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International Western Music Association Festival

Overview

For the 15th year, the International Western Music Association is returning to Albuquerque for its annual gathering of Western music Performers, Cowboy Poets and fans.  

Western Music is the folk music of the Western life style and vista.  Some Western Music originates from roots in English, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh ballads, as well as musical influences from the European countries of immigrants who "went west" and some carries jazz and blues origins. While "Cowboy" music is an important part of the history of Western Music, the stories and lifestyles of the larger populations of Western culture are equally important: settlers, farmers, ranchers, horsemen and women, soldiers and the women who accompanied them into the west, miners, opportunists, gamblers, saloon keepers, school teachers, and other town folk who populated the great American West are all subjects of modern day Western Music.

The event kicks off at noon Wednesday, Nov. 13 with an Opening Lunch featuring internationally known radio, TV and recording star Red Steaguall, and continues through the week with a Swing Dance, showcase performances, Western Opry, Veterans Appreciation Breakfast, 2019 Awards of Excellence, concluding on Sunday morning with a Gospel Concert.

IWMA's mission is to preserve and advance the culture of the American West through Western music, literature, and education.