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Alec Lytle & Them Rounders Park Place
Alec Lytle & Them Rounders from the rural coastal mountains of Northern California play a uniquely vibrant style of folk-americana music with lyrics that tell compelling, relatable stories, always true and angularly referenced. The band's latest release, The Remains of Sunday, is listed as one of the top 50 albums in folk radio for 2020, and features the single “The Mountain” which spent weeks at number 1 on the folk music radio chart. This is their first live performance since the shut-down.
Alicia Stockman Mercado San Agustin
Alicia Stockman endears her audiences through memories, experiences, and stories. Her songs are intimate moments, meant to draw listeners in and leave them hanging on every word. Strong rhythm guitar, creative yet tasteful phrasing, and soulful sweet vocals bring the experience full circle. The Houston Music Review says she “brings a fresh brave attitude to her music and performances. Her confidence is contagious and her choice of subject matter for her songs show a maturity beyond her years.”
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Amber Norgaard Mercado San Agustin
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 singer/songwriter, she has released six 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 Centennial Hall
Celebrating it's 40th 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 Park Place
We have been regaling audiences at the Folk Festival since 1984 with a combination of quirky covers and hand picked originals. Dick Arnold on guitar Jim Klingenfus on guitar, Bob Benedon on bass and Jim Lipson, percussion.
Baba Marimba (Pre-Recorded) Centennial Hall
Baba Marimba is a hot world beat dance band in Tucson, Arizona. We are all about expressing joy and movement. Baba Marimba plays African, Middle Eastern, Latin, Brazilian, Jazz, World Beat and fun originals that make you jump out of your chair and dance! Members include Heidi Wilson (Alto Sax), Mike Ankomeus (Trumpet, Flutes), Mark Holdaway (Guitar), Andrea Eckardt (Strings), Robert "Swami" Peizer (Percussion), Joe Townend (Bass) and Martin Tiernan (Drums)
Bernice Lewis Mercado San Agustin
With four decades as a national touring artist and seven acclaimed CD’s,Singer/Songwriter Bernice Lewis has built a solid national fan base. She is also a published poet, a producer, and an educator extraordinaire. She is an Artist in Residence for the National Park Service and the Artist Associate in Songwriting at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. She’s had a forty-year daily yoga practice, loves good coffee, and her religion is the Grand Canyon. More at
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Blue Prairie Dogs Park Place
The Blue Prairie Dogs play family friendly Western Folk music. Cleverly written original songs are mixed with Western classics, all performed with joyful expertise. Songwriter “Cactus” Dan Oved sings lead and plays guitar and harmonica. Pete Fine plays 12-string lead guitar with speed, taste and humor. Jerry Dean III sparkles on keyboard and vocals. Breathing new life into BPD is The Real John Gary on bass and vocals. CDs are at the Kitchen Store. Go West, folks, Southwest!
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Bob Wilders Park Place
Original Americana songwriter / singer. Called a "Tucson Treasure" by some. Catchy tunes that stay with you.
Brett and Janet Dodd Mercado San Agustin
Brett and Janet are a Spokane singer-songwriter duo singing tight woven harmonies drawing from Americana, Folk and Bluegrass. Longtime fixtures on the NW bluegrass/folk scene, they have performed at festivals and venues in the NW for over 15 years. Performing on mandolin, guitar, fiddle, accordion and bass, Brett and Janet bring heartfelt harmony to their music.
Brian Berggoetz Band Park Place
Brian has been playing acoustic music in Tucson since 1989. He's opened for touring acts including Reverend Horton Heat, Charlie Sexton and Jerry Giddens. He's also played the 1990 SXSW festival in Austin and nightclubs in Tucson, Phoenix, Austin and Sante Fe. He also has played with local artists including recording an album with Stefan George. His songs are about love and Armageddon. The music is infectious and danceable. A high energy band that's sure to get you moving!
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Bryce J. Rogers Centennial Hall
Bryce J. Rogers is a performing songwriter, ranging from Folk & Americana to Pop & Rock. Currently recording his third album, Bryce likes to say that music is his best form and communication. He strives with every song and performance to share "musical medicine" (a term made popular by the band Medicine For The People.) Touching on life's heartaches and his own personal growth in this uplifting style of music.
BST Park Place
Jim Berault is an accomplished songwriter, having written songs for several TV shows. He has opened for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Firefall and others. Powerful vocalist and 2016 Grammy Nominee Leslie Sahlen has 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. Special Guests include Ted Reyes and Nathan Frankenberg.
Carlson / Wilcox 1947 Mercado San Agustin
Bruce plays folk/Americana music using several different guitars in a finger picking style. His wife Nancy will be singing harmony and Ken Wilcox, an experienced folk musician, will be playing second or "side man" guitar". All three have been singing and playing since the 1970's.Bruce has a Civil War song titled "As Soldiers Lie At Rest" on a three disc album produced in Nashville. See This Is My
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Celtic Minstrels Mercado San Agustin
All members have 20+ years of experience playing Celtic music, Jigs, reels, hornpipes, waltzes. We play fiddle, Irish tin whistle, Irish wooden flute, Irish drum-(bodhran), and guitar. Tunes we play are either Scottish or Irish, and most are traditional.
Charlie Stout Centennial Hall
West Virginia native Charlie Stout draws from experience as a photographer, filmmaker, and composer to animate cinematic lyrics through carefully crafted storytelling. From the mythical dark hollows of the Appalachian Mountains to the magnificent deserts of West Texas and beyond, Stout's words, music, and images evoke contemplation of life and death on the new American frontier.
CSM Park Place
Coy, Serres & Murphy (CSM Trio) - Fred Coy, Michael Serres and Joe Murphy are 3/5ths of the popular Tucson band Five Way Street. Offering three-part harmony mixed with acoustic guitars and bass, this trio plays a mix of classic and contemporary folk/rock songs (with just a touch of whimsy) sure to entertain!
Dan McCorison and Maria McArthur Mercado San Agustin
Dan McCorison is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He plays often with Maria McArthur, who can hold her own on a variety of instruments and is currently fiddle champion for the state of Arizona. She will compete at the national contest in June. She was also selected to play with Tucson High Magnet Orchestra in March 2020 at Carnegie Hall, which was cancelled due to Covid. You're sure to enjoy their music, whether it's about humor or cowboys or poignant memories.
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Darrell Elmer Rodgers (Pre-Recorded) Centennial Hall
Darrell Elmer Rodgers has been writing and performing songs for decades. He's been called "The Bard of the Baby Boomers" (OK!). His deep voice reminds you of Hoyt Axton while his lyrics bring thoughts of John Prine. This is his 12th year performing for the TFF. Darrell will perform six of his originals, four of which were written since his last appearance at the TFF, and three from his new album “One Dozen Valentines”. If you're viewing from home, feel free to dance like no one is watching!
Denise Lane Mercado San Agustin
Denise Lane has been performing in Tucson since 2002. Originally from the Bay Area, her music embodies aspects of folk, blues, old country, and rock. For several years she was the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and principal songwriter for The Spurloafers. More recent endeavors include the formation of the trio The Jane Heirs with fellow singer/songwriters Kristie Cunningham and Kathy Kolmer.
The Determined Luddites Park Place
Original songs about dope, guns, beer, and Jesus, at the twilight of democracy. Cool acoustic-nouveau instrumentals and witty stage patter.
Don Armstrong and The Whiskeypalians Park Place
Don Armstrong has been called a “Tucson Treasure” and a “consummate songwriter” (Arizona Daily Star). He has played nationwide (as well as Canada & Mexico) and his songs have been sung around the world. He currently records for The Ronstadt Record Company, and is joined by Gary Mackender on accordion, Nick Coventry on fiddle, Slim Rost on bass and T Greg Squires on cajon, as well as the Whiskeyettes: Bekah Rolland, Liz Cerepanya & Sabra Faulk.
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Doug Schmude Mercado San Agustin
Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Doug Schmude (Pronounced as to rhyme with moody) spent most of his formative years in Oklahoma and Texas. Currently based out of Southern California, his songs contain vividly drawn characters from all walks of life and stories from ever changing viewpoints. His music is best described as Roots Americana with a dash of blues and rock and is littered with souvenirs of the places he has lived and seen.
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Dry River Band (Pre-Recorded) Centennial Hall
Based in Tucson, the Dry River Band is comprised of Jim White, vocals and guitar, Hank Childers, vocals and guitar, Dave Lehrman, lap steel and lead guitar, and Mark Nearing, bass. The band got together a couple of years ago and likes to play toe-tappers and ballads alike. We play a combination of originals and covers mostly from Americana, country, and folk artists, new and old.
The Dry River Boys/Southern Arizona Railroad Park Place
A quartet of multi-instrumentalist vocalists, covering a wide range of material from country-blues to old time string band music. Paul Charles Domingue, Barry Richards, Jim Dumbauld and Tom Potter have been regulars at the Tucson, Flagstaff and Prescott Folk Festivals, and they were all members of the original French Quarter String Band. They have recently regrouped to form this new, Tucson-based ensemble.
EarthPicks of Cochise County Mercado San Agustin
The EarthPicks - Liz Lopez and Jeff Sturges- are a Western-Folk-Blues duo who write original songs about the history and natural beauty of Cochise County and other parts of Arizona. With a blend of stringed instruments, harmonica, and vocals, they offer a broad selection of original, traditional, and contemporary tunes. The EarthPicks perform at various festivals and events in Arizona, Utah, and California.
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El Mariachi Tapatio de Tucson Park Place
El Mariachi Tapatio, founded in 1991 by Alberto Ranjel Jr., takes pride in its talent and professionalism. They have toured across both oceans and participate in Int’l Mariachi Conferences as both guest artists and instructors. With four professional educators in the ensemble, music education is also an objective, for traditional students and the community at large. El Mariachi Tapatio performs at the highest level of musicianship while communicating its heritage and cultural identity.
Eric Ramsey Mercado San Agustin
With soaring vocals and organic arrangements, Eric writes from experience about the human condition - at times sensitive, at times humorous, always thought-provoking. His arrangements and delivery encompass a spectrum of styles from delicate fingerpicking to raucous, bluesy bottleneck slide. Eric lives in Phoenix with his wife, three kids and four (to date) dogs of indeterminate pedigree. He can often be found in his garage, where his family prefers he practice - especially the banjo....
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Eric Schaffer & The Other Troublemakers Park Place
Eric is an award-wining songwriter, backed by ex-Sidewinder Bruce Halper, former Gila Bend frontman Loren Dircks and Johnny Zapp, who was knee-deep in the "Tempe Sound" in the late 90's as a hired-gun playing with many of the valley’s soon-to-be national acts. Catch their unique brand of Folk-Rock/Americana at venues throughout the Tucson area, including La Cocina, Catalina Craft Pizza, and every 3rd Wednesday at Monterey Court, or stream them on iTunes, Spotify or Apple Music.
Febbo Fuentes Park Place
Febbo Fuentes is an acoustic songwriting duo from Tucson, Arizona. Mark Anthony Febbo is a third-generation Tucsonan whose newest album, Dry River Redemption, will be released in early February 2020. Oscar Fuentes originally hails from Guadalajara, Mexico, but has been living and playing music in Tucson since 2010. Oscar's most recent collection of songs (2018) is called Bajo el Cielo de Arizona.
Freshaire Park Place
Freshaire consists of seasoned musicians playing guitar, flute and straight whistle playing and singing Old Timey and Traditional Celtic folk tunes and songs. This is "get up and dance" type music! Come and have some fun with us!!
Funky Folk w Connie Brannock & Friends Park Place
WD 40 for the hips! Songs about Tucson, heartbreak, healing and love. Music to make your feet smile!
Gertie and the TO Boyz Park Place
“GertieNtheT0.Boyz” is one of the premiere ‘Waila’ Bands playing traditional and new Waila music. All band members are members of the Tohono O’odham Nation. “Tohono O’odham”, abbreviated to “T.O.” in our name, means “Desert People” and “Waila” translates as “Dance”. Waila music includes several varieties of polkas, chote’s (two-steps), Cumbias, Mazurka, and Kwalya, a type of square dance for festivals. The Band consists of Accordion, Saxophone, Violin, Bass, Bajo Sexto, Drums and Percussion.
Heather Hardy Band Park Place
Heather Hardy's smooth ambient violin playing, contrasted with her tasty, soulful “wah-wah” blues solos has captivated audiences and lead to her induction into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame in 2000.  An accomplished session player, Heather has been featured on over 200 albums since 1983, including her own 5 albums of original songs. She continues to perform regularly in Tucson and New York, and tours internationally.
Humor & Heart Mercado San Agustin
Mark Iler (Guitar, Harmonica & Vocals) is a talented Singer/Songwriter, Performer & MC, Jess McKeegan (Guitar, Mandolin & Irish Whistle) is a talented Singer, Performer & Musician and Julie Bennett (Percussion) is an accomplished Percussionist. Together they form Humor & Heart: a Trio from Olympia, WA who performs (Mostly) all over the Northwest. From Originals and Classic Pop & Rock to Trop-Rock (Think Jimmy Buffett), they play music that will have you Singing & Dancing & Smiling!
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Jane Fallon Mercado San Agustin
The audience is drawn in by smooth, rich vocals and smooth fingerpicking. As the show progresses they notice the subtle interplay of words in the songwriting. Expect to laugh, expect to cry, expect to be entertained. “She’s smart, she’s classy, she lights up the room” Michael Moran, Amazing Things Arts Center.
Jason Stone Mercado San Agustin
Jason Stone has spent most of his life with a guitar in his hand, either writing original songs or covering classic country songs of the primal Honky-Tonk era. His original songs bound from the humorous to the insightful state of the human condition – heartbreak, loneliness, joy and redemption. Having partnered with Dan Sorenson and Ric Volante in performance and on one CD, Jason continues to compose eclectic Americana songs for your entertainment.
JC & Laney Mercado San Agustin
Hi energy veteran AZ Americana Rockers & Balladeers - JC Scott, acoustic guitar/vocals & Laney Greynolds, vocals. 10th 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 or live today. www.
Jim Hogan Centennial Hall
Jim’s has sung with Sons of Orpheus and The Moonstruck Coyotes and released 3 CDs of original music: “Home in Arizona,” in 2003, “When I Pick Up My Guitar,” in 2007 and “Thanksgiving thru New Year’s,” in 2011. In 2010 Jim took second place in the “17th Street Idol” songwriting competition and was among ten finalists in the 2012 Tucson Folk Festival’s songwriting competition. Jim teaches real estate, writes music, and most importantly spends time with his grandson, Mateo.
Jim Pipkin Mercado San Agustin
Jim Pipkin has been researching, writing and performing Western story songs for over thirty years. Delivered with blistering flatpicking or distinctive Sandhills fingerpicking styles, his songs travel from Tornado Alley in Oklahoma to the haunted canyons of Hopi Country, with stops in between to visit cowboys, miners, and even the occasional stagecoach robber. Jim's recordings receive regular airplay worldwide, from London's Shoreditch Radio to Prescott's Folk Sessions Live.
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Joyce Luna with Mike Markowitz Centennial Hall
Joyce Luna blends gorgeous soulful singing w/poetic, lovely, thought-provoking & sometimes even funny songwriting. Today she's joined by Mike Markowitz on mandolin & guitar. Her album Every Road We Take, co-produced by Ryanhood’s Ryan Green, was released to glowing reviews & is played on major folk radio shows worldwide. Lahri Bond of Dirty Linen writes "[Luna] possesses exactly what the throngs of angst-mad modern folk singers only crave: originality, wit, and style."
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Kristie Cunningham Centennial Hall
Singer. Songwriter. Snappy Dresser. Smart Aleck. Kristie Cunningham performs a mix of genre-crossing originals and covers at regional folk festivals, porch fests, benefits, and venues in and around Tucson, AZ, solo and as part of her duo, The Shameless Flirts, and trio, The Jane Heirs.
Larry Armstrong & CopperMoon Park Place
CopperMoon has been playing in and around Tucson since the mid 1980s. A typical set features an Americana mix of classic country and singer/songwriter material with emphasis on original tunes by Larry Armstrong. CopperMoon consists of Larry Armstrong (guitar & vocals), Kathy Armstrong (vocals), Sam Sawyer (bass & vocals) and John Jensen (lead guitar/mandolin).
Lauren Lawson & Toby Slade Centennial Hall
Lauren Lawson and Toby Slade are an acoustic singer songwriter duo. Their sound combines Folk, Pop and some hints of Rock music. Lauren's sounds have been compared to Colbie Caillat. Toby has been compared to the sounds of Johnnyswim.
Leila Lopez Mercado San Agustin
Tucson grown folksy guitar songstress serving up tunes to Tucson and beyond for 15 years.
Linda Lou & the Desert Drifters Centennial Hall
We play a mix of Western, Folk, Bluegrass and Contemporary--Seasoned performers include "Arizona Slim" Tim Barrett on fiddle, Ed Davenport on bass and Dan Davis playing mandolin.
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Liz and Pete Mercado San Agustin
She’s Liz, he’s Pete... they are Liz & Pete. Liz Cerepanya and Peter Dalton Ronstadt join musical forces to explore material old and new. Liz’s lush and heartfelt voice, intertwined with Pete’s haunting harmonies and rich guitar arrangements captivate the imagination for an experience not to be missed.
Lola and Her Friends Centennial Hall
Lola & her friends like to gather together for good times and to play swing music. Linda (Lola) Shenk - vocals; Frank (Chet) Daley - rhythm guitar; Andrea (Ruby) Hoag - violin; Roger (Rabbit) Sperline - clarinet.
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Lost Hombres Centennial Hall
Lost Hombres is a 4 piece acoustic band featuring Gig Sparks (Milo) on fiddle, Joel Dvoskin on Bass, Joe Reighley on guitar and banjo, Slim Edelman on guitar, mandolin, dobro, fiddle, banjo or bass.  We play Bluegrass, Country, Blues, Swing, older Rock'n Roll and standards Slim is a Tucson Musicians Museum inductee. Prior to the Pandemic we were seen every Friday an Hifalutin on Oracle Rd and once it’s safe to perform there we will return to HiFalutin.
Mark Tomeo: Slides & Whispers Park Place
Mark Tomeo is a Grammy-nominated musician who has developed a technique of singing while accompanying himself playing traditional country/bluegrass style resophonic guitar with a steel bar. Calling it Dobro & Lyrics, the songs range from country, blues and folk to Americana-tinged pop along with original compositions. In a world of guitar strummers, banjo frailers and fiddlers, singing while playing dobro instead of an acoustic guitar makes this style unique as far as I know.
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Marty Province Centennial Hall
For almost 40 years, Marty Province (and his banjo, guitars and authoharp) has entertained audiences of all ages with stories, topical music, comedy, and children’s songs. Drawing from artists such as Pete Seeger, Harry Chapin, Holly Near, Fred Small, Mike Cross, Bryan Bowers, John McCutcheon, and others, he sings for groups of all ages, and has been well received in coffee houses, churches, schools, kindergartens, and large concert halls and in locations from NC to CO, AZ to WA, and CA to IA.
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Matt Bruner Mercado San Agustin
“Troubadour? Singer-songwriter? Artist? Hell, I’m just a storyteller with a four-minute attention span and nervous hands!”
Mitzi Cowell (Pre-Recorded) Centennial Hall
Local favorite Mitzi Cowell writes her tunes kind of sideways. Expect some funky fingerpicking, maybe some bottleneck slide, and thoughtful lyrics wrapped up in blues.
Nancy McCallion and her Pandemic Band (Pre-Recorded) Centennial Hall
Nancy McCallion and her Pandemic Band features Danny Krieger, guitar and vocals; Neil McCallion, bass, guitar and vocals; and Ralph Gilmore, drums and vocals.  Nancy is best known as the songwriter and vocalist for original Celtic-Norteno-you-name-it folk-rock cult band The Mollys. She will be performing songs from her new CD, “Go to Ground,” which was written and recorded in spring/summer 2020.  The video was filmed and edited by Duncan Stitt, owner of A Writer’s Room Studios here in Tucson.
Neil McCallion Mercado San Agustin
The long time local musician will be performing his original songs armed with but a nylon stringed guitar. Songs range from happy to sad, drunken to sober, blues to country to reggae and everything in between. Come ready to sing along with "Dark End or the Bar".
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One More Time Park Place
One More Time performs a variety of folk, bluegrass and gospel, but their emphasis is on voices - playing with harmony and creating original dynamics. The group is made up of Suzy Ronstadt, Kathy Harris and Bobby Ronstadt, who have all been members of other popular bands, including “I Hear Voices!” They’ve come together to create some of their best work - one more time!
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P.D. Ronstadt & The Co. Mercado San Agustin
Peter Dalton Ronstadt, a 5th generation Tucsonan, son of late Michael J and nephew of Linda, explores the musical heritage of his family presenting original material painting a picture of the American Southwest along side music from Mexico, collected favorites, and songs of his father. Drawing inspiration from the elements of his upbringing, PD Ronstadt & The Co will take you on a musical journey with a lush tapestry of instruments and unique arrangements, lifting spirits and stirring memories.
The Parish Coal Band Mercado San Agustin
Local country singer-songwriters Mamma Coal and Freddy Parish team up with Alvin Blaine on dobro.
Paul Charles Mercado San Agustin
Paul Charles is a Tucson-based folksinger who specializes in fingerstyle blues, folk and ragtime - both self-penned and re-interpreted.
Pete Fine- Guitar Centennial Hall
I am a Composer and guitarist, having had symphonic works performed in the USA and Brazil. I've also performed with many bands in Tucson, including Whole Lotta Zep, Blue Prairie Dogs, and my progressive rock instrumental band, Beyond Words. My 12-string compositions are mainly classically inspired with added jazz and folk influences.
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Randy Lewis Brown Park Place
Listening to Randy Lewis Brown is like reading a great Southern novel. A laid back style filled with sharp contemporary edges. Tales of hard resignation with the occasional dappled sunlight of wounded optimism. His songs are poignant and focused, providing both chuckles and serious insights into everyday life and the human condition. They have won numerable songwriting contests.  His newest record, RED CROW on Berkalin Records has spent several months on the Americana and Texas music charts.
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Rising Sun Daughter Park Place
Grace Rolland is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Mesa, Arizona. Her ear for sound and poeticism brings rich texture to her songwriting. In 2010, Rolland joined the traditional folk-Americana band Run Boy Run as cellist and vocalist. The band won the Telluride Bluegrass Band contest (2011), appeared on A Prairie Home Companion twice, released four studio records, and toured across the United States.  As Rising Sun Daughter, she released her debut EP I See Jane in 2019.
RISO Mercado San Agustin
Matt and Rebekah Rolland have garnered national recognition as performers, songwriters, and founders of the Americana group, Run Boy Run, winners of the 2011 Telluride Band Competition. Rebekah's latest full-length album, 2018's Seed & Silo, co-produced by Matt and Rebekah, speaks to their chemistry, creativity, and range as artists and performers. PopMatters listed Seed & Silo on its "20 Best Folk Albums of 2018." RISO currently has a new album in production set to be released Winter 2021.
Robby Roberson Mercado San Agustin
Robby Roberson sings original musical stories steeped in reality and imagination, happiness and sorrow – delivered through multiple instruments that are played skillfully and passionately. Robby’s musical versatility makes it possible for him to be a solo act or to include other talented musician friends. Joining him at the Tucson Folk Festival will be Eddie Garnero on bass and William Yates on guitar.
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Roman Barten-Sherman Park Place
Already a veteran of hundreds of live performances as well as having released 6 CDs, seventeen-year-old Roman Barten-Sherman has been singing and playing the blues since he was a young child. In his repertoire, he embodies a rare mastery of pre-war acoustic country blues, skillfully moving from the slide guitar virtuosity of Mississippi Fred McDowell to the complex finger-style playing of Reverend Gary Davis and Blind Blake.
Ron Pandy Centennial Hall
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. Little league lessons in life explain all his baseball songs. Original songs that explain life and all its foibles, using wit without the pretense of wisdom.
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RudyRalis Rhythm&Review Park Place
RudyRalis Rhythm&Review consists of five time award winning banjoist and multi-instrumentalist, Rudy Cortese leading the group with a charismatic performance of original and traditional songs. By his side singing harmony vocals, Elizabeth Kronlage on tenor guitar and mandolin. Adding to the dynamic mix is former California fiddler, Bob Frankot. The glue of any band and keeping the rhythm for the review, classically trained bassist, Gabriel Villa! An eclectic musical variety show!
Ryan David Orr Mercado San Agustin
Ryan David Orr was raised on folk and acoustic music. His mother was a singer-songwriter and his father was a photographer and painter, and their artistic influence informed his song-crafting style. He draws on influences from many musical genres and enjoys pushing himself to write and create dynamic, colorful compositions. He recently released his 8th studio album called Kaden Hollow, which is an indie-folk concept album about people living in a rural Tennessee town.
Ryanhood Park Place
Named ‘Best Group/Duo’ in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards, Ryanhood has collectively performed more than 1000 shows in 45 U.S. states. Cameron Hood’s rich and folky lead vocals, Ryan Green’s explosive guitar & mandolin riffs, and their airtight vocal harmonies prompted the Arizona Daily Star to call them, “a match made in radio heaven.” Audiences can count on a high-energy, highly-interactive performance - something they developed as street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market.
Sidemen: Feter Martin Homer & Nick Justice Centennial Hall
Feter Martin Homer and Nick Justice have decided to combine the threads of the individual solo careers to form the SideMen. The SideMen blend traditional folk, americana and country. The SideMen typically perform a mix of songs from their solo careers and combined ventures and touching on their other combined ventures. Other influences round out their music which is rooted in early folk music telling the stories of lost souls, broken dreams and the search for redemption
Simon Lunche, Lindsay White, Eugene Boronow (Pre-Recorded) Centennial Hall
Simon Lunche was the youngest artist endorsed by Gibson Guitars for his Stratocaster stylings. His velvety voice, lyricism, and instrumentation induces emotion that leaves you speechless.  Lindsay White's songwriting has been featured at Telluride Bluegrass and Kerrville Folk Festivals. Her latest record earned her the 2018 San Diego Music Award for Best Singer-Songwriter.  Eugene Boronow, performs regularly in Tucson with his trio, playing original music, Bossa Nova, and other favorites.
Songwriting Finalists - Eric Schaffer (2nd Pl), Annie Sorrells & Jerry Green (1srt Pl)(Pre-Recorded) Centennial Hall
3:00 Eric Schaffer is a 3-time finalist, a finalist in the Passport to Nashville songwriting competition and a semi-finalist in the Great American Songwriting Contest. He can be seen playing throughout Southern Arizona with his band, The Other Troublemakers.   3:30 Annie Sorrells & Jerry Green are Phoenix-based songwriters who perform solo and as the duo, “The Lost Earbuds”. You can catch them at music festivals, camps, and conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada. For more info, check out their websites and be sure to follow @airstreamingannie, “The Singing Airstream" on Instagram.
Songwriting Finalists - Eugene Boronow, Mark Iler (Pre-recorded) Centennial Hall
11:00 Eugene Boronow, performs regularly in Tucson with his trio, playing original music, Bossa Nova, and other favorites. 11:45 Mark Iler, from Olympia, WA started guitar in the 5th Grade and by 17, he was performing in pubs and bars in the Detroit area. He has played music in almost every State, continues to do so and loves every minute of it!
Songwriting Finalists - Lauren Lawson, Alicia Stockman (3rd Pl)(Pre-Recorded) Centennial Hall
2:00 Lauren Lawson is a Tucson singer-songwriter. She has won a Judges Pick in the Passport to Nashville songwriting competition, won the Toptunes.Rocks Competition and made the top 10 of Oro Valley’s Got Talent.  Her latest EP "Every Little Thing" is streaming on all platforms. 2:15 Alicia Stockman, our 3rd place winner, from Heber City, UT, endears her audiences through memories, experiences, and stories. Her songs are intimate moments, meant to draw listeners in and leave them hanging on every word. Strong rhythm guitar, creative yet tasteful phrasing, and soulful sweet vocals bring the experience full circle.  
Songwriting Finalists - Sandy Hathaway, Eric Cunningham (Pre-Recorded) Centennial Hall
1:00 Sandy Hathaway's outstanding presentation and musical insight draw her audience into a world of creative wonder. Her songs reach back in time and deliver stories that touch the heart. This is her 4th time in the top ten of the Tucson Folk Festival's songwriting contest. 1:15 Eric Cunningham writes music in a fun, laid back, yet expressive style. Having traveled extensively he uses a blend of world music and classic singer-songwriter folk to tell a story. He plays in the band Baja Caravan.
Songwriting Finalists - T Greg Squires, Mark Anthony Febbo (Pre-Recorded) Centennial Hall
12:00 T. Greg Squires' songs vary in style and substance ranging from somber to sublime, and his lyrics encompass emotions that are bone-deep. He has also written and arranged for jazz bands, theatre, and dance. 12:15 Mark Anthony Febbo, also a 2019 finalist, has been playing music in Tucson since 2001. He is the former frontman and songwriter for the now defunct band, Clam Tostada. His newest album, Dry River Redemption, co-produced by Oscar Fuentes, was released in Feb. 2020.
Songwriting Finals - Feature Act - Sophia Rankin Band (Pre-Recorded) Centennial Hall
Sophia Rankin was the 2018 Winner of the Stephan George Songwriting Competition and the 2017 winner of the Tucson Desert Song Festival. Her repertoire spans folk, pop, rock, and Americana music. She has performed at the Tucson Folk Festival, Dusk Music Festival, Spring Fling and Nova Bowl NYE. She performs with band members Connor Rankin (drums), Eli Leki-Albano (bass) and Noah Weig-Pickering (lead guitar). Their 3rd album is due out mid-2021. www.sophiarankin.comher repertoire spanning folk, pop, rock, and Americana music. She has performed at the Tucson Folk Festival, Dusk Music Festival, Spring Fling and Nova Bowl NYE. Her songwriting has won 1st-place at the 2017 Tucson Desert Song Festival and the 2018 Stefan George Songwriting Competition. She now performs around Arizona with band members Connor Rankin (drums), Eli Leki-Albano (bass) and Noah Weig-Pickering (lead guitar). Their 3rd album is due out mid-2021.
Sophia Rankin Park Place
Sophia Rankin is a singer/songwriter with repertoire spanning folk, pop, rock, and Americana music. She has performed at the Tucson Folk Festival, Dusk Music Festival, Spring Fling and Nova Bowl NYE. Her songwriting has won 1st-place at the 2017 Tucson Desert Song Festival and the 2018 Stefan George Songwriting Competition. She now performs around Arizona with band members Connor Rankin (drums), Eli Leki-Albano (bass) and Noah Weig-Pickering (lead guitar). Their 3rd album is due out mid-2021.
Southbound Pilot Park Place
Soulful acoustic Americana from a six-piece band that loves tight grooves and rich vocal textures in a feel-good mix of folk, country, and more with an improvisational spin.
The Steel Sahuaros (Pre-Recorded) Centennial Hall
The Steel Sahuaros is a Tucson band that plays country, folk, and blues music! Come and listen to the music made popular by artists like Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gary Clark Jr, Johnny Cash, Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, Willie Nelson, and Bonnie Raitt. We'd also like to share a couple of our original songs! We'd love it if you sang along with us!
Steff Kayser Park Place
*** Craftsmanship *** Precision *** Groove *** An insightful composer and brilliant interpreter of others’ material, STEFF KAYSER offers unique and diverse performances with a soulful soaring voice and musical talents that delight the most discerning audiences.
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Sunny Gable & the Whiskey Machine Park Place
Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sunny Gable lives and creates in the hills of Southwest Colorado, finding solitude and quiet to be the perfect accompaniment to her growing catalog of original music. Her sound harkens back to a simpler time, often telling stories you might find in history books while evoking emotions that are real and universal. Sunny pours her heart and soul into every lyric imparting an intriguing and captivating performance every time.
T Greg & Andre Mercado San Agustin
T. Greg’s first performed at TFF in 1992. Since then, he has written and performed with The Honey Guns, Hipster Dogma, The Clam Tostada, Baba Marimba, and Big Grin. This year, the part of Andre will be performed by Cantrell Maryott Driver, a world class artist and singer-songwriter originally from Tucson. T. Greg and Mitzi Dasheya Cowell co-produced her release “moving, not leaving” in 2004. Their unique songwriting ranges from bossa to Americana. Their sound is soulful and bone-deep.
Tammy West and The Culprits (Pre-Recorded) Centennial Hall
Hopeful, Melancholy, Americana
Wally Lawder with Mike Markowitz Park Place
Wally Lawder is a well established songwriter with six albums of original music to his credit. With a crooner vocal delivery and a troubadour style, he accompanies himself on guitar and ukulele. Mike Markowitz is one of Tucson’s premier mandolin players, as well as a talented multi-instrumentalist. They very much enjoy performing together!
Way Out West (Pre-Recorded) Centennial Hall
Join Tucson-based Way Out West on a “Roundup-O-Fun” with classic and original Western music featuring their signature banjo-driven “bordergrass” and “mooo-ving” 3-part harmonies. Their songs offer unique perspectives on life and timely tips for saddle pals. Emmy (guitar-mandolin-vocals), Tom (banjo-guitar-vocals) and Slim (bass-vocals) are in their third decade of WOWing audiences at home and abroad. Warning: Special guest Andrea “Ruby” Hoag’s lightning fiddle has been known to start stampedes!
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Whiskey Treats Centennial Hall
Whiskey Treats is a high energy mix of folk, bluegrass, and country music that keeps crowds engaged and wanting more. Led by frontman and songwriter Brett Dooley, Whiskey Treats has been rocking the Southwest since 2012.
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World Winds Centennial Hall
Kathi Huhtaluta and World Winds bring together a collaboration of world artists who play original and traditional folk music. Kathi Huhtaluhta (Singer/songwriter) has been a part of the Tucson community as a regular Tucson Meet Yourself and Tucson Folk Festival performer. She has also been highlighted in Kaustinen’s Music Festival, Finland and FinnFest 2011. View “World Winds” on YouTube with music productions world-wide.
Young MacDonald Park Place
These three award-winning acoustic string-playing friends have enjoyed jamming together under the guidance of Nick Coventry (Tucsonics) since they were knee-high to cicadas. After a few years of independent study (Maria became a virtuosa on at least four instruments, while Will and Lee learned to harmonize) the friends are sure to give an entertaining performance. Check out Young MacDonald's CD POUNDCAKE at the TKM Merchandize Table!
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