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Albuquerque, NM 87111
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*       Frankie Gavin with Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costello - In Concert – Please join us for another wonderful evening of Irish Traditional music! Frankie Gavin has been playing fiddle & flute since his teenage years. At the age of seventeen, he won two All Ireland competitions – for fiddle and flute. Originally influenced by some of the great Irish and American-Irish fiddle players, James Morrison, & Michael Coleman, he later found himself playing with stars such as The Rolling Stones, Stephane Grappelli, Elvis Costello, Earl Scruggs & Yehudi Menhuin as well as with some of the great contemporary players & singers of traditional Irish music. All have left their mark on his eclectic approach to music. The name Frankie Gavin is also synonymous with De Dannan the globally renowned band he founded in the mid-1970s. After a short break in the early 2000s, Frankie restarted the band with a new young line-up. The current incarnation maintains the super-stellar quality of those iconic early De Dannans. The plain fact is that there is no more exciting fiddle player or moving flute player in the world of Irish music today. Footnote: The Guinness Book of Records, that bible of bizarre human conditions & activities, lists Frankie Gavin as the world’s fastest fiddle player. On 20 September 2010, he played a traditional Irish tune, The Foxhunter’s Reel, at a breath-taking 150 beats per minute!
Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello come from families steeped in traditional Irish music. Tommy (fiddle), was born in London to Irish parents, who emigrated from the west of Ireland in the early 1950s. His father Tommy Sr. was a well-known piper & concertina player from Co. Clare, so Tommy grew up listening to traditional music & playing with all of the legendary Irish players who were living in London, including: Máirtín Byrnes, Raymond Roland, Roger Sherlock, Danny Meehan, Paddy Taylor & Bobby Casey. He also recalls meeting John Kelly & Willie Clancy during frequent visits to Ireland. With his family, he performed throughout Ireland & the U.K. - including The Royal Albert Hall, London. Louise (banjo) from Galway, played with her father Denny & local fiddlers: Joe Morris & Jim O'Brien, flute player Joe Collins & friend Paddy Hession. In her late teens she broadened her musical horizons & became part of Galway's vibrant session scene. It was there that her banjo playing was influenced by Charlie Piggott. Tommy & Louise met in 1987 playing trad sessions in the Boston area & have continued to play together & with many notable musicians including The Chieftains & many more.
This concert will be held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd. NE in Albuquerque. Reservations are recommended as space is limited for this house concert. Call 505-237-2048 to reserve you seat for this very special evening!
Saturday evening, October 10, 2015           7:00pm, doors open 6:30pm           Admission: $20


*       6th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Festival - Dulcimer players will gather once again in Albuquerque for two days of mountain and hammered dulcimer instruction and performances at the 6th Annual New Mexico Dulcimer Festival. The New Mexico Dulcimer Association formed to educate the public in the appreciation of Mountain and Hammered Dulcimers and provide educational activities related to playing the Mountain and Hammered Dulcimers and other folk instruments. From that came the annual New Mexico Dulcimer Festival as an educational, volunteer-run event. The association continues to make the yearly festival bigger and better each year.

This year's festival will feature several nationally acclaimed guest performers and instructors from around the country. With a big smile and wild dreadlocks, Bing Futch (Mountain Dulcimer and Ukulele workshops) kicks off every performance with a buoyant energy that is inviting and energizing. Using Appalachian mountain dulcimer, Native American flute, ukulele, drums and electronic effects, he deftly navigates the varied waters of traditional and modern Americana with passion, wit and a genuinely huge heart for sharing music with a crowd. Gary Gallier, (Mountain Dulcimer workshops) has been called “The Father of Flatpicking” on the Mountain Dulcimer. For over 35 years he has remained on the leading edge of innovation in style and creativity, not only in technique, but also in composing, arranging, and instrument design. David Moran (Hammered Dulcimer workshops) won the 1982 National Hammered Dulcimer Competition at Winfield Kansas when he was only fifteen. He is much, much older now, and probably wiser, too, but people seem to enjoy his playing anyway. He is considered a true innovator on the instrument and is highly regarded as both a performer and instructor. Rick Thum (Hammered Dulcimer and bodhran workshops) Ranked as the most influential dulcimer player of the last decade by readers of Dulcimer Player News, Rick Thum has made his mark on every aspect of the hammered dulcimer world. Rick is perhaps best known from his latest album, “Front Porch Waltz,” and his festival performances, which have regularly earned him the “most popular performer” title at the largest national dulcimer festival. He brings a combination of passion and friendly accessibility to his teaching that makes his workshops and master classes favorites at festivals across the country, and has tapped this teaching experience to produce the best-selling instructional CD series for hammered dulcimer, the "Original Song of the Month Club".

This year's festival will also feature several local instructors, teaching a variety of workshops and performing in two concerts! In addition to a host of mountain and hammered dulcimer workshops (from absolute beginner to advanced), there will be ukulele workshops, Celtic harp, bowed psaltery, pennywhistle, mandolin, guitar, and autoharp. The concerts each evening will be open to the public and start at 7:00pm, admission $15.

While there are a lot of dulcimer festivals in the Midwest and eastern part of the country, there are only a handful of festivals in the entire western United States. Response to the NM Dulcimer Festival has been tremendous and attendance the last five years has exceeded all expectations! We scheduled the festival for the weekend following the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, October 16-17, 2015. We hope visitors will stay in Albuquerque after the balloon fiesta to make some music with us. The 2015 festival will be held at Asbury Methodist Church, 10000 Candelaria NE.
For concert and registration information, contact Irma Reeder 505-363-6414 or visit


*       Tim May and Steve Smith In Concert - The Tim May and Steve Smith duo brings an evening of dynamic original, traditional and swing music with mandolinist/vocalist Steve Smith and Nashville guitarist/vocalist Tim May. Smith and May originally met while on staff at Camp Bluegrass in Levelland, Texas and quickly discovered many common musical threads for exploration honoring tradition and improvisation. Their new CD/EP (seven songs) reflects upon this acoustic music force the duo has become. Their shows include tight vocal harmonies, dazzling guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin and twin mandolin works throughout a broad range of styles and includes many original vocal and instrumental works. Steve Smith is not only known as one of this country’s top mandolin players but also as an outstanding educator. Along with his work with the Roots/Bluegrass group The Hard Road Trio, Steve has been on faculty at the California Coast Music Camp, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Music Camp, Colorado Roots Music Camp, Hill Country Acoustic Music Camp, Zoukfest and Camp Bluegrass (for sixteen years running) Steve has appeared on over 30 albums as performer and producer including guitar legends Jim Hurst, Mitch Perry, and Tim May, banjoist Bill Evans, Alan Munde and Tim O'Brien. Flatpicker Tim May has been working in the Nashville area for over 20 years as a sideman, session player, band member and performer. Higher profile projects have included touring with Patty Loveless and John Cowan, and working as a regular on the Grand Ole Opry with Mike Snider. Tim was the solo guitarist on Charlie Daniels’ recording of I’ll Fly Away, which was nominated for the Best Country Instrumental Performance Grammy in 2005. That same year he was session leader on the critically acclaimed Moody Bluegrass album (he later played on Moody Bluegrass II as well). The Nashville Scene selected Tim in the Best Instrumentalist category in their 2012 Reader's Choice Poll. PK Thompson Guitars, Shubb Capos, Elixir Strings, Benedetto Guitars , L.R. Baggs Pickups and Pre-amps and Breedlove Guitars all have presented professional endorsements to Tim, a serious nod to his talents. This house concert will be held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd NE, Albuquerque. Space is limited so please call 505-237-2048 to reserve your seat!
Thursday evening October 22, 2015           7:00pm           Admission: $20


*       Scott & Johanna Hongell-Darsee In Concert – Please join us for a very special evening of medieval and traditional ballads and songs from Scandinavia, Europe, India, British Isles and North America. Scott and Johanna have performed all over the U.S. at festivals, theatres, arts councils, universities, schools, libraries, and live broadcasts. Their performances have been described as magical, inspiring, haunting, and mesmerizing. Johanna Hongell-Darsee started to create performances of dance/mime/storytelling in 1986. She received her education in mime and theater at the Lecoq School in Paris, France and later studied Classical Indian Dance with Gurus Sri Kama Dev and Smt Savithri Jagannatha Rao. She also studied Abhinaya (the mimic part of the dance) with Guru Kalanidhi Narayanan and her students Uma Maheshwari and Nityakalyani Vaydjanathan. Later she added storytelling and singing to her work. Over the years she has developed a style of performing with elements from mime, theater, song and dance. Before moving to New Mexico in 2001, she led a dance and theater company (Theater Bava) in Malmo, Sweden as well as toured throughout Sweden and in Europe, USA and India. Scott Darsee is a poet, musician, songwriter and painter who spent 16 years in Europe before moving back to the USA in 2001. Parallel to his artistic work he has also worked as a therapist at Ballet companies such as Dance Theatre of Harlem, London Festival Ballet, The English National Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet and Hamburg Ballet. He also taught at the Danish State School of Modern Dance and worked with Theater Bava as a sound engineer and painter. He composes, arranges and performs his own compositions as well as arranges different traditional ballads. This house concert will be held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd NE, Albuquerque. Please call 505-237-2048 to reserve your seat as space is limited!

Friday evening October 23, 2015           7:00pm           Admission: $15


*       Slow Celtic Session – Tom Tunney, Host. Please join us from 10-12 am on the first Saturday of the month for a guaranteed SLOW Celtic session. The tune list will be limited to about a dozen tunes at a time so we can learn them from memory. We will work on how to learn the tunes using recordings and sheet music as well as various resources available online. It’s not necessary to know how to read music, but we will spend some time learning that if anyone is interested. All instruments are welcome, but you should be able to play at least at a beginner’s level. This will be a regular session every month continuing on the first Saturday of each month.
First Saturday of every month         10:00am - 12:00pm          Fee: Donation


*       Third Saturday Celtic Session - Tom Tunney, host. Please join us on the third Saturday afternoon of every month for an open Irish Session. All skill levels are welcome! This session is designed for anyone who wants to learn and practice Celtic tunes. We will start with a set list that contains about 100 common session tunes and we will add new ones when we master the first group. Basic session etiquette will be discussed and followed, but we will play at any easy tempo that is slower than a typical session, and the tunes will be repeated numerous times. The use of sheet music is welcomed, but memorizing tunes is encouraged. Click here for the set list. We hope you will take the set list with you to work on, and we will discuss resources that are available to help you learn the tunes at home. Looking forward to seeing you on the 3rd Saturday of every month!
3rd Saturday of every month           2:00pm - 4:00pm           Fee: Donation


Announcing new business hours! Starting the first week in September, Apple Mountain Music will be open Fridays from 11:00am - 5:00pm and Saturdays from 9:00am - 4:00pm. We will be available by appointment only Monday through Thursday. Call 505-237-2048 or email Debra at to schedule a time. Apple Mountain Music will continue to host evening classes during the week, private lessons each day, workshops, classes and sessions on Saturdays and our wonderful house concerts! We sincerely appreciate the love and support from our musical community and look forward to continuing to serve you!

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Note: Please register early as workshops with insufficient enrollment will be cancelled. If this happens, we will be sure to promptly notify you by phone or email. Please make sure to leave a reliable phone and/or email address when registering and check your voice mail or email the day before the workshop is scheduled to take place. If your workshop is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, inclement weather, instructor illness, or any other reason, you will have the option of a full refund or funds being applied toward another workshop.


And Don't Forget...



New! Slow Celtic Session

1st Saturday of the month

10:00am – 12:00pm


Canterbury Harp Ensemble

1st Saturday of the month

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm 


Jamming for Fun/Beginner's Jam

2nd Saturday of the month

2:00 pm to 3:30pm


 Scottish Session

2nd Sunday of the month

2:00pm – 4:00pm


Open Irish Session

3rd Saturday of the month

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Apple Mountain Jam

 Intermediate to Advanced

4th Saturday of the month 

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Intermediate Hammered Dulcimer Class

2nd Saturday of the month

12:30 to 1:30 pm

Fee: $20


Hammered Dulcimer for Advanced Beginners

 3rd Saturday of each month

11:00am - 12:00 pm

Fee: $20



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