Local Bands

The following local bands play for our regular dance series. Does your band play for FolkMADS events? Contact us to add your band to the list!

Albuquerque Area & East Mountains

5DogStringBand 5 Dog String Band: David Margolin, fiddler; Rick Olcott, guitar.
Winners of the 2004 Santa Fe Traditional and Bluegrass Music Festival old-time band contest! You can hear David and a couple of his tunes on the “Sweet Nell” CD


Adobe Brothers: An eclectic group of identical quintuplets that play a wide variety of acoustic music including bluegrass, celtic, old timey, latin folk music, and western swing, a composite style they refer to as “international bluegrass.”
Jimmy Abraham, Dave Klaus, Bruce Thomson, Wayne Shrubsall.
Albuquerque Megaband: Open band, plays for the third Saturday contra dances in Albuquerque.
Alfalfa Family Band: Damon Toal-Rossi, banjo; Marc Robert, bass; Michel Robert, fiddle; Tim Shaffer, guitar.
Boxwood Consort: Boxwood Consort plays music for English Country and contra dancing as well as a variety of other forms. The group is composed of Scott Mathis, mandolin and bass; Linda Askew, guitar; Gary Mayhew, guitar; Katie Harlow, cello and mandolin; Juli Palladino, violin and viola; Jack Klintworth, concertina; and Doc Litchman, clarinet. Guest artists appear with Boxwood from time to time.
Cheap Shots 2017 Cheap Shots: “Cheap Shots” is an energetic five-person acoustic band that draws upon an eclectic mix of New England and Southern style contra music, with occasional Swing or International sounds as well. Many of the band’s members are also contra dancers who work to emulate contra bands whose musical styles (and feel) make dancing especially enjoyable. The band works to keep the musical styles diverse and occasionally throws in crazy arrangements all to make dancing interesting and lots of fun!
Pat Aruffo, Bill Balassi, John Brinduse, Peter Esherick, Erika Gerety.
The Evening Shift* is a community (open) band playing only the “2nd Sunday” English Country and Contra Dances. Due to the complexity of the material (sheet music and HARMONIES for the English Country & Waltzes), you need to get in on the practice cycle a month or two ahead of the dance. We will usually play the last dance of the Spring (May 2nd Sunday) and Fall (December 2nd Sunday) seasons each year.
FlagpoleSalad Flagpole Salad: Old-time string band/nutritious first course.
Marc Robert, guitar; David Margolin, banjo; Jane Phillips, fiddle; Laurie Phillips, mandolin/mandola.
Mad Robin: Doc Litchman, Gary Mayhew, Juli Palladino, Sherilyn Urben.


The Mullanys: Jim, Marj, Maddy, & Riley Mullany.

Rusty Tap

Rusty Tap: Rusty Tap is a contra dance band based at the University of New Mexico. Formed in the fall of 2015, the ensemble performs regularly at UNM Contra Dances. Drawing on repertoire largely from the Portland Collection and inspired by some of the hottest bands on the east coast, Rusty Tap hopes to provide exciting and complex music that inspires young people to dance! The ensemble includes Juliana Huestis (fiddle), Russell Berman (guitar/mandolin), Kyle Dee (guitar), and Clara Byom (piano/accordion/clarinet). We are grateful to be mentored by two of our favorite local bands, The Adobe Brothers and The Thrifters.  Facebook
Sandia Hots: Lively Southern Appalachian dance tunes and songs, cowboy and early 20th century swing numbers, songs and dance tunes from New Mexico, Mexico and Southern Arizona.
Linda Askew, Michael Gallagher, Scott Mathis, Liz Stevens.
SyZyGySyZyGy is a regional band with members from New Mexico and Colorado. With multi-instrumentalists, the timbre of SyZyGy draws from fiddle, piano, flute, mandolin, cello, percussion, piccolo, and guitar.  We strive to create a unique sound for every piece of music. The main focus of SyZyGy is contradance music covering a gamut from Old Time to Irish to Contemporary New tunes and sometimes originals. Finding we have singers amongst our ranks has also led us to do singing waltzes, ballads, and concert songs which has landed us a spot on stage at the Celtic Festival this spring. Core members are Robin Gurule, Sherilyn Urban, Cleve Sharp, Tom Stewart, and Jeffrey Haemer.
 VirginiaCreepers Virginia Creepers. Southern Appalachian stringband music. All old-time, all the time, since 1991!

Scott Mathis, mandolin; Rick Olcott, guitar; Jane Phillips, fiddle; Laurie Phillips, mandola; Marc Robert, banjo and bass.

Santa Fe & Los Alamos

Avenue X: Christopher Jacoby, Karina Wilson, Ross Harriss.
Chiletones: David Margolin, fiddle; Tom Adler, banjo; Bo Olcott, guitar
FastPesos Fast Pesos: A Santa Fe institution for something like thirty years. Gary Ashkin, fiddle; Bo Olcott, guitar; Tom Adler, banjo; Jim Hughes, fiddle.
Roaring Jelly: Celtic and old-time music in the upper Rio Grande valley of New Mexico.
 SF Megarbnd Santa Fe Megaband:  A fine group of courageous volunteers who play for the Santa Fe Contra Dance every other month – six times a year. We meet to practice from 7 to 9 pm on the first and third Wednesday evenings of each month at the Odd Fellow’s Hall, same place as the dance.

Silver City

 BayouSeco Bayou Seco: Playing the music of the Southwest USA – from the Mississippi to the deserts of Arizona.


Other Bands Featuring FolkMADS Members. If are you a FolkMADS member with a band you want to list here, please  contact us.

Silver City
 MtnAireFolkMusic Mountain Aire Folk Music: An acoustic folk music duo performing Celtic, American, and original songs and melodies on fiddle, guitar, flute, bodhran (Irish drum) and other instruments. Located in the Pinos Altos/Silver City area.
BigDitchCrickets Feb14  Big Ditch Crickets

New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society