Folk Music across Time and Culture: Defining Generations through Song

Thursday Oct 18, 2012

1634 University Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102


Free to Osher Members




Maralie W. BeLonge

Phone: 277-6179
Website: Click to Visit

with performer and educator, Chris Nolan.


Traditional folk music has been defined in several ways: as music that develops and evolves through oral tradition, as music of the lower classes and as music from unknown composers. It’s contrasted with commercial and classical styles and is the mantle often given to old songs with no known composers. The only two constants for a folk song are the story telling aspect of the lyrics and the melody. During the mid-20th century, a new form of popular folk music evolved from traditional folk music, reaching a zenith in the 1960’s. Many of our “popular songs” have long and colorful histories. These wonderful songs with similar themes have emerged from every culture, educating and entertaining generation after generation through the centuries.  Join recording and performing artist, Chris Nolan on a musical journey through traditional and popular folk songs. Chris Nolan has written over 200 original songs, recorded several CDs and produced and performed on CDs for other musicians. He performs at coffee houses, for weddings, and private parties as a one-man-band. Chris has worked on over 30 musicals with ACLOA, MTS, Alb. Little Theatre and for UNM and has taught guitar/bass lessons in Albuquerque since 1981. Chris earned two bachelor degrees: Theory & Composition and Music Education and a Master’s Degree in Music from UNM. He composed a Suite of Variations based on an Alaskan folk song for his Thesis. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute was established through a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation in 2007 and membership in the Osher community is open to adults age 50 plus who are seeking intellectually challenging, psychologically probing and spiritually engaging learning opportunities. Membership is only $20 per calendar year and entitles the holder to many discounts and benefits on and off-campus. For more information, please contact Maralie BeLonge, Osher Program Supervisor at 277-6179 or or visit our website at