Saturday Workshops – 2019


10AM – Jane Voss & Hoyle Osborne: Songs of Utah Phillips and Rosalie Sorrels
The songs of Utah Phillips and Rosalie Sorrels have had a profound influence on American folk music from the 1950s to the present. Singer, poet, and storyteller Utah Phillips sang of riding the rails, labor struggles, the power of direct action, and the people of the Southwest. His long-time friend, Rosalie Sorrels, spread Phillips’ songs as well as her own. Rosalie Sorrels’ career of social activism, storytelling, teaching, learning, songwriting, collecting folk songs, performing, and recording spanned six decades. Jane and Hoyle, a nationally-known singing and songwriting team based in Farmington, NM, will deepen our understanding of these giants of American folk music through songs, stories, and discussion.

11AM – Bayou Seco: Traditional Tunes of the Southwest
Jeanie McLerie and Ken Keppeler, of Silver City, NM, formed Bayou Seco in 1980 and have been dedicated to reviving and celebrating traditional music of the Southwest and elsewhere, learning from Cajun musicians in Louisiana, and traditional Hispanic, cowboy, and Tohono O’Odham musicians in New Mexico and Arizona. Ken and Jeanie will share fiddle tunes from their rich Southwestern repertoire. Bayou Seco received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts for 2017.

2PM – Louisiana Fiddle – Karina Wilson, Cedric Watson, Ken Keppler, Jeanie McClerie
Discussion and demonstration of Louisiana French fiddle tunes and styles including Dennis McGee/Sady Courville, Dewey Balfa and Canray Fontenot/Creole fiddlers.” Workshop leaders are all accomplished players of Louisiana fiddle tunes representing different backgrounds and playing styles. Cedric Watson is a four-time Grammy-nominated fiddler, singer, accordionist, and songwriter who is deeply immersed in the French music and culture of South Louisiana. Santa Fe native Karina Wilson is a dynamic fiddler who travels the world playing music from many traditions, including the music of South Louisiana. Ken & Jeanie of Bayou Seco have spread the joys of Louisiana music in the Southwest for many years. Haywood Martin will moderate this unique session. Haywood is a long-time multi-instrumentalist who divides his time between Santa Fe and Lafayette, Louisiana.

3PM – Jim Trujillo: Native Drumming
Jim Trujillo builds drums and will cover the making and playing of traditional drums. He will touch on the different styles of drums and show how they are used to accompany singing and dance. Jim’s workshop at the 2018 Tradfest had people drumming and dancing.

5PM – South Carolina Broadcasters: Harmony Singing
Explore the singing styles that define traditional American music, the sounds that come from the little country church house and the Carter Family tradition. Jackson, David and Ivy will help you dissect and understand the basics of two and three part harmony in the old-time way.  Based in Mt. Airy, NC, the South Carolina Broadcasters are known for their razor-sharp harmonies and exceptional instrumental work, performing a mix of traditional and sometimes lesser-known songs, as well as original songs.


10AM – Brownsville Thomcats
These irresistibly cute, two-foot high, old-time fiddle-playing puppets have to be seen) to be believed. Bring the kids! The Brownsville Thomcats are a premier old-time dance band in Colorado’s Front Range.

11AM – Wil Maring: Songwriting
Award-winning songwriter Wil Maring has been called “an American treasure”. Wil will share insights on writing songs in a variety of roots music genres — old-time and bluegrass, jazz and blues, celtic and country. Wil and her husband, Nashville guitarist/studio musician Robert Bowlin have performed their original music on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and around the world.

12PM – Judy and Michael Muldawer: Making Your Songs Swing!
Learn to add interesting chords (e.g., minor 6ths, minor 7ths, diminished and augment3d chords) to three familiar, two or three-chord songs. Open to players of ukuleles and all instruments. (Bring a chord chart for your instrument.) Those who wish to play using just a few chords will be able to play along with those who wish to add the additional chords, and as a group, the songs will sound fine. The Muldawers are a New Mexico institution, supporting traditional music with ukulele, guitar, and banjo performances and instruction, and a multifaceted website,

1PM – Tom Adler: Clawhammer Banjo
Tom Adler has taught clawhammer banjo and folk guitar styles for over 35 years and has been a long-time member of the award-winning Fast Peso String Band since 1981. Tom hosts the weekly radio show, ‘Folk Remedy”. This workshop on clawhammer techniques will be useful for players at all levels. A small, hand-held recording device is suggested for learning tunes at home.

2PM – Beto Jamaica: Columbian Vallenato Accordion
Alberto “Beto” Jamaica is one of the leading vallenato and cumbia accordion players in Colombia. Since winning the prestigious Leyenda Vallenata Festival competition in 2006, he has become known as Rey Vallenato (“The Vallenato King”).  Beto Jamaica is from Bogotá and has performed in Ecuador, Chile, Costa Rica, Spain, United States (New York, Chicago, Corpus Christi, Albuquerque), Canada and Paraguay.  This workshop will be a unique opportunity for a close-up introduction to a style of music whose popularity has grown rapidly in recent years. (Beto is on his way to perform in Lincoln Center in New York City.)

3PM – Robert Bowlin: Guitar
Robert Bowlin, two-time National Fingerpicking and Flatpicking Guitar contest winner, is a well-respected Nashville studio musician and has performed with the likes of Bill Monroe, Tom T. Hall, Kathy Mattea, Maura O’Connell, the Osborne Brothers, and others. This workshop will focus primarily on fingerpicking style guitar and moving up the neck for all proficiency levels.

4PM – Joy Crew: Group Singing
Joy Crew co-owners Amy Elizah and Angel) will lead a group in singing and creating satisfying music together, with everyone leaving with a sense of accomplishment and enjoyment. Amy and Angel have a combined 60+ years of experience in music performance and creative arts education.

5PM – Washtub Jerry: Tub Talk
All your questions answered about washtub bass construction and playing, with lots of stories and demonstrations thrown in. Washtub Jerry was named “instrumentalist of the year” in 1999 by the Western Music Association and has played with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Riders in the Sky, Peter Yarrow, Johnny Gimble, and many others. Washtub Jerry will be assisted by long-time collaborator Sid Hausman. Based in Santa Fe, Sid is known internationally as a storyteller, artist, and award-winning author.


Queen Bee: Ukulele Strum-along
Queen Bee is a nonprofit organization in Santa Fe dedicated to facilitating connection through music. Queen Bee grew out of Swallow Hill Music in Denver, the country’s second largest folk music school, and presenters of over 275 concerts annually. This workshop will have people of all ages strumming along on ukuleles (provided). The workshop will be held at the Queen Bee tent, behind the Festival Merchandise tent.

Children’s Activities
Michael Sheppard of Big Sky Learning will hold activities for children that include spin art, bubble tub, face painting, observing a Van de Graff generator, and creative building with Legos. Children’s activities will take place on the patio and elsewhere.