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Here you can view the upcoming schedule and read a little about each artist. Most artists have links to their web page and links to audio or video of them performing.A Printable version of the current schedule is available by clicking here.
Saturday & Sunday
May 18
 & 
May 19
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

Belinda Gail

Belinda Gail

Belinda Gail is one of the most awarded female performers in Western Music. 7 time Western Music Association Female Performer of the Year ... 2 time Academy of Western Artists Female Vocalist ... 3 time Group/Duo of the Year with Curly Musgrave and Album of the Year for "Red Rock Moon" Belinda is honored and humbled to be counted among the top female Western Music performers of this era. She has committed her full-time effort to this music for over 17 years and criss-crosses this country taking her special brand of Western Music to the masses. Her numerous awards are evidence of the level to which she has risen not only with Western Music fans, but with her peers as well.

Click here to her website where you can listen to samples of her music. Just select a CD.
Click here for a YouTube video of Belinda performing I've Just Got To Be A Cowgirl.

Click here to go to the artists website

Saturday & Sunday
May 25
 & 
May 26
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

Dolan Ellis

Dolan Ellis

Dolan Ellis is Arizona's Official State Balladeer

The Theme for Dolan's shows this weekend is "Songs and Stories of Arizona’s High Country"

The summer heat has hit and it's time to get to the high country. Come to the Arizona Folklore Preserve in beautiful Ramsey Canyon and cool down a bit. Come and hear Dolan Ellis, Arizona's Official State Balladeer, as he transports you with his songs, stories, and large screen photography to even higher and cooler country in Arizona. Musically and photographically ride along the 7600 ft. elevation of "The Old Crook Trail", or camp among the cool Ponderosa Pines on the Mogollon Rim in his song, "I'm Home". Feel the cool breezes blow through your hair, as he sings "Shhh Says the Wind". It's a cool show!

Dolan Ellis has been Arizona’s Official State Balladeer since 1966. He has traveled more than a million miles throughout the length and breadth of our state, getting to know the unique people and out-of-the-way places most of us never see, then writing songs about these people and places. Along the way he has taken thousands of professional-quality photographs to illustrate his music. Come and hear just a few of the hundreds of ballads Dolan has written in his career as Arizona’s Balladeer "Arizona is more than a state...it's a state of mind".

Please consider donating to help save the Salt River wild horses.  The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG) is a non-profit organization 501(c)3, dedicated to monitor, study and protect the Salt River wild horses in the Tonto National Forest, Arizona. We use all of our resources and connections to prevent harm from coming to the Salt River wild horses and ensure that they will be here for future generations to enjoy.
​There are links to donate on Dolan's website front page.

Click here for a YouTube video of Orphan of the Hills
Click here for a YouTube video of Dolan performing Magic Mountain

Click here to go to the artists website

Saturday & Sunday
June 01
 & 
June 02
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

Juni Fisher

Juni Fisher

Born in the San Joaquin Valley of California, Juni Fisher spent her early years training horses, as well as working on cow-calf operations. She now tours the country full time, delighting audiences with her original songs, storytelling, and guitar playing. "Juni Fisher's luminous intensity ignites her writing and her performances ." says one journalist "At the heart of her unique and complex artistry is her ability to bring alive what become unforgettable characters and images, stunning stories that often carry a deep and compassionate reflection of the human spirit."Well known cowboy poet Waddie Mitchell says "Juni Fisher is the best thing to happen to western music in a long time."

Fisher's awards for excellence in music include the 2005 AWA Female Vocalist of the Year, 2005 WMA Crescendo award winner, 2006, 2009, and 2011 WMA Female Performer of the Year, 2007 and 2011 WMA Song of the Year, 2008 WMA songwriter of the Year, 2008 Western Heritage Wrangler Award Winner for Most Outstanding Western Album, 2009 WMA Album of the Year, 2011 WMA Female Performer of the Year, 2012 and 2017 True West Magazine Best Solo Musician,
and 2011 WMA Entertainer of the Year She competed in the National Reined Cow Horse Association’s Celebrity Cow Horse Challenge in 2012, winning the Championship, and these days finds time between concerts to ride and show her
cow horse futurity prospect.

Click here for a video of Juni performing Chinaman Jack
Click here for a video of Juni performing Little Red Horse

Click here to go to the artists website

Saturday & Sunday
June 08
 & 
June 09
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

IWMA Youth Chapter Showcase

IWMA Youth Chapter Showcase

For the past two years, the Arizona Folklore Preserve has collected donations to support the International Western Music Association (IWMA) Youth Chapter. During that period we have given the group over $7,000 as well as a number of donated musical instruments. This year we hope to raise our total donations to over $12,000.

The IWMA Youth Chapter provides a valuable service to the Western music community by helping aspiring young Western music performers learn all the things they will need to know to become successful performers. The chapter assists these budding young performers by providing them with opportunities to get voice lessons, instrument lessons, song-writing lessons, and other instruction to provide them with the tools they need to pursue an entertainment career. It even supplies instruments to deserving young people who cannot afford to buy them.

Members of the IWMA Youth Chapter will be our performers this weekend. If you like Western music and want to keep the genre alive please support our donation drive.


 
 Kacey and Jenna Thunborg, a young western music duo from Lemitar, New Mexico, have been performing in front of audiences since they were eight years old.  The 14-year-old twins attend eighth grade at Cottonwood Valley Charter School in Socorro, New Mexico. Kacey plays guitar, trumpet, ukulele, percussion instruments and provides backup vocals; Jenna provides main vocals and plays piano.

Kacey and Jenna got their start in classic western music through award-winning instrumentalist, Mariam Funke. For the past five years, they have studied guitar, vocals and piano under Mariam’s guidance and mentoring. The International Western Music Association (IWMA) awarded Kacey and Jenna the 2017 “Youth Harmony Duo of the Year.” Jenna was selected as a finalist at the 2017 “Soccoro Sings” competition. 

This will be their second appearance at the Arizona Folk Preserve. The girls have also performed at the 2018 and 2017 “Albuquerque Summertime Concert Series: Western Youth Day, “ the 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 “International Western Music Association Youth Showcase” at the IWMA Annual Convention, the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering and numerous venues including musical concerts, private parties, local restaurants, churches, and school events. They have also been fortunate to perform at several venues with “The Cowboy Way,” the 2018 IWMA Group of the Year, and Doug Figgs, the 2018 IWMA Male Performer of the Year. 

Caroline Grace Wiseman is a 14-year old singer from Madisonville, TX and is an honor student in the 8th grade at Montgomery Jr. High. She enjoys playing guitar, mando-guitar and ukulele and got her start singing at the Leon County Cowboy Church with her parents, Cary and Dawn Wiseman. As a solo performer she plays Western Swing, Western Heritage, Cowboy Classic Country and Gospel music and often performs with other artists as well. She continues to sing at her home church often providing the special music for Sunday morning worship services and at Mending Fences meetings. She has been honored to take the stage numerous times with Mr. Bobby Flores and the Texas Rose Band at various venues and to perform in historic Texas dance halls such as Schroeder Hall, the Stagecoach Ballroom and the Twin Sisters Ballroom.

Caroline is a member of the Cowtown Opry Buckaroos youth program, the Western Swing Music Association of the Southwest, and the International Western Music Association (IWMA) Youth Chapter, currently serving as the Youth Chapter Program Manager. 

Caroline is part Cherokee Indian and a 7th generation farming and ranching Texan. For more information, visit Facebook: Dawn Rae Glass Wiseman

Venessa Carpenter is 15 years old and lives in Arimo, ID. She grew up in east Texas where she learned to sing and play the guitar and piano. While her piano teacher had high hopes of Venessa  becoming a classical pianist, a chance meeting with western-turned-country/pop singer Kacey Musgraves’ mother inspired her to pursue western music.

Venessa is new to the International Western Music Association (IWMA) Youth Chapter and takes guitar and vocal lessons. Back in Texas she had performed with Shawnda Rains Entertainment Group at the Rialto Theater in Dennison and performed by herself at the Tex Ritter Showcase in Carthage, and the Gladewater Opry in Gladewater. When Venessa’s family moved to Idaho she wasn’t sure where her music would take her until she was introduced to the IWMA and the Cowboy Poets of Utah and now loves to perform with them. In the summer of 2018 she opened for Chad Prather at the Bannock County Fair in Downey, ID, played at the Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot, ID and was featured in the Western Music Songwriters Series first Youth Showcase in January, 2019 in Tooele, UT.

Venessa has started learning to play the fiddle and is looking forward to many more adventures wherever her music takes her. For more information, visit Instagram:  venessacarpenter_westernsinger
 

Abby Payne is a 17-year-old award winning Western and Gospel Music performer from Aubrey, TX.  In 2013, she became an active performing member of the Cowtown Opry Buckaroo youth organization as she was not born into a family of musicians but sought out a music family of mentors and peers in which she could develop and cultivate her musical talent.  As a performing member of the International Music Association she has been given many opportunities for professional growth and currently serves as Youth Chapter President.  When not participating in music events, she enjoys playing and singing in the band at church or at home with family. 

Abby has been invited to perform at various venues and festivals such as the historic Texas Twin Sisters Dance Hall, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, National Cowgirl Museum, Bob Wills Museum, IWMA 2019 Music and Poetry of the West, 2017 and 2018 Prosper Christmas Festival, 2018 Gene Autry Fans Christmas Luncheon, 2018 National Day of the Cowboy, IWMA 2018 National Convention showcase and was a featured performer on the 2017 Stars of Tomorrow showcase in Belton, Texas and many, many more.  Her upcoming performances will include traveling to many states outside the state of Texas for various festivals and venues.  For more information visit:  www.abbypaynemusic.com
 




Saturday & Sunday
June 15
 & 
June 16
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

P.D. Ronstadt & Co.

P.D. Ronstadt & Co.

Peter Dalton Ronstadt, a fifth generation Ronstadt in Tucson, Son of late Michael J Ronstadt, nephew of Linda Ronstadt, and great grandson of Federico Jose Maria Ronstadt, aims to explore the musical heritage of his family while presenting new and original material. Along with his band of Tucsonans, ‘The Company’, Petie paints a musical picture of the American Southwest by presenting music from the region, music from Mexico, collected favorites, songs of his father, and new songs that draw inspiration from all the elements of his upbringing. With a lush tapestry of instruments along with unique arrangements, enjoy a moment in time while P.D. Ronstadt & The Company take you on a musical journey that will lift spirits and stir memories.




Click here to go to the artists website

Saturday & Sunday
June 22
 & 
June 23
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

Dolan Ellis

Dolan Ellis

Dolan Ellis is Arizona's Official State Balladeer

The Theme for Dolan's shows this weekend is "All Requests Show"

Arizona’s Official State Balladeer, Dolan Ellis, will take the stage on June 22 and 23 with an “all requests” show.  Request your favorite from Dolan’s extensive repertoire when you call to make your reservation, and he’ll do his best to fit your pick into the show. Perhaps your favorites are some of Dolan’s original humorous ballads, such as “Who’s Gonna Run the Truck Stop at Tuba City?” or “The Bombing of Naco, Arizona.”  Or possibly you’d like to hear “Geronimo” or “Keeper of the Town,” just two of the many historical ballads for which Dolan is famous.  Of course Dolan will not have the time in the show to honor all requests, so make your reservations and your special requests early. It’s “first come, first served!”

Dolan Ellis has been Arizona’s Official State Balladeer since 1966. He has traveled more than a million miles throughout the length and breadth of our state, getting to know the unique people and out-of-the-way places most of us never see, then writing songs about these people and places. Along the way he has taken thousands of professional-quality photographs to illustrate his music. Come and hear just a few of the hundreds of ballads Dolan has written in his career as Arizona’s Balladeer "Arizona is more than a state...it's a state of mind".

Please consider donating to help save the Salt River wild horses.  The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group (SRWHMG) is a non-profit organization 501(c)3, dedicated to monitor, study and protect the Salt River wild horses in the Tonto National Forest, Arizona. We use all of our resources and connections to prevent harm from coming to the Salt River wild horses and ensure that they will be here for future generations to enjoy.
​There are links to donate on Dolan's website front page.

Click here for a YouTube video of Orphan of the Hills
Click here for a YouTube video of Dolan performing Magic Mountain

Click here to go to the artists website

Saturday & Sunday
June 29
 & 
June 30
2:00 PM

The performer(s) for this weekends shows:

Jean Prescott, Jon Messenger, and Michael Grande

Jean Prescott, Jon Messenger, and Michael Grande

Jean Prescott Jon Messenger Michael Grande
Jean Prescott  Jon Messenger Michael Grande

Please join us for a patriotic show featuring Jean Prescott, Jon Messenger & Michael Grande. We expect these shows to sell out so please make reservations if you plan on attending.

Jean Prescott
A multiple award winning singer/songwriter, Jean Prescott hangs her hat just a little bit south of Abilene, Texas, with her husband,
singer/songwriter Gary Prescott. Jean’s music has been referred to as “the spiritual essence of the west” and she shares her love of western
life through her songs about the real west of yesterday and today. 
Click here for a link to her CD's where you can listen to samples of their Music

Jon Messenger
Arizona singer/songwriter Jon Messenger brings to his audiences a hearty stew concocted from the influences of an eclectic musical background. Influenced by everything he’s heard, Jon’s original Folk and Western tunes have been well received by audiences at festivals and gatherings throughout the West, and these songs reflect Jon’s love of the myth and beauty and spirit and truth of the American West, past, present, and future.

Bringing a unique approach to today’s Cowboy and Western Music, Jon’s vocal and acoustic guitar stylings blend together to bring to all his audiences a haunting and authentic portrait of cowboy life, past and present. Interspersed with the fine Western Music are some wonderful selections of Cowboy Poetry, some by traditional authors, and some original poems from Jon’s pen.

Jon has written some of the most hauntingly beautiful songs of our time and has found a way to express insights into the livestock community that most people simply overlook. Jon’s songs have been recorded by a number of Western artists; the highest praise for a songwriter to have his peers want to record his songs. Those who have done so include: Jim Jones, Allan Chapman, Jean Prescott, Chelsea Beck, Mark Brooks, and Call Of The West, with whom he performs regularly (but that’s a whole different story…)

Jon’s voice has been described by one of his peers as the “best story-telling voice in contemporary western music.”. Rich, warm, and evocative of what ever feeling is in the heart of the tune. Another fan comments, “Nobody inhabits a song like Jon.”

A journey through the west. A night with the blues. Bluegrass Sunday mornings. The conscience of folk music in the traditions of the troubadours of old.

Jon Messenger is eagerly awaiting your call to come and share these tunes and tales with you.


Michael Grandé
Guitar virtuoso known for his 5-finger picking technique, guitar flourishes, soft, gentle voice, and rapport with his audiences. His repertoire includes Western ballads, flamenco instrumentals and folk, pop and devotional songs. Much of what he plays are his own compositions.