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We're working on 2015 information.

We're back at last year's location: The Albuquerque International Ballooon Museum. We're busy planning what should be the best Albuquerque Folk Festival yet, with camping and jamming Friday and Saturday nights, and entertainment, workshops, and dancing all day Saturday, June 6. As soon as we have final information, we'll put it up here. In the meantime, we've left the 2014 information up so you can get a feel for the fun you'll have at the Albuquerque Folk Festival.

2014 Workshops

Wanna Play? Here's your chance!

The workshop schedule for the 2014 Albuquerque Folk Festival is coming together.

All of these workshops are designed for festival goers' participation. Even if you don't have an instrument to play, workshop presenters and/or other participants can often loan you one or share theirs to give you chance for a little hands on. Don't be shy! Come join the fun! And if you do have an instrument at home, don't hesitate to bring it along. We have an instrument check room available from the festival start until 10:00 PM so you don't have to lug that instrument around all day if you don't want to.

One of the great things about the folk festival is that everybody participates. Performers are more than willing to share their expertise with everyone at the festival. This year, you'll find Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott, Birds of Chicago, Tina Gugeler, Spencer & Rains, Timothy Hill, and more giving workshops.

Workshops labeled with a (B) are especially targeted to beginners. If a workshop is labeled with an (I), it's for intermediate players.

Thanks to Scott Reeder for organizing the instrumental workshops and Art and Jenn Brooks for organizing the vocal workshops.

Workshop Tent 1

10:30 AMABCs of Banjo!Pat Neff

Using the I, IV. V chord progressions up the neck. Play some of the songs you already know on upper positions on the banjo neck. A great step to being a better banjoist.

11:30 AMTin Whistle (B)Andy Moss

Workshop for whistle beginners. In one hour, play a few tunes. Have lots of fun.

12:30 PMMountain Dulcimer (B)Irma Reeder

Spend some time enjoying this versatile instrument! It's easy and fun to get started. We'll cover some basics for beginners, then enjoy playing songs with parts for all skill levels. Come and play along! Some instruments provided. Irma is the 2009 Colorado State and 2011 Texas State mountain dulcimer champion. She is also co-founder and director of the New Mexico Dulcimer Festival.

1:30 PMListening and Performing on the EdgeTim O'Brien and Darrell Scott

Tim and Darrell are known for their spontaneity in performance. They will demonstrate and discuss getting in the zone where anything can and does happen.

2:30 PMKlezmer MusicBeth Cohen

Klezmer refers to the the dance music of the eastern European Jewish people. Learn to play a klezmer dance tune with Beth Cohen: a long-time ABQ music teacher and folk musician, Community Klezmer band director since 1995, co-producer of KlezmerQuerque & band member of The Rebbe's Orkestra & Goddess of Arno. All levels of musicians and all instruments are welcome.

3:30 PMUkulele (B)High Desert Sand Fleas Ukulele Club

This workshop is intended to be an introduction to this fun and portable instrument - learn strumming, a few chords and techniques that will get you playing - Loaners available. Hawaiian shirts are optional.

Workshop Tent 2

10:30 AMMandolin (B)Laurie Phillips

Bring your ax and learn which end is right (and don't be left). You don't need to read music ... but we won't hold it against you if you can! We'll discuss the local music scene, point to some things to work on, and practice some basic moves and tactics. And we WILL learn a tune. As always: a handout to take home!

11:30 AMCarp Camp TunesTina Gugeler

In its purest form, folk music is that which is learned by playing with others. Someone will bring a tune to a gathering such as a festival jam, others will learn it, then share after they return to their homes. Tunes literally move across the country this way. Meeting annually since about 1983, Carp Camp is one of dozens of musician camps at the Walnut Valley Festival (Winfield, KS). Denver musician and year 2000 National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, Tina Gugeler, has been learning/sharing tunes at Carp Camp for years. In this workshop, she'll teach you a couple standard Carp Camp tunes, followed by jamming on other standard camp tunes. Tina will emphasize the culture in which these songs are shared. All instruments, chording and melody, are welcome – or come to just have a great time listening.

12:30 PMHammered Dulcimer (B)Scott Reeder

If you can tap a tune out on a table top, then you can play hammered dulcimer. Come check out this many-stringed instrument, and see how fun it is to play!

1:30 PMApple Mountain Strings & Things Folk ClubApple Mountain String & Things

Albuquerque-based acoustic instrument club where players at all skill levels enjoy well-loved folk tunes with friends. Come and just listen, or bring your instrument and play along.

2:30 PMBodhrán (B)Dain Forsythe

You'll feel the heartbeat of Irish traditional music when you learn the rudiments of how to play Ireland's drum. This is a hands on workshop for everyone.

3:30 PMAlbuquerque Accordion ClubAlbuquerque Accordion Club

A variety of folk, multicultural and fun tunes.

The club provides a regular forum where accordion players of all skill levels, beginners to advanced, have a place to play for and with like-minded other people in a supportive, non-competitive atmosphere.

4:30 PMReserved for Band Scramble Practice
5:30 PMSinging Harmony 101 with Soulful SpiritualsDanielle Boudreau

Using foot-tapping, hand-clapping spirituals, this workshop simplifies singing in harmony with other people. We will cover basic mechanics of what makes harmony sound so darn good, and how you can bring the magic with you anytime you're singing in a group. For brand-new and long-time harmonizers alike.

Workshop Tent 3

10:30 AMWomen's BarbershopRoute 66 Sound

This a capella chorus creates exciting performances that push the envelope of the barbershop art form. Come learn about female barbershop singing and join in the experience.

11:30 AMTan Y Ddraig Welsh ChoirTan y Ddraig Welsh Choir

Tan y Ddraig (Dragon's Breath), a small local mixed voice Welsh Choir, will present and teach a few traditional songs in Welsh (Cymraeg). Join us for a fun session of "tap dancing with your tongue."

For more information on joining or booking, contact Patsy Gregory at 505-243-3174 or by email

12:30 PMBalkan SingingAlbuquerque Global Choir

If you can quack like a duck, you can start singing with the vocal resonance that characterizes much of Balkan music! Zack Kear and Danielle Boudreau from the Albuquerque Global Choir will get you singing traditional songs and harmonies from the Balkan area of Eastern Europe.

1:30 PMLearn to SingCliff Johnson

Important elements of singing: Breathing, body alignment, care of the voice, vocal range, dynamics, and resonance.

2:30 PMShape Note Singing

Learn a way of reading music that dates back to 1801. Learn about this unique tradition while singing in four-part harmony. All vocal parts are welcome. No experience is necessary.

3:30 PMCowboy/Country Sing AlongWing & a Prayer

Founded in 2004, Wing & a Prayer's primary purpose is to play free of charge at nursing homes and elder care facilities. However, people of all ages enjoy the repertoire. Come join us in singing and playing the timeless genres of country gospel, cowboy, and old-time fiddle.

4:30 PMCeltic Singers of New MexicoCeltic Singers of New Mexico

Enjoy listening to and singing choral and work songs in Scots Gallic, Broad Scots and English.

5:30 PMSong CircleAlbuquerque Folk Song Circle

FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 8:00 P.M. TO MIDNIGHT Each participant in the circle may lead a song, do a solo, request a song, or pass. Bring enthusiasm, songbooks, instruments, beverages/snacks, kids, and friends. Contact: Rodema Ashby 999-0035 Email:

Workshop 4 Indoors

10:30 AMHarmonic SingingTimothy Hill

Timothy Hill is well known for his talents as a vocal artist. By using his vocal chords in unique ways, he can produce multiple pitches at the same time. Come to this workshop to listen to Mr. Hill and experiment with your own voice.

11:30 AMFiddle Chording or How to Play Tunes You've Never HeardSpencer & Rains

Tricia Spencer will teach her technique for chording fiddle tunes, an ideal method for learning tunes on the fly. Fiddle chording also allows a fiddler to focus on bowing rather than those pesky notes and opens up a new way to play old time music in jam settings. Howard Rains will provide guitar accompaniment and humorous commentary.

12:30 PMCowboy Ranch Work Songs and Not So Cowboy Work SongsSteve Cormier

The workshop will cover traditional open range and ranch songs from the late l9th and mid 20th century and also a Hollywood tune or two to show the difference between the work songs (19th and mid 20th) and play songs (Hollywood).

1:30 PMHarmonica (B)Jimmy Abraham

Harmonica is an easy instrument to play. You can stay really basic with it, or become a virtuoso with practice! Jimmy Abraham of the Adobe Brothers will get you started in this workshop. Bring a harmonica in the key of C or buy an inexpensive one from one of our festival vendors before the workshop. We'll have a limited number of free harmonicas at the workshop on a first-come, first-served basis.

2:30 PMArranging Songs for a Full BandBirds of Chicago

Put some meat on those bones: arranging singer/songwriter music for a full band. Experience the inner workings of bringing a song to life within a band.

3:30 PMOld and New RoundsMarj Mullany

Round singing is one of the easiest ways to achieve group harmony. Come and sing a few easy, well known rounds, then work for a while on more difficult, unfamiliar ones. Words will be provided, lovely harmony will happen!

Workshop 5 Indoors

10:30 AMFiddle Tunes in Calico Tuning (I)Canote Brothers

This workshop will focus on fiddle tunes in the key of A, with the fiddle tuned to AEAC# - also known as "Calico" tuning. (Banjos are tuned to regular A). Greg Canote says, "Calico tunes have a really archaic sound. You pick up the fiddle and automatically go back 100 years."

11:30 AMJaw Harp (B)Kenneth Dean

Symphony musician Ken Dean will go over basic techniques for this ancient mouth-resonated instrument. Feel free to bring your own instruments. There will be a limited number of instruments available for $6.00 each at the workshop.

12:30 PMBluegrass HarmoniesHigher Ground

Workshop will cover some basics of singing as well as illustrating basic harmonies. May include some audience participation.

1:30 PMRhythm Bones (B)David Wilson

Learn how to play this simple but versatile rhythm instrument. Bones can be played with almost any genre of folk music and fit nicely in your back pocket. A limited supply of bones will be available for use during the workshop. Otherwise, bring your own or buy yourself a pair for an affordable price from our vendors.

2:30 PMIrish Fiddle (I)Gary Papenhagen

Irish Fiddle is distinguished by its ornaments and bowing rhythms. I'll introduce the ornaments; the cut, the turn, and the bowed treble, and the bowing rhythms of the hornpipe, jig, and reel. Excerpts of several tunes will be used to demonstrate the various bowings. If time allows the group can pick from those several tunes and we'll learn one by ear.

3:30 PMFingerpicking HardwareBruce Davis

Perhaps you are considering using fingerpicks to play your instrument, or maybe you have an issue with what you are presently using. We will look at the many styles on the market today, and though most are not available locally, this class will help you find the right picks for you.