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Glendale Folk and Heritage Festival 2014 - Library Performances
Headshot of Dolan Ellis with guitar Headshot of Rik Palieri with guitar

Headshot of Rick Nestler with guitar

Dolan Ellis
Rik Palieri
Rick Nestler

All the performances listed below will take place in the Auditorium of the Main Library.  For more information, call 623-930-3573.
For more information about the Glendale Folk and Heritage Festival taking place at Sahuaro Ranch Park on March 22 and 23, please click here.

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Thursday, March 13, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Nationally known folk musicians Rik Palieri and Rick Nestler will offer a preview performance for the Glendale Folk and Heritage Festival scheduled at Glendale’s historic Sahuaro Ranch Park on March 22 and 23. Rik Palieri promises fast banjo picking, exotic instruments, sing-a-longs, original song writing and a little bit of yodeling. Rick Nestler performs original, contemporary, traditional, country, folk, blues, rock, Irish and sea chanteys. 

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Saturday, March 22, 1:00 p.m.

Arizona's Official State Balladeer, Dolan Ellis, presents his view of Arizona in photos and songs. The title of Official State Balladeer came to him as an appointment by Governor Sam Goddard in 1966, and has been endorsed by eleven consecutive governors. Dolan continues his interest in Arizona folklore and history through his Folklore Preserve in Ramsey Canyon in southern Arizona. Many awards have come his way over the years. He was inducted into the Arizona Tourism Hall of Fame, he was inducted as the first Arizona Culture Keeper, and was inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall Of Fame in 2011. He was recruited by Randy Sparks as an original member of the New Christy Minstrels and by 1963 they had won a Grammy, had gold albums, and toured the nation's best entertainment venues and shows. He left the group to move back to Arizona to explore its backroads, canyons and mountains, and meet its unique people. He specializes in music of Arizona and the American Southwest, and pioneered in the use of large-screen photography to illustrate his songs.

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Saturday, March 22, 2:00 p.m.

Rik Palieri, the host of Vermont Public Radio's Songwriter's Notebook, is joined by Grammy winning Rick Nestler for a special presentation of the Almanac Trail Project - a celebration of songs that will honor the original members of the Almanac Singers, including Pete Seeger.  Both served on the environmental flagship, Clearwater, singing songs, and have been friends with Pete Seeger for many years. 

The Almanac Trail - In the summer of 1941, a musical group of labor activists known as “The Almanac Singers” climbed into a midnight blue Buick and blazed a trail across the USA, spreading the gospel of unionism and bringing folk music back to the people. The group, with members Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Lee Hays & Mill Lampell, created a new kind of topical music, using old folk melodies to tell the stories of the times. They played in union halls, on picket lines, theaters and radio shows, planting seeds wherever they went.  The Almanacs’ now almost-mythical journey has become an inspiration for legions of musicians, free thinkers, and gasoline gypsies, and has paved the road for many of today’s singer/songwriters. At the core of it were some of the greatest labor songs ever written, including “Union Maid,” “Talking Union,” and “Which Side Are You On?”

Some seventy years later, with the help and guidance of Pete Seeger and The Woody Guthrie Archives, two modern-day troubadours followed in the footsteps of the old Almanacs. With banjos and guitars and a bag full of union songs, they traveled down the road from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles, up the west coast and then from Seattle to Buffalo, singing at some of the same places and towns, and inviting local musicians to join in, as in the original tour. The Almanac Trail was like an old-fashioned “Hootenanny”-- an evening of history, music and fun for all generations!   This presentation will recreate the tour with songs, stories and music.

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