. Of course there will be dancing all day, singing all day and music all day.

This is a premier event in Albuquerque which was voted as one of the top five attractions here. We won yet another award for best festival this year. So come and have fun. Bring your instruments, your dancing slippers, your voice, and every member of your family. This is a CAN'T MISS event on June 4 all day. Free camping. Free parking. Fun! It's a pleasure to be President of the Board of ABQ FOLK FEST - the best group of volunteers in the world. A special thank you and shout out to all our volunteers and volunteer presenters, managers, and directors, many of whom have been working tirelessly year round to put together this wonderful event. It is a labor of love of folk and our folk community.

Gary Libman

Featured Performers

You’ll get to see and hear lots of musicians from around New Mexico at this year’s ABQ Folk Fest, some playing music unique to this region. Here’s a little preview of a just couple of these local treasures.

Antonia Apodaca and son

Antonia Apodaca is a New Mexico music legend, still performing in her 90s! Antonia grew up in Rociada, NM, near Mora, and began playing with her family’s band as a child. She has performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., and received the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1992. Antonia plays accordion and guitar, and sings in both Spanish and English. You can see her on the Sandia Stage at 11:00 AM. Her son, singer Jose Apodaca, and local musicians Linda Askew and Scott Mathis will join her on stage.

Here’s a video of Antonia playing with Bayou Seco, who will also be performing at this year’s festival. YouTube

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And at the end of the day, you can close out the festival with this fine trio. Lone Piñon plays invigorating music of New Mexico and Mexico on fiddle, guitar, and guitarrón. Based in Santa Fe and ABQ, they have wowed audiences at the ABQ Folk Fest and ¡Globalquerque! They will play on the Jemez Stage at 9:30 PM, for the last hour of the festival. They will also be giving a workshop on guitarrón syncopation at 3:30 PM.

Here’s a teaser: YouTube

Enjoy Dinner and a Beer at Ray Wiley Hubbard and Trio

Planning to come to the joint benefit concert featuring Ray Wiley Hubbard and Trio next Friday night?

Bring your appetite! Kimo's Hawaiian BBG will be serving delicious Hawaiian food, and we're almost sure the Bosque Brewing Co. will be pouring refreshing local craft beers. Kimo's has been a popular food vendor at past Festivals, so we know you'll enjoy their food on Friday night. We’re expecting a final sign off on the beer any day now; if it doesn’t happen, we’ll let you know next week.

You can still pre-purchase your tickets here. Looking forward to seeing you next week!

And if you want a preview of food at the Festival, check our food vendors on our website. You're sure to find something yummy to eat between music, workshops, and dancing.

Things to mark on your calendar:

  • June 3rd Free camping and jamming begins at 3pm at the Balloon Museum. Set up your camp space and then head on over to the Ray Wiley Hubbard concert, have some delicious eats at Kimo Hawaiian BBQ, and enjoy a beer at Bosque Brewing Company.
  • June 3rd Ray Wiley Hubbard and Trio in a joint concert by ABQ FOLK FEST and AMP Concerts. More information is available at the AMP Concerts website.
  • June 4th FREE performances in front of the Balloon Museum. Our Welcome Tent provides a venue for popular ABQ FOLK FEST bands starting at 9:30 am.
  • June 4th Albuquerque Folk Festival!

You can find more information on these and other performance events around town on Q CLAPS.

ABQ FOLK FEST Tickets Available In Advance

For your convenience, you can buy tickets online from now until the day of the Festival. Save yourself a little hassle and buy your tickets in advance! Check our website for ticket information.

You can also save a few bucks and some hassle at the gate and buy adult tickets for $15 from our advanced ticket outlets:


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May 19, 2016

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May 19, 2016

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

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Sign-up while you can!

ABQ FOLK FEST is still accepting volunteers for this year's festival! Volunteering is a fun way to get involved and contribute to this awesome event and the perks don't hurt, either! Your time volunteering for a 3-hour shift gets you: free admission, a free t-shirt and major bragging rights. We also host an "After-Math" party to celebrate our 100% volunteer-staffed team.

Positions are filling up fast but some fun and very important jobs are still available. If you join our set-up or break-down crews, you have virtually the whole day free to relax and enjoy the festival because those shifts are primarily prior to or at the tail-end of the event. If you want to help us keep our festival environmentally responsible, join our recycling team. We also have some positions available with the Admissions and Merchandise.

We'd love to count you among our ranks - join us! Email us at volunteers@abqfolkfest.org, or check our website volunteer page.

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Festival Raffle

We're having a fabulous fundraising raffle at this year's ABQ FOLK FEST, so be sure to bring some cash. Here’s your chance to win some great prizes including a digital keyboard and amplifier, a handmade blackwood soprano Celtic whistle, 10 hours of studio recording time at Sanctuary Sound Studios, a $100 gift certificate from Music Go Round, a spa facial treatment (60 min) and custom teeth whitening trays from Alicia Albeyta, DDS, Gentle Dentistry & Holistic Spa, a holistic health treatment from Dr. Lee Medina. You can see pictures of the keyboard and whistle, plus descriptions of the other prizes at our website.

When you get to the Festival, head to the Feedback/Raffle Table and buy (lots of) tickets. Tickets are $3 each, 4 for $10, or 9 for $20. Put your tickets in the containers for the prizes you want to win. You may put your tickets in one or more containers. For example, if you want the keyboard, put all your tickets in the keyboard container. If you’d like a chance at all the prizes, put one or more tickets in each container. Raffle winners will be chosen at 10:30 pm the day of the festival at the Festival grounds. Winners need not be present and will be notified by phone or email (please write clearly). All the proceeds provide needed funding for our non-profit Festival, so help the ABQ FOLK FEST and maybe win some great prizes.

Things to mark on your calendar:

  • June 3rd Free camping and jamming begins at 3pm at the Balloon Museum. Set up your camp space and then head on over to the Ray Wiley Hubbard concert, have some delicious eats at Kimo Hawaiian BBQ, and enjoy a beer at Bosque Brewing Company.
  • June 3rd Ray Wiley Hubbard and Trio in a joint concert by ABQ FOLK FEST and AMP Concerts. More information is available at the AMP Concerts website.
  • June 4th FREE performances in front of the Balloon Museum. Our Welcome Tent provides a venue for popular ABQ FOLK FEST bands starting at 9:30 am.
  • June 4th Albuquerque Folk Festival!

You can find more information on these and other performance events around town on Q CLAPS.

ABQ FOLK FEST Tickets Available Online

For your convenience, you can buy tickets online from now until the day of the Festival. Save yourself a little hassle and buy your tickets in advance! Check our website for ticket information.


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April 18, 2016

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April 18, 2016

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

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Featured Performers: The Mike + Ruthy Band

Mike + Ruthy

We’ve got some amazing musicians lined up for this year’s ABQ Folk Fest! Here’s a quick look at more of the truly stellar national performers you’ll see and hear on June 4, The Mike + Ruthy Band.

Based in the Hudson Valley of New York, songwriters Mike Merenda and Ruthy Ungar (aka Mike + Ruthy) had a big year in 2015, buoyed by critical acclaim for their June release, “Bright As You Can,” and a commitment to touring once again as a crack five-piece ensemble - reintroducing a high-energy folk rock sound that they helped define in the early 2000’s as “Trad is Rad” trailblazers, The Mammals.

Mike + Ruthy are “musicians’ musicians” who have found fans and friends in the Americana world and beyond. As word of their well-loved record spread, the band quickly found themselves sharing bills with industry luminaries as diverse as The Avett Brothers, Milk Carton Kids, Elephant Revival, Ani DiFranco and The B-52s setting the stage for a tremendous 2016 which includes invitations to 12 major music festivals across the US and and Europe.

Ungar and Merenda met in New York City, and a musical and romantic relationship sprouted quickly. He's a songwriting guitar-slinger with a knack for clawhammer banjo. She's a fiddler and uke-chanteuse who grew up in the American roots underground, the daughter of GRAMMY-winning fiddler, Jay Ungar. These two believe in the transformative power of a great live show. They write top-tier songs ("Some of the best songwriting of their generation" -LA Weekly), tour with their kids and peerless five-piece band (a sound they’ve taken to calling rural rock), and perform for audiences worldwide with a charm and on-stage ease that might make you think they’re your new best friends. Of their own roots music festival the two founded in 2013, their late friend and mentor Pete Seeger wrote, “Dear Mike + Ruthy, Your Hoot was one of the best song-gatherings I’ve seen in all my 94 years. I hope next year I can be there for more than one day.”

Woody Guthrie's guitar killed fascists. This family carries the torch.

“Bright As You Can” was awarded Best of 2015 by NPR Music and No Depression and received these rave reviews:

“‘Bright as You Can,' crackles with a live energy and warmth that draw you close. It’s a joyful document of a band rounding a corner and into a wide-open field of possibilities. And it’s one of the year’s standout Americana albums.”
 -Boston Globe

"The 14-song collection spans folk, bluegrass, vintage country and just about everything else that falls under the catch-all heading of 'Americana.'” 
- Wall Street Journal 

"Everything is masterfully performed as Mike Merenda and Ruthy Ungar sing about the charms of hard work, homemade wine and free parking. Amid the barn dance reverie created by fiddle, pedal steel, horns and more, Ruthy's versatile alto is the most glorious instrument of all."
- ABCnews

Look for them on the Sandia Stage at 7pm. Ruthy will also be leading a “Blues on the Ukulele” workshop in the afternoon. Don’t miss them!

For more info: mikeandruthy.com

Things to mark on your calendar:

  • April 24th: Earth Day at the Nob Hill La Montañita Co-op. Stop by our table for a schedule, bumperstickers, and tickets.
  • April 29th House concert featuring the fabulous Adobe Brothers!
  • May 7-8 (Mother's Day Weekend) Eight local bands supporting AFF during the annual Herb Fest at the Rio Grande Nature Center
  • May 15th ABQ FOLK FEST day at B2B. You remember B2B, great burgers (meat and vegi), beer and other yummies?
  • June 3rd Free camping and jamming begins at 3pm at the Balloon Museum. Set up your camp space and then head on over to the Ray Wiley Hubbard concert!
  • June 3rd Ray Wiley Hubbard and Trio in a joint concert by ABQ FOLK FEST and AMP Concerts
  • June 4th FREE performances in front of the Balloon Museum. Our Welcome Tent provides a venue for popular ABQ FOLK FEST bands starting at 9:30 am.
  • June 4th Albuquerque Folk Festival!

You can find more information on these and other performance events around town on Q CLAPS.

ABQ FOLK FEST Tickets Available Online

For your convenience, you can buy tickets online from now until the day of the Festival. Save yourself a little hassle and buy your tickets in advance! Check our website for ticket information.


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March 29, 2016

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March 29, 2016

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

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April 29th: Mark your Calendar for a House Concert with a Kick

Please join us on April 29th for a wonderful night of entertainment with an exciting performance by the fabulous Adobe Brothers! Funds will go to support the non-profit Albuquerque Folk Festival!

Bring a beverage, and, if you like, a snack to share and a $15 donation to support the Albuquerque Folk Festival. We'll provide a couple snacks and a cooler of ice for your beverages. We have about 30 seats for the early birds, but it would be a good idea to bring an extra chair just in case. Come early for chitchat and snacks; the concert starts at approximately 7:30 pm.

Space is limited, so reserve your space! To get directions and reserve your seat(s), please e-mail Barbara and Hugh Witemeyer at: barbwit12@hotmail.com or Donna Bauer at dfbauer@aol.com

Adobe Brothers

THE ADOBE BROTHERS

(What A Band!)

The Adobe Brothers is a band of identical quadruplets born to different mothers a long time ago: Moby, Jacoby, Pirogi, and Toby. They began playing together as a band in 1979 shortly after their mothers kicked them out of their homes. They started playing in local restaurants and bars in northern New Mexico and moved up to playing concerts, street fairs, and music festivals throughout the southwest. Their initial musical preference consisted of old time fiddle music, bluegrass, and folk music of North America, but this has subsequently expanded to western swing, Celtic, klezmer, blues, and whatever else might be fun to play. Perhaps the greatest musical continuity throughout their existence as a band has been playing for contra and square dances; the Adobe Brothers are recognized as one of the top New Mexican contra dance bands.

Though the Brothers’ musical style might be best categorized as Americana, a typical performance will include tunes and songs from a half dozen countries, as well as material ranging from 19th century Child Ballads to original compositions by the boys. The Brothers refer to their music as “International Bluegrass.” Their fundamental musical philosophy is “if it sounds good and is fun to play, we’ll play it.” Their song/tune list has over 300 titles on it and they’ll often draw from hundreds of other pieces that they forgot to add to the list.

In addition to their superb musicianship and diverse material, the Brothers are noted for their entertaining stage presence featuring a unique style of humor resulting from an identical genetic core. The boys will often finish each other’s sentences even when they don’t know what they’re talking about.

The Adobe Brothers released their first studio CD in 2009 titled “The Adobe Brothers.” A second CD, “Our Name is Mud” was released in early 2013. Both CDs have sold well and the boys report that their mothers all like it a lot.

The Adobe Brothers (and their respective day names, given by their mothers to avoid confusion) are:

Jacoby Adobe (Jimmy Abraham) on vocals, guitar, fiddle, and harmonica
Jacoby has written many fine songs and has had four winning songs featured on the Walnut Valley Festival New Song Showcase. He has taught harmonica workshops at the Winfield, KA festival and the Albuquerque Folk Festival.
Moby Adobe (Wayne Shrubsall) on vocals, banjo, and guitar
Moby is one of the best banjo players around and has performed on-stage and recorded with some of the legends in Bluegrass music. He is a long time columnist for the Banjo Newsletter.
Pierogi Adobe (Terry Bluhm) on vocals and bass
Pierogi is among the most sought after bass & guitar players in New Mexico. Although one might think he’d bring an eastern European flavor to the band, they’d be wrong. His musical influence is primarily eastern Albuquerquean.
Toby Adobe (Bruce Thomson) on vocals, fiddle, and guitar
Toby has won contests in Bluegrass and Old Time fiddle styles, written columns on traditional music for folk music and dance organizations, and has composed some fine fiddle tunes.
Adobe Brothers Logo CONTACT INFORMATION
  • Jimmy Abraham 505-247-9177 jimmya(at)swcp.com
  • Wayne Shrubsall 505-944-5348 wayneshrubsall(at)q.com
  • Terry Bluhm 505-463-9767 terrykbluhm(at)gmail.com
  • Bruce Thomson 505-268-6003 libtnov1(at)aol.com

Volunteer Requests Coming In

As always, we need hundreds of volunteers, both before and during the Festival. We've had some early requests for before the Festival

  • help at community events
  • advance ticketing
  • hanging quilts on the day before the Festival

and during the Festival

  • help in the green room
  • help at Planet Fun
  • floating volunteers (whatever needs doing on the day of the Festival)

If you're interested in being part of ABQ FOLK FEST "behind the scenes," please check our website.

ABQ FOLK FEST out in the community

Look for folk festival volunteers around town.

  • You can hear us phone banking for KUNM for their upcoming fundraising drive on Folk Routes (April 9) and Home of Happy Feet (April 12).
  • As always, you can find us at the annual Earth Day celebration at the Nob Hill La Montanita Co-op on April 24
  • The AFF has donated tickets and t-shirts to the Music Guild for their online auction. The Music Guild helps to raise money for events like ours all over the City. You can bid on this or other items at their website. But do it quickly; the deadline is March 31, 2016.

Early Bird Tickets Available Online NOW!

Buy your tickets online now and save $5! Just head on over to Brown Paper Tickets by April 14 and you'll be all set to go on June 4. Adult tickets are $15, student and senior tickets are $10, and children from 12 to 18 are only $3. (Younger kids are, as always, free!)

Things to mark on your calendar:

  • April 14th Last day to buy discounted tickets online!
  • April 29th House concert featuring the fabulous Adobe Brothers!
  • May 7-8 (Mother's Day Weekend) Eight local bands supporting AFF during the annual Herb Fest at the Rio Grande Nature Center
  • May 15th ABQ FOLK FEST day at B2B. You remember B2B, great burgers (meat and vegi), beer and other yummies?
  • June 3rd Ray Wiley Hubbard and Trio in a joint concert by ABQ FOLK FEST and AMP Concerts
  • June 4th Albuquerque Folk Festival!

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March 15, 2016

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March 15, 2016

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

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Early Bird Tickets Available Online NOW!

Buy your tickets online now and save $5! Just head on over to Brown Paper Tickets by April 14 and you'll be all set to go on June 4. Adult tickets are $15, student and senior tickets are $10, and children from 12 to 18 are only $3. (Younger kids are, as always, free!)

Featured Performers: Growling Old Men

Growling Old Men

We are looking forward to presenting the Growling Old Men in their very first performance in New Mexico. Ben Winship (mandolin & vocals) and John Lowell (guitar & vocals) are both veterans of the Northern Rockies’ acoustic music world and have been performing and recording together since 1998. Together the duo presents a tight, yet relaxed set of original and traditional bluegrass songs, ballads and tunes – informed equally by the music of the Appalachian hills and the western plains.

Ben Winship is a multi-instrumentalist and was a founding member of Loose Ties, with whom he performed from 1986 to 1996. In the words of Tim O’Brien, “Ben is one of the acoustic music scene’s best writers.” In addition to the Growling Old Men, he also performs with Brother Mule, the Fishing Music Band and a local Dixieland band. Ben also runs a well respected recording studio, the Henhouse, and his CDs and soundtracks have appeared in numerous documentaries and everywhere from MTV, ESPN, NPR, Sirius to the World Café and Car Talk – a testament to Winship’s versatility and broad appeal. Despite countless hours driving around with windows down and running a chainsaw, Ben’s hearing is still pretty good.

John Lowell has been a stalwart of the Montana bluegrass scene for the past 25 years. Fronting two of the regions finest bluegrass bands, Wheel Hoss and Kane’s River, John has set a standard for rock solid guitar playing and great singing. “John Lowell is an engaging vocalist and a facile guitarist,” said Bluegrass Unlimited, adding that, “he is a great storyteller.” Lowell’s songs often show up on the bluegrass radio charts, having been covered by a growing list of contemporary bands: Valerie Smith, Front Range, New Vintage, Bryan Bowers, Bluegrass Etc. John has been featured on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, he has been compared to some of the finest guitarists in the business, and to a ham sandwich.

Here’s what some other folks have said about them:

“I've been hearing about these young men for a long time but they do not come around American centers of population to advance their careers.  They have isolated themselves out here in Montana and Victor, Idaho on account of their lifelong obsession with fishing.  Not so old, not so growly, a real fine bluegrass duo.  They're great."  - Garrison Keillor of A Prairie Home Companion

"The duo makes uncompromising music that fits somewhere between Old & In The Way, and Chris Hillman.  The playing is fluid and inventive, the vocals tight, and the arrangements fresh.  The duo doesn't set a foot wrong in this unpretentious set." - Relix Magazine

Look for them on our festival stages on June 4. They will also be giving a workshop, topic to be announced.

For more info: growlingoldmen.com

Friday, June 3: Kickoff Concert with Ray Wylie Hubbard

We are excited to be partnering with the AMP with this special kickoff concert featuring Ray Wylie Hubbard! This concert will be on the Folk Festival grounds—outside behind the Balloon Museum. Seating is provided under the performance tent and you are welcome to sit on the grass outside of the tent. And, of course, plan to come back for ABQ FOLK FEST the next day!

When it comes to down 'n' dirty roots 'n' roll, nobody in the wide world of Americana music today does it better than Ray Wylie Hubbard [ website | Amazon.com ]. Except, it seems, for Hubbard himself. After riding a decade-long career resurgence into the national spotlight with 2012's acclaimed The Grifter's Hymnal and his first ever appearance on "Late Show with David Letterman" ("I didn't want to peak too soon," quips Hubbard, 69), the iconoclastic Texas songwriter is back to continue his hot streak with The Ruffian's Misfortune —his 16th album.

More information is available at the AMP Concerts website.

So mark your calendars for June 3, 2016 at 7:30 pm (gates open at 6:30 pm) at the

Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE (off of Alameda)
Albuquerque NM 87113

Tickets are $28 in advance, $33 day of show (including all service charges). Package tickets are also available (concert and ABQ FOLK FEST all day pass) at a $5 savings. Tickets available online or through the Hold My Ticket office (112 2nd St SW), 505-886-1251, Monday to Friday 9 AM - 6 PM, Sat & Sun 11 AM - 6 PM.

Things to mark on your calendar:

  • March 25th - House Concert (at Piano Source), 7-9pm Daniel Boling & Cheap Shots
  • April 29th House concert featuring the fabulous Adobe Brothers!
  • May 15th ABQ FOLK FEST day at B2B. You remember B2B, great burgers (meat and vegi), beer and other yummies?
  • June 3rd Ray Wiley Hubbard and Trio in a joint concert by ABQ FOLK FEST and AMP Concerts
  • June 4th Albuquerque Folk Festival!

Performer List...So Far

Speaking of June 4th! Here’s a sample (in alphabetical order) of some of the performers you will get an opportunity to see this year.

  • ABQ Accordion Club
  • Antonia Apodaca
  • Bayou Seco Duo
  • Bill Hearne Trio
  • Cactus Tractor
  • Cali Shaw Band
  • Cheap Shots
  • Growling Old Men
  • JeeZ LaWeeZ
  • Justin Evan Thompson
  • Kevin Herig
  • Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum
  • Lone Piñon
  • Mala Maña
  • Maria y Yahví
  • Meredith Wilder
  • Mike + Ruthy Band
  • Red Light Ramblers
  • Round Mountain
  • Ryanhood
  • Singing Pilgrims
  • Special Orchestra
  • The Adobe Brothers
  • The Green Billies 
  • The Noseeums
  • The Rebbe’s Orkestra
  • Virginia Creepers 
  • Zoltan and the Fortune Tellers

More to be announced...

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March 4, 2016

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March 4, 2016

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

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Mark your calendar for March 25th for a Fun House Concert!

Please join us for a wonderful night of entertainment at Piano Source, March 25th, 7-9pm for two performances. Headlining will be the masterful balladeer/songwriter Daniel Boling to be followed by the uplifting and energetic music of Cheap Shots. Funds will go to support the non-profit Albuquerque Folk Festival!

Dan Boling

C. Daniel Boling - Balladeer/Songwriter

“Think of a subtle intertwining of Steve Goodman, John Prine and Tom Paxton.”
- Fred Schmale , Real Roots Café magazine, The Netherlands

“One of my favorite songwriters.”
- Legendary Texas Songwriter Tim Henderson

A 2014 Winner of the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk songwriter contest, Daniel shares experiences from a life well-lived in places as far-ranging as Okinawa, Germany, Japan, and throughout the western U.S. For three decades Daniel was a Park Ranger and Criminal Investigator in National Parks and Public Lands across the west and he started touring fulltime with music at 50.

Daniel is a balladeer/songwriter and tours throughout the U.S. and western Europe sharing interesting story songs about a variety of characters, including himself, played on guitar and banjitar (a banjo/guitar hybrid) with a deft fingerpicking style. His clear tenor draws positive comparisons to John Denver and Pete Seeger, and folks say there’s a lot of Steve Goodman in his delivery and storytelling. Other songwriting awards include Walnut Valley Festival, Santa Fe Bluegrass and Old Time Festival, Albuquerque Folk Festival, and Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. You can’t help but relate to Daniel’s songs!

More on C. Daniel Boling. www.danielboling.com and YouTube

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Cheap Shots

Cheap Shots is an energetic seven-person acoustic band that plays as a Celtic band, a contra dance band, or a variety folk band. Cheap Shots draws upon an eclectic mix of Old Time, Celtic, Contra Dance, Folk, Country, Old Blues, Bluegrass, Swing, and International Folk music. Intertwining instrumental and vocal music (including original songs), the band features a broad variety of folk instruments. Cheap Shots won the Old Time Band contest at the 2006 Santa Fe Bluegrass Festival, and the group’s singer/songwriter, Jimmy Abraham, who has two CDs to his credit, won the 2005 Songwriting Contest at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS.

“Cheap Shots” has been together since 2004 and Jimmy Abraham since 2006 and with Gary Libman since 2015.

The seven band members are:

  • Jimmy Abraham on fiddle, harmonica, guitar, and vocals
  • Pat Aruffo on fiddle
  • John Brinduse on keyboard, some guitar, and occasional percussion (Bodhran, bells, etc.)
  • Bill Balassi on guitar and mandolin
  • Peter Esherick on hammered dulcimer and mandolin and banjo
  • Erika Gerety on bass, mandolin, and vocals
  • Gary Libman on clarinet, autoharp, soprano recorder, and banjo

More on Cheap Shots… Facebook

This is a house-concert style concert, so you are welcome to bring or partake in some snack or beverages. Chairs will be provided. The suggested donation is $15.
We look forward to spending a delightful evening with you!

Piano Source is located at:
1130 Juan Tabo NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111
Phone: (505) 888-0747
Email: pianosource@yahoo.com

For additional information call 710-9641, or email sponsors@abqfolkfest.org

Here’s some other things to mark on your calendar:

  • March 6th Singalong! Singalong with Dan Mathews and friends, Apple Mountain Music, 2pm music provided
  • April 29th House concert featuring the fabulous Adobe Brothers!
  • May 15th ABQ FOLK FEST day at B2B. You remember B2B, great burgers (meat and vegi), beer and other yummies?
  • June 3rd Ray Wiley Hubbard and Trio in a joint concert by ABQ FOLK FEST and AMP Concerts
  • June 4th Albuquerque Folk Festival!

Performer List...So Far

Speaking of June 4th! Here’s a sample (in alphabetical order) of some of the performers you will get an opportunity to see this year.

  • Antonia Apodaca
  • Bayou Seco
  • Bill Hearne Trio
  • Cactus Tractor
  • Cheap Shots
  • Growling Old Men
  • JeeZ LaWeeZ
  • Justin Evan Thompson
  • Kevin Herig
  • Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum
  • Lone Piñon
  • Mala Maña
  • Maria y Yahví
  • Meredith Wilder
  • Mike + Ruthy Band
  • Noseeums
  • Rebbe’s Orkestra
  • Red Light Ramblers
  • Round Mountain
  • Ryanhood
  • Singing Pilgrims
  • The Green Billies
  • Virginia Creepers
  • Zoltan and the Fortune Tellers

More to be announced...

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February 23, 2016

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February 23, 2016

ABQ FOLK FEST Newsletter

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February 28! Dine Out for ABQ FOLK FEST at Lobo Beast 101!

See you this Sunday! Bring your family and friends and come dine with us at Lobo Beast 101. You remember B2B? Well they have now opened this new great restaurant and they still have that great community spirit. They also still have great beer and food, but the menu is different from B2B. They have choices that range from wonderful homemade Royal Mac and Cheese dishes (not yo’ mama’s) to ahi tuna dishes. Try some blue corn crusted calamari on for size. Check it out! This restaurant does a great fundraiser because, like B2B, we just get a percentage of all the food purchased that day. It is a huge help to us, not to mention delicious. So join us for a mouthwatering great meal and help us raise funds to put on the Albuquerque Folk Festival. We’ll be there when the restaurant opens at 4 pm, so stop by and say hi.

PS We are only doing two restaurant fundraisers this year. The other one will be on May 15 at B2B – mark your calendar.

Lobo Beast 101 Logo Lobo Beast 101
2122 Central Ave SE (just west of Yale)
505-247-2116
Opens at 4 pm

March 6th! Sing Along with the ABQ FOLK FEST

Announcing a Sing-along with Dan Matthews, Bill Foote and Nancy Koenigsberg to be held on Sunday, March 6 at Apple Mountain Music Store located at 10301 Comanche NE at 2 PM. The suggested donation is $15.00 with proceeds to benefit the Albuquerque Folk Festival.

Dan put together a Sing-along to honor Pete Seeger at the 2010 ABQ FOLK FEST and it has become a yearly event that is enjoyed by all. Lyrics to a selection of familiar and singable songs from the folk revival of the 50’s and 60’s will be provided; we bet you’ll know most of the tunes!

So invite your friends and come on out for an afternoon of singing some well-loved folk songs.. Doors open at 1:30 pm, and seating is limited. Don’t miss this opportunity to get a little early taste of the folk festival magic.

Featured Performers: Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum

Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum Exciting news! Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum will be joining us for this year’s ABQ FOLK FEST!

Laurie and Tom have been playing together since 1986. Widely regarded as among the leading lights of modern bluegrass, these Grammy-nominated artists have recorded 12 albums and performed around the globe. It will be a treat to have them on our stages and as workshop presenters. We love this duo, and so does everyone else! Here's what some other folks have said about them:

The Sacramento News called her “as fine a singer as anyone on the acoustic music circuit, anywhere in the world.” Billboard praised her ability to “successfully walk the high wire above esoteric country, combining elements of bluegrass and pure country to form her own seamless mix.” Sing Out! magazine recently stated, “It’s not too much of a stretch to suggest that if the “Americana” format wasn’t invented for her, it should have been.” And American folk music icon Utah Phillips boiled it down even further, asserting: “Whatever country music is supposed to be, she’s at the center of it.”

"Laurie Lewis' true songs make this planet a better place. They help us grab what's important in our lives. Over the years her original voice has consistently carried the torch of tradition, beautifully updating it with a rare care and responsibility." - Tim O'Brien

"I first knew Laurie by her considerable reputation as a fiddle player and a writer of songs. When an opportunity came along to sing with her I seized it. Getting to know her as a singer and a person has been pure pleasure. Her voice is a rare combination of grit and grace, strength and delicacy. Her stories are always true." - Linda Ronstadt

Be sure to come to the festival this year and catch their performances and workshop!

For more info: laurielewis.com

Managers Needed

We're seeking people to help us out and fill the following manager positions:

  • Parking
  • Emergency Response Lead
  • Logistics Assistant Director
  • Various Fundraising Activities

If you're interested in any of these positions, please email Co-Director Rachel Zuback at co-director@abqfolkfest.org.

More Dates to Save

  • March 25 at 7 pm: Concert with Dan Boling and Cheap Shots. House concert style with snacks and drinks welcome, at Piano Source on Juan Tabo and Constitution.
  • June 4: ABQ FOLK FEST day!
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House Concert January 30th

Mark your calendar for January 30th for a fun house concert to raise funds to support the Albuquerque Folk Festival!

Please join us for a wonderful night of entertainment at Apple Mountain Music, January 30th, 7-9pm for two performances. We will start with masterful stories weaved in the songs of singer-songwriter Jimmy Abraham to be followed by the uplifting and energetic bluegrass and old time songs sung in three part harmony by Red Light Ramblers.

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Jimmy Abraham is an award winning master singer-songwriter whose words and musical styles vary so widely that his music is always interesting. His musical styles range from traditional old time ballads, to old blues/swing, to Latin to bluegrass. His prose ranges from hysterically funny to deeply moving, but mostly his songs are the stuff that great stories are made of.

Jimmy Abraham’s political work has been featured on NBC and National Public Radio. His songs were 4 time winners in the New Song Showcase at the Walnut Valley Festival, received Honorable mention at the Woody Guthrie Contest and have been covered by bands from Seattle to New York and played on independent radio from Georgia to California. He presently plays with The Adobe Brothers (occasionally Schlomo and the Adobes), Cheap Shots and solo performances. His second CD, Songwriters' Notebook Vol. 2, came out in 2006. For more info: jimmyabraham.com

Red Light Ramblers

Red Light Ramblers makes you want to kick up your heels with a lively organic blend of Cajun, southern old-time, Irish bluegrass and folk-esque tunes all while singing in three part harmony. The musicians are Barb Belknap (mandolin, melodeon), Mike Hill (fiddle, guitar), and Marc Robert (banjo, guitar). Always ready to have a good time, they welcome the opportunity to play and share the joy of foot-stomping, down-home music. They’ll send you home with a lift in your step.

Red Light Rambler’s musicianship and delightful three-part harmonies have brought the Ramblers opportunities to play at numerous Albuquerque venues such as O'Niell's Pub, The Range Café, Shade Tree Customs Cafe, Anasazi Fields Winery; for nonprofit groups such as the Wild Earth Guardians, Vista de Oro Wildlife Refuge, Corrales Arts in the Park; and for larger events including the Albuquerque Folk Festival, the Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest, the Bacon Festival, and others. For more info: redlightramblers.com

This is a house-concert style concert, so you are welcome to bring or partake in some snacks or beverages. Chairs will be provided. The suggested donation is $15. We look forward to spending a delightful evening with you!

Apple Mountain Music Logo Apple Mountain Music is located at:
10301 Comanche Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111
Phone: (505) 237-2048

For additional information call 710-9641.

Also, remember to mark your calendar for ABQ FOLK FEST on June 4th.

This Month's Featured Festival Performer: Bill Hearne

Bill Hearne TrioOur Featured Performer this month is Bill Hearne. At last year's Albuquerque Folk Festival, his performance was cut because of weather, so we are delighted that Bill is coming back this year.

Bill Hearne has been performing in the southwest for over 45 years, 33 of those years with his wife, Bonnie Hearne. Bill and Bonnie have two nationally distributed albums, with Diamonds In The Rough, produced by noted Nashville producer, Jim Rooney, reaching #5 on Americana chart in 1998. Bill has continued on as Bonnie has retired with health considerations, doing songs by some of his dear friends and favorite singer/songwriters. Bill, along with Don Richmond (Rifters), has recorded three solo CD's, with the newest, All That's Real by Bill Hearne & Friends, released in late 2014. It's tough to put Bill in one bag, but he calls his music a blend of Texas roadhouse, Americana, with a splash of bluegrass. His influences include Ian Tyson, Doc Watson, Buck Owens, Jerry Jeff Walker, Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark, and more. For more info: billhearne.com

Still a Chance to Perform!

We are already hard at work booking workshops and performances. If you are a performer and would like to play, here is the online application. Although it is past the priority deadline, we still encourage applications. While we can’t book every performer every year, we try to alternate and include as many local folk groups as we can. Each year, it is a balancing act as we try make sure we book diverse traditional styles and some regional groups as well.

Dine Out at Lobo Beast 101 on February 28

Here’s another thing to mark on your calendar. Next month, February 28, Lobo Beast 101 restaurant will be doing a fundraising event for ABQ FOLK FEST. You remember B2B? Well they have now opened a new great restaurant and they still have that great community spirit. They also still have great beer and food, but the menu is different from B2B. Check it out! So join us for a mouthwatering great meal and help us raise funds to put on the Albuquerque Folk Festival. We’ll be there so stop by and say hi. PS We are only doing two restaurant fundraisers this year. The other one will be on May 15.

Lobo Beast 101 Logo Lobo Beast 101
2122 Central Ave SE (just west of Yale)
505-247-2116

A Big Thank You

A big thank you to those wonderfully generous folks who donated at end-of-year after our last newsletter!!

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