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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

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

2017 Santa Fe Dance Schedule

Santa Fe Contra Dances
2nd and 4th Saturdays
Odd Fellows Hall
7:00 pm – Lesson, 7:30-10:30 – Dancing
Member $8, Non-members $9, Students half price, Under 12 free
 Date  Caller  Band
Jan 14 Marj Mullany Adobe Brothers
Jan 28 Kris Jensen ATC String Band
Feb 11 Lewis Land Flagpole Salad
Feb 25 Will McDonald SF Megaband
Mar 11 Marj Mullany Virginia Creepers
Mar 25 Chris Kermiet (Colorado) SyZyGy
Apr 8 Lewis Land Roaring Jelly
Apr 22 Kris Jensen SF Megaband
May 13 Ben Werner Kindred Spirits
May 27 FolkMADness Camp in Socorro NM
Jun 10 Will McDonald Cheap Shots
Jun 24 Don Veino (Concord, MA) SF Megaband
Jul 8 Kris Jensen Adobe Brothers
Jul 22 Erik Erhardt SF Megaband
Aug 12 Lauren Soherr SyZyGy
Aug 26 Sherilyn Urben Ladies at Play
Sept 9 Erik Erhardt Roaring Jelly
Sept 23 Ben Werner Kindred Spirits
Oct 14 Will McDonald SF Megaband
Oct 28 Boo Camp
Nov 11 Lewis Land Cheap Shots
Nov 25 Will McDonald and Jim Werbel SF Megaband
Dec 9 Kris Jensen Connie Manhattan
Dec 23 Richard Wilson Birthday Celebration. Erik Erhardt and Will McDonald, SF Megaband
Jan 13 Will McDonald  TBA
Jan 27 Katherine Bueler  ATC Band
Feb 10 Marj Mullany  TBA
Feb 24 Sherilyn Urben  SF Megaband
Mar 10 TBA  TBA
Mar 24 Chris Kermiet  TBA

Richard Wilson’s book published, All Join Hands: Dances and Stories

FolkMADS members and community,

Richard Wilson‘s book is complete and available for purchase.  I’m very proud of what we’ve created.  Proceeds to benefit youth scholarships for NM FolkMADS.

All Join Hands: Dances and stories
by Richard Wilson, with Erik Barry Erhardt and Lauren Lamont, 2016.

Introduction to the first edition

This book is the fruit of an old idea, a long fallow period, and a final burst of enthusiastic commitment. The idea was to provide Richard with a meaningful focus and contribution during his last year of life. He wrote and wrote, filling notebooks; Lauren transcribed what she could. We photocopied all his cards that could be found in October 2010; Katherine provided an initial transcription. This book has taken many forms in its many revisions and reimaginings: experimenting with different paper sizes, interleaving the stories from other people in with his own story, modifying the dance formats, and finally returning to this fairly simple format. The long lull, after much compilation and redrafting, was partly due to my grieving after Richard passed; with Richard gone the urgency of the project had passed, since my primary commitment was to him. Then I allowed other projects to take over, including the trials of earning tenure as faculty at UNM. Finally, after almost six years, it is done.

While I may not have been able to realize the book I envisioned, this is it. I’m heartened by a thoughtful and generous community to whom I present this gift and tribute. Five years since Richard’s passing, I still feel his spirit and gentleness as I teach new dancers and callers, just as he taught me, feeling how each foot lifted is as important as how each is set upon.

Erik Barry Erhardt
Albuquerque, NM
October 2016