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30th Annual Tucson Folk Festival
May 2nd & 3rd, 2015

More Performers Will Be Listed As They Confirm Their Participation

Performer Bios


Adara Rae & The Homewreckers Saturday 2:30 – Museum
After some time as a solo artist, Adara Rae is now taking to the stage with her new backing band as “Adara Rae & The Homewreckers”. Ms. Adara Rae has come together with musicians all native to the Tucson music scene to create this all-star group. With her original work now being played with a dynamic folk-pop twist, this is sure to be a show you won’t want to miss.
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AJ Odneal Saturday 2:30 – La Cocina
AJ is a young indie folk singer/songwriter from Tempe, Arizona. Her music is heavily influenced by jazz and pop. Along the way, she's been inspired by artists like Nora Jones and Ingrid Michaelson. AJ delivers her smart, engaging lyrics with an unmistakable, smooth vocal style. She recently released her first CD, Tell Me A Tale, which can be found on iTunes, Bandcamp, and here at the Festival.
Amber Norgaard Sunday 4:00 – La Cocina
A nurse-turned-musician, Norgaard is known as "a singer/songwriter to be reckoned with" (Tucson Lifestyle). Since beginning her music career in 2004, she has released 4 full-length albums, was voted Tucson's 2007 Up & Coming Artist of the Year and has opened for Judy Collins and Kenny Loggins. She is known for her passionate vocal/piano/guitar delivery and eloquent lyrics that inspire hope and compassion. Currently, Amber tours nationally and writes music for film and humanitarian organizations.
Antler Room Sunday 2:30 – Plaza
Poet/musician Joni Wallace and violinist Samantha Bounkeua continue the Antler Room project joining forces with classical and blues guitarist Greg Lewis and special guest Laura Kepner-Adney. Antler Room's original songs, harmonies and acoustic performances recall the themes of boom and bust, faith and faithlessness, environmental destruction and sometimes salvation - these intrinsically tied to life in the dusty Southwest. RIYL Iris Dement, Hem, The Verna Canon.
Arizona Balalaika Orchestra Saturday 12:00 – Museum
Celebrating it's 35th year, this group began in 1980 as a small ensemble in the UA Russian Department. It is a spirited, nonprofit community folk orchestra that plays native Slavic instruments and wears colorful costumes. They've toured Arizona and Mexico and are members of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America, which holds conventions in North America and Europe.
ArleneWow! Saturday 3:30 – Courtyard
ArleneWow!'s music is a rich feast of captivating vocals, acoustic guitar and violin blended together with passionate songwriting that invites the listener to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. The powerful combination of ArleneWow! (songwriter, vocals, guitar) and Dana Takaki (violin) takes acoustic music to a pinnacle of beauty and expansive expression. Their live performance is emotionally captivating and transcending.
The Arnold/Klingenfus Ensemble Sunday 5:30 – Museum
What is folk music? Constantly evolving. We seek to explore the frontiers of the form with musicianship, open minds and humor. Do we succeed? As long as our audience is having fun, who cares?
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AZTRAL FOLK Saturday 4:00 – Museum
Aztral Folk is a world music fusion band based in Tucson, Arizona. The group merges a range of musical styles from gypsy jazz to Mexican folk in a blend we like to call Ethno Psychedelic Fusion. The lead singer, Kiri, is one of the most original and versatile voices to come out of Mexico in recent years, integrating everything from Tuvan throat singing, to operatic voice production, to the guttural Louis Armstrong growl.
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Baba Marimba Saturday 6:30 – Museum
Baba Marimba plays original jazz-headed world beat dance music with roots from across the globe. Happy happy music. “Baba Marimba is just about as much fun as you can have!” says one fan. Heidi Wilson, Mike Ankomeus, Mark Holdaway, Swami Peizer, and Michael Holloway. Find us on Facebook.
Bright & Childers Saturday 3:30 – Museum
Bright & Childers is the long-standing duo of Nancy Lynn Bright and Hank Childers. (“She’s Bright, and he’s not.”) Their music is a blend of styles and inclinations—country, folk, and blues—and they have become known for their sound, their spirit, and especially their harmonies. They will be joined by Hoshin Gupta on drums, Mark Nearing on bass, and Jim Ruff on mandolin.
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Buffelgrass Sunday 4:00 – Courtyard
Bringing together an exciting blend of 3-part vocal harmonies with outstanding instrumental players makes Buffelgrass an experience not to miss. These veteran Bluegrass musicians have been stirring things up in Arizona for the past few years with their unique blend of traditional and progressive acoustic music. The band is E.J. Ricotta, Jain Barrett on vocals, Columbia recording artist Ralph Colwell (Colwell Brothers), Sandy Staples, Andy McCune, and founder Tim Barrett (a.k.a. Arizona Slim).
Bunny Kirby Saturday 2:00 – Plaza
I love to sing....it is as simple as that. And I have been singing my whole life - starting with my folks and going on to country bands, and now as a solo singer/songwriter. If there is someone to sing to, it just makes it better. Songs of life that hopefully touch the heart.
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The Carnivaleros Sunday 5:00 – Plaza
The Carnivaleros music, written by bandleader Gary Mackender, has always been difficult to define - they combine moody Eastern European motifs, western movie themes with strains of Zydeco rhythms, Tex-Mex polkas, waltzes and swing to create a stew often referred to as Desert Bayou music. Their live performances are always filled with high energy and the joy of playing music for a thirsty, music-loving audience.
Celeste Amadee Saturday 3:00 – Plaza
Celeste Amadee is a singer/songwriter and Tucson native turned Northwest transplant. Steeped in folk and pop traditions, Celeste’s songs speak with lilting honesty of her experiences of love, loss, passion and joy. At the forefront of her musical style is her lyricism and adoration of words and the power they hold. Celeste is a fresh voice on the musical scene, cultivating connections with her audience through the expression of life experiences that we all share.
Cinder Bridge Sunday 1:00 – Courtyard
Cinder Bridge is a Tucson-based band whose influences include Tori Amos, Bruce Hornsby, early Billy Joel, and Vince Guaraldi. Recently we traveled to Nashville, where we recorded some songs, took in the sights, and got lost a lot.
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Clay Dudash Saturday 1:00 – Museum
The Cochise County All-Stars Saturday 5:30 – Museum
Featuring vocalist extraordinaire Amy Langley, The Cochise County All-Stars members are musicians steeped in styles covering everything from jazz to Latin to country-western presenting an eclectic amalgam of folk tunes old and older for your listening enjoyment.
D-Squared Saturday 12:30 – La Cocina
With folk harp and guitar, D-Squared weaves a tonal fabric of poignant lyrics, earth-rooted melodies, and stark, hypnotic rhythms into a warm and familiar blanket. Their original songs are hymns to the high desert, cowboy pagan spirituals flung at the night sky like so many dumb stars. They just released their fourth CD, “The Garden Wall”, an all-instrumental journey down the garden path.
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Dan Weber Saturday 2:30 – Courtyard
Award Winning songwriter Dan Weber has been described as “The classic mid-life overnight sensation.” An ex-Park Ranger, he began at performing at 40 and in a few short years was winning over audiences with inspired performances & hilarious stories from the roads he’s traveled. The Legendary Ramblin’ Jack Elliott said “I love Dan’s songs and he tells really good stories.” In 2014 he Won 2nd place in the prestigious Woody Guthrie contest and was a finalist in the Kerrville ‘New Folk’ competition
Darrell Elmer Rodgers Saturday 3:00 – Museum
Darrell Elmer Rodgers has performed at the Tucson Folk Festival with trio members Rick Heyman (bass) and Michael Parker (drums) for the past 6 years. This "Bard of the Baby Boomers" writes original songs that touch hearts with both humor and sincerity. He writes with the wit of John Prine and sings with the warm depth of Hoyt Axton. He can make you laugh at stuff that's not funny! One music reviewer wrote: "He can pack so much into one song with such finesse - great songwriting skills!"
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Dash Pocket Sunday 4:00 – Museum
Dash Pocket is a local Americana band that has been together for the last five years. They do mostly original music with a few select covers.
Determined Luddites Sunday 6:00 – Museum
Original acoustic music for the sophisticated urban hillbilly. Apocalyptic gospel, fast folk, careening instrumentals, punk heart. Songs about dope, guns, exes, saints, and sinners in the dystopian paradise of Baja Arizona.
Don Armstrong Sunday 4:30 – Museum
Don toured for 42 years as half the duo Don & Victoria Armstrong. After Victoria's passing early in 2014, he has carried on and has been hailed as "a folk music treasure," "the real deal" and "a top notch songwriter" in music reviews around the country. Playing guitar & 5 string banjo, Don sings songs of the southwest.
Don Simpson and Friends Sunday 2:00 – La Cocina
Don Simpson is accompanied by Anne English and Duncan Simpson for mostly original dark and light songs. A musical black and tan with guitars, violin and vocal harmonies.
Duncan Stitt Sunday 5:30 – Plaza
This tense, laidback singer-songwriter has been scratching out a living playing piano with local C&W bands since the late ‘70s. Duncan’s seasoned songwriting reflects his warped but cynical view of life, love and politics. His songs have been covered by such diverse artists as Mickey Gilly and Mr. Boogie Woogie. Duncan continues to record projects for himself and his friends at his exclusive home studio, A Writer’s Room. Several of these musicians will likely show up today to join him on stage.
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the dust devils Sunday 11:30 – Courtyard
The Dust Devils band is a Tucson based bluegrass group. We enjoy playing traditional bluegrass music, especially where the harmonies are featured. We like to focus on Dust Devils original music that falls more in the 'New Grass' style. You will tap your foot, laugh, and we may even touch your heart with our songs. We hope you will like our music, and 'Like' us on facebook too.
Eb's Camp Cookin' Saturday 1:30 – Plaza
Intimate songs of natural and human inspiration from forests and highways, hands and hearts, friends and lovers. A low growl or a joyful shout. Phabulous Phil Andertone on bass with the inimitable Tim O'Connor on fiddle and mandolin. Whoopie!
Elizabeth Tighe Sunday 3:00 – Courtyard
I am a a Tucson native and began my songwriting in conjunction with a Tucson Cinco de Mayo event in 2011 when I was only 10 years old. This year I recorded my first music video and released my first album of original songs; I also began playing regularly as a professional. I have been featured at folk festivals around Arizona and was a radio broadcast feature in Tucson last year so I am excited to be back. Thanks to everyone involved for their support!
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Ellanora DellErba & The Israfel Awakened Band Sunday 3:30 – Plaza
Israfel Awakened is a female trio with heart-melting harmonies and motivating lyrics. Having grown up at Avalon Gardens, they've been singing together since the age of 6 and their voices blend like seasoned professionals. Seventeen-year-old lead singer, guitar player, and songwriter Ellanora DellErba is a captivating performer ahead of her time, sharing beautiful, original ballads about working through the struggles in life with a sense of hope, friendship, love, and faith in humanity.
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Eric Hansen Sunday 6:00 – Plaza
Eric worked in theatre for 20 years NYC. 1994 he returned to his first love as a Singer/songwriter. Kerrville New Folk finalist twice and Noel Paul Stookey’s Music to Life competition. His song The Holy Man won the Unisong Competition and True Friends is in the film First Dog. Off the scene for a few years due to a near death experience: March 21, 2013 I received the gift of a double lung transplant.
Eric Ramsey Sunday 2:30 – Museum
Eric has been active in the Arizona music scene for many years. Featuring soaring vocals and organic arrangements, his idiosyncratic music draws from such wide-ranging stylists as Bruce Cockburn, Jackson Browne, Ry Cooder, David Lindley, Taj Mahal, John Hiatt, Lowell George, Jerry Garcia and many others, and is never bound by its original sources. His original compositions live in a place where his influences play nicely together....
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Eric Schaffer & The Other Troublemakers Sunday 1:00 – Plaza
Ed DeLucia, Eric Schaffer and the Other Troublemakers is comprised of Arizona Blues Hall of Fame guitarist Ed DeLucia; 2-time Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Contest finalist Eric Schaffer, TAMMIE award winning bassist Troy James Martin, and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Jaye Parks. All are involved in their own music projects, but together they bring delightful harmonies and tight musicianship to Eric’s emotional, original ballads.
The Fallen Stars Saturday 2:00 – Museum
From local shows in Southern California to their recent six week European tour, they have played approx 450 shows in the past 3 years in a bunch of states and about half a dozen countries. Tracy is on the vintage Rickenbacker bass, Bobbo on the Gibson acoustic, both singing and Brandon on the drums. "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 Registe
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The Fourth Street Stringband Sunday 2:00 – Museum
Bluegrass? Folk? Americana? "Delightfully rough-hewn", as Tucson Weekly described us? Since we aren't trying to squeeze into someone else's hat, any guess is as good as ours. Invent your own description. We write about life-and God knows-that's nearly as unpredictable as succinct labels-and probably much more interesting. What do you get when you cross bluegrass instruments with blues, jazz, country, punk and 4 part harmony? It might not be your Grandma's bluegrass, but it's damn-fine music.
The Grahams Saturday 6:00 – La Cocina
The Grahams are a bluesgrass Americana duo that have lived the music they play by travelling on the railroads of America to create their upcoming new release. Based between Nashville and NY the band have poured their hearts into their art. 2013 and 2014 saw The Grahams play over 100 shows in the US and a full tour of Australia. The album was released on their own 12 South Records worldwide, except in Australia where Sony Music released it; in the U.S. RD spent 11 weeks in the Americana Chart.
Greg Loumeau Saturday 12:00 – La Cocina
Greg Loumeau is a singer/songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist whose career spans more than three decades. His repertoire includes hundreds of original songs that range in style from folk rock to pop, country and jazz. He is a popular entertainer at a variety of venues, including: coffee houses, restaurants, clubs and festivals. Greg is releasing an album this month of original folk-rock songs recorded with his stage band: Harry Bolin on drums, Troy Martin on bass and Uma DeSilva on vocals.
Heather Lil Mama Hardy Saturday 6:30 – Courtyard
Heather Hardy has been playing violin for 40 years . She was a student at the Manhattan school of music under Raphael Bronstein and Jazz violinist Julie Lyonn Lieberman . Now based in Tucson, Heather was inducted into the AZ Blues Hall of Fame in 2001. She was a member of the Sam Taylor Blues Band for over 20 years Heather tours regularly in the NY area and internationally and has 3 releases Violins/1996 I Believe/2001 Get Out of the Road /2011.
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The Hermit Tree Sunday 6:30 – Plaza
The Hermit Tree began as a celtic jam band at the University of Arizona, trading raucous fiddle medleys for spicy potatoes and Guinness at local pubs. Gifted song-writers and instrumentalists, the four piece acoustic band is rooted in the existential, intimate, song-writing of Bekah and Matt Rolland (of Tucson's Run Boy Run) and Daniel Sullivan. The Hermit Tree cocktail today is equal parts "Fairport Convention", "Nickel Creek", and "Nic Jones" with a dash of "The Pogues" for good measure.
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Higher Ground Bluegrass Saturday 4:30 – Museum
Higher Ground Bluegrass is 5 friends who like making music together. Our mix will blend original, contemporary, and traditional songs including instrumentals, vocals, and harmonies. We're influenced by music genres ranging from folk to bluegrass to celtic and even country and rock-n-roll. Thanks for letting us into your backyard, and we hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoy playing for TKMA!
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The Hot club of Tucson Sunday 5:30 – La Cocina
The Hot club of Tucson is arizona's premiere gypsy jazz group. This acoustic trio plays hot jazz from the 20's, 30's and 40's arranged for violin, guitar and upright bass.
I Hear Voices! Sunday 7:00 – Plaza
I Hear Voices! is a pure vocal group who perform with just their 4 voices and a single guitar. They sing in a wide variety of musical styles, always with their signature rich vocal blend. Lead by Bobby Kimmel, founding member of The Stone Poneys with Linda Ronstadt, the other singers are Bobby Ronstadt, Kathy Harris & Suzy Ronstadt. This year the Voices! will be joined by the brilliant young Michael G. Ronstadt on cello.
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Ice-9 Sunday 6:30 – Museum
Playing at the inaugural Tucson Folk Festival as Mike Tanner and friends we've played ever year since then as Ice-9. An acoustic trio featuring guitar, vocals, bass and harmonica the core musicians Michael and Richard have been playing together since that first Folk Festival way back in 1985.
Janelle Loes Saturday 1:00 – Plaza
Janelle Loes is an emerging singer/songwriter who knows how to spin a song and mesmerize an audience. Fusing elements of jazz, pop, and adult contemporary music, her style is both catchy and soothing while her voice is a deep sea serenade through rich, expressive waters. An accomplished fingerstyle guitarist, pianist, and violinist, Janelle’s songs are crafted orchestrations, driven by honest lyrics and a maturity that reaches far beyond her years.
Jaspar Lepak Sunday 11:30 – Plaza
Jaspar Lepak is a folk/Americana songstress whose remarkable gift for melody is only surpassed by her poetry. A child of the Sonoran Desert, her songs are deeply influenced by the many places she has called home: Tucson, Minneapolis, Durban (South Africa), and currently Seattle. Sweeping across landscapes with an emotional depth that is extraordinary, her lyrics expose a brave vulnerability while her clear, pure voice touches the heart.
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JC & Laney Saturday 6:30 – Plaza
JC & Laney’s logo reads “Heart ‘n Soul & Rock ‘n Roll” a perfect summary for this dynamic musical duo. Together 5 years with 6 CDs & regular airplay on Pandora, Spotify & NPR. Many songs picked up by touring artists in Europe & USA. JC Scott cut his teeth on classic rock; Laney Greynolds singing blues & rock since she could breathe. They perform over 100 times each year, 5th time here at TFF. The emotional delivery of their harmonies & original style of Americana Music leaves you breathless.
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Jed Marum Sunday 12:00 – Courtyard
Jed Marum is a performer of American Roots and Celtic music. Bringing a mix of traditional and original songs to audiences throughout the US, he is known as a refined singer and a gifted songwriter. Since 1999 he has published over a dozen albums, licensed music to film and TV projects and works over 150 shows each year. You can hear in his music, the blending of American, Scottish and Irish cultures. In his songs you will relive the stories passed on from generation to generation.
JEFF VALDEZ Sunday 12:30 – Courtyard
Music has been Jeff's way of life for 4 decades. Bringing a cross-cultural perspective to his own blend of country, blues & classic rock, he has performed throughout Europe (including a year in Ireland) as well as 4 tours entertaining our troops in South Korea, and has shared stages with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Michael Martin Murphy, and Roger Miller. Born in San Luis, CO, he has lived in Santa Fe and now resides in southern Arizona, where he is working on the next part of his journey.
Jen Hajj Saturday 3:00 – Courtyard
Comfort food in musical form, delivered with an angel's voice. It's what you'd want to hear while sharing a warm blueberry muffin with a dear friend, or settling down in your favorite chair for a delicious nap. It is the music you want while you pet a purring cat. It is deeply thoughtful, yet confident, rousing. It stirs you to be the person you want to be. That's Jen.
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John Coinman Saturday 6:00 – Courtyard
John Coinman, a New Mexico native who came to us from LA, was the first "local" to be be given headliner status in 2010. His songs, many of them of the southwest, are both stirring and heartfelt. He'll be joined by longtime collaborators and friends Blair Forward on bass and Larry Cobb on drums. In their spare time they are all a part of Kevin Costner's Modern West band.
John McGill with Whiskey & Honey Saturday 12:30 – Plaza
"Part folk, part rock and all truth.” John & Sally McGill with John Hanson bring songs rooted in gospel, blues and country. Combining haunting harmonies with soulful melodies and guitar, the perfect combination of sweet comfort and the truth – Whiskey & Honey
Joyce Luna & Friends Saturday 1:30 – Courtyard
Backed by Jim Lipson on percussion, Mike Markowitz on mandolin & Chad Mosher on cello, Joyce blends expressive &soulful singing with poetic songwriting, a romantic streak, a persistent belief that music can change the world & a dollop of unexpected whimsy. While in the duo Justina & Joyce, she independently released 2 albums and sold over 10,000 copies. And that was before YouTube or Facebook!
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Joyce Woodson Sunday 4:00 – Plaza
Winner of the 22nd Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Contest for her song “If I Hadn’t Seen the West”, Joyce Woodson was also recently awarded Songwriter of the Year for 2014 by the Western Music Association. She's performed at the Elko National Cowboy Gathering, Kerrville Folk Festival, Nashville’s Bluebird Café and is a founding member of the Western Music Association. Her songs have been recorded by over 26 different recording artists.
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The Kate Becker Band Saturday 1:30 – Museum
While Kate Becker's sultry voice is rooted in Blues and Jazz, the band's new album, entitled PIRATE RADIO, has elements of r&b and rock with a latin/caribbean feel tying it all together. With collaborators Mike Hieber on bass and Tucson's legendary jazz drummer, Pete Swan, Becker's performances are always vibrant and exciting, while emitting a positive, rhythmic vibe.
Kelly Brightwell Sunday 12:30 – La Cocina
Kelly Brightwell plays "Shimmering Northwest Americana": rain-soaked folk with introspective lyrics, radiant vocals and danceable grooves. Now based in Portland, OR, Kelly grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. She taught herself to write songs on piano in middle school, but learned to play folk music the old-fashioned way -- by playing and singing traditional tunes with others. When she's not touring the NW with her 4-piece band, she's the "play at home" mama of an imaginative 4 year old girl.
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Kevin Pakulis Saturday 6:30 – La Cocina
TKMA's second local hero to headline the festival, in 2011, Kevin has a long and rich history playing the festival in many different configurations for many years. His brand of homegrown, southwest Americana is infectious. Be it groove oriented, political or personal, and with a six piece band or solo, his music and presentation has a way of deeply connecting with his audience.
kiko and the stone avenue band Saturday 5:00 – Plaza
Kiko and The Stone Avenue Band: Original home grown mixture of desert folk rock jazz and blues. Vocals, acoustic Guitar, Bass, and Cajon
Kindred Spirits Saturday 1:30 – La Cocina
Kindred Spirits are: Guy Gabriel - Vocals, guitar, harmonica John Camm - Banjo, harmony vocals Louise Davis - Harmony vocals, percussion Kindred Spirits' music grows from traditional folk, bluegrass, and western roots but also, due to its gospel and spirtitual influences, is helping to develop and define a new genre of original music called "progressive spiritual folk". Our mission is to lift your spirit, lighten your heart, and share the joy! All songs written by Guy Gabriel.
Larry Armstrong & CopperMoon Sunday 3:30 – Museum
CopperMoon plays a mix of Classic Country, Country/Folk and originals by Larry Armstrong. Members are Larry Armstrong, Kathy Armstrong, Sam Sawyer & John Jensen. CopperMoon plays every other Sunday at Nimbus Brewery.
Laura and the Killed Men Saturday 5:00 – Courtyard
Laura Kepner-Adney (Silver Thread Trio, the Cordials) shades her Americana with country and echoes of Appalachia. Frequently compared to Iris Dement, Chrissie Hynde and Gillian Welch, Laura's guitar playing exposes her rock and blues influences and showcases her unconventional, rich vocals. The Killed Men (Sun Bones in disguise) joined her in July of 2014, developing a style that leans toward the psychadelic rock of the 1960s but still encapsulates harmony-heavy folk mystique of the same period.
Leila Lopez Saturday 5:30 – La Cocina
Folk-Rock local to Tucson Arizona. Leila has been playing tirelessly in and around town for over ten years. Her music has been compared to Fiona Apple, Ani Difranco, and Norah Jones.
Linda Lou & the Desert Drifters Saturday 2:00 – La Cocina
We play a little bit of stylized folk, western, bluegrass, country and originals. John Jensen on mandolin, Barry Schaede on bass, "Arizona Slim" Tim Barrett on fiddle, and Linda Lou singing and playing guitar.
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The Long Wait Saturday 2:30 – Plaza
The Long Wait merges the songwriting sensibilities of yesteryear with the melodic harmonies of the Fleetwood Mac era of classic rock. Female lead vocals backed with male harmonies and tight guitar playing, The Long Wait plays melodic folk rock that caters to anyone who can relate to strong melodies and popular song structure. Visit www.thelongwait.com for more information.
Lost Hombres Sunday 5:00 – La Cocina
Lost Hombres is comprised of Joe Reighley, Milo, Kenny Erickson, Joel Dvoskin and Slim Eldeman. Most of the Hombres have been playing in the Tucson area since the early 1970s performing many styles of American music. Because of this diversity the Lost Hombres choose music from different genres and arrange them for traditional instruments in a blues and bluegrass style. From gospel to rock and roll the Lost Hombres are a whole lot of acoustic fun on ten legs.
Maivish Saturday 6:00 – Plaza
Maivish is Jaige Trudel, Adam Broome, and Matthew Olwell. They have performed throughout North America and abroad. The name Maivish comes from an English colloquial term for the Song Thrush. Maivish’s appearance at the Folk Festival is the result of cooperation between The Country Dance and Song Society’s Centennial Celebration Tour, TKMA, and Tucson Friends of Traditional Music. In concert Maivish delivers a vibrant performance including step-dancing, songs and original compositions.
Matt Rolland & Ryan David Green Sunday 5:00 – Courtyard
Two-time Arizona State Fiddling Champion Matt Rolland teams up with guitarist Ryan David Green (twice named ‘Best Guitarist’ in the Tucson Area Music Awards) for an exhilarating set of instrumentally charged music. Matt and Ryan may be familiar to Tucson folk fans as members of their nationally touring bands, Run Boy Run and Ryanhood, respectively. Expect the unexpected as this talented duo criss-crosses the progressive acoustic world, touching on rock, jazz, bluegrass, and celtic music.
Minute2Minute Sunday 4:30 – Plaza
Minute2Minute is an eclectic folk troupe performing a lively blend of traditional and contemporary music with a Gypsy sway. The 8 member troupe includes vocals, clarinet, bass, percussion on a variety of folk drums and objects, guitars, mandolins, and a Sultry Stage Madame sure to bring a smile to your face!
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The Missing Parts Sunday 12:30 – Museum
The Missing Parts are a somewhat instrumental trio consisting of virtuosic violin, percussive guitar, and a singing cello. The Missing Parts play energetic live shows with originals inspired by gypsy, klezmer, tango, classical, bluegrass and rock and roll.
Mrs.Lincoln Saturday 12:30 – Courtyard
Mrs. Lincoln is Arizona’s own eclectic attack of American roots music, filtered through original singer/songwriting. Mrs. Lincoln’s gang of five (Annrenée Jones, Chad Standlea, David Wells, Graham Benike,and Marconias) includes 4 songwriters, soulful 3 part harmonies, 75 strings and an ever-growing wall of sound. Their 4 song EP dropped in January 2014.
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Mustang Corners Sunday 3:00 – Museum
Performing for the third time at the folk festival, Mustang Corners (Tim Daldrup, Dave Knipe, and Bob Collier) bring an eclectic mix of original tunes about mass transit disasters, poisonous reptiles, old testament retribution, broken hearts, and fried chicken. These "seasoned" locals describe their sound as acoustic music you can hear. Musica americana de Baja Arizona.
Nancy Elliott Saturday 1:00 – Courtyard
Nancy Elliott has a natural grace that lends a layer of elegance to even the rowdiest tune. Her repertoire includes decidedly romantic covers of old classics, hand-selected tributes to strong women, and her own portfolio of love songs and Southwestern Americana. Nancy's finger style guitar playing is clear and precise, and she knows her instrument well. She has been good for a long time, and she's even better than when you heard her last ~~Mike Kirkwood, concert and festival producer
Nancy McCallion & the Scarlet Letterman Sunday 6:00 – Courtyard
Nancy McCallion has been writing and performing dynamic original music in Tucson for over 30 years. Closing the Courtyard Stage on Sunday, she'll be joined by Chris Davis on guitar, Karl Hoffmann on bass and Les Merrihew on drums
Neil McCallion and The Mighty Maxwells Sunday 3:00 – La Cocina
The original music of The Mighty Maxwells ranges from breakneck country to cry-in-your-beer blues. With Tucson legend Allan "El voz" Bartlett on drums, Lisa McCallion of The Last Call Girls filling in on bass, and songwriter Neil McCallion on guitar, you can expect to stumble just a little off the beaten path with this raucous trio.
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Nick McBlaine & Log Train Saturday 5:30 – Courtyard
Nick McBlaine & Log Train includes Tucson musicians Alvin Blaine, Nick Coventry, and Peter McLaughlin, and are sometimes joined by Evan Dain. They play lonesome old songs, new originals, fiddle tunes, traditional folk, country, bluegrass, swing, and Americana, and they have fun with all of it. Their music is inspired by western landscapes and history, the Sonoran Desert, high plateau country, rugged mountains, wild rivers, ghost towns, adobe walls, old mining camps, ruins, and lost places.
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Noctrane Sunday 11:30 – La Cocina
Noctrane explores the dynamic rhythms and sonic landscapes of jazz, bluegrass and roots music.  The ensemble’s broad influences include music pillars such as Thelonious Monk, Pat Metheny, Earl Skruggs and J.S. Bach. Their performances are a blend of original compositions, as well as, exciting arrangements of jazz and bluegrass classics.
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Northeast by Southwest (NExSW) Saturday 12:00 – Courtyard
Northeast by Southwest (NExSW) performs original music by Susan Taunton (vocals and guitar), with Bev Seckinger (vocals and bass). NExSW played in the Tucson Folk Festival 2013 and 2014. This year they are joined by very special guest Mitzi Cowell on lead guitar. Susan's soulful, dark, and mystical songs tell of heartbreak and longing, disgrace and redemption.
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Off the Ground Sunday 5:00 – Museum
Off the Ground is a dynamic and talented group of musicians singer/songwriters well known to the Tucson music community. Their genre is an eclectic mix of up-beat, fun music with blues, pop and rockabilly influences. The hallmark of the band’s emphasis is on high-energy catchy groovy original tunes, excellent musicianship, amazing harmonies and jaw-dropping vocals.
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The Out of Kilters Sunday 3:30 – La Cocina
The Out of Kilters play traditional Irish music with great love, energy and enthusiasm. Founder Russ Healy, on accordion, is joined by Liz Healy on Bodhrán, Tom Feild on guitar, Reuben Vinal on bass, and the band’s official Irishman Peter Rodgers on fiddle. Several of these folks play whistles, too, and everybody takes a shot at vocals at some point. The OOK’s just want to have fun, and make sure that no one gets seriously injured in the process. Sláinte!
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Pablo Peregrina Sunday 6:00 – La Cocina

pete steinberg Sunday 4:30 – La Cocina
My name is Pete Steinberg. I started playing at sixteen and learned from such luminaries as John Hurt, Son House, Lightnin' Hopkins and Gary Davis. I won the 1999 Fingerstyle guitar championship here in Tucson. After cutting two fingers off on a table saw I came back to win the Utah State Fingerstyle Championship in 2010 and Wyoming in 2011. I currently teach fingerstyle guitar at the world famous McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, Ca. My new CD should be available at this performance.
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Privy Tippers Sunday 1:30 – La Cocina
The Privy Tippers are lurking nearby… think about that when you step into the Porta Potty! The Privy Tippers are: Jacquie Wohl on fiddle, Dave Firestine on mandolin, Jerry Ray We-Inert on bass, and Jesse Jacob Anderson on guitar. We love playing high-energy old time dance music. We will sing some of your favourite goofy songs. Enjoy the Festival!
Puca Saturday 4:30 – Plaza
Puca? Sounds like pooka, which is what? Shape shifters, sound shifters….Claire Zucker and Dave Firestine bring a spontaneous collection of songs, tunes, and stories from deepest, darkest Cucamonga, Wartburg, and Ballybunion...plus other exotic sounding places. Strings, drums, free reeds, and feet!
The Rented Mules Saturday 1:00 – La Cocina
The Rented Mules, known in previous lives as The Organ Donors and The Flying Javelinas, play original country/folk/blues (and the occasional waltz or polka), featuring Richard Tompkins on guitar/vocals, Jim Wilson on guitar/vocals, Bo Bowman on bass/vocals, Tana Kappel on accordion/vocals and Jeremiah Teague on harmonicas. Song titles include Zapata, St. Jude's Blues, Navajo Wind, Tombstone Road, Arizona, Cold Steel, Sonoran Waltz, Away, Cholla Bay, Coastal Highway and Rosalie...
Reverie Saturday 3:30 – Plaza
Reverie joins beautifully crafted songwriting, creative arrangements, and rich vocal harmonies with a style that reflects roots of jazz and blues, folk and rock, and that most essential element; a deep seasoning of life experience and wonder! Reverie is Lane Harmon ("Merle" from Street Pajama), Roger King (vocals/bass/guitar/ukulele/drums), Tom Dukes (vocals/guitar/ukulele), Brian Corkill (bass/vocals/drums), and most recently, Tucson's (and New York's) violinist extraordinaire, Heather Hardy!
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robby roberson Saturday 4:00 – La Cocina
The Robby Roberson Quartet delivers musical stories of fact, fiction, joy, and sorrow, all set against a backdrop of the various acoustic stringed and percussive instruments that are played with skill and passion. Robby's songwriting and vocal style establish an organic, Americana music style that is enhanced by diverse and dynamic rhythms and grooves.
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Robyn Landis Saturday 4:30 – Courtyard
An authentic, unpretentious performer and literate songcrafter, Robyn’s toured extensively and won 55+ songwriting awards. Her third CD Waterproof was released last fall. She’s lived in New York and Seattle but considers Tucson home. She's a published author and environmental activist. John Coinman says, “Your songwriting is reminiscent of the great folk/rock/pop songs of the 60s, when hope and innocence merged with activism...if Paul Simon was a woman, he probably would have been born as you."
Roman Barten-Sherman Saturday 12:30 – Museum
Roman received a handmade banjo from Ben Todd of Lonesome Shack at the age of 2. Now at the age of 11, he has immersed himself in fingerstyle, country blues and ragtime guitar, including the music of Fred McDowell, Blind Blake and John Fahey. Besides writing his own songs, Roman draws from a deep repertoire that runs from the haunted blues of the Delta to bawdy dance tunes.
Romen Buffalo and The Loyal Order Sunday 1:00 – Museum
Hailing from the Sonoran Desert, Romen Buffalo & The Loyal Order is from Phoenix, AZ. The pack consists of “Romen Buffalo” on guitar and vocals, “Patty Bison” pickin’ on banjo and guitar, “Scotty Steer” jamming on dobro and mandolin, and “Smokey Joe Taurus” keeping the bottom end on upright bass. Collectively they are four bovines that enjoy playing stringed instruments and combining their talents to collaborate on roots-based music.
Ron Pandy Saturday 3:00 – La Cocina
The Song Dog of America. 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.
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Roon Sunday 1:00 – La Cocina
Socorro NM's original, good-timing, contemporary folk-rock band! Featuring tight harmonies, multitudinous instruments, warped humor, and fun music!
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roth d'lux Saturday 4:00 – Courtyard
…Deep in a wintry city planted on red river gumbo, a boy and a girl shared a vision of perennially youthful prairie sounds. With Ginette’s silky voice and Daniel’s grooving guitar, the duo has performed its own brand of acoustic soul, from the Canadian Shield, to the beaches of Barbados, to the desert of Tucson where they’ve established roots and raised a family. Joined by Tucson’s finest musicians, roth d’lux’s live shows are poetic and energetic…
RuffMixx Sunday 1:30 – Museum
Kevin and Peter are playing honky-tonk toe-tapping acoustic country blues. Playing at local and regional venues, they delight their audiences with songs about daring adventures,wit and humor. Kevin's voice evokes deep emotions and Peter fills the lines with stunning guitar riffs and turn-arrounds.
Ryanhood Saturday 8:00 – Plaza
Named ‘Best Group/Duo’ in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards, acoustic-duo Ryanhood got their first break more than a decade ago as street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market. Their fifth and newest album, Start Somewhere, finds them returning to the intimate storytelling and acoustic guitar interplay that was a hallmark of their early work as buskers. They currently reside in their hometown,Tucson, where they have won more than a dozen Tucson Area Music Awards.
Sabra Faulk and Denise Lane Sunday 5:30 – Courtyard
Singer/songwriter Sabra Faulk has been playing bass and guitar in Tucson for 30 years, and headlined the 2012 Tucson Folk Festival with The Angel Band. You'll find a touch of country, blues, rock, & and pop in her music. Denise Lane has been playing music in Tucson for the past 13 years. With thought-provoking lyrics and a penchant for story songs, her music is a mix of blues and folk, with a pinch of old-style country. This will be the first time these two songwriters are performing together.
Sabrina & Craig Saturday 4:30 – La Cocina
Sabrina & Craig's signature sound is rooted in luscious harmonies. Their heartfelt vocal connection is anchored by Craig's masterfully-crafted guitar voicings while Sabrina's bass, ukulele and percussion expand the dimension of their performances. The duo builds on its strong musicality with lyric writing that is sophisticated and at turns whimsical and heartbreaking. Craig's straight-up, storyteller style perfectly complements Sabrina -- whether she's sweet, sassy, silly, or soulful.
Sandy Hathaway Sunday 12:00 – Plaza
Sandy Hathaway’s soulful, acoustic approach coupled with trained guitar and vocals pair her music especially well with wine room, coffee shop and restaurant venues. She started singing cover songs and original music in the coffee shops in Arizona. In 2004 Sandy placed in the top ten of the Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting contest. Her songs are laced with colorful metaphors and her vocal style has been compared to Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin and Dar Williams.
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Sara Syms Sunday 12:30 – Plaza
Nominated for Americana Album of the Year, folk/americana artist Sara Syms writes from the most honest, intimate and vulnerable place in her soul. Influenced by artists such as Ryan Adams, Patty Griffin and Ray Lamontagne, she was exposed to music at a very young age included piano, violin, and a member of world renowned choir: The Glen Ellyn Childrens Chorus. After years of performing in NYC, she now resides in Nashville, TN and is working on her next album, Way Back Home.
Scatter the Dust Sunday 3:00 – Plaza
The Auld Pueblo isn't home to shamrocks and bogs, but members of the Tucson-based Irish band Scatter the Dust have been captivating audiences with authentic sounds of the Emerald Isle, lifting feet with our lively blend of jigs, reels and songs since 2011. And don't be afraid to kick up your heels down in front- this is dance music!
Sid Hausman Saturday 12:00 – Plaza
SID HAUSMAN loves horses and stories of the Wild West. When not writing cowboy tales and western lore, he performs at Cowboy Poetry Gatherings and Folk Festivals across the U.S. and as far away as Edinburgh in Scotland, playing banjo, guitar, ukulele, harmonica and bones; he has also written three books for children. This troubadour's songs and stories reflect his experience ranching in the rural southwest as well as the influence of Native American and Hispanic culture on American history.
smootmahooty Sunday 2:30 – La Cocina
Tom Bertling, a.k.a. “smootmahooty,” is a fulltime working musician. He’s been playing music in Phoenix and Northern Arizona for over 30 years. Tom has had the honor of playing at the “Tucson Folk Festival,” the “Flagstaff Folk Festival,” and the “Prescott Folk Festival.” In November 2014, Tom was selected again to perform his original music with his own band in Tempe Center for the Arts “Songwriter’s Showcase,” which will air in 2015, on PBS. His wife Priscilla will be joining him on stage.
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Southbound Pilot Sunday 12:00 – La Cocina
Southbound Pilot was formed in 2010 by friends who have a passion for exploring our diverse musical backgrounds and sharing in the creative process of writing new music. This engine consists of Brad Nichols, Ross Browne, Phil Anderson, and Chris Martin, who have spent many hours of playing and recording in the foothills of Tucson Arizona.
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Stefan George Saturday 6:00 – Museum
Stefan George is as close to a local icon as we have. As a headliner for the 2013 Tucson Folk Festival Stefan pulled out all the stops playing his original brand of blues, folk, country, country blues as well as other originals not so easily defined. A member of the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame and the Tucson Musicians Museum, Stefan will be teaming with blues harmonica great, Tom Walbank.
String Bean Folk Orchestra Sunday 12:00 – Museum
The String Bean Folk Orchestra is a unique ensemble comprised of local musicians who have come together to perform folk tunes and songs arranged for a large ensemble. Performing on fiddles, viola, mandolins, mandocello, bass, clarinet, and whistle, we showcase a wide variety of folk traditions including American fiddle tunes, Irish, Cajun, Klezmer, and more! More fun than you can imagine.
Sue Paine Luther Sunday 3:30 – Courtyard
A unique musical experience, Sue Paine Luther will rock you and soothe you all at the same time. A classic combination of Folk-Rock, Americana Sue will bring you into her musical living room and captivate you will her vocal range, group harmonies and memorable melodies. Accompanied by Barrett "B" on acoustic guitar weaving his way through intricate notes and changes and Susan Koscak on Mandolin creating unforgettable melodies. Join us on our ride on the musical tide! Love and Light - SPL
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Swingset Sunday 11:00 – La Cocina
Swingset is an acoustic jazz and soul ensemble comprised of guitar, harmonica, bass and cajon featuring Troy Martin on bass, Matt Cuthbertson on acoustic guitar and harmonica and Connie Brannock on vocals and cajon (and occasionally piano). Special guest for the Tucson Folk Festival this year is Denise McCreary (The Coolers) on vocals and clarinet.
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Tammy West and The Culprits Saturday 3:30 – La Cocina
Hopeful, melancholy, Americana.
Three-Legged Dog Saturday 5:00 – La Cocina
Three-Legged Dog is a string band of the kind that were everywhere in the 30s and 40s. All multi-instrumentalists, they take to the stage with a dozen to 16 guitars, banjos and mandolins, Dobro, accordion, bass, bouzouki, cello and fiddle to play a wild mix of oldtime mountain music, vintage country, early swing and jazz, gospel, calypso, Cajun, and originals that sound like all those.
The Titan Valley Warheads Sunday 6:30 – La Cocina
Known for their tight vocals, Titan Valley has been playing a mix of Bluegrass and Western Swing in and around Tucson for over 30 years. They currently appear Wednesdays at the Boondocks on 1st Ave and the first Friday of each month at Sentinel Peak Brewing Co. on Grant Rd.
The Ukesters Sunday 1:30 – Courtyard
The Ukesters created by Michael C. Crownhart and he has been writing songs and entertaining with music for 32 years. Mostly with the humble instrument the ukulele. The Ukesters is a Tucson based ukulele group made up of seniors with a love for music. Our group plays most styles of music country and western, 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's, some 60's, folk, blues, holiday music, and we even play Hawaiian music. For fun call (520) 663-1218 to book them.
Uncommon Folk Saturday 2:00 – Courtyard
If you are looking for a great time, come on over to see Susan Shobe, Brad Herbert, BJ Bartlett, and Alan Clark get their "Uncommon" groove on. We will be performing a mix of original songs and fun, obscure covers. Last year the pavement shook from all of the dancing going on and we don't expect it to be different this year. From bluegrass to blues, from funk to folk, from reggae to rock, you never know what direction we will be coming at you from. To listen is to enjoy!
VansGuard Sunday 1:30 – Plaza
Van'sGuard is a unique band of conscious, activist-musicians whose original songs reflect their lives and their vision of a better future. The band features the dynamic vocals of songwriters and identical twin sisters DeleVan & SanSkritA. Their lyrics speak against injustice and promote sustainable living. Van'sGuard is as much a family, as they are a band. To this day, they remain bound by love and musical destiny, while living sustainably in an EcoVillage south of Tucson.
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Wally Lawder Sunday 2:00 – Plaza
Although there is documentation of Wally's birth in Topeka, Kansas to human parents, he believes he arrived from another planet during his infancy. The beautiful strangeness of this world has always been a bit of a challenge for him, and songwriting has given him a way to express his observations. Wally will be joined on stage by several highly gifted earth buddies. It is entirely possible that the mother ship will return for him during the festival, maybe even in the midst of his performance.
Way Out West Saturday 4:00 – Plaza
Join us for some "Bordergrass". Way Out West will be accompanied by three-quarters of Summerdog (a famed Tucson band from the Seventies). Tom Poley, Slim Rost, Emmy Creigh and Don Armstrong (Way Out West) will jam up some original tunes with Chip Curry (banjo), Marc Rennard (fiddle) and Jon Ross (mandolin). It'll be a Bacanoa Good Time.
Wayback Machine Saturday 5:00 – Museum
Throughout the past 14 years there have been over 100 different variations of this band on-stage. Joining core members Tom Woolley, Bev Seckinger, Jim Lipson and Shanti Foster will be Gene Holmes on guitar and Les Merrihew on drums in one of our most favorite configurations. Expect lots of rich harmonies some tunes you may know and some you may not. Joining us as an extra special guest will be Matt Rolland, on fiddle, of Run Boy Run!
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WomanSong Sunday 4:30 – Courtyard
WomanSong is one of Tucson's premier female vocal ensembles. Pure and sweet vocal harmonies from Linda Rothchild and Grace Hartman and one of Tucson's hottest multi-instrumentalists, Mark Holdaway of Baba Marimba. Their music is full of warmth and life, joy and happiness, tenderness and fire. Come out and enjoy some of your old favorites done up in WomanSong's signature arrangements. From intense and exciting to soft sweet sounds hanging in the air, this group can really take your breath away.

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