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Adara Rae & The Homewreckers Sunday 5:00 – Church
Adara Rae is a local singer/songwriter who has been performing in the Tucson Folk Festival since 2013. Adara Rae has been a staple in the Tucson music scene since then, sharing her soulful tunes as both an acoustic act and with her band Adara Rae & The Homewreckers.
Alec Lytle and Them Rounders Saturday 4:00 – Presidio
Alec Lytle & Them Rounders are from the rural coastal mountains of Northern California. They play original Americana influenced songs that are rich in creative storytelling with each musician supporting the songs with nuance and warmth. The band features acoustic guitar, upright bass, mandolin, pedal steel guitar, three-part harmonies and an old crate.
Amy Coffman Sunday 2:00 – Dusty Monk
“Texas songwriter Amy Coffman’s quirky & wistful songscape is one of neon motel signs, diesel engines, freshly-baled grass hay, & diner pie.. “Her songs are little stories with a backbeat--well thought, effortlessly crafted and real.”...Celeste Krenz.
Anne English Saturday 4:30 – La Cocina
An Accomplished Singer Songwriter, Anne English is a feature in the Tucson Music Community. With a voice like crystal, her songs and performance will grab your attention. As a Tucson Resident and Musician for more than 31 years, Anne has lent her voice and performances to many fundraising events in Tucson.
Arizona Balalaika Orchestra Sunday 11:30 – Jácome
Celebrating it's 39th 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.
Arnold Klingenfus Ensemble Sunday 2:30 – Church
Redefining folk music since 1983, the group loves to play anything you don't expect. Dick Arnold-Guitar and Vocals, Jim Klingenfus, Guitar and Vocals, Bob Benedon-Bass, Jim Lipson-Percussion.
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Arroyo Boyo Sunday 12:30 – Church
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 stew that will keep you coming back for more.
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Austin Counts and Tom Walbank Saturday 6:30 – Dusty Monk
Tom Walbank has been synonymous with blues music in the American southwest for nearly 20 years, 17 albums, and one of the most-watched harmonica youtube videos of all time. In 2015, Walbank teamed up with veteran singer/songwriter/guitarist, Austin Counts.  The electrifying duo blends together a mixture of early blues, rockabilly and country (Muddy Waters, Lightnin' Hopkins, Hank Williams), and original music featured on MSNBC's Lockup and on 91.3 KXCI in Tucson.
Baba Marimba Sunday 6:30 – Church
Baba Marimba is a world beat group, featuring music from Africa, the Americas, the Middle East and Europe. While almost all our songs are originals, even our covers are unique! We feature hot dance music as well as ballads, tango, rumba and unique instrumentation such as kalimba, mbira, marimbas, harp and electric viola together with African drums and jazz percussion. We love happy faces smiling at us from the dance floor!
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BD & B Frank Saturday 3:30 – Dusty Monk
American roots music / unusual instrumentation / open tuned resonator guitars and mandolins / harmonium / violin / viola
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Bear Sunday 4:30 – Jácome
Bear has been entertaining for 40 years with his brand of fingerpicking blues and originals. He plays in the style of Willie Brown, Leadbetter and Taj with vocals both raspy and powerful.
Big Grin Sunday 5:00 – Presidio
Big Grin is a Tucson-based collaboration between vocalist Liz Cerepanya and guitarist T Greg Squires. Playing mostly originals and a few covers, Liz's lush vocals and T Greg's expressive guitar dance together in a unique and uplifting blend of homegrown Southwest Indie-Folk. Live large, grin big.
Billy Parker and Mandoclectic Sunday 3:00 – La Cocina
Billy Parker is one of Phoenix’s most diverse and talented musicians. A freelance artist, he is adept at several different styles of music including Bluegrass, Western Swing, Jazz, Celtic, and Americana and moves fluidly across genres with exceptional creativity. Billy brings passion and style to every project he is a part of and has recently released an album of mostly original instrumental material in 2017 of which he features in his hand-picked band "Mandoclectic"
Blood Feud Family Singers Sunday 11:30 – Church
The Blood Feud Family Singers play up-tempo down-hearted poetic-philosophic country-fried hostility for sentimental haters. We guarantee a rollicking bad time for all!
Blue Prairie Dogs Sunday 2:00 – Presidio
Blue Prairie Dogs play family friendly Western Folk music. They’ve been a mainstay in the Tucson metropolitan area for the last 25 years. You’ll hear unique, original songs that are cleverly written and energetically performed as well as familiar Western and Folk tunes done with expertise. Songwriter “Cactus” Dan Oved sings lead and plays guitar and harmonica. Pete Fine plays 12-string lead guitar with speed, taste and humor. Stuart Oliver makes the keyboard sparkle and sings backup vocals,
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Bob Einweck & Paul Ruffner Sunday 2:00 – Church
Performing acoustic blues and folk rock selections from 43 years of songwriting, Bob will be joined by jazz whiz, Paul Ruffner, on saxophone.
Brian Berggoetz Band Sunday 2:30 – Jácome
B3 has a different sound with drums, bass, acoustic guitar and wailing sax. 2 female backing vocalists make them an awesome force! They play some originals and original covers sometimes completely rearranging old standards. A high energy band that's very entertaining!
Bright & Childers Band Saturday 2:30 – La Cocina
The Bright & Childers Band is back again and ready to entertain. B&CB features Nancy Lynn Bright and Hank Childers on vocals and guitar, Dave Lehrman on lead guitar and lap steel, Hoshin Gupta on drums, and Mark Nearing on bass. We do a mix of covers and originals, sometimes a little bit quirky, with strong harmony vocals, great rhythm, and some tasty licks on guitar. A little Tom Waits...a little original swing tune...check it out.
Bruce Carlson Saturday 12:30 – Church
Bruce plays Folk/Americana finger picking style on several acoustic guitars. His songs speak of love, life, and landscapes. He has played in and around Tucson and at many venues in Las Cruces NM. Bruce was a quarter finalist in the American Song Contest and more recently had his Civil War ballad "As Soldiers Lie At Rest" included in a large Nashville project titled "This Is My America". Bruce was a finalist in the 2016 Tucson Folk Festival song writer's contest.
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Cadillac Mountain Bluegrass Saturday 6:30 – Church
Hard driving Bluegrass
Carlos Arzate Sunday 5:00 – Dusty Monk
Tucson songwriter and native, Carlos Arzate tucks elements of folk, soul and rock into the pockets of his eclectic musical vest. With three celebrated releases under his belt, Arzate is continuing the promise of folk music with his diverse musical tastes, using his music as a vehicle for social awareness and change, as well as snapshots into the reality of life and love. Regarded for his giant vocal delivery and range, Arzate’s music is focused on striking a chord in the heart of the listener.
Carol Markstrom Saturday 12:30 – Dusty Monk
Audiences across the U.S. have been captivated by Tucson-based Carol Markstrom’s vocals and the storytelling quality of her lyrics that transport to other places, times, and people. Carol’s vocals have two-times won awards from the Academy of Western Artists, and two of her three albums are award-winning. Carol’s songs encompass themes of the Southwest and Native American history and culture. Her song, Medicine Bottle, about a Dakota Sioux leader, is now in a film titled “The Indian System.”
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Cinder Bridge Sunday 1:30 – Presidio
Cinder Bridge consists of a keyboardist, a drummer, and several of their imaginary friends. Their special blend of coffeehouse stadium rock will soothe your soul ... or possibly incite it to riot, depending on the song.
Connie Brannock Quintet Sunday 5:00 – Jácome
Acoustic original Sonoran Soul and Deep Fried Blues.
Copper Wren Saturday 5:00 – La Cocina
Copper Wren is a combination of the beautiful three-part harmony of the Addleman sisters, Ava (18), Angel (16) and Alivea (14) and the violin and cello of the MacDonald brothers, Will (16) and Lee (14). Together they bring new life to some wonderful old standards, traditional gospel, and beloved folk tunes.
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Curt Beall Sunday 12:00 – Church
Acoustic guitar player with songs with a deep felt meaning and twist to make things fun.
Dan & Cindy Sunday 11:30 – La Cocina
Dan & Cindy were sweethearts in high school band who took separate paths at graduation. 35 years later they fell in love again; their hearts are full of music. Dan plays acoustic guitar, Cindy plays the Kala ukulele bass.They sing folk songs from past artists such as Tennessee Ernie Ford, Jimmy Driftwood and Roger Miller as well as contemporary artists like Amos Lee, Greg Brown, Tom Waits, Avett Brothers and Mark Knopfler.
Dan Levenson and The Cat Mountain Rounders Saturday 1:30 – La Cocina
This high-energy group is known for their Southern Appalachian Old-Time String Band sound and engaging vocal harmonies! In concert or for a dance, this band will excite and inspire you to listen, dance and even sing along. Fun to listen to and entertaining to watch! Dan Levenson – Fiddle, banjo and vocals; Emmy Truckenmiller – Fiddle and vocals; John Walkenbach – Guitar and Jerry Weinert – Bass will provide you and your event with spirited music, songs and stories from the road!
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Dan McCorison accompanied by Maria McArthur Sunday 4:00 – Church
Dan McCorison has recorded for MCA, Columbia, and Maranatha Records. He has performed all over the world. His latest release, Montana Moon, was named Western Album of the Year for 2017 by the Academy of Western Artists. He is accompanied by Maria McArthur, 16, on a variety of instruments. Maria has placed nationally in fiddle and banjo contests and has played at many festivals nationwide, as well as locally with Nic McBlaine, The Tucsonics, and The Sonoran Dogs.
Daniel Lease Saturday 12:30 – Presidio
Daniel Lease is a folk-rock, singer-songwriter based out of Tucson, Arizona. His new album "Here" is a collection of dream-inspired stories narrating the artist's journey of discovering one's soul through song, abandoning old identities and beliefs, and stepping fully into the joy of being. His influences include Don McLean, Father John Misty, Elliot Smith, Mac Demarco, and Death Cab For Cutie.
Darrell Elmer Rodgers Sunday 3:00 – Presidio
Darrell Elmer Rodgers is a 40+ year veteran songwriter and performer. 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, with a swing beat that makes you want to DANCE! Bassist Rick Heyman and drummer Michael Parker, both veteran Tucson performers, complete this trio that has brought TFF crowds to their feet for the past 10 years. A must see!
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Dash Pocket Sunday 12:30 – Presidio
Dash Pocket is an Americana band that plays originals and covers of Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, Robert Earl Keen, Ryan Adams, Steve Earle and the like. They have been playing around Tucson for 10 years and this will be their 5th appearance at the Tucson Folk Festival.
David K. Joyce Sunday 4:00 – Dusty Monk
David K. Joyce is a northern boy who makes Tucson his home for half of the year. He's been writing songs for many years and has performed with musical and life partner Carol Teal at folk festivals, coffee houses and house concerts. David is equally at home on claw-hammer banjo, fingerstyle guitar and harmonicas. His songs are always thoughtful, sometimes touching on issues facing society and often with a humorous outlook.
David R Hawkins Saturday 4:00 – Church
Singer-songwriter David Hawkins has found 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, born 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. He has released three CDs: Driven to the Strings, Hello Mr. Death & Other Love Songs, and Everything That Brought You Here.
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Denise Lane Sunday 4:00 – Presidio
Denise Lane has been playing music in Tucson for seventeen years, as a singer/songwriter, and at one time as the front person of The Spurloafers. Her songs blend elements of folk and blues and old country, telling stories that are sometimes fictional, other times true, and sometimes a little bit of both.
Determined Luddites Saturday 5:30 – La Cocina
Original, high-octane acoustic music for the sophisticated urban hillbilly. Like a lot of things in life, we sound even better if you're drunk. luddites
Dharmapoke Sunday 12:30 – Jácome
The members of Dharmapoke are not unfamiliar to the Tucson music scene by any means,but this new band is making its debut at this year's Tucson Folk Festival. Featured are Kevin Schramm on accordion and dobro, Tom Walbank harmonicas, Andrew McClaren bass, James Peters percussion,Tom Poley guitars and banjo and Emily Creigh vocals. Their songwriting has been dubbed " Border Bhudda Boogie". Hope to see you there.
Diane Perry Saturday 7:00 – Church
Virtuoso violinist Diane Perry is breaking new ground blending folk with classical and jazz. The stunning music that results has Beauty, Passion and Heart as its core. Hailed as "madly original" and "playful, mischievous, and innocent all at once," her songs have moved audiences to tears. David Amram calls her "The Real Deal" and Reggie Harris says "Simply magical! Combining the best of literature, music and the dramatic arts." Her fiery playing, humor, and onstage persona make her a must-see.
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Don Armstrong & the Whiskeypalians Sunday 6:00 – Jácome
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. He is joined by Gary Mackender (of The Carnivaleros) on accordion, Nick Coventry (of Black Market Trust) on fiddle and Slim Rost (of Way Out West) on bass.
Dusty River Bluegrass band Saturday 12:00 – Jácome
The Dusty River Bluegrass band is steeped in traditional Bluegrass music and gospel with emphasis on outstanding vocal harmonies and hard driving bluegrass rhythms. Their on stage performances are legendary and combine fantastic bluegrass, beautiful harmonies and side-splitting humor. Dusty River has been playing for over 10 years throughout Arizona to enthusiastic audiences and standing ovations. Their brand of outstanding music vocals and on-stage humor is sure to be a fun time for all.
EarthPicks of Cochise County Sunday 4:30 – Dusty Monk
Jeff and Liz make their home in the foothills of the Huachuca Mountains near Sierra Vista, AZ. Educators by profession, they combine their love of history and music in their original songs about Cochise County.
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Eb's Camp Cookin' Saturday 2:30 – Jácome
Eb's Camp Cookin' is all about playing because we love to play. Songs of the heart, joy of the open spaces, attention to our blessed community. Phil, Jim, Slim, and Billy join Eb this time around and may take you for a stroll in the canyon, a float down a river, a train ride, or a peek into your heart.
Eli, Syndenn, & Po Saturday 12:00 – La Cocina
Eli, Syndenn, and Po are three musical pals with a deep love of singing, writing, and learning. Emphasizing harmony, improvisation, and acoustic instrumentation, E.S.P.'s first show as a trio was at last year's TKMA Folk Festival under the name of Po and Eli. Syndenn Sweet graciously agreed to lend her skills at the last minute to replace a few errant accompanists, and the three friends have been playing in this and other lovely musical incarnations ever since. Thanks for listening, we love you!
Eric Douglas Saturday 1:00 – Dusty Monk
Eric Douglas tells stories of people finding their place in the world...for better or worse. Eric paints an American landscape, with songs from the Southwestern desert, the Great Plains, and the open road.
Eric Ramsey Saturday 3:30 – Presidio
Soaring vocals and organic arrangements define an Eric Ramsey performance. 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.
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Eric Schaffer & The Other Troublemakers Saturday 7:30 – La Cocina
If Johnny Cash and the Eagles had a love child, it might sound just like this. Folk-Rock mixed with some Americana and a little Country for good measure. Great vocal harmonies and sharp musicianship. Eric Schaffer & The Other Troublemakers play 60-70 dates per year in Arizona and parts beyond. Catch them in Greater Tucson at any one of their favorite haunts: Monterey Court, La Cocina, Catalina Craft Pizza and more. Hear them online on Spotify, iTunes or Apple Music.
The Fallen Stars Sunday 6:30 – Dusty Monk
The Fallen Stars are an Americana Rock band. Blending their country folk storytelling with the backbone of rock and roll. Often compared to the Civil Wars, The Mastersons as well as Wilco and The Replacements. "Somewhere between the wide-open stretches of Gram Parson's beloved Mojave Desert and the decaying cityscapes frequented by Bruce Springsteen shine the Fallen Stars." ~The Orange County Register
FebboFuentes Sunday 4:30 – Church
Mark Anthony Febbo and Oscar Fuentes, both formerly of The Clam Tostada, are also Tucson songwriters and solo performers in their own right. FebboFuentes is a bilingual duo project; the two trade songs and accompany each other in an eclectic range of styles and genres. They have also recorded and released an album of Febbo originals with Fuentes leading the production, sound engineering, and recording, which was done at Fuentes' TucSound Studio. The album is titled Urban Hollow.
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The Fishers Saturday 2:00 – Dusty Monk
A filmmaker by trade, Dick Fisher has been playing music for since the 1960's in and around New York City. He played guitar and bass with numerous bar bands and many friends. He is always happy to jam with other musicians. Joining him on stage is his daughter, vocalist Rebecca, a talented thespian, studious schoolgirl, and all around good sport.
Freddy Parish and the Old Town String Band Sunday 5:30 – Jácome
Freddy Parish is a singer/songwriter performing traditional and original material in country, old time and bluegrass. He's backed by the Old Time String Band, whose members include Matt Rolland (Run Boy Run) on fiddle and mandolin, multi-instrumentalist Nathan Fenoglio on clawhammer banjo, guitar, and harmony vocals, and Thoger Lund (Giant Sand) on upright bass. Their repertoire varies from dark Appalachian folk songs, to sweet country ballads, and upbeat Cajun and honky tonk shuffles.
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G.E. Bowman Saturday 6:00 – Church
I grew up in Chicago, moving to the American Southwest as a young man. First a locomotive engineer, then a theoretical physicist, I am now engaged in a long overdue musical journey. For me, great songs have great lyrics and great vocals that tell a story, paint a picture, or evoke the ineffable. I mostly play standard guitar fingerstyle, but you may see me pick up a resonator and slide, a baritone (to complement my deep voice), or maybe even a flatpick!
Gabrielle Pietrangelo & Beth Daunis Sunday 1:30 – Jácome
Beth & Gabrielle have long been icons of the Tucson music scene and have been collaborating for years, all the way back to the golden era of the Silver Thread Trio. Their new project (described as Transformative and hypnotic indie-folk) has grown from a shared intention to create heartfelt music that can bring a light of calm into the world. Together, they create a unique sound that is driven by layers of trance-inducing violin, open-tuned guitar and ethereal harmonies.
The Georgia Kid Sunday 4:30 – Presidio
Born and reared in a small mining town in the Appalachian Foothills, the Georgia Kid, Billboard Country Charting songwriter and founding member of Tucson's sunstroke inspired Dusty Buskers, now haunts the honky-tonks of Southern Arizona, crooning would-be classics written in collaboration with comedian/wordsmith Dean Steeves. He also wrangles cats and goats while leading the Lord Of Grace Praise Singers at church every Sunday morning.
Get Back Tucson (Acoustic Beatles Tribute) Saturday 4:00 – La Cocina
Tucson and Southern Arizona's premier Acoustic Beatles Tribute band. 3 veteran musicians dedicated to accurate reproduction of timeless Beatles classics. In its performance sets, Get Back Tucson plays and sings as least one song from each of the Beatles’ 13 studio albums, spanning the Fab 4s storied career. The songs are acoustic, yet faithful renditions, of these classic tunes.
Greg LaCosse Saturday 6:00 – Dusty Monk
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. In 1969 he embarked on a solo career and became part of the Chicago folk music scene. He left Chicago in 1976 for Arizona. Many of his songs have a very distinctive Irish twinge understandably picked up from performing in many of the Chicago Irish pubs. Greg is currently a regular performer in the Phoenix area as well as many music festivals and venues in the state.
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The Haymarket Squares Saturday 1:00 – La Cocina
Punkgrass for the People! That's the rallying cry of The Haymarket Squares, who combine bluegrass instruments and harmonies with the energy, humor and politics of punk rock. The band has developed a loyal following among folks who appreciate sizzling solos and rabble-rousing lyrics wrapped in a catchy melody.
Helen Hudson Saturday 2:00 – Presidio
Helen Hudson is a former Campus Entertainer of the Year who performs all original songs on guitar and piano. Her music is a variety of story songs and humorous ones meant both to inspire and entertain. Helen has won numerous songwriting awards from the American Song Festival to ASCAP Musical Theater workshop. She has opened for/toured with artists including Livingston Taylor, Kenny Rankin, Don McLean & Billy Crystal.
Herding Cats Saturday 2:30 – Church
Herding Cats is a quartet of talented musicians who present the traditional music of Ireland in an American context. Four friends came together to create a blend of Irish Traditional instruments that would present an entertaining and informative showcase of the dance music and song of the Irish. We've got fiddle, played by Erika Roush, flute by Danny Horton, bodhran by Terri Haag, and B/C button accordion played by J.P. Thom-Gronachan. We all sing, depending...
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High Desert Band Saturday 5:30 – Church
High Desert band has been playing in and around Tucson for over 15 years. They have played the Tucson Folk Festival many times. The music consists of a mix of folk, country and a little light rock and roll. Don Hughes plays guitar and harmonica and does lead vocals. John June is their bassist and sings harmony. Larry Lashbrook plays guitar, banjo and also sings harmony. Their website is
ICE-9 Sunday 5:30 – Church
Ice-9 is a trio featuring the songs of Michael Tanzillo, Richards distinctive harmonica playing and the stellar bass stylings of Slim Rost. They play a mix of country, blues, folk and swing making for an eclectic musical style all their own. Some may call it Americana.
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Igor the Jazz Cowboy Sunday 12:00 – Jácome
New Christy Minstrels pro accompanist John Denver, Benny Goodman, five-time appearance on "Gong Show". Performed worldwide. Four-octave vocal range, guitar, harmonica, foot percussion, one-man-band. Seven piece show band for 25 years. US/Canada/Mexico/Europe/Australia/China. Singer-songwriter, Muscle Shoals, Alabama and Nashville Tennessee.
Infinite Flame Sunday 1:30 – La Cocina
Infinite Flame is Andrea Eckardt and Mark Holdaway. We play an exotic blend of world music with the intent of healing the world by moving our hearts, bodies, and minds. Our music features violin, guitar, charango, harp, kalimba, mbira, and vocals.
Jane Fallon Sunday 12:00 – Presidio
NH based Singer/Songwriter with six CD’s and two books to her credit. She has won many awards, including first place in the Woody Guthrie Songwriting Contest and Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s Lyrics competition, and tours both nationally and internationally. She has been called “powerful, inspirational, uplifting, delightful and impressive . . . one of the good artists in a sea of soulless clutter,” by Indie Magazine.
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Janelle Loes Saturday 5:00 – Presidio
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.
JC & Laney Saturday 6:30 – Jácome
9th Year at TFF-The 1st thing about JC & Laney that stands out is Laney Greynolds’ voice, professionally fine-tuned with power & passion; together with JC Scott’s precision guitar work & vocals from years performing with high-level creators Arlo Guthrie, Lindsay Buckingham, Kenny Loggins & Weird Al, their 7th CD Hard Road to Easy Street & 2 singles were in the 1st round of 2016 Grammys.Their banter & engagingly original Americana music always puts a smile on your face and warmth in your soul.
JC Scott Saturday 3:00 – Dusty Monk
JC Scott’s brilliant non flashy guitar style & voice like a second-hand leather coat lays a solid foundation to drive his original songs & lyrics into your soul. His blues pop folk ballads rock comedy and Americana style songs evolved from years performing & recording with hi-level creators Arlo Guthrie, Lindsay Buckingham, Kenny Loggins & Weird Al. With 2 singles in the 2016 Grammy’s, he is a professional singer songwriter. His 9th time here will put a smile on your face and a tap in your toes.
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JD Loveland Saturday 3:00 – La Cocina
Born and raised in the "hollers of" the Appalachian Mountains, JD won his first talent contest at the young age of 13 years old and began his "professional career" at 14. Now over 50 years later his performances are seasoned with a repertoire that includes original compositions to classic hits that covers over a half century of Folk, Bluegrass, Blues, County and Gospel. In addition to a well seasoned baritone voice, and talented musicianship, JD is also an accomplished story teller.
Jerry Green Sunday 5:30 – La Cocina
Jerry writes and sings songs you’ll remember. In 2018, he was a Kerrville Grassy Hill New Folk Finalist, a West Valley Country Music Association Songwriting Finalist, and a performer at music festivals and conferences throughout Arizona and the Southwest. It’s easy to get lost in his soothing baritone or his slick guitar work, but be warned—with Jerry, it’s all about the stories.
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Jessica Shumate Sunday 11:30 – Presidio
Jessica Shumate is a 25-year-old singer/songwriter originally from Phoenix. Her original music has influences of folk, pop, and indie. She enjoys writing about all sorts of topics, from how much she loves local kombucha -- to her Dad's urologist. Jessica's day job is in a classroom for children with special needs.
Jim Ballard Sunday 2:00 – La Cocina
A New England transplant from the Great Midwest, Jim has been a fan of folk and blues for as long as he can remember. At his age, that isn't saying much - but in moments of clarity he recalls the Folk Scare of the 1960s. Appearing now and then, here and there, Jim's taken his mix of originals and covers to venues in the Northeast, Midwest, Pacific Northwest, and Central Mexico - a truly International Amateur.
The Jim Howell Band Saturday 5:30 – Presidio
Jim Howell crafts Americana and Country music raised from the caliche bound floor of the Sonoran desert. His music draws from the duality of human life, hope/depression, light/evil, achievement/ lowered expectations. His latest release, Burn It Down Bleedin' Heart, is a call to the self and others to join together, brandish the heart that bleeds for others rather than allowing it to be bullied and burn down the establishment of hate, mistrust and self service.
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Jim Pipkin Saturday 12:00 – Presidio
Since first setting foot onstage at Union Grove Fiddlers Convention in 1974, I have tried my best to bring a little beauty, humor, and magic into this often ugly, humorless, mundane world. Not always with proper grace and humility, but it has been a sincere effort. The Pipkins first landed at Jamestown as indentured servants in the 1670s, and we have been here in America, usually working for somebody else, ever since.
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Jim, Hank & Dave - The Dry River Band Saturday 3:30 – Church
Jim, Hank & Dave...Three guitarists with Jim and Hank handling most of the the vocals. We sing a combination of Jim's originals and contemporary Americana, with a little folk, rock, and alt country mixed in. Old songs and new songs, and a mix of ballads and uptempo tunes.
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John Coinman Band Saturday 7:00 – Jácome
John Coinman is an award-winning singer-songwriter originally from Clayton New Mexico but has called Tucson home for the last 25 years. He has recorded five solo albums, had numerous songs in films and on television, and collaborated with many notable artists including John Densmore of The Doors, James Intveld, Michael Blake (the writer of Dances With Wolves), Amy Rigby, Tony Gilkyson, Troy Olsen and Teddy Morgan, as well as being the bandleader for Kevin Costner & Modern West (KCMW)
John McGill with Whiskey and Honey Saturday 2:30 – Presidio
"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 w Young MacDonald & Friends Sunday 4:00 – Jácome
Joyce blends gorgeous singing w/poetic & smart songwriting that showcases her ability to chronicle the vagaries of love & her belief that music can (& must) change the world--all laced with humor & fun. Her concerts inspire hope & get folks singing along! Her 2018 debut cd Every Road We Take, coproduced by Ryanhood's Ryan Green, has been featured on the int'l Folk Radio Chart of Most Played Albums. She's joined by Young MacDonald-fiddle, cello, Mike Markowitz-mandolin & Jim Lipson-percussion.
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The Kate Becker All-Stars Saturday 3:30 – La Cocina
Kate Becker's soulful voice is deep and expressive and her original songs an eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, funk, latin, R&B, and jazz. Her ensemble consists of some of Arizona's most accomplished musicians including Richard Katz (piano), Marshall Jones (guitar), Ruben Moreno (trumpet) and Patrick Morris (bass). The Kate Becker All-Stars bring you strong rhythmic grooves, sultry evocative melodies and a dose of danceable and joy-inducing inspiration!
Kaz Murphy Saturday 12:00 – Church
Cruising on the wave of his fourth solo CD "Ride Out The Storm," Kaz Murphy has been on a national tour and receiving widespread airplay. His vintage brand of Americana is tapped from deep within, and his powerful live performances command any room. His stage presence is strong and undeniable, while his easy personality warms the crowd. With a charged and emotional voice, his shows are intimate and captivating.
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Kevin Pakulis and His Band Sunday 7:00 – La Cocina
Award-winning Americana singer-songwriter Kevin Pakulis is a seasoned veteran of the Tucson music scene. No Depression Magazine said of him: “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 scene.
Kristie Cunningham Sunday 1:00 – Dusty Monk
Singer...Songwriter...Snappy dresser...Smart aleck, Kristie Cunningham performs a mix of genre-crossing originals and covers. Singing along is always encouraged!
Laura Joy Saturday 5:00 – Church
Singer-songwriter, Laura Joy, is a Phoenix based nationally touring artist with an eclectic song list of award-winning original music and popular covers. Her soothing voice has been known to quell dark, angry bars full of ornery old Irishmen. With comparisons that range from Joni Mitchell to Natalie Merchant, Laura’s percussive fingerpicking and buoyant vocals have graced audiences from as far as the Sun Belt to the streets of Manhattan.
Lauren Lawson Saturday 3:30 – Jácome
Lauren Lawson is a native Tucson singer-songwriter. Her vocal style has been compared to Colbie Caillat and Lisa Loeb. She plays both acoustic guitar and ukulele and performs a variety of originals and covers. She recently won a Judges Pick in the Passport to Nashville songwriting competition for her song "Cry for you". She was also a winner in the Toptunes.Rocks Talent competition and made the top 10 of Oro Valley's Got Talent.
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Leslie and Larry Latour Sunday 2:30 – Dusty Monk
Leslie Latour is a folk/pop singer/songwriter, born in NYC, lived and worked in Maine, and now living in both Maine and Arizona. She splits his time writing and co-writing with her husband Larry Latour, writing and performing songs in the traditional folk/pop spirit, channeling such performer/writers as Pete Seeger, Joni Mitchel, Maria Muldaur, and Grace Slick. She has recorded two CDs "That's Life" and "Real Music" with Larry. She lives with Larry and their six 4-leggeds in the Verde Valley.
Linda Lou & the Desert Drifters Sunday 2:30 – La Cocina
Linda Lou has participated in every folk festival since its inception--as a solo performer, with friends and now the Desert Drifters. She helped raise the seed money and became a long term board member of the Tucson Kitchen Musicians. Linda Lou continues to perform at various private and public venues, including entertaining at various senior centers throughout Tucson. The Drifters include "Arizona Slim" Tim Barrett (fiddle), Jain Barrett (vocals), Ed Davenport (bass) John Jensen (mandolin).
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Lindsay White Sunday 3:00 – Church
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll call your therapist. With influences ranging from Bob Dylan to Ani Difranco, Lindsay White's songwriting has earned recognition from Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, and American Songwriter Magazine. White's latest album Lights Out premiered exclusively on and debuted #2 on the iTunes Singer-Songwriter charts. Lindsay has opened for notable acts such as The Lone Bellow, David Crosby, Steve Poltz, and more.
Lizard Rock Ramblers Saturday 3:00 – Presidio
What do you call five acoustic musicians who come from England, Alaska, Hawaii, Wisconsin and Brooklyn who meet one another in Tucson, Arizona? The Lizard Rock Ramblers....
Lola & Her Friends Saturday 7:00 – Dusty Monk
Linda Shenk is a local singer who performed at weddings and coffee houses through high school & college. Following a hiatus she is back, and enjoys singing music in the jazz and swing styles, with forays into Celtic and folk. Her musical friends include Frank Daley on guitar, Andrea Hoag on fiddle, Roger Sperline on clarinet, and Evan Dain on bass.
The Lord of Grace Praise Singers Sunday 1:00 – Jácome
Led by local musician Stuart Oliver (founding member of 5-time TAMMIE Award winners for Best Bluegrass Band, The Dusty Buskers) and featuring the talents of Phyllis Teager, Cindy Stein, Darlene Wager, Ian Baylor and bassist Pete Schnittman, this happy and harmonious six-piece ensemble performs every Sunday at the Lord Of Grace Lutheran Church. They will be performing country gospel favorites made popular by The Carter Family, Flatt & Scruggs, Rev. Gary Davis and more.
Lucky Lenny Sunday 6:00 – Church
Lucky Lenny is a string band based in Flagstaff, AZ. Their music features original compositions with influences of folk, bluegrass, Americana, pop, and country. Lucky Lenny is standard bluegrass outfit (acoustic guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, banjo, and upright bass) yet they span many genres and have a contemporary take on traditional styles of music. Lucky Lenny also plays covers including traditional bluegrass tunes as well as unconventional tunes played in a bluegrass style.
Mark Rocco Dawson Sunday 1:00 – Presidio
finger picking piedmont blues artist from the area it was originated. Mark tries to expand the blues in his own way but also stays true to the essence of the originators. Soulful and grounded in the roots of the music he give a memorable performance making you want to explore the music once you hear it.
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Marty Province Saturday 1:30 – Presidio
Marty Province is a retired university professor and public school teacher who has played for audiences large and small from coast-to-coast in venues from concerts to festivals to political rallies and demonstrations. With his guitars (6- and 12-string), 1960's folk banjo, and autoharp, he combines traditional folk and topical songs with comedy and current standards into a show for all ages.
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Matt and Rebekah Rolland Saturday 5:00 – Jácome
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 first solo album, Seed & Silo, features original tunes written during her artist-in-residence with the National Parks Service, and speaks to their creativity and range. PopMatters listed Seed & Silo on its "20 Best Folk Albums of 2018" and Americana UK calls it "a slice of folk perfection."
Matt Bruner Sunday 11:30 – Dusty Monk
“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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Michael Lich Sunday 1:30 – Dusty Monk
Classical guitarist, banjo-player, arranger and composer, Michael Lich is an eclectic, musician who performs a wide variety of musical styles including folk, bluegrass, jazz and classical.
Michael R. J. Roth Saturday 5:00 – Dusty Monk
Songwriter Michael R. J. Roth won the 2019 NSAI Song Contest for lyric writing, and a Gold Award from 2018 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest for lyrics. He has been called "a cool dark troubadour" and "an amazing writer" evoking a mix of Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, Johnny Cash, Paul Simon and others with lyrics known for their intriguing imagery and "deep, profound truth." He is featured in the Great American Song Hall of Fame, and is known for his award-winning, original acoustic songs.
Mikey Sunday 5:30 – Dusty Monk
Mikey is an accomplished singer-songwriter and music producer. His material shines with solid storytelling and imagination, spanning all manner of subjects, drawing from a rich background of life experiences. Yet his songs all weave a common thread - they are well-written and entertaining. Also a solid guitarist, at times venturing into brilliant acoustic fingerpicking and rhythmic dexterity, he entertains with wit and humor. You’ll be content to listen, inspired to think – and moved to feel.
Moonstrung Restrung Sunday 3:30 – La Cocina
MOONSTRUNG RESTRUNG, featuring twin fiddles and tight harmonies, is a band of friends who are joining their efforts to bring renewed energies to tunes new and old. We hope you enjoy our mix of bluegrass, country, folk ballads and instrumentals. Tom Woolley on guitar, Mary Hidalgo on mandolin, Phil Anderson on bass, and Dave Michaud & Shanti Foster on twin fiddles.
The Morton Twins Saturday 8:00 – Jácome
The Morton Twins are 1975 National Banjo Champion Randal Morton and Greg Morton on Guitar. They have toured with Mark O'Connor, The White's and The Don Ho Show in Honolulu, and shared the stage with Bill Monroe, John Hartford, and Sam Bush. Their latest album was recorded at the Sun Records Studio in Memphis. They're excited to be playing the 2019 Tucson Folk Festival with Lex Browning of Poco fame on the Fiddle and Guitar and Jim Stanley on Upright Bass. Sure to be a Spectacular Show!
Mudwerks Sunday 3:00 – Dusty Monk
12-string bottleneck compositions inspired by the southwestern desert
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Mustang Corners Sunday 5:00 – La Cocina
Writing and performing music that is born and breed in Tucson Arizona, Mustang Corners is happy to make their seventh appearance at the festival bringing you acoustic music you can hear.
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Nancy McCallion and the Scarlet Lettermen Sunday 6:30 – Jácome
Nancy McCallion has been writing songs and performing music in Tucson for more than 30 years. Her 1990's band, The Mollys, toured internationally and landed a spot on The Washington Post's top ten albums of 1997 with their album,"Hat Trick." Nancy's latest band plays a mix of Americana and folk music with a twist of soul and a dram of blarney. The Scarlet Lettermen features Chris Davis, formerly of The Rowdies, on guitar, Karl Hoffmann on bass and Les Merrihew on drums.
Nathan & Jessie Saturday 4:30 – Jácome
Together, Nathan Rivera and Jessie Andra Smith bring an unforgettable trilingual performance! The duo has traveled all over the world sharing their music on streets and stages with their unique sound. Their fusion of jazzy folk and blues on resonator guitars and accordion, along with interesting interplay between male and female vocals, make their performances unlike any other. Upbeat folky tunes rooted in the spirit of jazz, improvisation, storytelling, and humor.
Neil McCallion Sunday 3:30 – Jácome
Usually fronting local band, The Mighty Maxwells, Neil will be performing his original songs solo this year, armed with but an acoustic guitar.
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Nelson Wright Sunday 1:00 – Church
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 writing to early Bob Dylan and John Prine. His most recent project, Orphans & Relics, was a Roots Music Report Top 100 Folk Album ( listening to a plate of T Bone Burnett, wrote AltCountry). Nelson is currently Seattle-based, and his current drug of choice is caffeine.
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Nick and Luke Sunday 12:00 – La Cocina
Nicholas Horner and Lucas Chohany have a musical kinship unlike any other. With a love for traditional music and honest songwriting presented with the spontaneity of jazz and the reckless abandon of rock music, Nick and Luke have cultivated a musical language all their own. While playing a combination of americana-rooted original music, jazz standards and the bluegrass/old-time liturgy, their performances ebb and flow to create a playful blend of the visceral and the virtuosic. ​
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One More Time Sunday 1:00 – La Cocina
One More Time performs folk, jazz, blues and gospel that emphasize gorgeous harmonies and original dynamics. The members are made up of Tucson singer/songwriters Suzy Ronstadt, Kathy Harris and Michelle Coleman, and multi-instrumentalist Bryan Russell-Lowe. Suzy and Kathy were part of I Hear Voices! and Michelle and Bryan are recent transplants from other states where they were very active with musical groups. They are all happy to continue their musical interests together with One More Time!
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The Out of Kilters Sunday 6:30 – La Cocina
The Out of Kilters play traditional Irish, Scottish, American and original music with great love, energy and enthusiasm. Russ Healy on accordion, whistle and harmonica, is joined by Liz Healy on Bodhran, Tom Feild on guitar, Reuben Vinal on bass, and the band's official Irishman Peter Rodgers on fiddle. Everyone sings. The OOK's just want to have fun and make sure that no one gets seriously injured in the process. Slainte!
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P.D. Ronstadt & The Company Sunday 7:00 – Jácome
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.
Pablo Peregrina Sunday 6:00 – Dusty Monk
Pablo Peregrina is a product of the borderlands, where he was born and continues to make his home. His virtuosic performances and socially conscious lyrics have reminded some of both Jose Feliciano and Phil Ochs. And his original compositions – to which he refers as his “border songs” – deeply touch listeners with their passion and forthright energy. Pablo performs solo, engaging his audience with the immediacy of his masterful guitar playing, his powerful voice, and his warm personality.
Paul Charles Saturday 12:00 – Dusty Monk
Paul Charles is a Piedmont-style blues and traditional folk performer who hails from New England, but now lives in Tucson. His repertoire revives blues and folk gems from the 1920s to the 1960s. He has appeared previously at the Tucson, Flagstaff and Prescott Folk Festivals, and plays regularly around town.
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Paul Martin Saturday 4:30 – Dusty Monk
Paul Martin is a singer-songwriter with a passion for social justice, equality, and peace reflected in his heartfelt songs. His material includes stories from his travels as a full-time RVer, to experiences in personal growth, the joys and heartaches of love, and the realizations of aging.
PB&J Saturday 4:00 – Jácome
Mostly acoustic, 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 12:30 – Dusty Monk
I learned blues, bottleneck and fingerstyle guitar from the amazing country blues musicians who performed at the famous Ash Grove in Los Angeles: Bukka White, Son House, Mississippi John Hurt, Merle Travis and Reverand Gary Davis to name a few. I now teach Travis/Atkins style guitar at McCabes guitar shop in Santa Monica. On stage, I reserve the right to express a serious thought should one ever occur to me.
Peter, Paul, and Mary Remembered Saturday 3:00 – Church
With 2 male voices, 1 female voice, 2 guitars (1 each steel and nylon strings), and an upright bass, Peter, Paul, and Mary Remembered present only the music of that famous trio. Their harmonies will remind you of the days when the music and the lyrics were more important than the "pyrotechnics" so prevalent in much of today's music. Join us to rekindle your fond memories of those times when we "came of age" and of the music that made it happen.
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The Quarter Saturday 2:00 – La Cocina
The QUARTER is an American Roots Band based in Tucson, Arizona. The quartet expertly blends acoustic instrumentation, diverse voices and alluring harmonies that feature a century of Americana music. The QUARTER plays music that has inspired musicians and pleased audiences since the early 1900s. If you like the blues, folk, rock and roll, gospel, bluegrass or country (and if you like to smile;) Jim Dumbauld, Tom Potter, Barry Richards, and Jay Schreiber have got the music for you!
R T Hall Saturday 7:00 – La Cocina
R T Hall is a singer/songwriter from all over. His music reflects life in a motorhome touring the country. He spends time volunteering and, best of all, playing music at festivals and venues on the way to festivals. His songs reflect life as it is, as it should be and how it could be. The ditties are about the human experience, the ever changing world and history up to this point. He is a member of the MS Songwriters Alliance.
Ramsey Roberson Saturday 2:00 – Jácome
Two past winners of the Stefan George Memorial Songwriting Contest (Robby Roberson in 2013 and Eric Ramsey in 2017) team up for what some have called "something very much like music". Eclectic and surprising are two adjectives that perfectly describe the multi-instrumentalists' performances.
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Ric Volante & Vicky Smith Sunday 6:00 – La Cocina
A soulful Americana duo. She's a classically trained singer who crossed over to country, folk and western music. He's a string wiz who honed his chops in bluegrass and country rock bands. Together they sing in bold, tight harmony, trading licks on guitar, mandolin, banjo and bouzouki.
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Robby Roberson Band Sunday 1:30 – Church
The Robby Roberson Band performs an americana style of music rich in rootsy rhythms and flavors of rock, blues, folk, gospel and jazz. Our repertoire of original songs are stories of fact, fiction, joy, and sorrow embedded in a musical fabric that consists of a dynamic blend of tradition acoustic and modern instruments.
Robyn Landis Sunday 3:30 – Church
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 Saturday 1:30 – Jácome
Fifteen-year-old Roman Barten-Sherman has been playing Delta Blues guitar since the age of four. His repertoire draws from the deep vernacular of artists such as Charlie Patton, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Blind Blake and Skip James. Roman’s performance history includes frequent bookings at The Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi, The Tucson Folk Festival, and The Hotel Congress in Tucson.
Ron Pandy Sunday 4:30 – 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 radiate wit without the pretense of wisdom.
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Rudy Cortese Sunday 3:30 – Dusty Monk
From Bach to Bluegrass, an eclectic mix of original music from classical, folk, blues, bluegrass, to familiar melodies of our time. He is a singer, songwriter, composer, and a five-time winner of the Four Corner States Banjo Championships, and also an Arizona state banjo champion. Rudy will keep an upbeat positive vibe of music flowing your way!
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RuffMixx Saturday 5:30 – Dusty Monk
Peter's flat picking and fingerpicking style and Kevin's rhythm combine to bring their humorous, high energy toe tapping honky tonk songs to life. There are songs for everyone within their large repertoire of music.
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The Rusty Chops Saturday 3:00 – Jácome
The Rusty Chops are a contemporary acoustic band with deep Tucson roots and fine bluegrass harmony. Members are Ralph Colwell, Andy McCune, EJ Ricotta, Sandy Staples and Ric Volante.
Ryan David Orr Sunday 12:30 – La Cocina
In the words of the Monterey County Weekly, "Orr's weathered voice is a cross between Peter Gabriel and Eddie Vedder". Blending his many musical influences, from folk to hip-hop, jazz to rock 'n' roll, classical to alt-country, Orr's style of song crafting is at once original and authentic, unique in the modern musical landscape. The son of a folk singer-songwriter and a painter/photographer, Orr was inspired from a young age to perform and create, maintaining his folk roots in his compositions.
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Sabra Faulk-Sylvester Saturday 5:30 – Jácome
Sabra has been a staple of the Tucson music scene for many years. She has played with at least almost all,if not a few, of the finest bands in the Old Pueblo through the decades. In 2012, Sabra and the Angel Band headlined the Tucson Folk Festival on Sunday night. She has four CD’s of original material. Sabra plays bass, guitar, drums and occasionally a ukulele. Her songs range from silliness to seriousness to social awareness with a song or two about horses and dogs.
Sandy Hathaway Saturday 1:30 – Dusty Monk
Sandy Hathaway’s lives in Chandler, AZ. Her songs deliver stories that touch the heart. Her songs are colorful and paint a picture with lyrics and skillfully created music. She has been a professional musician in Arizona for 20 years.
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Shades of Summerdog Saturday 6:00 – La Cocina
Summerdog Bluegrass Experience, Mariachi and Swing Ensemble was a Tucson music institution from the 1970s into the 1980s. Several members of this band will convene from around the country for the 2019 Tucson Folk Festival. The line-up will include: Chip Curry, Summerdog founder, and banjo conjurer; Marc Rennard, crackerjack fiddler; Ed Davenport, bass; and Jon Ross, guitar, and everybody sings. Our music ranges from traditional folk music to swinging rhythm-n-blues.
Sister and the Sun Saturday 4:00 – Dusty Monk
Sister and the Sun are a modern folk duo putting their own eclectic spin on classics, current hits, and original tunes with elements of folk, pop, blues, soul, and rock. Lead singer/songwriter Emily packs a punch with golden pipes backed by melodic harmonies on acoustic guitar. Mynzah rounds out the monsoon of sound with percussive wizardry on cajon, chimes, cymbals and shakers. Sister and the Sun are guaranteed to move you.
Sophia Rankin and Guests Saturday 4:30 – Church
Sophia Rankin is a Music Major at the University of Arizona who released her debut album Reverie in 2016 and her second album Solace in 2018. This is her sixth year at Folk Fest, and she is a regular performer around Tucson (March of Dimes, Spring Fling, TFF Chili Cook-Off, etc.). She placed first at the Tucson Desert Songwriters Festival (2017) and the Stefan George Songwriting Competition (2018). She is accompanied by the talented Tom Carpenter, Noah Martin, Diego Martinez, and Will MacDonald.
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The Sounders Saturday 12:30 – La Cocina
The Sounders, in this first incarnation, is an eclectic folk music group composed of singer-songwriter Michael Scherf on guitar, Julia Barwell on guitar and mandolin, and Danny Worms on fiddle. The music is as catchy and memorable as it is original, recalling the influences of songwriters like James Taylor, Jackson Browne and Jimmy Webb. And the performers bring a wealth of talent to the mix.
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The Speedway Brothers Band Sunday 3:30 – Presidio
The Speedway Brothers are band with a Bluegrass twist & just a touch of Country/Rock.
Steff Kayser Saturday 1:30 – Church
*** CRAFTSMANSHIP / PRECISION / GROOVE *** Steff has been honing his skills for nearly a 1/2 century. An accomplished acoustic guitarist with a world-class voice, he brings his thoughtful, passionate originals and brilliantly crafted cover tunes to Tuscon's Folk Festival in 2019.
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Steven Graves Band Sunday 2:30 – Presidio
All the way from Santa Cruz California, this genre bending high energy Americana Roots touring band brings its catchy and infectious grooves to the TFF for the fourth straight year. A definite crowd favorite playing everything from Reggae, Gospel, Folk Rock and more. All original with lots of influences you will recognize (Dead, Band, Dylan, Marley etc.) all with a positive socially conscious vibe!
Sunny & the Whiskey Machine Saturday 2:00 – Church
Sunny and the Whiskey Machine blend the perfect amount of Americana, Blues, Old Time, and Bluegrass to bring a sound that's all their own. From haunting tales of days gone by, to ballads of heartache, addiction, and lost love, the words and the music take you on a journey through time and space that leaves you longing to hear more.
Sweet Remember Sunday 12:00 – Dusty Monk
Tari and Deanna perform original songs that pull you in and take you on their journey. Their love for music and performing will delight you and leave you wanting more. They blend their guitar, piano and harmonies into one magnificent dance.
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Tammy West and The Culprits Sunday 3:00 – Jácome
Hopeful, Melancholy Americana
Teal & Joyce Sunday 2:00 – Jácome
Teal & Joyce delight and engage with original songs of life's delights and dilemmas! Serious, sensitive and audaciously funny with a side of vaudeville thrown in for good measure (feather boa included) they leave audiences with a tune in their heads and a song in their hearts. Their thoughtful, witty lyrics, tight harmonies and a variety of instrumentation (guitars, harmonica, mandolin, banjo, washboard) keep audiences engaged, entertained and inspired.
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The Titan Valley Warheads Saturday 6:00 – Presidio
This venerable award-winning five piece band from Tucson, AZ, now in their 38th year, brings to the stage an eclectic mix of bluegrass, swing, Americana and a cappella music. Great picking? Without a doubt. Powerful and moving harmonies? You bet. Voted Best in Exterior Decoration by Western Bachelor Magazine? Less likely but possible. Please join Gary, Ed, Andy, Tom and Earl for a great time, and look for The Titan Valley Warheads on Facebook for upcoming dates and shenanigans. Enjoy the Fest!
The Tumbleweeds Saturday 2:30 – Dusty Monk
The Tumbleweeds play Vintage Country including the music of Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys, Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb and the Sons of the Pioneers. For 15 years they have performed together throughout Arizona and New Mexico. The Tumbleweeds are Joe Carter (fiddle/vocals) and Byron Ripley (guitar/vocals).
Wally Lawder Sunday 5:30 – Presidio
Wally Lawder has performed at this festival the last number of years with a band, so this year will be change of pace with a solo performance! He's a seasoned songwriter with five CD's and over 100 originals in his performing rotation. Pulitzer Prize winning poet Stephen Dunn calls him "both a romantic and a social critic.” Wally will play guitar and ukulele, but not at the same time.
The Warren Dukes Band Saturday 6:30 – La Cocina
Vocalist extraordinaire Connie Warren is back in Tucson after 10 years in the pacific northwest and has teamed up with veteran Tucson guitar man Tommy Dukes (M2M, Po the Band, Reverie). Together they specialize in 2-part harmony and play original arrangements of an eclectic blend of classics and album cuts. They’re delighted to feature John June on bass and Tom’s son, Phillip Dukes, on percussion/drums. This band is just getting started, but we’re having a blast and the fun is contagious!
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Wayback Machine Sunday 6:00 – Presidio
This year, and for the first time in many festival years, the band will be playing in its classic four-piece configuration. Shanti Foster, violin/mandolin; Bev Seckinger, bass; Tom Woolley, guitar; Jim Lipson, percussion/harmonicas. Everyone sings.
Widow's Hill Saturday 12:30 – Jácome
Widow's Hill has been playing Americana, Rockabilly, Vintage Country, originals, and happy hillbilly, feel-good music together since 2012. 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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Witherward Saturday 1:00 – Jácome
Whitherward is a band with a unique story. Upon it’s creation in 2014, Edward A. Williams and Ashley E. Norton set a goal to leave Nashville and play music they love, for people who love music. Now an Internationally storyteller touring duo with no home base to claim, Whitherward wanders the USA and Europe, exploring the many sub-genres of folk and Americana. They hit a milestone in 2018 with a sponsorship from Subaru Europe and are joined by violinist Stephanie Groot, now on their 6th album.
WomanSong Sunday 4:00 – La Cocina
Exquisite and richly soothing vocal harmonies blended with unique arrangements, creative combinations and awesome instrumental backing are at the heart of WomanSong, a warm and fun-loving female vocal folk ensemble. This is music that just plain makes you feel good. Some of WomanSong’s music is soft and sweet, and some gets you kickin’ up your boots and stompin’ your feet. In this crazy world of ours, this music can really make you glad to be alive and connected to the humanity of life.
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World Winds Saturday 1:00 – Church
"World Winds" originated by Kathi Huhtaluhta, is music of Spain, Turkey and Finland/Lapland yoiks and chants. Songs are in a variety of languages, Spanish, Finnish, and Turkish. The musicians are a dynamic world class artists who play music that is original, traditional and contemporary.
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Wren Saturday 4:30 – Presidio
Singer-songwriter Wren performs original, nature-inspired folk music with a Celtic twist. Described as possessing a “naturalness and a philosophical bent at the same time,” her soulful melodies evoke the lands and waters of her native Pacific Northwest & Galicia, Spain. Her 2nd album, Stitch an Ocean, was a love letter to Galicia and included her interpretation of several Galician songs. Her new body of work, written in a cabin in the remote Methow Valley of WA, explores "the heroine's journey."
Young MacDonald Saturday 1:00 – Presidio
Young MacDonald is a violin and cello duo of brothers Will (16) and Lee(14). They play Old Time, Bluegrass, jazz, gospel, Irish, Latin, and classical styles. Born and raised in Tucson, they can be heard performing regularly around town at some wonderful venues. Both boys have received many awards, but mostly love the friends they make and the experiences music brings along the way.
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