Concert: The Big Ditch Crickets

Hillsboro Hosts the Big Ditch Crickets

2 – 4 PM Sunday, November 24, 2019

Hillsboro Community Center

Hillsboro, NM

$10 / $5 Seniors, children & SCAC members

 Start out the holiday season with a lively community dance/concert from Silver City’s Big Ditch Crickets.  Led by Bayou Seco music mavens Jeanie McLerie and Ken Keppeler, the Crickets have been making acoustic music together for more than 6 years, specializing in New Mexican tunes from the Spanish Colonial era. The band also plays a wide variety of traditional music from around the world.

The Crickets’ repertoire includes dances such as the Broom Dance, La Vaquera, La Indita, La Cuna, La Varsovianna, and the Handkerchief Dance. They also play high spirited Appalachian tunes, some French Canadian Reels, as well as Polkas, Schottisches, Waltzes and even a few tunes from France, Ireland, Haiti, Cajun Louisiana and Russia.

Their motto is “Easy and Satisfying,” as they want the dancers to have fun!  Caller Carol Fugagli helps make their dances a family friendly event (all ages welcome) with simple instructions for the dances, be they contra, circle, square or other forms. For their Hillsboro Concert/Dance the Crickets will play some easy New Mexican dances as well as good listening, toe-tapping music.

This group is like an extended family, and there are at least eighteen members who hail from Gila, Mimbres and Silver City. There could be as many as ten fiddles, two guitars, two banjos, congas, and a big acoustic bass. They mostly play for local dances at the Old Elks Club, the Roundup Lodge in Mimbres, plus Main Street events in La Mesilla for the Southern New Mexico Dance Society’s monthly contradances. They recently enjoyed performing at Kingston’s Pickamania Music Festival.

They all love to get together and play on a musical level as well as on a social level. Another thing they like to offer at the dances is GOOD WATER! Several of the members bring their delicious well water from Gila, Mimbres and Silver City so that no one gets dehydrated.

Fiddlers include Gayle Simmons, Craig Wentz, Carol and Mike Fugagli, Barbara Mora, Karen Valentine, Marion Bowers-Newton, Jo Ann Hall, Jeanie McLerie and Ken Keppeler. Guitarists are Jamie Newton, Tim Faust, Patrice Mutchnick, and banjo players include Mary Giardina and Bart Roselli.  On bass you’ll hear Bill Bussmann or Doug Smith, with Mitch Barsh on Congas.

A $10 donation ($5 Seniors, Children & SCAC members) is requested.  Home-cooked refreshments, coffee and good water will be available at intermission. The Hillsboro Community Center (HCC) is located at 316 Elenora Street, on the south hill overlooking the town.  Concerts at the HCC are supported by the community, and sponsored by the Sierra County Arts Council (SCAC) www.sierracountyarts.org