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FolkMADS Board of Directors Call for Application

Dear FolkMADS Community Members,

Are you interested in helping our community? Would you consider serving on the Board of Directors to help our organization keep doing the great things we’re doing?

We would like volunteers to come forward and help FolkMADS continue through the next two years! We are electing at most six people to serve on the board for two year terms, beginning in January of 2018 and continuing through December 2019.

Submit your statement of candidacy by Nov 11th @ midnight! Note that you must be a member of FolkMADS to serve on the Board.

Let’s thank our board members who have completed their two-year terms:

  • Angela Welford
  • Lisa Bertelli
  • Lucy Frey
  • Sol Lederman
And let’s also recognize those who are continuing on the board through December 2018:
  • Bruce Thomson
  • Clara Byom
  • Emily Ruch
  • Erik Erhardt
  • Nancy Ford

Please let any of us know if you have any questions about giving back to our community by serving on the Board.


Sol Lederman
FolkMADS President

Special Event: House Concert and Contra Dance

Special Event: Wednesday January 25th:
House concert & dance
 in Albuquerque
433 Jefferson St NE, Albuquerque
Julie Vallimont (Nor’easter and Buddy System), Audrey Knuth (Free Raisins) and Rachel Bell (Andrew and Noah Band and Old World Charm School)
Join these nationally famous musicians for an intimate evening of music and dance. 
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Concert: 7:00pm – 8ish
Dancing: 8:15 to 10pm
Callers: Open Mic
Admission: Pay what you can

Fire Ant Frolic – Nov 18-20 – Austin TX

Fire Ant Frolic is Austin’s annual contra dance weekend. Every year they bring in a nationally known band and caller for an entire weekend of dancing. Dancers from all over the area come to dance & enjoy fellowship & community.

This year they will feature the nationally acclaimed fiddle player Jamie Laval, accompanied by the very talented Owen Morrison on guitar and expert calling provided by Susan Petrick. Enjoy various workshops including English Country dance, Waltz, Scottish Ceilidh dances and a Rushfest during the afterparty with Emily Rush. Hope you can join them!

Jamie Laval is a nationally acclaimed fiddle player currently living near Asheville NC. An International Champion Celtic Fiddler who performs and teaches the traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, and Quebec. His music has been heard in many venues around the world as well as TV and movie soundtracks, he has even done a TED Talk.

Visit their website ( for more information, including online registration and schedule details.

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