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Program 2019

Program 2019 Tucson Folk Festival


WELCOME to the 34th Annual Tucson Folk Festival! We're so
excited to present a new look to this year’s festival! Discover all
of the festival activities offered throughout the weekend in this

Being an all-volunteer non-profit organization, we are very
grateful for the continued support from our generous sponsors
and community partners, enabling us to keep this annual festival
FREE and accessible to all! AND, it is our festival staff and
volunteers who truly ensure the success of this festival! Thank
you all!

We treasure the opportunity to bring our community together in
music and fun! Here's wishing you the BEST MUSIC FESTIVAL
experience ever!

Diane Perry, TKMA President, & the Board of Directors

Notes from the Kitchen….…………...3 Workshops, Ballad Tree………..14-15
Board of Directors/Staff……………...4 Annual TKMA Campout…………….16
Sponsors/Community Partners……..5 Headliners Emeritus………………...18
Beer Garden/Kitchen Store…….…...6 PERFORMERS………….……...20-60
Raffles………………………………….7 ROGER MIKULAS Young

Artists Showcase……...………...42-43
RED MOLLY, Saturday Night……….8 TKMA Members…………………….61
HEATHER HARDY, Sunday Night….9 Elise Grecco Memorial Page………62
MR. NATURE’S MUSIC GARDEN..10 Membership Form…………………..65
Kids Zone……………………..……..11 Festival Map………………….……...66
Songwriting Contest………..…...12-13



Board of Directors Staff

Diane Perry - President Tieann Blackburn Jim Lipson
Don Copler - Secretary Nikki Chayet Gary Maki
Claud Blackburn - Treasurer Kathy Damstra Jerry Martin
Art Dyer Chris Mikel
Greg Aiken Eb Eberlein Joe Musselman
Ismael Barajas Aspen Green Dave Perry
Domingo DeGrazia Larry Peterson
Andrew Hines Bruce Hallowell Linda Lou Reed
Kathy Harris George Rowe
Ron Pandy Lynne Jaffe JP ThomGronachan
Teodoro Ted Ramirez Nancy Williams
Bruce Johnson
Matt Rolland Jerry Kielblock
Petie Ronstadt Isabella Laos
Syndenn Sweet

Performer Selection Official Festival
Committee Photographer

Chair: Jerry Martin Isabella Laos

Alfred Curtis 2019
Andrew Hines Festival Design
Laurin Gaudinier
Caitlin Wilson
Bill Moeller
Bob Greenquist

Kathy Harris

Performer Contracts,
Program Layout & Design

Aspen Green




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Festival Bandana $ 10
Festival Cap (black) $ 15
Festival Cap (2-tone) $ 20
Festival T-Shirt $ 20
Festival T-Shirt-Past $ 5
Forever T-Shirt $ 20
Forever Baseball T-Shirt $ 25
Guitar P ick $1
TFF Decal 6$ 1

TKMA Information and Raffle Booth

 50/50 Raffle
 Two guitars donated by

Instrumental Music Center
- Yamaha Autumn Burst Solid
Top Dreadnought Guitar
- Yamaha Autumn Burst Solid
Top Folk Guitar

 Tucson Folk Festival Performers’
CD Collection


Red Molly combines the forces of three songwriters with unique character and
style, creating a show that is larger than the sum of its parts. Known for their
3-part harmony, their songs and arrangements lay bare a love of vocal blend.
The band weaves together threads of American music—from country and blues
to folk and bluegrass. Their innovative instrumentation is suited for roots-rock
and heartfelt ballads alike, and the alchemy of their personalities onstage
draws even back-row listeners into a sense of intimacy. Red Molly is simply a
joy to experience.

Singing spine-tingling high notes, Abbie Gardner is a dobro player and
improviser from a musical family. A consummate performer, her songs
and performance have the punch of rhythm and blues. Playing guitar and
tambourine, Laurie MacAllister draws inspiration from classic folk and singer-
songwriters. Her voice stretches octaves, warm and romantic one moment,
playful and subversive the next. Molly Venter, also on guitar and tambourine,
has a smoky voice that is unforgettable, and a moody approach to song-

Since 2004, Red Molly has inspired countless female trios. In 2017, they
reinvented themselves as a high-octane five-piece band. They remain a
dominant force on the Americana/folk scene due in part to their laughter and
spontaneity onstage. Upright bassist, Craig Akin, and percussionist and electric
guitarist, Eben Pariser, fill out the sound, giving the show a broad range of
musical options—from complex and har8d-hitting to sparse and delicate.

By the time she arrived in Tucson in 1992, Heather was already a seasoned
performer having played violin since the age of 9. But it was her time with
legendary blues man, Sam Taylor, that helped transform this New York City
transplant into a true musical force of nature. This budding apprenticeship with
Sam in the 1990s, eventually grew into a partnership of sorts, and forever
changed the arc of her career and her relationship with the blues.

By 1996, Heather had formed her own Lil’ Mama Band, blowing away the local
crowds at her club dates and performances. In 1997, she took the band to New
York, where they still play 3 months a year. In 2000, she was inducted into the
Arizona Blues Hall of Fame.

Currently, Heather tours internationally and has released 5 albums of original
songs and where her strong vocals are beginning to rival her considerable
violin chops. She has recorded on over 200 albums of various artists in Arizona
and around the world and she continues to thrill audiences with her unique and
soulful style on the violin, sultry vocals, and original interpretations of her
beloved blues.

The Lil’ Mama Band includes Alvin Blaine on Guitar, Larry Lee Lerma, bass
and Dani Ponce on drums. All three are remarkable players in their own right

and are much sought after for recording sessions and live dates alike. Heather

will also be joined on stage by frequent collaborator and former Tucson Folk

Fest headliner Sabra Faulk, as well as Lane Harman, lead singer for the band
Reverie, and also known for her many years fronting Tucson’s legendary band

Street Pajama. 9

Anthony Marc Aldinger established Mr. Nature's Music Garden, LLC in early
2013! Born and raised in Tucson, he’s known among friends and family as
Mr. Nature. Mr. Nature’s Garden Crew is made up of creative
multi-instrumentalists, Tom “PoP” Privett, Eli “Brother Bear” Beren, Coppelia
“Coco” Tarantal, and Syndenn Sweet. Mr. Nature’s Music Garden performs at
birthday parties, celebrations, classrooms, elder jams, and playgroups. Their
playgroup facilitation is designed to build and strengthen positive foundations
for social interaction with a focus on kindness, compassion, and mindful
engagement through song, dance, interactive music, storytelling and art.

Anthony shared, "Ever since I can remember, music, books, and the great
outdoors have been an incredibly strong and positive force in my life! I have
had the privilege of creating and providing music, crafts, and story time
programs for children through my employment at different local businesses
before taking a leap of faith and creating my own business, providing
interactive programs for the community! I desire to provide these fun and
engaging programs for everyone, young and old. Music and storytelling are
incredible tools that promote the building of strong social skills like kindness,
sharing, teamwork, confidence, literacy and compassion. I am so humbled by
the amazing community and local businesses that have helped me achieve so
much and that continue to contribute to Mr. Nature's up-rising!"

Mr. Nature's Music Garden has achieved The Tucson Weekly "Best of Tucson"
for Best Children’s Entertainer 2016 & 2017, and runner up in 2018, as well as
being "Belled" by Ben's Bells for kindness work in the community!


Saturday, April 6 & 7


THE Winner will perform Saturday

At 6:00 on Jácome Stage

Ten finalists (chosen from a field that typically is more than 40)
will each perform two original songs for the Folk Festival
audience and a panel of judges that includes fellow songwriters.
Contestants will be evaluated on originality & uniqueness, song
structure & arrangement, and talent & stage presence.

1. 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

2. Mark Holdaway is a talented singer, songwriter, kalimba player and multi-
instrumentalist from Tucson, Arizona.

3. 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 her 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.

4. Jesse Taylor is a heartfelt artist from Southern California raised in a Cajun
music family. His musical influences include blues, country, folk, and oldies.

5. Jerry Green 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, and12a 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.

6. Nick and Luke - 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.

7. 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
music 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.

8. Anne English is an accomplished singer songwriter, 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. Anne has performed with many Tucson artists and opened for
numerous shows, especially for featured events for charitable organizations.
"Ruby" is an original song about the AZ ghost town.

9. Lauren Larson 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.

10. Mark Anthony Febbo is a third-generation Tucsonan, and has been an
active musician in the region for 18 years. He is an alum of Pueblo High School
and a 2006 graduate of the University of Arizona’s creative writing program.
Febbo fronted the rock band, Clam Tostada, from 2001 to 2014. For the past
five years, he's been performing and recording with fellow songwriter, Oscar
Fuentes, in the FebboFuentes project. The two are currently working on an
album of Febbo’s originals at TucSound13Studio.

WORKSHOPS will be held in the Joel D. Valdez Library

Children’s Meeting Room Catalina Room
1st floor 2nd floor

12:30 Bluegrass Banjo Improvising on the Accordion/Resonator
1:50 Andy McCune, Chip Curry & Jon Ross Guitar - Jessie Andra Smith, Nathan Rivera

Old Time Fiddle & Guitar Song Writing about the West
Marc Rennard & Jon Ross Carol Markstrom

3:10 Remembering Pete Seeger Old-Time Appalachian Fiddle
Ted Warmbrand Dan Levenson

Santa Rita Room Tucson Room
2nd floor 3rd floor

12:30 Alternative Tunings for Guitar aka
1:50 String Theory - G.E. Bowman

Intro to Self - Recording at Home
Matt Bruner

3:10 Finger-Style Guitar 1- Row (Cajun) & 2-Row (Irish) Button
Accordions - J.P. Thom-Gronachan
Michael Lich

Children’s Meeting Room Catalina Room
1st floor 2nd floor

1:30 Improvisational Singing & Playing Gospel Sing-a-Long
Jim Dumbauld
Diane Perry (violinist from New Jersey)
Fostering “Magical” Song Circles/Jams
3:00 Harmony Singing Steff Kayser

Nicholas Horner & Luke Chohany Tucson Room
3rd floor
Santa Rita Room
2nd floor Mandolin
Billy Parker
1:30 Writing Songs That Say What You

Want Them to Say - Jane Fallon

3:00 Clawhammer Banjo

Freddy Parish

TKMA’s “Ballad Tree” is a long standing Tucson Folk Festival
tradition. The Ballad Tree is a designated area offering acoustic
musicians of all levels an informal setting to share and enjoy
playing new and traditional songs. Bring your hand held
instruments to the festival and join your host and Tucson’s
Official Troubadour, Teodoro “Ted” Ramirez at the Tucson Folk
Festival’s Ballad Tree. The Ballad Tree is located on the Lower
Level in the Library from 2-4 PM on Saturday and Sunday.
Call or email Ted Ramirez, TKMA Board Member for more
information: 520-981-2240 , [email protected]


2nd Annual BREAD and BEATS

What do a song circle around the campfire, bread baked fresh in
dutch ovens, an instrument swap, and a gospel singalong have
in common? That and more will be happening at the 2nd Annual
TKMA campout on May 3, 4 and 5th, 2019 at Calabasas
Campground near Peña Blanca Lake. Join in the fun as we
celebrate another successful festival and raise some funds
toward the 35th Annual Tucson Folk Festival. Look for flyers with
details at information tables here at the festival.
Contact Eb Eberlein [email protected] for more information.



Headliners Emeritus

In 2010, TKMA made a conscious decision to reserve
the Sunday headliner slot for one of our own local luminaries and
with that, an open invitation to perform at future festivals. Trust
us when we say they are the best of the best!

GREG and RANDAL MORTON Saturday, Jácome - 8 PM

When Randal reunites with Greg, the Morton twins, on guitar and

banjo, will again be thrilling the festival audience with their

precision picking that looks as effortless as it is engaging.

JOHN COINMAN Saturday, Jácome - 7 PM

Americana, folk rock of the southwest or whatever you want to

call it, Coinman is simply one of our generation's greatest

songwriters. When he's not out on the road with Kevin Costner &

Modern West, we get to have him all to ourselves.

KEVIN PAKULIS Sunday, La Cocina Stage - 7:00 PM

A songwriter’s songwriter, Kevin will use blues, folk, rock,

or whatever else it might take to make a point, convey a feeling,

or make a wry musical observation. His band is anchored

by Karl Hoffman and Gary Mackender, among others.

Saturday, Jácome - 5:00 PM

Matt and Rebekah Rolland have performed across the country,
from the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival to A Prairie
Home Companion with their band Run Boy Run and as a
standalone group. Both Arizona state fiddle champions, the duo
will be performing original songs written for Rebekah's Artist-in-
Residence project at Homestead National Monument in


. Sunday, Jácome - 6 PM
With a catalog of tunes that have engaged almost equal parts of
folk, country, Americana, and Irish flavored music, Nancy's
talents are not limited to any one or even two styles or genres of
music. Be it with the Scarlet Lettermen, Mollys, the Last Call
Girls, the Wee band, or her more stripped down collaborations
with Heather Hardy and Danny Krieger, Nancy never fails to
deliver the goods.
Old, new, borrowed and blue, Petie mixes the traditional music of
his family's Mexican roots with original compositions of his own
as well as those of his late father Papa Mike Ronstadt. Expect
Alex Flores on saxophone, Bobby Ronstadt on accordion and
Bryan Matyjasik on drums among others.

. Saturday, Jácome - 5:30 PM
This year Sabra pulls another all-star band together with Alvin
Blaine on dobro, Petie Ronstadt on upright bass, Matt and
Rebekah Rolland on violin and vocals respectively and Bryan
Matyjasik on drums.


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 an acoustic act and with her band, Adara Rae & The

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-out, 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 talents to many fundraising events in Tucson.

Arizona Balalaika Orchestra Sunday 11:30 – Jácome

Celebrating its 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.
The ensemble includes Dick Arnold on guitar and vocals, Jim Klingenfus, on guitar and
vocals, Bob Benedon on bass, and Jim Lipson on percussion.
[email protected] www.facebook.com2/A0rnoldKlingenfusEnsemble/

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.
[email protected]

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, he has recorded on 17 albums and one of the most-watched harmoni-
ca 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),
as well as 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 their songs are originals, even their covers
are unique! They feature hot dance music such as well as tango and rumba, and
unique instrumentation such as kalimba, mbira, marimbas, harp, electric viola, African
drums, and jazz percussion. They love happy faces smiling at them from the dance
floor! [email protected]

BD & B Frank Saturday 3:30 – Dusty Monk

BD & B Frank plays American roots music featuring interesting instrumentation such as

open-tuned resonator guitar, mandolin, harmonium, violin and viola.
[email protected]

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, Leadbelly, 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 home-
grown Southwest indie-folk. Live large, grin2b1ig.

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, moving fluidly across genres with exceptional
creativity. Billy brings passion and style to every project he is a part of and has recently
in 2107 released an album of mostly original instrumental material 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. They guarantee a rollicking bad time for

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.

[email protected]

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. Two
female backing vocalists make them an awesome force! They play some originals and
covers, sometimes completely rearranging old standards. They’re 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. They 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 songwriter's contest.
[email protected]

Cadillac Mountain Bluegrass Saturday 6:30 – Church

Cadillac Mountain, a Tucson-based bluegrass band, is a dynamic group of talented
musicians who have been playing together in southern Arizona since 2002, bringing

their had-driving bluegrass sound and low-key style all over the state.

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 twice won awards from the Academy of Western Artists,
and two of her three albums have won awards. 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”.

[email protected]

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

Connie Brannock is an R & B force of nature! Singing acoustic original Sonoran soul
and deep fried blues, Connie is a vocalist, songwriter, percussionist and poet.

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.
[email protected]

Curt Beall Sunday 12:00 – Church

Acoustic guitar player with songs with a deep felt meaning and twist to make things

Dan & Cindy Sunday 1:30 – 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


Dan&[email protected] (facebook)


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 on fiddle, banjo and vocals, Emmy Truckenmiller on fiddle
and vocals, John Walkenbach on guitar; and Jerry Weinert on bass, will provide you
and your event with spirited music, songs and stories from the road!
[email protected]

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.
[email protected]

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 Rogers 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!
[email protected]


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

David R Hawkins Saturday 4:00 – Church

Singer-songwriter David Hawkins 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.
[email protected]

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, 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 on harmonicas,

Andrew McClaren on bass, James Peters on percussion, Tom Poley on guitars and

banjo, and Emily Creigh on vocals. Their songwriting has been dubbed " Border

Bhudda Boogie".

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.

[email protected]

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 in 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, Slim Rost (of Way
Out West) on bass, Alvin Blaine on Hawaiian lap steel, and Michael Markowitz on

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 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.
[email protected]

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.

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.
[email protected]

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. They’re 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.

[email protected]

The Fishers Saturday 2:00 – Dusty Monk

A filmmaker by trade, Dick has been playing music 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.
[email protected].




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 mu-
sicians dedicated to accurate reproduction of timeless Beatles classics. In its perfor-
mance sets, Get Back Tucson plays and sings at 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 distinctive Irish twinge picked up from performing in
many of the Chicago Irish pubs. Greg is currently a regular performer in the Phoenix
area as well as at many music festivals and venues in the state.
[email protected]


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,

and 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. They'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… [email protected]

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 and banjo and also sings harmony.

ICE-9 Sunday 5:30 – Church

Ice-9 is a trio featuring the songs of Michael Tanzillo, Richard’s 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. [email protected]

Igor the Jazz Cowboy Sunday 12:00 – Jácome

Igor, a prolific singer/songwriter and one-man band, has a 4-octave vocal range and
plays guitar, harmonica, and foot percussion. He toured with the New Christy Minstrels
and went on to perform worldwide with his Western swing band, the Jazz Cowboys, for

25 years across the US and on to Canada, Mexico, Europe, Australia and China. He’s
been a professional percussionist for John Denver, Benny Goodman and Rod McKuen
and has appeared on the Gong Show five 3ti4mes.

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

Jane is a New Hampshire 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.
[email protected]

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

In their 9th Year at Tucson Folk Festival , the first thing about JC & Laney that stands

out is Laney Greynold’s voice, professionally fine-tuned with power & passion; together
with JC Scott’s precision guitar work & vocals honed 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 Gram-
mys.Their banter & engagingly original Americana music always puts a smile on your
face and warmth in your soul.

[email protected]

JC Scott Saturday 3:00 – Dusty Monk

JC Scott’s brilliant non-flashy guitar style and 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.
[email protected]
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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, country 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.
[email protected]

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.
[email protected]

Jim Pipkin Saturday 12:00 – Presidio

Since first setting foot onstage at Union Grove Fiddlers Convention in 1974, he has
tried his 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
they have been here in America, usually working for somebody else, ever since.
[email protected]

Jim, Hank & Dave - 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.
[email protected]

John Coinman Band Saturday 7:00 – Jácome

John Coinman is an award-winning singer/songwriter originally from Clayton New
Mexico but he 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

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. [email protected]

Joyce Luna with Young MacDonald 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 & gets 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 on mandolin, & Jim Lipson
on percussion.
[email protected]

The Kate Becker All-Stars Saturday 3:30 – La Cocina

Kate Becker's soulful voice is deep and expressive and her original songs are 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 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.
His charged and emotional voice makes his shows intimate and captivating.
[email protected]

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 journal 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...played hot or sweet. KP's Sunday Sessions at
Borderlands Brewing Co. is a mainstay for Tucson's Americana scene.
Facebook Kevin Pakulis

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 the Sun Belt to as far as
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.

[email protected]

Leslie and Larry Latour Sunday 2:30 – Dusty Monk

Leslie Latour is a folk/pop singer/songwriter, who was born in NYC, lived and worked

in Maine, and now lives in both Maine and Arizona. She splits her 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 Mitchell, 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) and John Jensen

Linda Lou & the Desert Drifters On Facebook
[email protected]

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.


12:00 Dusty River Kaz Murphy Jim Pipkin Eli, Syndenn & Paul Charles
12:30 Bluegrass Band Bruce Carlson Po
Daniel Lease
Widow’s Hill The Sounders Carol
Young Markstrom
Witherward World Winds MacDonald
1:00 Marty The Haymarket Eric Douglas
Province Square
Roman Barten - Steff Kayser
1:30 Sherman Helen Dan Levenson Sandy
Hudson & Cat Mountain Hathaway
Ramsey Sunny & Rounders
2:00 Roberson Whiskey
Machine The Quarter The Fishers

Eb’s Camp Herding Cats John McGill Bright & The
2:30 Cookin” Whiskey/Honey Childers Tumbleweeds

The Rusty Chops Peter, Paul & Lizard Rock JD Loveland JC Scott
3:00 Mary Ramblers


Lauren Lawson Jim, Hank & Eric Ramsey The Kate BD & B Frank
3:30 Dave
Becker All-Stars

PB & J David R. Alec Lytle & Get Back Tucson Sister and the
4:00 Hawkins Them Rounders Beatles Tribute Sun

Nathan & Sophia Rankin Wren Anne English Paul Martin
4:30 Jessie and Guests

Matt & Rebekah Laura Joy Janelle Loes Copper Wren Michael R.J.
5:00 Rolland Roth
The Jim
Sabra & the High Desert Howell Band Determined RuffMixx
5:30 Supernaturals Band Titan Valley Luddites
SONGWRITING G.E. Shades of Greg LaCosse
6:00 WINNER Summerdog

JC & Laney Cadillac The Warren Austin Counts
6:30 Mountain Dukes Band Tom Walbank

7:00 John Diane Perry R.T. Hall Lola & her
Coinman Friends

7:30 Band Eric Schaffer

8:00 The

8:30 Twins


11:30 Arizona Blood Feud Jessica Dan & Cindy Matt Bruner
12:00 Orchestra Family Singers Shumate
Igor the Jazz Curt Beall Jane Fallon Nick and Luke Sweet
Cowboy Arroyo Boyo Dash Pocket Remember

Dharmapoke Ryan David Orr Pete Steinberg

Lord of Grace Nelson Wright Mark Rocco One More Time Kristie
1:00 Praise Singers Dawson Cunningham

Gabrielle Robby Cinder Bridge Infinite Flame Michael Lich
1:30 Pietrangelo &
Roberson Band
Beth Daunis
Bob Winweck & Blue Prairie Jim Ballard Amy Coffman
Teal and Joyce Paul Ruffner Dogs

Brian Berggoetz Arnold Steven Graves Linda Lou & Leslie and Larry
2:30 Band Latour
Klingenfus Band The Drifters


Tammy West Lindsay White Darrell Elmer Billy Parker and Mudwerks
3:00 & the Culprits
Rogers Mandoclectic

Neil McCallion Robyn Landis The Speedway Moonstrung Rudy Cortese
3:30 Brothers Band Restrung

Joyce Luna and Dan McCorison Denise Lane WomanSong David Joyce
4:00 Friends Maria McArthur

Bear FebboFuentes The Georgia Ron Pandy EarthPicks of
4:30 Kid Cochise County
Carlos Arzate
Connie Brannock Adara Rae & Big Grin Mustang
Homewreckers Corners Mikey
5:00 Quintet

Freddy Parish ICE-9 Wally Lawder Jerry Green
5:30 Old Town String

Don Armstrong Lucky Lenny Wayback Sundust Road Pablo
6:00 Whiskeypalians Machine Peregrina

Nancy McCallion Baba Marimba The Out of The Fallen
6:30 Scarlet Letterman Kilters Stars

7:00 P.D. Ronstadt Kevin Pakulis
& and His Band

7:30 The Company

The 41

8:30 Band

Songwriting Grace Nicole
12:00 Contest 11:45 Sunshine Lorring

Songwriting 12:00 Corbyn Cleveland
12:30 Contest
12:30 Piper Layne
1:00 Contest 1:00 Nic Guereque

Songwriting 1:30 Paige Brumm
1:30 Contest FAMILY SHOW

2:00 Ayla Moreno 2:00 Mr. Nature’s Music
2:30 Garcia Brothers 42 FAMILY SHOW

FAMILY SHOW 2:30 Mr. Nature’s Music
3:00 Mr. Nature’s Music Garden

Garden 3:00 Jonas Blackketter
3:30 Mr. Nature’s Music 3:30 Hannah & Meredith
Magic Voice Studio Salem in Oregon
4:00 Songbirds 4:00 (Kokino)
Tara Maria Belger
Cecilia Rose
Mariachi Los
5:00 Potrillos of Cholla Lucia & Renz Iurino

High School 5:00
Jovert Steel Drum
5:30 Band Maria McArthur


Ayla Moreno - Ayla started playing piano and violin at age 3 and currently studies
piano with Dr. Svetlana Arakelova and violin with Dr. Laura Tagawa. She has been
invited to perform at various venues including Tucson Japanese Festival, Tucson
Museum of Art, churches and more. In 2 consecutive years, she won 1st place at the
Merit Scholarship Competition and last year, she won 1st place in the Civic Orchestra
of Tucson competition, and performed on piano concerto with them. Today, she will
perform folk songs influenced by folk music around the world.

Garcia Brothers - The Garcia Brothers, Rico age 17, and Diego age 15, have been
playing as a guitar duo for the last 10 years. They play a unique style of improvised
acoustic guitar music to include their own compositions of Christian, Spanish, country,
blues, Latin, classical, and flamenco music.

Magic Voice Studio Songbirds - Magic Voice Studio has been helping people find
their voices for many decades. One of the most wonderful aspects of the studio is the
diversity of music, much of it discovered through its diversity of students. Together,
the Songbirds will share with the folk festival their diverse cultures as they present
together songs of China, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Ireland, Mexico, India and of course
the USA! Students will be garbed in their own heritage's folk attire.

Tara Maria Belger - Tara plays an acoustic guitar and sings. Some of the main groups
who have influenced her songwriting are the Pixies, David Bowie and the Cure.

Mariachi Los Potrillos of Cholla High School - Hailing from Tucson’s La Cholla
High School, the 13 members of Mariachi Los Potrillos have performed together for
three years. They’ve appeared in multiple events around Tucson and been featured
half-time performers for the Arizona Cardinals. In addition to learning Mariachi, the
group is studying studio recording, stage management and other skills to become
professionals in the music industry.

Jovert Steel Drum Band - When people hear Jovert they will hear familiar songs . . .
they just won’t hear them in a familiar way. When Jovert plays, listeners can expect to
be surprised, enlightened and above all entertained. Movement, theatrics and chore-
ography are very much a part of each Jovert performance.

Grace Nicole Sunshine Lorring - Grace Nicole Sunshine Lorring is 7 1/2 years old.

She has been playing violin for almost three years. She loves dragons, unicorns and
mermaids. She also likes to do aerial silks, contortion, and other circus tricks. And she
loves her family.

Corbyn Cleveland - Corbyn Cleveland is an 11 year old performer with rich vocals
and songs that are beyond her years. She was accepted to attend the prestigious
Broadway Artist Alliance in New York City this summer for her unique musical theatre
skills. Performing at venues around town for the past year, including Monterey Court,
Corbyn is a young talent to watch for.

Piper Layne - Piper Layne has been a vocal and guitar student with Pamela Dean at
Allegro School of Music for just over a year. She is a model and actress and aspiring
performer originally from Tucson. She enjoys indie music and classic rock.

Nic Guereque - Nic is a 7th grader and Honor Roll student at Mansfield Middle
School. He began playing the piano at age six and drums at eight. Nic’s been playing
guitar for two years now and loves classic rock and folk music. He began performing
this year and plans on making music for life.

Paige Brumm - Paige Brumm is a young folk artist and Tucson Native, She is a senior
at Canyon Del Oro high school and will be pursuing music in Nashville later this year.

Jonas Blackketter - Jonas is a self taught 13-year-old folk guitarist, whose influences
include folk classics such as John Denver, Cat Stevens and Jim Croce.

Hannah & Meredith - Hannah & Meredith are a vocalist and piano duo that perform
covers and original music in the style of contemporary jazz. They are both aspiring
artists and musicians with intentions of pursuing careers in entertainment and music.

Salem in Oregon (Kokino) - Sad ukulele jams. The songs are pretty soft and mellow,
lots of it is about love, so if you want to hear some smooth stuff, come watch the show.
She’ll give you a hug if you want.

Cecilia Rose - Cecilia Rose has been singing since before she could talk and writing
and composing original music since she was ten. Cecilia plays guitar, viola, ukulele,
recorder and keyboard, but her best instrument is her voice. Cecilia is a prolific
songwriter with over 200 original compositions. Each song tells a personal story,
whether it’s a story of love, social commentary, or throwing a bit of sassy shade. In
2018, she produced and released her first album, Angel from Hell.

Lucia & Renz Iurino - Traditional fiddle and original arrangements of folk and
alternative folk set for fiddle, voice and ukulele.

Maria McArthur - Maria is 16 and has placed nationally in fiddle and banjo contests
and has played at many festivals nationwide. She enjoys all styles of music and has
played locally with Nic McBlaine, the Tucsonics, and The Sonoran Dogs. Maria is now
the state champion banjo player and state champion flat pick guitarist. She also
placed 11th nationwide at the national fiddle contest in Weiser, Idaho. She will be
accompanied by Western Music recording4a4rtist Dan McCorison.


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....a band that blends bluegrass/newgrass, and English and Irish pub music
into their shows. They’re a high-energy 5 piece acoustic band that’ll get you dancing.
[email protected]

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.

Mariachi Los Potrillos of Cholla High School
Saturday 5:00 – Wildflower

Hailing from Tucson's La Cholla High School, the 13 members of Mariachi Los
Potrillos have performed together for 3 years. They've appeared in multiple events
around Tucson and been featured half-time performers for the Arizona Cardinals. In
addition to learning Mariachi, the group is studying studio recording, stage
management and other skills to become professionals in the music industry.


Mark Rocco Dawson Sunday 1:00 – Presidio

Mark is a 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 origi-

nators. Soulful and grounded in the roots of the music, he gives a memorable
performance making you want to explore the music once you hear it.
[email protected]

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. [email protected]

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 the duo’s 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

A troubadour? Singer-songwriter? Artist? Hell, I’m just a storyteller with a 4-minute
attention span and nervous hands! Matt calls himself a dark storyteller 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. [email protected]

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 was the winner of the 2019 NSAI Song Contest for lyric

writing, and received a Gold Award from the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest for lyrics.
He has been called "a cool dark troubadour" and "an amazing writer" by fans and
industry professionals, 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 with "the kind of lyrics that make

Nashville writers salivate." NSAI named him47"One to Watch."

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. You’ll
enjoy their 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


Mudwerks Sunday 3:00 – Dusty Monk

12-string bottleneck compositions inspired by the southwestern desert. [email protected]

Mustang Corners Sunday 5:00 – La Cocina

Writing and performing music that is born and bred in Tucson Arizona, Mustang
Corners is happy to make their seventh appearance at the festival, bringing you

acoustic music you can hear.
[email protected]

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.
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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. [email protected]

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 his 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 Alt-
Country). Nelson is currently Seattle-based, and his current drug of choice is caffeine.
[email protected]

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. [email protected]

One More Time Sunday 1:00 – La Cocina

One More Time performs a variety of folk, jazz and blues, covers and originals, that

emphasize gorgeous harmonies and original dynamics. The members are made up of
3 Tucson singer/songwriters. Suzy Ronstadt, Kathy Harris and Michelle Coleman, and
multi-instrumentalist Bryan Russell-Lowe. Suzy and Kathy have been part of other
popular Tucson bands, including "I Hear Voices!" and Michelle is a recent transplant
from Boise, Idaho, where she played with professional bands doing her original songs.

Bryan, a recent transplant from the Boston area, is a musician who has already found
his way into the Tucson music scene including playing bass with the house band at
House of Bards. They are all happy to continue their musical interests together with
One More Time. [email protected]


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 Field 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.
[email protected]

[email protected]

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 alongside 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 to 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, and 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.

[email protected]

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. 50

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