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Saturday, June 30th, 2018

Guitar Games Workshop w Bruce Dunlap

12 to 4 Sat. & Sun. - Two Day Workshop $100

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Saturday, July 14th, 2018

Nicolas Carter


Nicolas Carter is a talented and versatile International harpist, born in Minnesota and raised in Paraguay where he learned to play the Paraguayan harp. Carter creates unique performances blending his musicianship with his skills as a theatre artist/storyteller. His authentic, warm and friendly interaction creates an intimateexperience bringing inspiration, motivation and joy. His repertoire takes you on a musical journey of Latin American music combined with original compositions. Carter has been composing, recording, teaching and performing for over 25 years and has played all over United States, Latin America, Europe, Guinea Bissau and Israel.



Friday, September 7th, 2018

Makana - Music From Hawaii


There are very few guitarists in the world today that can be called masters of the rare and complex art of Hawaiian slack key. Makana is one of them. Passed down this wisdom from its early pioneers, Makana is evolving the art of slack key to new frontiers. His unique musical style has served as the soundtrack for both Hawaii Tourism Authority’s award-winning television ad campaign, as well as the Academy-Award winning film “The Descendants”. This past summer, while on a national tour opening for rock legends Bad Company & Joe Walsh of The Eagles, Makana graced the cover of Guitar Player Magazine’s acoustic feature “Frets”- the same magazine that rated him one of the top 3 guitarists in America back in 2008. He has toured the world performing in venues ranging from European and Chinese opera houses to the White House, and shared the bill with Jason Mraz, John Legend, Common, Elvis Costello, Foreigner, Leon Russel, Sting, No Doubt, and many other top-line acts.

A protégé of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar legends, including Bobby Moderow Jr. and the late master Uncle Sonny Chillingworth, Makana has dedicated his life to perpetuating as well as evolving the traditional Hawaiian art form. Slack key or Ki Ho’alu, nearly 200 years old and indigenous to Hawai’i, was created by ‘ohana (families) on the different islands as a very personal folk music expression of their beautiful surroundings and way of life. The style is characterized by “slacking” the strings to open chords, thus freeing the hands to alter the sound whilst self-accompanying with a triad of alternating bass patterns, faux rhythms and sweet melodies evocative of island atmospheres. Think “three guitars in one!” From this tradition Makana has evolved his own dynamic, high-octane style, coined “Slack Rock”: slack key infused with elements of bluegrass, rock, blues and raga. Makana’s playing has garnered praise from such guitar luminaries as Kirk Hammett (Metallica) and Pepe Romero (Spanish Flamenco Master). A contributor to the 2007 Grammy-nominated “Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Vol. I” and 2009 Grammy-nominated “Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Vol II”, Makana is considered one of the “greatest living players” (Esquire Magazine) whose “instrumental brilliance bears comparison with the work of such groundbreaking acoustic guitarists as John Fahey and Michael Hedges” (Maui News).

Video intro to Makana’s music:

Hawaiian slack key performance:

Saturday, September 8th, 2018

Griffin House


Not long after Springfield OH born Griffin House graduated college and moved to Nashville, he independently released his first album, Upland (2003). Quickly attracting national attention, House signed with Vancouver based label, Nettwerk, and released LOST & FOUND in 2004. In Aug of that year, CBS Sunday Morning Music Journalist, Bill Flanagan (MTV/VH1) raved about the album, “I was knocked out.” His song “The Way I Was Made” from that album was later featured in ESPN’s Fan Hall of Fame Commercial. Several self-released albums followed and national tours that had him opening for artists such as Ron Sexsmith, Patti Scialfa, Josh Ritter, John Mellencamp, Mat Kearney, and The Cranberries.

In 2007, House put out Flying Upside Down, produced by Jeff Trott and featuring Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench, elevating him to headliner status and garnering commercial and critical acclaim with his intelligent, heart-felt lyrics and melodies in such songs as “The Guy Who Says Goodbye to You Is Out of His Mind” and “Better Than Love." He followed with 2010's Learner and 2013's BALLS. And, in 2014, House released “Songs for a Prisoner” (Griffin House LIVE from Prison), a 5-song EP recorded LIVE inside a TN Prison. "I had no illusions that my performance would be anything like Johnny Cash’s ‘Live at Folsom Prison.’ It turned out I was wrong. They were hopping and hollering and singing along and really seemed to be enjoying themselves. I’m glad we recorded it.”

Griffin's current release So On and So Forth (2016) is a collection of original tunes that old and new fans consider some of his best work: from the beautifully penned PARIS CALLING – Sweet Sensation, a love song to Paris to the To-Live-By anthem of EASY COME EASY GO and the feature track YESTERDAY LIES.

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Tickets are $24 in advance, $27 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available by phone through Hold My Ticket at 505-886-1251.



Thursday, September 13th, 2018

Dylan Foley


Dylan Foley is as Daniel Neely said, “one of the finest fiddlers in America”.  A 4-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, he has delighted audiences from Lincoln Center to Austin and Atlanta, from the mayor’s Gracie Mansion in NYC to Irish Television channels RTE and TG4.  He is also a member of the hot trad band, The Yanks. Dylan is committed to passing on the tradition, as it was graciously passed to him. You can hear his passion for the music is in his lively and fluid playing. Dylan will be playing solo. 

Dylan’s latest solo CD, DELIRIOUSLY HAPPY, is getting rave reviews:

“…one of the best fiddle albums that I have heard in a very long time. He is playing with great command like the young master he is, but with such exuberance and joy that it really lives up to the album title... This album will be a classic.”  Paul  Keating  

“…boy is it a cracker.  Foley’s talent is top level… From the beginning, Foley’s music presents with superb energy and lift, delivered with a thick and beautiful tone.  ... a very powerful and expressive musician doing what he does best. “ Daniel Neely THE IRISH ECHO


Sunday, September 16th, 2018

Don Flemons

7:30 - $25 advance, $28 door

$25 advance, $28 door - Tickets: 800-838-3006 or BUY ONLINE

“The coolest of auditory histories, no matter what heritage you represent.” —No Depression

A founding member of the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom Flemons’ repertoire covers a solid century of American folklore, ballads, and tunes. An expert on the banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, percussion, quills, and rhythm bones, Flemons is also a music historian, record collector, and lover of memorabilia (his collection is housed in the Southern Folklife Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill). Flemons is touring behind his latest full-length recording on Smithsonian Folkways, Black Cowboys, which pays tribute to the music, culture, and complex history of the Wild West. Flemons’ songs and poems take the listener on an illuminating journey from the trails to the rails in the footsteps of thousands of African-American, Native, and Mexican pioneers. The recording is part of the African American Legacy Recordings series, co-produced with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

In 2005, Flemons co-founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk album and is featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. He left the group to pursue his solo career in 2014 and has performed with the likes of Mike Seeger, Taj Mahal, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Guy Davis, and on stages as diverse as Carnegie Hall, the Grand Ole Opry, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Newport Folk Festival. In 2017, Flemons was featured on David Holt’s State of Music on PBS and performed on CMT’s Sun Records. A tireless music scholar, Flemons has published articles for the Oxford American, New York Times Magazine, Ecotone, No Depression Magazine and Mother Jones.

Presented by Southwestern Roots and Santa Fe Performance Exchange 

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Saturday, October 6th, 2018



After being fascinated by the music of the great American acoustic guitar masters, Italy’s Beppe Gambetta began a prolific career based on his “life on the road”,  devoted to travelling, meeting and learning from artist of other cultures, as well as researching, reviving and teaching old forgotten music from the past. Through all of these experiences, Beppe was able to create his own peculiar guitar style, a poetic creative synthesis that reflects his work on the roots music of both sides of the Ocean and brought him to perform all over North America, Europe, and also to South America and Australia. Beppe will perform with his spectacular style a mixture of traditional and original music including many numbers from the latest CD “Round Trip”, recorded for the Canadian label Borealis Records.

"...Though he's shown over the years that he can keep pace with the Tony Rices and Dan Crarys of the world, , it is Gambetta's understated elegance as a flatpicker that has set him apart and made him an in-demand partner the world over, and he's as elegant as ever on Rendez-vous." Sing Out!

"Italian guitarist, Beppe Gambetta is considered by many musicians in the world as one of, if not the best, acoustic guitarists. His talent, his taste, and his execution are superb. Bluegress Unlimited 

“His incredible versatility combined with his charm and engaging stage presence make Beppe’s concerts evenings of high quality music and relaxed entertainment. Over-riding all else, however, is the brilliance of his talent...” Cornish Guardian 


Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Hot Club of Cowtown

7:30 - $22 in advance, $27 day of show

Since 1998, the Western swing-gypsy jazz trio Hot Club of Cowtown has traveled the world bringing their own brand of magical musical chemistry to audiences far and wide. Fiddler Elana James, guitarist Whit Smith and bassist Jake Erwin are equal partners in this original marriage of gypsy-jazz-inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt—which accounts for the "Hot Club" portion of their name—with the hoedowns, traditional tunes, and Western swing-inspired music of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, represented in the "Cowtown" of their name. They have created a legacy of the preservation of musical traditions that have often been overlooked by the mainstream and alternative music worlds. Even Americana and roots enthusiasts have only scratched surface of the multitude of musicians, past and present, who continue to inspire the Hot Club of Cowtown.

The band has a long list of accomplishments since their first album, Swingin' Stampede, first appeared in 1998 on HighTone records. Most notably, they are marking their 20th anniversary during the 2017-2018 touring season. They have released nine studio albums and they are among the youngest members ever to have been inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame, a considerable accomplishment for a band that have migrated their way from New England and the Midwest by way of New York City.

Tickets!  or 505-886-1251 

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Richard Smith


There seems to be no limit to Richard’s ability to quickly master whatever guitar style captures his fancy. The complex styles of many guitar greats including Django Reinhardt, Les Paul, and Lenny Breau have proved to be no impediment to his voracious musical appetite. Apart from his guitar virtuosity, he is also an accomplished banjo and violin player. Richard has toured around the world, surprising audiences everywhere with his genius, showcasing a repertoire spanning an incredible range of musical styles from country, bluegrass, mainstream jazz, modern pop and rock, to classical guitar. Richard also plays several of John Phillip Souza’s marches and, incredibly, comes close to sounding like an entire marching band – drums and all. Now thirty, Richard Smith is nothing less than a phenomenon. 

Here’s what a few of his fellow guitarists have to say about him: “The most amazing guy I know on the guitar.” “He can play anything I know, only better.” Chet Atkins,  "Guitar playing at its finest. Don’t miss this one.” Doyle Dykes “If you like my playing, you should hear Richard Smith.” Tommy Emmanuel.

Saturday, October 27th, 2018

Tracy Grammer


TRACY GRAMMER: Called “one of the finest singers and musicians anywhere in folkdom” (Boston Globe) and "one of the finest interpretive artists on the contemporary folk scene” (Montreal Gazette), Tracy Grammer is among contemporary folk music's most beloved artists. Renowned for her pure voice, deft guitar and violin work, and humorous, often incantatory storytelling, she has toured with Joan Baez, recorded with Mary Chapin Carpenter, and enjoyed 12 consecutive years as one of folk radio's 50 top-played artists. Her new release, LOW TIDE (2018, Tracy Grammer Music), is her long-awaited eleventh recording and the first ever to feature her original songs. "Hole" is currently the #1 song at folk radio, and LOW TIDE is the #2 album (February 2018).

“Potent songcraft that reflects the tender and stubborn heart that got her here, and a way with words and images that … marks the beginning of a new path to glory. A bold and beautiful collection.” on LOW TIDE

“A musician and singer of dazzling versatility.” — No Depression

“A brilliant artist.” — Joan Baez


Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Lone Pinon


Lone Piñon is a conjunto of young musicians in Santa Fe and Albuquerque dedicated to the study and revitalization of our region's musical roots. Having played professionally in a variety of other styles, founders Martinez and Wax in 2013 began an exploration of violin-based Northern New Mexico dance music rarely heard since the 1950s. Far from the isolated and quaint picture that is often painted of Northern New Mexico traditions, they quickly discovered our musical landscape to be a rich tapestry of intercultural connections and stylistic crossroads--the strands of those interwoven cultures have led them for the past five years on a musical trajectory that transcends generations and borders. Joined by Leticia Gonzales on violin, they will share some of the musical ground they've covered with a special emphasis on the double-fiddle traditions of the Rio Grande Valley and their kinship with neighboring styles.


Friday, January 18th, 2019

Kevin Burke

7:30 - $27 in advance, $32 day of show

Kevin Burke's fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music since the 1970s. His far-reaching solo album, If the Cap Fits, and his work with such distinguished performers as Arlo Guthrie , Kate Bush , Christy Moore and the Bothy Band established him as a first class musician. Never one to be restricted by geography or genre, his decades-long career has seen several innovative collaborations with notable musicians of differing styles—Classical, Old Time, Bluegrass, Pop and Rock, as well as the Irish traditional music for which he is so well known.

Kevin has earned international acclaim in both Europe and America as a solo performer, a teacher and as a member of some of folk music's foremost groups, including the exciting Celtic Fiddle Festival and Ireland's long admired and respected Patrick Street . In 2007 he also set up his own record label, Loftus Music , which soon developed a reputation for excellence in both its musical output and its unique eco-friendly packaging.

His contribution to music has received formal acknowledgement on both sides of the Atlantic where he has been the recipient of several awards including Ireland's Gradam Ceoil (Traditional Musician of the Year, 2016), and a National Heritage Fellowship , the USA's highest honor for excellence in the folk and traditional arts. Kevin has also been honored by his adopted home state with his induction to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame .

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Tickets are $27 in advance, $32 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available by phone through Hold My Ticket at 505-886-1251.

Monday, March 11th, 2019

German Lopez

7:30 - $22 in advance, $27 day of show

Brilliant young star of the timple, a diminutive 5-stringed instrument intrinsic to music of the Canary Islands, Germán López touches audiences with original instrumental music from the Canary Islands. Germán harnesses the grit of Spanish flamenco, the structure of West African rhythms, the flourishing spirit of jazz, and an innovative 21st century approach to performing "island music." His principal instrument is one of the grandfathers of the ukelele, and part of the same instrumental family that includes the cavaquinho, the cuatro and the charango. Germán López's music has been praised for "entrancing" performances of "delicately rippling notes" (Huffington Post), notes that flow from musical traditions uniting Spain, Africa, and the New World.

Germán López was born in Gran Canaria in 1982. His musical studies begin at an early age, where he was accepted to study at the Conservatory of Music in Las Palmas at seven years of age. In the conservatory, Germán studied piano, music theory, and jazz studies. At the ripe age of ten years, he began to concertize publicly, notably collaborating with legendary timple virtuoso José Antonio Ramos. It was around this time that Germán developed a keen interest in the timple and other traditional Canary Island instruments. In addition to duo and ensemble concerts, Germán has also collaborated with symphony orchestras, including the Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria in the "Teresa de Bolívar" festival. As both an educator and performer, Germán López has been awarded public prizes by the government of the Canary Islands on several occasions. 

At the end of 2007, the illustrious Womad festival shone a bright spotlight on Germán López, inviting him to take part on that year's festival program held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Since then he has continued to perform concerts all over the Canary Islands, mainland Spain, and continental Europe.


Tickets are $22 in advance, $27 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available by phone through Hold My Ticket at 505-886-1251.