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MP3 Frank McCulloch y sus Amigos - FOLK: Traditional Folk

Mostly traditional songs from Mexico and New Mexico performed by trio of musical friends (Frank McCulloch, Luis Campos, and Melody Mock) from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

13 MP3 Songs
FOLK: Traditional Folk, LATIN: General

Frank McCulloch & Friends have been playing together most Sundays at Java Joe’s Downtown coffee shop in Albuquerque, New Mexico for the past seven years or so. Mostly Mexican or New Mexican in origin, the music on their new CD is comprised of songs that many of us in the southwest grew up listening to or singing.

Most songs on this album were recorded live in one take -- kind of like playing at Java Joe’s without the cappuccino machine.

The group features Frank McCulloch, vocals and guitar; Melody Mock, violin; and Luis Campos on guitar.

Frank McCulloch (senior) is a native New Mexican born in Gallup of mixed heritage, including Irish and Hispanic roots. His father ran Harvey House Hotels in Gallup and in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Frank grew up hearing the folk music of the region and Mexico, and began playing music in the 1950s. He has recorded many songs for the J.D. Robb collection of New Mexico folksongs. Frank taught high school art for 30 years, and is a well-known landscape painter.

Luis Campos is often seen around town playing flamenco music either solo or with flamenco groups. He studied guitar in Spain and has a degree in guitar performance from hte University of New Mexico. He has produced several CDs of compositions, both original and traditional.

Melody Mock grew up in a musical family close to the Mexican border. She started playing violin at the age of three, and toured with her family playing classical guitar in a five-member group up until the age of 13. She began playing music again when invited to join Frank and Bob LaPlante at Java Joe’s one Sunday.

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