37th annual Folk Music Festival to have more than 90 performers

The Potato Patch String Band from Prescott and Spring Valley plays during the 31st Annual Folk Music Festival at Sharlot Hall. More than 90 performers are expected to turn out for this year’s two-day festival.

The Potato Patch String Band from Prescott and Spring Valley plays during the 31st Annual Folk Music Festival at Sharlot Hall. More than 90 performers are expected to turn out for this year’s two-day festival.

More than 90 musical performers are expected to perform at Sharlot Hall's 37th annual Folk Music Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4.

The festival will feature performances by duos, trios, quartets, folk bands and solo artists, including Gail Stieger, the Manzanita Road Ensemble and Gilded Strings. Admission is $8, or $6 for museum members. Children 15 and younger are admitted for free.

The festival will include vocal harmonies from Bobby Kimmel and the group I Hear Voices from Tucson, according to a museum press release.

"You may recognize the name," the release said. "Kimmel and Linda Ronstadt founded the 'Stone Poneys,' Ronstadt's first group, with its hit single 'Beat of a Different Drum.'"

Mexican Beaded Lizard Band, a group from Phoenix that features musicians playing the mandolin, ukulele, guitar, fiddle and harmonica, and headed by Lon Austin, will be on hand. The group plays songs written by Austin along with tunes from the old West, contemporary West and future West, with music written by Woody Guthrie.

JC & Laney and Greg LaCosse are also scheduled to perform. The former has produced seven CDs and the latter moved to Phoenix from Chicago in 1976, immersing himself and his music in the Western lifestyle, history and heritage.

"Many of his songs have a distinctive Irish twang understandably picked up from performing in many of the Chicago Irish pubs," the release said. "It also works well with many of his country and railroad songs as many of the early railroad, cowboy and western songs evolved from the ballads brought over from the old country by immigrant Irish ranch hands and railroad workers."

But it's not just a time to listen to music - opportunities to jam on the museum grounds and attend workshops by the performers will also be available. The workshops will cover a number of musical subjects from songwriting and harmony singing to banjo styles and autoharp, according to the release.

For more information and a schedule for the workshop and performances, visit www.sharlot.org. The museum is at 415 W. Gurley St.

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