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Online harmony: Virtual Albuquerque Folk Festival will stream on Facebook, Zoom

Musicians perform at the 2019 Albuquerque Folk Festival. This year’s event will be held online. (Courtesy of Peter Esherick)

This year’s Albuquerque Folk Festival will have a different look, but all of its popular events remain.

Instead of heading under a tent to enjoy live music or into a room to be part of a workshop, participants will now log on to either a Facebook page or Zoom virtual conference room. Participants can learn how to sing, dance and play an instrument or jam with other musicians during the event that will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 13. Younger guests can enjoy storytelling and children’s activities.

“The jam sessions, what they’re going to do is have bands playing, in most cases,” said Rose Day, publicity director for the festival. “There’s two singalongs, and then the other people can pick up whatever instrument they play and play with the band.”

The Sandia Stage will showcase a number of performers from various genres, including the Cali Shaw Band, Bayou Seco, Baracutanga, The Kipsies and others during the day and 3hattrio, Cedric Watson, Stillhouse Junkies and The Limeliters during the evening.

The Bosque Stage will feature plenty of daytime performances by Southwest Wind, Snor T Horse, Steve Cormier, Hello Darlin’, Adobe Brothers and others. Events on the Bosque Stage will wrap up with a folk singalong with Dan Matthews. The Jemez Stage will many performers, including Holy Water and Whiskey, Lara Manzanares Band, Le Chat Lunatique, and T-Sisters.

A number of workshops will teach viewers about certain instruments and show how to play them. Workshops include Mountain Dulcimer Intro, Desert Music (violin) Ozark Fiddle, Washboard, Blues for Beginners, Bodhran Intro, Harmonic Singing and Vocal Ballads. Camp Meeting Spirituals and Cowboy Myth & Reality are also workshop sessions.

Sing or play along with other vocalists and musicians during the Folk Song Revival Song Circle with Dan Matthews, Celtic Song with Singing Pilgrims, Celtic to Contra with STEAM!, Celtic with the Duke City Ceili Band and Old Time with Virginia Creepers.

There will be four dance workshops, as well as a session with talented storytellers, who will take participants through extraordinary tales and teach how to create a story of your own.

Children can sing and dance as part of the Kids’ Korner. The Harmonic Kids/Music Together workshop will feature music, singing, and movement for families and ages 0 to 6.

“The Albuquerque Folk Festival – arguably the Southwest’s premier participatory folk venue – is run by volunteers and presenters, has no paid staff, and enlists organizations and individuals who can transmit Folk Art knowledge, skills, and traditions through a wide range of folk activities that draw upon American, New Mexican, and international traditions,” according to a festival news release.

Participants must visit the festival’s website,, to log on to the performances, workshops and events they are interested in. An explanation on how to log on to each event can be found by clicking on the tab at the top of the website’s homepage. Click on “Logistics” in the drop-down box for instructions.

“Most of the performances on the Sandia Stage will be on Facebook Live,” according to the website. “Music and dance workshops, storytelling, jams, and the Kids’ Korner will be on Zoom. Each venue will have its own Zoom session, which you can join and leave at will. Links to the Zoom sessions and the Facebook Live events will become active on Saturday morning (June 13) and will be on the various schedule pages.”

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