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Balladeer Dolan Ellis to Perform at Tubac Presidio Park

Holiday Concert with Arizona’s Official Balladeer Dolan Ellis

Saturday, December 17, 2pm


   The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park will host a holiday concert featuring Dolan Ellis on Saturday, December 17, 2011. Arizona’s Official State Balladeer, Grammy winner and original member of The New Christy Minstrels, Ellis will present his special holiday show “An Arizona Christmas” in the 1885 Territorial Schoolhouse. This event is part of the Teodoro “Ted” Ramirez Artist in Residence concert series at the Tubac Presidio. Showtime is at 2pm.


   Dolan Ellis has been Arizona‘s Official State Balladeer since 1966, first appointed by Governor Sam Goddard and endorsed by eleven consecutive governors. In his role as Balladeer, Dolan has written more than 300 songs and performed throughout Arizona and the United States, as well as in many foreign countries. Ellis is known for his 12-string guitar, his baritone voice, and the songs he writes about Arizona and the American Southwest. He was an original member of The New Christy Minstrels and was with them for several gold records, their 1963 Grammy for Best Group, and a season (1962–1963) on the nationally televised Andy Williams Show. In 1996, Ellis founded the Arizona Folklore Preserve located in Ramsey Canyon south of Sierra Vista and continues to perform monthly as the artist-in-residence. Ellis is back with the Christies again, participating in their recordings and tours.


   Dolan connects with his audiences as few performers can do, relying on his humor and storytelling skills to enhance his considerable musical talent. This concert is for all ages and promises to be a memorable way to celebrate the holiday season. Tickets are $20 for adults (15+) and free for children age 14 and younger. Seating is limited, please call 520-398-2252 for reservations. The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park is located at 1 Burruel Street in Tubac and is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 9am to 5pm. Concert tickets include admission to the park, so plan to arrive early to tour the Presidio. Learn more about Arizona’s first state park at


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