Speakers/Chautauqua Catalog

Name Mr. Ralph Estes
Email ralph@ralphestes.com
Website http://www.ralphestes.com
Office Phone 505/980-3280
Address 323 Morning Sun Trail
Corrales, NM  87048
Biographical Info Ralph Estes is a troubadour singing and telling stories of the West. He is a member of the Western Music Association, Wild West History Association, and Western Writers of America; and he runs the Corrales Campfires series of house concerts.
Program Title ME AND BILLY
Character Name Billy the Kid
Program Description The "world's oldest living cowboy" tells, in story and song, of his years as a cowboy and his friendship with Billy the Kid. Stories about Billy the Kid are generally exaggerated. This program addresses the legend-making process while presenting the story of Billy that is supported by historical evidence.
Series New Mexico History and Cultures
Chautauqua Program Application (Booking) Click here to fill out a funding application for this program »
Program Title THE WEST: Singing Its Story
Program Description Take a trip through a thousand years of the American West, from Anasazi Indians to the Atomic Age. Like the Indians and cowboys, the trappers and traders, we'll sing as we go because their songs tell a big part of the story. We'll visit the ancient ones, whose lives we can envision in places like Chaco Canyon. We'll see Coronado, with his padres and conquistadors, searching for the Seven Cities of Cibola. Lewis and Clark, guided by the Shoshone girl Sacagawea. The Alamo, Santa Fe Trail, and the forty-niners followed by thousands of settlers. We'll saddle up and ride through the cowboy era, and meet characters like Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Calamity Jane, Wild Bill Hickok, Geronimo, Billy the Kid, Buffalo Bill, Jesse James. And we'll ponder how atomic power, developed in our West, changed the world and often leads to a longing for a more innocent time. A longing that causes many of us to turn our faces to the West.
Series New Mexico History and Cultures; Conversations With the World; Writers, Storytellers and Poets
Chautauqua Program Application (Booking) Click here to fill out a funding application for this program »
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