Summer 2008 Folk Enews

Greetings, Folkies,

My folk enews is going on hiatus for awhile. I’ve collected some links to help you find information about music, dance and concert events around the southwest. I hope that the links below work and that you all have a fun summer.

New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society (FOLKMADS) events, such as contra dances, special events, and festivals, are now posted electronically at

This summer the most important events to remember are the Albuquerque Folk Festival on June 21, 2008, and the Wildlife West Music Festival on August 1-3, 2008. I went to both last year, and they were awesome. The Wildlife West Music Festival will feature the Byron Berline Band, April Verch, and the Boulder Acoustic Society, in addition to other regionally known bands. AND you can walk around and observe bears, mountain lions, and other rescued wild critters–utterly amazing.

Banjo and mountain dulcimer workshops will occur Friday, June 20 and Sunday, June 22 with Mary Z. Cox. Contact for details.

Info on Las Cruces, NM dances is at (no dances in June or July; dances resume in August). is Albuquerque Swing and Country Dance Club. and contain much info about all kinds of dance around the southwest.

To subscribe to a New Mexico local dance e-newsletter, please contact Susan Kellogg at or call 505-299-3737.

Monthly Singing: FOLK SONG CIRCLE the 1st Friday of each month in Corrales, New Mexico. 8:00 P.M. TO MIDNIGHT; Contact: Laurie McPherson 898-6978, or

New Mexico Music Links: is neal copperman’s awesome music venue with lots of concert information for music-lovers. Neal also organizes ¡Globalquerque!, which will be Sept. 19-20, 2008 at the Hispanic Cultural Center, ABQ, NM.

ABQ Biopark & Zoo Concerts: Concerts on Fridays at the zoo and Thursdays at the Biopark. has info on bluegrass concerts around Albuquerque.

The Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque, mostly jazz and folk, has a web site,

Santa Fe Concerts: GiG is Santa Fe’s non-profit performance space. GiG is located at 1808 Second St. The suggested donation is $7 to $10. All shows are at 8 PM. Check out for more details about each week’s artists and listen to their music samples at the Listen link! is the web site of Roger Landes, Taos musician extraordinaire and organizer of Zoukfest, It’s June 8-14, 2008 at the College of Santa Fe.

To sign up for the e-mail list for Parkland Circle House Concerts (Albuquerque), write

Durango Contra Dance Info: For information, call 970-385-9292, or see the website

Arizona Music and Dance Info: (Scroll down the page to find links to various Arizona dance communities.

Colorado Music and Dance Info:

Oklahoma Dance Weekend: Flamingo Fling
When: June 20-22, 2008
Where: Epworth UMC 1901 N. Douglas Oklahoma City, OK
Joseph Pimental calling, with music by Goldcrest
Joseph Pimental is a nationally known caller formerly from Ohio, but now from Houston. Goldcrest also features musicians with a national reputation. Hospitality is available, if needed. Registration details available at:

And last, but certainly not least…MARK YOUR CALENDARS for Oct. 10-12, 2008: Pete Sutherland will play a concert in Albuquerque on October 10, a dance in Santa on October 11, and then the annual Fall Ball English Workshop and Dance will be on Sunday, October 12. A music and dance extravaganza not to be missed!

Email me other links and I will add them to this page. Thanks and happy dancing and playing,

Merri Rudd