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10301 Comanche NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111
505. 237.2048


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*        Irish Fiddle Course - Harlow Pinson, Instructor. Join Harlow Pinson for six two-hour workshops on playing traditional Irish fiddle. We will explore technique, effective practice, Irish rhythms, regional styles and history, ornamentation, and tune acquisition: learning both by ear, and from the written note. We will learn about the Irish music "session" and find the skills and confidence to play in one. This class is for advanced beginners or intermediates. Beginners at the violin will have difficulty. Cellos and violas are welcome if you can read treble clef. You should have basic violin skills and be able to play through a few tunes on your own. Book: O'Neill's Music of Ireland. (Be sure and get the un-abridged version that includes O'Carolan Planxty compositions). Available at Apple Mountain Music.

-- Harlow Pinson has been playing Irish fiddle music since he was young. He was classically trained as a Suzuki violinist in the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory program, and later studied jazz violin at The Berklee school of Music. He plays many different musical instruments and styles, and performs with several ensembles, and has taught music to small groups for over 20 years. This class will be held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd. NE, Albuquerque. Please call 505-237-2048 to register. Note: this class will require at least four participants so if you plan to attend, please register early.
Tuesday evenings, November 11 - December 16, 2014          7:00pm - 9:00pm           Fee: $100


*        Tim May and Steve Smith – In Concert – Please join us for an evening of original, traditional and swing music with mandolinist/vocalist Steve Smith and Nashville guitarist/vocalist Tim May. The two musicians have collaborated in studio and on stages in the southwest and now bring their acoustic brand of fire on the strings to Apple Mountain Music in Albuquerque, NM. Smith and May originally met while on staff at Camp Bluegrass in Levelland Texas and quickly discovered many common musical threads for exploration honoring tradition and improvisation. Their new CD/EP Tim May and Steve Smith (seven songs) reflects upon this acoustic music force the duo has become. The songs include original vocals and instrumentals as well as the Beatles and traditional jazz. This concert will be held at Apple Mountain Music , 10301 Comanche, NE, Albuquerque. Please call 505-237-2048 to reserve your seat as space is limited.

Friday evening, November 14, 2014           7:30pm           Admission: $15


*        Holiday Music for Mountain DulcimerIrma Reeder, Instructor. Get a head start on the holidays! This class is for anyone who enjoys Christmas music. Whether you are a beginning or intermediate mountain dulcimer player, if you can read tab and play basic chords, you will enjoy learning fresh arrangements of both traditional and lesser known carols. Come join the fun! Call Apple Mountain Music at 505-237-2048 to register.

Saturday morning November 15, 2014           9:00am – 11:00am           Fee: $25 plus tax payable to Irma Reeder


*        The Highland Soles Trio – Ed, Lilly & Neil Perlman - In Concert – Please join us for a fantastic evening of fiddles, piano and mandolin! The Highland Soles Trio, based in Boston and Maine, presents powerful music and dance from a family trio immersed in the traditions of Scotland and Cape Breton. Ed Perlman has performed, taught, and promoted fiddle music, particularly that of Scotland and Cape Breton for over 30 years. Equal parts Northeast Scottish and Cape Breton dance hall, Ed's playing is a rich expression of the multi-faceted Boston Scottish music scene, a scene that he played a central role in creating. Ed directed the Boston Scottish Fiddle Club for 18 years. He has taught countless students in private lessons, classes, workshops, and music camps including Ohio Scottish Arts School for 16 summers, Maine Fiddle Camp, Pinewoods music and dance camps, Blazin-in-Beauly fiddle camp in Scotland, Swannanoa Celtic Week, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, and Ashokan Celtic Week. Lilly Pearlman is an excellent fiddler, matching note for note with her Dad. Rooted in traditional Cape Breton piano styles, Neil Perlman brings in ideas from many other genres and the result is an exciting new sound that remains true to its traditional roots. Together they represent the flow of tradition from one generation to the next, playing music that speaks to us all. This concert will be held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd. NE, Albuquerque. Please call 505-237-2048 to reserve your seat as space is limited.

Saturday evening November 22, 2014           7:00pm           Admission: $15


*       The Alexander Technique for Musicians - Ethan Kind, Instructor. The Alexander Technique teaches you to identify and change poor body habits that cause physical pain, muscle tension and repetitive movement injury. Ethan Kind, a certified Alexander Technique teacher, will show you how to stop hurting your body when you play or perform - with your instrument and/or your voice. This technique is not about letting go of intensity in performance, but letting go of physical tension, which wears out joints and strains muscles. In this workshop you will learn the principles of good general posture in performance and principles of good technique specific to your instrument or voice. This will allow you to play and/or sing dynamically with less effort and without pain. It will also give you the ability to sense, feel and observe what you are doing when you perform so that you will be able to give your performance as a gift. Call Apple Mountain Music at 505-237-2048 to register.

Saturday morning December 6, 2014           9:00am - 11:00am           Fee: $15


*       A Celtic Christmas CelebrationLiz Madden & Friends – A Celtic Christmas Celebration features the dazzling voice of Irish singer/songwriter Liz Madden accompanied by well-known musicians Danielle Frabutt, Chris Nolan and Dain Forsythe. With twelve albums to her credit, Liz Madden has performed worldwide and her voice and songwriting skills have been described as “second to none.” Liz and friends will perform a magical evening of Christmas and Irish music that will put you in the spirit of the season! This concert will be held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd. NE, Albuquerque. Please call 505-237-2048 to reserve your seat as space is limited! Note: Liz’s concert was sold out in August so make your reservation early!

Saturday evening December 6, 2014           7:00pm           Admission: $15


*       Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones Old Time Concert - Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones will bring their own brand of southern old-time song-duets and fiddle/banjo/mando tunes from Galax, Virginia to Apple Mountain Music. Erynn Marshall lives in Galax, Virginia with Carl where old-time music has deep roots and continues to thrive. She has played for over thirty years, recorded several CDs, published a book on WV fiddle/song traditions, filmed a instructional DVD, and won numerous awards for her fiddling. She was the first woman and person from outside the US to win first in fiddle at the prestigious "Clifftop" (Appalachian Stringband Festival). Erynn released Tune Tramp in 2013 - a CD that features 45 traditional musicians from across North America. For five years she directed the concert series at the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax, Virginia. Erynn is a sought after performer and teacher across North America and in Europe. Carl Jones, originally from Macon, Georgia was once part of the Rising Fawn ensemble with Norman and Nancy Blake. He has performed with James Bryan, Bruce Green, Don Pedi, Beverly Smith and others. Carl currently performs with his wife and musical partner - fiddler, Erynn Marshall. With many recordings to his credit, Carl just released a new CD of his original songs called, Traveling Star. He is widely respected for his fine musicianship on many stringed instruments and his honest, original songs about the moment-to-moment, joys and tribulations, of day-to-day life in the South. Carl's songs have been recorded by the Nashville Bluegrass Band, Kate Campbell, Rickie Simpkins with Tony Rice and others. This concert will be held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd. NE, Albuquerque. Please call 505-237-2048 to reserve your seat as space is limited.

Saturday evening December 13t, 2014           8:00pm           Fee: $15


*        Laughing Spirit Chorus - Cathleen Wilder, Instructor. Please join us for this fun, supportive choir! We will sing rounds and part songs from a variety of genres including folk, spirituals, madrigals and more! The term will culminate with a low-key performance. No experience necessary, but regular attendance and the basic ability to carry a tune are. Singer, teacher, and workshop presenter, Cathleen Wilder has been teaching the popular How to Sing in the Shower classes for over twenty years and is the former director of the Laughing Spirit Chorus. A dynamic, fun and inspiring teacher, her uniquely effective style draws from a variety of disciplines including, yoga, dance, world music, psychology and spirituality, not to mention 15 years of singing with top-notch choirs including the Eugene Bach Festival Chorus and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. A west coast native, Cathleen has brought her playful, holistic, non-judgmental teaching style to a numerous venues including Seattle Folklife, the Seattle World Rhythm Festival, Willamette Valley Folk Festival and Breitenbush Hotsprings Retreat Center. Her work has been reviewed by the Seattle Times, the Los Angeles Times and on Weekend America. This class will be held at Apple Mountain Music. Please call 505-237-2048 to register.
Saturday afternoons, January 10 - March 28           4:00pm - 5:30pm          Fee: $120 for Sopranos and Altos          $60 for Tenors and Basses


*       Third Saturday Celtic Session - Tom Tunney, host. Please join us on the third Saturday afternoon of every month for an open Irish Session. All skill levels are welcome! This session is designed for anyone who wants to learn and practice Celtic tunes. We will start with a set list that contains about 100 common session tunes and we will add new ones when we master the first group. Basic session etiquette will be discussed and followed, but we will play at any easy tempo that is slower than a typical session, and the tunes will be repeated numerous times. The use of sheet music is welcomed, but memorizing tunes is encouraged. Click here for the set list. We hope you will take the set list with you to work on, and we will discuss resources that are available to help you learn the tunes at home. Looking forward to seeing you on the 3rd Saturday of every month!
3rd Saturday of every month           2:00pm - 4:00pm           Fee: Donation

Announcing new business hours! Starting the first week in September, Apple Mountain Music will be open Fridays from 11:00am - 5:00pm and Saturdays from 9:00am - 4:00pm. We will be available by appointment only Monday through Thursday. Call 505-237-2048 or email Debra at to schedule a time. Apple Mountain Music will continue to host evening classes during the week, private lessons each day, workshops, classes and sessions on Saturdays and our wonderful house concerts! We sincerely appreciate the love and support from our musical community and look forward to continuing to serve you!

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Note: Please register early as workshops with insufficient enrollment will be cancelled. If this happens, we will be sure to promptly notify you by phone or email. Please make sure to leave a reliable phone and/or email address when registering and check your voice mail or email the day before the workshop is scheduled to take place. If your workshop is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, inclement weather, instructor illness, or any other reason, you will have the option of a full refund or funds being applied toward another workshop.


And Don't Forget...


Harps of Serenity - A Beginner's Harp Circle

  1st Saturday of the month.

11:30 - 1:00pm

Fee: $5.00


Jamming for Fun/Beginner's Jam

2nd Saturday of the month

2:00 pm to 3:30pm


Open Irish Session

3rd Saturday of the month

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Apple Mountain Jam

 Intermediate to Advanced

4th Saturday of the month

 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Canterbury Harp Ensemble

1st Saturday of the month

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm 


Intermediate Hammered Dulcimer Class

2nd Saturday of the month

12:30 to 1:30 pm

Fee: $20



Hammered Dulcimer for Advanced Beginners

 George Miles, Instructor. This group class will be an opportunity for beginning hammer dulcimer players with some experience to slowly and methodically take their skills to higher levels on a progressive basis. This new Advanced Beginner's group will be an on-going, monthly session that will focus on applying basic techniques to various forms of music in an ensemble setting. We will apply our knowledge of strategic hammer patterns, ornamentation, and musicality to music arranged in multiple voices. Please note: as a consideration to other members of the group, please be sure your dulcimer is tune when you arrive.

3rd Saturday of each month

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Fee: $20


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