Also see Headliners Emeritus & Special Guests for more bios!


Adara Rae & The Homewreckers Saturday 5:00 – La Cocina
This is Adara Rae's 4th consecutive Tucson Folk Festival appearance. At a young age she has played in multiple festivals and events like the world-renowned South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, as well as nearly every local venue her home town has to offer. She captures a wide variety of audiences young and old with her original sound and memorable hooks, both as a solo artist and with her band, which was voted one of Tucson's top local bands of all time by The Tucson Edge in 2015.
Amber Norgaard Sunday 6:30 – La Cocina
Described as “Tucson’s folk-rock goddess” (Natural Awakenings), Amber 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 multiple non-profit organizations and film projects.
Amy Coffman Sunday 11:30 – Museum
Like the roadside diner pie she celebrates, Amarillo-based singer-songwriter Amy Coffman offers up slices of life, sometimes sweet and sometimes melancholy, but all served in a warm, unadorned alto, supported by rhythmic fingerstyle guitar. “Her songs are little stories with a backbeat--well thought, effortlessly crafted and real.” ...Celeste Krenz.
Annie Hawkins Saturday 6:30 – Plaza
Annie Hawkins performs a blend of eclectic folk rock with fellow singer-songwriters Stuart Oliver and Luci Figueroa. The music features three part harmonies from heaven and a lyrical message that observes humanity through a lens of love, peace, and light.
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Arizona Balalaika Orchestra Sunday 1:30 – Courtyard
Celebrating it's 36th 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.
ArleneWow! Saturday 12:00 – Plaza
ArleneWow! has a signature voice and poignant lyrics that attract fans from many genres of music. Raised in New Haven Connecticut, Arlene has performed across the country for three decades. Her latest release with violinist Dana Takaki "Ear Candy for the Soul - Live at Silk City Music Factory" takes her to new heights as singer/songwriter.
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Arnold /Klingenfus Ensemble Sunday 4:30 – Courtyard
Easy bites via Folk Giants from Mercer to Zappa. With two decades of Tucson Folk Festival performances under their much larger belts, Dick Arnold, Jim Klingenfus, Bob Benedon and Jim Lipson will do a few originals, a couple of re-invented covers, and at least one musical surprise. We love playing for our hometown crowd that has tolerated us all these years. We sympathise.
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Blue Prairie Dogs Sunday 2:30 – La Cocina
The Blue Prairie Dogs play family friendly Western Folk music. You'll hear unique, original songs that are cleverly written and energetically performed. Songwriter Dan Oved sings lead and plays guitar and harmonica. Pete Fine plays 12-string lead guitar with speed, taste and humor. Stuart Oliver is on bass and backup vocals and is in charge of good vibes and dancing on stage. CDs are available at the Kitchen Store.
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Bright & Childers Quartet Sunday 5:00 – La Cocina
Tucson’s Bright and Childers Folk-Country-Blues magic is now paired with a strong rhythm section. The band originated with the long-standing duo of Nancy Lynn Bright and Hank Childers ("She's Bright, and he's not") on guitar and vocals, and now features Hoshin Gupta on drums, Mark Nearing on bass, Marie Mathis on button accordion, and special guest Jim Ruff on mandolin. From heartfelt to quirky and a wee bit of edge at times...all mixed together with a good rich beat.
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Buffelgrass Saturday 5:30 – La Cocina
Bringing together exciting 3-part vocal harmonies with outstanding instrumental players makes Buffelgrass an entertainment experience not to miss. These veteran Bluegrass musicians have been stirring things up in Southern Arizona for years with their unique blend of traditional and progressive acoustic music. Buffelgrass features E.J. Ricotta-guitar and vocals, Jain Barrett-vocals, Ralph Colwell-bass and vocals, Sandy Staples-dobro and vocals, Andy McCune-banjo, and Arizona Slim-fiddle.
Bunny Kirby Sunday 12:00 – Plaza
Bunny Kirby has a folk/country background with a little blues/jazz thrown in. She sang in a family band in her childhood and learned to play guitar on songs her father wrote.
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The Buzzkills Sunday 11:30 – La Cocina
Country lounge meets haunting Americana with The Buzzkills. Our line-up features Theo Cliff and Carmen Venecia on vocals and guitar, Greg Rogan on bass, and Tim Vanderpool on harmonica. Our sets include edgy standards and original songs that ramble from aching to exuberant. We’ve been playing regularly at events including the Cushing Street Bar and Restaurant’s Sunday Musicales series.
Cameron Calloway Sunday 11:30 – Courtyard
Hailing from the entertainment capital city of the world & into your living rooms in his native home of Las Vegas, NV. Soul singer/songwriter Cameron Calloway is here! And he is keeping the power of soul music alive! Influenced by the sounds of John Lennon, 2pac, D'Angelo, Donny Hathaway & the classic tunes of Motown, Calloway brings the revival of soul & positivity back through music.
The Carnivaleros Sunday 6:00 – Museum
The Carnivaleros combine moody Eastern European motifs, western movie themes, and stories of our shared American experience with strains of Zydeco rhythms, Tex-Mex polkas, and swing. The band has created a stew of what they like to call Desert Bayou Music.
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Cinnamon Twist Sunday 12:30 – Plaza
Cinnamon Twist is a Celtic American duo from Payson, Arizona who specializes in a mix of Scot and Irish traditional songs mixed with an array of original and traditional American folk music. Jennifer Baltz is the lead singer and bodhran player, with Anne James performing vocals, harmonica, mandolin and guitar accompaniment.
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Cristina Williams Saturday 2:00 – Plaza
Tucsonans are more used to seeing Cristina Williams playing bass in rock outfits like The Modeens, The Cordials and Curious Cat. But Cristina started her musical adventures playing folk music in Jacksonville, Florida when her Daddy taught her to play guitar at the tender age of 10 with songs from Fred Neil, Eric Anderson and Judy Collins. Now she's returning to her roots with bittersweet songs of longing, loss and the hard lessons Life will eventually teach you if you let it.
D-Squared Sunday 11:00 – La Cocina
"D-Squared has discovered a whole new breadth of expression ... Deb Gessner's harp weaves gracefully with Don Charles' guitar and vocals to create a stark and hypnotic landscape of sound deftly drawing the picture of the great Southwest, their home." -International Folk Harp Journal
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Dan Weber Saturday 4:30 – 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 New Songs 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 3:30 – La Cocina
Darrell Elmer Rodgers has performed at the Tucson Folk Festival with Rick Heyman (bass) and Michael Parker (drums) since 2009. This "Bard of the Baby Boomers" writes original songs that touch hearts with humor and sincerity and a fair amount of swing! With a wit like John Prine and a voice like Hoyt Axton, the trio's 2015 TFF performance brought the audience to their feet for a standing ovation. One music reviewer wrote: "He can pack so much into one song with such finesse!" Don't miss them!
Dash Pocket Saturday 6:00 – Courtyard
Dash Pocket is an Americana band that preforms mostly original material with some select covers of Johnny Cash, Steve Earl, Old Crow Medicine Show, and more. Harmonies are provided by husband and wife team Bernie and Holli Diffin, Bob Colville on Lead banjo, mandolin, and guitar, Joe Valenti on Bass, and Bernie Diffin on rhythm guitar.
Determined Luddites Saturday 6:00 – Museum
We've been doing this a long's really hard to keep finding something original to say. We didn't tour South American or play Shea Stadium this year. Our show with JayZ didn't work out. We do have a bunch of new Southwestern-noir songs about dope, guns, and Jesus. We do fun shows with lots of energy. We have cool friends. Let's take some pills and see what happens.
The Dust Devils Saturday 3:30 – La Cocina
Toe tappin bluegrass! You might hear an old bluegrass favorite, an original DustDevil tune, or newgrass covers of modern bluegrass artists. And especially if you like harmony singing come see us, we love to get close and let our voices blend.
Eb Eberlein Saturday 1:00 – Museum
Eb brings songs from the wilds of the back of beyond and the wilds of the heart.
elizabeth tighe Saturday 3:30 – Plaza
Elizabeth is a Tucson native who started in vocal performing and began playing piano as she started songwriting at age 10. She now also plays guitar, violin and other instruments and enjoys playing with the likes of Bobby Ronstadt, Don Armstrong, Tom Mein, the Joshua Stone Band, Arlen and Travis Nelson, Bea Graves (Three Legged Dog) and others. Her sound is like a next generation, female Jackson Browne. She released her first album "Smoke Rises" in January of this year.
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Eric Hansen Saturday 5:30 – Plaza
Eric worked in theatre for 20 years in NYC. 1994 he returned to his first love as a Singer/songwriter. He has six CDs to his credit and a new one under way. 2015 ASCAP Jay Gorney AWARD winner. Kerrville New Folk finalist twice. His song The Holy Man won the Unisong Competition and True Friends is in the film First Dog. Off the scene for a few years due to health issues and a near death experience, in March 2013 he received the gift of a double lung transplant and is back singing and touring.
Eric Ramsey Sunday 3:30 – Plaza
Eric Ramsey writes and performs literate, groove-driven acoustic music featuring soaring vocals, lyrical twists and infectious melodies. He won the 2015 Phoenix Blues Showdown and has been a featured performer in the prestigious Songwriters' Showcase produced by Tempe Center for the Arts. He was a finalist in last year's Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Contest.
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Eric Schaffer & The Other Troublemakers Sunday 3:00 – Museum
Raised in the swamps of New Jersey (really!), Eric Schaffer started writing songs while working the Jersey club circuit in the 1970's. His songs are known for their thoughtful lyrics and are rooted in the tradition of folk-rock. The Other Troublemakers bring it all together with multi-part vocal harmonies and expert musicianship. Check out Eric Schaffer & The Other Troublemakers at venues throughout the Tucson area.
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Evelyn Roper Saturday 12:30 – Museum
Evelyn Roper is a southern AZ desert daughter, born in Tucson, raised in Cascabel. Now residing in the Rockies, she writes her songs about the West and the people who make it unique. Playing solo shows in songwriter showcases, festivals, and singer/songwriter venues, she also fronts her own band "Opal Moon", playing rhythm and vocals of country/classic rock, in a Rockabilly trio "Johnny Kongo All-Stars and AZ shows with her duo partner, Zona Wood.
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Fred Knipe Sunday 11:30 – Plaza
singer/songwriter of long standing with songs recorded by country legends.
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French Quarter Saturday 2:30 – La Cocina
French Quarter is a four piece acoustic string band playing an eclectic assortment of material from the 1920's to the present. Styles include trad folk, country-blues, jug band, alt-country and trad jazz. The band's style is marked by the interplay of guitars, mandolin and upright bass, with four part harmonies and a spririt of joyous celebration. Laissez les bons temps roulez! Let the good times roll!
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Gemini Saturday 1:30 – Plaza
Bruce Farwell and Renata Decher comprise the duet GEMINI. They have sung together for over 20 years and are known for their close harmonies, smooth arrangements, and engaging stage manner. They perform a diverse repertoire of original songs and selected covers that reflect both personal and historical experiences, as well as many humorous songs which will leave you laughing and smiling.
Hard to Get Saturday 1:00 – La Cocina
Hard to Get (Grace Hartman, Linda Shenk, Jim Dumbauld & Michael Markowitz) offers lovely 3-4 part harmonies and multi-instrumentalists. They sing a variety of genres from spirituals to beloved oldies to jazz tunes and have played locally at TKMA fundraisers and nursing homes. Just sit back and relax; their music will make you happy and you'll be humming tunes in your head all day.
The Haymarket Squares Saturday 5:30 – Museum
Blending acoustic instruments, fast tempos, rich harmonies and rabble-rousing lyrics, The Haymarket Squares have been bringing punkgrass to audiences since 2009. “They’re smart. They’re funny. They’re raging against the machine in four-part harmony,” says the Arizona Republic of the group’s incisive lyrics and boundless live energy.
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Heather Hardy and the Salt of the Earth Band Sunday 6:30 – Courtyard
Heather Lil' Mama Hardy is a singer /violinist best known for her blues sound .As song writer she crosses into many musical genres, but that blues influence is always very present .Energy and passion are at the heart of her performance and a guarantee of great players that will be joining her .
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High Desert Sunday 12:30 – Museum
High Desert has performed many times at the Tucson Folk Festival as well as all over the city of Tucson for the last 10 years. Most of their music is in the folk vein with a sprinkling country and very light rock. The band consists of Don Hughes on guitar and leads, John June on bass and vocals and Larry Lashbrook on guitar, banjo and vocals.
Ice-9 Saturday 6:00 – La Cocina
Ice-9 is a consistent festival favorite, playing a mix of country, blues and swing, creating a style all there own. They consist of Michael Tanzillo and his unique songwriting, the distinctive harmonica of Richard .,the fluid and upbeat bass of Slim Rost, and the skillfully tasteful guitar playing of Mitzi Cowell.
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Janelle Loes Sunday 1:00 – Plaza
Janelle Loes is an emerging 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. An accomplished fingerstyle guitarist, pianist, and violinist, Janelle’s songs are crafted orchestrations, driven by honest lyrics and a maturity that reaches far beyond her age.
Jaspar Lepak Sunday 1:30 – Plaza
Folk/Americana songstress whose gift for melody is only surpassed by her poetry. Accompanied by her husband, Kale Lepak, on accordion and harmonies, Lepak sings with a brave vulnerability, and her clear, pure voice touches the heart. A child of the Sonoran Desert, her songs find inspiration from the places she has called home: Tucson, Minneapolis, Durban, and currently Seattle. “You’ll find more than enough beauty and original charm to make you a fan.” (Rolling Stone South Africa)
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JC & Laney Sunday 5:30 – Courtyard
Fun, Signature Harmonies & 80 memorable original songs identify this AZ hi-energy Americana duo who perform 100+ times/yr in the Western U.S. & the last 6 years here at TFF. 7 cds released in the past 6 yrs. JC Scott, a songwriter since 12, played with Kenny Loggins/Lindsay Buckingham. Laney Greynolds toured for years as lead singer with some of America’s best classic rock bands before joining JC in 2010. Their most recent cd made the 1st round ballot in 3 categories for the 2016 Grammy Award
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Jed Marum Sunday 2:00 – Plaza
Jed Marum is a popular performer & songwriter of American Roots & Celtic music. Bringing a mix of traditional & original songs to audiences throughout the US, Jed is known as a refined singer & a gifted storyteller. Since 1999 he has published over a dozen albums, licensed music to several film & TV projects & he works over 150 shows a year. You can hear in his music, the blending of American, Scottish & Irish cultures. In his songs you’ll relive stories passed on from generation to generation.
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Jeff Valdez Saturday 12:30 – Plaza
Jeff has traveled around the world entertaining people in such places as Russia, Poland, Germany, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Belgium England, Ireland and South Korea. In 1978 he traveled to Ireland. What was supposed to be a two week trip ended up lasting a yearIn 2001-2005 Jeff did 4 tours (120 shows each tour) in South Korea entertaining our troops as a solo act. Jeff is currently located in southern Arizona, where he is working on the next part of his journey.
The Jim Howell Band Sunday 1:00 – La Cocina
Silver Clouds, released on December 1, 2015 is the debut original album from The Jim Howell Band. The sound could best be described as country injected with rock and soul. Silver Clouds fits somewhere between the Honky-Tonk classics of Nashville, the Outlaw ‘70’s movement and the current singer songwriter influx of Texas Country and Americana that is teeming the country music underground of today.
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John McGill with Whiskey & Honey Sunday 11:00 – Plaza
"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
Joyce Luna Sunday 2:30 – Plaza
Joyce blends expressive soulful singing w poetic songwriting, a romantic streak, a persistent belief that music can change the world, and a large dollop of whimsy. This is her 3rd time at TFF. She sold over 10,000 cds as part of "Justina & Joyce. “The complexity & polish will stand you still &stop you breathing just in order to get a better listen. I found it spellbinding, which I proved by driving through a stop sign (luckily w/o incident) while listening in my car!”—Shirley Cottle, Folk_Music
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Justin Farren Sunday 1:00 – Museum
Justin Farren is an unassuming singer-songwriter from Sacramento, CA. where he lives in a house that he literally built with his own two hands, about which he says "it's like living in a museum of my own mistakes". When it comes to his songs, Justin Farren is nothing short of a master craftsman painting lyrical pictures that are firmly rooted in the reality of day-to-day life. His delivery is humorous, thoughtful and engaging. His guitar playing is lively, intricate, and seemingly boundless.
The Kate Becker Band Saturday 3:00 – Museum
Kate Becker moved to Tucson from New York City in 2002 and began collaborating with Gerald Massaoud, with whom she wrote and produced her debut release, The Kate Becker Project. Next she joined up with bassist Mike Hieber and multi-instrumentalist Stuart Oliver to form Kate Becker and the Zodiacs, recording her funky 2010 album, Soft Revolution. Currently she is in the studio with producer Petie Ronstadt working on her upcoming release, Pirate Radio, a concept album with a Latin thread.
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Larry Armstrong & CopperMoon Saturday 1:30 – La Cocina
CopperMoon has been active in the Tucson area since the mid-1980s. They rely heavily on the original songs of Larry Armstrong interwoven with classic Country, Folk and Americana covers. CopperMoon features the vocals of Larry & Kathy Armstrong supported by the innovative bass playing of Sam Sawyer and the impeccable leads of John Jensen. With CopperMoon, it’s all about the song. CopperMoon plays every other Sunday at Nimbus Brewery.
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Laura and the Killed Men Sunday 6:30 – Plaza
Laura and the Killed Men steep their songs in the lore of the American West, refracting its triumphs and tragedies through an intimate lens. Laura Kepner-Adney, the lead singer and guitarist in the Tucson-based band, shades her spellbinding voice with echoes of country and Appalachia. Her expansive songwriting style, honed from seven years in the critically acclaimed ensemble Silver Thread Trio, highlights her connection to Arizona’s unforgiving environment.
Leila Lopez Sunday 4:00 – Plaza
Leila Lopez is a Tucson native singer songwriter. She has been performing around Tucson, and surrounding cities for over ten years. Her rhythmic finger picking, and songwriting have won both local and national acclaim. She appreciates her hometown for it's thriving community and it's love of music, and the arts.
Linda Lou & the Desert Drifters Sunday 2:00 – La Cocina
We play a mix of folk, traditional country, western and bluegrass with a little Merle and Beatles thrown in. "Arizona Slim" Tim Barrett plays a fine fiddle; Barry Schaede on bass; John Jensen on mandolin and Linda Lou Reed singing and playing guitar.
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Little Table Contraband Sunday 3:00 – La Cocina
Little Table Contraband is a string band from Las Cruces, NM, specializing in fiddle and banjo music. They are a dance band at heart, and play old-timey mountain music from Appalachia, freewheeling hoedowns from the Midwest, and old Texas tunes that your grandma might've heard before.
The Long Wait Sunday 5:30 – Plaza
We play melodic folk rock that sits somewhere between the old school classic folk rock of Fleetwood Mac and the modern country pop of Brandi Carlile. We'd like to think we play music for anyone who can relate to strong harmonies, rich acoustic/electric guitar blends and popular song structure.
Lost Hombres Sunday 4:00 – Museum
Lost Hombres are locally owned and operated. We play roots Blues, Bluegrass, Pop tunes, and Western Swing. Artists covered include Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Bob Wills, Bob Dylan, Buddy Guy, the Allman Brothers, Johnny Cash, Elvis, and whatever else we love.
Matt Bruner Saturday 12:30 – Courtyard
“Troubadour? Singer-songwriter? Artist? Hell, I’m just a storyteller with a four-minute attention span and nervous hands!” Matt thinks that statement fits him the best. 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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Minute2Minute Saturday 6:30 – La Cocina
Minute2Minute (M2M) is an eight member Pulk Fonk* performance troupe entertaining you with a crazy jumbled-up mix of musical sights and sounds from around the globe! *Pulk Fonk = Punk + Folk
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Mitzi Cowell Sunday 4:30 – Museum
Funky fingerpicking and swampy slide with attitude, songs of peace and gratitude from a southwest desert latitude. And the blues.
Molly McCrary Band Sunday 3:00 – Courtyard
The Molly McCrary Band is five pieces of raw Americana fusing the great cultural traditions of North, South, East and West into a steaming pot of musical Menudo. The band captures the confusion of our time and place with a distinctive lyrical presentation which will take you on a musical journey beyond the Picketwire. The penetrating lyrics and soulful delivery will turn you inside yourself only to bring you back home to the wide open spaces of the American West.
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Mustang Corners Sunday 6:00 – La Cocina
Mustang Corners (a.k.a. the 'stangs) bring their eclectic mix of música americana de Baja Arizona to the Tucson Folk Festival. It is original acoustic music you can hear and they are happy to be on stage again for their fourth festival. Tim Daldrup, Dave Knipe and Bob know them, they've been around, they know what they're doing.
Nathan Rivera & Jessie Andra Smith Sunday 2:00 – Museum
Nathan Rivera & Jessie Andra Smith Jazzy bluesy folk(s) 2 resonator guitars, 1 accordion, 1 female voice, 1 male voice, all original music. A trio with the upright bass, quartet with fiddle. Live video and music: International touring artists, our shows are uplifting and with a message for everyone. Lyrics in english, spanish, and french. Looking to perform Saturday and Sunday since we are traveling from California.
Neil McCallion and The Mighty Maxwells Saturday 1:30 – Museum
The Mighty Maxwells' original music drifts from cry in your beer country to rather irritated rock and roll. This three piece is direct and to the point. The band features Allan "el voz" Bartlett on drums and vocals, Jack Fandray on bass and songwriter Neil McCallion on guitar and vocals.
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Nelson Wright Sunday 12:30 – La Cocina
Nelson came of age in rural upstate New York, and he’s been picking, writing, and gigging ever since. His guitar style has been compared to Mississippi John Hurt and Dave Van Ronk, and his writing to early Bob Dylan and John Prine. Nelson’s most recent project, Orphans & Relics, is a Roots Music Report Top 100 Folk Album for 2014. Nelson is currently Seattle-based. His current drug of choice is caffeine.
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Nina Curri Saturday 2:30 – Courtyard
Nina Curri is an outstanding singer/songwriter based in Tempe, Arizona. Her musical styles and influences include roots blues, jazz, r&b and americana. Nina melds songbird vocals with a powerhouse blues range. Her music is introspective and real as she performs traditional roots blues, variety covers and originally composed material. Look for a cd release show of "Back in The Desert" in the spring!
Noctrane Saturday 12:00 – La Cocina
Noctrane explores the dynamic rhythms and sonic landscapes of bluegrass, jazz and roots music.  The ensemble’s broad influences include music pillars such as Earl Skruggs, Thelonious Monk, Pat Metheny and J.S. Bach. Their performances are a blend of exciting original compositions and arrangements of bluegrass and jazz classics played with ease and virtuosity.
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Northeast by Southwest (NExSW) Sunday 12:00 – Courtyard
Northeast by Southwest (NExSW) performs original music by Susan Taunton (vocals/guitar) with Bev Seckinger (vocals/bass/guitar). NExSW played in the Tucson Folk Festival 2013, 2014 and 2015. This year, if the planets align just right, we will be joined again by very special guest Mitzi Cowell on lead guitar. Susan's soulful, dark, and mystical songs tell of heartbreak and longing, disgrace and redemption.
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Odaiko Sonora Saturday 3:30 – Museum
Odaiko Sonora has brought taiko, Japanese ensemble drumming to southern AZ since 2002. We will perform Japanese festival rhythms, dance and vocals, as well as originals inspired by Japanese traditions.
Oracle Ridge Band Sunday 1:30 – Museum
This is a genre-bending band with the tight harmony singing of classic country, the graceful interplay of mandolin and pedal steel guitar, and a white-hot rhythm section straight out of roots rock. Seasoned sidemen Neil Harry (steel), Ric Volante (mandolin/guitar), Dan Sorenson (bass) and Jamie Miller (drums) with angel-voiced Jennifer Rinio sitting in.
The Out of Kilters Saturday 5:00 – Museum
Traditional Irish and Scottish music is what we're all about; from rousing ballads to toe-tapping jigs and reels that make you want to get up and dance! Formed in 2009, we have played everything from the main stages at Tucson's St Patrick's Day and Celtic festivals to charity events in support of local causes. Though we feature some raucous tunes about drinking and fighting, we are really a bunch of happily sober pacifists!
Patrice Webb Sunday 1:30 – La Cocina
Patrice Webb is a singer songwriter who lives in Sandpoint Idaho. Patrice’s songs tell of the lives of those who’s stories make up the vibrant tapestry known as “Americana”. These are songs that are sung in a voice full of poignancy and humor and are described as “snapshots in time told on a bed of folk, country, swing, and the blues.” Patrice has two CD releases to her credit both of which are receiving international airplay.
Pete Steinberg Sunday 12:00 – La Cocina
I play finger-style blues and bottleneck guitar; everything from the Mississippi delta to eastern Kentucky. I won the southwestern finger-style competition here in Tucson, cut two fingers off in a table saw and went on to win the Utah and Wyoming state championships and the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest twice. I teach at McCabe's Guitar shop In Santa Monica. You will have fun at my performance but I reserve the right to make a serious comment should one ever occur to me.
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PO The BAND Saturday 4:00 – Museum
Po the Band Tom “Po” Privett writes songs from the heart and many of his songs have personal stories connected to them. This collection of his original songs invites listeners to open their hearts to a more compassionate and loving view of the world. Po The Band includes Tom "PO" Privett,Tom Dukes,Mark Garris,John June,Duncan Stitt and Billy Yates. Together with many other talented musicians,they breathe life into original songs at the crossroad where wood meets steel.
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Puca Saturday 2:30 – Museum
Puca was the name of Claire's cat, but it is now the name of the duo of Dave Firestine and Claire Zucker. We play sparkling instrumental tunes, and songs of love and lust. We will struggle mightily to play music appropriate for this great folk festival.
R T Hall Saturday 3:00 – Courtyard
R T Hall is a traveler with a music problem. He lives full time on the road doing volunteer work and studies music options to determine his route. This allows him to play in festivals and venues from Alaska to Florida and Maine to Arizona. As a member of the MS Songwriters Alliance, he performs in songwriting festivals and other venues along the Gulf Coast during the cooler seasons. His latest EP, Windshield Time, chronicles his lifestyle. View videos @
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Reverie The Band Sunday 4:30 – Plaza
Reverie joins beautifully crafted songwriting, creative arrangements, and rich vocal harmonies with a style that reflects roots of jazz and blues, folk and rock, and that most essential element; a deep seasoning of life experience and wonder! Reverie is Lane Harmon ("Merle" from Street Pajama), Roger King (vocals/bass/guitar/ukulele/drums), Tom Dukes (vocals/guitar/ukulele), Brian Corkill (bass/vocals/drums), and most recently, Tucson's (and New York's) violinist extraordinaire, Heather Hardy!
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Robby Roberson Saturday 3:00 – Plaza
Robby Roberson delivers musical stories of fact, fiction, joy, and sorrow, all set against a backdrop of the various acoustic stringed instruments that are played with passion. Robby’s songwriting and vocal style establish an organic yet experimental, urban acoustic music flavor that is enhanced by diverse and dynamic rhythms and grooves. He feels that the instrumentation is not only a means of accompaniment, but is an equal, interconnected partner of the songs.
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Robyn Landis Sunday 5:00 – 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."
Roman Barten-Sherman and The Interstellar Blues Orchestra Saturday 2:00 – La Cocina
Thirteen-year-old Roman Barten-Sherman has been playing Delta Blues guitar since the age of four. Roman’s performance history includes opening for David Bromberg at the Rialto Theater, and monthly gigs at Hotel Congress. His debut CD, “Interstellar Blues” (2014) was a KXCI top 40 pick of the year. 2015 saw the release of the new album “Death of Immortality” by the Hill Country Blues duo, Roman Barten-Sherman and The Interstellar Blues Orchestra (Featuring Rylande Dodge on bass/drums)
Romen Buffalo and The Loyal Order Sunday 5:00 – 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, and “Smokey Joe The Bull” keeping the bottom end on upright bass. Collectively they are four bovines that enjoy playing stringed instruments and combining their talents to collaborate on roots-based music.
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Ron Pandy Saturday 3:00 – 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. Expect to hear a collection of off beat original songs. Wit without the pretense of wisdom.
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Roon Sunday 12:00 – Museum
Roon is a good-time folk/rock trio from Socorro, NM. Featuring guitar, keyboard, bass, mando, ukulele, trumpet and more, (but not all at once!) Guaranteed to make you smile!
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Ruff Mixx Sunday 3:30 – Museum
Kevin McConnell and Peter Ott team up for an exciting blend of tall tales and unusual songs. Kevin is the master at getting every nuance of pathos and empathy from his vast musical collection. Peter’s musical accompaniment is the icing on the cake. Toe tapping, honky tonk accoustic country blues.
Sabrina & Craig Saturday 4:30 – Museum
Sabrina & Craig's signature sound is rooted in luscious harmonies. Their heartfelt vocal connection is anchored by Craig's masterfully-crafted guitar voicings while Sabrina's bass, ukulele and percussion expand the dimension of their performances. The duo builds on its strong musicality with lyric writing that is sophisticated and at turns whimsical and heartbreaking. Craig's straight-up, storyteller style perfectly complements Sabrina -- whether she's sweet, sassy, silly, or soulful.
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Sandy Hathaway Sunday 1:00 – Courtyard
Sandy Hathaway's colorful lyrics touch the listener's heart and draw listeners into intimate stories about her childhood, growing up on a farm and relationships. Sandy has written over 30 songs for children. Seasoned guitarist and beautiful, soulful vocals draw listeners to her live shows. Songwriting influences include Gillian Welch, Lucy Kaplansky, Dar Williams, Patty Griffin, Ben Harper . She was Top Ten Finalist in 2004, Honorable Mention 2006 & 2014. Sandy has a new EP and Full CD 2014.
Sara Syms Sunday 3:00 – Plaza
Authentic is the word most often used to describe Sara Syms. An artist willing to be intimate and vulnerable with her fans. Following her highly acclaimed debut album, nominated for IMEA’s Americana Album of the Year, Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sara Syms’ sophomore release, is an artistic and personal breakthrough for the lifelong overachiever. Haunting vocals and beautifully crafted arrangements sweeten 10 tales plucked from the grit and grind of life.
Sid Hausman Saturday 1:00 – Courtyard
SID HAUSMAN loves good horses and stories of the Wild West. 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 southwest as well as the influence of Native American and Hispanic culture on the history of the American west.
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smootmahooty Saturday 2:00 – Courtyard
Tom Bertling, a.k.a.“smootmahooty,”is a fulltime working musician. He has been playing around Phoenix and Northern Arizona for over 30 years. Tom has played the “Tucson Folk Festival,” for the last 3 years and was chosen to participate in their annual “Songwriter Contest” in 2013. He also plays the Flagstaff and Prescott Folk Festivals. Tom has had the honor of being featured twice in the Tempe Center for the Arts “Songwriter’s Showcase,” in 2013 & 2015. His wife Priscilla joins him on stage
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Southbound Pilot Sunday 2:30 – Museum
Tucson grown American roots music with a twist. Changes, hooks, and harmonies.
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The Speedway Brothers Sunday 4:30 – La Cocina
The Speedway Brothers are a Country Band with a Bluegrass slant. They are;Thom Gelineau vocals and guitar, James Swafford, mandolin, harmonica and vocals, Bill Clifford, guitar and vocals and Andy Barry, bass and vocals. We are all about having fun!
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Steven Graves Band Saturday 4:00 – La Cocina
'There is some Hunter and Buffet and god knows what else woven through the tracks. Its a mellow but intricate collection that I find very pleasing.' Sandy Weinman, Disc Jockey | KPFT-FM - Houston, TX 'American roots music, compellingly honest, beautifully crafted and fully realized songs that just happen to be in the Americana realm. Really good stuff.' Dennis McNally | Grateful Dead Publicist All Original Conscious Americana Roots Music Nominated for a Native American Music Award in 2013.
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Stone, Liers & Sorenson Sunday 6:00 – Plaza
Longtime Southern Arizona singer-songwriter Jason Stone's original songs are influenced by traditional and "outlaw" era country. Think Waylon Jennings and Mickey Newbury. He's a masterful guitarist with a memorable voice. Singer-songwriter David Liers has been adding a few of his original songs to his repertoire of unique interpretations of great, but usually obscure, songwriters' material. Ex-Mollys bassist and guitarist Dan Sorenson specializes in working with songwriters.
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String Bean Folk Orchestra Saturday 2:00 – 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 & The Desert Angels Saturday 3:30 – Courtyard
Founder of Old Bisbee Records, Georgia born Stuart Oliver is a multi-instrumentalist and Billboard-charting professional songwriter. Since moving to Tucson, Arizona in 2006, Oliver has found success booking The Hut from 2006-2008 and producing folk acts such as Silver Thread Trio. He has toured internationally and now resides in Tucson, performing with his Cosmic-Americana band, The Desert Angels.
Sweet Ghosts Sunday 4:00 – Courtyard
Tucson, AZ based Sweet Ghosts is a collaboration between Ryan Alfred and Katherine Byrnes. Their music runs the gamut from traditional Americana songwriting and acoustic folk to wild psychedelic freak outs, always centered around a deeply melodic musicality and the pair's strong vocals, often harmonized.
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Swingset Saturday 4:00 – Plaza
Swingset plays a variety of funky originals, jazz standards and blues like Aunt Mabel and Uncle Nelson used to play back on the Delmarva Peninsula. Featuring acoustic guitar, clarinet, fretless bass and cajon, Swingset is full of surprises and loves to have fun!
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Tammy West Saturday 4:30 – Courtyard
hopeful, melancholy, americana
Three-Legged Dog Saturday 4:00 – Courtyard
Three-Legged Dog is a contemporary equivalent of string bands from the Thirties, who played all kinds of music -- gospel, oldtime, swing, early jazz, pop tunes of the day -- on acoustic instruments. Three multi-instrumentalists, up to twenty instruments: guitars, banjos, mandolins, string bass and fretless electric, fiddle, saw, jug, accordion, hurdy-gurdy, Dobro, Hawaiian guitar.
Tiffany Christopher Saturday 2:30 – Plaza
Tiffany Christopher is a singer/songwriter/guitar rocker! She has a unique sound that pulls from many different genres of music. Her songwriting is soothing and invigorating while the groove is rhythmic & strong. Her energy is captivating and her voice is undeniably stellar. "TC strums like a sweet typhoon & sings with a voice full-to-bursting with contagious optimism, bootstrap tenacity, and all-out-heart!" - Laura Miller, offBeat Magazine
Tin Can Tourists Saturday 12:30 – La Cocina
Tin Can Tourists are peddlers of thoughtful, literate borderland folk. Emily Roux (voice and mandolin) and Gregor Wingard (voice and guitar) are a real life married couple from Bisbee, Arizona, and their music is grown in its canyon, influenced by the miners, outlaws, and wild women who have called the southwest their home for centuries. Influences include Townes van Zandt, Dave Rawlings Machine, and Emmylou Harris.
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The Titan Valley Warheads Saturday 6:30 – Museum
Celebrating their 35th anniversary this year, this award-winning Tucson band has a reputation for great picking and superb vocal harmonies. Working in a range of styles from bluegrass and Americana to classic western and western swing, they have also been known to venture into the realm of acapella singing in their alternate persona of the Titonex. The Warheads are Gary Kuitert, Ed Davenport, Andy McCune, Earl Edmonson and Tom Rhodes. Check us out on Facebook!
Treehouse Fire Saturday 1:00 – Plaza
Treehouse Fire is a 4-piece Americana/Indie Folk/Acoustic group based out of Tucson, AZ. Members include Chris Taylor (bass & vocals), Stephen Budd (guitar & lead vocals), Mike Sadler (guitars, banjo, dobro), Tom Beech (drums & percussion). Sound is in the style of Byrds/Dylan/Mumford/Wilco/Jayhawks..This performance is a more spared down, softer set.
Wally Lawder and Acoustic Sky Saturday 4:30 – La Cocina
Wally Lawder and Acoustic Sky are a unique sounding band! The genre? Well, it jumps around a bit--the best description we have come up with is "Folk-Fusion." Wally is a prolific, award-winning songwriter (and past TFF songwriting finalist). The band includes an instrumental core of Wally on guitar or ukulele, Jim Dumbauld on bass, and Tom Potter on percussion. Wally sings lead vocals with some stunning support on back up vocals from two of Tucson's finest: Kathy Harris and Suzy Ronstadt.
Way Out West Sunday 5:30 – La Cocina
"Bordergrass" is what you'll hear, it's always a little different year to year. Emmy Creigh: guitar and vocals, Slim Rost: bunkhouse bass and vocals, Tom Poley: banjo and vocals. Way Out West usually features special musical guests at the Folk Fest which adds new flavor-tones to their creative songwriting.
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Wayback Machine Saturday 5:00 – Plaza
This year's set will include tunes from Nick Lowe, Townes Van Zandt, The Band, Stefan George and the Grateful Dead. Special guests will include Peter McLaughlin, Shanti Foster and a famous drummer still to be named!
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Widow's Hill Saturday 1:30 – Courtyard
Widow's Hill has been playing Americana, rockabilly, vintage country and happy hillbilly, feel-good music together for 4 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, and a sumptuously cool acoustic bass line from Federico Pennacchini.
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WomanSong Sunday 4:00 – La Cocina
WomanSong is one of Tucson's premier female vocal ensembles. Pure and sweet vocal harmonies from Linda Rothchild , Grace Hartman and Mary Hidalgo, accompanied by Michael Markowitz, a wonderfully talented multi-instrumentalist. Their music is full of life, joy, 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 Saturday 12:00 – Courtyard
Muzzles low, tails high, what started out as a Friday Lunch Club get together of like-minded musicians has blossomed into a unique interpretation of Dawg, bluegrass, and folk music that is dear to our hearts. Tom Woolley leads the pack, flanked by Shanti Foster, Ross Browne, Phil Anderson, and Jim Lipson. Come on by and wag your tails with us, you won't be disappointed.
Woven Oak Trio Saturday 5:00 – Courtyard
Two-time Arizona State Grand Fiddling Champion Matt Rolland teams up with guitarist Ryan David Green (twice named ‘Best Guitarist’ in the Tucson Area Music Awards) for an exhilarating set of acoustic music. Expect the unexpected as the talented trio criss-crosses a wide array of genres including rock, jazz, bluegrass, and world music.