SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2016: 2:00 – 6:00 PM (New Day & Times)
LOCATION: TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART – PATIO STAGE, 140 N Main Ave, 85701
(Front Entrance of Museum)
Started in 2007 by Ray St. Clair and friends. the Young Artists Stage provides an opportunity for musicians under 18 years of age to gain live performance experience with the Tucson Folk Festival audience. Several Young Artists from prior years have gone on to perform full sets as regular performers at subsequent festivals including Run Boy Run! TKMA has always recognized the importance of reaching out to the younger generation. They are our replacements and the future balladeers to chronicle all of life’s foibles. The influence of Tucson’s music scene is displayed in the diversity and talent these young artists embody. The entire festival is kid and family-friendly, as well. The music, workshops, crafts, and food appeal to all ages! So stop on by and you might even be able to say someday, “I knew them when!”
2:00 – MG Crickets – MG Crickets is a group of siblings performing folk, bluegrass and gospel music. Roy (19), guitar; Jake (16), banjo; Audrey (13), fiddle and mandolin; Lydia (11), fiddle..
2:30 – Mandarava and Sean – Mandarava Cox (piano) and Sean Gilmer (guitar), both 18, are native Tucsonans with an inclination toward avant-garde folk and an admiration for artists/things like Joanna Newsom, David Bowie, the hammered dulcimer, Andy Goldsworthy, and the soundtracks to American Beauty, and Deerhunter.
3:00 – Molly Sunshine Lorring – Molly is 11 years old. She’s been playing fiddle for 6 1/2 years. She plays a variety of fiddle tunes. Molly also will be performing special trick fiddlin’ that incorporates her other love, which is circus. This will be Molly’s fourth year performing on the Young Artist stage!
3:30 – Hot Club Junior – A young band bound around gypsy jazz, Hot Club Junior has enjoyed playing together many times this past year. Individually, each member of this trio has received numerous awards, be it in classical, bluegrass, or old-time fiddle contests. Their talents complement one another. With Maria McArthur on guitar, Lee MacDonald on cello, and Will MacDonald on fiddle, they can either take the lead or provide for each other solid time and swinging rhythm. (Editors note: This group is so good we had no choice but to put them on one of the regular stages as well – Presidio Stage, Sunday@1:30)