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Tune in: Albuquerque Folk Festival Returns with “Participate, Not Just Watch”

Le Vent du Nord from Quebec is one of the headliners at this year’s Albuquerque Folk Festival. (Courtesy of the Albuquerque Folk Festival)

Music and workshops are again in person for the Albuquerque Folk Festival.

“We are very happy to have these musicians personally,” says Rose Day, PR director of the festival. “The stages and workshops are similar to our previous festivals. A key difference is that all stages, jams and workshops take place outside. A dance hall is inside, but with open doors and excellent ventilation. “

The festival celebrates its 23rd year on Saturday October 9th at the Bosque School. State guidelines for COVID are followed, including proof of vaccine, masking indoors, and for those who are not vaccinated.

The headliners of the festival are Le Vent du Nord, Stillhouse Junkies, 3hattrio and the Limeliters.

Day says there will also be new Mexican and regional artists including The Adobe Brothers, The Cali Shaw Band, Baracutanga, Bayou Seco, Cheap Shots, Hello Darlin ‘, Oscar Butler, Snor T Horse / The Shortleaf Band, Southwest Wind, Steve Cormier, the Kipsies and Virginia Creepers.

“(There will be) three phases of performance, (the) emphasis on participation, teaching, learning with lots of participatory activities including workshops, sing-alongs, jamming with the band, dancing, musical activities for children,” says Day. “Multiple artists perform more than once, so you have more choice to balance out all the other things there is to do at the festival.”

Day says the festival is offsetting the schedules of the Bosque and Sandia stages to allow even more flexibility.

The Bosque Stage (south) starts at 11:00 am, performances start on the hour all day; The stages Sandia (north) and Jemez start at 10.30 a.m. and run at half an hour.

In addition to the musical performances, there will be five workshop locations for singing, dancing and music lessons.

Day says there will also be a “jam with the band” session where musicians can play with a different band every hour.

“There’s also a storytelling tent and a children’s tent with activities for kids of all ages,” she says. “(Our festival), run by over 400 volunteers and moderators, and has no paid staff, recruits organizations and individuals who can impart folk art knowledge, skills and traditions through a wide range of folk activities that relate to American , New Mexican and various international traditions. They want to create alternatives to the public trend of relying on passive entertainment with participation instead of mere observation. “

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