by Bonnie Brock
by Bonnie Brock
We made the cover of
the Tempo Magazine again. Tempo is the entertainment section of the Sierra
Vista Herald. You can read the article (and see the two photos used)
That beautiful and inviting photo of the folklore center says “courtesy of Bonnie Brock.” I did provide it to the paper, but asked them to credit Donna Bowman, one of our newer volunteers.
We became aware of Donna’s talent as a photographer soon after she joined the volunteer staff. She has an eye for unusual perspectives. The photo the Herald used was taken from a different angle than any I had ever seen before and makes me want to traverse that bridge and see what’s inside the building.
Donna’s photos are available at the AFP gift shop as note cards and as matted and sleeved 8x10s, and she generously gives 50% of the profits to the AFP. Additional samples are below (and please be aware that the resolution on these photos was lowered drastically to keep the newsletter from being too large—the actual products are beautiful).
CONCERT SCHEDULE AND INFORMATION
(click on a date for more information about the AFP event; click on a name for the artist’s Web site)
Forever Young makes their AFP debut (sort of) on Easter weekend. Actually, Kip Calahan Young has been performing at the AFP since 2003, and Dale, her husband, backed her up on bass last November. So only the duo name is new—that and that Dale is now providing backup harmony for some of the songs.
They’ll take the AFP stage again on Easter weekend, with a presentation of special Easter music. Kip was one of four top female Western musicians who recently recorded a CD of gospel music, Covered in Crimson. Kip sings lead on three of the tracks, and provides harmony vocals on the others.
Kip’s voice is so
strong and beautiful that she is often asked to sing with other artists,
both in recordings and at live performances. She has won two major awards
from the Western Music Association as well as being named Female Vocalist
of the Year by the
Photo © Desert Creations Photography by Lindy Kerr.
Jim Jones rides in from
Jim is actually a
Jim won the 2008
Will Rogers Cowboy Award for Male Vocalist of the Year, Western Category,
presented by the
Jim has now become
a Western novelist and was a finalist in 2009 for two New Mexico Book Awards. The book is set in
Photo © Lori Faith Merritt, www.photographybyfaith.com
Sid Hausman, as mentioned above, is
Visual art is
another of Sid Hausman’s many talents, which he expresses in sculpture and
illustrations. He has combined storytelling and illustration to write two
very popular children’s books
fairly recently on a CD titled Border Town at Midnight with Erik
Darling, who has since passed away. Erik was with the famous 1960s group,
The Rooftop Singers, who had a huge hit with his “Walk Right
In”—a song Dolan Ellis quoted on the screen door entrance
of the AFP’s Moffett House
Several songs from
Sid’s Geronimo’s Land
CD were used in the critically acclaimed DVD documentary
Photo courtesy of Sid Hausman
Dolan Ellis, our founder and
artist-in-residence, and Arizona’s Official State
Balladeer, returns after almost 2 months to the stage he
designed for his “Song of Arizona
Spring” concerts. The star of the show is the title song,
Spring,” complete with some of the most beautiful
photography you’ll see of
In case you haven’t caught a concert by Dolan yet,
his large-screen photography is one of the features that sets him apart
from the rest. Pair that with the baritone voice with incredible
resonance, his melodic 12-string guitar, and diversity as a
songwriter…then add his exceptional storytelling capabilities and his
humor…and it’s easy to understand why he has now served as
Dolan Ellis was one of the original members of The New Christy
the folk group that took the country by storm in the early 1960s and won
the Grammy for Best Group in 1963. Dolan and four other original members
are touring nationally
once again, and will be joined by a 6th original
teammate, Barry McGuire, for two concerts in
Photo by Bonnie Brock
Always a major draw, Ted has brought several configurations of the Santa Cruz River Band to our stage, beginning with the Red Rooster Ruckus in 2001.
One weekend in October 2003, Ted Ramirez played solo concerts, and they were wonderful. Until then, he had often opened for his band as a solo with 2 or 3 songs.
Recently Ted has been performing mostly solo, going back to his original roots, as he reconfigures the band. Those who have caught the solo act have been impressed, as always, with his incredibly soulful voice, his prowess on several different instruments, and his knowledge of the Southwest and Southwestern music.
Ted’s repertoire is an exciting mix of his
original music in English and Spanish, and well-chosen cover songs. Listen
for songs by his musical and lyrical heroes Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie,
as well as his great fellow
Photo courtesy of Ted Ramirez
Check the Performance Schedule page on the AFP site for the latest information.
Please check www.arizonafolklore.com/events.htm to see the beginning of the 2010-2011 schedule.
Our concerts are held
on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2
From time to time we make a last-minute schedule change. The Performance Schedule page on the AFP site is always up to date. If you already have reservations, we will contact you to let you know about the changes.
AFP posters are available on the Internet. We began creating them in mid-January 2009, and will maintain all in our online archives.
If you need lodging for your visit (or your guests’ visit) to the AFP, we hope you’ll consider the following, both very generous sponsors of the AFP.
AFP Reservations ( or call 520-378-6165)