"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent."  ~  Victor Hugo

About

Here's a menagerie of web sites you might find interesting. (Please report broken links here.)

Local Folk Music Store

Apple Mountain Music (Albuquerque, NM) - The only storefront in New Mexico with a large selection of folk instruments; frequent concerts and workshops.

Local Festivals with Live Music, etc.

Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival and Highland Games (May - Albuquerque, NM) - Celebration of the culture and music of the Celtic nations.

Albuquerque Folk Festival (June - Albuquerque, NM) - We both help with this great New Mexico festival.

Zoukfest (June - Albuquerque, NM) - Traditional Irish Music festival.

Santa Fe Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival (August - Santa Fe, NM) - The local bluegrass and other festival.

Red River Dulcimer Festival (August - Red River, NM) - A small dulcimer festival we help with.

Santa Fe Renaissance Fair (September - Santa Fe, NM) - The local Renaissance fair.

New Mexico Dulcimer Festival (November - Albuquerque, NM) - Players come from across the US to this dulcimer (and other instrument) festival which we cofounded with some other enthusiasts.

New Mexico Folk and Dance Society (FolkMADS) Promotes traditional music and dance; Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Taos contra dances, concerts, camps, and other special events

Merri's Dance and Music eNews Local dance caller website with lots of info on area dances.

Wildlife West Nature Park (Edgewood, NM) - Chuckwagon supper shows, music festivals, other events throughout the year.

Internet Music

Dulcimer radio on the internet - Listen to mountain and hammered dulcimer music any time you want. Click link, then search for dulcimer radio.

Youtube - You gotta be kidding me you've never looked up a song or an instrument on Youtube? Get to the site and try searching for "contrabass recorder" (or "contrabass saxaphone") or any other crazy thing you've never seen before. We use Youtube all the time to look up tunes.

Instrument Sites

The Celtic Harp Page - Celtic harp info, teachers, events, links, music.

The Kitchen Musician - Dulcimer (and other instrument) site with some great wit.

Mountain and hammered dulcimer links - Good list of dulcimer links we regularily use from the New Mexico Dulcimer Association.

Folkway Music - Marvelous on-line guitar museum (electric, acoustic, resonator, steels; mandos and banjos too).

Mandolin Cafe - Everything you wanted to know about mandolins; resource for many instruments beyond the 8-string kind.

Psaltery Strings - Everything you wanted to know about bowed psalteries - history, building/maintaining, books and recordings, teachers and builders, blogs.

Chiff and Fipple - Everything you wanted to know about Irish whistles; this witty site can entertain you for hours.

Bodhran site - Bodhran (Irish frame drum) page; includes a great bodhran jokes page (for the most part).

Concertina.net - The definitive internet resource on everything concertina.

Tune Sites

Ceolas - The best Celtic music resource on the internet.

Folk Music of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and America - Massive site; tunes, lyrics, info, history, and tune-related links.

Turlough O'Carolan, Irish Harper - Part of the big site above. The starting resource for O'Carolan's music (1670-1738). He wrote a lot of the Irish music many of us love and play.

Internet Hymnal - Was CyberHymnal.org for years. The internet site to find history, lyrics, midi of most Christian hymns know to man.

The Fiddler's Companion - Marvelous search site for fiddle tunes (history, ABC notation, who published or recorded tunes).

JC ABC Tune Finder - Huge tune repository (in ABC format).

The Mudcat Cafe - Incredible song database and forums.

O'Neill's The Music of Ireland - Several critical collections of Irish music (sheet music, ABC notation, MIDI files). There are similar collections on the internet with individual files each tune.

The Session - Super repository of Irish (and other Celtic) tunes (ABC notation and sheet music, recording listings, Irish sessions throughout the US and world, large list of links.)

TradTune.com - Online database of traditional celtic tunes (sheet music, ABC notation, play, transpose).

Tune Collections on the Internet - Incredible list of internet sites with mostly folk music (ABC notation and sheet music).

Miscellaneous

Amazing SlowDowner - Neat software lots of folks use that can slow down music for learning without changing the pitch - or change the key to whatever you want.

TablEdit - A tablature editor that we use with template support for less common instruments.