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
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"!

Click here for a video of Gary Allegretto and Ian Espinoza performing Bad Man (lyrics and music by Gary Allegretto).


Gary Allegretto

Sat. & Sun
Apr 29 & 30

Don Armstrong and Friends

Don Armstrong is celebrating 50 years on the road playing his guitar & five string banjo and has been hailed as the “real deal” & a world class songwriter, according to musicians & critics nationwide. The Arizona Daily Star recently referred to him as “a consummate songwriter,” while elsewhere in Southern Arizona he has been described as “one of Tucson's genuine treasures,” going on to say “his precision, voice & performance are a delight.” Don has shared the bill with Ian Tyson, John Hartford, Michael Nesmith, Utah Phillips, Peter Rowan, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Laura Nyro, Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Aztec Two Step and Kenny Rankin, and his songs have been recorded nationwide.

With Don this weekend will be Gary Mackender on accordion, Michael Markowitz on mandolin & Karl Hoffman on bass.

Don Armstrong

Sat. & Sun
May 6 & 7

Nancy McCallion and Danny Krieger

Nancy McCallion is best known as the songwriter and vocalist for original Celtic-Norteno-you-name-it folk-rock cult band The Mollys. McCallion teamed up with high school music partner Catherine Zavala to form The Mollys in 1989, racking up seven indie releases and countless rave-review shows in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand before the group disbanded in 2003. The daughter of an Irish-Scots immigrant and a Texas farm girl, McCallion grew up in Tucson, a cross-cultural border town. She heard, and was obviously influenced by, the Norteno sounds of her Southwest Side neighborhood, her older sister's Beatles' records, and 1970s and '80s radio rock, mixed with her dad's Irish trad and her mother's Texas old-time country. Throw in adolescent Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello and Pogues fixations and you've got the cultural stew that emerged as The Mollys' drop-jaw repertoire. McCallion, Zavala and The Mollys developed a solid following and a trail of rave reviews (including a listing in the Washington Post's top 10 CDs of 1997) for powerful, hard-to-classify recordings and pool-of-sweat performances over 14 years. The band took a break in 2001, when McCallion stopped to have a child, and disbanded in 2003, after a last tour of Italy. She never quit writing, and resumed live performance and recording as a solo, over the last 13 years. Although often compared favorably to Lucinda Williams and other leading female writers, McCallion's sharp takes on life lived small also bring to mind Tom Wait's dark, quirky tales. Catch Nancy's track "On We Go" on Putamayo's Women of the World: Celtic along with Mary Black, Clannad, Maura O'Connell, Capercaillie and others.

Danny is one of the Southwest's most respected guitarists/slide guitarists. His musical resume includes world-wide tours with British pop band 'Christy' in the early '70s and numerous recording sessions with a variety of artists ranging from Exene Cervenka to the late Andy Gibb. He's also worked with Big Joe Turner, Coco Montoya, Johnny Rivers, Smokey Wilson, and Eric Burdon. Originally from L. A., Danny has also toured with, Debbie Davies, Sam Taylor, The Mollys, Eric-Jan "Mr Boogiewoogie" Overbeek, and John "Juke" Logan.

Click here for a video of her and Danny performing My Buckets Got a Hole in it.

Sat. & Sun
May 13 & 14

Sid Hausman

Sid Hausman of Tesuque, NM writes songs of folk and Western
Americana, and is a strong varied instrumentalist, playing banjo, 12-string
guitar, baritone ukulele, harmonica and bones. He tours throughout the
US doing concerts and workshops.

Click here for a video of Sid performing Grand Canyon Trail
Click here for a video of Sid playing the bones on the song Bill Pickett


Sid Hausman

Sat. & Sun
May 20 & 21

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

The theme for this weekends shows is "Arizona Songs and Stories"

After more than 50 years as Arizona’s Official State Balladeer, Dolan Ellis has more songs and stories about Arizona than you can shake a stick at.  His songs will take you to out-of-the-way and nearly forgotten places like Sunnyside, an abandoned mining town on the west side of the Huachucas.  His stories will introduce you to Arizona characters like Tom Wiley and his little train that used to run from Ajo to Gila Bend and back again, or tough and stubborn Tonto Basin rancher George Cline.  Illustrating Dolan’s shows are just a few of the thousands of professional-quality photos he’s taken in more than a million miles traveling around Arizona.  And be sure to check out Dolan’s new Facebook page, “Songs & Stories with Dolan Ellis, Arizona's Official Balladeer,” where you can learn more about The Balladeer and his adopted home, Arizona.

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

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
May 27 & 28

Ronstadt Generations

Representing five generations in North America, Ronstadt Generations continues the family’s musical traditions. Started by Michael J. Ronstadt (younger brother of Linda) and his sons, Michael G. and Petie. Multi-instrumentalists and solo performers in their own right, they present an exciting repertoire that preserves the traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs of their heritage while offering innovative original material. New compositions place them on the cutting edge of multiple, blended genres, stretching the boundaries of folk, blues, jazz and beyond. Rich harmonies sung in English and Spanish are accompanied by outstanding cello and guitars. Individually and together, Stateside and across the pond, the trio’s worldwide touring and recording credits include such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Dixie Hummingbirds, David Bromberg, Nydia Rojas, Tish Hinojosa, Muriel Anderson, and Mariachi Vargas, to name a few.

In 2012 three veteran musicians – Alex Flores, Sam Eagon and Aaron Emery – came on board with versatile talents to form the six-piece ensemble Ronstadt Generations y Los Tucsonenses (the Tucsonans). First performing with Ronstadt Generations at a local Tucson gig, the sextet cemented the relationship with the recording Prelude. Alex, Sam and Aaron bring to the table a variety of experience and influences. Playing tenor saxophone, bass and drums, respectively, they add a colorful dimension to an already powerful presentation that respects tradition while exploring innovation.

Michael J. Ronstadt passed away on August 7, 2016. His sons and Los Tucsonenses carry on his musical legacy with Ronstadt Generations Y Los Tucsonense

Here is a link to their Music/Video page where you can sample their music.

Ronstadt Generations

Sat. & Sun
June 3 & 4

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
June 10 & 11

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.

Sat. & Sun
June 17 & 18

Mark Mulligan

Singer-songwriter Mark Mulligan deported himself to Mexico 22 years ago, ditching his gold Century 21 Real Estate jacket for flip flops and a guitar. 12 albums and 4 kids later, he's
still calls the Sea of Cortez home, living 4 hours south of the border in beautiful San Carlos, Sonora. His tropically flavored tunes reflect life on the coast, telling stories and painting pictures of sunshine, sailboats, and white sandy beaches. And his brand new book, "The Three Miracles" (available on Amazon) is a true story of love and faith, with all
proceeds benefiting charity.

Mark's guitar takes him not only up and down the beaches of Mexico, but all throughout
the United States, as well as Canada, Belize and Costa Rica.

Click here to go to his website and listen to his music.

Mark Mulligan

Sat. & Sun
June 24 & 25

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer


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

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
July 1 & 2



Jean Prescott Jon Messenger Michael Grande

Please join us for a patriotic show featuring Jean Prescott, Jon Messenger & Michael Grande. We expect these shows to sell out so please make reservations if you plan on attending.

Jean Prescott

A multiple award winning singer/songwriter, Jean Prescott hangs her hat just a little bit south of Abilene, Texas, with her husband,
singer/songwriter Gary Prescott. Jean’s music has been referred to as “the spiritual essence of the west” and she shares her love of western
life through her songs about the real west of yesterday and today.
Click here for a link to her CD's where you can listen to samples of their Music

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.

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.



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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