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
Dec 20 & 21

Arvel Bird  a violinist and Native American flutist, is known around the world for his dramatic connection between Celtic and Native American traditions, stirring up scenes that echo from North American memory. Dubbed “Lord of the Strings” by fans and music critics, his music evokes the soul of North American history and is thoroughly entertaining, but also enlightening and humanizing. In a language and experience that captures the hearts of all audiences, he’s emotional without being condescending, intellectual without being pretentious. One measure of any art form is when the medium is so mastered that it becomes transparent, allowing its message to be seen, heard and felt. Arvel Bird has achieved that mastery.

Click here to see some videos of Arvel.

Sat. & Sun
Dec 27 & 28

Dolan Ellis  Arizona's Official State Balladeer

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

Sat. & Sun
Jan 3 & 4

Long time veterans of the Southern California music scene, Ken Wilcox, Mark Jackson, and Bruce Huntington have joined forces to create Sidewinder, an exciting acoustic musical group..  Featuring raw energy, excellent musicianship, and polished three-part harmonies, the band is turning heads and building a wide fan base across Southern California and Southern Arizona.  Sidewinder has an entertaining blend of Americana music, ranging from classic country and Western, to bluegrass, folk and original songs.  The boys just returned having had very successful performances at the Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Contest in Los Angeles and at Viva Cantina Restaurant in Burbank where their high energy performance was met with enthusiastic audience responses. 

Be prepared for a fun and entertaining afternoon of good music, excellent three-part harmonies, and just good old fashioned fun.

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

Sat. & Sun
Jan 10 & 11

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. 

Sat. & Sun
Jan 17 & 18

Bost Family Traditions

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.

Sat. & Sun
Jan 24 & 25

Dolan Ellis  Arizona's Official State Balladeer

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

Sat. & Sun
Jan 31 & Feb 1

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"

Feb 6

Sam DeLeeuw 10:00 am




Kristyn Harris 11:15 am

Jim Jones 12:45 pm

Carolyn Martin 2:00 pm

Sam DeLeeuw 10:00 am

Kristyn Harris 11:15 am

Jim Jones 12:45 pm

Carolyn Martin 2:00 pm

Sat. & Sun
Feb 7 & 8

Closed for the Cochise Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering


Sat. & Sun
Feb 14 & 15

Gary Allegretto is an award-winning cowboy singer/songwriter/musician whose rare abilities on the harmonica are virtually one-of-a-kind. American Cowboy magazine calls his performances... "Amazing. You've never seen or heard anything like it." Indeed, Gary's dazzling musicianship has earned him a Best of the West Award and five Western Music Association award nominations, including Outstanding Entertainer and Outstanding Instrumentalist. His most recent recording is currently #1 on the Western Music radio charts and he is nominated for two 2014 AWA Awards. His unique brand of song writing and music has been featured on soundtracks for major motion pictures and television. Don't miss your chance to witness the world's top "Harmonicowboy"!

Sat. & Sun
Feb 21 & 22

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

Sat. & Sun
Feb 28 & Mar 1

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

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

Sat. & Sun
Mar 7 & 8


Sat. & Sun
Mar 14 & 15

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.

Sat. & Sun
Mar 21 & 22

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

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

Sat. & Sun
Mar 28 & 29

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
April 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. 

Sat. & Sun
Apr 11 & 12

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.

Sat. & Sun
Apr 18 & 19



Sat. & Sun
Apr 25 & 26

Dolan Ellis Arizona's Official State Balladeer

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

Sat. & Sun
May 2 & 3

Journey West

Grab your hat and get your boots on! Journey West brings new life to traditional western music with their sparkling vocal arrangements and beautiful harmony blend. Audiences of all ages are enchanted to hear - once again – nostalgic renditions of all their favorite cowboy classics made famous by folks like The Sons of the Pioneers, Patsy Montana, Gene Autry, and Roy Rogers.

Along with tried and true classics from both the traditional western and western swing genres, Journey West is also dedicated to bringing the new western music written by today’s best song writers to their audiences.

Whether they are singing “Tumbling Tumbleweeds”, or contemporary cowboy music like Joyce Woodson’s “If I Hadn’t Seen the West” or Dave Stamey’s “Cowboy Moon”, you will be transported to a place that brings out the western spirit in all of us.

If you are looking AWARD-WINNING western harmony, look no further. Send an email to Journey West at to sign up for their performance notification distribution list, to just say hello, or to hire them for your next western event.

When they are not performing as Journey West you can also enjoy their arrangements of popular standards from the 30’s-50’s as Sentimental Journey at .

Sat. & Sun
May 9 & 10

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 playing the bones on the song Bill Pickett



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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