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The North Valley Tune Tanglers tangled their first tunes upon meeting at a music and dance weekend in northern New Mexico in 1999. The trio brings together many years of experience with old time music.

Liz Stevens played fiddle and sang with a trio based in Banner Elk, NC in the 1980s. She honed her dance fiddling style around Denver, CO in the 1990s. Multi-instrumentalist Michael Gallagher (guitar, 5-string and tenor banjos, fiddle, button accordion) learned his musical skills playing around the mid-Atlantic states while living in Philadelphia, PA. Michael has traveled widely in Mexico and grew to love the tight vocal harmonies of the traditional music there. He was a founding member of the Sandia Hots in 1998. Started as a contra dance band and soon finding their groove as a performance band, the group needed a new fiddler and recruited Liz in 2000. The band was known for Southern Appalachian music, as well as tunes and songs of the Southwest and Mexico. Liz and Michael both played with the Sandia Hots for more than 10 years. Rick Olcott, master guitar player and founding member of Albuquerque’s Virginia Creepers, joined the band in the summer of 2018.

As the North Valley Tune Tanglers, the group performs a light-hearted mix of tunes and songs from the early days of country music on fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and accordion. Each show also includes Southwestern or Mexican pieces. They often end their performance with an old, familiar sing along. They have played as the Tune Tanglers at art festivals, town concerts, ski lodges, adult assisted living communities, and local brew pubs.

What people are saying about the Tune Tanglers:

"Best music I heard since I got outta prison last month". Bar patron, Red Door brewing Co. Alb. NM

"Right, tight and outta site!" Rap artist, Albuquerque. International Sunport

"Best I've ever heard. Any ya'll gotta beer?" Festival participant, Santa Fe Pickers Festival, Edgewood, NM

"You were wonderful! You are great singers and musicians. I loved everything about what you did except the music."
Resident and opera lover, Keen Valley Assisted Living Center, Keen Valley, NY.

A sampling of past gigs:

ABQ Folk Festival 2017, 2018, 2019
SW Pickers Traditional and Bluegrass Music Festival 2016
Sunport Serenades 2000-2018 • ABQ International Sunport
Ski Cooper 2014 - 2019
Tennessee Pass Cafe • Leadville Co.
Red Door Brewery • ABQ, NM
Racket River Brewing • Tupper Lake, NY
Ghost Ranch Conference Center 2018 • Abiquiu NM
NM FolkMADS Boo Camp 2016 • Jemez Springs, NM
Lyons Old Time Square Dance 2019 • Lyons, CO
Footmads Contra Dance 2019 • Boulder CO
Alameda Village Assisted Living • ABQ, NM
Atria Vista Del Rio Assisted Living • ABQ, NM
Coronado Villa Assisted Living • ABQ, NM
The Carillon at Boulder Creek • Boulder, CO
Keenan Valley Retirement Village 2019 • Keenan Valley, NY
Paws and Stripes Celebration of Heroes 2018, 2019 • ABQ, NM
Lake Placid Farmers Market 2019 • Lake Placid, NY
Tupper Lake Farmers Market 2019 • Tupper Lake, NY
House Concert • Boulder, CO • 2019