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New Mexico Folk Music & Dance Society • FolkMADS  

The New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society - FolkMADS - is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting and teaching traditional music and dance. FolkMADS sponsors Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos contra dances, Megabands, concerts, camps, and other special events.

The following local bands play for our regular dance series.
(Click links where available for band websites, with photos, info, schedules, etc.)

Albuquerque Area & East Mountains

5 Dog String Band

David Margolin, fiddle; Rick Olcott, guitar; Steve Huestis, banjo

Adobe Brothers

An eclectic group of identical quintuplets that play a wide variety of acoustic music including bluegrass, celtic, old timey, latin folk music, and western swing, a composite style they refer to as “international bluegrass.”
Jimmy Abraham, Dave Klaus, Bruce Thomson, Wayne Shrubsall.

Albuquerque Megaband

Open band, plays for the third Saturday contradances in Albuquerque.  Click link to go to Megaband webpages.

Alfalfa Family Band Damon Toal-Rossi, banjo; Marc Robert, bass; Michel Robert, fiddle; Tim Shaffer, guitar.
Cheap Shots An eclectic acoustic dance and performance band featuring a mix of traditional American Old Time, New Time and Celtic music. The band also plays bluegrass, swing, vocal, and original tunes and songs. Jimmy Abraham, Pat Aruffo, Bill Balassi, John Brinduse, Peter Esherick, Erika Gerety.
East Mountain Serenaders Jim Mullany, fiddle/banjo/guitar/bass; Rob Pine, fiddle/banjo/mandolin; Jerry Page, fiddle/guitar.
The Evening Shift* The Evening Shift* is a community (open) band playing only the "2nd Sunday" English Country and Contra Dances. Due to the complexity of the material (sheet music and HARMONIES for the English Country & Waltzes), you need to get in on the practice cycle a month or two ahead of the dance. We will usually play the last dance of the Spring (May 2nd Sunday) and Fall (December 2nd Sunday) seasons each year. Contact Gary Papenhagen, 242-1104.
Flagpole Salad Old-time string band/nutritious first course.
Beth Corwin, guitar; David Margolin, banjo; Jane Phillips, fiddle; Laurie Phillips, mandolin/mandola.


Old-time and contra band; old tunes, new tunes, and a song or two.
Chris Carlson, fiddle; Damon Toal-Rossi, banjo; Jane Phillips, bass; Linda Vik, fiddle; Tim Shaffer, guitar.

Mad Robin Doc Litchman, Gary Mayhew, Juli Palladino, Sherilyn Urben, Tom Hunter.

The Mullanys

Jim, Marj, Maddy, & Riley Mullany. Contact the Mullanys.

Sandia Hots

Lively Southern Appalachian dance tunes and songs, cowboy and early 20th century swing numbers, songs and dance tunes from New Mexico, Mexico and Southern Arizona. Linda Askew, Michael Gallagher, Scott Mathis, Liz Stevens.

SyZyGy Sherilyn Urben, Holly Deuel Gilster, Mike Reddig.
The Thrifters / Anonymous Tomato The Thrifters - Deb Bluestone violin/viola, Dave Faires guitar/percussion/vocals, with pianist Dorenda Morse - play a diverse repertoire of traditional Irish/Scottish contra dance music with swingy pieces from contemporary tunesmiths. As Anonymous Tomato, the band, with occasional guest performers, plays a mix of English Country and Contra dance tunes. For more information, please contact Deb Bluestone, 505-699-5011.

Virginia Creepers

Southern Appalachian stringband music. All old-time, all the time, since 1991!
Steve Huestis, banjo; Scott Mathis, mandolin; Rick Olcott, guitar; Jane Phillips, fiddle; Laurie Phillips, mandola; Marc Robert, bass.


Santa Fe & Los Alamos

Avenue X Christopher Jacoby, Karina Wilson, Ross Harriss.
Bo y Yo Bo Olcott, guitar; Gary Papenhagen, fiddle.
Chiletones David Margolin, fiddle; Tom Adler, banjo; Bo Olcott, guitar

Fast Pesos

A Santa Fe institution for something like thirty years.

Roaring Jelly

Celtic and old-time music in the upper Rio Grande valley of New Mexico.

Santa Fe Megaband Contact Gary Papenhagen for schedule and other info, 505-242-1104.
Slithey Toves Will McDonald on fiddle, Gary Graves on guitar, Michael Blackwell on accordion and whistles, and Gary Blank on percussion, playing mostly French Canadian music with a mix of Irish and New England tunes.


Silver City

Bayou Seco

Playing the music of the Southwest USA - from the Mississippi to the deserts of Arizona.

Does your band play for FolkMADS events? Contact your friendly, neighborhood WebWrangler to add your band to the list!


Other Bands Featuring FolkMADS Members
Silver City
Mountain Aire Folk Music An acoustic folk music duo performing Celtic, American, and original songs and melodies on fiddle, guitar, flute, bodhran (Irish drum) and other instruments. Located in the Pinos Altos/Silver City area.
Big Ditch Crickets  


Are you a FolkMADS member with a band you want to list here? Contact your friendly, neighborhood WebWrangler to add your band to the list!