Arizona Folklore Preserve, PO Box 235, Sierra Vista, AZ  85636

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Upcoming Arizona Folklore Preserve Events

The Arizona Folklore Preserve, in partnership with the University of Arizona South, and Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s Official State Balladeer, is proud to present the following concerts. Show time for the regularly scheduled Saturday and Sunday matinees is 2:00 p.m.; doors open at 1:00 p.m. Reservations are recommended. The cost for the matinee shows is $15.00 for adults and $6.00 for children 17 and under. (Click on the artist's name for more information. Click on the small "thumbnail" picture to see a larger image.)




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Ramsey Canyon

Sat. & Sun
Jan 7 & 8

Horse Crazy

Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band is a fresh and rare female western music trio. A rich harmonic tapestry draws audiences into a Horse Crazy performance.The spirit of the contemporary West comes alive with their unique, soothing harmonies. The music itself is varied with original compositions that offer a refreshing addition to the classics. Heart-strings are plucked by the finger-picking folk arrangements, and audiences' toes tap in time with beloved traditional western swing selections. Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band has created and unmistakable sound mixed with stories steeped in traditional campfire heritage, and is leaving an indelible mark on the frontier of Western Music.

Lauralee Northcott leads the charge with frontline bass, throaty vocals, and songwriting prowess. Jennifer Epps brings stirring vocals, yearning Harmonica and evocative percussion. Judy Coder seamlessly adds award winning yodeling, vocals, and swing guitar. The blend of three talented musicians creates a sensation and nostalgia that keeps audiences yearning for more.

Here are links to some videos on YouTube of Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band in action!

The Water is Wide

Paint The Town

Yodel Duet with Judy Coder and Jennifer Epps.

Horse Crazy Cowgril Band

Sat. & Sun
Jan 14 & 15

Joyce Woodson

Joyce Woodson is a Grammy-nominated performer and the recipient of Song of the Year from the Western Music Association in 2008 for her song "If I Hadn't Seen the West" as well as Songwritier of the Year in 2014 for her multiple cuts by other western music artists. She also won Female Performer of the Year in 2008 from the Will Rogers Academy of Western Artists.

Joyce has been a favorite on the Cowboy Poetry and Music circuit these past 15 years and this is her fourth album of original songs. She has shared the stage with such western music greats as Belinda Gail, Liz Masterson, Dave Stamey, and Jean Prescott and performed at top folk and western clubs and festivals such as the Elko National Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering in Nevada, the Cochise Cowboy Gathering in Arizona, and the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in California. Her voice has been described as warm, soothing, and intimate.

Joyce Woodson is a Grammy-nominated performer and the recipient of Song of the Year from the Western Music Association in 2008 for her song "If I Hadn't Seen the West" as well as Songwritier of the Year in 2014 for her multiple cuts by other western music artists. She also won Female Performer of the Year in 2008 from the Will Rogers Academy of Western Artists.

Here are some videos of Joyce singing:

Thanks Jack

I Heard About it in a Song

She's in Love with Her Horse


Sat. & Sun
Jan 21 & 22

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

The theme for this weekends shows is Right Under Your Nose.

There are so many interesting things and places in Arizona that we pass by every day, yet most people don't even know they’re there.  Dolan Ellis has put together a special show that will help you to learn about some of those places.  All you have to do is get up off of the couch and visit them for yourself.  No four wheel drive vehicle necessary...they are "Right Under Your Nose"!

 As Arizona’s Official State Balladeer since 1966, no one is more qualified than Dolan to tell the story of Arizona.  Along with his big screen photography, his songs and stories will take you places you didn’t know existed.  Come and enjoy the show!

"Arizona is more than a's a state of mind".

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
Jan 28 & 29

The Sonoran Dogs

Formed in 2011, The Sonoran Dogs Bluegrass Band have exploded upon the Arizona bluegrass scene, performing at the Sedona, Wickenburg, Tucson and Tubac bluegrass festivals.

The group is made up of seasoned veterans who have come together to enjoy bluegrass music and friendship. They play a collection of traditional bluegrass standards, new-grass, and original compositions. Every concert is different, as they often improvise the set to follow the mood of their audience. It makes for a fun and dynamic show.

The members include National Flatpicking Guitar Champion PETER McLAUGHLIN on guitar & vocals, Telluride Band Contest winner MARK MIRACLE on mandolin & vocals, Rockygrass Banjo Champion TYLER WALLS on banjo, and TAMMIE award winner BRIAN DAVIES on upright bass & vocals.

Click here to see a video of The Sonoran Dogs

The Sonoran Dogs

Feb 3





Mike Dunn - Cowboy poet Mike Dunn learned the life of a cowboy as a boy on his grandfather’s ranch along the east side of the Whetstone Mountains southwest of Benson.  It was there he experienced the values of home, land, love of family, and hard work that he writes about in his award winning poetry. Much of his original poetry, shared in the book entitled “Somewhere Between Earth and Heaven,” reflects his own experiences, along with the experiences and stories passed down – widely accepted as a tribute to the ranch family.  The Academy of Western Artists named it as a recipient of the Will Rogers Medallion Award shortly after its publication; there are also two CDs (Volumes 1 & 2) by the same name.

Juni Fisher - Award-winning Western Artist Juni Fisher, Western Music Association 2009 Female Performer of the Year. Also, Juni's album "Gone for Colorado" has been awarded a Western Heritage Wrangler Award by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City AND is the Western Music Association 2009 Album of the Year.

Randy Huston - Singer, songwriter, cowboy -- Randy Huston writes and sings about the modern-day lifestyle of the cowboy. He is a fourth generation livestock producer, and partners with his father on their ranch in New Mexico. He started breaking horses for wages at the age of 14 and spent many years in rodeo arenas through high school and college. He's written some of the most widely recognized of contemporary cowboy music, and his songs have been recorded by some of the "stars" of this genre. Randy was voted one of the top five male entertainers in 2007 by the Academy of Western Artists, and was 2010 Academy of Western Artists male vocalist of the year.

Noteable Exceptions - is an eclectic acoustic duo, whose music kindles an earthy feel and a sweet, yet spunky sound. From house concerts to concert halls, each performance is a potpourri of Americana, Folk, Western, and novelty tunes. Judy Coder and Jennifer Epps are known in the world of Western Music for their finely crafted vocal harmony. Judy's tasteful rhythm guitar is right on the button; Jennifer sweetens the sound with tidbits of harmonica, various rhythm instruments, flutes and whistles. The result is fun, fresh, bold Americana.

Mike Dunn Juni Fisher Randy Huston Noteable Exceptions
Mike Dunn 
Juni Fisher
12:15- 12:45
Randy Huston
Noteable Exceptions

Sat. & Sun
Feb 4 & 5

Closed for the Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering


Sat. & Sun
Feb 11 & 12

Belinda Gail

One of the most awarded female performers in Western Music. 7 time Western Music Association Female Performer of the Year ... 2 time Academy of Western Artists Female Vocalist ... 3 time Group/Duo of the Year with Curly Musgrave and Album of the Year for "Red Rock Moon" Belinda is honored and humbled to be counted among the top female Western Music performers of this era. She has committed her full-time effort to this music for nearly a decade and criss-crosses this country taking her special brand of Western Music to the masses. Her numerous awards are evidence of the level to which she has risen not only with Western Music
fans, but with her peers as well.

Here is a link to her website where you can listen to some samples of her music. Just go to the CD's page.

Belinda Gail

Sat. & Sun
Feb 18 & 19

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

The theme for this weekends shows is Little Known Arizona.

Arizona is a land full of mysterious legends and tales about little known places.  No one knows those legends and tales and out of the way places better than Dolan Ellis, "Arizona's Official State Balladeer." With a lifetime of exploring the back roads and remote canyons of Arizona in his Jeeps, Dolan brings those experiences to his audiences this weekend at the Arizona Folklore Preserve through his original ballads and photography.  Come...listen...look and learn, as Dolan Ellis takes you on his magical journey to "Little Known Arizona."


"Arizona is more than a's a state of mind".

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
Feb 25 & 26

Joni Harms

Joni Harms is no stranger to success. She has been a winner of multiple Academy of Western Artists Awards including top honor for Entertainer of the Year in 2002. In 2003, Harms was named Female Vocalist of the Year and accepted the award for Song of the Year from the Western Music Association. Harms continues building audiences through appearances on the famed Grand Ole Opry and even an appearance at New York City's Carnegie Hall.

"Growing up, I learned to sing and write songs by listening to Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard and George Strait," says Harms. "I remember seeing Emmylou Harris, and, after playing a while with the famous Hot Band, she returned to the stage with just her black Gibson guitar and proved that you don't need all the electronic equipment to entertain your audience."

Joni Harms

Sat. & Sun
Mar 4 & 5

Call of the West

Jeanne Cahill and Jerome Campbell have performed western music since 1991, and have been known as Call of the West since 1996.   Over the years, they have developed a deep appreciation of the wonderful art form of western music - the classic songs of the western movies, and legendary western swing bands - as well as the new music being written by the great singer/songwriters of today. 

Click here for a video of Jeanne Cahill performing Cowgirl's Home On The Range

Click here for a video of Call of the West performing My Heart Lives in Old Santa Fe at the AFP

Call of the West

Sat. & Sun
Mar 11 & 12

Hans Olson

HANS OLSON is a veteran performing musician with over 40 years in the music business. He began his career as a lead singer in a Rock & Roll band in Southern California in 1967. By 1970, Hans had developed a very unique and powerful solo act.

"Olson manages a delicate blend of the grim boogie blues of John Lee Hooker, the wistful introspection of Bob Seger and the raw urgency of early Bob Dylan" says Joel Selvin of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Click HERE for a link to CD Baby where you can listen to samples of Hans' music

Hans Olson

Sat. & Sun
Mar 18 & 19

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

The theme for this weekends shows is Dolans Arizona Favorites.

Many of you may know that Dolan Ellis was first appointed as Arizona’s Official State Balladeer in 1966.  But have you ever wondered what an Official State Balladeer does, exactly? 

Dolan wondered that as well when he was first appointed, especially since he was the first ever Official State Balladeer in the entire nation.  So, as the first ever Balladeer, he decided he would develop his own job description.  A large part of that job description involves traveling the highways, byways, back roads (and sometimes no roads) throughout the state, exploring little known places throughout the state. 

More than a million miles later, this weekend Dolan will share some of his favorite stories and songs about some of his favorite Arizona places.  One of them is right here in Cochise County.  Come early for a good seat.  It's sure to be a sellout.  

"Arizona is more than a's a state of mind".

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
Mar 25 & 26

The Cowboy Way is:

JIM JONES: Academy of Western Artists 2016 Western Song of the Year; Western Music Association 2014 Male Performer of the Year; Western Writers of America Spur Award 2013 Western Song of the Year; NM Music Awards 2009 Western Song of the Year.

DOUG FIGGS: Academy of Western Artists 2016 Male Vocalist of the Year; Western Music Association 2015 Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year; Academy of Western Artists Western Song of the Year 2014; Western Writers of America Spur Award 2015 Song of the Year.

MARIAM: Western Music Association 2015 Finalist Instrumentalist of the Year; Multi-instrumentalist, diverse session player, award-winning arranger and producer

Click here to go to their music page to listen to a few of their songs

Cowboy Way

Sat. & Sun
Apr 1 & 2

Nick McBlaine and Log Train

Peter McLaughlin is on stage once again, this time with friends and Tucson musicians Alvin Blaine and Nick Coventry. Alvin plays everything including banjo, slide guitar, harmonica, dobro, accordion, lap steel, mandolin, and pedal steel. He's also a great singer, a professional sound man for Old Blue Sound Company, and even builds his own guitars. Nick is a classically trained violinist. Based in California, he has also played throughout Europe. His specialty is the swinging style of Gypsy jazz violin. These three play lonesome old songs, new originals, fiddle tunes, traditional Folk and Country music, Bluegrass, Swing, and Americana, and they have fun with all of it.

Nick McBlaine and Log Train

Sat. & Sun
Apr 8 & 9

Titan Valley Warheads

(From Titan Valley is a five piece bluegrass band from Tucson, Arizona.  Formed in 1981, the band has performed throughout Arizona and the southwest playing a blend of bluegrass, western, western swing   and old time country music. Known for their tight harmonies and instrumental skills Titan Valley has been voted Best Bluegrass Band by the Tucson Area Music Awards, won the prestigious “Best Band” title at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival  and performed for appreciative crowds at festivals, concerts and both private and corporate events.The band currently consists of Gary Kuitert (mandolin), Earl Edmonson (guitar), Ed Davenport (bass),  Andy McCune (banjo) and Tom Rhodes (fiddle).  

Click here to go to their page on Link at the bottom of the page for a sample of their music.

Titan Valley Warheads

Sat. & Sun
Apr 15 & 16

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer


"Arizona is more than a's a state of mind".

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
Apr 22 & 23

Gary Allegretto is an award-winning cowboy singer/songwriter/musician whose rare abilities on the harmonica are virtually one-of-a-kind. American Cowboy magazine calls his performances... "Amazing. You've never seen or heard anything like it." Indeed, Gary's dazzling musicianship has earned him a Best of the West Award and five Western Music Association award nominations, including Outstanding Entertainer and Outstanding Instrumentalist. His most recent recording is currently #1 on the Western Music radio charts and he is nominated for two 2014 AWA Awards. His unique brand of song writing and music has been featured on soundtracks for major motion pictures and television. Don't miss your chance to witness the world's top "Harmonicowboy"!


Gary Allegretto



All show times are 2:00 p.m. unless indicated otherwise, doors open at 1:00 p.m.. All other future weekend performances to be announced.

NOTE: As always, this schedule is subject to change. Performance schedule as of 8.20.16

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