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
Nov 21 & 22

Jim Jones and Allan Chapman

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.

Allan Chapman is a three time Grammy nominee, winner of the American Song Festival, a Clio winner, nominated for Song Of The Year by the Academy of Western Artists and The Western Music Association – with songwriting credits going back thirty plus years for performers like The Oak Ridge Boys, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, George Jones, Sandy Posey and numerous international recording artists – Allan Chapman has been writing and producing
music most of his adult life. A former College English literature teacher, Allan gave that up "to run away and join the music circus" writing songs in Nashville, New York City and Los Angeles.

In the late 1980's Allan returned to Texas to help run the family ranching operation and stayed. The subject matter for the western songs he writes now ranges from the day to day experience of today's rural ranchers to the history of the Great American West.

Click here for a video of Allan performing "These Cowboy Boots"

Click here for a video of Allan performing "Blood on the Sand"

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'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

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

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

Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers

The multi-award winning 2012 WMA and AWA Western Music Group of the year is the band that brings the Silver Screen Cowboy Project "Live" stage show to festivals, theaters, and a variety of venues or is the band that can fill-the-bill for concert stage events. The Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers combine the talents of Audrey McLaughlin, Gale Rogers, Dawn Pett, Dan McCorison, and Marvin O'Dell. Their fun-filled show of western
swing and cowboy tunes delights audiences of all ages. They give you songs about the old west, the contemporary west, and the west of the B-western movies. The award-winning harmonies provided by the gals of the group always leave the listener wanting more. The lead guitar picking and vocals of Dan McCorison is a crowd pleaser for sure. And, the WMA Songwriter of the Year and lead vocalist, Marvin O'Dell, captures the
crowd vocally and in the lyrical stories he tells in many of his original songs performed by the band. Put it all together – the variety of talent and the passion for the music seen in The Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers – and you have an entertainment package that will keep audiences entertained from start to finish.

Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers

Sat. & Sun
Dec 19 & 20

Way Out West

Way Out West is
Tom Poley, banjo, guitar and vocals
Emmy Creigh, guitar and vocals
Slim Rost, bunkhouse bass and vocals

Way Out West delivers a lively show of straight ahead Western music, both original and traditional, with a touch of Western humor and a generous amount of “bordergrass.”

Click here to listen to If They'd Only Won. The latest from Tom Poley's pen.
Plus you can listen to snippets of their songs on CD Baby here.

Way Out West

Sat. & Sun
Dec 26 & 27

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

The theme of this weekend show is "Christmas.... Arizona Style"

It's always a special treat when Dolan Ellis, Arizona's Official State Balladeer, performs at the Arizona Folklore Preserve.

This weekend Dolan will have a unique selection of songs to share in keeping with the holiday season. Among them are sure to be some of Dolan's original songs reflecting the Christmas season presented with that special Arizona flavor, such as "Cowboy's (Christmas) Vision" and "Arizona Christmas" ("Cactus and Christmas Trees"). And, of course, you'll hear about "Shrubby," a cedar tree growing in the median of I-17, north of Phoenix and just south of exit #256. Christmas elves have been decorating this humble tree for the holidays for more than 30 years. "Shrubby" has gained world-wide fame as a symbol of the Christmas spirit flourishing in a most unexpected place.

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

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
Jan 2 & 3


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.”



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

The theme of this weekend show is "Arizona Characters I Have Known"

There is something about the rugged individualism of this land called Arizona that seems to attract unique people and causes them to do unique and sometimes strange things. Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s Official State Balladeer, has been crisscrossing our state, photographing and talking with these unique folks, for over a half century, and then immortalizing them in song.

Dolan's show this week will take you on a musical journey down a nearly forgotten wagon trail.  You’ll visit the home of a real Desert Rat and learn about a lost gold mine through song and stunning wide-screen photography. You’ll also hear the recitation of a famous cowboy poem that is a hundred years old, written by a famous old Arizona cowboy. It is no exaggeration to say that you will probably never hear and see a show quite like this anywhere else.

"Arizona is more than a'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

Gathering Friday
Feb 5

Jon Messenger

10:00  Jon Messsenger

11:15  Miss Devon
 and the Outlaw

12:15 - 12:45 Lunch

Jean Prescott

12:45 Jean Prescott

Tumbleweed Rob

2:00   Tumbleweed Rob
and the Southwest Junction

Click on the artist picture or name to go to their website!

Sat. & Sun
Feb 6 & 7

Closed for the Coshise Cowboy Poetry & Music Gathering


Sat. & Sun
Feb 13 & 14

Carolyn Martin

2008 and the 2010 Western Swing Female Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists. Carolyn’s latest project, “Cookin’ With Carolyn”, was nominated by the WMA as both the Western Swing Album of the Year and the Album of the Year, and Carolyn was nominated for the Outstanding Female Vocalist award by the WMA. In 2011, Carolyn was inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall Of Fame.

Click here for a video of Carolyn performing "I Love You Honey" at the 2010 WMA.

Click here for Carolyn and band performing "That's What I Call Cookin"

Carolyn Martin

Sat. & Sun
Feb 20 & 21

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

The theme of this weekend show is "Arizona....Lens, Lyrics, & Lore"

There is no one more uniquely qualified that Dolan Ellis to offer a concert with the theme of Arizona....Lens, Lyrics, & Lore.  After all,Dolan has been Arizona's Official State Balladeer for more than 40 years.  In that time he's traveled countless miles throughout the state, taken thousands of professional photos, talked to hundreds of people who've made this state what it is, and told their stores in hundreds of songs.  Dolan's music, personal stories, and photography reflect the pure soul of Arizona as nothing else can.

Long-time Arizona residents and newcomers alike are sure to enjoy Dolan’s multi-media performance.  Breathtaking photos illustrate his songs, and Dolan’s narration adds to the total experience.

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

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
Feb 27 & 28

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 5 & 6



Sat. & Sun
Mar 12 & 13

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

Sonoran Dogs

Sat. & Sun
Mar 19 & 20

Bost Family

After seven years ‘on the road’ and over 1,000 live performances - the Bost Family Traditions have developed a highly entertaining, family-style show normally associated with seasoned Branson acts.

Arizona's First Family of Entertainment is a nine piece, family entertainment company from Cochise County, Arizona described by the Sierra Vista Herald as the “quintessential family band.” The band has been playing RV Resorts, festivals, community events, and churches full-time for the past seven years from Branson to Portland and in between. The band released their seventh album entitled “Big Family Barn Dance” in May 2010.

The Bost Family Traditions sound has developed into a unique, stylistic blend characterized by powerful, ‘western-style’, vocal harmony superimposed over the hard-driving instrumental tradition of Appalachia. Add a heaping helping of family comedy and it is easy to see why the Bost Family Traditions have been named Arizona’s Family Band of the Year multiple times.

Bost Family

Sat. & Sun
Mar 26 & 27

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

The theme of this weekend show is "Little Known Arizona"

Thousands of people visit the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Meteor Crater, and other scenic areas of Arizona. Thousands more frequent places like Tombstone, Phoenix, and Bisbee. But very few venture off the beaten path in search of lonely homesteader's shacks, hidden canyons, forgotten mines, and crumbling ghost towns. Dolan Ellis does. And unlike most visitors to places like these, Dolan doesn't just take photos to remember his travels, he writes songs. And then he shares them with us, so that these little-known places are not forgotten. Long-time residents and Arizona newcomers alike will marvel at Dolan's songs and photos and may be inspired to visit some of these little-known places themselves. Come to Dolan's show this weekend and learn more about "Little Known Arizona."

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

Dolan Ellis

Sat. & Sun
Apr 2 & 3

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 to see a YouTube video of them performing 'Mr Sandman"

Call of the West



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 9.10.2015

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