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*      Randal Bays with Owen Bays – In Concert! – Please join us for a very special evening of Irish music! Randal Bays is well known in the worldwide Irish music community as a fiddler and guitarist, with a string of highly praised recordings to his credit. He is not only a great Irish style fiddler, he's also an astoundingly good fingerstyle guitarist... the Irish Times said he's “a rare beast, a master of both fiddle and guitar.” He's performed with many of the great Irish musicians of our time and has toured for many years in North America, Ireland and Europe. Randal is also famed as a teacher of Irish traditional music, who co-founded and served for ten years as Artistic Director of the Friday Harbor Irish Music Week in Washington's San Juan Islands. He is currently Program Director of the Cascadia Irish Music Week, now in its fourth year and located at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Randal will be joined by his son Owen Bays, an extraordinary twelve-year old concertina player who’s playing is a perfect match with Randal's fiddle and guitar. They are following in the tradition of family music making in rural Ireland, going back hundreds of years and continuing to the present day. Family groups like theirs are often found making music for dances, parties, wakes, and gatherings of all kinds, in addition to appearing at concerts and music festivals. The Bays Family (including Randal's wife Susan Waters on fiddle, and son Willie Bays on flute) recently released a CD called “A Rake of Tunes”, featuring the traditional instrumental music that forms the heart of their repertoire. This concert will be held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd NE in Albuquerque. Please call early to register! Space is limited! 505-237-2048

Saturday evening February 18, 2017 7:00pm Admission: $20

*      Irish Fiddle Workshop - This workshop is meant for intermediate to advanced players who want to develop their playing of Irish fiddle music. We’ll learn a new tune or two (by ear) but the class will mostly focus on bowing, phrasing and ornamentation… or “how do you get it to sound right?” If you have some experience of playing the violin but are new to Irish fiddle, this class will be very helpful. Or if you’ve been playing Irish music for a while but feel stuck, you will get a lot out of this class. This workshop will be held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd NE in Albuquerque. Reserve your place early as space is limited. Call 505-237-2048 to register.

Sunday morning February 19, 2017 10:00am – 12:00pm Fee: $35


*       Tommy & Saundra O'Sullivan In Concert - Acclaimed as "one of the great contemporary folk voices of Ireland," and "a stellar guitarist," Tommy O'Sullivan, has remained one of the hidden treasures of traditional Irish music for many years. He has toured throughout North America and Europe, appearing at many major venues and festivals. Tommy has always kept an active recording schedule having recorded three albums as a member of Sliabh Notes and a duet album with Bothy Band piper, Paddy Keenan as well as two solo albums. Saundra O'Sullivan is from Houston, Texas with Native American roots. During high school she sang in many choirs and was a featured soloist. During her nursing career, she continued a high interest in music. Saundra and Tommy’s paths crossed when she attended an annual Irish music retreat in Midlothian, Texas in 2007. Saundra rekindled her love for singing once she moved to Dingle, Ireland and was submerged into the well of the traditional Irish music scene that is so much a part of the Dingle landscape. As they explored singing together they discovered her alto harmonies to be a perfect match for his tenor lead vocals, adding a fertile texture to the overall sound. She has now become a very welcomed addition to the vibrant local music scene in Dingle, Ireland, where Saundra and Tommy now live since their wedding in Houston in March 2010. They are also the proud owners of O'Sullivan's Courthouse Pub. In the short time since opening O’Sullivan’s Courthouse Pub, its reputation for world class traditional Irish music has gone through the roof. And, in 2015 “National Geographic” cited O’Sullivan’s Courthouse Pub as the ‘go to’ pub on Ireland’s “Wild Atlantic Way”. Also, Sky Scanner listed the pub as number 8 in the top 10 music pubs of Ireland and TripAdvisor lists O’Sullivan’s Courthouse Pub as number one nightlife attraction in Dingle with a 5-star rating. This house concert will be held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd NE in Albuquerque. Please call 505-237-2048 to reserve your seat. Space is limited!
Saturday evening March 4, 2017 7:00pm, doors open at 6:30pm Admission: $20

*       Introduction to Mountain Dulcimer - Irma Reeder, Instructor. Come learn to love this instrument! Students will learn the basics on how to read standard tablature and play simple tunes. This instrument is widely used in the American old-time music tradition, as well as Celtic and other styles. Its origins are traced back to the early 1800's from the Scots-Irish in the southern Appalachian Mountains. In this class you will learn to play both chords and melodies in the DAD tuning. While some music theory will be covered, you don't need any previous musical experience to be successful! It is not necessary to own a dulcimer as instruments will be available during classes. If you own one, please bring it! Required Text: First Lessons Dulcimer by Joyce Ochs, is available for purchase at Apple Mountain Music. Note: UNM Tuition Remission eligible. This course will be held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd. NE, Albuquerque. Registration for this course will be through the Department of Continuing Education at UNM. Course Number 12759 Click this link to register

4 sessions starting March 6 - 27, 2017           Monday evenings        7:00 pm - 8:30 pm          Fee: $85


*       You CAN Learn to Play the Harp - Sandi Ludescher, Instructor. When you hear harp music do you always wish that you would've learned to play? Or, maybe, you are like many people that say, "In my next life, I'm going to learn to play a harp!" Well, don't wait for your next life-do it in this life! Don't wait until you get to heaven to play harp, either. Get a head start--DO IT NOW! It's not too late--and this class is perfect for you! Your instructor Sandi Ludescher didn't start playing harp until she was 40 years old. And, now, she may be one of the busiest professional harpists in New Mexico. In this 4-week class for beginners, Sandi will demystify harp techniques and show you how easy it is to get started playing the harp. Knowing how to read music is not required. What you do need though, is curiosity, an open mind and adventurous spirit! This class will be held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd. NE, Albuquerque. Call 505-237-2048 to register. Required text: Play the Harp Beautifully, available at Apple Mountain Music.
Wednesday evenings March 8 - 29, 2017             6:30 - 8:30pm          Fee: $85 


*       Beth Gadbaw, Sandra Wong and Roger Landes - The new trio of singer, songwriter, and bodhran player Beth Gadbaw, fiddler/nyckelharpist Sandra Wong, and bouzouki player Roger Landes brings together musicians with deep connections to Irish, Swedish, and Balkan traditional repertoires. Combining Irish songs in English and Gaelic, with dance tunes and airs from Ireland, Sweden, and The Balkans, Beth, Sandra, & Roger present a fresh take on several related acoustic music traditions, delivering them with great style and energy and engaging audiences with their enthusiasm.
Both Sandra and Roger are well-known to Santa Fe audiences. They played together briefly a decade ago when Sandra lived in Santa Fe and Roger in Taos. Beth and Sandra both live in Boulder, Colorado now and have collaborated there. Roger and Beth had known each other through Irish traditional music circles for years but never performed together. But Beth had no idea that Sandra and Roger knew each other until 2016 when she suggested this trio to Sandra. Beth was delighted to bring two these old friends back together for concerts with her in the Boulder area and the experience was so much fun that they vowed to try and work together as often as their busy schedules will allow.
A unique combination of musicians and repertoires, Gadbaw, Wong, and Landes (not a law firm!) are not to be missed! This house concert will be held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd NE in Albuquerque. Please call 505-237-2048 asap to reserve your seat as space is limited!

Friday evening March 10, 2017 7:30pm Admission: $20


*       Ted Yoder In Concert - Critically acclaimed musician Ted Yoder is widely considered “the Bela Fleck of the hammered dulcimer." The Goshen, Indiana-based instrumentalist-composer-singer, has dazzled audiences nationally in diverse settings. In intimate gatherings, club venues, festivals, and comfy bar and grill performances, Ted forges meaningful bonds with the audience. His charisma and warm candour come through as he tailors each set to the energy of the audience. A National Hammered Dulcimer champion, he has released five beloved and critically acclaimed solo albums, and become a master educator of the instrument. Ted has been profiled in the Kearney Hub, Huffington Post, and on NPR’s All Things Considered show, among many other features, profiles, and reviews in regional and national outlets. On Wednesday, August 24th, 2016, Ted became something of a household name when a Facebook Live video of him from his Live From the Orchard series playing Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” went viral. The video rocketed up to 53 million views in four days! View the video here. In performance, Ted whisks his audience away on a spiritually uplifting journey across genres. He powerfully personalizes classics across genres and eras as only he can—including Irish traditionals, worship music favorites, pop and rock songs from Eagles and The Beatles—with his symphonic solo musician touch. He also includes in his set his own gorgeously impressionistic compositions that have become modern standards for his devoted fan base. This concert will be held at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd NE in Albuquerque. Please call 505-237-2048 to reserve your seat as space is very limited.

Friday evening May 19, 2017 7:00pm, doors open at 6:30pm Admission: $20

*       Foundations for Arranging – Ted Yoder, Instructor. In this two hour clinic for Hammered Dulcimer, Ted Yoder will present “things I'd wish I was taught many years ago.” We'll focus on simple and advanced ways of making full and musical arrangements. Note: this clinic will start at 3pm sharp. Please have your dulcimer tuned and ready to go. Please call Apple Mountain Music to reserve your spot. Space is limited!

Sunday afternoon May 21, 2017 3:00pm – 5:00pm Fee: $40

*       Albuquerque Megaband - The New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society (FolkMADS) promotes and teaches traditional music and dance (see FolkMADS sponsors “The Albuquerque Megaband,” - an open community band providing an opportunity for musicians to get together and play acoustic string band music. The objective is for participants to improve their musical skills while also building a repertoire of tunes such as those that are played for American folk dances. Much of the music is based on traditional banjo and fiddle tunes but the repertoire includes many tunes, old and new, representing styles from throughout the U.S., Canada and beyond.
The Megaband practices once a month and plays for dances every other month. Musicians of all skill levels are invited to participate! While much of the music is available as sheet music, the emphasis is on the aural tradition (i.e. playing by ear). Participants are encouraged to bring suggestions for tunes they would like to learn to the practices.
Megaband practices will be held on the second Saturday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. at Apple Mountain Music, 10301 Comanche Rd. NE. Although membership is encouraged, participants do not need to be members of FolkMADS. There is no fee for participation however, donations will be accepted to help cover expenses. Questions regarding the Megaband may be sent to Bruce Thomson (
Second Saturdays of each month 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.




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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...



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 


Gregg Daigle's Early Bird Slow Bluegrass Jam
2nd Saturday of the month
9:00am - 10:30am


 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


Hammered Dulcimer for Advanced Beginners

 3rd Saturday of each month

11:00am - 12:00 pm

Fee: $20



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