The 43rd Year of this Festival in Santa Fe was held at Camp Stoney on Old Santa Fe Trail on August 25, 26, & 27, 2017.  This TradFest was considered a very successful event by the attendees, musicians, volunteers, and the management of Camp Stoney. We have scheduled the 44th year of this Festival for August 24, 25, 26, 2018, at Camp Stoney  This is the weekend before Labor Day weekend, the usual dates for this annual affair.  

 The Santa Fe Traditional Music Festival provides a venue for playing, hearing, teaching, and sharing music with fans, friends, other musicians, and people seeking an enjoyable way to spend a weekend. It provides people of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to hear music they might not hear anywhere else; to network and learn more about music and music-making; and to be part of a lively and enjoyable community event—one with a 44-year history of bringing together old and new friends-in a new, beautiful, wooded setting, just 20 minutes from downtown Santa Fe [ 10 miles from the Santa Fe Plaza on the historic Old Santa Fe Trail and 8 miles from the I 25 Exit 284, Old Pecos Trail ]. 

We will have an exciting variety of performers, workshops, jam sessions, free tent & RV camping, food vendors, bunk bed rental (bring your own bedroll or sleeping bag).

Comments from Attendees, Musicians, Volunteers about the 2017 Santa Fe TradFest

  Claude Stevenson, Former New Mexico State Folklorist and mandolin player extraordinaire: 

 "I  feel that I need to chime in and voice my kudos to this group.  Oddly and unlike my usual self, I cannot find the linguistic eloquence to  express how proud I am of all of you. folks are already off to the races to do it again only better next year. That speaks volumes to me.  You all did it right and you did it good.  You sought out potential partnerships and collaborators and settled on those that best matched your vision.  Truly amazing to watch.  So my hat is off to all of you. If there’s anything I can do to help with next year’s festival from my email perch, don’t hesitate to ask."    

Simon Lee:

"Camp Stoney was a perfect place to have the festival."

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Santa Fe Traditional Music Festival Site:

Festival Site: Camp Stoney at 7855 Old Santa Fe Trail

Hours of the Festival

Friday 5 PM to 9 PM

Saturday 9 AM to 9 PM

Sunday 9AM to 5 PM


Santa Fe Traditional Music Festival Performers:



 · Mariachi Buenaventura

 · The Bluegrass Collective, with Jean-Luc Leroux

 · Fast Peso String Band   


 · ATC Stringband

 · Elliott’s Ramblers (special reunion)

 · Higher Ground

  · Lone Piñon

 · Bayou Seco

 · Round Mountain

 . Kitty Jo Creek

 · Ladies at Play

 · Adobe Brothers

 · 44% Dandelion (Karina Wilson, Doug Goodheart)

 · The Kipsies

 · Virginia Creepers

 · East Mountain Serenaders

 · Maria y Yahvi

  · Squash Blossom Boys

  · Suzirya

  * Full Owl


 · GOSPEL CONCERT: Elliott’s Ramblers, Higher Ground,

 · Atomic Grass, Cheap Shots




Performer Bios

Elliott’s Ramblers – The Ramblers are a High-energy, award-winning bluegrass and folk band that has performed together for almost 20 years throughout the Southwest. Elliott Rogers is a nationally-known songwriter, lead singer, and guitar player, currently living in Driftwood, Texas, and playing with Alan Munde. The Ramblers include Wayne Shrubsall on banjo and vocals; Claude Stephenson playing mandolin and on vocals; Janice Ryals-Rogers singing lead and harmony vocals. Band members have performed with such luminaries as Bill Monroe, Byron Berline, Keith Whitley, Johnny Gimble, Nanci Griffith, Lucinda Williams, and Peter Rowan. Bluegrass   

Higher Ground – Higher Ground Bluegrass plays original, contemporary, and traditional music, informed by the American traditions of folk, bluegrass, country, and rock and roll.  Band members live in Albuquerque and northern New Mexico and are: Ken “Duke” Weddington on banjo, guitar, and mandolin; Pat Mahoney on fiddle; Laura Leach Devlin on bass; Dave Devlin, playing mandolin and resonator guitar; and Fred Bolton on guitar.  Bluegrass   

Fast Peso String Band -- A Santa Fe institution since 1981, the Pesos play lively, energetic, Appalachian-style old-time music. Band members are Gary Ashkin, fiddle; Bo Olcott, guitar; Tom Adler, banjo; Jim Hughes, fiddle, and John Eddy on mandolin. The Fast Pesos were winners of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival band contest in 1984.  Old-time   

Bayou SecoBayou Seco's brand of Southwestern Chilegumbo - Cajun two-steps, waltzes, polkas and rancheras, chotis's, meringues and huapangos, and, perhaps a broom dance, is cross-cultural and multi-lingual, transcending labels. Bayou Seco's roots are in the deep south and southwest, but their branches reach far across the world. Ken Keppeler and Jeanie McLerie are the heart of this group that has been going strong since 1980 and they live in Silver City.   Old-time, Southwestern, Cajun   

Round Mountain – Round Mountain has been distilling their own blend of musical world-folk spirits since 2002, playing authentic original songs with strong Appalachian, West African, Celtic and Balkan influences and instrumentation. Santa Fe brothers Robby and Char Rothschild are joined for this appearance by bassist Jon Gagan and multi-instrumentalist Nick Kunz.  Americana/World   

The Bluegrass Collective with Jean-Luc Leroux – Jean-Luc Leroux is an accomplished bluegrass and country music aratist, originally from Paris, France, now living in Noumea, New Caledonia. He performs here with members of Higher Ground Bluegrass. Bluegrass/Country   

Lone Piñon – Lone Piñon plays music of the Rio Grande Valley from Northern Veracruz to Southern Colorado. Their repertoire spans many different genres, encompassing high lonesome two-part harmonies and music played with the fire of traditional people. Using violin, accordion, guitar, quinta huapangera, guitarrón, upright bass and harmony vocals in Spanish, English, and Nahuatl, the group has revived and updated the Chicano string band style that once flourished in New Mexico, bringing a devoted and explosive musicianship to Northern New Mexican polkas and chotes, virtuosic Mexican huapango and son calentano, and classic borderlands conjunto. Band members are Jordan Wax, Greg Glassman, and Noah Martinez. Traditional New Mexican/Mexican   

The Adobe Brothers –The Adobe Brothers play a wide variety of acoustic music including bluegrass, Celtic, old-timey, Latin folk music and western swing - a composite style they refer to as "international bluegrass." The Adobes are Jimmy Abraham, Wayne Shrubsall, Terry Bluhm, and Bruce Thomson. International Bluegrass   

Maria y Yahví – Maria y Yahví joyfully share music from various Mexican music traditions including music from the U.S./Mexico border, Son Jarocho (Veracruz), and Son Calentano (Michoacan/Guerrero). Instrumentation includes fiddle, guitar, jarana, voice, percussion, and marimbol.  World (Border) Ethnic   

Duke City Swamp Coolers – The Duke City Swamp Coolers are a bluegrass band from Albuquerque, New Mexico. They have three CD’s out and have played many different venues and festivals in New Mexico and surrounding states. Band members are Bill Default, mandolin; Jon Bryan, banjo; Tony Smith, guitar; and Tony Kahn, bass. They are joined by guest fiddler Grey Howell. Bluegrass   

Virginia Creepers – For more than 20 years, the Virginia Creepers have been playing lively, old-time tunes and songs that range from pre-Civil War to just last week. The Creepers are: Rick Olcott, guitar; Scott Mathis, mandolin and guitarron; Laurie Phillips, mandolin, mandola; Jane Phillips, fiddle; Marc Roberts, bass and banjo.  Old-time   

ATC String Band – Traditional American folk music from all over played by teenagers at the Academy for Technology & Classics in Santa Fe. The group is taught and led by award-winning music teacher and musician Erik Carlson.  Trad American Folk   

Squash Blossom Boys – Award winning local bluegrass band the Squash Blossom Boys have been part of the Albuquerque music scene for over a decade, bringing expert musicianship and rollicking energy to standard and original tunes. The Squashies have played southwestern stages for over ten years. With beginnings as a garage band, they have explored a variety of musical genres including rock, jazz, raggae and more to find the hard driving, high lonesome sound of Bluegrass music. Current players include Dustin Orbesen (Dobro, Mandolin, Vocals), Kit Murray (Banjo, Vocals), Kyle Malone (Guitar), Peter Lisignoli (Bass) and Sarah Ferrell (vocals, guitar).  Bluegrass   

East Mountain Serenaders – Traditional and original old time tunes and songs played on fiddle, banjo, guitar and mandolin in a variety of American styles. Band members are Rob Pine (fiddle, banjo, guitar), Jerry Page (fiddle, guitar), and Jim Mullany (fiddle, banjo, guitar).  Old-time   

The Kipsies - The Kipsies, a modern Americana-Folk band from Albuquerque, New Mexico, are a multi-award winning acoustic quintet. The Kipsies feature some traditional bluegrass and old-time instrumentation, but with a progressive and modern sound. Band members are: Cassie Rogers, vocals, harmonium, guitar; Tim Engelmann, fiddle, guitar, vocals; Randy Martin, clawhammer banjo; Shawn Berkompas, upright bass; Isaac Sanderville, percussion. Americana-Folk 

44% Dandelion -- Santa Fe based Fiddle duo, Karina Wilson and Doug Goodhart pay tribute to fiddle traditions from around the world.  Karina and Doug are known for their unique rhythms, flawless harmonies and contagious energy.  Traditional World/Folk   

Kitty Jo Creek - Kitty Jo Creek Band is a melodious group of bluegrass musicians from the Santa Fe area. This bluegrass and cowboy jazz flavored group plays fresh renditions of traditional and original compositions. Band members are James Horn, banjo; David Thom, mandolin; Cathy Faber, guitar; and Terry Bluhm, acoustic bass.    Bluegrass/Honkytonk   

The Ladies at Play – The Ladies at Play are a high-spirited and musically adventurous contra dance and English country dance band from Oklahoma. Their repertoire includes a wide variety of folk and ballroom-like dance tunes, including jigs, reels, polkas, waltzes, hambos, English, old time, and zweifache. They also play original tunes, inspired by folk music traditions from around the world. Band members are Shanda Mcdonald, fiddle, accordion; Kathy Dagg, guitar, octave mandolin, banjo; and Miranda Arana, flute, whistle, percussion.  Cosmic Folk   

Sid Hausman -- A singer songwriter of cowboy tales and western lore that reflect his experience with ranching, the influence of American Indian and Hispanic cultures, and the rural environment of the American West.  Singer-songwriter/cowboy   

Blue Moon - Award winning East Mountain songwriters Carl Allen, on guitar and dobro, and Sandra Vieth, on bass and vocals, will be joined by Banjo Bob on banjo and keyboard performing original folk, swing and blues songs. Singer-Songwriters   

Full Owl Trio – Santa Fe-based trio featuring three veteran New Mexico musicians: Guitarist and singer/songwriter Michael Sheppard, Julia “Songbird” Meeks with tight harmonies and lyrical lead vocals, and Jack Kotz, on of New Mexido’s most in-demand vocalists.  Americana   

Suzirya – Santa Fe-based a cappella trio Suzirya (“Constellation” in Ukrainian) sings rich, soulful harmonies from Eastern Europe in a dynamic and intimate exploration of folk music from Bulgaria, Croatia and Ukraine. The trio features Rebecca Baika Chornenky, Cherrymae Golston, and Willa Roberts. Balkan Singers   

Mariachi Buenaventura – Mariachi Buenaventura is Santa Fe’s first all-female mariachi band. The ladies play a wide variety of traditional songs and some contemporary pieces, with talent, energy, and charm. Band members are: Joanna, Vihela; Jaqui, guitar; Venessa, Guitarron; Emily, Trumpet; Dianna, violin; Cynthia, Violin; Nishka, Violin; Erika, violin. The band plays for weddings, quinceañeras, and church events, as well as frequent appearance on the Santa Fe Plaza. Mexican/New Mexican   

Cheap Shots – An energetic acoustic band with an eclectic mix of old time, Celtic, folk, country, blues, swing, and klezmer. Band members are Pat Aruffo on fiddle; John Brinduse on keyboard, guitar, and percussion; Bill Balassi on guitar and mandolin; Peter Esherick on hammered dulcimer, mandolin, and banjo; and Erika Gerety on bass, mandolin, and vocals.   Eclectic Folk   

Atomic Grass – Based in Santa Fe, but established in Los Alamos in 1977, Atomic Grass is one of New Mexico’s longest-running bluegrass bands. The band’s repertoire includes traditional and modern bluegrass and country songs. Core members are Haywood Martin, mandolin (and occasional Cajun fiddle); Ron Hale on guitar, and Phil Vergamini playing acoustic bass.   Bluegrass      

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     · Performances: The festival will present a rich and diverse array of musical genres, including old-time string bands, bluegrass and traditional country music, northern New Mexico Hispanic fiddling, norteño, and conjunto, Celtic, Balkan, Klezmer, and others.  Performers will be drawn primarily from New Mexico and surround states, with the possibility of one or two nationally-know performers.

    · Workshops will be offered by performers and master teachers in such areas as banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, dulcimers, ukulele, and traditional dance styles,. Workshops are hands-one affairs, allowing participants to learn and play together.

   · Jam sessions: Camp Stoney offers many shady-filled common areas and camping areas that are conducive to jamming with performers and friends, with groups playing old-time, bluegrass, regional Hispanic music, and other genres throughout the day and into the night.

   · Tent and RV camping will be available in a variety of wooded and open areas.  There are no RV hookups.  Additionally, a large soccer field is available for tent camping (no vehicle access onto this field).

   * Bunk Beds will be available in A Frame buildings   There are 5 A Frame buildings with 12-14 bunk beds in each.  Bring your own bedroll or sleeping bag.

    * Food Vendors:  Several vendors will be on site with a variety of foods.

     * Full Facilities:  In addition to the main building rest rooms, there are two bath houses with four shower stalls, four toilet stalls and four sinks in each.

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Santa Fe Friends of Traditional Music

2852 PLAZA ROJO, Santa Fe, NM 87507, US

(505) 471-6338



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