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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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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 state...it'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 state...it'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 ssbluegrass.com) 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 ssbluegrass.com. 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 state...it's a state of mind".

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
Apr 22 & 23

Gary Allegretto

American Cowboy Magazine exclaims that Gary Allegretto is "Amazing. You've never seen — or heard anything like him." Indeed, he is quite simply one of the best harmonica players you'll ever witness. As if that wasn't enough, Gary is also a remarkable singer, songwriter, and guitarist. His jaw-dropping talents have earned him an Academy of Western Artists Will Rogers Award, a Best of the West Award, the Blues Foundation's prestigious KBA award, two GRAMMY and eight Western Music Association Award nominations. His captivating music has charted at very the top of the Western, Blues, and Roots music radio charts. He has performed on stages around the world and as been featured on soundtracks for television and major motion pictures from Johnny Depp to Disney blockbuster productions. Gary's unique brand of music draws heavily from the very roots of Western music and his imaginative and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny songs paint pictures from his diverse life experience (including work as a ranch hand, forest firefighter, and bouncer in a couple rough honky-tonks). Don't miss a rare opportunity 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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