Frank McCulloch y Sus Amigos (Frank McCulloch and Friends) have been playing together since 1999 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. Mostly Mexican or New Mexican in origin, their music is comprised of songs that many of us in the southwest grew up listening to or singing, as well as several originals written by Frank in Spanish. The group consists of Frank McCulloch (vocals and guitar), Luis Campos (guitar), and Melody Mock (violin). They have been part of the annual "Nuestra Musica", an annual performance at the Lensic Theatre in Santa Fe that celebrates New Mexico’s deeply-rooted, diverse musical heritage. In addition to their regular Sunday brunch gig at Java Joe's Coffee Shop in downtown Albuquerque, the group is often seen around the area playing at museums, art receptions, local festivals, the Old Town Gazebo, and other events. Their most recent gig is playing for ¡Globalquerque!, New Mexico's annual celebration of world music and culture.
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 folk songs. Frank taught high school art for 30 years, and is a well-known landscape painter. He recently celebrated his 81st birthday.
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 the 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 remembers spending many hours in guitar shops in Mexico where her parents bought instruments for their music school. She started playing violin at the age of three, and toured North American and Europe 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 at Java Joe's one Sunday.
The group appears in the 2010 documentary for KNME, "The Musical Adventures of John Donald Robb in New Mexico." This is a fantastic introduction to the traditional music of New Mexico that features many local performers. View outtakes and listen to clips at KNME.org.