“LEGENDS OF THE CELTIC HARP” is a musical journey into the heart of a legendary instrument. Three of the premier Celtic harpers in the world, Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter, have created a dramatic ensemble that takes you deep into the myths, stories, magic and fabled history of this most captivating instrument.
“The Albuquerque Megaband” is an open community band which provides an opportunity for musicians to get together and play acoustic string band music. The objective is for participants to improve their musical skills while also building a repertoire of tunes such as those that are played for American folk dances. Much of the music is based on traditional banjo and fiddle tunes but the repertoire includes tunes, old and new, representing styles from throughout the U.S., Canada and beyond.
The Megaband practices once a month and plays for dances every other month. Musicians of all skill levels are invited to participate. While much of the music is available as sheet music, the emphasis is on the aural tradition (i.e. playing by ear). Participants are encouraged to bring suggestions for tunes they would like to learn to the practices.
Megaband practices are held on the second Saturday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd. NE (www.applemtnmusic.com/). Though membership is encouraged, participants do not need to be members of FolkMADS. There is no fee for participation however, donations will be accepted to cover expenses. Questions regarding the Megaband may be sent to Bruce Thomson (LibTNov1@aol.com).
Second Saturdays (1/14, 2/11, 3/11, etc.) 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Fee: None
|Albuquerque Contra Dances
1st and 3rd Saturdays
Abq Square Dance Center unless otherwise noted
7:00 pm – Lesson, 7:30-10:30 – Dancing
Member $8, Non-members $9, Students half price, Under 12 free
Credit Cards Accepted!
|Jan 7||Kris Jensen||Abq Megaband|
|Jan 21||Erik Erhardt (contra) and Rikud Dance Troupe (klezmer)||Joint Klezmer & Contra Dance with Rebbe’s Orchestra (klezmer) and The Thrifters (contra)|
|Feb 4||Ben Werner||Cheap Shots|
|Feb 18||Sherilyn Urben||Abq Megaband|
|Mar 4||Merri RUdd||Adobe Brothers|
|Mar 18||Ben Werner||Rusty Tap|
|Apr 1||Sage Assembly English Ball with Wendy Graham and Ladies at Play|
|Apr 15||Lewis Land||Abq Megaband|
|May 6||Cancelled||Cancelled (No Hall)|
|May 20||Kris Jensen||String Theory|
|May 26 -29||FolkMADness Dance Camp Weekend|
|Jun 3||Folk Festival: workshops and jams.
Beginner’s contra workshop by Ben Werner.
Evening contra dance with Megaband and caller Erik Erhardt
|June 17||Marj Mullany||Virginia Creepers|
|July 1||Erik Erhardt||SyGyZy|
|July 15||Marj Mullany||Boxwood Consort|
|July 29||Special 5th Saturday Dance!
Erik Erhardt and Adobe Brothers
Challenging Figures and Unusual Formations (Advanced Dance)
|Aug 5||Ben Werner||Abq Megaband|
|Aug 19||Cancelled||Cancelled (No Hall)|
|Sept 2||Lewis Land||Cheap Shots|
|Sept 16||Kris Jensen||Boxwood Consort|
|Oct 7||Ben Werner||Avourneen (Denver CO band)|
|Oct 21||Sherilyn Urben||Abq Megaband|
|Oct 27-29||Boo Camp||at Hummingbird Music Camp, Jemez Springs NM. More info TBA|
|Nov 4||Kris Jensen||Virginia Creepers|
|Nov 18||Marj Mullany||Cheap Shots|
|Dec 16||TBA||Abq Megaband|
|Jan 6||Merri Rudd||TBA|