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
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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 (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

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

New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society