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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University of Arizona South

Sat. & Sun
Apr 12 & 13

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.

Sat. & Sun
Apr 19 & 20

Jim Jones

Western Songs, Western Stories…Jim Jones is a Western folk artist who 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. He also knows there’s more to the story…how the coming of the train changed the West, how critical water is for survival. He’s performed in honky-tonks and churches, schools and Irish pubs, campfires and high teas. Jim’s singing, songwriting, hot guitar-picking and winning personality keeps him in demand on the Western music circuit, folk music venues and at house concerts, coffeehouses, schools and libraries throughout the country.

The 2012 release of “Borrowed Time,” led to a 2013 Western Writers of America Spur Award for Western Song of the Year for his “Texas is Burnin’.” He now has eight Western Folk albums and three Western historical fiction novels under his belt. His award-winning books, the Jared Delaney trilogy-Rustler’s Moon, Colorado Moon and Waning Moon 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.


Sat. & Sun
Apr 26 & 27

Open Range

“Music that captures the spirit of the West”…that’s how the music of Open Range has been described. Ric Steinke & Linda Hausler weave a musical blend of tight vocal harmonies & outstanding acoustic instrumentation.

Some of their Awards and Nominations include:
2011 - Ric is honored to be a top nominee for Outstanding Instrumentalist
2010 - Best of the Best Harmony Award-Marilyn Tuttle Award 
2010 - Top 5 Nominee, Best Western Duo 

Click here to go to their MYSPACE page to listen to some of their music.

Sat. & Sun
May 3 & 4

Dolan Ellis  Arizona's Official State Balladeer

The Theme for this weekend is I Love You Arizona.

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


Sat. & Sun
May 10 & 11

Sid Hausman

SID HAUSMAN loves good horses and stories of the Wild West. When not writing cowboy tales and western lore, Sid performs at Cowboy Poetry Gatherings and Folk Festivals across the country. This troubadour has also performed four times at the Edinburgh International Folk Festival in Scotland and has written and illustrated three books for children. He is a strong and varied instrumentalist playing banjo, guitar, ukulele, harmonica and bones. Sid’s songs and stories reflect his experience with ranching in the rural environment of the southwest, as well as the influence of Native American and Hispanic culture on the history of the American west.

Click here for a video of Sid playing the bones on the song Bill Pickett


Sat. & Sun
May 17 & 18

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.

Sat. & Sun
May 24 & 25

Tony Norris & Bill Burke

Tony Norris is the nephew of two of Bob Will's original Texas Playboys.

Tony grew up in the ranching country of Central Texas where he was raised on the stories and music of the West.

He has performed at the Arizona Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Prescott,
Arizona since its inception and been featured at the Cochise County (AZ)
Gathering in Sierra Vista, the Durango (CO) Cowboy Poetry Gathering, The Red River Western Festival, Shreveport, LA., “Riding the Rim” Flagstaff, and at the Grand Canyon “Hole in the Ground” gathering.

Bill Burke is a well-loved, highly respected and long-time resident of Flagstaff, Arizona. He has been crafting exquisite custom stringed instruments and world-class furniture for more than 40 years. He likes working with clients who are seeking something a little different and a step up from the usual instrument fare so prevalent in today's marketplace.

Bill plays a number of instruments extremely well. Among the instrument types he has mastered are guitar, banjo, mandolin, and mandola. He feels that hearing folk music certainly leads to the listener wanting to participate in some way, either by clapping their hands, tapping their toes or singing along. Some want to join in and play the music. No matter which participating form they choose, Bill feels that joining in is the most important aspect of Old-Time music.

Sat. & Sun
May 31 & Jun 1

Dolan Ellis  Arizona's Official State Balladeer

The Theme for this weekend is Arizona Songs and Stories.

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


Sat. & Sun
Jun 7 & 8

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



Sat. & Sun
Jun 14 & 15

Sheriff Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson is a native Texas who was born in Austin and raised in San Antonio. For nearly 30 years, he served as a Texas Peace Officer in Denton and Crockett Counties. In 1988, he was elected Sheriff of Crockett County (Ozona), Texas, and served in that capacity until his retirement from law enforcement in 1996.

Wilson began playing folk and country music while he attended Texas Christian University, in the 1960s. However, his earliest musical recollections were of his father singing the old cowboy songs, such as “Leaving Cheyenne” and “Streets of Laredo.” With the emergence of contemporary cowboy music in the 1980s, Wilson naturally returned to his musical roots.

In May of 2002, Jim Wilson released his first album, Border Bravo. Recorded in Lubbock, Texas, and produced by Andy Wilkinson, Border Bravo is a collection of cowboy songs and border ballads that focus on the American Southwest and the changing frontier. Wilson co-wrote three of the album’s songs, and carefully selected the rest to tell some tales of the border country, one of the last frontiers. In November 2003, BORDER BRAVO received the award for “Best Traditional Album” from the Western Music Association.


Sat. & Sun
Jun 21 & 22

Keeter Stuart

I was born in Woodland, California in 1951. Moved to Mexico when I was five and lived there for four years. I still love Mariachi bands. Came back to Ca. and my grandfather's ranch in the Valley of the Moon north of San Francisco. Moved to Tahiti for a couple of years. Sailed back to Ca. at sixteen with a Harmony Sovereign guitar, lovin' to play and sing. Been doing that ever since, though the Sovereign is long gone. I've got the blood of a great songwriter in me, one Stanley Davis Jones, my great-uncle. I hope someday to write a song to rival his best, "Ghost Riders in the Sky". A fella's gotta dream....

Playing music has sustained and inspired me through all kinds of trials and tribulations. I'll keep doing it until I shuffle off this mortal coil. I'm married, have four children, and now live in West Linn, OR. Onward!


Sat. & Sun
Jun 28 & 29

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
Jul 5 & 6

Dolan Ellis  Arizona's Official State Balladeer

The Theme for this weekend is Summer Swan Song.

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




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 4.3.14

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