Swallow Hill Music, The Mother Folkers, Dick Weissman, and Walt Conley will be inducted into the Hall at the 40th Anniversary Celebration for Swallow Hill.


DENVER, CO [November 9, 2019] – The Colorado Music Hall of Fame will host the induction of 21 women – luminaries of the folk music world known as The Mother Folkers – as well as Dick Weissman, a world-class musician, author and educator; Walt Conley, sometimes called the “godfather of the Colorado folk scene”; and Swallow Hill Music, the nation’s second-largest folk and acoustic music school, at a concert and celebration of Swallow Hill’s 40th Anniversary at Central Presbyterian Church in Denver. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the concert starts at 6:30 p.m.

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The evening will include performances by 20 current and former members of The Mother Folkers including Mary Flower, Liz Barnez, Mollie O’Brien, Carla Sciaky and a cast of the most prominent women in folk. Additional guest performers and acts will include Harry Tuft, Dick Weissman, a tribute to Walt Conley and much more.

Swallow Hill was founded in 1979 by Harry Tuft of the Denver Folklore Center and grew into the nation’s second-largest folk and acoustic music school and concert organization, attracting more than 64,000 concert-goers annually and helping 75,000 under-served children by bringing music education into area schools. Dick Weissman is an award-winning banjo player, musician, author and educator who founded the University of Colorado Denver College of Arts & Media’s music business program and worked with John Phillips (The Mamas and the Papas) and the Journeymen. Walt Conley is considered one of the founding fathers of folk music in Colorado, influencing artists like Judy Collins. Conley was also known for his social activism and an acting career that includes movies, voiceover and television appearances in such shows as The Rockford Files.

The Colorado Music Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization. Its mission is to honor those musicians, individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions, to preserve and protect historical artifacts, and to educate the public regarding everything that is great about Colorado music.

Previous inductees include John Denver, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, five-time Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves, Philip Bailey from Earth Wind & Fire, swing-era giant Glenn Miller, KBCO radio, Harry Tuft, promoter Barry Fey of Family Dog fame, Firefall, the Astronauts, Flash Cadillac, KIMN radio, folk legend Judy Collins, the Serendipity Singers, Bob Lind, Chris Daniels, Stephen Stills/Manassas, Poco, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and many more.

This induction concert and 40th Anniversary Celebration of Swallow Hill is produced by Swallow Hill and the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. Reserved tickets and premium gala seating with pre-show hors d’oeuvre and cocktails are available through ticketFly by clicking here! Additional information can be obtained on the Hall’s website,

CMHOF National Publicist: Phil Lobel | 310-271-1551 ext. 13

CMHOF Director, Chris Daniels, | 720-837-4332

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