November 2007 Folk Enews

Howdy, Folkies,

As the season of over-eating approaches, let us dance and play and sing to burn off calories! November 17 promises to be a big day for FOLKMADS, with a retreat, dance, and election, all in the same day. Details below.

Corrales Sing, Friday, November 2
FOLK SONG CIRCLE. Newcomers welcome! They’ll sing songs about FAT AND THIN. Think Feasting/Drink/Hunger/Thirst/Hard Times, Rich and Poor.
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: 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, November 3
Noralyn Parsons calling and Traditional Blend from Flagstaff, Arizona playing rousing dance tunes (Bill and Patti Cummings, fiddle and guitar respectively, play traditional dance music from Ireland, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the southwestern prairies of Louisiana, and Appalachia). 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 Weekend, November 2-3
November 2 concert with Albuquerque’s Sandia Hots
Friday, November 2, 7:30 pm
Rocky Mountain Retreat
848 E 3rd Ave, Durango, CO
Waltz Workshop led by Peg Hesley, of Phoenix, AZ
Saturday, November 3, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Contra Dance Calling by Peg Hesley, tunes by Sandia Hots
Beginner instruction 7:00PM Dance 7:30 pm
Workshop and Dance at VFW Hall, 1550 Main Ave, Durango CO
Cost is $10 for any one event, $18 for any two; $25 for all 3.
For further info call 970-385-9292 or see http://groups.google.com/group/Durango-Contra-Dances

Old Time Music Circle, Albuquerque, Sun., November 4
2-4 PM at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 9315 Candelaria NE
There will be 2 groups playing in 2 separate rooms. Bluegrass music will be in the front room (entry room) and Old Time music will be in the west room (where concerts are held). Email Judy Muldawer at inquiry@siliconheights.com for more details.

Albuquerque Concert, Wednesday, November 7
Jim Malcolm sings at the Windchime Champagne Gallery
518 Central Avenue SW, 7:30 PM, $15 advance, $20 day of show.
Outstanding Scots singer and former frontman with Old Blind Dogs, Jim Malcolm plays traditional, original and Burns songs with guitar, harmonicas, and engaging wit. His original and award-winning songs from Edinburgh, Perthshire, Angus and the Highlands make his concerts a musical tour of Scotland, and his unmistakeable, signature voice has been said to resemble “an aged single-malt whisky.” Jim won Songwriter of the Year in 2004 and was nominated for Scots Singer of the Year in 2005, in the Scots Trad Music Awards. While he performed in Albuquerque several years ago with Old Blind Dogs, this will be his first solo appearance in NM. Ticket info is at www.abqmusic.com

Clogging & Dancing, Santa Fe, Saturday, November 10
Clogging Class, 4:30-5:30 pm
Odd Fellows Hall, $15, All ages welcome
Taught by Ruth Alpert, music by Betsy Brown and Jamie Hascall.
Learn the basics of appalachian, freestyle, percussive clogging. Please wear non-scuffing, slide-able shoes and loose clothing. Clogging is aerobic! Ruth Alpert has been clogging for 30 years. She performs with the Fast Peso String Band and Michael Combs, among others. THEN……
Larry Daughenbaugh & Katherine Bueler calling the second Saturday contra dance, Roaring Jelly playing. 8 p.m. -11 p.m., IOOF Hall, 1125 Cerrillos Rd. Instruction at 7:30 p.m. $6 members, $7 others.

Second Sunday Dance, November 11
Noralyn Parsons and Kit French calling elegant English and zesty contras; Second Nature (Karina Wilson on fiddle, Della O’Keefe on piano) playing. 7:00 – 9:30 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.

Albuquerque Megaband Practice, Tuesday, November 13
Join the Megaband in a jam in its current location at Wild Oats, 11015 Menaul NE, Albuquerque, 7:30-10:30 p.m. More info: Bruce Thomson, 277-4729.

Western Music Assoc. Event, Albuquerque, Nov. 15-18
The WMA (Western Music Association) will hold its annual event at the Marriott Hotel (Menaul & Louisiana, NE) from November 15-18th. There will be free workshops on harmony, song writing, yodeling, banjo, guitar and much more. There will be contests for harmony, yodeling, cowboy poetry, etc. The event begins early on Thursday, the 15th of November. Admission to most events and workshops is free. There is a charge for the Friday and Saturday evening concerts, events and dances. For a five page pdf file filled with pertinent information, please email inquiry@siliconheights.com.

Las Cruces Contra Dance, Friday, November 16
Lewis Land calling this dance with SNMMDS House Band playing. 7:30-10:30 p.m. $5 all. Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle de Santiago, Las Cruces. It’s actually the adjacent town of Mesilla, and hall is 2 blocks west of the plaza. For info, contact 505-522-1691.

All FOLKMADS, All Day, Saturday, November 17
This may be the most important day in FOLKMADS’ recent history: a retreat, dance and annual meeting/election, all in one day in two locations.
First, the FOLKMADS retreat in Santa Fe, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., La Fonda Hotel. See http://www.folkmads.org/nov_dec_newsletter07.html for details (scroll down for Retreat details). THEN…
Merri Rudd calling and the Albuquerque Megaband playing. 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. AND… FOLKMADS Annual Election that same evening at the Heights. Sign up to be on the Board for a one-year term. Details also at: http://www.folkmads.org/nov_dec_newsletter07.html (scroll down for election info).

Taos Contra Dance, Saturday, November 17
Contra dance at the San Geronimo Lodge, Witt Road. Starting time 7:00 p.m. Someone calling, Taos Megaband playing. Five dollars per dancer. Call 776-1580 with any questions about the dance.

Santa Fe Contra Dance, Saturday, November 24
Open mike for callers, Gary Papenhagen on fiddle and Bo Olcott on guitar playing post-Thanksgiving dance tunes. Dance 8 p.m. -11 p.m., IOOF Hall, 1125 Cerrillos Rd. Instruction at 7:30 p.m. $6 members, $7 others.

Denver House Concert with Fred and Georgia Rose Park
Sunday, November 25th, 4pm, $10
at the home of Chris & Sharon Kermiet
2267 Hudson St. Denver
PLEASE RSVP to k1@indra.com SPACE IS LIMITED!
If you happen to be up north in Colorado over Thanksgiving weekend, consider this concert. Fred Park has been a long-time student of language and oral tradition. He first performed the traditional tales of his Appalachian homeland in the 1970’s and was invited as one of the handful of tellers at the first National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, where he has appeared again several times since. He is recognized as a creative interpreter of histories of the development of the Appalachian region of the folk movement in America. Frederick also has focused on the larger moments of the traditional tales including many about “Jack” (from America and Scotland) and thematically, a cadre of tales around the concept of Love In The Western World. Fred will be joined by his daughter, Georgia Rose, a delightful singer and performer in her own right. This will be an enchanting evening of folk tales and music.

Finally, I came across an informative web site re: music events around the state: http://www.newmexicomusic.org/events.php?endMonth=&endYear=2015

Happy Thanksgiving to All,

Merri Rudd
Albuquerque, NM
www.merridancing.com

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