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Merri’s 20th Anniversary as a Dance Caller

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

December 7, 2011 marks my 20th anniversary as a dance caller. I’ll be calling two dances to celebrate, one on Saturday, December 3, at the Albuquerque Square Dance Center, 7:30 – 10:30 pm with Hey! playing (I just got home from a two-hour band practice with them, and they have planned some fun surprises for […]


Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Many members of the New Mexico music and dance community know that caller Richard Wilson’s cancer has returned. He and Karolyn are facing many difficult challenges ahead. Albuquerque will host a benefit dance for the Wilsons on Friday, November 12, 2010 at Lloyd Shaw Dance Center, 5506 Coal Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM. The evening will […]

Merri’s August 2010 Folk Enews

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

August has some fun events. As always information about FOLKMADS contra dances is posted at www.folkmads.org. It looks like dancing is back at the Heights Community Center in August, although I’m not sure about Labor Day Weekend. Judy Muldawer has posted some music jams and other events at Judy’s Music News. Wildlife West Music Festival, […]

Summer 2009 Folk Enews

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Greetings, Folkies, I’ve collected some links to help you find information about music, dance and concert events around the southwest this summer. 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 […]

March 2009 Folk Enews

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Greetings, Folkies, Dervish was great last weekend, and I look forward to the sold-out Carolina Chocolate Drops concert tonight. Neal Copperman reports that Joan Baez concert (also sold out) last Sunday ended with two standing ovations and the whole audience singing “Amazing Grace” along with Joan. A lot is happening this month: Fiddle Workshop in […]

February 2009 Folk Enews

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Greetings, Folkies, This month’s headline is an upcoming Irish fiddle workshop taught by former Albuquerque fiddler Eileen Sullivan (or Eileen O’Sullivan, if you prefer). Irish Fiddle Workshop for the New Mexico Musical Heritage Project at UNM Eileen Sullivan is offering an Irish Fiddle Workshop on Saturday, February 7th, from 2:00-4:00 pm at the New Mexico […]

January 2009 Folk Enews

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Greetings, Folkies, OK, OK, I hear all of you who have weighed in, asking me to resume occasional folk blog entries. I will do so as my hectic life permits. Please make special note of the Santa Fe event on Jan. 31, details below. Well, Folk Wedding #12 happened on November 15, 2008. More on […]

Summer 2008 Folk Enews

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

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 […]

May 2008 Folk Enews

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Greetings, Folkies, FOLKMADS is going to an all-electronic newsletter and calendar to save paper and postage. You can ask to continue to receive the paper version though, if you prefer it. Visit http://www.folkmads.org/ for details. Well, Folk Wedding #9 (to the tune of “Love Potion #9) happened May 10, 2007. That’s right, 2007. I was […]

April 2008 Folk Enews

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Greetings, Folkies, A special English ball will take place in Taos on Friday, April 25, details below. AND Santa Fe has a special guest from California, Ray Bierl from Hillbillies from Mars (I once drove 18 hours to Wyoming to dance to them, and they played at our Folkmadness Camp last century too). That concert, […]

March 2008 Folk Enews

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Greetings, Folkies, March is sneaking up on all of us, even though we get an extra day this year. Please note that a fabulous band, Groovemama, is doing a southwest tour, starting with a house concert in Corrales on Thursday, February 28, an Albuquerque contra dance on Saturday, March 1, and fiddle and guitar workshops […]

February 2008 Folk Enews

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Howdy, Folkies, I never thought I’d be saying THIS, but a musician friend has been nominated for a Grammy award. He’s played with Ruthie Dornfield, Rodney Miller, and other folk musicians, as well as some of Nashville’s finest country stars. I’ve hung out with him at Pinewoods, danced to his driving guitar rhythms, and listened […]

January 2008 Folk Enews

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

Howdy, Folkies, Well, no one was more surprised than I to conduct my 10th folk wedding at the break during the Albuquerque dance on December 15. Longtime dancer Margie Colberg’s daughter Jennifer Potrykus married Levi Hatter. Levi’s dad Edward was best man, and Jennifer’s sister Jessamyn was maid of honor. The event vied for ‘world’s […]

December 2007 Folk Enews

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

No matter what your religious belief, here’s a feel-good animated holiday song for you… I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…. http://badaboo.free.fr/merryxmas.swf Howdy, Folkies, As the winter solstice approaches, go forth into the dark to play, sing, dance and laugh. December has many events to entice you in between holiday feasting. And several winter dance camps […]

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