Also see Headliners Emeritus & Special Guests for more bios!


Adara Rae & The Homewreckers Sunday 6:30 – Presidio Museum
Adara Rae & The Homewreckers have a unique bluesy-pop rock sound. The band has been playing in the Tucson music scene and around the southwest for the past four years spreading their memorable hooks and entertaining their fans both young and old. Singer, Adara Rae has been performing in the Tucson Folk festival since 2013 both as a solo act and with the band.
Almond&Olive Saturday 4:30 – Telles
Almond&Olive creates inspiring songs that span the folk and Americana genres while also incorporating the duo's timeless vocals and distinct songwriting. A&O's voices sound made for each other and guide their vulnerable storytelling through odysseys of hope, love, and loss. A&O believe, when possible, in using their platform of musical creation and performance to bring attention to important social justice issues and nonprofit causes that make a difference in the lives of people and animals.
Amber Norgaard Sunday 5:00 – La Cocina
Described as "Tucson’s folk-rock goddess" (Natural Awakenings), Norgaard is a nurse-turned-musician who uses music as a healing art to foster compassion, spirituality and promote positive social change. Since departing her Alaskan nursing career in 2004 to become a musician, she has released five albums, toured nationally, opened for Judy Collins and Kenny Loggins, achieved recognition for her songwriting, and written songs for non-profit organizations and film projects.
Arizona Balalaika Orchestra Sunday 11:30 – Telles
Celebrating it's 38th year, this group began in 1980 as a small ensemble in the UA Russian Department. It is a spirited, nonprofit community folk orchestra that plays native Slavic instruments and wears colorful costumes. They've toured Arizona and Mexico and are members of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America, which holds conventions in North America and Europe.
The Arnold/Klingenfus Ensemble Saturday 4:30 – La Cocina
Fun in Music. That's what we're interested in. Doing our best at reliable delivery of the unexpected in acoustic music. We love our fans. You may be outnumbered, but you are defiantly eclectic. Bob Benedon-Bass/Vocals, Jim Lipson-Percussion/Vocals, Dick Arnold and Jim Klingenfus, Guitars/Vocals. We are grateful to serve.
Arroyo Boyo Saturday 2:00 – Telles
Take a heaping helping of Americana music, add a sprinkle of Tex-Mex, a pinch of Cajun/Zydeco, a tad bit of Waila and you've got a red-hot Arroyo Boyo desert stew that will keep you coming back for more.
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Austin Counts Saturday 2:30 – Plaza
The Alabama born, Arizona bred blues and country musician, Austin Counts reemerged on the Tucson music scene two years ago after a near-decade departure from music due to trying to find the American Dream. His down-home gulf coast style of blues reminiscent of Lightnin’ Hopkins and Frankie Lee Simms, mixed with classic country music (Hank Williams, Merle Haggard) for good measure is sure to get your toe tapping and hands clapping. Counts' most recent LP, Pima County Soul, is available on iTunes.
AZTRAL FOLK Sunday 12:00 – Telles
Aztral Folk is a world music fusion band based in Tucson, Arizona. The group merges a range of musical styles from gypsy jazz to Mexican folk in a blend we like to call Ethno Psychedelic Fusion. The lead singer, Kiri, is one of the most original and versatile voices to come out of Mexico in recent years, integrating everything from Tuvan throat singing, to operatic voice production, to the guttural Louis Armstrong growl.
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Baba Marimba Sunday 6:30 – Telles
Baba Marimba is a World Music band strongly influenced by jazz, African, Latin and Middle Eastern sounds and rhythms. Almost all of our music is original and all of it comes from the heart. We enjoy making people feel like dancing and we also like creating contemplative space as well. We especially enjoy the creative process and will sometimes develop several new songs in a night! We love the audience vibe coming back to us in a luscious loop of musical love - and we give back as good as we get!
Big Grin Sunday 1:00 – Telles
Big Grin - a new collaboration between vocalist Liz Cerapanya (The Long Wait, Gates Pass) and guitarist/producer T. Greg (T. Greg & Andre, Rusty Boys) has led to a perfect blend of jazzy alt-country that's sure to get your soul singing and your heart tapping. Playing originals and covers, Big Grin strives to have big fun. Life's short. So is the time to play at the Tucson Folk Festival. Don't miss your chance to have Big Grin in your life!
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Birds and Arrows Saturday 3:00 – La Cocina
Birds and Arrows are a folk/rock duo based in Tucson, AZ. They have been writing, releasing albums and touring together for a decade. The couple relocated to Tucson from Durham, NC almost 2 years ago and are currently working on their 6th release due out in 2018. Overflowing with invention, dedication and exuberance. Andrea and Pete sing together as if the Everly Bros. had joined Fleetwood Mac. The band has been included on compilations with artists such as Wilco, Whiskeytown, Big Star, dB's
The Blood Feud Family Singers Sunday 11:30 – La Cocina
Up-tempo down-hearted poetic-philosophic country-fried hostility for sentimental haters: that's the music of The Blood Feud Family Singers, a 4-piece from Phoenix whose tunes suggest Leonard Cohen or Elvis Costello backed by the Old 97s or early Wilco.
Bobby Ronstadt Sunday 4:00 – La Cocina
Bobby Ronstadt has appeared with various groups at the festival since 2003. This year will feature a solo set accompanied with Autoharp.
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Bright & Childers Band Saturday 2:00 – Plaza
The Bright & Childers Quartet is back as the Bright & Childers Band. After a couple of years of being a quartet with 5 or even 6 players, we have succumbed to the social pressure. It's Nancy Lynn Bright and Hank Childers on vocals and guitar, Dave Lehrman on lead guitar, Mark Nearing on bass, and Hoshin Gupta on drums. We'll do a mix of covers and originals, always tasty, sometimes a tad edgy. We've got some newer songs we think you'll like.
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Bruce Carlson Saturday 12:00 – La Cocina
Bruce plays Folk/Americana finger picking style on several acoustic guitars. His songs speak of love, life and landscapes. He has played many venues in Las Cruces and some in Tucson. Bruce was a quarter finalist in the American Song Contest and more recently had a Civil War song, "As Soldiers Lie At Rest" included in a large Nashville project titled- This Is My America . Bruce was also a finalist in last years song writing contest.
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Bunny Kirby Saturday 6:00 – La Cocina
I love singing, it is as simple as that. And when you are singing, and you have a heart connection with someone in the audience, it becomes a spiritual experience. That is what it's all about. I learned to play guitar on songs that my dad wrote and still perform some of them today, and have been singing since a very young child. I hope you can join me.
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Cadillac Mountain Bluegrass Saturday 4:00 – Telles

The Carnivaleros Saturday 6:30 – Presidio Museum
The Carnivaleros combine strains of Zydeco rhythms, moody Eastern European motifs, and Tex-Mex polkas along with tales of our shared American experience. Their newly released CD of Sonoran Bayou Music is available at the Kitchen Store!
The Cat Wranglers Sunday 1:30 – Presidio Museum
With a tip of the hat to dance-hall classic country and the writing styles of Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, the Cat Wranglers cull their mirthful material from a collaboration between Billboard-charting country songwriter “The Georgia Kid” Stuart Oliver (Desert Angels, Dusty Buskers) and comedian/wordsmith Dean Steeves. Featured felines include veteran country drummer Robyn Faber (Danny Dee), bassist Peter Schnittman (Desert Angels, Tangelos) and sundry special guests.
Chip Curry y el conjunto Saturday 4:00 – Plaza
Chip Curry was the leader of Summerdog (bluegrass, mariachi, swing ensemble), Tucson, 1972-82. Chip, Marc Rennard, Jon Ross, and Ed Davenport will join together as the conjunto to provide a Southwestern blend of original tunes, Tex-Mex, and hot bluegrass, to keep festival followers dancin' and romancin' to their hearts desire.
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Connie Brannock Quintet Sunday 1:30 – Plaza
Connie Brannock celebrates the funky side of folk, blues and jazz. She surrounds herself with an incredible array of musicians to spread joy through music wherever she performs. Connie's songwriting combines elements of many styles of music with a soulful earthiness that's bound to get you up on the dance floor.
Cypress Grove Sunday 12:30 – Presidio Museum
Cypress Grove is a traditional country-blues / old time string band trio comprised of Paul Domingue on guitar and vocals, Jim Dumbauld on mandolin, standup bass and vocals, and Tom Potter on harp and vocals. They play a selection of tunes from the early rural folk and blues traditions. Paul, Jim and Tom are also members of the popular local band, French Quarter. This is their first festival appearance as a trio.
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Dan McCorison Sunday 12:00 – Presidio Museum
Dan McCorison started out in the thriving folk scene of Denver Colorado. His journey has carried him through the worlds of North Carolina bluegrass, Texas swing and West Coast country. He currently lives in Arizona and is a proud member of the Western Music Association.
Dan Weber Sunday 12:30 – Plaza
Award Winning songwriter Dan Weber has been described as “The Classic Mid-Life Overnight Sensation.” A gifted storyteller & engaging performer, in 2015 Weber won the prestigious Winfield NewSong contest for his tribute to Woody Guthrie & became a rare 3 time finalist in the prestigious Kerrville New Folk contest. An ex-Park Ranger, his songs have been described as “reminiscent of early John Prine” & the legendary Ramblin’ Jack Elliott said “I love Dan’s songs and he tells really good stories.”
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Darrell Elmer Rodgers Sunday 4:30 – Telles
Darrell Elmer Rodgers has been writing and performing original songs for 40 years. His songs reflect, often with humor, the life and times of his "Woodstock Generation" so well, that he’s often called the "Bard of the Baby Boomers”. His deep voice and witty lyrics are like hearing Hoyt Axton sing a John Prine song. Yet his style is all his own. Bassist Rick Heyman and drummer Michael Parker, both veteran performers, complete this trio that has pleased TFF crowds for the past 9 years. A must see.
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Dash Pocket Sunday 6:00 – Telles
Dash Pocket is an Americana band from Tucson that has been playing around town since 2009. Most songs are written by lead singer Bernie Diffin but they also play covers of Johnny Cash, Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen, Buddy Holly among others. This will be their fourth year playing the Tucson Folk Festival.
David Hawkins Sunday 6:00 – Plaza
Landed in Pittsburgh by way of Chicago, New Orleans, Tulsa, and Detroit, and he has picked up musical flavors wherever he has lived. His songs are both tough and gentle, distilled in a place where flesh and spirit meet and where one’s soul is on the line. They are songs of Love, Hope, Death, Loss, a splash of Whiskey, and an echo of the Divine.
Determined Luddites Sunday 4:00 – Telles
Original acoustic music for the sophisticated urban hillbilly. Eschew ennui and help us in our goal to Make America Drunk Again. It's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. #MADA. And check out our new CD, "Brandy Of The Damned".
Diane Van Deurzen & Lisa Otey Sunday 5:30 – Telles
DIANE VAN DEURZEN & LISA OTEY International touring artists Diane Van Deurzen & Lisa Otey are a dynamic duo, a perfect blend of hot jazz, sultry blues and boogie woogie. They take their act to festivals, clubs and theatres around the world and are known for creating an atmosphere of intimacy with their humor and joyful interactions with the audience.
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Doc Rolland & Fiddle-ology Saturday 3:00 – Plaza
Doc Rolland is an Arizona State Fiddle Champion, 3-time National Certified Division Fiddling Champion, & recipient of the 2016 Master-Apprentice award. He's preserved and purveyed fiddling and folk music traditions to audiences in the US and abroad (9 international tours including China, Europe & North & Central America) for over three decades. His masterful and soulful fiddling, powerful vocals, and infectious exuberance draws audiences into the fascinating history of traditional country music.
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Don Armstrong & the Whiskeypalians Sunday 4:30 – Plaza
Don has been called a "folk treasure" and a "Tucson legend." He records for The Ronstadt Record Company, has played nationwide and his songs have been sung around the world. He is joined by friends and world class artists Nick Coventry on violin, Gary Mackender on accordion & Slim Rost on bass.
Don Pablo & The Placebos Sunday 2:00 – Presidio Museum
Don Pablo & The Placebos is a group of journeymen musicians focusing on original material written by Doug Hancock. Our style is a blend of country and roots music with a hint of blues & Jazz. This group features Billy Yates, former guitarist with the Southern Rock group, "The Outlaws". Long time local musician & bassist Tom Privet and of of course Doug Hancock who has been writing and performing songs for over 40 years. A sense of humor and permeates throughout our music.
EarthPicks of Cochise County Saturday 2:30 – Telles
As educators and musicians, the EarthPicks compose and perform original songs about the people, history, and natural wonders of Cochise County, Arizona. Liz and Jeff support their vocals with acoustic bass, guitar, and harmonica. They have entertained various audiences with their western-folk-blues music in cafes and clubs--in addition to festivals and other gatherings centered on art, literature, the environment, and folk music. Spoken introductions help contextualize their songs.
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Eb Eberlein Saturday 3:30 – La Cocina
Eb has had longstanding love affairs with high mountains, deep canyons, intriguing women, campfires, harmonicas, drinking buddies, old boots, steep slopes, windy ridges, fast moving streams, birds, fish, and starry nights. And the moon, yes the moon.
Eli and Po Sunday 3:30 – Presidio Museum
Eli and Po is a musical team with the intention of promoting peace, love, and music. We strive to provide an acoustic sound that fosters joy and relaxation. We enjoy writing our own music and revitalizing classic tunes from American folk heroes. At our core is an unlikely duo spanning generations that will hopefully evoke a smile and put a tap in your toes.
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Eric Ramsey Saturday 12:30 – Telles
Eric Ramsey is an award-winning Singer Songwriter from the Arizona desert. He was a semi-finalist at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. In 2017 he also won the Stefan George Memorial (Tucson Folk Festival) Songwriting Competition, and was a featured performer at the Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival near Austin, TX. He lives in the Phoenix area with his long-suffering and patient wife, three kids, and four (yes, four, to date) dogs of indeterminate pedigree....
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Eric Schaffer & The Other Troublemakers Saturday 5:00 – Plaza
Eric Schaffer & The Other Troublemakers....Folk/Rock with a little bit Country for good measure. If The Eagles and Johnny Cash had a love child, it would sound like this -but would not look half as good. Their new CD “Crazy Road Trip” has just been released and is available at The Kitchen Store. Catch them every third Wednesday at Monterey Court, every first Thursday at SkyBar and at other fine venues like La Cocina, Catalina Craft Pizza, The Parish and Tap & Bottle.
Forged By Fire Saturday 1:30 – Plaza
Forged By Fire, spawned from the chaos of the "2011 Monument Fire" in Hereford Arizona, is a local Hereford / Sierra Vista band that plays an eclectic variety of original music from bluegrass, blues, rock, and folk.
Freddy Parish Sunday 6:30 – Plaza
Freddy Parish is a singer/songwriter performing original songs and traditional tunes in a neo-traditional folk and country style. Backed by two-time Arizona State Fiddle Champion Matt Rolland on fiddle and mandolin, along with classically trained multi-instrumentalist Nathan Fenoglio on clawhammer banjo, accordion, guitar and harmony vocals, the trio plays dark Appalachian folk songs, sweet country ballads, and upbeat Cajun and honky tonk shuffles.
French Quarter Sunday 6:00 – Presidio Museum
French Quarter is a New Orleans themed acoustic string band, playing an eclectic blend of traditional blues and folk, alt-country, jazz and jugband music. Based in Tucson, the band is made up of Paul Domingue - guitar, mandolin, banjo and vocals; Jim Dumbauld - mandolin, guitar, bass and vocals; Tom Potter - percussion, harp and vocals; Barry Richards - bass, lap steel, dobro and vocals; and Jay Schreiber - guitar and vocals.
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GertieNtheT.0.Boyz Sunday 5:30 – Plaza
"GertieNtheT0.Boyz” is one of the premiere ‘Waila’ bands playing a mix of traditional and new ‘Waila’ music. All band members are members of the Tohono O’odham (T.O) Nation, located in Southwest and Central Arizona. “Tohono O’odham” means “Desert People” and ‘Waila’ means “Dance” in our native language. ‘Waila’ is the most popular social dance music on the Tohono O’odham Nation. The multi-awarded band consists of an Accordion, Saxophone, Violin, Bass, Bajo Sexto, Drums and Percussion.
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Greg & Randal Morton Band Sunday 8:30 – Plaza

Greg LaCosse Saturday 12:00 – Telles
Greg grew up on the infamous Chicago south side. In the mid 1960’s he began his music career performing with blues and rock bands. Many of his songs have a very distinctive Irish twinge understandably picked up from performing in many of the Chicago Irish pubs. It also works well with many of his country and railroad songs as many of the early railroad, cowboy and western songs evolved out of songs from Ireland brought by immigrant Irish ranch hands and railroad workers.
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Havin' a Blast Sunday 5:00 – Presidio Museum
"Havin' a Blast" is a women's acappella quartet, singing in the barbershop style. These four members have been performing together for 4 years but have a combined 80 years experience singing barbershop harmony! We love the classic 40s standards but continue to add more modern pieces to our repertoire all the time. We really enjoy introducing our audiences to the joy of close harmony. We've been regulars at the Tucson Botanical Gardens Luminaria Nights and at the 4th Avenue Street Fair.
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The Haymarket Squares Saturday 5:00 – Presidio Museum
The Haymarket Squares are Arizona’s finest purveyors of punkgrass, where righteous anger meets 4-part harmonies and bluegrass instruments for a moshpit hoedown!
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Heather Hardy and Sabra Faulk Saturday 3:00 – Presidio Museum
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Heather Lil' Mama Hardy Sunday 4:00 – Presidio Museum
High Desert Band Sunday 5:30 – Presidio Museum
High Desert has been performing at the Festival since 2006. They play all over Tucson and accompany themselves with guitar, banjo and bass. The band is: Don Hughes, lead singer, John June, basist, and Larry Lashbrook. They all bring varied music backgrounds to the band from the genres of folk, country and rock and roll. To learn more go to their website at:
Ice-9 Saturday 3:30 – Presidio Museum
This eclectic folk trio showcases the songs of Michael Tanzillo and features harmonica in an integral rhythm and lead role, along with the stellar bass playing of Slim Rost. Slim swings it hard. Sitting in on guitar is the amazing Mitzi Cowell.
Igor Saturday 1:30 – La Cocina
Igor sings in 4 octaves and plays string instruments with percussion, bells and whistles. In 1978, he was a three-time winner on the original "Gong Show" hosted by Chuck Barris. Igor previously toured with the "New Christy Minstrels" and went on to perform worldwide with his Western Swing Band, the "Jazz Cowboys." He has been a professional accompanist for performers, including John Denver, Benny Goodman and Rod McKuen. Igor has also appeared with symphony orchestras.
Infinite Flame Saturday 5:30 – Presidio Museum
Infinite Flame channels music from the traditions of the world with the intention of stirring souls, moving feets and hearts, and healing the Earth. In our music, we are a living breathing example of the unity of humanity. Our music includes elements of: South American, Middle Eastern, African, Celtic, Eastern European, Folk, and Blues. Infinite Flame is Andrea Eckardt on violin, guitar, charango, and vocals; and Mark Holdaway on guitar, kalimbas, mandolins, and vocals.
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Ismael Barajas and Tu-Son Sunday 2:30 – La Cocina
Ismael Barajas is a formally trained Latin / Classical and Flamenco guitarist. A U of A School of Music grad, he has taught guitar in the Tucson schools and at U of A, as well as performed across the US and Mexico. With Tu-Son, Steve Sainz on bass and Walterio Shirely on percussion, they blend Salsa, Jazz, Bossa-Nova, Classical, Flamenco and Mexican folk music. Ismael and Tu-Son won a Tammie in 1995 for Best Latin Jazz Band and he was inducted to the Tucson Musicians Hall of Fame in 2008.
Jacob Acosta Band Sunday 4:30 – La Cocina
Jacob Acosta has been a national performing artist in Arizona for over 11 years. He has worked with legendary producer, John Vanderslice, been featured on NPR, played dozens of festivals across the U.S. He has released 11 records since 2008, and his newest release, ‘Desert Sounds’ (2018) is about Arizonan history, ecology, culture, and the Southwest.
Janelle Loes Saturday 1:00 – La Cocina
Janelle Loes is an award winning singer/songwriter who knows how to spin a song and mesmerize an audience. Fusing elements of jazz, pop, and adult contemporary music, her style is both catchy and soothing while her voice is a deep sea serenade through rich, expressive waters.
Jaspar Lepak Sunday 1:00 – La Cocina
Folk/Americana songwriter whose remarkable gift for melody is only surpassed by her poetry. Accompanied by her husband Kale with accordion and harmonies, Lepak’s songs are deeply influenced by the many places she has called home: Tucson, Minneapolis, Durban (South Africa), and currently Seattle. Her lyrics expose a brave vulnerability while her clear, pure voice touches the heart. “You’ll find more than enough beauty and original charm to make you a fan!” ~ Rolling Stone South Africa
JC & Laney Saturday 6:30 – Plaza
Hi energy veteran AZ Americana Rockers & Balladeers - JC Scott, acoustic guitar/vocals & Laney Greynolds, vocals. 9th year here at TFF. 2 Songs & Last CD in 1st round ballot for 58th 2016 Grammy Awards. Shows filled with entertaining playful banter, unmistakable harmonies, memorable toe tapping & heart throbbing original songs running the gamut between folk, blues, pop, rock & comedy. 7 CDs released since 2010. Hear them on Pandora, Spotify, iheart, NPR & live today.
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Jim Berault Saturday 12:30 – Plaza
Jim Berault is an accomplished songwriter, having written songs for several TV shows. In addition he has opened shows for the Nitty Gritty Dirt and Firefall, among others. 2016 Grammy Nominee Leslie Sahlen’s powerful vocal draws upon her history of having sung with Chris Montez, Spanky and Our Gang, the Mamas and Papas, and Lowell George. Tana Threadgill is a 2016 Grammy Nominee vocalist. She started singing as a child with her family's Texas based band, The Threadgills.
The Jim Howell Band Saturday 6:30 – La Cocina
The Jim Howell Band's debut album, Silver Clouds, resides somewhere between Honky-Tonk, Outlaw, and Americana. Jim weaves love, loss, regret and hope into stories of struggle and survival. A six-song EP, La Cienega, released on 3/31/17. This concise set of songs continues to draw from the emotional and thematic content of the duality of human life, hope against depression, light versus evil, achievement and lowered expectations. Expect a new full-length in Spring of 2018.
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John Coinman Saturday 8:30 – Plaza

John Keeney Saturday 1:30 – Presidio Museum
John is a passionate troubadour, a bard, a writer and interpreter of songs that reach for the heart, and the gut.
John McGill with Whiskey & Honey Sunday 1:00 – Presidio Museum
"Part folk, part rock and all truth.” John & Sally McGill with John Hanson bring songs rooted in gospel, blues and country. Combining haunting harmonies with soulful melodies and guitar, the perfect combination of sweet comfort and the truth – Whiskey & Honey
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Joyce Luna & Friends Sunday 6:00 – La Cocina
Joyce Luna (joined by Jim Lipson & Mike Markowitz) blends beautiful soulful singing with poetic songwriting that’s both intimate & universal. She balances a romantic streak w/a persistent belief that music can change the world, all laced with humor & connection--so come prepared to have fun & sing along! Reminiscent of James Taylor, The Eagles, Carole King, & Joni Mitchell, her newly-released debut CD Every Road We Take (co-produced by Ryan Green of Ryanhood!!) is available @The Kitchen Store.
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The Kate Becker All-Star Band Saturday 3:30 – Plaza
New Yorker Kate Becker brought her Jazz chops to Tucson in 2002 and has since recorded three albums in this great music town. Her All-Star Band plays Funk, Blues, Latin and even has a star Mariachi, Ruben Moreno (Mariachi Luz De Luna, Calexcio), in the group. Kate's voice is sultry and jazzy, her performance style invigorating and the band's high caliber musicianship will leave an audience joyful and inspired!
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Kevin Pakulis Sunday 6:30 – La Cocina
Award-winning Americana singer-songwriter Kevin Pakulis is a seasoned veteran of the Tucson music scene. No Depression Magazine said in their review: “His music represents the best of a genre.” Kevin's songwriting ranges from introspective and reflective to satirical and political, from rocking blues anthems to heartfelt homages to the classic country artists that inspire him. KP's Sunday Sessions at Borderlands Brewing Co. is a mainstay for Tucson's Americana loving listeners.
Larry Armstrong & CopperMoon Sunday 2:00 – Plaza
CopperMoon has been playing in the Tucson area since the mid-1980s. Heavily influenced by classic country and the singer-songwriters of the "Outlaw" era, CopperMoon features the songs of Larry Armstrong: Americana Music from deep in the heart of Tucson.
Leila Lopez Sunday 3:30 – Plaza
Native Tucsonan Leila Lopez has been playing music for over 20 years. She first gained local attention after a friend dropped off her earliest recordings to a Tucson based newspaper, and there began her journey as a performer in cafes, bars and other venues in and around the Tucson area, slowly gathering recognition in the greater music community. Leila writes and records her own songs, and often plays most of the instruments on her albums in a modest home studio in Tucson Arizona.
Linda Lou & the Desert Drifters Saturday 2:00 – Presidio Museum
A long time favorite and the folk festival, they play an eclectic mix of Folk, Western, Bluegrass & Classic Country. Ed Davenport plays bass, John Jensen on mandolin, Arizona Slim (Tim Barrett) on fiddle and Linda Lou Reed sings and plays guitar.
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Lost Hombres Sunday 3:00 – Plaza
Lost Hombres has been together in this incarnation for 6 years. All the musicians can double on other stringed instruments and feature that in each performance. Folk, blues, swing, country, bluegrass, rock and whatever else we feel like trying will surprise and delight. Three & four part harmonies are standard. Slim is an inductee of the Tucson Musicians Museum. Joel, Joe and Milo have been performing for decades. We play for you and we play for each other.
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Lucky Lenny Saturday 4:00 – Presidio Museum
Lucky Lenny is a 6-piece Americana string band from Flagstaff, AZ. They play original acoustic music with influences of bluegrass, folk, Americana, blues, country , and jazz. Lucky Lenny has toured the region extensively, played many notable music festivals, and opened for several national touring groups.
Marty Province Saturday 12:30 – Presidio Museum
With his guitar (6- & 12-string), long-neck banjo, and autoharp, Marty blends a wide assortment of songs from Pete Seeger, John McCutcheon, Mike Cross, Fred Small and many others. He has played opening act for Bryan Bowers, Utah Phillips, Garnet Rogers,, in venues from North Carolina to Iowa, Colorado, California and the Northwest, and at rallies across the country including the Nevada Nuclear Test Site, Oak Ridge Laboratories, CIA recruiting stations, Rocky Flats, and numerous others.
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The Mas o Menos String Band Saturday 1:00 – Telles
The Más o Menos String Band returns to Tucson Folk Fest after a seven-year hiatus due to its members' peregrinations around the Southwest. During their Tucson heyday, the band's acoustic Americana songs were featured on KXCI and could be heard at Tucson Meet Yourself, Café Passé, and 17th Street Market, among other places. Mark (guitar/vocals) and Carmen (mountain dulcimer) Cueva join Brendan (mandolin/songwriting) and Jenn O'Connor (fiddle) for a set of heartfelt, bluegrass-inspired folk.
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Matt and Rebekah Rolland Sunday 4:30 – Presidio Museum
Featuring captivating Americana songwriting, fiddling and singing, Matt and Rebekah Rolland have performed across the country, from the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival to A Prairie Home Companion with their band Run Boy Run and as a standalone group. Both Arizona state fiddle champions, the duo will be performing fiddle tunes and original songs written for Rebekah's Centennial National Parks Artist-in-Residence at Homestead National Monument in Nebraska, featured on a forthcoming album.
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Matt Bruner Sunday 11:00 – La Cocina
“Troubadour? Singer-songwriter? Artist? Hell, I’m just a storyteller with a four-minute attention span and nervous hands!” Matt calls himself “dark story-teller alt-folk with a smile.” Most of his songs come from dreams, experiences and observations. A song may not be about him, but there is a strong personal element in there somewhere – his views, his ambitions or his morality.
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Mike Agranoff Saturday 12:00 – Plaza
Mike Agranoff’s material encompasses traditional ballads and tunes, Tin Pan Alley, contemporaries in the Folk World, heart-stopping spoken pieces, and his own witty pen. It’s delivered with skillful guitar and concertina accompaniment, a telepathic transmittal of the essence of the song, and a sly twinkle in the eye for some truly hilarious songs, including some of the most outrageous parodies ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting audience.
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Mike P. Ryan Sunday 2:30 – Plaza
Oklahoma-born Singer/Songwriter Mike P. Ryan writes heartfelt songs about the emotions and experiences of everyday people. An engaging live performer, a talented musician, and a natural raconteur, Mike appears regularly at venues and festivals nationwide. A highly-respected songwriter with a keen eye for detail, Mike has won a host of national and international songwriting awards. His debut CD “American Tales” was released in 2015. His follow up-CD "Left Behind" will be released in May 2018
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Minute2Minute Saturday 4:30 – Plaza
Minute2Minute is an eclectic folk troupe performing a lively blend of traditional and contemporary music in a flamboyant style. Our performances have been described as “a “musical travelogue”. We approve. The 8 member troupe includes vocal harmonies, clarinet, whistle, bass, percussion on a variety of folk drums and objects, guitars, mandolins. We endeavor to put on an entertaining show that will take you around the world.
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Moonstrung Restrung and Revisited Sunday 2:30 – Telles
MOONSTRUNG RESTRUNG & REVISITED are former bandmates who have rekindled their spark of playing and harmonizing together. After having spread their musical wings in other creative endeavors, they are rejoining their efforts to bring renewed energies to tunes new and old. We hope you enjoy our mix of bluegrass, country, folk ballads and instrumentals. E.J. Ricotta on guitar, Mary Hidalgo on mandolin, Phil Anderson on bass, and Dave Michaud & Shanti Foster on twin fiddles.
The Muleboys Sunday 12:00 – Plaza
Scott Muhleman, namesake of this duo, blows a mean harp. He's been bending notes and playing the blues since the sixties. LA, Waikiki in '68, Alaska, San Francisco, to Bisbee, Arizona. He came to Bisbee the first time while touring with DC Miner and Blues on the Move. Jon Messenger's story has been a journey through, away from, and back again to the American West. Guitar and vocals with the Muleboys. The conscience of folk music in the traditions of the troubadours of old.
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Mustang Corners Saturday 5:30 – La Cocina
Mustang Corners plays original music born and raised in Baja Arizona. Tim Daldrup, Dave Knipe, and Bob Collier - You've seen them before, they've been around, they know what they're doing.
Nancy McCallion Saturday 6:00 – Presidio Museum

Neil McCallion and The Mighty Maxwells Saturday 4:00 – La Cocina
The Mighty Maxwells are a Tucson band that play primarily original music. Songwriter/guitarist Neil McCallion's songs range from twangy country to straight ahead rock and roll with an occasional blues, reggae or even a "cry in your beer" waltz thrown in for good measure. Tucson legend Allan "el voz" Bartlett plays drums and adds his silky vocal stylings while everyone's bassist Karl Hoffmann rounds out this most original trio.
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Nelson Wright Saturday 12:30 – La Cocina
Nelson came of age in rural upstate New York, and his musical life has been spent deep in American roots music. An award-winning songwriter, his guitar work has been compared to Mississippi John Hurt and Dave Van Ronk, and his writing to early Bob Dylan and John Prine. His album Orphans & Relics is a Roots Music Report Top 100 Folk Album, and his current drug of choice is caffeine.
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Noctrane Sunday 3:30 – Telles
Noctrane: progressive bluegrass ensemble Michael Lich (banjo), Jeff Sanders (guitar and voice) and Michael Simmons (cello) Noctrane explores the dynamic rhythms and sonic landscapes of bluegrass, jazz and roots music.  The ensemble’s broad influences include Earl Skruggs, Thelonious Monk, Pat Metheny and J.S. Bach. Their performances are a blend of exciting original compositions and bluegrass favorites.
Northeast by Southwest (NExSW) Sunday 12:30 – La Cocina
Northeast by Southwest (NExSW) performs original songs by Philadelphia native Susan Taunton (vocals/guitar) accompanied by longtime Tucsonan Beverly Seckinger (harmonies, bass, guitar), traversing the dark sea of the soul in search of the light on the other side.
Odaiko Sonora Sunday 11:30 – Plaza
Odaiko Sonora is dedicated to taiko, Japanese ensemble drumming. A mix of percussion, Japanese folk traditions, martial arts and a team sport, taiko is an artistic, powerful, and physically demanding discipline... that also happens to be lots of fun for folk of all ages.
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The Out of Kilters Sunday 3:00 – Presidio Museum
The Out of Kilters play traditional Irish music with great love, energy and enthusiasm. Founder Russ Healy, on accordion, is joined by Liz Healy on Bodhrán, Tom Feild on guitar, Reuben Vinal on bass, and the band’s official Irishman Peter Rodgers on fiddle. Some of these folks play whistles, too, and everybody takes a shot at vocals at some point. The OOK’s just want to have fun, and make sure that no one gets seriously injured in the process. Sláinte!
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The Paul Green Band Sunday 1:00 – Plaza
Paul has been a performing musician since his teens. Both an award winning blues artist and a jazz vocalist, he was inducted into the Washington State Blues Society Hall Of Fame, and the annual Best Blues Harmonica Award was named after him by that same organization. In 2017, the Blues Society presented Paul with their Life Time Achievement Award
PB&J Saturday 3:30 – Telles
2 guitars and bass, 3 singers – we play blues, country, folk music, old and new, some originals, music that pleases us, and pleases our audience too. Strong vocals, good harmonies, well-played instruments, fun and enjoyment for everyone in the room.
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Pete Steinberg Sunday 5:30 – La Cocina
I am a southwestern fingerstyle champion and I play everything from the Mississippi Delta to Eastern Kentucky. My shows are fun and somewhat irreverent. I currently teach fingerstyle and bottleneck guitar at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica and I will be happy to show anyone anything they want to know from Mississippi John Hurt and Son House to Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed.
Peter Dalton Ronstadt Saturday 7:00 – La Cocina

Peter, Paul, and Mary Remembered Saturday 2:30 – La Cocina
Just as the name implies, Dave, Sharron, and Marty perform standards from Peter, Paul, and Mary. Most of their repertoire comes from the early years (before the break-up), but there are also selections from the trio's newer music after they came back together in the 80s. "PP&M Remembered" has performed extensively throughout Arizona and is just beginning to travel to venues outside the state. Join them for a trip back to the time when "music came of age."
Po the Band Saturday 6:00 – Telles
Po the Band is a musical collective with an emphasis on socially conscious songwriting and melodic creativity. The band is a group of talented local musicians with a common interest in promoting harmony, tolerance, peace, and love - with a touch of humor.
Privy Tippers Saturday 5:00 – Telles
The Privy Tippers The Privy Tippers are a dance band with World Headquarters in Tucson, Arizona. Our members are Jacqueline Wohl (fiddle), Jesse Anderson(guitar and banjo), Dave Firestine(mandolin) and JerryRay Weinert (bass). The Privy Tippers have been playing their brand of string band music for 20 years. With strong ties to Appalachian dance and fiddle music, the Tippers play energetic music from many traditions.
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Puca Sunday 12:30 – Telles
Púca is the dynamic duo of Dave Firestine and Claire Jamieson Zucker performing the songs and melodies of Ireland and Appalachia, as well as new innovations hot from the press. Foot stomping instrumental sets feature the fine musicianship of Dave’s energetic, precise mandolin/bouzouki against the rich heartbeat of Claire’s bodhran or her spunky flatfoot clogging rhythms. Songs, both noble and lusty, hit the heart or the funny bone and will send you off humming and laughing.
Ric Volante & Vicky Smith Sunday 2:00 – La Cocina
"This is an Americana duo from Arizona. She's a classically trained singer who crossedx over to country, folk and western music. He's a string wizard who honed his chops in bluegrass and country rock bands. Together they sing in bold, tight harmony, trading licks on guitar, mandolin and Irish bouzouki.
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Robby Roberson Band Sunday 2:00 – Telles
The Robby Roberson Band performs original musical stories and abstractions steeped in reality and imagination, and happiness and sorrow. Lyrical narratives are passionately carried by diverse instruments and musician backgrounds that cohesively weave a rhythmically compelling and texturally lush fabric in an alternative roots style.
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Robyn Landis Saturday 5:30 – Plaza
Intelligent, evocative songcraft that’s drawn 50+ awards (including wins in John Lennon Songwriting Contest & Woody Guthrie Folk Festival). A published poet/author/journalist, Robyn brings her literacy to musical life as a warm, unpretentious performer with an intimate vocal style. She’s toured extensively; her 3 CDs are expansive chronicles of life’s journeys: uplifting, activist, spiritual, deeply personal. A NY native, Robyn made Tucson home in 2010. Christine Lavin says, “I love her work."
Romen Buffalo and The Loyal Order Sunday 2:30 – Presidio Museum
Hailing from the Sonoran Desert, Romen Buffalo & The Loyal Order is from Phoenix, AZ. The pack consists of “Romen Buffalo” on guitar and vocals, “Paddy Bison” pickin’ on banjo and guitar, “Scotty Steer” jamming on dobro, “Marconias the Bull” on mandolin, and “Andy the Ox” keeping the bottom end on upright bass. Collectively they are five bovines that enjoy playing stringed instruments and combining their talents to collaborate on roots-based music.
Ron Pandy Saturday 5:00 – La Cocina
Born in the wilds of Ohio, Ron was abandoned in a vacant music store and raised by a pack of acoustic guitars. This explains a lot. Original songs that explain life and all its foibles using wit without the pretense of wisdom.
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The Rusty Chops Saturday 2:30 – Presidio Museum
The ''Chops'' collectively have been playing Bluegrass, Country, Folk and Pop tunes throughout Southern AZ (and even Worldwide) for many decades. During that time we have been honing our vocal harmonizing skills and working the kinks out of solid, driving leads. Our members are Andy McCune-Banjo; E.J. Ricotta-Guitar, Vocals; Ralph Colwell-Bass, Vocals; Ric Volante-Mandolin; Vocals; and Sandy Staples-Resophonic Guitar, Vocals. Swing by to hear our set. We're not as rusty as our name says.
Ryanhood Sunday 7:30 – Plaza

Sabra Faulk and the Angel Band Saturday 2:00 – La Cocina
The Angel Band is tuning up their harps and polishing their old halos for a reunion of heavenly bliss. This band of musical cherubs grew from a vision of putting together some of Tucson’s finest bandleaders and making a truly joyful noise. The Angels are Sabra Faulk, Heather Hardy, Mitzi Cowell, Bunny Kirby, Beverly Seckinger and flying in from Boston, Ms. Gillian DeLear. In 2012, the Angels headlined the Sunday night stage at the Tucson Folk Festival.
Sandy Hathaway Sunday 12:00 – La Cocina
Sandy Hathaway’s soulful, acoustic approach, trained guitar and vocals make her music especially suited with wine room, coffee shop, parties and restaurant venues. She has been singing cover songs and original music professionally in Arizona since 2000. Sandy has three CDs at the Kitchen Store. She placed top ten for songwriting contest in 2005, 2016 and 2017. Influences are: Patty Griffin, Dar Williams, Lucy Kaplansky & Gillian Welch.
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Sister Solace Sunday 1:30 – La Cocina
Bio: Founded in the fall of 2015, with direction and arrangements by musician Gabrielle Pietrangelo, Sister Solace features luscious vocal harmonies and retro stylings drawn from the American and Appalachian folk traditions. From ghostly ballads to songs of love, loss, and redemption, this unique ensemble of 13 Tucson voices, a cappella or adorned, with minimal acoustic guitar, bass, or violin, re-invents the past into a dreamy, gorgeous, now.
Sophia Rankin Sunday 5:00 – Plaza
I'm an 18-year-old singer/songwriter from Tucson currently studying at the UA and have played the Young Artist stage and the Main Stage at the Folk Festival. My music is influenced by Brandi Carlile, Ed Sheeran, Jesse y Joy, John Denver, and more. I perform around Tucson either by myself or with Inge Pham-Swann and Tom Carpenter. I released my debut album "Reverie" in 2016 and my single "Before I Get To One" in September. I am always writing music and cannot wait to share my music with everyone!
Southbound Pilot Saturday 6:30 – Telles
Vasanta Wiess: Vocals Brad Nichols: Keys & vox Nick Sumowski: Guitar Ross Browne: Guitar & vox Phil Anderson: Bass Adam Ackerman: Drums
Steven Graves Band Sunday 3:00 – La Cocina
Maverick and emotive songwriter, Steven Graves, brings his high energy 5-piece Americana band all the way from Santa Cruz CA to the TFF for the third year in a row. Steven's band has delighted festival audiences with their "socially conscious" rootsy music melding genres from Country to Reggae! This All Original Americana band grooves with soul, consciousness and an old school Classic Rock edge. You'll hear touches of the Dead, Eagles, Pink Floyd and more....yet uniquely original.
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String Bean Folk Orchestra Saturday 12:00 – Presidio Museum
The String Bean Folk Orchestra is a unique ensemble comprised of local musicians who have come together to perform folk tunes and songs arranged for a large ensemble. Performing on fiddles, viola, mandolins, mandocello, bass, clarinet, and whistle, we showcase a wide variety of folk traditions including American fiddle tunes, Irish, Cajun, Klezmer, and more! More fun than you can imagine.
Stuart Oliver Saturday 4:30 – Presidio Museum
Founder of Old Bisbee Records, Georgia born Stuart Oliver is a multi-instrumentalist and Billboard-charting professional songwriter. After moving to Tucson, Arizona in 2006, Oliver found success booking The Hut from 2006-2008 and producing artists such as Silver Thread Trio and the Dusty Buskers. He has toured internationally and now performs with several local acts, including his Cosmic-Americana band, The Desert Angels.
Sundust Road Sunday 1:30 – Telles
A country casserole of classic roadhouse honky-tonk, dark folk Americana, and alt-country, with a dash of rockabilly thrown in.
Sunny & the Whiskey Machine Sunday 11:30 – Presidio Museum
Sunny & The Whiskey Machine is the perfect blend of blues, alt-country, bluegrass, rock n roll, and a whole lot of soul. Consisting of a core trio with each member playing multiple instruments, they exude a distinct sound lovingly dubbed “soulgrass” by their fans. As you weave your way through their musical landscape you'll never know what’s coming next; from soaring harmonies of almost acappella songs to blunt, in your face diatribes to the world, you're never bored when they take the stage.
Tammy West Saturday 1:00 – Plaza
hopeful, melancholy americana
The Titan Valley Warheads Saturday 5:30 – Telles
This venerable award-winning five piece band from Tucson, Arizona, now in their 37th year, brings to the stage an eclectic mix of bluegrass, swing, Americana and a cappella music. Great picking? Sure. Powerful harmony vocals? You bet! Voted Best in Exterior Decoration by Western Bachelor Magazine? Stay tuned... For upcoming dates and hijinks please look for The Titan Valley Warheads on Facebook. See you at the Folk Festival!
Uncommon Folk Saturday 1:00 – Presidio Museum
Uncommon Folk returns for another raucous good time, bringing a wild mix of bluegrass, country, americana, rock, and renditions of songs that will have you saying to yourself "I never thought I'd hear that at a folk festival". This year's production is brought to you by Brad Herbert, Alan Clark, Billy Yates, Mark Ryan, and Alan Voelkel (keeping us anchored to the stage with his steady beat). Your going to want to bring your dancing shoes out for this act.
Wally Lawder and Acoustic Sky Sunday 3:00 – Telles
Six years ago Wally Lawder came to Tucson from New Mexico with a whole lot of original songs, looking for kindred musicians to perform with. So began Acoustic Sky, and the band has blossomed in a uniquely Tucson way. Wally supports his baritone vocals with guitar and ukulele; Suzy Ronstadt and Kathy Harris sing imaginative, fun backing vocals; Jim Dumbauld plays melodic bass delightfully; Tom Potter percussifies as only he can; Mike Markowitz plays beautifully nuanced mandolin. Unique, inviting!
The Wayback Machine Saturday 3:00 – Telles
Over the years this band has evolved from a hippie-rock jam band into something more of a folk-rock ensemble that relies on its multi-part harmonies to define itself. Look for a couple of special guests to join Wayback regulars Tom Woolley, Bev Seckinger, Shanti Foster and Jim Lipson.
The Wicked Bad Girls and a Boy Saturday 1:30 – Telles
The Wicked Bad Girls includes singer, songwriter, vocalist extraordinaire Anne English, who has several recordings under her belt, Anne performs along with Tyler Woods, singer, songwriter, multi-talented musician, Leslie Ford who plays ukulele and mandolin and the very talented singer, songwriter Matt Bruner joins in to make the Wicked Bad Girls and a Boy.
Widow's Hill Sunday 4:00 – Plaza
Widow's Hill has been playing Americana, rockabilly, vintage country and happy hillbilly, feel-good music together for 5 years. We play and sing music that will have your toes a-tappin' and your hounddog's tail a wagging with our resplendent harmonies by Ruthie Spies, hot guitar licks by Jimbobillybob Becker, a sumptuously cool acoustic bass line from Federico Pennacchini, and our plucky little banjo player, Samantha Poole, also known as Banjo Kitty.
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WomanSong Sunday 3:30 – La Cocina
WomanSong is one ofTucson's premier female vocal ensembles. Pure and sweet vocal harmonies from Linda Rothchild and Grace Hartman and one of Tucson's hottest multi-instrumentalists, Mark Holdaway. Their music is full of warmth and life, joy and happiness, tenderness and fire. Come out and enjoy some of your old favorites done up in WomanSong's signature arrangements. From intense and exciting to soft sweet sounds hanging in the air, this group can really take your breath away.
Woolley Dawgs Sunday 5:00 – Telles
The Woolley Dawgs (Tom Woolley, Shanti Foster, Phil Anderson, Ross Browne, and Jim Lipson) can’t get enough of the great tunes from the SF Bay Area magic of the late 60’s and 70s.  Close harmonies, violin and dual guitar interplays, and extended musical jams contribute to some mighty fine tail wagging and foot stomping music, come hang with us!
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