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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Sat. & Sun
Aug 29 & 30

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer.

The theme of this weekend show is "Back in the Saddle Again"

Come and celebrate the reopening of the Arizona Folklore Preserve for its 21st Season. Dolan will perform some of his original ballads, including "Hummingbird Canyon," "Cochise County," and "Old Ed Schieffelin."

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

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
Sept 5 & 6

Jon Messenger

Arizona singer/songwriter Jon Messenger brings to his audiences a hearty stew concocted from the influences of an eclectic musical background. Influenced by everything he’s heard, he likes to say, “I play what I can, and what I can’t, I want to learn.” Jon has been playing at gatherings, festivals, churches, parties, dinners, etc., etc., for a long time…almost exclusively performing Western music around the Southwest and points east, west and north of Sierra Vista, Arizona for nearly fifteen years with a smattering of Bluegrass and Western swing in the between spots.

Click here for a video of Jon with Jeanne Cahill and Jerome Campbell performing Me and the Eagle.
Click here for a video of Jon with Jeanne Cahill and Jerome Campbell performing Roseville Fair.

Jon Messenger

Sat. & Sun
Sept 12 & 13

Peter McLaughlin, Chris Brashear, Todd Phillips

AFP regulars are familiar with Peter McLaughlin as part of the Bluegrass group Sonoran Dogs. This weekend he's appearing with friends Chris Brashear and Todd Phillips.

Chris and Peter have been playing and singing together since 1992, and their performances include sibling-like vocal harmonies, intricate arrangements, and stunning instrumental virtuosity. Though steeped in Bluegrass tradition, they perform many original songs inspired by western landscapes, history, and wild rivers. Their previous duet recordings, "Canyoneers" (2003) and "So Long Arizona" (2008) established them as leading performance artists and creative lyricists with a particular interest in the Southwest.

This weekend they'll be joined by Grammy-award winning bassist and producer Todd Phillips, who is no stranger to the collaborative and creative process. His entire musical life has been dedicated to musical projects that are on the cutting edge of acoustic music.


Sat. & Sun
Sept 19 & 20

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
Sept 26 & 27

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer.

The theme of this weekend show is "Autumn in Arizona"

Autumn is a special time in Arizona. To celebrate the season, Dolan will perform some of his songs and stories about places to go and enjoy this time of year, including "The Old Homestead," "Retirin' of Old George Cline," and "Summer is Over."

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

 

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
Oct 3 & 4

Ronstadt Generations represents the multi-cultural roots America was founded upon. Dating back five generations in North America, Michael J. Ronstadt, younger brother of Linda Ronstadt, continues
the family tradition with his two sons, Michael G. and Petie.

These three voices -- all multi-instrumentalists and solo artists in their own right -- bring to life a repertoire that reaches back to the end of the 19th century while continually looking ahead into the
21st, with a rich innovation of original material alongside traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs.
Each comes with the highest credentials, having appeared around the world in performance and on recordings with such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, the Dixie Hummingbirds,
Muriel Anderson, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and countless others.

Click here for a link to the video page of their website to see them in
action!

Ronstadt Generations

Sat. & Sun
Oct 10 & 11

TBA

 

Sat. & Sun
Oct 17 & 18

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


Click here for a YouTube video of Juni singing'Yakima' about the
legendary Yakima Canutt, early rodeo champion and Hollywood
stunt man/horse wrangler. It comes from her stellar CD project,
"Let 'Er Buck, Let 'Er Go, Let 'Er Fly'", produced for the
centennial of the Pendleton Roundup.


Click Here to go to CDBaby.com to listen so samples of Juni's music
including her latest cd "Secret Chord".

Juni Fisher

Sat. & Sun
Oct 24 & 25

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

The theme of this weekend show is "Spooky Arizona Legends"

Celebrating Halloween, Arizona style, Dolan will perform some of his original ballads, including "The Mogollon Monster," "Little One-Ghost Town," and "Ghost of Coal Canyon."

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

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
Oct 31 & Nov 1

Jon Messenger and Kerry Grombacher

Arizona singer/songwriter Jon Messenger brings to his audiences a hearty stew concocted from the influences of an eclectic musical background. Influenced by everything he’s heard, he likes to say, “I play what I can, and what I can’t, I want to learn.” Jon has been playing at gatherings, festivals, churches, parties, dinners, etc., etc., for a long time…almost exclusively performing Western music around the Southwest and points east, west and north of Sierra Vista, Arizona for nearly fifteen years with a smattering of Bluegrass and Western swing in the between spots.

Kerry Grombacher plays guitar and mandolin and writes contemporary folk and western songs, as well as country songs and ballads. He performs regularly at festivals, house concerts, coffee houses and other folk music festivals. He travels throughout the west appearing at numerous cowboy poetry and music gatherings.

Jon Messenger

Kerry Grombacher


Sat. & Sun
Nov 7 & 8

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 the Log Train

Sat. & Sun
Nov 14 & 15

Michael Grandé       Guitar virtuoso known for his
5-finger picking technique, guitar flourishes, soft, gentle voice, and rapport with his audiences.  His repertoire includes Western ballads, flamenco instrumentals and folk, pop and devotional songs.  Much of what he plays are his own compositions.

Michael Grande

Sat. & Sun
Nov 21 & 22

Jim Jones

Jim Jones tells it like it was, is and will be in the great American West. Native Texan, student of the West, he lives, sings and writes about cowboys, horses, cattle rustlers and such but he knows there’s more to the story…how the coming of the train changed the West, how critical water is for survival. Jim’s songwriting, guitar-picking and unique vocal style keeps him in demand on the Western music circuit and at house concerts, coffeehouses, schools and libraries throughout the country. His award-winning Western historical fiction novels are set in northern New Mexico, “loosely based in fact…basically, a pack of lies I made up.” They have educated, informed and entertained readers around the world. With seven Western albums and two Western novels under his belt, he is currently working on his eighth Western Americana album and the third novel in his Jared Delaney trilogy.

Click here for a video of Jim playing "Train To Chama" with Sidewinder at the AFP.
Click here for a video of Jim playing "Long May You Ride" with Bruce Huntington on Bass.


Sat. & Sun
Nov 28 & 29

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

The theme of this weekend show is "Arizona Trails I have Trod"

To celebrate the history and folklore of Arizona through his personal experiences and adventures, Dolan will perform some of his original ballads, including "Cowtown Keeylocko," "Magic Mountain," and "Many Cherry Canyon Boy."

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

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
Dec 5 & 6

Trails and Rails
Take a journey with Trails & Rails as they explore songs from our musical heritage. And be among the first to hear a couple of brand new songs that just may become your new favorites!

In Duo, Trio and 'Quatro' formats, Trails & Rails has had multiple Western Music Association nominations for Best Traditional Group, Best CD, Best Song, Instrumentalist of the Year (Walt) and Best Collaboration of a Musician and a Poet (Walt with Les Buffham.) You'll find seven Trails & Rails CDs on iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby.com

As members of the Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum, Walt & Paula also enjoy playing on the train and for events at the museum depot in Campo, east of San Diego. Train and cowboy songs are a natural fit, for without trains we wouldn't have had those long cattle drives to the railheads - the drives that gave us our national image of the cowboy.

In the current Trails & Rails Trio format, Duo Harmony winners, Walt and Paula, are joined by bass player extraordinaire, Mike Craig.

Such energy! Such fun!! Banjo-bass 'duets' by Walt and Mike just have to be seen and heard to be believed! (Rossini will never be the same . . .)


Click here to listen to some of their music on CDBaby.com

Click here for video excerpts from a San Diego Folk-Heritage-sponsored concert given on September 8, 2012 at Templar's Hall in Poway, California

Trails & Rails

Sat. & Sun
Dec 12 & 13

TBA

 

Sat. & Sun
Dec 19 & 20

TBA

 

Sat. & Sun
Dec 26 & 27

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

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

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
Jan 2 & 3

Sidewinder

Established veterans of the Southern California music scene, Ken Wilcox, Mark Jackson, Bruce Huntington, and Tom Wolverton have come together to create Sidewinder, an exciting Original Roots Americana band. Mark and Bruce are established songwriters and have had a great number of their songs recorded and performed by other artists. Original Sidewinder songs are an important part of all Sidewinder performances.
Sidewinder performances are known for outstanding versatility and musicianship, and polished vocals and
solid three and four - part harmonies.

Be prepared for a fun and entertaining evening of good music, musical
versatility, harmonies, and just good old fashion fun.

Click here to go to Sidewinders music page to view them playing some of their songs.

“Sidewinder, the Finest Music West of the Pecos.”

 

Sidewinder

Sat. & Sun
Jan 9 & 10

Tumbleweed Rob & the Southwest Junction

Tumbleweed Rob Wolfskill is a veteran performer who is best known as the Leader of one of the top acts in the Western Music genre called The Tumbling Tumbleweeds.  Rob founded, produced and directed the group since its inception in 2005 leading the group to win several awards including the Academy of Western Artists Western Music Group of the Year, the Western Music Association Crescendo Award for Most Promising Talent and the Western Music Association Best Traditional Album by a Group Award. 

Click here for a video of Tumbleweed Rob and the band performing "I Don't Want To Be A Cowboy Anymore"

Rob & The Southwest Junction

Sat. & Sun
Jan 16 & 17

Almeda Bradshaw

Her family's move to the country brought horses into Almeda's childhood and they remained a staple of her adult life. Almeda raised her family in north central Montana, while breeding and showing performance horses, running 150 cows and operating a seed plant and feed business. She now helps train AQHA performance horses with her husband, former Marlboro Man, Merritt Bradshaw, on the Yellowstone River in Huntley, Montana.

A multi-instrumentalist, Almeda studied cello and piano through college, has a BA in Elementary Education and is self-taught on the guitar, mandolin and various other stringed instruments. She taught students of all ages to play strings from her former private studio and retail store, A Room For Music, in Big Sandy, MT. Almeda has written poetry, journals and songs since her teen years and has been performing at cowboy gatherings throughout the west for nearly two decades.

Click here for a video of Almeda performing "A Cowboy Memory"

Almeda Bradshaw

Sat. & Sun
Jan 23 & 24

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

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

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
Jan 30 & 31

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

 

 

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 1.20.2015

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