Rio Rancho House Concerts

We are proud members of

The Folk Project

Dave & Margaret present Live Folk Music concerts in an intimate home setting... right here in Rio Rancho, the City of Vision, in New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment.

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Or call 505.349.3723
All events begin with potluck supper at 6:00pm,
entertainment at 7:00pm unless stated otherwise.

Coming Soon:


Due to health concerns, the schedule below is tentative. Individual events may be cancelled or postponed, as the situation develops.

Our event featuring John Lilly, scheduled for April 18, is cancelled.

Our event featuring Randy Lewis Brown, scheduled for May 16, is cancelled.

Out event featuring Dan McCorrison, scheduled for June 20, is cancelled.

Saturday July 11, 2020

Rupert Wates

Rupert Wates was born in London and studied at Oxford University. He has been a full time songwriter since the late 1990s, when he signed a publishing contract with Eaton Music Limited. In London he worked with some of the best performers in the city. Moving in 2001 to Paris, Wates formed his own quartet and began playing live regularly. In fall 2006 he came to the US. He is now based in New York City and Colorado. Since coming to the US, he has won more than 40 songwriting and performing awards (

His music is an eclectic mix of acoustic, melodic art/folk, with flavors of jazz, vaudeville and cabaret. He has released nine solo CDs. They have received outstanding reviews in the international online press and tracks from them have been played on radio all over the world. In addition, Wates' songs have been covered by other artists in the UK, Canada and the US. Two full length tribute CDs to his material have been recorded: 'Crazy Puzzle' (2015) by Nashville-based performer Roxie Rogers, and 'Wide Open Heart' (July 2017) by Los Angeles vocalist Susan Kohler. Both these CDs were initiated and funded entirely by the artists themselves, and comprise exclusively songs taken from Rupert Wates' back catalog. Over 20 recordings featuring Wates' songs by other artists were made in 2016, and more are scheduled for 2017 (full list at

In 2010 Wates released Joe's Café, an album of 15 original songs based on true stories, each interpreted by a different vocalist, retelling the stories of ordinary American people. Through them we trace the story of America itself: through two world wars, the Dust Bowl, the Great Depression, Vietnam and the struggle for Civil Rights, all the way to the present day. Recorded live in the studio in a single weekend, the album's warm sound evokes the welcoming atmosphere of an all-night café, where friends gather to share their stories. Featured virtuoso musicians on the recording include Darol Anger on violin and Michael Manring on bass.

Joe's Café has been presented very successfully at Festivals throughout North America, and in other venues in New York City and in the southeastern United States. The show won Best Music Revue in the 2010 San Francisco Fringe Festival. More information about Joe's Café is at

In 2014, Wates joined forces with Toronto-based virtuoso pianist Bartosz Hadala to form a piano/guitar duo called The Nightwatchers ( The duo tour Canada and Europe regularly. In March 2015 they recorded and released a debut CD entitled The Nightwatchers, featuring some of the standout songs of Wates' extensive catalog.

Rupert Wates averages 120 live shows every year, in front of audiences totaling more than 3,500, in acoustic venues in every state in America, in Canada and in Europe. He performs sometimes alone, sometimes with his trio or his quartet. He prefers smaller listening rooms where the audience is up close and the emphasis is on the music. He was voted an Artist Of The Year in both 2013 and 2016 by the international house concert network Concerts In Your Home (, and for five years running he has been the most booked performer on their database of several hundred artists. In 2018, Wates was a Finalist in the Kerrville New Folk Song Contest, and an Emerging Artist at Falconridge Folk Festival.

Despite Wates' British background, and underpinning the universality of his music's appeal, Folk And Acoustic Music Exchange has called him "a prime figure in American music" ( and goes on: "This is one gifted sonofabitch... If you're not hip to this guy yet you're missing out."

Audiences everywhere respond to Wates' brand of melodic art/folk-haunting songs that ring true.

Full Circle (2019),
The Lights Of Paris (2017),
Colorado Mornings (2016),
The Nightwatchers (2015),
The Rank Outsiders Ball (2014),
At the Losers' Motel (2012),
Joe's Café (2010),
Dear Life (2008),
Coast to Coast (2007)
and Sweet or Bitter Wine (2005).

Reservations required. eMail us for reservations and location.

Saturday August 22, 2020

Carol Walker

Enjoy a unique evening filled with music from every genre: OldTime Americana, Celtic, Classical, and Broadway. You'll be saying, “Wow, I never knew a dulcimer could sound like that!”

Originally from Colorado, Carol has resided in the Northeast since 1968. Her formal training includes a degree in Music Education, with majors in piano, harp, and voice. She was an active high school choral director in northern New Jersey for 32 years, and in 2003 was a recipient of the NJ Governor's Teacher of the Year Award.

In 2008 she retired and moved on to her next adventure: Getting better acquainted with her Appalachian mountain dulcimer! She began teaching dulcimer workshops, and soon became a popular workshop leader at festivals across the United States. She even made two trips to the National Dulcimer Championship in Winfield, Kansas, where on both occasions she placed as one of the Top Five Finalists.

In 2015, Carol released her first instructional DVD (Exploring the Beauty of the Appalachian Dulcimer), produced by Happy Traum of Homespun Tapes in Woodstock, NY.

But she is best known for her successful books of arrangements for mountain dulcimer. Seven different titles are in wide use throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia.

As a folklorist, Carol has made two trips to the Isle of Man where she has done extensive research into traditional Manx music, producing two books of arrangements containing 75 traditional Manx melodies, entitled Tailless Tunes and Tailless Tunes 2. Her unique settings of these unfamiliar Celtic-flavored tunes from the Isle of Man have been enthusiastically welcomed on both sides of the Atlantic.

Two CDs of Manx music (Alas! The Horse is Gone and Tailless Tunes 2) were also released in conjunction with the books, featuring Carol performing on dulcimer, harp, piano, melodica. and upright bass, accompanied by other professional musicians playing fiddle, guitar, whistle, and bodhran.

Next, she published a trilogy of sequential instructional books (DNA* Dulcimer Ditties), designed to guide dulcimer students from their very first simple tunes all the way up to advanced show-stoppers. (*Songs so famiiar they're practically etched on your DNA)

Her long-awaited book of classical arrangements appeared in 2017: Classical Dulcimer for Wascally Wabbits, in which dulcimer players discover that they are already familiar with the best classical melodies, thanks to Bugs Bunny cartoons, and that these arrangements, taken from full orchestral scores, are actually playable on a three-string diatonically-fretted mountain dulcimer!

Her 7th dulcimer book was released in 2019: Church in the Wildwood, a collection of 40 favorite hymns and spirituals arranged as solos and/or duets for dulcimer ensembles of all sizes and abilities. The title of the book was inspired by her visit to the actual Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.

Since 2002 Carol has been performing with Wayfarers & Company, a Pennsylvania-based eclectic, old-time gospel folk group for which she adds vocals and also plays dulcimer, upright bass, piano, melodica, and harp.

Reservations required. eMail us for reservations and location.

Saturday October 3, 2020

Mike Blakely

As a singer/songwriter, Mike Blakely has released 13 albums, performed all over the U.S. and has made 16 tours to Europe. His songs have been recorded by Alan Jackson, Gary P. Nunn, Red Steagall, Flaco Jimenez and Raul Malo, Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros, john Arthur martinez, Randy Brown, Geronimo Trevino III and Johnny Rodriguez, Johnny Bush, Jon Chandler, Bill Barwick and others.

s an author, he has published 20 books with major New York City publishers. He won the Spur Award for Best Western Novel awarded by Western Writers of America. Mike is currently working on the sequel to A SINISTER SPLENDOR.

Reservations required. eMail us for reservations and location.

Saturday October 24, 2020

John Coinman

John Coinman is an award-winning singer-songwriter who grew up on the Kiowa Grasslands in Clayton, New Mexico. He has recorded five solo albums and had numerous songs in films and on television. John is the bandleader for Text with Kevin Costner & Modern West (KCMW) and he was the Music Supervisor for the film Dances With Wolves. He has been touring with KCMW since 2006 and has recorded 5 albums of original songs with the band including the companion CD to the award winning miniseries Hatfields And McCoys. He has collaborated with many notable artists including John Densmore of The Doors, James Intveld, Michael Blake (the writer of Dances With Wolves), Amy Rigby, Tony Gilkyson (of Lone Justice and X), Teddy Morgan, and 4 time grammy winner Alfonso Rodenas. John's latest solo album Under The Sun was released in October, 2019.

Reservations required. eMail us for reservations and location.

Tuesday October 27, 2020

Bill Staines
A repeat appearance, by popular demand!

Bill Staines was our first house concert performer, in March of 2019. Over 50 guests attended that concert, and we had to turn folks away for lack of sufficient seating in our living room. He'll be joining us again. Reserve early to guarantee seating this time!

Composer David Amram once described Bill Staines as "a modern day Stephen Foster. His music will be around a hundred years from now."

Staines has over two dozen published recordings, and has written over three hundred songs, many of which have been recorded by the likes of Peter, Paul, and Mary, Tommy Makem and the Clancy brothers, Nanci Griffith, Glen Yarborough, and Jerry Jeff Walker. His music is sung at campfires and folk music gatherings, in homes and churches, all around the country. He’s a New Englander who dreams of open plains and vast, Western skies, and damn his soul, he writes better cowboy songs than anybody in the Southwest. —The Houston Post

"I am well aware of how easy it could be to get involved with simple semantics by saying that all music is music of the people, and therefore folk music, but many of the songs being written today are, rather than songs of the people, songs of the individual performer. They do not have the depth or the universality to make their way in the world much beyond the writer."
-Bill Staines, The Tour

Reservations required. eMail us for reservations and location.

Saturday February 20, 2021

Two Crows for Comfort

Filled with rich harmonies, genuine, heart warming (and breaking) lyrics, Manitoba Country Music Association's 2019 Roots Artist of the Year, Two Crows for Comfort spins stories into songs and songs into stories. Accompanied by their two pups, Frankie and Elliot, the wandering duo hit the road in support of their latest album "Show Me Light". "Their show stands out as one of the most loved concerts I have ever had - people are still talking about them! Erin and Cory are super sweet and personable, have beautiful harmonies and are great storytellers. As human beings, they are lovely, and as musicians they are magic." (Julie Epp, Concerts for Claude)

Reservations required. eMail us for reservations and location.

Saturday April 17, 2021

The Riverside

The Riverside is a band of friends from California and Texas, founded by husband and wife duo, Jacob and Lorien Jeanson.

Circled around one microphone, the band relies on one another to find balance in their music. This traditional type of performance, coupled with vocal harmony and their folk-rooted stringed instruments, the band paints landscapes and tells their stories.

Through traveling the country together and speaking honestly about many highs and lows, The Riverside strives to be a family that grows together, and a band that helps listeners carry on down this life's winding river.

Reservations required. eMail us for reservations and location.

Saturday July 17, 2021

Rebecca Folsom

Rebecca Folsom is an award-winning singer/songwriter with a four octave range, a courageous heart and a deep commitment to transformation. Rebecca Folsom's music is about liberation. Her songs crack open hearts, inspire hope, and leave listeners with a deeper perspective. Rebecca's world-class voice traverses a near-four-octave range. KUNC radio describes it as "knock-you-to-your-knees." The Daily Camera describes her music as "shining with lush harmonies," and Westword Magazine says, "Her songs hit like little earthquakes!"

While her range is impressive, it's the expression in her voice that rivets your attention and stays with you long after the show ends. Rebecca's voice pours from an inner source of honest emotion, flowing from lilting tenderness to fully liberated, unbridled release. Her poetic songs open your heart, setting free a vulnerability you didn't realize was locked away and inviting you to embrace life with all of its joy, sorrow, passion, and love.

Reservations required. eMail us for reservations and location.

Recent Events:

March 15, 2020

Mike Agranoff

February 23, 2020

The Rough
& Tumble

January 25, 2020

Buffalo Bill
& Dr. Jo

November 9, 2019

Kerry Grombacher
& Aspen Black

September 19, 2019

Carol Markstrom

September 11, 2019

The Freight Hoppers

August 9, 2019

Bruce Mandel

April 13, 2019

Nikki Talley &
Jason Sharp

March 19, 2019:

Bill Staines