June 2007 Folk Enews

Happy Solstice, Folkies,

This month’s cool news is that Las Cruces fiddler/coach Rus Bradburd has written a book of international interest. UNM Press has published “Paddy on the Hardwood: A Journey in Irish Hoops.” paddy-cover.jpg The book chronicles Rus’s time struggling to learn the Irish fiddle as his national Irish basketball team nose-dived into last place. Every chapter is the name of an Irish fiddle tune. The Chicago Tribune called it “the best book of 2006.” Check out amazon.com or your local bookstore to order the book. I read it when I was in Silver City recently; it was fun!

The FOLKMADS calendar deadline with Nancy Ford, nancford@nmia.com, is tight this month because the bulk mailing party has to be earlier than usual. So get Nancy info for the July/August calendar/newsletter no later than June 15 or it won’t get in!

If you eat at Il Vicino’s in Albuquerque on Monday, June 11, a portion of the restaurant’s proceeds will be donated to the Albuquerque Folk Festival (more on that below). You must bring this flyer with you to Il Vicino on June 11 to activate the donation.

Corrales Sing, Friday, June 1
FOLK SONG CIRCLE. Newcomers welcome! They’re meeting in June to sing of UNIONS, LABOR, MINING, AND LOGGING.
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: Laurie McPherson 898-6978
Email: lauriemcpherson@hotmail.com or lmcpherson@salud.unm.edu
114 Coronado Road, Corrales, 87048
(Directions: From the intersection of Alameda and Coors, go 1.8 miles north on Corrales Road. Pass the Chevron station, go several blocks. Just past the Horseman’s Supply store, turn left on Coronado Road. Post office is too far. They’re the second house on the right, come in past the barns to park.)

Albuquerque Contra Dance, Saturday, June 2
Kris Jensen calling and the Virginia Creepers (Peter White and Bruce Thomson on fiddle, Laurie Phillips on mandolin, Rick Olcott on guitar, Scott Mathis on guitaron and Steve Huestis on banjo) playing hot old-time dance tunes. 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., acoustic jam at 6:30 p.m. and newcomers class at 7 p.m. Heights Community Center, 823 Buena Vista SE (1 block east of University, south of Lead/Coal). Bring clean dance shoes. No shoes with nails or that leave black scuff marks, please. $6 members, $7 others.

Durango Contra Dance, Saturday, June 2
Caller is Chad Filipski from Buena Vista, CO with live music by Durango’s Kitchen Jam Band. VFW Hall, 1550 Main Avenue, Durango. Beginner instruction is at 7:00 p.m. Dancing is from 7:30 to 10:30. For further information, call 970-259-6820. Special “Bakers Dance”: Regular admission is $10, but bring baked goods to share and get $2.00 off! First-timers also get a pass to come back free.

Old Time Music Circle, Albuquerque, Sunday, June 4
Old Time Music Circle Jam! Come play your old-time hearts out from 2 PM to 4PM, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 9315 Candelaria NE, Albuquerque.
Info: Judy Muldawer, inquiry@siliconheights.com.

Albuq. Concert, Thursday, June 7
This is really exciting! Folk singer and fiddler Tracy Grammer will perform at the ABQ Biopark. She was half of the Dave Carter/Tracy Grammer duo before Dave’s untimely death a few years ago, and Dave wrote GREAT songs! Even my non-folk-music-loving hubby loved Dave and Tracy. We have all 3 of their CDs and drove to Portland, Oregon for one of the CD release concerts. Tracy is now singing with Jim Henry. Gates open at 6 p.m., bring a picnic supper, and enjoy the concert at 7 p.m. Visit the Biopark web site at http://www.cabq.gov/biopark/common/juneevents.html#sum for details. Also visit tracygrammer.com and jimhenry.net.

Santa Fe Concert, Friday, June 8
Tracy Grammer (see above), eclectic folk singer, plays again in Santa Fe at the Gig Performance Space, 1808 2nd St., Santa Fe, NM. 7:30 p.m., Alex Maryol of Santa Fe fame sings at 9 p.m. See www.gigsantafe.com.

Santa Fe Contra Dance, Saturday, June 9
Open Mic for callers, String Banditos playing (Ted Seeley on bass and guitar, Will McDonald on fiddle, Jamie Hascall, & Betsy Brown). 8 p.m. -11 p.m., IOOF Hall, 1125 Cerrillos Rd. Instruction at 7:30 p.m. $6 members, $7 others.

Second Sunday Dance, Albuquerque, June 10
Get ready for the English ball on June 30 by dancing tonight with William DeRagon calling elegant English country and zesty contra dances; music by the “Name Pending” band (??). 7:00 – 9:30 p.m., Heights Community Center, 823 Buena Vista SE (1 block east of University, south of Lead/Coal). Members $6; nonmembers $7. Bring clean dance shoes. No shoes with nails or that leave black scuff marks, please. Clean dance shoes and tennis shoes OK.

Zoukfest, Santa Fe, June 10-16
It’s finally here: the June 10-16th event at the College of Santa Fe. Log onto zoukfest.com for information. Class Descriptions for ZoukFest 2007 are also up on the website at zoukfest.com/classes/.

Albuquerque Megaband Practice, June 12
Join the Megaband in a jam at the Blue Dragon, 1517 Girard NE, Albuquerque, 7:30-10:30 p.m. More info: Bruce Thomson, 277-4729.

No Las Cruces Contra Dance in June!!!

Albuquerque Contra Dance at ABQ Folk Festival, Saturday, June 16
The festival web site, www.abqfolkfest.org, has the schedule of 12 hours of music and dance workshops, concerts, jams, and dances. Richard Wilson calls the evening Folk Festival contra dance to the riveting old-time tunes of the award-winning Albuquerque Megaband. 8:00-11:00 p.m., Expo New Mexico (formerly the State Fairgrounds at San Pedro/Copper NE). Instruction at 7:30 p.m. Members $6; nonmembers $10. If you’ve already paid to be at the Folk Festival, this dance is free! Also, contra dance workshop is at 3 p.m. at the Festival. If you want to be a dance angel for that, let me know, merri@merridancing.com.

Taos Contra Dance, Saturday, June 16
Dance at the San Geronimo Lodge, Witt Road. Starting time 7:00 p.m. Jim Buechler calling, Taos Megaband playing. Five dollars per dancer. Call 776-1580 with any questions about the dance.

Santa Fe Contra Dance, Saturday, June 23
Linda Starr calling, Santa Fe Megaband playing. 8 p.m. -11 p.m., IOOF Hall, 1125 Cerrillos Rd. Instruction at 7:30 p.m. $6 members, $7 others.

Wildlife West Weekend Concert, June 22-24
Bluegrass music galore! Alan Munde & Gazette, Long Road Home, Bill Hearne Trio, Lost Highway, Foxfire, Wing & a Prayer. Wildlife West Music Festival. Country barn dance with Syd Masters and the Swing Riders, Friday. Concerts begin at 11 a.m. Saturday and continues on Sunday with gospel at 11 a.m. Camp all weekend. www.wildlifewest.org has specifics.

Special English Workshop/Dance, ABQ, June 30
Saturday, June 30 is the Enchanted Assembly English country dance workshop from 1-4 p.m. and fancy dress English ball starting at 7 p.m. Heights Community Center, 823 Buena Vista SE (1 block east of University, south of Lead/Coal). Details are at http://folkmads.org/EnchantedAssembly.html.

Blue moon tonight and longest day of the year coming up. Howl delightfully!

Merri Rudd
Albuquerque, NM