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Albuquerque, NM 87111
505. 237.2048


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*      The Songwriter's Guitar – Jack Williams, Instructor. In this workshop we will be considering every aspect of the guitar in the songwriting process - from initial ideas to finished performance. There will be a special emphasis on the "Guitar as Greek Chorus": as accompanist, inspiration, commentator, colorist, comforter, crutch, and as equal partner in songwriting. We will also discuss how and when the guitar can hinder the songwriting process, as well as how it can add melody, counter-melody, and the "glue" to vocal melody, which can sustain and propel a song. We will also talk about the development of "relative pitch" - an essential for players as well as writers. There will be a gentle discussion and critique of songs written (or in progress) by the students. Note: Jack will also be in featured in a private house on Saturday evening March 18th. Contact Dan Boling at 505-228-2530 for an invitation or email him at This workshop will be held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd NE in Albuquerque. Please call 505-237-2048 to reserve your place in the class.

Sunday afternoon March 19th, 2017           3:00pm – 5:00pm           Fee: $40

*      Karen Alley In Concert – Please join us for an evening of eclectic music played on folk instruments! Karen Alley, the 2014 National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, will be delighting listeners with her amazing skill and creative arrangements. Karen will be joined by Albuquerque locals Scott and Irma Reeder on a variety of instruments and vocals, and Gretchen Van Houten on fiddle and guitar. Together they will explore American folk music, Celtic melodies, show tunes, and beyond. We know you'll leave with your toes tapping and a new appreciation for the range of beautiful sounds these instruments can produce. This house concert will be held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd NE in Albuquerque. Please call 505-237-2048 to reserve your seat as space is limited!
Saturday evening April 1, 2017           7:00pm, doors open at 6:30pm          Fee: $15


*       Saoirse In Concert – Saoirse, Albuquerque's finest 'Celtic-Eclectic' band, plays progressive Celtic World music. Complimentary vocals, along with a richly layered mix of flutes, fiddles, concertina, guitars, banjos, mandolins and bodhráns and sometimes Uilleann pipes, make Saoirse an enjoyable listening experience, and a great introduction the power and beauty of the Celtic musical tradition. Don't miss this Southwest favorite! This will be a benefit house concert for the Albuquerque Folk Festival and will be held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd NE in Albuquerque. In typical house concert fashion, we’ll provide a couple of snacks and a cooler for your beverages. If you like, bring a snack or beverages to share. The concert is 7:30pm - 9:00pm, but come early (doors open at 6:30) for socializing and snacks. Please call 505-237-2048 to reserve your seat. Space is limited! Friday evening April 7, 2017           7:30pm, doors open at 6:30           Suggested Donation: $15 


*       Springtime Sing-a-long with Dan Matthews - Celebrate Springtime with your friends and family! Come out for an afternoon of singing some well-loved folk songs and to support the Albuquerque Folk Festival! Dan Matthews has lead small sing-a-longs at a jam tent at AFF for many years. If you enjoyed last year's sing-along at the Albuquerque Folk Festival (or if you missed it because there were so many other things going on), be sure to put April 29th on your calendar! Dan Matthews is hosting another sing-along at Apple Mountain Music from 2 pm to 4 pm. His formula is to pick familiar and very singable songs to sing and play loud - so people will be less self-conscious and have permission to sing loud themselves! Think of three folk songs you like from the folk revival of the '50s and '60s-one of them will be on the list.

Dan doesn't perform these days. His joy is singing with people not singing for people, whether it's a song circle or at the Albuquerque Folk Festival. So bring along your voice and enthusiasm, and spend a beautiful New Mexico Spring afternoon singing those oldie-but-goodie folk songs. Invite your friends! Invite your family! Everyone is welcome! This sing-a-long is a benefit for the Albuquerque Folk Festival and will be held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd NE in Albuquerque. Space is limited so come early!

Saturday afternoon April 29, 2017          2:00 - 4:00pm, doors open at 1:30pm          Suggested donation: $15 at the door


*       Ted Yoder In Concert - Critically acclaimed musician Ted Yoder is widely considered “the Bela Fleck of the hammered dulcimer." The Goshen, Indiana-based instrumentalist-composer-singer, has dazzled audiences nationally in diverse settings. In intimate gatherings, club venues, festivals, and comfy bar and grill performances, Ted forges meaningful bonds with the audience. His charisma and warm candour come through as he tailors each set to the energy of the audience. A National Hammered Dulcimer champion, he has released five beloved and critically acclaimed solo albums, and become a master educator of the instrument. Ted has been profiled in the Kearney Hub, Huffington Post, and on NPR’s All Things Considered show, among many other features, profiles, and reviews in regional and national outlets. On Wednesday, August 24th, 2016, Ted became something of a household name when a Facebook Live video of him from his Live From the Orchard series playing Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” went viral. The video rocketed up to 53 million views in four days! View the video here. In performance, Ted whisks his audience away on a spiritually uplifting journey across genres. He powerfully personalizes classics across genres and eras as only he can—including Irish traditionals, worship music favorites, pop and rock songs from Eagles and The Beatles—with his symphonic solo musician touch. He also includes in his set his own gorgeously impressionistic compositions that have become modern standards for his devoted fan base. This concert will be held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd NE in Albuquerque. Please call 505-237-2048 to reserve your seat as space is very limited.

Friday evening May 19, 2017 7:00pm, doors open at 6:30pm Admission: $20

*       Foundations for Arranging – Ted Yoder, Instructor. In this two hour clinic for Hammered Dulcimer, Ted Yoder will present “things I'd wish I was taught many years ago.” We'll focus on simple and advanced ways of making full and musical arrangements. Note: this clinic will start at 3pm sharp. Please have your dulcimer tuned and ready to go. Please call Apple Mountain Music to reserve your spot. Space is limited!

Sunday afternoon May 21, 2017 3:00pm – 5:00pm Fee: $40

*       Albuquerque Megaband - The New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society (FolkMADS) promotes and teaches traditional music and dance (see FolkMADS sponsors “The Albuquerque Megaband,” - an open community band providing 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 many 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 will be held on the second Saturday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd. NE. Although membership is encouraged, participants do not need to be members of FolkMADS. There is no fee for participation however, donations will be accepted to help cover expenses. Questions regarding the Megaband may be sent to Bruce Thomson (
Second Saturdays of each month 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.




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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...



Slow Celtic Session

1st Saturday of the month

10:00am – 12:00pm


Canterbury Harp Ensemble

1st Saturday of the month

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm 


Gregg Daigle's Early Bird Slow Bluegrass Jam
2nd Saturday of the month
9:00am - 10:30am


 Scottish Session

2nd Sunday of the month

2:00pm – 4:00pm


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


Hammered Dulcimer for Advanced Beginners

 3rd Saturday of each month

11:00am - 12:00 pm

Fee: $20


Albuquerque Megaband Practice

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An Open Community Band – Musicians of all skill levels are welcome!
Second Saturday of the Month
2:00pm – 4:00pm



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