March 2009 Folk Enews

March 1, 2009 on 2:39 pm | In Monthly Folk eNews

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 ABQ with Ken and Jeanie on March 7, Caller’s Workshop with Richard Wilson in Santa Fe on March 28, and more. But this month’s headline is that folk wedding #12.5 occurred yesterday, February 28, 2009, in Tijeras, NM. Yes, musician/dancer Beth Corwin and dancer Fred Lamont tied the matrimonial knot! They and their 40 or so guests ate great food, kicked up their heels dancing, and jammed with other musicians. Great merriment ensued.

Folk Wedding #14
Photo by Laurie Phillips

Corrales Sing, Friday, March 6
FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 8:00 P.M. TO MIDNIGHT
This month’s theme is Weather. 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.)

Fiddle Workshop for the New Mexico Musical Heritage Project at UNM, March 7, Albuquerque
NEW MEXICO MUSICAL HERITAGE PROJECT at UNM
Sat. March 7, 1:00-3:30 PM
Ken Keppeler and Jeanie McLerie of Silver City N.M. are offering a fiddle workshop on Sat. March 7, from 1:00-3:30 PM in Room 144 in the Communications and Journalism Building at UNM – They will teach the New Mexican Spanish Colonial Fiddle tunes as learned from Cleofes Ortiz and other great N.M. fiddlers, some Cowboy tunes from the Lewis Family of Crow Flats, in southern Otero County and a few Cajun/Creole tunes as learned from Dennis McGee, Canray Fontenot and other great players of the SW Louisiana area. The workshop will be 2 and 1/2 hours long and will include a packet of some tune transcriptions and a CD of the music as played by Ken and Jeanie and some of their mentors. Cost $25.00. Limit 15 persons. For reservations call 575-534-0298 or write us them at bayouseco@aol.com

Albuquerque Contra Dance, Saturday, March 7
Called by Chris Kelly of Santa Fe with Bayou Seco playing. 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., 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. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID.

Durango Contra Dance, Saturday, March 7
CONTRA DANCE
Location: American Legion 878 E. 2nd Ave (enter from 9th Street)
6:00 – community potluck that is open to all. Bring a dish to share.
7:00 – beginner dance instruction
7:30 – Contra Dance with caller Wendy Graham and the Sandia Hots from Albuquerque, NM playing. All dances are taught and called. No partner is necessary, and dancers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Admission is $10. First-timers get a pass to come back for free. For further information, call 970-385-9292, or see the website http://groups.google.com/group/Durango-Contra-Dances

Second Sunday Dance, Albuquerque, March 8
Richard Wilson calling elegant English and zesty contras; Second Nature (Karina Wilson and Della O’Keefe) 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. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID.

Santa Fe Contra Dance, Saturday, March 14
Will McDonald calling with Contratones playing. 7:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m., IOOF Hall, 1125 Cerrillos Rd. Instruction at 7:00 p.m. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID. (You can ride the train to and from Albuquerque to Santa Fe now; http://www.nmrailrunner.com/schedule.asp has details and schedules.)

Albuquerque Megaband Practice, THURSDAY, March 19
THURSDAY this month only!!! Join the Megaband in a jam in its current location at O’Niell’s Pub, Banquet Room, 4310 Central Ave SE (Central at Washington in East Nob Hill), 7:00-10:00 p.m. More info: Bruce Thomson, 277-4729.

Las Cruces Contra Dance, Friday, March 20
Lonnie Ludeman and Lewis Land calling with special musicians Dan Levenson & the Boiled Buzzards playing. This month’s theme is Irish for St. Patrick’s Day. Location: San Andres HS Auditorium, Hwy. 28, 2355 Avenida De Mesilla, Las Cruces, NM. For info, contact 575-522-1691 or email juliedance@yahoo.com. 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., beginner lessons & dance to follow to 10:30 p.m., Cost: $5

Albuquerque Contra Dance, Saturday, March 21
Kris Jensen 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. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID.

Taos Contra Dance, Saturday, March 21
Katherine Bueler calling, dance at the San Geronimo Lodge, 1101 Witt Road, Taos, at 7:30 and wind down at 10:00. Call 505-776-1580 with questions about the dance.

Santa Fe Contra Dance, Saturday, March 28
CALLING ALL CALLERS and CONTRA-DANCE BAND MEMBERS
A Workshop in Santa Fe by Longtime Caller Extraordinaire, Richard Wilson
Saturday, March 28, 2009
10:00 a..m. – 4:30 p.m.
• No charge to participants, but donations accepted.
• Richard will share out of his 30+ years of dance calling, with his strong emphasis on community-building and accessibility to dancers of all levels with callers and dance-band musicians.
• Live Music will be provided by Karina Wilson, Scott Mathis, and Linda Askew. Callers of all levels of experience are encouraged to come with any areas you would like encouragement or enlightenment of.
• The Contra Dance at the Odd Fellows Hall that evening will be open-mike for callers, with an Open Band hosted by the same three excellent musicians.
• Pot luck lunch will be shared. Please let us know if you plan to come. Ask also for directions to workshop. Suggestions, questions, please direct to : betsybrown@lobo.net.

Then the dance will be open microphone for callers with Santa Fe’s new concept of an open band playing. This means anyone can join in and play with the designated leader. The leader for this open band is Santa Fean Karina Wilson. It is not necessary to have gone to practice or read music- they’ll play by ear. 7:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m., IOOF Hall, 1125 Cerrillos Rd. Instruction at 7:00 p.m. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID.

Looking Ahead
Sign up now! 17th Annual Folkmadness Music and Dance Camp, Socorro, NM, May 22-25, 2009. Kathy Anderson and Scott Higgs calling English, contras, and squares. Bag O’Tricks from Seattle and Privy Tippers from Tucson playing. Nils Fredland leading singing. We keep thinking our camps can’t get any better, but then they do!

April 3-5, 2009, English Country Dance Weekend, Austin, TX, Thanks to the 70 dancers who have already registered for the Set for Spring English Country Dance weekend to be held at the “Fed” ballroom in Austin, TX April 3-5, 2009. Joseph Pimentel calling to the the music of Goldcrest. For more information, including a schedule of events and registration form, go to www.setforspring.org . You can register online and pay via PayPal or print out a form and mail it in. The Saturday morning session at Set for Spring will include five “for those who know” dances, and instructions for these are posted at www.setforspring.org/Dances.pdf

SW Picker’s Concert: April 16, Time: 7pm – 9:30 pm
Event Title: Chance McCoy and The Appalachian String Band
Location: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 9315 Candelaria NE, Albuqueque
Email inquiry@siliconheights.com, Phone 505-298-5589; Tickets $ 10 members $ 15 non-members. Tickets available at the door. No advance ticket sales. Be prepared to kick up your heels and stomp your feet at this show. You can hear samples from this band at http://www.myspace.com/chancemccoy

Also, two of the band members will lead music workshops on April 15:
Two Hour Intermediate/Advanced Clawhammer Banjo Workshop
With Adam Hurt
April 15 7-9 PM, $ 30.00 per person
Contact Judy at (505) 298-5589, Email inquiry@siliconheights.com

Two Hour Intermediate/Advanced Old-Time Fiddle Workshop
With Chance McCoy
April 15 7-9 PM, $ 30.00 per person
Contact Judy at (505) 298-5589, Email inquiry@siliconheights.com

ZoukFest Irish Traditional Music Weekend, June 12-14th, 2009
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Due to the impending acquisition of the College of Santa Fe by New Mexico Highlands University, ZoukFest World Music Camp will not be held at the CSF campus this summer (the weeklong world music camp will return in 2010). This year, ZoukFest presents an Irish Traditional Music Weekend on June 12-14th on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. This special event kicks off on Friday evening June 12th with a Reception, Dinner, Introductory Staff Performance, and Seisiún*. The fun continues throughout the day on Saturday, June 13th with over a dozen different Irish music workshops in Fiddle, Flute, Tin Whistle, Mandolin, Tenor Banjo, Bouzouki, Guitar, Song and Bodhran (Irish frame drum). Each workshop is two hours in length. Saturday evening will feature a Staff Concert with master fiddler/guitarist Randal Bays, uilleann pipes/flute/tin whistle phenom Eliot Grasso, stunning singer Moira Smiley and bouzouki/mandolin/tenor banjo master Roger Landes. The weekend concludes with more workshops on Sunday morning, June 14th. Admission to the weekend event, including all events: Friday evening, Saturday workshops, Saturday night’s concert, and Sunday workshops, is $95. Out-of-town attendees may opt to stay in campus dorms or at a nearby hotel (with a special ZoukFest rate). Admission to individual workshops and tickets to Saturday’s evening concert will be available. Workshop descriptions and schedule as well as the registration page coming soon! Check the website for more info: http://zoukfest.com

Cool music videos from the Really Big Banjo show last week are now on youtube. Go to www.youtube.com and search for BANJOJUDY (one word). They’re great quality, great music, AND a great history lesson!

Dance Video Online: The Prescott Daily Courier did a nice video story about contra dancing in Prescott interviewing Warren Miller and featuring shots of dancing and the great local band Iona at their last dance. (Thanks to Art and Jenn for letting me know about this.) You can see the 2 1/2 minute video at this link:

http://www.dcourier.com/main.asp?SectionID=100&subsectionID=159&articleID=64738

Musicians wanted: The Southwest Traditional and Bluegrass Music Association is seeking bands for the Showcase Stage at the 35th Santa Fe Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival on August 29, 2009. This will be the fourth year for this part of the festival, often drawing more people than other ongoing shows. It also helps promote our vendors in that area. Applicant band’s genre should be either Old Time or Bluegrass. All band members get in free on that Saturday of the festival. All band members will be placed in a pool from which judges for the Saturday contests will be chosen. Those interested please contact Roger Schense at rschense@comcast.net or call 505-298-4544.

AMP concerts host many fantastic musicians. Upcoming artists include Boulder Acoustic Society, the Bills (a personal favorite of mine), and more that don’t start with the letter B. Here is a partial list of concerts in 2009:
Mar 3: Asylum Street Spankers – Santa Fe Brewing Company
Mar 5: California Guitar Trio – The Cooperage
Mar 7: Corinne West – The Source
Mar 20: Boulder Acoustic Society – The Cooperage
Mar 29: Willy Porter and Natalia Zukerman – The Source
Apr 2: Hawaiian Treasures Celebration Tour – South Broadway Cultural Center
Apr 11: Bruce Cockburn – KiMo Theatre
Apr 13: Amanda Palmer – Santa Fe Brewing Company
Apr 23: Po’Girl with JT and the Clouds – The Cooperage
May 1: Todd Snider – The Cooperage
May 5: Vienna Teng – Outpost Performance Space
May 15: Susan Gibson, Jana Pochop – The Source
June 10: Laurie Anderson – KiMo Theatre
June 11: Laurie Anderson – Planetarium
June 13: Zoukfest Celebration – Outpost Performance Space
Sept 3: The Bills/Marc Atkinson Trio – South Broadway Cultural Center
Sept 25/26: ¡Globalquerque! – New Mexico’s 5th Annual Celebration of World Music and Culture – NHCC
Full details at www.ampconcerts.org

The New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society (FOLKMADS) has gone 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. But folks who are nostalgic for paper newsletters have the option of printing the “mailed version,” as well. There’s a link to a PDF file in the online newsletter. The calendar can be printed in old-school style, too, from a link at the bottom of the online calendar. Visit http://www.folkmads.org/ for details.

Happy St. Patty’s Day! Garish, gaudy, glaring green is fashionable, so I hear (not that _I_ would ever wear anything garish).

Merri Rudd
Albuquerque, NM
www.merridancing.com

February 2009 Folk Enews

February 4, 2009 on 2:38 pm | In Monthly Folk eNews

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). Eileen O'Sullivan

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 Musical Heritage Workshop on the campus of UNM in Room 144 of the Communications and Journalism Building (NW corner of Yale and Central). The workshop is for advanced beginner and intermediate fiddlers. No previous experience with Irish music is required. The cost of the workshop is $20.00 and proceeds will go to benefit the New Mexico Musical Heritage Project. For additional information about the workshop, please contact Eileen Sullivan at: estreetfiddle@yahoo.com or call Peter White at: 280-7601.

Corrales Sing, Friday, February 6
FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 8:00 P.M. TO MIDNIGHT
Simple and sweet: songs of love, careless or otherwise! 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.)

Free Albuquerque Concert, Saturday, February 7
Or, in the alternative to the fiddler workshop, you could check out Roger Landes (bouzouki, tenor banjo), Will Duty (fiddle), and Dain Forsythe (bodhran, flute), who will be playing Irish traditional music at Two Fools Tavern, 3211 Central Ave SE in Albuquerque,this Saturday from 2-5pm. It will be informal, almost like a session, and there is no admission charge. Two Fools Tavern is a great Irish-style public house. Roger says, “their pour is righteous and food outstanding.” And Eileen says she’s sorry she can’t be in two places at one time!

Albuquerque Contra Dance, Saturday, February 7
Called by Noralyn Parsons with Sandia Hots playing. 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., 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. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID.

Durango Contra Dance, Saturday, February 7
CONTRA DANCE
Location: American Legion 878 E. 2nd Ave (enter from 9th Street)
6:00 – community potluck that is open to all. Bring a dish to share.
7:00 – beginner dance instruction
7:30 – Contra Dance with caller Wendy Graham and the Ice Cold NuGrapes from Albuquerque, NM playing. All dances are taught and called. No partner is necessary, and dancers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Admission is $10. First-timers get a pass to come back for free. Season passes will be on sale for $99, which covers 11 dances and one free guest admission. Pay for a year of dances at once, support the Contra Dance, and get free stuff!! For further information, call 970-385-9292, or see the website http://groups.google.com/group/Durango-Contra-Dances

Albuquerque Concert, Sunday, February 8
Please help the Adobe Brothers celebrate (or commiserate depending on your perspective) the end of football season by joining us at O’Niell’s Pub (Central SE & Washington) on Sunday, February 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. They’ve got new tunes & songs, and O’Niell’s has got great beverages and food. Then you can go dance it off…

Second Sunday Dance, Albuquerque, February 8
Dance two nights in a row. Kit French & Kris Jensen calling elegant English and zesty contras; The McPapenhagens 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. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID.

Santa Fe Contra Dance, Saturday, February 14
Bring your sweetheart (or not) to this Valentine’s Day, Donna Howell calling with Hands Five playing. 7:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m., IOOF Hall, 1125 Cerrillos Rd. Instruction at 7:00 p.m. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID. (You can ride the train to and from Albuquerque to Santa Fe now; http://www.nmrailrunner.com/schedule.asp has details and schedules.)

Albuquerque Old Time Jam, Sunday, Feb. 15
Due to the Super Bowl, the old-time jam is postponed until February 15th, and it will be at Judy Muldawer’s house, not at Covenant Church. Mark your calendar for February 15 from 2-? If you need directions to Judy’s house, email her at inquiry@siliconheights.com

Albuquerque Megaband Practice, Tuesday, February 17
Join the Megaband in a jam in its current location at O’Niell’s Pub, Banquet Room, 4310 Central Ave SE (Central at Washington in East Nob Hill), 7:00-10:00 p.m. More info: Bruce Thomson, 277-4729. (We just ate there last night and it was YUMMY!)

Las Cruces Contra Dance, Friday, February 20
Lonnie Ludeman and Lewis Land calling with special musicians Ken Keppeler, Jeanie McLerie, Rus Bradburd and Marc Robert playing. This dance has a Mardi Gras theme with some Cajun music played. There will be cajun waltzes and 2 steps as well as contras. Julie reports they had 100 people at their last dance, so this dance will be in a larger hall!! Location: San Andres Learning Center (Gymnasium), 2355 Avenida De Mesilla, Las Cruces, NM. For info, contact 575-522-1691 or email juliedance@yahoo.com. 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., beginner lessons & dance to follow to 10:30 p.m., Cost: $5

Albuquerque Contra Dance, Saturday, February 21
Richard Wilson 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. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID.

Taos Contra Dance, Saturday, February 21
Dance at the San Geronimo Lodge, 1101 Witt Road, Taos, at 7:30 and wind down at 10:00. Call 776-1580 with questions about the dance.

Banjo Show, Albuquerque, Saturday, Feb. 21
Wayne Shrubsall is putting on a “Really Big Banjo Show” on February 21. It’s called a “Really Big Banjo Show” because Wayne’s a really big guy. We think the banjos are just normal size. Wayne will be joined by our other good friends Jimmy Abraham and Bruce Thomson. The show will be at the Covenant Presbyterian Church (9315 Candelaria NE) from 7-9 p.m.

Santa Fe Contra Dance, Saturday, February 28
Open Microphone with Santa Fe Megaband playing. 7:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m., IOOF Hall, 1125 Cerrillos Rd. Instruction at 7:00 p.m. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID.

This & That

Save the dates: 17th Annual Folkmadness Music and Dance Camp, Socorro, NM, May 22-25, 2009. Kathy Anderson and Scott Higgs calling English, contras, and squares. Bag O’Tricks from Seattle and Privy Tippers from Tucson playing. Nils Fredland leading singing. We keep thinking our camps can’t get any better, but then they do!

AMP concerts host many fantastic musicians. Upcoming artists include Sam Bush, Joan Baez, Boulder Acoustic Society, the Bills (a personal favorite of mine), and more that don’t start with the letter B. Here is a partial list of concerts in 2009:
Feb 13: John McCutcheon – South Broadway Cultural Center
Feb 14: John McCutcheon Family Show – South Broadway Cultural Center
Feb 22: Joan Baez – National Hispanic Cultural Center
Mar 5: California Guitar Trio – The Cooperage
Mar 20: Boulder Acoustic Society – The Cooperage
Apr 11: Bruce Cockburn – KiMo Theatre
Sept 3: The Bills/Marc Atkinson Trio – South Broadway Cultural Center
Full details at www.ampconcerts.org

Looking Ahead
BAYOU SECO FIDDLE WORKSHOP for the NEW MEXICO MUSICAL HERITAGE PROJECT at UNM Sat. March 7, 1:00-3:30 PM, Albuquerque, NM.
Ken Keppeler and Jeanie McLerie of Silver City N.M. are offering a fiddle workshop on Sat. March 7, from 1:00-3:30 PM in Room 144 in the Communications and Journalism Building at the University of New Mexico (Corner of Yale and Central) They will teach the New Mexican Spanish Colonial Fiddle tunes as learned from Cleofes Ortiz and other great N.M. fiddlers, some Cowboy tunes from the Lewis Family of Crow Flats, in southern Otero County and a few Cajun/Creole tunes as learned from Dennis McGee, Canray Fontenot and other great players of the SW Louisiana area. Email Ken or Jeanie at bayouseco@aol.com for reservations.

The New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society (FOLKMADS) has gone 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. But folks who are nostalgic for paper newsletters have the option of printing the “mailed version,” as well. There’s a link to a PDF file in the online newsletter. The calendar can be printed in old-school style, too, from a link at the bottom of the online calendar. Visit http://www.folkmads.org/ for details.

Happy Music & Dancing,

Merri Rudd
Albuquerque, NM
www.merridancing.com

January 2009 Folk Enews

December 29, 2008 on 8:47 pm | In Monthly Folk eNews

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 that later. First, I want to highly recommend two folk music CDs that were released in 2008. One is Notorious’s new CD Elkins elkinscdfront.jpgthat I have listened to repeatedly. It is, quite frankly, phenomenal. Notorious played at Folkmadness a few years ago and features Eden MacAdam-Somer on fiddle and Larry Unger, tunemeister, on guitar and banjo. Sam Bartlett and Mark Hellenberg join them on their new CD. Info about ordering is at http://www.larryunger.net/store/elkins.shtml (you can either order off cdbaby.com or from Larry directly; they probably make more money if you order directly from them).

The other CD is the Privy Tippers’ Straddling the Muffin-Biscuit Line. The CD even features an original tune by Rob Pine, who lives in Sandia Park, NM, and includes southern and Quebecois tunes. Very fun! The Tippers will play at Folkmadness 2009, but if you can’t wait that long, you can order CDs by contacting Dave Firestine at: dave@privytippers.com. CDs are $15.00 plus $2 shipping & handling.

Corrales Sing, Friday, January 2
FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 8:00 P.M. TO MIDNIGHT
January’s theme is Food & Drink (postponed from last fall), wassailing allowed too. 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, January 3
Called by Artie Walsh with Dan Levenson, special guest musician, and friends playing. 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., newcomers class at 7 p.m. Dance Studio, 4217 San Mateo Boulevard NE Albuquerque, NM. Bring clean dance shoes. No shoes with nails or that leave black scuff marks, please. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID.

Durango Contra Dance, Saturday, January 3
CONTRA DANCE
Location: American Legion 878 E. 2nd Ave (enter from 9th Street)
6:00 – community potluck that is open to all. Bring a dish to share.
7:00 – beginner dance instruction
7:30 – Contra Dance with caller Paul Bendt and the Kitchen Jam Band, both of Durango
All dances are taught and called. No partner is necessary, and dancers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Admission is $10. First-timers get a pass to come back for free. Season passes will be on sale for $99, which covers 11 dances and one free guest admission. Pay for a year of dances at once, support the Contra Dance, and get free stuff!! For further information, call 970-385-9292, or see the website http://groups.google.com/group/Durango-Contra-Dances

Albuquerque Concert, Sunday, January 4
Southwest Pickers PRESENTS DAN LEVENSON in concert
SUNDAY, JANUARY 4TH—7PM
COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
9315 CANDELARIA, NE (ALBUQUERQUE)
$ 15 NON MEMBERS; $10 MEMBERS
Dan plays a variety of old-time fiddle and banjo tunes and is a founding member of the Boiled Buzzards. For more information, visit: http://www.oldtimemusic.us Or contact Judy at inquiry@siliconheights.com. Dan’s last concert in Albuquerque drew a packed house, so come on down and pack the house again!

Santa Fe Contra Dance, Sat., January 10
Richard Wilson calling with Karina and Della playing. This dance will ROCK! 7:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m., IOOF Hall, 1125 Cerrillos Rd. Instruction at 7:00 p.m. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID. (You can ride the train to and from Albuquerque to Santa Fe now; http://www.nmrailrunner.com/schedule.asp has details and schedules.)

Second Sunday Dance, January 11
Kit French calling elegant English and zesty contras; One Good Turn 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. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID.

Albuquerque Megaband Practice, Tuesday, January 13
Join the Megaband in a jam in its current location at O’Niell’s Pub, Banquet Room, 4310 Central Ave SE (Central at Washington in East Nob Hill), 7:00-10:00 p.m. More info: Bruce Thomson, 277-4729. (We just ate there last night and it was YUMMY!)

Las Cruces Contra Dance, Friday, January 16
Lonnie Ludeman and Lewis Land calling with SNMMDS Band playing. January ONLY: San Andres High School gym, located on main Highway 28 in Mesilla, next to the new Mesilla Town Hall and Visitors Center, and a short 5 blocks east of where we normally dance all the rest of the year (newly renovated stage, lights, floor — cool look). Park in back or at the Visitors Center. For info, contact 575-522-1691. 7:30 p.m. beginner lessons & dance to follow to 10:30 p.m., Cost: $5

Albuquerque Contra Dance, Saturday, January 17
Donna Howell 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. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID.

Taos Contra Dance, Saturday, January 17
Dance at the San Geronimo Lodge, at 7: 00 and wind down at 10:00. Call 776-1580 with questions about the dance.

Santa Fe Contra Dance, Saturday, January 24
Katherine Bueler calling with Bo y Yo (I’m guessing this is Gary Papenhagen on fiddle and Bo Olcott on guitar) playing. 7:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m., IOOF Hall, 1125 Cerrillos Rd. Instruction at 7:00 p.m. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID.

5th Saturday Concert and Dance, Jan. 31, Santa Fe
featuring Round Mountain
Concert with Round Mountain – Char and Robby Rothschild — followed by a dance, where they will join forces with Della O’Keefe and Karina Wilson. Will McDonald calling. Don’t miss this special event!
7:30-10-30 p.m.
Odd Fellows Hall, Santa Fe
$8, $7 for Members

Robert Burns Dinner, Sat., January 31, ABQ
Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North, (5151 San Francisco Road, N.E.)
Cocktails 5:00 pm, Dinner 6:30 pm
The St. Andrew Scottish Society of New Mexico invites everyone to
attend the annual Robert Burns Dinner! There will be a nice dinner,
silent auction, and lots of Scottish entertainment — piping, singing,
dancing, poetry, and of course, the Haggis!
Tickets: $55 adults; $30 children
Contact Don Baker at 301-8990 or Wizardofsaaz@yahoo.com for ticket information.

This & That

Save the dates: 17th Annual Folkmadness Music and Dance Camp, Socorro, NM, May 22-25, 2009. Kathy Anderson and Scott Higgs calling English, contras, and squares. Bag O’Tricks from Seattle and Privy Tippers from Tucson playing. Nils Fredland leading singing. We keep thinking our camps can’t get any better, but then they do!

Local folkies make youtube: Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, or otherwise, I hope you enjoy this youtube video as much as I did. It features Ken Keppeler and Jeanie McLerie of Bayou Seco fame playing an original tune in Santa Fe (plus Tesuque’s own Barbara Blankenship on triangle and possibly Miguel Combs on accordion). The Railrunner train cooperates perfectly (and totally coincidentally) at the end. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1IOcrgx2Jc

More Folkmads videos on youtube: Jim Boros, Folkmads’ own videographer, has posted myriad music and dance videos at http://uk.youtube.com/user/Contra87

AMP Concerts Form Non-Profit Organization
Neal Copperman founded AMP concerts that began with a series of house concerts and has expanded to host the ¡Globalquerque! World Music Festival and concerts all over town. This year he obtained 501(c)(3) status to help with fundraising and other projects. Some of us are charter members.

AMP concerts host many fantastic musicians. Upcoming artists include Sam Bush, Joan Baez, Boulder Acoustic Society, the Bills (a personal favorite of mine), and more that don’t start with the letter B. Here is a partial list of concerts in 2009:
Jan 18: Sam Bush Band, The Band of Heathens – KiMo Theatre
Jan 19: The Band of Heathens – The Cooperage
Jan 29: Adrian Legg – The Cooperage
Feb 13: John McCutcheon – South Broadway Cultural Center
Feb 14: John McCutcheon Family Show – South Broadway Cultural Center
Feb 22: Joan Baez – National Hispanic Cultural Center
Mar 5: California Guitar Trio – The Cooperage
Mar 20: Boulder Acoustic Society – The Cooperage
Apr 11: Bruce Cockburn – KiMo Theatre
Sept 3: The Bills/Marc Atkinson Trio – South Broadway Cultural Center
Full details at www.ampconcerts.org

Oh yeah, I forgot to say who Folk Couple #12 was. Here they are…….

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Dancers Kit French and Mary Beath wed, officiated by Judge Merri November 15, 2008 [Photo by Will Ruggles]

The New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society (FOLKMADS) has gone 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. But folks who are nostalgic for paper newsletters have the option of printing the “mailed version,” as well. There’s a link to a PDF file in the online newsletter. The calendar can be printed in old-school style, too, from a link at the bottom of the online calendar. Visit http://www.folkmads.org/ for details.

Happy New Year to All,

Merri Rudd
Albuquerque, NM
www.merridancing.com

Adieu, 2008

December 14, 2008 on 10:17 am | In xmas

December 14, 2008

Dear Friends,

Today is a special day—it marks the moment that I have spent exactly half of my life with Mark Justice Hinton. We met around Halloween in 1981, and I had just turned 27 six weeks earlier. Today I am 54 ¼; you can do the math!

I hope the season is finding you hopeful and hale. 2008 was filled with projects, travel, joys, and sorrows. I continued to serve as Albuquerque’s part-time probate judge (www.bernco.gov/probate ) and the Court again had a record number of cases filed this year. We have finished a computer automation system to docket our cases, a huge change from the handwritten way we’ve done it since 1860! The public is now able to search our records online and see which cases have been filed in our court from 1975 to present. I was reelected in 2006 and my term ends Dec. 31, 2010 (we are term-limited, so will have to find something else to do in 2011). So Mark and I have two more years of health insurance and then….

I still write a column for the morning paper every other week. In addition, my publishing company Abogada Press (www.abogadapress.com) is bringing out a new edition of Family Law in New Mexico, co-authored by the original author Barbara Shapiro and Antoinette Sedillo López. Books are due to be shipped here right after Christmas (12/25/08: actually, they arrived a week early on 12/23, and now I have to get them into bookstores around the state!). This year I also helped my 92-year-old local friend Kathleen, and continued to hone my dance calling skills (www.merridancing.com), calling two 4-day dance weekends in Colorado and Oregon. Here are some snippets from 2008:

In January I attended the mandatory probate judges statewide training. I participated as a presenter and audience member. Saw a few movies, continued to exercise, ushered a few shows at the University Fine Arts Hall. Continued to play internet scrabble with my friend Carol in Kentucky most Sunday evenings. We received a shipment of the new 2008 4th edition of my Life Planning in New Mexico book and have sold half of those this year.

In February we lost my cat BabyCat to cancer at age 15. Since I didn’t do a letter last year, some of you may not know that we also lost our 19-year-old Kitty on July 3, 2007. Mark and I have blog entries posted about both cats. You can search www.merridancing.com/wp if you’re interested in the details. I still miss my BabyCat, although it’s been almost a year since he died. We were buds, as you can see by this photo.baby-loves-mer-1002.jpg

(Photo by Mark Justice Hinton–Merri & BabyCat in happier times)

Lucky is an only dog now and getting pretty old himself. But he’s still with us. Toward the end of February I traveled to Buena Vista, Colorado to call a 4-day English and contra dance weekend with a wonderful, nationally known band called Notorious. (I highly recommend their new CD called Elkins; it is spectacular!) There were 6’+ of snow up there, and I travelled from my cabin to the dance hall via snowshoes all weekend. I wrote an article about the weekend that was published in the Country Dance and Song Society’s magazine. The weekend was fun, but a lot of work. Mark and I celebrated 26 years together in Feb. too!

March stayed busy with work, ushering, exercising, social events, and company, including visits from Robert Coontz’s sister Connie, and her husband, father-in-law, and 2 kids. Former Albuquerque friends Eileen and Patrick also visited us from southern New Mexico, and we’re always happy to have an excuse to cook a fine brunch for friends.

During April I started the last of three beginning Spanish classes that I’ve taken and finished that class in June. I am now at an intermediate level in Spanish, and continue to perform weddings in Spanish. Figure it’s good brain exercise. I travelled to Florida to see my Aunt Jean, and we had fun toodling around the Miami area. Called a dance in Santa Fe, then entertained our Maine friends Gary and Pam, who were visiting to get their Southwest ‘fix.’

In mid-May my Aunt Jean called me with news that her breast cancer (mastectomy was in June 2004) had returned and spread to her liver and bones. We added another cell phone to her account so she can reach me at any time, and I promptly began to learn the medical and care-giving community in Miami and to help her with some financial and legal issues. She has been stable with the help of much chemo, other treatments, and pain medication. Not sure what her prognosis is, but I made trips to Florida in July and Sept. and will also visit in Jan. and April 2009.

I got to attend New Mexico’s 4-day music and dance weekend over Memorial Day, as a dancer instead of a caller and that was fun. Also camped with Mark a few days at the end of the month. There was cell phone contact with my aunt even up in the mountains! Our Pilates teacher Gail turned 50 on June 1, competed in her first triathalon and was diagnosed with breast cancer a few days before the race. She chose to delay treatment for a few weeks so she could do the triathalon she’d trained so hard for.

I had a free airline ticket to New Hampshire in June and saw my brother, wife and niece in Massachusetts and friend Ruslyn in New Hampshire. Ruslyn and I celebrated 35 years of friendship with a sailing trip on her husband’s sailboat. Encountered a terrible storm and I’ll spare you the gory details. Suffice it to say we all survived to tell the tale. Friends Susan and Paul visited NM the end of June from Missouri and announced that they planned to relocate to Tallahassee, FL the end of the year to be near her mom and sisters, who all live there now.

July included a trip to Florida to help my aunt and then a 2nd annual camping trip to southern Colorado with 4 other friends and 3 dogs. It rained and/or hailed on us every hike, but we prepared gourmet dinners communally and had fun anyway camping beside a raging river for 4 days. Also saw a magnificent hummingbird in our campsite, which should not have been so far north (usually lives in Mexico). At the end of the month my 92-year-old friend Kathleen and I visited a newer facility that hosts senior residents and had a delicious lunch. Over the course of a month we arranged for her to move into a much bigger, nicer and safer apartment there without too much increase in costs. She moved in over Labor Day and is very happy there. Plus it’s only 2.5 miles from us, instead of 6. Mark started work as an author on a book called Digital Cameras and Photography for Dummies. (YES! These are those famous yellow and black books sold nationwide.) He got to use his own photos in creating the book, and copies of the beautifully finished book arrived on our doorstep in November.

August was the usual with exercising, usher safety training, dinners with friends, helping my aunt, doing court work, marrying folks. My mom turned 81. Over Labor Day weekend I travelled to Oregon to call Northwest Passage, a 4-day music and dance weekend with Bruce Hamilton, Sue Rosen, Notorious and Phantom Power. This time there were 2 bands and 2 other callers, so I got to dance some too. It was great fun, and my ABQ friends Dave and Noralyn went with me for moral support (in a bit of serendipity, Noralyn moved her parents from TN to NM a few months later—into the same facility that my friend Kathleen had just moved into!)

September featured my 54th birthday and another trip to Florida. Don’t even remember what I did on my birthday except went to brunch with my friend Mary and grilled filet mignon that eve with Mark. Kathleen’s daughter Kristi visited ABQ from CA and loved Kathleen’s new apartment. Mark finished the manuscript for Digital Cameras and Photography for Dummies just in time to teach a computer class at UNM and then start writing a new book for Wiley called Digital Photography for Seniors for Dummies, which is due the end of December.

October was uneventful except for celebrating Noralyn’s 60th birthday with a special dinner here. Continued to help my aunt via 3-way calls, email, and cell phones. Voted on Oct. 9 (the 32nd anniversary of my dad’s death) so I could quit listening to all the negative campaign ads. Also continued to work producing and finalizing the manuscript of the Family Law book.

November was full of major stress but some good things too. Mark and I both worked on books all weekend long before T-Day. Mark had a deadline on his newest Digital Photography for Seniors for Dummies book. And I worked all weekend on his book, plus the Family Law in New Mexico book. I will spare you most of the details of Thanksgiving week other than to say Mark turned in his next ¼ of his book on Monday, then started finalizing the text of the Family Law book on Tuesday. The author and I scrambled to re-do a section the Wed. before T-Day. We wanted to send it to the printer that Wed. and have 4 days off. Got it into printer at 5 pm Wed. But it’s being printed in Canada and T-Day isn’t a holiday there (think their T-Day was in October). So bright and early T-Day morn the emails start re: problems—they had the wrong file of the manuscript. We finally straightened that out and I baked an apple pie for T-Day with Dave and Kathleen and Mary Smith. Friday morn the printer emails that the book manuscript was 3 pages too long. I spent Friday morning cutting 3 pages. A revised version of the cover went to the printer on Dec. 1. Then the proofs were supposed to be shipped to me overnight on Dec. 2. But they weren’t. They arrived Dec. 5, the day I was supposed to have them back in order to meet the shipping date of Dec. 19. I will say that the proofs looked good and that I reviewed them and shipped them back overnight mail within 4 hours of receipt. So we are not too far behind schedule and I can almost see a light at the end of the tunnel. We did have a nice T-Day finally about 5 pm. We brought a homemade pumpkin cake roll, homemade cranberry/orange sauce, and the apple pie. Hosts provided the turkey, stuffing, and gravy. Two others brought potatoes, rolls, veggies. Also, last weekend I succeeded in making pecan pralines (1st batch was runny, so it became icing for a spice cake). They were awesome and fattening! Mark’s book arrived and we love it (www.mjhinton.com/author has ordering details).

Now the year is ending. My aunt started radiation this month for pain control of her bone cancer. Mark is working on the next 1/4 of his book, and I am reading those chapters. He’s gotten a little ahead of schedule, hoping to get some time off for holiday fun. And he has to teach one class on Microsoft Vista next week. Our “reward” is the 6th annual Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge birding trip, set for Dec. 22 with four other friends. December so far has been a better month— I even did a wedding at McDonald’s last Friday! I have also exercised more and walked more (in August I was diagnosed with osteopenia in my lumbar spine, but have opted not to take any meds for it). I am hoping the extra walking and calcium will help with the osteopenia. Plus I think exercise helps my mental health too; I didn’t exercise much in Nov. and was really stressed out juggling all the balls thrown at me. Today I am baking holiday treats to share with friends and getting packages ready to mail.

That wraps up my year’s events. I hope that you had a great 2008 and that 2009 is health-filled and fun.


Summer 2008 Folk Enews

May 27, 2008 on 3:52 pm | In Monthly 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 www.folkmads.org

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 inquiry@siliconheights.com for details.

Info on Las Cruces, NM dances is at http://www.zianet.com/lcludeman/contra/snmmds.html (no dances in June or July; dances resume in August).

www.nmdance.com is Albuquerque Swing and Country Dance Club.

http://www.folkdancing.org/new_mexico.html and http://www.tifd.org/SWDir.htm 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 glkello@nmia.com 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, lauriemcpherson@hotmail.com or lmcpherson@salud.unm.edu

New Mexico Music Links: www.abqmusic.com 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: www.cabq.gov/biopark Concerts on Fridays at the zoo and Thursdays at the Biopark.

www.southwestpickers.org has info on bluegrass concerts around Albuquerque.

The Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque, mostly jazz and folk, has a web site, www.outpostspace.org/.

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 www.gigsantafe.com for more details about each week’s artists and listen to their music samples at the Listen link!

http://rogerlandes.com/ is the web site of Roger Landes, Taos musician extraordinaire and organizer of Zoukfest, www.zoukfest.com 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 gcnewma@sandia.gov

Durango Contra Dance Info: For information, call 970-385-9292, or see the website http://groups.google.com/group/Durango-Contra-Dances

Arizona Music and Dance Info: http://www.tftm.org/contradancing/cdancing.htm (Scroll down the page to find links to various Arizona dance communities.

Colorado Music and Dance Info: http://www.dancingtheweb.com/coloradocontra/ccovenue.htm

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:

http://www.scissortail.org/FlamingoFling/tabid/59/Default.aspx

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
merri@merridancing.com
www.merridancing.com

May 2008 Folk Enews

April 30, 2008 on 8:39 pm | In Monthly Folk eNews

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 sworn to secrecy until their 1st anniversay, and now I’m cleared to divulge. There was one particularly hilarious bulk mail party before I relinquished my crown where some of the mailing crew were speculating about the identity of Folk Couple #9, who were sitting right there. It was hilarious to me at least, as I watched #9 maintain their anonymity without even a grin or wink.

Many local Albuquerque bands will be playing free concerts in the Old Town plaza various nights in May to help promote the Albuquerque Folk Festival on June 21 at the NM Expo (former state fairgrounds). See the schedule at http://abqfolkfest.org/oldtown.shtml

And might I just say that the Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas concert was AWESOME! Just ask any of the 25 or so FOLKMADS folks who attended!

Corrales Sing, Friday, May 2
FOLK SONG CIRCLE. Newcomers welcome! They’ll sing songs about Unions, Labor, Mining, Logging.
FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH, 8:00 P.M. TO MIDNIGHT
Tonight only–different location!! The First Friday Singaround will be at Art and Jenn Brooks’ place, 8109 Sprenger Dr. NE in Albuquerque, near Paseo del Norte and Wyoming NE. Call 797-0916 for a map. 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.

Albuquerque Contra Dance, Saturday, May 3
Open mike for callers hosted by Richard Wilson with Five-Dog String Band (David Margolin on fiddle, Steve Huestis on banjo, Rick Olcott on guitar) playing 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. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID.

Durango Contra Dance, Saturday, May 3
POTLUCK & CONTRA DANCE
The location this month only is the American Legion Hall, 878 E. 2nd Ave, Durango (enter from 9th Street).
6:00 is a community potluck that is open to all. Bring a dish to share.
7:00 is beginner dance instruction
7:30, the Contra Dance starts, with Flagstaff caller Deb Comly and music by Durango’s own Kitchen Jam Band.
All dances are taught and called. No partner is necessary, and dancers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Admission is $10. First-timers get a pass to come back for free. For further information, call 970-385-9292, or see the website http://groups.google.com/group/Durango-Contra-Dances

Old Time Music Circle, Albuquerque, Sun., May 4
Come jam from 2-4 PM at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 9315 Candelaria NE, Albuquerque, NM. 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, Sunday, May 4
BOB MALONE at
Windchime Champagne Gallery
518 Central Ave SW
Show: 7:30 PM, Doors: 6:30 PM
Tickets are $15 advance, $20 door
Available at www.abqmusic.com, Bookworks and Natural Sound
Bob tore up the Bosque House Concert several years ago. His blend of Randy Newman-esque clever songwriting (“I Know The Stripper Likes Me”, “Sometimes I Wish I Were Me”, “In Love With The Woman (The Other Woman Love To Hate)” runs headlong into Dr. John’s boogie woogie rootsiness. Bob’s a flashy piano player (check out the video of “Home To Me” on his web site), a hilarious storyteller, and an all around top notch performer. He’s coming off of an amazing 2007, where he opened for Rickie Lee Jones, Leon Russell, The Subdudes and The Bobs, toured Australia and New Zealand, and was named Songwriter of the Year in the South Bay Music Awards. Get plenty of musical previews at http://www.bobmalone.com

Michael Combs in Concert in Santa Fe 3 Times in May
MICHAEL COMBS plays hard-boiled, rough-sawn, whole-grained ACOUSTIC FOLK from many lands on the Button Accordion, Fiddle & Guitar at Upper Crust Pizza, Old Santa Fe Trail & De Vargas St. 6-9 p.m., no cover, Sun. 5/4; Mon. 5/26; Sat. 5/31

Three ABQ Concerts in a Row, May 7-9
Leo Kottke at the Kimo on Wednesday, May 7
Asylum Street Spankers at Cooperage on Thursday, May 8 (these talented musicians sing some sizzling political satire)
Wilco, a rock band, at UNM’s Popejoy Hall on Friday, May 9
Details at www.abqmusic.com

Santa Fe Contra Dance, Sat., May 10
Wendy Graham from Durango calling with Albuquerque’s Hands Five playing. This dance will ROCK! 7:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m., IOOF Hall, 1125 Cerrillos Rd. Instruction at 7:00 p.m. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID.

Second Sunday Dance, May 11
Merri Rudd calling elegant English and zesty contras; One Good Turn playing this Mother’s Day dance. 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. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID.

Albuquerque Megaband Practice, Tuesday, May 13
Join the Megaband in a jam in its current location at O’Niell’s Pub, Banquet Room, 4310 Central Ave SE (Central at Washington in East Nob Hill), 7:00-10:00 p.m. More info: Bruce Thomson, 277-4729. (We just ate there today and it was YUMMY!)

Albuquerque Contra Dance, Saturday, May 17
Artie Walsh 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. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID.

Taos Contra Dance, Saturday, May 17
Dance at the San Geronimo Lodge, at 7: 00 and wind down at 10:00. Call 776-1580 with questions about the dance.

No Las Cruces Contra Dance in May, June or July
It’s summer holiday for those folks down south as they travel to various other dances and camps around the southwest. Las Cruces dances will resume on August 15. You can also find the current dance schedule on the web at: http://www.zianet.com/lcludeman/contra/cdsched02.htm (don’t believe the schedule totally because the May 16 dance is cancelled!)

ABQ Baroque Concert, Sunday, May 18
Albuquerque Baroque Players present a concert of Cantatas by J.S. Bach with soloists Janeene Williams, soprano, and David Farwig, baritone. Central United Methodist Church, 201 University Blvd. NE. 3 p.m. FREE admission. For more info call 255-7089 or visit the website at www.unm.edu/~sbpatric

NO Santa Fe Contra Dance, Saturday, May 24
That’s because you should all be at Folkmadness 2008! Music & dance camp will be May 23-26, 2008 at NM Tech campus in Socorro, NM . Lisa Greenleaf and Bill “Doc” Litchman calling, Groovemongers and Alice/Al White playing. Details at: http://www.folkmads.org/2008Folkmadness.html

Two Special Dance Events on May 31
Cotillion Ball & Ramble in honor of Lily Wilson’s 21st birthday!
IOOF Hall, Santa Fe – 7 pm, Music by Second Nature
Fancy Dress encourages. Details here

Special 5th Saturday Square Dance
7:30-10:30 p.m., Heights Community Center
Caller: Kris Jensen, Band: The Fabulous Waynerds
Details here

This & That

San Antonio Dance Weekend: Weekend Dance Workshops by Bob Dalsemer from North Carolina. San Antonio May 9-11, 2008. Info on the website, www.sacontradancers.org The San Antonio Contra Dancers invite you to dance with us during this exceptional weekend! Some home hospitality is still available. For questions, please contact Lissa at lissa@ifcchouseconcerts.com

ZoukFest World Music Camp (June 8-14 in Santa Fe) will be here soon. Guest Artist this year is Andy Irvine! Check out new and returning staff and new classes. Details at www.zoukfest.com

Albuquerque Folk Festival : Saturday, June 21 at the State Fairgrounds, aka NM EXPO. From 10 a.m. to 11. p.m. Contra (Wendy Graham and Kris Jensen calling), swing and African dance in the evening. Band Scramble. Linda Vik is leading Lit’l Folks Fiddle Contest. They need volunteers–contact them by May 31 – big benefits: free admission, parking, T-shirt. volunteers@abqfolkfest.org

Save the dates: Banjo and Mountain Dulcimer Workshops, June 20 and 22, in Albuquerque with Mary Z. Cox. Email inquiry@siliconheights.com for more information or for a registration form.

Oklahoma’s Flamingo Fling in June: The Flamingo Fling is the annual contra dance weekend in Oklahoma City, this June 20-22nd, with Joseph Pimentel calling to the rhythms of Goldcrest. It will be a stunning combo of contra and English to thrill your dancing feet. Registration form online at http://www.scissortail.org/FlamingoFling/tabid/59/Default.aspx

Portland, Oregon’s Northwest Passage Camp Bruce Hamilton, Sue Rosen & Merri Rudd calling English and contra dances. Notorious (Larry Unger, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Ralph Gordon) and Phantom Power (Lissa Schneckenburger, Bruce Rosen, Mark Roberts, Stefan Amidon) playing. Annie Johnston cooking gourmet meals! Alan Roberts on sound. August 29 – September 1, 2008. www.NWPassageDanceCamp.org contains full details about camp, including registration form, information about scholarships, work-trade positions, and student discounts.

!GLOBALQUERQUE! Sept. 19-20, 2008
Hispanic Cultural Center. They just launched the new festival web site with some previews of this year’s lineup. Confirmed so far are:
– GENTICORUM (Quebec, Canada)
– HAPA (Hawaii)
– MOR KARBASI (Israel)
– ORCHID ENSEMBLE (China/Canada)
– SAVINA YANNATOU (Greece)
¡Globalquerque! tickets are available from the NHCC box office and
Ticketmaster.

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!

Oh yeah, I forgot to say who Folk Couple #9 was. Here they are…….

Folk Wedding #9!
Judge Merri, Gale (daughter of bride), Carol Langer (fiddler), Tim Shaffer (fiddler & guitarist), May 10, 2007 [Photo by Tony Garcia]

Happy Spring to All,

Merri Rudd
Albuquerque, NM
www.merridancing.com

April 2008 Folk Enews

April 3, 2008 on 4:22 pm | In Monthly Folk eNews

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, workshop and dance will be April 11 and 12. Lots of things for dance gypsies too, as well as multiple concerts in April.

Corrales Sing, Friday, April 4
FOLK SONG CIRCLE. Newcomers welcome! They’ll sing songs about KINGS, QUEENS, and JACKS. This might evoke any number of historical ballads about royalty real or imagined, as well as the plentiful appearances of poor Jack the fool. Card games and gambling songs should also be in plentiful evidence!
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, April 5
Doc Litchman calling and special guest band Bayou Seco (former Albuquerqueans Ken and Jeanie now from Silver City, NM) playing New Mexican and Cajun style 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. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID.

Durango Contra Dance, April 5
POTLUCK & CONTRA DANCE
Saturday April 5
VFW, 1550 Main St, in Durango
6:00 is a community potluck that is open to all. Bring a dish to share.
7:00 is beginner dance instruction
7:30, the Contra Dance starts, with Durango caller Wendy Graham and more music by The Usual Suspects from Laramie, Wyoming.
All dances are taught and called. No partner is necessary, and dancers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Admission is $10. First-timers get a pass to come back for free. For further information, call 970-385-9292, or see the website http://groups.google.com/group/Durango-Contra-Dances

Old Time Music Circle, Albuquerque, Sun., April 6
Come jam from 2-4 PM at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 9315 Candelaria NE, Albuquerque, NM. 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.

Santa Fe House Concert, Friday, April 11
Ray Bierl is one of the famous/infamous Hillbillies from Mars from California. Check this one out! Details at Bierl Events (scroll down that page).
7:30 p.m., 400 Cortez Place, Santa Fe
$10 FolkMADS members, $12 non-members

Santa Fe Music Workshop & Contra Dance, Sat., April 12
Workshop 2-4 p.m., IOOF Hall. $15 FolkMADS members, $25 non-members. Details at Bierl Events. Note new dance time of 7:30 -10:30 p.m. (same as ABQ dances now) Kris Jensen calling with special guest Ray Bierl & Friends playing dance tunes. 7:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m., IOOF Hall, 1125 Cerrillos Rd. Instruction at 7:00 p.m. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID.

Second Sunday Dance, April 13
Noralyn Parsons & Kit French calling elegant English and zesty contras; The McPapenhagens 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. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID.

Albuquerque Megaband Practice, Tuesday, April 15
Join the Megaband in a jam in its current location at O’Niell’s Pub, Banquet Room, 4310 Central Ave SE (Central at Washington in East Nob Hill), 7:00-10:00 p.m. More info: Bruce Thomson, 277-4729. (We just ate there today and it was YUMMY!)

Albuquerque Concert, Wednesday, April 16
ABI TAPIA & BETH WOOD
Windchime Champagne Gallery, 518 Central Ave SW
7:30 PM, Tickets are $15 advance, $20 door
Available at abqmusic.com, Bookworks and Natural Sound
Two Austin-based singer songwriters drop by for the monthly acoustic music showcase at a downtown art gallery. Bring snacks to share! Sponsored by AMP concerts, www.abqmusic.com

Albuq. Megaband in Concert, Thursday, April 17
The Albuquerque Megaband will be playing for community dancing on Thursday, April 17 in the Old Town Plaza at 7 p.m. Bill “Doc” Litchman will call some community dances. This is part of the “Folk Festival Presents” series of concerts by Albuquerque Folk Festival participants and supporters. You can hear a different band or two every Thursday evening in Old Town for the next several months. Visit http://abqfolkfest.org/oldtown.shtml for the full schedule.

Albuquerque Concert, Friday, April 18
ALASDAIR FRASER & NATALIE HAAS
South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway SE
8:00 PM, Tickets are $20 reserved seating
Available at abqmusic.com and the SBCC Box Office (505-848-1320)
We have our tickets; do you have yours?! I hope it’s not sold out yet. Enjoy Alasdair’s fiery Scottish fiddle with cello accompaniment. This is a high energy show with some of the best instrumental interplay you are likely to see all year. (They’ll also play in Corrales on Sat., April 19). The SBCC show is sponsored by AMP concerts, www.abqmusic.com. And visit Alasdair’s web page at www.alasdairfraser.com

Albuquerque Contra Dance, Saturday, April 19
Wendy Graham from Durango 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. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID.

Corrales Concert, Saturday, April 19
ALASDAIR FRASER & NATALIE HAAS
Not sure about the time, Tickets are $22/$25 at door.
Concert at Old San Isidro Church.

Santa Fe Concert, Saturday, April 19
Michael Combs playing crunchy, whole-grain, rough-hewn traditional fiddle and button accordion.
Upper Crust Pizza, Santa Fe
6-9 p.m. no cover
For more info, call 946-0338

Taos Contra Dance, Saturday, April 19
Dance at the San Geronimo Lodge, at 7: 00 and wind down at 10:00. Call 776-1580 with questions about the dance.

Santa Fe Concert, Tuesday, April 22
Michael Combs playing crunchy, whole-grain, rough-hewn traditional fiddle and button accordion to celebrate Earth Day.
Upper Crust Pizza, Santa Fe
6-9 p.m. no cover
For more info, call 946-0338

Taos English Dance, Friday, April 25
They’re having a “Mostly English Country Dance” here in Taos on April
25th. Albuquerque’s Kit French is one of the instructors, the other is from Vermont–Joan Shimer (she wrote the book I often use for teaching English). The dance will be in a barn and it’s free. Starts at 7:30. Local musicians will play. Call 575-770-5259 for directions to the barn.

Las Cruces Contra Dance, Friday, April 25
Lewis Land calling with SNMMDS Band playing. Location: La Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle de Santiago, Mesilla NM. It’s actually the adjacent town of Mesilla, and hall is 2 blocks west of the plaza. For info, contact 505-522-1691. 7:30 p.m. beginner lessons & dance to follow to 10:30 p.m., Cost: $5

Santa Fe Contra Dance, Saturday, April 26
Merri Rudd calling and Soda Rock Ramblers (Larry Edelman from Denver on fiddle, Scott Mathis on mandolin and guitaron, Linda Askew on guitar) playing. Dance 7:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m., IOOF Hall, 1125 Cerrillos Rd. Instruction at 7:00 p.m. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID.

This & That
Folkmadness 2008 is fast approaching with fantastic talent. Send in your registration for camp in Socorro, NM May 23-26, 2008. Lisa Greenleaf and Bill “Doc” Litchman calling, Groovemongers and Alice/Al White playing. Details at: http://www.folkmads.org/2008Folkmadness.html

Folk Wedding Without Me: Susie Tomlinson of Tucson, AZ reports, “Doug Acuff and I got married while we were on a Wild Asparagus dance vacation in Hawaii. We got married on the beach at Holoholokai which is north of Kona. We stayed on the Hilo side of the Big Island and at Kalani Retreat Center near Pahoa. We always thought you’d be the one to marry us, Merri, but there we were in Hawaii and….”

Beach Wedding

Merri says, Doug used to live in Albuquerque and dance with us. They often attend Folkmadness. Susie continues, “We met contradancing. Doug was new to Tucson (from Albq) to work at IBM….I had just returned to dancing from having a hip replacement. I was bent over putting on my shoes a bit late (dancing had already started) and noticed a “new pair of legs dance by in shorts”…that was Doug. Our first dance that night had us back to back doing a sashay with our opposites which caused Doug and I to constantly bump butts! So we always say our first dance was the Butt Contra! That was in the fall of 2000…and the rest is history!”

Congrats to both of you, even though I didn’t get to officiate!

ZoukFest World Music Camp (June 8-14 in Santa Fe) will be here soon. Guest Artist this year is Andy Irvine! Check out new and returning staff and new classes. Details at www.zoukfest.com

San Antonio,TX Contra Dance Weekend: North Carolina’s Bob Dalsemer calling, May 9-11, 2008. They are celebrating their 24th Anniversary as a group, and have priced all events very reasonably so that everybody can attend. Info at: http://sacontradancers.org/Upcoming_Dances.htm

Prescott, AZ’s MayMadness: May 16-18, 2008, Robert Cromartie and Deb Comly calling. JAX and Privy Tippers playing.

ABQ Bluegrass concerts: Details about various concert are at www.southwestpickers.com

Happy Spring to All,

Merri Rudd
Albuquerque, NM
www.merridancing.com

A Stellar Experience

March 7, 2008 on 7:49 pm | In Road Trips

I’m late posting a report about the 2008 Stellar Days and Nights weekend. I hope I can remember stories from two weeks ago.

Dave, Noralyn, Hamish and I hit the road the morning of February 21, and despite a little detour in Española through the San Ildefonso Pueblo (“Dave, the shadows are wrong if we’re supposed to be heading north.” “Does this look right?” “Well, I don’t remember ever driving through the Pueblo before.”), we made it to Stellar by 4 p.m. We oohed and aahed at the herd of 15 elk of all sizes framed against the snowy piñons along the highway, saw multiple hawks and eagles perched on posts watching for lunch, and drove into the occasional vortex of whirling snow as we travelled farther north.

The Stellar weekend is located at the Adventure Unlimited Ranches, an 1,100 acre facility nestled in the foothills of the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. “Bring snowshoes,” the organizers advised. We did and were glad. The Ranch sits outside Buena Vista, Colorado, about a 300-mile drive straight north of Albuquerque on Highway 285. It’s in a rural spot with the last several miles on a dirt, ice-splotched road. A frozen snow-covered lake is just below Valerie Lodge, where the eating and dancing and hanging out occur. The log lodge has a great wooden dance floor, giant windows with views of the Arkansas River Valley and surrounding mountains, and a large fireplace, which was lit all weekend long.

Valerie Lodge
Valerie Lodge, Photo by Merri Rudd

A distant 14,000′ peak peeked over the mountains beyond the lake and caught the last light of the setting sun. I have attended many camps before, but none in as beautiful a setting as Stellar. Did I mention there were about 4′ of snow already there? And we were at 8,600′ elevation surrounded by fragrant evergreens? I saw snowshoe hare tracks and scat, and one dancer actually saw the hare, blending in with the snow. Although it was well below freezing at night, I never wore all of the layers that I brought.

Over 100 participants, including 20 New Mexicans, stayed in heated log cabins with bathrooms. People skiied, snowshoed and tromped back and forth between the cabins and dance hall. I especially enjoyed snowshoeing to the lodge in my queen’s costume and long velvet skirt.

The staff consisted of Eden MacAdam-Somer & Larry Unger (who comprise a band called Notorious), Erika Gerety, Bruce Thomson, John Brinduse, Peter Esherick, and Gary Blank (Albuquerque’s own Hands Five), Jim Borzym teaching waltzing, Ron Sommers, the ace sound engineer, and me, teaching and calling contra and English country dance all weekend. That I still had my voice after this calling marathon is a testament to Ron’s skill.

Notorious, Hands Five, Merri
Stellar Staff, Photo courtesy of Peter Esherick

Eleanor Fahrney, the main organizer of Stellar, presented our mission at the staff meeting before Thursday’s dinner. Her six “Points” (like a star/snowflake has) of Stellar were Inclusivity, Quality, Keeping the Traditions Alive, Rejuvenating, Individualized, and Fun. Eleanor had help–other organizers and volunteers to whom she delegated tasks nicely (“I’m getting into this delegating thing,” she announced toward the end of the weekend). The best thing about the weekend for me was discovering that contra and English and square dancing really do have a next generation of energetic and talented leaders like Eleanor, Wendy Graham, Chad Filipski, and Andrea Earley-Coen (formerly with the midwest band Pig’s Eye Landing)–in the middle of rural Colorado, no less. They’re young (some aren’t even 30 yet), they’re energetic, they’re creative, and they love the traditions of folk music and dance.

We started dancing at 7:30 Thursday night and hardly stopped until 11:30 Sunday morning. Eden on fiddle and Larry on guitar and banjo are supremely skilled musicians; together they are musical synergy, feeding off each other and driving each other. They go places musically that most musicians can only imagine. Larry and Eden go there every set. At times they sound like a band of 5 or 6 musicians; their energy and skill take the crowd to dance nirvana. Toward the end of the weekend, Gary and Peter sat in with them on percussion and bass. During my ‘thank you’s’ on Sunday morn, I said that working with Eden and Larry was like skiing down a really steep, wild and wooly hill. But I knew I’d arrive at the bottom safely every time. And so I did. I wrote them when I got home and said I hope they wake up every morning grateful for the gifts they’ve been given.

Eden & Larry
Notorious, aka Eden & Larry, Photo by Merri Rudd

During a couples’ dancing workshop, Larry realized he’d left his Zweifacher music at home. So he sat at the back of the stage, lined music stave sheets in his lap, and created a new tune, “The Merri Zweifacher.” Brilliant.

English country dance requires one to move in totally different ways from contra dancing. In English dance one floats above the floor, leaning slightly forward, feet following. I like to say that you are “leading with your heart.” One challenge of introducing English country dance to contra dancers is to hold their interest. The uninitiated think that English country dance is “slow, boring contra dance.” How wrong they are! Mary Devlin of Portland, Oregon helped me create the two workshops that I taught. Plus I had done lots of “research” at Oklahoma City’s recent English weekend. For the first English workshop on Friday morning, Elegant English: A Proper Primer, I presented:

  • Lover’s Knot to the tune Black & Grey
  • Midnight Ramble
  • Take a Dance
  • Yellow Stockings (in 9/8 slip jig time)
  • Leah’s Waltz to the tune Amelia, in sets of three couples, and
  • Female Saylor
  • About half of the weekend’s dancers attended the English workshops, some dancing English for the first time (the rest were off sleeping, snowshoeing, skiing, singing, jamming, or soaking in the hot springs). Many were surprised at the exuberance of the dances. Others enjoyed the intense moments of eye contact and discovery of the various story lines of the dances. I reminded them that these great moments could also be found in other dance forms. Several reluctant contra dancers recognized the error of their ways and reported to me (with some surprise) that they “now love English country dance.”

    On Saturday morn, in my resplendent maroon and pink queen’s gown, I presented the second English workshop, Digging Deeper into English: By George, I think I’ve got it!, with these dances:

  • Indian Queen in 2/2 time
  • Well Hall in 3/2 time, one of my favorite dances for illustrating the great ‘moments’ of connection inherent to English dance
  • Jack’s Health (I made a movie of this one so I could remember how good the dancers looked)
  • Key to the Cellar, a triple minor dance that we did twice in Oklahoma, and
  • Fenterlarick, a modern English dance to the tune Nancy’s Fancy
  • A retired schoolteacher approached me at the end of the second workshop. She said she really enjoyed how I captured the dancers’ attention with my enthusiasm and love for English dance, which she felt was strongly evident. I stood silently for a moment, then with tears filling my eyes, I said, “For twenty years, I set a bad example on the dance floor with my disdain for English country dance. And then one day about five years ago, I ‘got’ it. I LOVE English now, and I’m trying to make up for all the harm I did before.” “Well,” she said, “don’t worry. You’re more than making up for it now.” Readers can judge for themselves the joy on these English dancers’ faces.

    Morning English Workshop
    Morning English Workshop, Photo by Merri Rudd

    Hands Five, who debuted in Albuquerque on January 1, 2005, have quickly risen to notoriety in the contra dance world. Their original fiddler was 17-year-old Ryan, who headed off to the northwest for college a year later. Bruce Thomson, one of New Mexico’s finest and most diverse fiddlers (only slightly older than 17 and with whom I’ve been calling for more than 15 years), took over. Joined by Peter Esherick on hammer dulcimer, Erika Gerety on bass, John Brinduse on guitar (and this weekend keyboard!), and Gary Blank on percussion and a haunting, full-sized didgeridoo, Hands Five know how to rev up the dance energy. Their repertoire is eclectic and entertaining. They love to play for both concerts and dances and most of them love to dance. They understand how music and dance fit together. They study tempos, matching tunes to dances, and ‘zinging’ the dancers with the tunes. I recommended Hands Five to Eleanor when she hired me last year, and I wondered how they’d fare alongside a band as seasoned as Notorious. I wonder no more. Hands Five shined; they rose to the occasion; pick your metaphor–they were stars.

    The dancers were stars too. They handled everything that Jim and I threw at them with good nature and enthusiasm. They forgave my mistakes, such as “sing on the side,” shouting “la la la la” in unison. They laughed and twirled and spun and appeared to have a grand time. We didn’t stick to my Plan A (we never do), but we did dances such as Peter Stix’s What are Hands Four?, Ted Sanella’s Love and Kisses, Cary Ravitz’s Snake in the Hey, Maliza’s Magical Mystery Motion, and Gypsy Star, Carol Ormand’s Stars of Alberta and Coray’s Silver Jubilee, Kathy Anderson’s Weave the Line, Danish Dessert, and Tropical Gentleman, William Watson’s The Devil’s Backbone, Martin Sirk’s Venus & Mars, Tom Hinds’ Batja’s Breakdown and The Tease, Robert Cromartie’s M.A.D. About Dancing, Mary Devlin’s Triplet to Eugene, Gene Hubert’s Halliehurst, Becky Hill’s The Eyes Have It and Smooth Sailing, Devin Nordberg’s Devin’s Settlement, Bob Isaacs’ Cure for the Clap, Joseph Pimentel’s Ramsay Chase, Susan Kevra’s Trip to Phan Reel, and my own Convolution. Of course, no Stellar weekend would be complete without Al Olson’s Eleanor’s Reel, named for Stellar’s Eleanor (I arranged ahead for her husband Andrew to dance this one with her). And The Dreaded Swing….

    These are only some of the dances that I called. All in all, I taught about 60 dances throughout the weekend, except for the last half hour of Friday night, when Eleanor leaped onto stage and called so I could go to sleep. Calling the weekend was fun, but it would have been more fun if I’d been able to dance more. I’m encouraging the organizers to hire two callers next year to share the work and the fun! I am looking forward to being one of three callers at Oregon’s Northwest Passage Camp, along with Bruce Hamilton and Sue Rosen. Notorious and Phantom Power will play.

    We couldn’t have maintained our energy all weekend without the gourmet meals provided by nationally known chef Annie Johnston from Bend, Oregon. She has been feeding dancers for twenty years–homemade frittatas, blueberry cobbler, foccacio, soups, Moroccan coconut chicken, rosemary bread, fudge caramel upside down cake, apricot almond poppy seed coffeecake, and other spectacular treats. Despite Annie’s decadent dishes, I didn’t gain any weight. Apparently, hurling my energy from the stage to the dancers burns off calories! Annie will be cooking for the Northwest Passage weekend too.

    Late Saturday night after hanging out in front of the big fireplace with wired dancers, I snowshoed back to my cabin. The bright light of stars pierced the pitch dark sky. Snow fell gently. I could barely breathe for fear of disturbing the beauty of the night. It was still snowing the next morning, and the Durango folks reported that they were leaving after breakfast, before the farewell dance, to make it over the pass before the snow made the roads difficult. But I looked out at the dancers (still three lines of dancers those last two hours), and I saw a few Durangoans dancing. “I thought you were heading home,” I said. “Yep, we are, any minute.” They stayed until the end, until Eden led us in a farewell song. Then people sledded their luggage to the road, packed their cars, said their good-byes, and headed out into the swirling snow, with tunes and songs and dances just a memory in their minds. And we four did the same, recounting stories and images and the joy of music and dance all the way home.

    We Four
    Merri, Noralyn, Dave & Hamish in Farewell Snowstorm

    The staff did not have a debriefing meeting to evaluate whether we accomplished Eleanor’s six Points. But I’m pretty sure if you polled those present, most would agree, “It was an amazing weekend, filled with awesome food, camaraderie, music and dance.” Perhaps some of them will post comments to this entry and share their own stories.

    Merri Rudd
    Albuquerque, NM
    www.merridancing.com

    March 2008 Folk Enews

    February 27, 2008 on 5:16 pm | In Monthly Folk eNews

    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 at very reasonable prices in Albuquerque and Corrales on March 2, followed by a potluck dinner and jam. Details here. Don’t miss out on these exciting events!

    I’m guessing most of you would never expect me to attend a whole weekend of English country dance, but here I am, ready for the ball.

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    Mary, Kit, Merri, Meg (photo by Richard Letts of Austin, TX)

    My road trip report has details if you’re curious.

    Corrales House Concert, Thursday, February 28
    Groovemama playing at 7:30 p.m.
    $10 suggested donation (all proceeds go to the musicians)
    RSVP to reserve your spot and get directions — email Jane Phillips at heyjane@yahoo.com or call 505-898-2565.
    Melding minds and rhythms, Groovemama performances blend music of Ireland, Scotland, French Canada and the Appalachian South with new compositions of their own. Old-Time fiddler Jane Rothfield and Franco-American fiddler Donna Hébert (hey, this is the Donna Hébert who founded the famous New England band Yankee Ingenuity that plays every Monday night at the Scout House dance in Concord, MA) have played together for many decades. Their style is one of musical exploration as they morph into new rhythms and harmonies in tunes from the British Isles and North America. Max Cohen’s great groove guitar is the perfect rhythm instrument; his original songs are well-crafted stories with a twist. Groovemama has a great time onstage and invites the audience to do the same! Come hear the band in an intimate setting!

    Albuquerque Contra Dance, Saturday, March 1
    Merri Rudd calling and special guest band Groovemama playing New England style 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. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID.

    Durango Contra Dance, March 1
    CONTRA DANCE , POTLUCK AND CONCERT MARCH 1
    Saturday March 1
    VFW, 1550 Main St, in Durango
    5:00 is a community potluck that is open to all. Bring a dish to share.
    6:00, the Albuquerque band Hey! will present a concert.
    7:00 is beginner dance instruction
    7:30, the Contra Dance starts, with Durango caller Wendy Graham and more music from Hey!
    All dances are taught and called. No partner is necessary, and dancers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Admission is $10. First-timers get a pass to come back for free. For further information, call 970-385-9292, or see the website http://groups.google.com/group/Durango-Contra-Dances

    Fiddle & Guitar Workshops, Sunday, March 2
    The Groovemama musicians will hold workshops from 3-6 p.m., followed by potluck dinner and jam. Fiddle workshops will begin at 3:00 & 4:30.
    Guitar workshop will run from 4:00 to 5:30, to allow participants time to join us for potluck and jam in Corrales. (See full schedule on FolkMADS website: )
    Location: Fiddle workshops in Corrales; Guitar workshop in NE Heights
    90-minute Fiddle Workshops: FolkMADS members: $15 for each workshop
    Non-members: $25 for each workshop or $40 for both.
    90-minute Guitar Workshop: FolkMADS members: $15, Non-members: $25

    Old Time Music Circle, Albuquerque, Sun., March 2
    Come jam from 2-4 PM at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 9315 Candelaria NE, Albuquerque, NM. 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.

    Santa Fe Irish Concerts, Sat., March 1 & Sun., March 2
    Saturday, March 1, 7:00pm and Sunday, March 2nd, 2:30pm Matinee
    Belisama Irish Dance Company
    “Rhythm of Fire” Concerts
    James A. Little Theater
    NM School for the Deaf
    website: http://www.belisamairishdance.com/2.html

    Albuquerque Irish Concert, Tuesday, March 4
    THE DAVID MUNNELLY BAND! From County Mayo, Ireland
    Tuesday, March 4th, 7:30 p.m.
    Windchime Champagne Gallery
    518 Central SW (between 4th & 5th, south side)
    $15 Advance/$20 Door
    Tickets at Natural Sound, The Bookstop, and Windchime Champagne Gallery
    Or through AMP Concerts: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/25865
    The David Munnelly Band took Walnut Valley Festival (aka WINFIELD!) by storm three years ago, and has returned to the Festival ever since (including the upcoming 2008 event). The David Munnelly Band is Button Accordion/Fiddle/ Guitar/ Flute/ Rhythm (& sometimes piano), and in addition to playing traditional and modern tunes & songs, play music from the 1920’s & 30’s Irish American Dance Hall era. This is mostly Ragtime style. When Ireland became its own country, many immigrants returned from America, & brought the popular music with them. David is keeping this tradition alive, and with GREAT VIGOR! This is one of the most exciting Celtic Bands around. They also boast an All Ireland Champion singer, Shauna Mullins, and they even have a Tap (not Step) Dancer!!! It will be an unforgettable show! Here they are on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NJSU4KidSE

    Corrales Sing, Friday, March 7
    FOLK SONG CIRCLE. Newcomers welcome! They’ll sing songs about Tall Tales and Miracles.
    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.)

    Santa Fe Contra Dance, Saturday, March 8
    Note new dance time of 7:30 -10:30 p.m. (same as ABQ dances now) Donna Howell calling with Beat La Feet playing dance tunes. 7:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m., IOOF Hall, 1125 Cerrillos Rd. Instruction at 7:00 p.m. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID.

    Second Sunday Dance, March 9
    Richard Wilson calling elegant English and zesty contras; Second Nature (Karina Wilson on fiddle and 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. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID.

    Albuquerque Megaband Practice, Tuesday, March 11
    Join the Megaband in a jam in its current location at O’Niell’s Pub, Banquet Room, 4310 Central Ave SE (Central at Washington in East Nob Hill), 7:00-10:00 p.m. More info: Bruce Thomson, 277-4729. (We just ate there today and it was YUMMY!)

    ABQ Dance Committee Meeting, Saturday, March 15
    3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    Bob & Linda’s – 509 Aliso NE
    Come give input and volunteer to help keep the dances invigorated and organized. Then you can go dancing after the meeting. For more details, call 255-6037

    Albuquerque Contra Dance, Saturday, March 15
    Marj Mullany 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. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID. I’m guessing green attire would be festively encouraged.

    Taos Contra Dance, Saturday, March 15
    Dance at the San Geronimo Lodge, at 7: 00 and wind down at 10:00. Call 776-1580 with questions about the dance.

    Taos Irish Concert, Sunday, March 16
    6:30-9:30 pm, Irish Traditional Music
    Roger Landes & Friends
    Taos Inn, 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos
    575-758-5776, http://rogerlandes.com

    Taos Concert, Thursday, March 20th
    6:30-9:30 pm, Roger Landes Solo
    Taos Inn, 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos
    575-758-5776

    http://rogerlandes.com

    Las Cruces Contra Dance, Friday, March 21
    Lewis Land and Lonnie Ludeman calling with SNMMDS Band playing. Location: La Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle de Santiago, Mesilla NM. It’s actually the adjacent town of Mesilla, and hall is 2 blocks west of the plaza. For info, contact 505-522-1691. 7:30 p.m. beginner lessons & dance to follow to 10:30 p.m., Cost: $5

    Santa Fe Contra Dance, Saturday, March 22
    Richard Wilson calling and Second Nature (Karina Wilson on fiddle and Della O’Keefe on piano) playing. Dance 7:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m., IOOF Hall, 1125 Cerrillos Rd. Instruction at 7:00 p.m. $7 members, $8 others, students 1/2 price with ID.

    Special Swing Dance Event, Saturday, March 29
    Come to a special sizzling swing dance with Le Chat Lunatique playing. This dynamic, young quartet will blow your dancing shoes off with their energy, creativity and vive!
    7:30 – 10:30 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. $8 members, $10 others, students 1/2 price with ID. FOLKMADS will set up chairs, and some tables with chairs in the other part of the hall, for more of a social club feel. But most of the crowd, including Le Chat Lunatique groupies (translate: young folk), will be up and dancing all night long!

    This & That
    Folkmadness 2008 is fast approaching with fantastic talent. Send in your registration for camp in Socorro, NM May 23-26, 2008. Lisa Greenleaf and Bill “Doc” Litchman calling, Groovemongers and Alice/Al White playing. AND Priscilla Zimmermann from Santa Fe has been hired to lead singing. Details at: http://www.folkmads.org/2008Folkmadness.html

    Arizona’s Peg Hesley Goes to Texas: 2nd Annual Contra Dance Weekend in Post, Texas (about 5 hours from ABQ). March 7-9, 2008, 8 p.m. Friday until noon Sunday. Caller will be Peg Hesley of Phoenix, AZ with two bands playing, Flagstaff’s Traditional Blend and Texas’s Mimi & Allison. Cost is $70, which includes three meals. Lodging additional, $50-$80 per person, includes 2 nights. Cost: $65 for the weekend of dancing. For information, visit www.thegreatdanceescape.org

    ZoukFest World Music Camp (June 8-14 in Santa Fe) is now open for early registration! Check out our new and returning staff and new classes! All those who register before April 1st are automatically entered into the drawing for free tuition. That’s right, one lucky ZoukFest attendee will get free full tuition for the week. Be sure to look at the two amazing instruments in the current raffle! Details at http://zoukfest.com

    Happy St. Paddy’s Green to everyone and enjoy your extra Leap Day,

    Merri Rudd
    Albuquerque, NM
    www.merridancing.com

    Baby Cat, February 1993 – February 13, 2008

    February 14, 2008 on 12:42 pm | In Uncategorized

    Inevitably the death of a pet makes you contemplate your own mortality. So I suppose I’ve been holding my breath and denying my mortality as we saw Baby Cat through his final days this past week.

    Each year we celebrate our natal days; each year the anniversary of our death passes without note or fanfare. Although we don’t know the date of our eventual demise, in Baby Cat’s case, his two dates may well have been one and the same. We’ll never know for sure.

    My husband Mark (with whom I share a 26th anniversary today) wrote eloquently about Baby’s Last Day and included much of his history.

    Baby came to us as a tiny kitten with his feral mother. He didn’t purr his first year, but finally found his voice. He was so small when we first saw him with his milky eyes and backset ears that we thought he might be blind. He looked more like a mouse than a kitten. Eventually his blue eyes turned yellow-green and his ears perked up. He ultimately weighed 14 pounds, but we still called him Baby. Or Dude or Little Guy or Doodle. His white paws were enormous, compared to our petite Kitty. He was soft as a bunny, with back feet reminiscent of a jackrabbit. His long gray tail had 3 black rings at the tip, like a raccoon.

    He was mostly an outdoor cat, sleeping under our spruce tree and the neighbor’s spruce tree. We tried to make him sleep inside at night, not always with success. But Baby always came running when I’d whistle for him, just like a dog. He didn’t necessarily stay inside then; he might meow plaintively at the door, wanting to go back outside. If the weather was bad or cold, we’d make him stay in. Or he’d come in one door and immediately trot to the other door to go back out. When the weather was bad, he’d check both doors, perhaps hoping for a different result, then turn despondently back into the house and lie on the bed or chair.

    Each fall when the gas furnace kicked on the first time of the season, Baby would yowl in terror and run for the nearest door. Eventually, each season he would remember that heat was good (even if loud) and would drape himself over a pillow in front of a heater vent, fur blowing gently in the warm breeze. He would also nestle into the electric blanket covering our couch during the winter. Often he was forced to share the couch with Kitty and the dog. On exceptionally cold days, he would jump from the floor under the bedspread and nestle, a big lump on the edge of the bed. We never figured out how he could breathe under there.

    Cat Decadence

    Baby was a mellow cat, almost Zen-like. Sometimes he was too passive, submitting grumpily to Kitty’s constant cleaning of him until he’d finally had enough and would stalk away, head wet with Kitty’s saliva. He came home with scratches on his nose and occasional abcesses. We never saw him fight, so we theorized that he just sat there and let another cat swat him, then walked away back home.

    He had his decadent side. He might lounge on one’s legs, like a tree branch, purring and cleaning himself. He’d stay there until my legs fell asleep and I had to move him to regain feeling.

    Me as Tree

    He never really craved attention like some cats. He wanted it on his own terms, usually when it was least convenient to the human. If I was sitting on the toilet with the bathroom door cracked, I would see a fat white paw poke through the crack, opening the door. Then he’d pad in, purring and butting my legs. I’d say, “Excuse me! I’m trying to use my litter box.” He’d ignore me and continue to purr and rub my legs. Sometimes he’d stand up, balanced on the toilet rim demanding to be petted. When I was weeding the yard, Baby would wander out from the bushes, butting my hand with the trowel. I always wondered if he could hear the weeds’ protest and wanted to stop me. When I was working on the computer, he’d jump onto my desk and stand on the keyboard, producing an endless series of s’s. I rarely minded his intrusions.

    We also had a winter ritual. When I emerged from the shower, I’d put on my robe, open the bathroom door, and in would come Baby. He’d sit in my lap in front of the wall heater, and I would rub his throat and vigorously scratch the top of his head. He would act as though he didn’t like it, shaking his head and walking away a few steps. Then he would head-butt me, seeking more.

    He had a ritual with Mark too. Mark is allergic to cats, although not deathly so. Still, if we failed to make the bed in the morning, we would find Baby curled on Mark’s pillow, never mine.

    I have many images of Baby: waiting at the corner of our block, until we appeared. Then he’d walk alongside LuckyDog as we headed home, shoulder to shoulder, cat and dog tails erect, parallel plumes. He liked to sway; if I was on the wood-slatted swing out back or the quilted hammock, he would watch the motion and join me, timing his jump to the swaying. Once we had an infestation of mice in the garage and outside, and Baby ate four or five in one afternoon. I witnessed one mouse sliding down his throat, legs and tail the last to vanish, just like the python we used to housesit. In the morning I’d open the front curtain and see him on the front porch futon, lounging in the sunlight, lazily looking up and meowing at me.

    In October 2007 we went on a short camping trip, and when we returned home, Baby was nowhere to be found. Mark looked around and finally heard him mewing sadly, but distantly. In our absence, Baby had climbed the ladder to the roof of the house, but couldn’t figure out how to get down. The neighbor and cat-sitter didn’t find him, and he probably spent one night on the roof.

    Mark’s blog entry explained that Baby blossomed after Kitty’s death in July 2007. Irony abounds even in the animal world. Baby was mostly an outdoor cat his whole life probably because Kitty dominated and bothered him. After Kitty died, Baby evolved into a different cat. He stayed indoors much more, he talked often after 14 years of silence, he purred more, lap-sat more, visited more people who came to our house, rather than running for the door. But he didn’t get to enjoy his ‘top cat’ status for even 8 months.

    It took us a few days to notice that he had quit eating. After a week, we took him to the vet. She found an abdominal mass the size of a fist. X-rays and blood tests revealed that he most likely had inoperable cancer. The largest tumor was inside his small intestine, blocking food. They kept him overnight to rehydrate him, and when I went to visit before closing hours, he had perked up due to the IV fluids entering his right front paw. I petted and brushed him and sobbed for a half hour, trying to come to terms with the fact that he was terminally ill and unlikely to live more than a few more days. The next 24 hours we debated: how do you know when is the right time to euthanize him? Why can’t he tell us how he feels and what he wants? We waited too long to euthanize Kitty–what should we do for Baby?

    The universe sent more irony. As soon as I got home from the vet, the neighbor kids across the street rang the doorbell. They had found Baby’s collar, which had been missing for more than SIX MONTHS, in the church parking lot behind our house. I was certain this was a message from the universe, but could not unravel the meaning.

    We had planned to euthanize him tomorrow, getting him through his 15th birthday and our 26th anniversary. But after lying on the floor with him for hours, gently stroking and brushing him, I realized he was extremely uncomfortable. What was the point of keeping him alive? We injected fluids under his skin to help hydrate him, but he couldn’t keep down the Prednisone, opiate, or even water from his bowl. So we called the vet and moved his appointment to yesterday.

    The vet tech wanted to take him away to put in the catheter for the euthanization. But I had promised Baby I wouldn’t leave him again. So she inserted the catheter in Room 5, the room that you don’t want your pet to go to, the room where Kitty and our friend Meg’s dog Jackson were euthanized. I stroked Baby as the fluids entered his body, and we heard him purring, even during the euthanization. Then the purring faded.

    When we got his body home, waiting to be buried, we both swore we still heard him purring. We hope we were wrong.

    During the last few days of Baby’s life, Mark and I manifested our grief physically. Mark says his was a taut feeling in his stomach, like he needed to puke but couldn’t. I felt a severe tightness across my heart, and tried to swim it out at the YMCA. I also felt a great weight of sadness. After Baby’s death, I felt some relief from the physical pain. Although we are both very sad, we feel that we did right by him his whole life. We have no regrets other than that he couldn’t stay with us a few more years. We gave him a peaceful end.

    My friend Ann wrote, “Baby’s a very sweet cat…really the best cat I ever met. With visits every four years, I only got to see him a few times. But I will miss him very much…he was very good company while I visited, more of a buddy than I ever really knew a cat could be. He made me feel at home away from home. He is a beauty on the outside and the inside….”

    Although Baby shared the house with Mark, me, Kitty, and Lucky, he was my cat. If a cat can love something or someone, then I believe Baby loved me in his own cat way. He would curl up with me as I read a book, purring. Perhaps it was my warmth he craved, perhaps my company. It doesn’t really matter to me. Either way, I am buffeted by grief. Ann’s right—Baby was the sweetest cat I’ve ever met.

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    Photo by Mark Justice Hinton

    Bare Necessities in Oooooooo-kla-homa!

    February 12, 2008 on 5:24 pm | In Road Trips

    I just spent a whole weekend in Oklahoma City at an English country dance weekend. It was fantastic!

    My long-time dance friends know that this is a remarkable declaration. I failed to embrace English country dance for more than 20 years, and only in the last five years have I discovered its beauty, nuance, and grace.

    Eight New Mexicans attended the event, along with about 75 other dancers from Oklahoma, Texas, Georgia, Colorado, Kansas, and other spots. Meg, Kit, Mary, and I flew. Richard Wilson drove 1,000 miles with daughters Karina and Lily and family friend Mia. Karina is in her early 20’s and has become quite an accomplished dance fiddler. We stayed at local homes with wonderful hospitality. Our hostess extraordinaire Cia pampered us with meals and stories, and we were delighted to find tasty and affordable Indian and Vietnamese food around town.

    Bare Necessities, THE premier English dance band in the world, flew in from various states for the event. Jacqueline Schwab played piano while calling the dances. Peter Barnes on flute, English horn, and penny whistle, Mary Lea on fiddle, and Earl Gaddis on fiddle rounded out the band. English country dance music is rooted in the 1600 and 1700’s, with some modern compositions thrown in. The music swells, transcends, and heartbreakingly evokes simpler and more peaceful times. The dances, each of which matches a particular tune, were danced in England in castles and villages. The dances immigrated to America along with the dancers. They require grace and precision with “moments” of connection with one’s partner and others. Many of the dances are jubilant, some are elegant, all are fun. Dance moves immortal through time.

    It wasn’t until lunch at Lido’s on Saturday that Earl mentioned casually that he had 104 fever. Taking his temperature after his meal revealed that it had dropped to 99-something. During lunch we told him and Jacqueline about Karina, whose radiant fiddling is the hope for the future of English dance in New Mexico.

    Most of the dancers who attended the weekend were somewhat or greatly experienced. However, a few new dancers braved the weekend and happily survived. We danced three hours Friday night, had a two and a half hour workshop Saturday morn, 3-hour workshop Saturday afrternoon, and fancy final ball Saturday evening. Surprisingly, I did not take an Advil, get a blister, or suffer any consequences from leaping and twirling and gliding about with vigor and exuberance. I had not planned to wear the “period dress” requested, but not required. However, a few days before we travelled, I found a maroon velvet queen’s costume with regal gold trim for $7 at the thrift store. AND it was machine washable.

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    Mary, Kit, Merri, Meg (photo by Richard Letts from Austin)

    During the Saturday night dance, I heard an especially beautiful waltz flowing from the stage. I looked over and observed that Karina was playing fiddle with Bare Necessities and Earl was nowhere to be seen! Astonished, I sat out one dance to watch her fingers silently pluck the strings, rehearsing the tune while Jacqueline taught the dance. I admired Karina’s serenity and joy playing with these new-to-her musicians. I studied the communication between the musicians, and how each dropped out to showcase the others. Afterwards, Karina was euphoric and thanked us for “talking her up” to the band. “We’re very proud of you,” I replied.

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    Peter Barnes (in period dress?), Mary Lea, Karina, Jacqueline Schwab
    photo by Mary Beath

    It turned out that Earl was lying on his stomach behind the stage with 5 acupuncture needles protruding from the base of his skull. His fever had rekindled, and he needed help. Luckily for Earl, one of the dancers present was also a doctor and acupunturist. With needles still visible, he played the last few tunes of the night and proclaimed that he hadn’t felt this fine in several days.

    The organizers of this weekend, Carol Barry and Kevin Barrett, created a memorable event from the beautifully decorated hall to the excellent sound to the ambiance of long ago. Even the name tags were brilliantly inventive, laminated paper with a washer, a magnet, and double stick tape.

    As they might say in Shakespeare’s day…”Huzzah!!!”

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    Saturday’s Ball (Richard and Lily Wilson in foreground)
    Photo by Mary Beath

    February 2008 Folk Enews

    January 31, 2008 on 7:17 pm | In Monthly Folk eNews

    Howdy, Folkies,

    Go, Russ! 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 to him tell stories at his house. Russ Barenberg finally quit his day job to pursue music full-time, and what happens? Grammy nomination!

    Russ, his sweetheart Susan Kevra, and their two dogs hail from Nashville, TN. Russ’s CD “When at Last,” a set of original tunes, has been noticed. One tune, “Little Monk” is nominated for a Grammy for “Best Country Instrumental Performance, Category 40.” So when you gather around the TV on February 10 at 8 p.m., know that sometimes good things happen to excellent musicians. If you don’t believe me, visit http://www.grammy.com/GRAMMY_Awards/ or http://www.russbarenberg.com/CurrRel.cfm (Even though we’ve never met her, my hubby and I are also rooting for Feist for “Best New Artist, Category 4.”)

    Corrales Sing, Friday, February 1
    FOLK SONG CIRCLE. Newcomers welcome! They’ll sing songs about Temptation and Salvation.
    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, February 2
    Artie Walsh calling and Sandia Hots playing sizzling dance tunes (Liz Stevens on fiddle, Michael Gallagher on banjo, Linda Askew on guitar, and Scott Mathis on guitarron and mandolin). 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.

    Albuquerque Baroque Players, February 2 & 3
    with guest Marilyn McDonald, violin, playing
    Sonata in Four Movements, Concert III: Grave
    Saturday, Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m., Los Altos Chrisitan Church, 11900 Haines NE, Albuquerque. Sunday, Feb. 3, 4 p.m., Historic Old San Ysidro Church, Corrales. $12 General, $10 Seniors, $5 Students. Call 255-7089 for reservations or visit the web site at www.unm.edu/~sbpatric

    Durango Contra Dance, February 2
    The Contra Dance is having three events in conjunction with Snowdown at the VFW, 1550 Main St, in Durango.
    5:00 is a Medieval Madness Potluck open to all. Bring a dish to share.
    6:00, the Albuquerque band Virginia Creepers will present a concert.
    7:00 is beginner dance instruction, and followed by Ye Olde Contra Dance with “Dance King” Richard Wilson from Santa Fe as caller. Come dressed in your finest Faire wear for a chance to win a king’s ransom in prizes. All ages and skill levels are encouraged to attend this folk dance. All dances are taught and called. No partner is necessary and dancers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Admission is $10. First-time get a pass to come back for free. For further information, call 970-385-9292, or see the website http://groups.google.com/group/Durango-Contra-Dances

    Old Time Music Circle, Albuquerque, Sun., February 3
    Come jam from 2-4 PM at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 9315 Candelaria NE, Albuquerque, NM. 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.

    Las Cruces Concert, Sunday, February 3
    Emma’s Revolution
    Rio Grande Theatre, 7.00 pm.
    Advance ticket sales $12 general admission; $10 for students/seniors.
    $15 for everyone on the day of the show.
    Emma’s Revolution is Pat Humphries and Sandy Apatow, a Maryland duo who have recorded and toured internationally to great reviews. Called the “true spirit-child of Woody Guthrie,” activist musician and award-winning songwriter Pat Humphries has written and performed anthems at peace and justice events around the world. Performing with them will be local artists Chris Sanders and Bob Hull. Tickets are available at Hubbard’s Music ‘N More, Mountain Music and Enchanted Gardens Nursery, all in Las Cruces. Call Marc at (575) 571-7435 for more information about the event, and check www.emmasrevolution.com for more information about the music.

    Santa Fe Contra Dance, Saturday, February 9
    Note new dance time of 7:30 -10:30 p.m. (same as ABQ dances now) Janine Sammeth calling with Chiletones playing dance tunes (David Margolin on fiddle, Jim Hughes on banjo, Bruce Thomson on guitar). 7:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m., IOOF Hall, 1125 Cerrillos Rd. Instruction at 7:00 p.m. $6 members, $7 others.

    Second Sunday Dance, February 10
    Kris Jensen and Kit French (just back from an English dance weekend in Oklahoma City) calling elegant English and zesty contras; The McPapenhagens (Gary Papenhagen on fiddle and friends) 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, February 12
    Join the Megaband in a jam in its new location at O’Niell’s Pub, 4310 Central Ave SE (Central at Washington in East Nob Hill), 7:00-10:00 p.m. More info: Bruce Thomson, 277-4729.

    Santa Fe Concert, Valentine's Day
    MICHAEL COMBS @ UPPER CRUST PIZZA IN SANTA FE
    THURSDAY, FEB. 14 (El Dia de San Valentin)
    De Vargas & Old Sta. Fe Trail, 6-9p no cover
    Fiddle, Button Accordion, Trad’l Tunes & Song from many lands and times.

    Las Cruces Contra Dance, Friday, February 15
    Lewis Land and Lonnie Ludeman calling with Dan Levenson & the Boiled Buzzards playing. Location: La Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle de Santiago, Mesilla NM. It’s actually the adjacent town of Mesilla, and hall is 2 blocks west of the plaza. For info, contact 505-522-1691. 7:30 p.m. beginner lessons & dance to follow to 10:30 p.m., Cost: $5

    Albuquerque Contra Dance, Saturday, February 16
    Kris Jensen 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.

    Taos Contra Dance, Saturday, February 16
    Dance at the San Geronimo Lodge, at 7: 00 and wind down at 10:30. Call 776-1580 with questions about the dance.

    KLEZMERQUERQUE 2008, Albuquerque, February 15-17
    The Southwest’s annual celebration of Klezmer music and dance, KLEZMERQUERQUE 2008, will present a weekend of concerts, dance parties, classes, and a lunch with music featuring world-renowned klezmer artists as well as many local artists. Klezmer is the secular instrumental music and dance of the East European Jewish people. The annual event will take place from February 15-17 (Friday evening through Sunday afternoon) at Albuquerque’s Congregation Nahalat Shalom, which is located on 3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW (between Candelaria & Griegos). Prices and times vary for different events. Admission for the entire weekend of events (2 concerts/dance parties, 3 classes, klezmer potpourri presentation and a lunch with music program) is $90-general, $75-seniors/fixed income/under 18. Individual classes (one-and-a-half hour long each) are $20-general / $16-fixed income. For more information about concerts, class times/prices, Saturday lunch with music and any other questions please contact: Festival Coordinator Beth Cohen (505)243-6276 cohenedmunds@netzero.net and/or Congregation Nahalat Shalom www.nahalatshalom.org (505)343-8227.

    Santa Fe Contra Dance, Saturday, February 23
    Lewis Land calling, Santa Fe Megaband playing dance tunes. Dance 7:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m., IOOF Hall, 1125 Cerrillos Rd. Instruction at 7:00 p.m. $6 members, $7 others.

    Six Weeks of Harmonizing Workshops with Katie Gill in ABQ
    With Katie Gill’s Harmony Workshops, designed for 6 to 10 people. 6 week commitment. Learn what the different harmony parts sound like around the melody and how to find them. Train your ear to listen and learn how to improvise or “scat”. Sing together as a group first, doubling up on the harmony parts. Later you will be placed into duos, trios and/or quartets for more intensive and individual practice.
    When/WHERE: Mondays from 7:00 – 9:00 p m, Jan 28. – Mar 5 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church on 5301 Ponderosa NE, near San Mateo and Montgomery.
    OR: Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:30 p m, Jan 30 – Mar 7 at First Presbyterian Church on 215 Locust NE near I-25 and University.
    PRICE: $75.00
    REGISTRATION: Call Katie at 505-228-6250 or email her at: katiesongs@cybermesa.com
    Katie Gill graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a bachelor of music degree with a vocal emphasis. She has performed in New Mexico, New York, Arizona, Texas and Colorado as well as in Europe. She has been in many various professional vocal groups and is currently in the Buckarettes, who feature great harmonies in their performances. Her musical styles include pop, folk, blues, western swing and country. For more info on Katie go to www.katiecaingill.com

    This & That
    Folkmadness 2008 is fast approaching with fantastic talent. Send in your registration for camp in Socorro, NM May 23-26, 2008. Lisa Greenleaf and Bill “Doc” Litchman calling, Groovemongers and Alice/Al White playing. Details at: http://www.folkmads.org/2008Folkmadness.html

    Colorado’s Stellar Days and Nights Camp, Feb. 21-24, 2008 in beautiful Buena Vista, CO is still accepting dancers. You can join the bunch of NM dancers who have already signed up to cheer on New Mexico’s Merri Rudd and Hands Five, as well as nationally known Notorious (Eden MacAdam-Somer and Larry Unger) AND to eat gourmet meals prepared by Annie Johnston. Visit http://www.stellardaysandnights.org/ for details.

    Happy Hearts to Everyone,

    Merri Rudd
    Albuquerque, NM
    www.merridancing.com

    Enchanted Error?

    January 8, 2008 on 5:36 pm | In Albuquerque

    Mark and I just got home from seeing the movie ENCHANTED. Amy Adams’ earnest princessness was delightful, despite the overly swelling score and rather abundant product placement of New York icons such as McDonald’s (I haven’t eaten there since I saw SUPERSIZE ME) and Coca-Cola.

    However, I noticed a glaring error in the movie. The plot builds to a climax at the King and Queen’s Ball in New York City. People dress in medieval costumes and dance what appears to be a spastic version of an English country dance (think Jane Austen meets a robot). The Ball’s announcer says, “And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for…the King and Queen’s Waltz.” Partners are gathered, the music begins, and a rather long “waltz” ensues.

    Now I’m no musician, although I have spent 100’s of hours on stage with them. And I am 99.9% sure that the King and Queen’s Waltz is not a waltz. Instead it’s something in 4/4 time. The fantastical pyrotechnics that follow, Godzilla-style, may have banished this observation from many viewers’ heads, but surely some musician took note?

    What say ye, bloggers?

    January 2008 Folk Enews

    December 30, 2007 on 3:14 pm | In Monthly Folk eNews

    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 most easily planned wedding,’ although I think Ken and Michele may have set that record at Folkmadness Camp in 2006. The wedding party stayed and danced the whole second half, and Katherine Bueler did a great job adapting to the wedding cheer lighting up the dance hall. Dancers and the Megaband enjoyed the cakes and coffee provided by the wedding folks, and I think the crowd revelled at being insta-wedding guests with a few moment’s notice. I can also report that the groom did not quit grinning the whole night. I’m not sure how much I LIKE marrying off the kids of my friends, but I had fun anyway.

    Wedding Bells
    Photo by Jim Boros

    AND no one was more delighted than I to pass the reign of “bulk mail queen” on to the next benevolent monarch: Deb Campbell. After 11 years as BMQ, I was thrilled to be dethroned. The passing of the crown occurred at 8:20 p.m. on December 20, 2007. Loyal bulk mail crew, Melissa Wilson, Lew Suber, Tim Shaffer and Carol Langer immediately pledged loyalty to the new queen, as Merri embraced her newfound moniker of “has-been.”

    Passing the Reign
    Photo by Mark Justice Hinton

    Corrales Sing, Friday, January 4
    FOLK SONG CIRCLE. Newcomers welcome! They’ll sing songs about FRIENDS, BUDDIES & PALS.
    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, January 5
    Richard Wilson calling and Hey! playing dance tunes (Linda Vik on fiddle, Tim Shaffer on guitar, Jane Phillips on fiddle and bass, Chris Carlson on fiddle and banjo). 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, January 5
    The Contra Dance is having three events at the VFW, 1550 Main St, in Durango.
    5:00 is a community potluck that is open to all. Bring a dish to share.
    6:00, the Albuquerque band Hands Five will present a concert.
    7:00 is beginner dance instruction
    7:30, the Contra Dance starts, with Durango caller Wendy Graham and more music from Hands Five. All dances are taught and called. No partner is necessary, and dancers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Admission is $10. First-time get a pass to come back for free. For further information, call 970-385-9292, or see the website http://groups.google.com/group/Durango-Contra-Dances

    Old Time Music Circle, Albuquerque, Sun., January 6
    Come jam from 2-4 PM at the Covenant Presbyterian Church, 9315 Candelaria NE, Albuquerque, NM. 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.

    Santa Fe Contra Dance, Saturday, January 12
    Note new dance time of 7:30 -10:30 p.m. (same as ABQ dances now) Donna Howell calling with Hey! playing dance tunes (Linda Vik on fiddle, Tim Shaffer on guitar, Jane Phillips on fiddle and bass, Chris Carlson on fiddle and banjo. 7:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m., IOOF Hall, 1125 Cerrillos Rd. Instruction at 7:00 p.m. $6 members, $7 others. There will be a potluck beforehand starting at 5:00 at the Oddfellows Hall so dancers and musicians can get to know each other better and discuss ways to help out the dances. Bring a dish to share.

    Albuq. Concert, Saturday, January 12
    Band of Heathens
    Puccini’s Golden West Saloon, 620 Central Ave SW
    $15 advance, $20 day of show.
    Buy tickets on-line through Brown Paper Tickets
    or by phone: 1-800-838-3006
    8:00 PM, 21 and over (or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian)
    Originally conceived as a loosely-knit collective showcasing four of Austin’s best up-and-coming artists, The Band Of Heathens quickly discovered that something special happened when they played together. Each artist has a unique voice, but there is also an amazing group voice of the whole band. Known for their dramatic live show that easily switch gears from Classic Country to Progressive Folk to Americana and R&B, they immediately became an Austin favorite, winning the Best New Band award in 2006/2007. I saw this band at Neal’s 100th house concert and they were highly entertaining. Visit www.abqmusic.com for more info.

    Second Sunday Dance, January 13
    Noralyn Parsons and Kit French calling elegant English and zesty contras; Bo y Yo (Gary Papenhagen on fiddle, Bo Olcott on guitar) 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, January 15
    Join the Megaband in a jam in its new location at O’Niell’s Pub, 4310 Central Ave SE (Central at Washington in East Nob Hill), 7:00-10:00 p.m. More info: Bruce Thomson, 277-4729.

    Las Cruces Contra Dance, Friday, January 18
    Lewis Land and Lonnie Ludeman calling with SNMMDS House Band playing.
    Location: La Mesilla Community Center, 2251 Calle de Santiago, Mesilla NM. It’s actually the adjacent town of Mesilla, and hall is 2 blocks west of the plaza. For info, contact 505-522-1691. 7:30 p.m. beginner lessons & dance to follow to 10:30 p.m., Cost: $5

    Albuquerque Contra Dance, Saturday, January 19
    Donna Howell 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.

    Taos Contra Dance, Saturday, January 19
    Dance at the San Geronimo Lodge, at 7: 00 and wind down at 10:30. Call 776-1580 with questions about the dance.

    Santa Fe Contra Dance, Saturday, January 26
    Katherine Bueler calling, The Hot Tops (I don’t know who is in this band, but they sound fun) playing dance tunes. Dance 7:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m., IOOF Hall, 1125 Cerrillos Rd. Instruction at 7:00 p.m. $6 members, $7 others.

    Santa Fe Concert, Sunday, January 27
    College of Santa Fe Contemporary Music presents
    KITKA Women’s Vocal Ensemble
    Sunday, January 27, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
    Greer Garson Theater, College of Santa Fe
    Tickets: $15 advanced / $20 @ the door
    For tickets and information call the Contemporary Music office at (505) 473-6196. KITKA specializes in pure, unaccompanied vocal techniques from Eastern Europe that have been distilled over centuries. Their material ranges from ancient village duets to complex choral works, from early music to contemporary theater. The sound of their voices is exotic, both elegant and eerie. The many languages in which they sing are largely unfamiliar to American ears — Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Serbo-Croatian, Georgian, Hungarian, Ladino, Latvian, Macedonian, Romanian, Russian, Ukrainian, Yiddish, with the occasional Latin, medieval Gallician, or ancient Greek. KITKA’s sensitive precision lifts their work out of the merely musical into a universe beyond words.

    Six Weeks of Harmonizing Workshops with Katie Gill in ABQ
    With Katie Gill’s Harmony Workshops, designed for 6 to 10 people. 6 week commitment. Learn what the different harmony parts sound like around the melody and how to find them. Train your ear to listen and learn how to improvise or “scat”. Sing together as a group first, doubling up on the harmony parts. Later you will be placed into duos, trios and/or quartets for more intensive and individual practice.
    When/WHERE: Mondays from 7:00 – 9:00 p m, Jan 28. – Mar 5 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church on 5301 Ponderosa NE, near San Mateo and Montgomery.
    OR: Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:30 p m, Jan 30 – Mar 7 at First Presbyterian Church on 215 Locust NE near I-25 and University.
    PRICE: $75.00
    REGISTRATION: Call Katie at 505-228-6250 or email her at: katiesongs@cybermesa.com
    Katie Gill graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a bachelor of music degree with a vocal emphasis. She has performed in New Mexico, New York, Arizona, Texas and Colorado as well as in Europe. She has been in many various professional vocal groups and is currently in the Buckarettes, who feature great harmonies in their performances. Her musical styles include pop, folk, blues, western swing and country. For more info on Katie go to www.katiecaingill.com

    This & That
    Folkmadness 2008 is fast approaching with fantastic talent. Send in your registration for camp in Socorro, NM May 23-26, 2008. Lisa Greenleaf and Bill “Doc” Litchman calling, Groovemongers and Alice/Al White playing. Details at: http://www.folkmads.org/2008Folkmadness.html

    Arizona’s Peg Hesley Goes to Texas: 2nd Annual Contra Dance Weekend in Post, Texas (about 5 hours from ABQ). March 7-9, 2008, 8 p.m. Friday until noon Sunday. Caller will be Peg Hesley of Phoenix, AZ with two bands playing, Flagstaff’s Traditional Blend and Texas’s Mimi & Allison. Cost is $70, which includes three meals. Lodging additional, $50-$80 per person, includes 2 nights. Cost: $65 for the weekend of dancing. For information, visit www.thegreatdanceescape.org

    Colorado’s Stellar Days and Nights Camp, Feb. 21-24, 2008 in beautiful Buena Vista, CO is still accepting dancers. You can join the bunch of NM dancers who have already signed up to cheer on New Mexico’s Merri Rudd and Hands Five, as well as nationally known Notorious (Eden MacAdam-Somer and Larry Unger) AND to eat gourmet meals prepared by Annie Johnston. Visit http://www.stellardaysandnights.org/ for details.

    Czech Republic in October, Anyone? Caller David Millstone is leading a trip to Prague and Bohemia next October, specially organized for dancers. In addition to seeing beautiful sights and learning more about Czech music and dance and related traditions, the main focus of the dancing is American contras and squares; this year they’ve added a little more traditional Czech dancing into the mix. At the big festival that marks the end of the tour, there’ll also be English country, vintage, Irish, Mexican, and more. One of the hallmarks of the dancing on this trip is that people will be dancing with Czech dancers both as they travel and at the culminating festival. In some cases, these are dancers who do traditional Czech dances, and they’ll teach each other some dances from our respective cultures. In other cases, they are Czech dancers who share a love for Anglo-American country dances. The 2008 tour also gives dancer/travellers an opportunity to visit Cesky Krumlov, a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site in southern Bohemia. Here’s the website address with all the details: http://dvorana.cz/dance/2008/country/index.php

    Happy 2008 to Everyone,

    Merri Rudd
    Albuquerque, NM
    www.merridancing.com

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