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Performance Stages

Sandia · Jemez · Mt. Taylor · Unplugged Outlet

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This year, we're also featuring one group performing outside. Be sure to check out Polyphony Marimba at Shade Tent B at 12:30 pm.



Sandia Stage


TimeNameDescription
10:30 AMCarlos Herrera

The Herrera family of Cochiti Pueblo is committed to passing on their knowledge of the drum and their cultural heritage. "Through the sharing of our art and culture we hope to educate non-natives so native people can be acknowledged and appreciated for their rich cultures."

11:30 AMBreaking Blue

Breaking Blue is an original Albuquerque folk band who was around long before Breaking Bad was a hit TV show. They feature clawhammer banjo and the unexpected classical flute as well as strong female lead vocals from two vocalists balanced by bass and percussion. Their newest album Per-fi-dy features original songs, traditional tunes, and even a historical song based on an old letter that has become a small part of New Mexico history.

12:30 PMSage & Jared's Happy Gland Band

Sage and Jared's Happy Gland Band is a band of whimsy and unbridled glandulosity. It's a band that will make you reconsider how grossed out you are about the endocrine system. Sage plays ukulele. Jared plays upright bass. Their glistening songs of mundanity, desecration, celebration, and perspiration appear on their CD, Flooded Away.

1:30 PMJames T Baker and Raven Redfox

Delta blues artists with the voice and feeling to bring blues into the 21st century.

James T Baker sings old-time blues, and writes his own songs. The Santa Fe Reporter says: "Baker achieves a wholly unique sound...to create a pure and heartfelt expression of melancholy...a love letter to the giants in his field."

2:30 PMTina Gugeler

Tina Gugeler first heard a hammered dulcimer in 1986 while living in Ketchikan, Alaska. It quickly became her passion and soon it seemed everyone on the island had heard Tina and her band, BearFoot. She played on the docks for cruise ship tourists, for weddings and dances, and at the Alaska Folk Festival in Juneau.

Since moving to the Denver area in Colorado in 1990, Tina has become a full time musician, performing solo and in small combos with fiddle, guitar or piano, and in several local contra dance bands. Along with her busy performance schedule, she teaches students on the dulcimer and bodhran.

Over the years, Tina has won many local and regional competitions and in the year 2000 she won the U.S. National Hammered Dulcimer Championship.

She appears on recordings by Denver's High Strung and the dance band Contrafusion

3:30 PMCheap Shots

This energetic six-person acoustic band plays an eclectic mix of old time, Celtic, folk, country, blues, bluegrass, and swing. Features hammer dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, bass, piano and vocals.

4:30 PMBirds of Chicago

Birds of Chicago is a collective based around singer/songwriters JT Nero (of the Chicago rock and soul band, JT and the Clouds) and Allison Russell (of the Canadian urban folk band, Po' Girl).

JT Nero is a strange and distinct songwriter - he lists Mark Twain and Sam Cooke among his biggest influences. He is a poet of the everyday and the absurd, the lonely, the hopeful and the semi-hopeful. He's got a fractured?country soul croon, full of doo-wop ghosts and old time religion. With the Clouds he's a rock n' roll preacher -- with Birds of Chicago he digs deeper into darker, often fantastical nuances of his work.

There's not much Allison Russell can't sing, which is no surprise to many loyal Po' Girl fans. She's got a bit of the speakeasy chanteuse in her, a bit of old R&B, but with a delicacy and clarity of phrasing that Ma Carter or Loretta Lynn would surely approve of. She plays banjo, ukulele, guitar, and clarinet. She's also a top shelf whistler. She writes gorgeous, unpredictable songs, and makes other people's tunes - often Nero's - her own with startling ease.

The JT Nero/Allison Russell combination first struck gold on the JT Nero solo release, Mountains/Forests (No. 2 on the American UK Critic's List for 2011.) Realizing their chemistry, JT and Allison formed Birds of Chicago as a vehicle for their shared musical vision, and have since toured virtually non-stop. Recent festival appearances include Delfest, Kerrville, Strawberry, High Sierra, Joshua Tree Roots Festival, and more. Radio sessions include KUTX in Austin, Daytrotter, Audiotree Live, and more. The eponymous CD Birds of Chicago enjoyed over 10 weeks in the CMJ Top 200, peaking at #95. Experience what critics are calling "two of the most compelling new voices on the Americana music scene." (Chicago Sun-Times)

5:30 PMCanote Brothers

Greg and Jere Canote are identical twins whose music is all about having a good time. They do, you will. It's steeped in vintage Americana -- forgotten fiddle tunes, swing classics, and quirky novelty songs -- but with their own twists (and a few of their brilliant original takes on the world around us). They're fabulous musicians, moving effortlessly among fiddle, guitar, banjo, ukulele, and various hybrids, and their genetically-matched voices recall brother duets from the Blue Sky Boys to the Everlys.

NPR listeners will remember the Canote Brothers as the affable side-kicks on "Sandy Bradley's Potluck" for 13 years. The brothers have recorded a number of albums, including "Thinga Ma Jig," an album of novelty tunes and other fun songs that Canote says is akin to their greatest hits record. In performance, the brothers play up the full effect of their sounding and looking alike, with little tricks like passing a guitar pick back and forth between their identically creased foreheads. And though the pair doesn't really tell jokes on stage, the Canote Brothers' concerts are known for their humor.

6:30 PMGoddess of Arno

Pioneers of the world music scene in Albuquerque, Goddess of Arno's band members have been performing, teaching and studying traditional Balkan and East European folk music together for over 30 years. This award-winning 5-7 piece ensemble accompanies beautiful solo and multi-part vocals with traditional ethnic string and percussion instruments as well as violin, guitar, saxophone, accordion and electric bass. The band's repertoire includes fiery instrumentals and traditional songs from Albania, the former Yugoslavia, Greece, Bulgaria, and Hungary-many in the Rom (Gypsy) style and language. The musicians of Goddess of Arno love the exotic rhythms and scales, which the southern Balkans absorbed from the Ottoman Empire, and the passion of the Rom music, which offers opportunities for instrumental improvisation. Goddess of Arno was originally formed as accompaniment to the popular women's Balkan chorus Svirka (1979-2002) and later developed its own identity, known for exciting dance parties and concerts. Goddess of Arno performs throughout the southwest and has produced and performed in concerts and workshops with internationally acclaimed Balkan and Rromani musicians & scholars such as Esma Redzhepova, Yuri Yunakov, Kabile Bulgarian Ensemble & Professors Carol Silverman and Sonya Tamar Seeman. In 2002, Goddess of Arno released its award-winning CD: Balkan Dance Party! The song "La Romyasa" on the CD was used in the soundtrack for the award-winning movie "Warrior Woman."

Goddess of Arno's musicians are:

Leanne Mennin - percussion and vocals, has been deeply involved with Balkan music and dance since the 1960's. She was a dance director for eight years with the renowned, Los-Angeles-based, Aman Folk Ensemble, and has taught and performed extensively in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Leanne is a respected teacher of Balkan music who has taught workshops throughout the Western U.S.A. and Hawaii, including the EEFC Balkan music & dance workshops. In Albuquerque, she was the director of the popular Svirka, Women's Balkan chorus for over 25 years. With her special gifts and knowledge of Balkan folklore and culture, Leanne has influenced and inspired a Balkan micro-culture to develop here in the Southwest; joining Balkan and non-Balkan Americans together through their enjoyment of music and dance. As a performing musician, Leanne's rich voice and her skills as a percussionist provide a strong foundation for the group's tight sound. For over 10 years, she has also been studying African drumming and dance and performing in Kubatana Marimba ensemble. Leanne's skills as a dancer and professional dance director help make Goddess of Arno one of the best dance bands of its kind. Leanne is the director of Senior Arts, Inc. and she also works for ABQ Public Schools as a substitute teacher and for the New Mexico Jazz Workshop's summer camps.

Beth Cohen - violin, guitar, Macedonian tambura & vocals, is a well-known vocalist, string musician and music teacher in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas. Ms. Cohen has been running her own music studio in Albuquerque since 1983, where she teaches voice, guitar, violin and piano to students of all ages. Since 1995, Beth has been the musical director and cantorial soloist at Congregation Nahalat Shalom. There she directs the Holy days band Alavados and the intergenerational 25-piece Community Klezmer Band. She also teaches music in the Hebrew school and co-produces the internationally-acclaimed annual klezmer music & dance festival "KlezmerQuerque". Beth holds a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance from the University of New Mexico as well as courses towards a Masters degree. She is a founding member of The Rebbe's Orkestra-Klezmer & Judaic band, and she is also a member of ABQ's Gamelan Encantada) and the instrumental ethnic music trio Village Idioms. From 1984-1999 Beth was a member of Svirka Women's Balkan Chorus, Ellis Island Tradition and Earth Angels Vocal Trio. Beth has performed in many ensembles throughout her life including Celtic, cowboy/western, classical, new age, reggae, blues & Middle-Eastern. She has studied Balkan music and dance at the EEFC workshops since 1984, and in the summers of 2004 & 2005 she studied at the Amala School of Rromani music, language & culture in Valjevo, Serbia. In 2005 Beth also traveled to Bulgaria and attended the national folk festival in Koprivshtica.

Barbara Friedman - Bulgarian and Macedonian tamburaci, electric bass and vocals, combines expertise in Balkan singing, experience in instrumental music, and undying enthusiasm and love of Balkan music. She supplies the band with source material, ideas, talent and excitement. For over 30 years Barbara has been singing and playing music professionally as a member of Balkan and Middle-Eastern music groups Svirka, women's Balkan chorus, Erenler and Wired for Sound. An avid collector, student, teacher and performer of Eastern European music, she regularly attends The East European Folklife Center's (EEFC) workshops and studies with the top musicians and ethnomusicologists from Europe and the USA, including Esma, the Queen of Macedonian Rom (Gypsy) singers and Merita Halilli, famed Albanian singer. Ms. Friedman contributes much to her bands with her knowledge of languages, vocal styles and ornamentation, as well as instrumental styles and techniques. Barbara performs in The Rebbe's Orkestra and Alavados she is a special guest member of The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer band.

Jamie Edmunds ("Dzemo") - vocals and alto sax, played the alto sax in ABQ school bands from 1999-2005 and in The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer band from 1996-2006, and has studied with saxophonist Yuri Yunakov. She sang in the prestigious women's choir Les Chanteurs at PAPA (Public Academy for the Performing Arts) and she studied voice privately with ABQ's Donna McRae for over 2 years. Jamie has attended EEFC's Balkan music and dance camps where she played in the Balkan Brass band, studied alto sax, and studied Bulgarian singing with Kremena Stancheva and Tsvetanka Varimezova. Jamie is a former member of Svirka, women's Balkan chorus and she has also studied privately with Bulgarian singers Daniela Ivanova and Radostina Kineva. Jamie studied at The Amala School of Rromani (Gypsy) music, dance, language and culture in Valjevo, Serbia-Montenegro during the summers of 2004 and 2005. She also performs and teaches Latin & Swing dance in Albuquerque & Santa Fe.

Randy Edmunds is an experienced rhythm guitarist and vocalist of East European and Yiddish music. He often performed as a special guest with Svirka-women's Balkan chorus and as a regular member of Sandanski men's Balkan Chorus. Randy is a founding member of The Rebbe's Orkestra-Klezmer ensemble and Village Idioms trio and he performs as a special guest in The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer band. He has also studied at the EEFC Balkan music and dance camps. In the summer of 2005, he and wife/ fellow band member Beth Cohen traveled to Bulgaria where they attended the Bulgarian national folk festival which is held every 5 years on a mountain top in the remote village of Koprivshtica. Randy was incredibly inspired and overwhelmed by witnessing over 10,000 Bulgarian musicians and dancers perform and compete in the festival which took place over 4 days! He has since archived and posted his video footage of the festival performances and has made many new friends with Bulgarian and Macedonian people. As part of their trip, Randy and Beth also attended The Amala School of Rromani (Gypsy) music, dance, language and culture in Valjevo, Serbia-Montenegro where their daughter Jamie was studying and working.

7:30 PMFloozy

Journalist Mel Minter writes that Floozy's debut album Open Can of Super Days (Flophouse Records) "is a big wet kiss of an album-exhilarating and dangerous, messy and calculating-a lipstick-smeared excursion into electro-acoustic folk-punk, with a shot of Thelma and Louise."

Floozy, an all-female acoustic trio from Albuquerque, New Mexico formed in the fall of 2011. Their first full-length album, Open Can of Super Days, was released in 2012. A review in the music section of the December 2012 ABQ Arts Magazine touted their music: "You are going to want to pop the top when your eardrums hear what I have already had the pleasure of soaking mine in." Floozy played a sold-out show for their CD release at Albuquerque's Outpost Performance Space in February 2013, and they've been featured in the Albuquerque Journal, on Albuquerque's local morning show The Morning Brew, on KUNM radio in Albuquerque and KBAC in Santa Fe. Floozy opened recently for Eric McFadden (George Clinton), and previous shows include the Santa Fe Summer Bandstand Series, the Driskill Hotel in Austin, the New Mexico State Fair, Corrales Harvest Fest, Albuquerque Cultural Conference, Carnuel Road Parade and Fiesta, Marigold Parade, and Wells Park Harvest Fest. The band is recording a new album and went back to play in Austin in March during South by Southwest.

8:30 PMThe Porter Draw

The Porter Draw is an Alt-Country, Americana band from Albuquerque, NM. They have been key contributors to a flourishing New Mexico roots music movement since 2007 and have shared the stage with such greats as Greensky Bluegrass, Reverend Horton Heat, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Cross Canadian Ragweed, and Cadillac Sky. Fitting in at country honky-tonks and rock n' roll clubs alike, The Porter Draw have built a reputation for high energy, sweat-drenched shows coupled with tight harmonies of wistfully delicate lyrics of longing, heartbreak, and the American experience. They'll sing high lonesome with the bluegrass boys, command the stage like The Boss, and surprise you with raucous vocals you haven't heard since your older sister made you listen to The Clash.

9:30 PMBirds of Chicago

Birds of Chicago is a collective based around singer/songwriters JT Nero (of the Chicago rock and soul band, JT and the Clouds) and Allison Russell (of the Canadian urban folk band, Po' Girl).

JT Nero is a strange and distinct songwriter - he lists Mark Twain and Sam Cooke among his biggest influences. He is a poet of the everyday and the absurd, the lonely, the hopeful and the semi-hopeful. He's got a fractured?country soul croon, full of doo-wop ghosts and old time religion. With the Clouds he's a rock n' roll preacher -- with Birds of Chicago he digs deeper into darker, often fantastical nuances of his work.

There's not much Allison Russell can't sing, which is no surprise to many loyal Po' Girl fans. She's got a bit of the speakeasy chanteuse in her, a bit of old R&B, but with a delicacy and clarity of phrasing that Ma Carter or Loretta Lynn would surely approve of. She plays banjo, ukulele, guitar, and clarinet. She's also a top shelf whistler. She writes gorgeous, unpredictable songs, and makes other people's tunes - often Nero's - her own with startling ease.

The JT Nero/Allison Russell combination first struck gold on the JT Nero solo release, Mountains/Forests (No. 2 on the American UK Critic's List for 2011.) Realizing their chemistry, JT and Allison formed Birds of Chicago as a vehicle for their shared musical vision, and have since toured virtually non-stop. Recent festival appearances include Delfest, Kerrville, Strawberry, High Sierra, Joshua Tree Roots Festival, and more. Radio sessions include KUTX in Austin, Daytrotter, Audiotree Live, and more. The eponymous CD Birds of Chicago enjoyed over 10 weeks in the CMJ Top 200, peaking at #95. Experience what critics are calling "two of the most compelling new voices on the Americana music scene." (Chicago Sun-Times)



Jemez Stage


TimeNameDescription
10:30 AMThe Mullanys

Rooted in the East Mountains near Albuquerque, The Mullanys are currently a trio of Jim, Marj, and Riley Mullany. The Mullanys fiddle their favorite old-time tunes and sing beautiful early country songs. Marj grew up in northern New Jersey, harmonizing with her mother who sang parlor songs with her family in Depression-era Amarillo, Texas. Jim was raised in a wholesome, sing-around-the-piano musical family in Northern Virginia, but fell in with the wrong crowd and subsequently learned to play clawhammer banjo in high school. Jim and Marj met at the Santa Fe Banjo and Fiddle Contest in the late 80's, married soon thereafter, and raised a couple old-time-playing kiddos, including Riley. Come get an early dose of old-time goodness with The Mullanys as they open the Jemez Stage at 10:30am!

11:30 AMRed Light Ramblers

Red Light Ramblers is a four-piece band that offers an organic blend of old time, bluegrass, Irish, fiddle, Cajun, and folk-esque tunes for your dancing and listening pleasure.

Their musicianship and delightful four-part harmonies have brought the Ramblers opportunities to play at numerous Albuquerque venues such as O'Niell's Pub, The Range Café, Shade Tree Customs Cafe, Anasazi Fields Winery; for nonprofit groups such as the Wild Earth Guardians, Vista de Oro Wildlife Refuge, Corrales Arts in the Park; and for larger events including the Albuquerque Folk Festival, the Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest, the Bacon Festival, and others. The musicians are Barb Belknap (mandolin, melodion), Erika Gerety (bass), Mike Hill (fiddle, guitar), and Marc Robert (banjo, bass, guitar). Always ready to have a good time, they welcome the opportunity to play and share the joy of foot-stomping, down-home music.

12:30 PMShlomo and the Adobes

Shlomo and the Adobes is a fun group who play Klezmer and other Eastern European music for Road Scholar programs (Elderhostel) as well as other venues. They combine a hard driving rhythm with wonderful melodies, story- telling, and dance music. The band consists of:

  • Shlomo Adobe (sometimes called Gary Libman)
  • Pierogi Adobe (sometimes called Terry Bluhm)
  • Toby Adobe (sometimes called Bruce Thomson)
  • Moby Adobe (sometimes called Wayne Shrubsall)
  • Jacoby Adobe (sometimes called Jimmy Abraham)
  • Hot Flash Adobe (sometimes called Erika Gerety-Libman)

They are a lot of fun to watch, listen to their stories / jokes and their music, and dance to them.

1:30 PMSean Healen

Sean Healen is an award winning singer/ songwriter. With music and lyrics reminiscent of Leonard Cohen, and a style at once intricate and eloquent, Sean is rapidly achieving the national stage. Sean's recent project Crown Of Coal was recorded and produced by legendary producer Malcolm Burn (Dylan, Emmy Lou, Iggy Pop etc..) Sean's previous CD Floodplain was recorded and produced by John Kurzweg (Creed, Jewel, Puddle Of Mudd etc..) Floodplain won Best Rock CD 2009 at the New Mexico Music Awards. The award was juried by regional and national judges. Sean's most recent project was produced by multi-platinum producer Scott Mathews (Cash, Orbison, Costello). Scott and Sean recorded three singles at Tikitown, featuring Chuck Prohet on guitar and some backing vocals.

Sean has performed double bills with many, including John Hiatt, Michael Franti, Kelly Joe Phelps/Corinne West Duo,The Bodeans, Chuck Prophet, The Gourds, James McMurtry, Jackie Greene, The English Beat, The Iguanas, and Junior Brown. Sean was recently featured by the New Mexico Music Commission in a video at a Music In Film conference in Santa Fe at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. The video featured a tribute to Buddy Holly and The Crickets, LeAnn Rimes as well as featuring other notable New Mexicn musicians and songwriters. Sean was honored recently to perform at the exclusive reception for Oscar Winner Ryan Bingham, Terry Allen, and Joe Ely after their performance at the Lensic in Santa Fe.

2:30 PMHigher Ground

Founded in 1998 and based in Northern New Mexico, Higher Ground Bluegrass plays original, contemporary, and traditional music, informed by the American traditions of folk, bluegrass, country, and rock and roll.

Fred Bolton (Oak Ridge, TN) plays guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals. Dave Devlin (Long Island, NY) is on mandolin and dobro. Ken "Duke" Weddington (Burlington, NC) plays the banjo, guitar, mandolin, sings lead and harmony vocals, and is a prolific songwriter. Pat Mahoney (Carmel, CA) plays fiddle and sings lead and harmony vocals. Laura Leach (Albuquerque, NM) plays bass and sings harmony vocals.

Higher Ground Bluegrass has recorded four CDs: Bluegrass Classics (2013), Miles and Miles (2008), People Places Memories (2004), and Black and White – Faded and Torn (2001).

We're thrilled to play for the 2014 Albuquerque Folk Festival; please visit us at highergroundbluegrass.com and "like" us on Facebook!!!

3:30 PMSpencer & Rains

Spencer & Rains play old time music. Tricia Spencer is a Kansas fiddler who grew up learning the tradition of old-time music from her grandparents. At an early age, she was perched up on some stage tapping her foot to the beat of fiddles, banjos, mandolins and guitars. While growing up, her free time was spent traveling to festivals and fiddling contest throughout the Midwest and hanging around listening and learning from Pete McMahan, Ceril Stinnet, Lymon Enloe, Dwight Lamb, Amos Chase, and Lucy Pierce. Tricia is multi-instrumentalist who has studied with some of the great masters in old-time and is highly sought after as a performer, dance fiddler, and instructor. Howard Rains is a native Texas artist and fiddler living in both Austin, TX and Lawrence, KS whose twin obsessions are painting and playing traditional American fiddle music. Howard plays rare, old traditional fiddle tunes learned from friends, family and old recordings. His release "The Old Texas Fiddle" reintroduces listeners to the pre-contest styles of Texas fiddling. The New York Times has called Howard "an authority on old Texas-style fiddling." As much known for his painting as his fiddling, Howard has painted many of great old time musicians, both living and gone.

Together, Spencer & Rains play old time fiddle tunes and sing old songs in the style of their home states while also exploring other American regional styles of fiddling. Both multi-instrumentalists deeply absorbed in traditional music, Howard and Tricia preserve, present, and teach old time music while at the same time making it their own. Not only do they love to play dances, festivals, and house concerts, Spencer & Rains are highly sought after as instructors and love to teach old time music at camps, workshops, and private lessons.

4:30 PMChuy y Oti

Chuy Martinez and Otilio Ruiz sing and play traditional Hispanic music of the Americas on guitar, harp, fiddle, and other stringed instruments.

5:30 PMBand Scramble
6:30 PMPete Seeger Sing Along: You Who Sing, and You Who Stand Nearby

If you want to believe Wikipedia, Pete Seeger died Jan 27 just a few months shy of his 95th birthday and just a few months after the death of his wife of 70 years, Toshi-Aline Ohta. There was a sing along, like the one at the Albuquerque Folk Festival, in his hospital room the night that he died.

While he was physically with us, Pete wanted you to sing. You--the person attending the Albuquerque Folk Festival or reading these words. He wanted you to sing with him and with others, to sing along. We figure that as long as we are singing together, we are singing with Pete and we can keep this part of him alive. We certainly will be more alive ourselves when we do it.

At the Pete Seeger Sing Along: You Who Sing, and You Who Stand Nearby we will, together, sing the songs Peter wrote like "Turn, Turn, Turn", "Where Have All the Flowers Gone", and "If I Had a Hammer" There'll be songs he taught us--"We Shall Overcome" and "Goodnight Irene". And he liked to pass songs along, so we'll learn a couple that he liked to teach--"Somos el Barco" and "Swimming to the Other Side." And we'll try the last song he sang before he died--"To My Own Brown Earth".

There are lots of kinds of immortality. Let's sing along with Pete.

7:30 PMSpencer & Rains

Spencer & Rains play old time music. Tricia Spencer is a Kansas fiddler who grew up learning the tradition of old-time music from her grandparents. At an early age, she was perched up on some stage tapping her foot to the beat of fiddles, banjos, mandolins and guitars. While growing up, her free time was spent traveling to festivals and fiddling contest throughout the Midwest and hanging around listening and learning from Pete McMahan, Ceril Stinnet, Lymon Enloe, Dwight Lamb, Amos Chase, and Lucy Pierce. Tricia is multi-instrumentalist who has studied with some of the great masters in old-time and is highly sought after as a performer, dance fiddler, and instructor. Howard Rains is a native Texas artist and fiddler living in both Austin, TX and Lawrence, KS whose twin obsessions are painting and playing traditional American fiddle music. Howard plays rare, old traditional fiddle tunes learned from friends, family and old recordings. His release "The Old Texas Fiddle" reintroduces listeners to the pre-contest styles of Texas fiddling. The New York Times has called Howard "an authority on old Texas-style fiddling." As much known for his painting as his fiddling, Howard has painted many of great old time musicians, both living and gone.

Together, Spencer & Rains play old time fiddle tunes and sing old songs in the style of their home states while also exploring other American regional styles of fiddling. Both multi-instrumentalists deeply absorbed in traditional music, Howard and Tricia preserve, present, and teach old time music while at the same time making it their own. Not only do they love to play dances, festivals, and house concerts, Spencer & Rains are highly sought after as instructors and love to teach old time music at camps, workshops, and private lessons.

8:30 PMTim O'Brien and Darrell Scott

Highly regarded writer/singer/multi-instrumentalists Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott first joined forces in 2000 to record the deep and scintillating Real Time, which was widely acclaimed on release and has since become recognized as a towering achievement in Americana annals. O'Brien, who hails from West Virginia, was steeped in bluegrass and country, while Scott, from nearby Kentucky, straddled country and rock 'n' roll. "Tim and I both felt like we met at Hank Williams," says Scott. "Both of us can push the country button and be there," says Tim of their common ground. "We just stretch toward each other till we intersect."

Following that album, O'Brien and Scott became an in-demand touring act, hitting the road together whenever their schedules allowed. Meanwhile, the two multitaskers have conducted their parallel careers as solo artists and sidemen, cutting similarly wide swaths across the roots-music landscape. They've continued to release solo albums while leading their own bands and lending their talents to world-class musical aggregations - notably including O'Brien's stint in Mark Knopfler's touring unit and Scott's foray with Robert Plant's Band of Joy - as well as having their songs covered by the likes of the Dixie Chicks, Dierks Bentley, Nickel Creek, Kathy Mattea, Faith Hill, Guy Clark, Sam Bush, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Garth Brooks, Patty Loveless, Trace Adkins and Tim McGraw. Along the way, Scott received a pair of Grammy nominations, and his composition "Hank Williams' Ghost" was honored as the 2007 Americana Song of the Year, while O'Brien's Fiddler's Green won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2005.

For all those who made Real Time an enduring part of their lives, and who hoped that these two rarefied artists would one day conjure up the magic they'd made together - something Scott describes, with the requisite glint in his eye, as "bigger than the sum of our parts, and our parts are pretty good to begin with" - the long-awaited Memories & Moments will not disappoint, and that's an understatement.

On the level of seamlessly infused tradition, the new album picks up where Real Time left off. "When Tim and I get together, we push each other's Appalachian roots buttons," Scott points out. "My Kentucky comes out, and so does his West Virginia. It happens naturally, it's not a strategy. We know Southern gospel, Jimmy Rodgers and the Carter Family, and not just a little - it's in our DNA. And when me and Tim sing close harmonies, that brother blend, like we do on Hank's 'Alone and Forsaken,' neither of us is behind the other; we both stand up and deliver."

A song from Memories & Moments, "Keep Your Dirty Lights On," received a 2014 Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Song. The song, which they wrote about the hot-button issue of mountaintop removal by coal companies, reflects their roots and current concerns.

9:30 PMFelix y Los Gatos

Felix y Los Gatos is an Albuquerque-based roots band, and is widely considered to be New Mexico's best party band! They play great dance music, and put on an exciting and riveting live show, blending elements of swing, zydeco, blues, Tex-Mex, cumbia, and roots Americana. They have been featured at Thirsty Ear Festival in Santa Fe, the Taos Music Festival, Telluride, Trinidaddio, Socorro Fest, Silver City Blues Fest and Globalquerque!

They have opened up for, and shared the stage with the likes of Big Bad VooDoo Daddy, FishBone, Dikki Du & the Zydeco Krewe, Wayne "The Train" Hancock, BeauSoleil, Ozomatli, Bside Players, Grammy Award Winner John Popper of Blues Traveler, Grammy Award Nominee Tab Benoit, Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble, and many others.

Guitarist vocalist Felix Peralta is a blues guitar powerhouse whose fans include Austin Tx legend Wayne the Train Hancock and local Albuquerque royalty Chris Dracup.

Their squeeze box player has been in over 15 professional studio recordings including John Popper and Albuquerque's very own Honey House featuring Hillary Smith.

Felix y Los Gatos are currently playing at many popular venues throughout the Southwest, including Saint Clair Winery, Zinc, Scalo, Savoy Bar & Grill, Monte Vista Fire Station, Route 66 Casino, The Cowgirl, The Ranchers Club, El Farol, The Tin Star, Evangelo's, Santa Fe Band Stand, Buffalo Thunder Casino, The Taos Inn, Taos Mesa Brewery, El Camino and Stray Dog Cantina. They have as played far north as Denver as far east as Tulsa, west into Tuscon and south in El Paso becoming a regional favorite. That caught the attention of a professional booking agent from Road Dawg Touring and now they are a Nationally Touring Band.

Felix Y Los Gatos is fast becoming a top blues festival act. They have been featured on the Travel Channel and their music has been caught on Food Channel and MSNBC.



Mt. Taylor Stage


TimeNameDescription
10:30 AMSabinal Sisters

The Sabinal Sisters hail from Sabinal, NM where they met 15 years ago and began a lasting friendship. From the first moment they opened their mouths to sing together, they realized they had a something special. Beth, with her Irish ancestry has a deep, rich tone that is complemented by Joyce's harmonic voicing. They have compiled a large bank of songs to choose from including folk, rock, country, western, jazz standards, and even blues and hymns. Listening to the "sisters" is an intimate experience.

11:30 AMNew Mexico Music Awards Songwriter's Initiative as part of the AFF

Hosted by Jose Ponce, featuring music by Jose, Melissa Klein, and Shawn Loudermilk.

Jose Ponce

Jose has been a solo artist for the past thirty-five years and a twenty-five year member of the touring group The Windsor Creek Trio. Author of three books, "Lunch Hour", "53-Coming of Age in the 70's" and "From Father to Son..." and owner of Jason's Music Publishing concentrating on new and emerging authors. Producer of the New Mexico Music Awards. This program recognizes excellence in recorded music within the state of New Mexico and is the longest running program of its kind in the state. Co-founder of the Eric Larson Endowment at the University of New Mexico honoring the memory of NMMA founding member Eric Larson. A current member of the New Mexico Music Commission and immediate past president of the New Mexico Jazz Workshop.

Find out more at joseantonioponce.com, jasonsmusicpublishing.com, windsorcreektrio.com, newmexicomusicawards.com,ericlarsonendowment.com or nmjazz.org.

Melissa Klein

Melissa met her banjo while spending the night on an old wooden sailboat in Kona, Hawaii. After hours of listening to sailor Emmett melodiously plunking her favorite Paul Simon tunes, the two (girl and banjo) fell in love and have been playing together ever since. Melissa is an up and coming singer songwriter who writes original folk tunes. Lyrical and vibrant, Melissa's music possesses a resonance that is not easily forgotten. Melissa was born on Long Island, NY and graduated from Penn State, where she competed as a Division 1 gymnast and graduated with a degree in Integrative Arts. Melissa has since traveled around the United States, to Hawaii and Africa exploring worlds and sharing her music. She is currently working on her first album, The Wind it Grew Legs, and planning a US tour for the summer of 2014.

Shawn Loudermilk

Albuquerque singer songwriter musician Shawn Loudermilk's Blues run deep. All the way back to Morgan City, Louisiana where Shawn spent his formative years listening to blues and Cajun and rock n roll music from his neighbors front porch and later even camping out on the streets of New Orleans until Hurricane Andrew blew his camper literally down the road... Shawn has opened for many Blues greats including Tad Benoit, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Blasters, Michelle Shocked and Blues Guitar Guru- Tinsley Ellis deemed Shawn's particular Style as "Down Home New Mexico Blues" Shawn plays and writes his own songs and also does cover tunes, jazzy down home slide acoustic, rough smooth loud soft funky but always deeply infused with ...da blues.

12:30 PMPaw Coal & The Clinkers

With over 100 years of pickin' between them, Paw Coal & The Clinkers bring enthusiasm and energy to Bluegrass, Old Time, and Americana music. The band hails from the "greater Madrid-Cerillos metropolitan" area of New Mexico on the turquoise trail just outside of Santa Fe. Paw Coal (Joe Dietrich) started his musical journey in Pennsylvania coal mining country playing bluegrass and old time banjo with The Buffalo Chipkickers, doing field work for Bob Doyle, a student of Sam Bayard who wrote the bible on American fiddle music, Dance to the Fiddle, March to the Fife. Paw plays banjo, guitar, and the fiddle he got from Sam back in the day.

Eric Carlson sings, picks guitar and banjo, and has performed throughout the Southwest as a solo artist and as a member of other groups for many years. Eric received a New Mexico state grant to study clawhammer banjo with master banjo-er and Rounder recording artist Tom Adler of Santa Fe. Paw and Eric both studied the New Mexico old time fiddle music of Cleofes Ortiz. Eric was president of the Santa Fe Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival for two years and now teaches traditional folk music at the Academy for Technology & Classics in Santa Fe.

Peter Singdahlson is the bass fiddle player. "Uncle Pete" has performed with many bands and local artists over the years, starting with the Wood Bridge String Band, and as an original member of Albuquerque's own Bluegrass Pelicans-the Pelicans took first place at the 10th Annual Rocky Mountain Bluegrass Festival (now known as RockyGrass) in 1982. Uncle Pete has a long list of collaborations since including, Joe West, Claude Stevenson, and Ben Perea.

John McNair grew up in Northwest Wisconsin playing plectrum banjo in a family band that played the old-time dance music of the area==polkas, waltzes, and WWII-era dance tunes. Since then, John has transferred his old-time plectrum banjo style to mandolin, and plays a little guitar when Paw plays fiddle and Eric plays banjo. John is also on the Board of the Southwest Traditional and Bluegrass Music Association serving his second year as Secretary.

Paw, Pete and John were members of Family Coal, a showcase band at The Meltdown a few years ago, before starting up Paw Coal & The Clinkers. Eric recorded The Clinkers' first album, I Still Cry for Blue before officially joining the band. Eric is working on a new recording and selected tracks are available at www.pawcoal.com.

1:30 PMTimothy Hill

Timothy Hill is an amazingly gifted and versatile singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist. A dynamic and engaging performer whose broad range of experience with jazz, folk, and world music gives his music a richness and depth rarely heard today.

Considered in the tradition of singer-songwriters, his voice draws comparisons to James Taylor, his incisive lyrics are reminiscent of Jackson Browne and Bruce Cockburn, and his musical dexterity and adventurousness is comparable to Tim Buckley. Hill, however, is following his own path, finding new textures and resonances, creating music with universal appeal in this global era.

As an original member of David Hykes' world-renowned group The Harmonic Choir, he is one of the pioneers in the art of harmonic singing, or overtone singing. Writing in the New York Times, Robert Palmer called Hill a virtuoso of the Tibetan chanting technique. Hill appears on eight recordings by David Hykes and The Harmonic Choir, including their landmark recording, Hearing Solar Winds, and has performed with them throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan.

He has also appeared as a guest vocalist on recordings by singer-songwriters Katell Keineg, Larry John McNally, Dorothy Scott, Jane Kelly Williams, new music cellist Robert Een, klezmer clarinetist extraordinaire Giora Feidman, and others.

Hill performs his music frequently in and around New York City, where he currently lives. He has appeared at Sin-e, Fez, Mercury Lounge, The Living Room, and Joe's Pub, alongside artists such as Jeff Buckley, Susan McKeown, Martha Wainwright, and Teddy Thompson. In the past few years he has begun touring around the United States and Europe.

He is currently involved in a wide variety of musical projects, including his group Wayfarer, with guitarist Brandon Ross, bassist Doug Weiss and percussionist Jeff Haynes; vocal research group Weave, with Marjorie Johnson, Seth Markel and Sanjay Cherubala; contemporary gospel group River, with Jane Kelly Williams, Dave Richards and Pete McDonald; and urban outsider acoustic group CC&H, with guitarists Chris Cunningham and Jason Crigler.

He has produced three CDs of his music, This Bright World, The Human Place, and Spirit's Body.

"Timothy Hill is an outstanding singer-songwriter whose beautifully expressive voice and texts, by turns warm and strong, personal and transcendent, are enchanting in their scope and range. The breadth and depth of his musical experiences, from some 30 years of overtone singing in The Harmonic Choir to pioneering contemporary, jazz and folk collaborations with a wide range of artists, gives his music and texts a special resonance and subtlety. An artist not be missed." David Hykes, founder/director, The Harmonic Choir

"Timothy Hill is a true poet soul folksinger." Larry John McNally, singer-songwriter, "Nobody's Girl"(Bonnie Raitt), "For My Wedding"(Don Henley)

2:30 PMSpecial Orchestra

Special Orchestra®, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to help persons with developmental disabilities share in the joy of making music. Using similarly tuned instruments (key of C), special orchestras can start playing right away! The New Mexico Special Orchestra, the pioneer ensemble of Special Orchestra, Inc., has been helping people with special needs make music since 1999.

3:30 PMSteve Cormier

Steve Cormier is touring again. After a number of years off, in which he took to teaching college history and acting in film and television shows, the singing bug bit him, hard it seems, and he's at it again. Cormier's music is mainly old and traditional cowboy fare. He also tells stories of his nine years as a ranch and farm hand, along with simply lying to see if he can get away with it. Age has added wisdom to his performances, sort of. They reflect being older, and perhaps, understanding a little more of why we are the way we are.

4:30 PMTim O'Brien and Darrell Scott

Highly regarded writer/singer/multi-instrumentalists Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott first joined forces in 2000 to record the deep and scintillating Real Time, which was widely acclaimed on release and has since become recognized as a towering achievement in Americana annals. O'Brien, who hails from West Virginia, was steeped in bluegrass and country, while Scott, from nearby Kentucky, straddled country and rock 'n' roll. "Tim and I both felt like we met at Hank Williams," says Scott. "Both of us can push the country button and be there," says Tim of their common ground. "We just stretch toward each other till we intersect."

Following that album, O'Brien and Scott became an in-demand touring act, hitting the road together whenever their schedules allowed. Meanwhile, the two multitaskers have conducted their parallel careers as solo artists and sidemen, cutting similarly wide swaths across the roots-music landscape. They've continued to release solo albums while leading their own bands and lending their talents to world-class musical aggregations - notably including O'Brien's stint in Mark Knopfler's touring unit and Scott's foray with Robert Plant's Band of Joy - as well as having their songs covered by the likes of the Dixie Chicks, Dierks Bentley, Nickel Creek, Kathy Mattea, Faith Hill, Guy Clark, Sam Bush, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, Garth Brooks, Patty Loveless, Trace Adkins and Tim McGraw. Along the way, Scott received a pair of Grammy nominations, and his composition "Hank Williams' Ghost" was honored as the 2007 Americana Song of the Year, while O'Brien's Fiddler's Green won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2005.

For all those who made Real Time an enduring part of their lives, and who hoped that these two rarefied artists would one day conjure up the magic they'd made together - something Scott describes, with the requisite glint in his eye, as "bigger than the sum of our parts, and our parts are pretty good to begin with" - the long-awaited Memories & Moments will not disappoint, and that's an understatement.

On the level of seamlessly infused tradition, the new album picks up where Real Time left off. "When Tim and I get together, we push each other's Appalachian roots buttons," Scott points out. "My Kentucky comes out, and so does his West Virginia. It happens naturally, it's not a strategy. We know Southern gospel, Jimmy Rodgers and the Carter Family, and not just a little - it's in our DNA. And when me and Tim sing close harmonies, that brother blend, like we do on Hank's 'Alone and Forsaken,' neither of us is behind the other; we both stand up and deliver."

A song from Memories & Moments, "Keep Your Dirty Lights On," received a 2014 Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Song. The song, which they wrote about the hot-button issue of mountaintop removal by coal companies, reflects their roots and current concerns.

5:30 PMWildewood

Wildewood is the culmination of three people's love for American roots music and a testament to the power of narrative working alongside diverse instrumentation to create moving stories. The songs are full of emotion echoed by swaying harmonies, whining steel guitars, and driving percussion. Together, Meredith Wilder, Greg Williams and Alex McMahon cover musical ground spanning folk, rock, country, blues, and something outside those boundaries entirely.

The trio formed in early 2011 and has found a comfortable niche in Albuquerque's growing Americana scene. Meredith Wilder's singing is angelic and poignant as she weaves storylines with diverse chord progressions and melodies. Greg Williams' percussion work is nothing less than tasteful and his harmonica and piano playing adds texture and contrast. Alex McMahon moves between electric and acoustic guitars as well as pedal steel guitar to fill out the sound with drive and twang, while occasionally singing alongside Meredith.

Wildewood has recently released their first full-length album. The album was recorded entirely in Greg Williams' south valley home, and was mastered locally in Albuquerque. It has the charm and intimacy of an inviting living room, and the delivery and punch of a professional album. The band is hoping to tour outside of New Mexico to support the album.

6:30 PMLiz Madden

With a voice that leaves a lasting impression with its deep emotion and energy, recording artist/songwriter Liz Madden is a classically trained vocalist who comes from a family lineage steeped in Irish traditional music. Primarily a Celtic/Folk singer, no genre can really encapsulate Liz as she moves with ease both as a singer and songwriter through most genres of music.

With a recording career that has spanned more than fifteen years, Liz has twelve albums to her credit. She has written and recorded with artists such as Richard Cottle (Seal, Wham, Eric Clapton), James Graydon (Emma Bunton), Paul Barrett (U2, Sinead O'Connor), Nigel Clark (Hue & Cry, Carol Kidd) and Fionan de Barra (Moya Brennan, Runa). Globally Liz's compositions and voice have been featured on hundreds of compilation albums and used in Film (Unborn but Forgotten) and TV, most recently by FUJI and OKSUSU TEA for their Asian TV Commercials. As a songwriter Liz has now started to write for other artists, collaborating with various writers in the process.

As a performer, Liz has headlined events worldwide including the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, the Lisdoonvarna Festival, the 7th Folk and Art Festival China, Feile Bride and various music festivals globally including the World Music Festival Israel where she performed with the Ra'annana Orchestra. Liz was honored to be the only artist asked to perform at the inaugural Nobel Women's Initiative Conference for an international audience which included five of the Nobel Peace Laureates. Most recent performances include Emerald Voices Chicago, the ABQ World Music Festival and a private performance for the US Air Force. Formerly one half of well known Irish duo Rua, Liz is now a member of the world music group, Shishonnah, with USA singer Jenne Lennon and producer/songwriter Roland Labana.

An accomplished musical theater performer, Liz has played lead roles in shows including Side by Side(Sondheim) and the musical cabaret "Whine Women and Song" in the USA. She was formerly a lead performer with the Drawing Room Opera Company. A voice teacher for over fifteen years, Liz has taught privately and coached workshops. She has prepared hundreds of students for auditions, performances and exams.

Liz has been involved with many charities and has performed for or released singles in support of Bee for Battens, The Variety Club of Ireland Children's Charity, Children in Crossfire and Chernobyl Children International. She was actively involved in her local and federal government in the creation of better housing for low income families in Arkansas where she used to reside.

Liz is currently working on three new recording projects and is in preparation for upcoming performances.

7:30 PMRamblin' Jack Elliott

One of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country, with over 40 albums under his belt, Ramblin' Jack Elliott is considered one of the country's legendary foundations of folk music.

Long before every kid in America wanted to play guitar -- before Elvis, Dylan, the Beatles or Led Zeppelin -- Ramblin' Jack had picked it up and was passing it along. From Johnny Cash to Tom Waits, Beck to Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder to Bruce Springsteen, the Grateful Dead to The Rolling Stones, they all pay homage to Ramblin' Jack Elliott.

In the tradition of roving troubadours Jack has carried the seeds and pollens of story and song for decades from one place to another, from one generation to the next. They are timeless songs that outlast whatever current musical fashion strikes today's fancy.

"His tone of voice is sharp, focused and piercing. All that and he plays the guitar effortlessly in a fluid flat-picking perfected style. He was a brilliant entertainer…. Most folk musicians waited for you to come to them. Jack went out and grabbed you….. Jack was King of the Folksingers." Bob Dylan, Chronicles: Volume One

There are no degrees of separation between Jack and the real thing. He is the guy who ran away from his Brooklyn home at fourteen to join the rodeo and learned his guitar from a cowboy. In 1950, he met Woody Guthrie, moved in with the Guthrie family and traveled with Woody to California and Florida, from the redwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters. Jack became so enthralled with the life and composer of "This Land Is Your Land," "The Dust Bowl Ballads," and a wealth of children's songs that he completely absorbed the inflections and mannerisms, leading Guthrie to remark, "Jack sounds more like me than I do."

In 1954, along with folksinging pals Frank Robinson and Guy Carawan, Jack journeyed south through Appalachia, Nashville and to New Orleans to hear authentic American country music. He later made this the basis for his talking song, "912 Greens."

In 1955 Jack married and traveled to Europe, bringing his genuine American folk, cowboy and blues repertoire and his guitar virtuosity, inspiring a new generation of budding British rockers, from Mick Jagger to Eric Clapton.

When he returned to America in 1961, he met another young folksinger, Bob Dylan, at Woody Guthrie's bedside, and mentored Bob. Jack has continued as an inspiration for every roots-inspired performer since.

Along the way he learned the blues first-hand from Leadbelly, Mississippi John Hurt, the Reverend Gary Davis, Big Bill Broonzy, Brownie Mcghee and Sonny Terry, Jesse Fuller and Champion Jack Dupree.

He has recorded forty albums; wrote one of the first trucking songs, Cup of Coffee, recorded by Johnny Cash; championed the works of new singer-songwriters, from Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson to Tim Hardin; became a founding member of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue; and continued the life of the traveling troubadour influencing Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Tom Russell The Grateful Dead and countless others.

In 1995, Ramblin' Jack received his first of four Grammy nominations and the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album, for "South Coast" (Red House Records).

In 1998, President Bill Clinton awarded Jack the National Medal of the Arts, proclaiming, "In giving new life to our most valuable musical traditions, Ramblin' Jack has himself become an American treasure."

In 2000, Jack's daughter, filmmaker, Aiyana Elliott produced and directed "The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack," her take on Jack's life and their fragile relationship, winning a Special Jury Prize from the Sundance Film Festival.

Through it all--though agents, managers, wives and recording companies have tried--Jack resisted being molded into a commercial commodity. He played his shows without a written set list or including any songs that did not ring with his gut feeling of what mattered to him.

Ramblin' Jack's life of travels, performances and recordings is a testament to the America of lore, a giant land of struggle, hard luck and sometimes even of good fortune. Ramblin' Jack takes us to places that spur us on to the romance and passion of life in the tunes and voices of real people.

At seventy-seven, Ramblin' Jack is still on the road, still seeking those people, places, songs and stories that are hand-crafted, wreaking of wood and canvas, cowhide and forged metal. You'll find him in the sleek lines of a long haul semi-truck, in the rigging of an old sailing ship, in the smell of a fine leather saddle.

And this year, you'll find him at the Albuquerque Folk Festival!

8:30 PMZoltan Orkestar

Zoltan Orkestar has been filling Albuquerque dance floors for more then four years, with their brand of high energy circus swing, and a quick dash of country twang you'll be on the dancefloor before you know what hit you. Comprised of top notch musical talent, the group is composed of Glynda Szekely on vocals, who comes all the way from Michigan to share her legendary voice. Glynda is affectionately known as "the hummingbird of the gods". Zoltan Szekely plays fiery guitar. Zoltan has an impressive musical resume, including a stint in the New York musical "Chutzpah" as well as touring Romania with Al Dimeola's drummer Csaba Cserey. Zoltan, being a jack of all trades, is also featured as a musician in the Disney movie "The Lone Ranger" and will be playing washboard in Seth McFarlane's new movie "A Million Ways to Die in the West" coming out next summer. On accordion is John Keith, who often appears on stages across the nation with greats like Eric McFadden as well as the Polkettes. Upright bass is handled by Michael Grimes, a regular in Albuquerque jazz clubs. Michael has played with many greats including Bernadette Seacrest. Together they are an unstoppable well-oiled and witty machine known as Zoltan Orkestar.

Zoltan Orkestar will be playing mostly oddball originals usually written in a state of frenzied mania by Zoltan. Stylistically eclectic these songs range from wild Eastern European circus polkas, to gypsy swing, waltzes and jazzy ballads. Favorite subjects include clowns, emperors, and the grandiose dreams of ego-maniacs as well as some love songs and jazzy revelations. The program will also include some bluegrass adaptations and New Orleans style jazz classics.

9:30 PMCactus Tractor

Cactus Tractor is a seven-person Bohemian Pop Folk Disco (beau-pop-faux-disc) band based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with four songwriters, toothsome harmonies, and a crazy multitude of fun stringed and unstrung instruments. These include, but are not limited to, the hula horn (invented by Christy), the musical saw (which is dangerous), the violin (which is also dangerous if you're standing just to the left), the accordion (which is heavy), the charango (which attracts a lot of attention despite its small stature-much like its player, Stef!), buckets-and-buckets-full of harmonicas (which often fall on the ground and cause great consternation), frogs (which croak when struck with a stick-try it out!), and tea towels (which, laid artfully over a snare drum, make for a proper English quiet-funky kit sound). We love playing farmers' markets, house shows, cafes, beer gardens, petting zoos, nursing homes, and just about anyplace where we will find teenagers uncomfortable to be with their parents.

Unplugged Outlet


TimeNameDescription
10:30 AMSinging Pilgrims

Natasha Coffing and Jeanne Page are pilgrims on a musical journey sharing their story through heart-felt ballads and toe-tappin' fiddle tunes in Celtic, traditional, gospel and original Americana genres.

11:30 AMBlack River Falling

Formerly known as Snake Oil Market, this quartet began as a trio in 2006 to create and perform original music for the Tricklock Theatre Company production, "Black River Falling." They performed with the production on tour in Germany and Poland, and reprised the play for several theatrical runs since then, most recently to sold-out houses this past November as part of Tricklock's 20th season. The band now consists of Casey Mráz on banjo, Erin Phillips Mráz on fiddle, Joshua Gingerich on guitar, and Peter Lisignoli on bass. They combine their backgrounds in bluegrass, old-time, cajun, country, and jazz to create new music that sounds as old as the hills they didn't grow up in.

12:30 PMColeman Academy of Irish Dance

The Coleman Academy of Irish Dance will give you a high-energy glimpse into traditional Irish step dancing. Accompanied by the talented musicians of Saoirse, these dancers will put on a high-stepping, toe-tapping show. Check them out indoors at the Unplugged Outlet and then follow them outside after a short break for a lesson in the workshop tent.

1:30 PMLone Piñon

Lone Piñon plays traditional music from the region known as El Rio Grande del Norte, along with Mexican Son Huasteco and Missouri fiddle tunes. Lone Piñon is Jordan Wax on violin and accordion, Greg Glassman on guitar, and Noah Martinez on guitarron.

2:30 PMBufé

Truly musical smorgasbord of folk traditional classics and modern melodies

3:30 PML'apothicaire et le graveur

"L'apothicaire et le graveur", or "The Pharmacist and the Printmaker" is an Albuquerque-based musical ensemble focused on the traditional music of Brittany, Galicia, and other regions. The ensemble consists of Susan "SuZanfoña" Kunkel and Matthew Tuttle, whose shared love of travel and ethnic music led to the creation of the group. Matthew and Susan play a variety of instruments--traditional and otherwise. Much of the melodic structure is provided by Susan's hurdy gurdy playing and is supported by Matthew's percussive textures on riq, doumbek and tar. The group's name is derived from the two band members' occupations: Susan is an informatics pharmacist, and Matthew is an intaglio printmaker.

4:30 PMEagle's Whistle

Eagle's Whistle, consisting of Andy Moss (pennywhistle, concertina and vocals), Michael Coy (fiddle, bouzouki, mandolin and vocals) and Donna Coy (guitar, bodhran and vocals), has been playing Celtic music off and on in the Albuquerque area since the early 90's. Throughout the years they have accumulated a wide range of songs and tunes from Ireland and Scotland and other Celtic traditions. Eagle's Whistle was the first band to perform at the original O'Niell's on Central Avenue near UNM. They have also played at Pete's Cantina, Two Fools Pub, and at various Celtic Festivals, private parties, grower's markets and weddings, and have been featured several times on KUNM's Home of Happy Feet. Listeners are transported back to the pubs of Ireland when they hear the strains of pennywhistle and fiddle playing familiar tunes, and the lovely voice of Donna Coy singing haunting ballads.

5:30 PMDjango Mex

Django Mex is a new trio whose repertoire includes 1930's Swing Jazz, Mexican Polkas and Cajun Zydeco tunes. Their all-ages appeal is fresh, fun and festive, and the double bass and button accordion always get attention! Their unique and lively sound is a hybrid of the styles permeating the musical culture of the Land of Enchantment. ¡Qué viven New Mexican mountain music!