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Concert: Legends of the Celtic Harp

Concert Flyer Harp

“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.

Friday, Feb 17 – Taos
Saturday, Feb 18 – Unity Santa Fe 7:30 PM
Sunday, Feb 19 – Albuquerque First Unitarian Church
This trio of Celtic harpers who have toured extensively throughout the US to sold out audiences and rave reviews. One recent review states “Legends of the Celtic Harp is a blend of music and oratory, falling somewhere between concert and theater. It spanned nearly the range of human feeling, from humor to tragedy, tenderness to rage, reality to mysticism, and more besides. The effects were powerful and exhilarating.” (Presenter Review)
Audiences will hear three Celtic Harps including the rare wire strung, Swedish Nyckelharpa, Cittern and Irish Bouzouki intertwined with moving stories of humanity and music through time.

Albuquerque Megaband – New Practice Location and Time

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 (  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 (

Second Saturdays (1/14, 2/11, 3/11, etc.)                 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.                     Fee: None

2017 Albuquerque contra dance schedule

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!
 Date  Caller  Band
 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 2 TBA SyGyZy
Dec 16 TBA Abq Megaband
Jan 6 Merri Rudd TBA