Folk music featured at festival this weekend

Musical duos, trios, quartets, folk bands and solo artists will perform on the grounds of Sharlot Hall Museum this weekend, Oct. 1-2.

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Musical duos, trios, quartets, folk bands and solo artists will perform on the grounds of Sharlot Hall Museum this weekend, Oct. 1-2.

PRESCOTT – Sunlight on an acoustic guitar. The melodic notes of fiddles, flutes, and harmonizing voices. This and more mix abundantly on the grounds of Sharlot Hall Museum as it presents Arizona’s longest-running Folk Music Festival.

The 38th annual festival features more than 200 musicians, almost 90 performances at four different venues on the four-acre museum campus in downtown Prescott, Oct. 1-2.

Musical duos, trios, quartets, folk bands and solo artists will perform, including many featured artists and local musicians on both Saturday and Sunday, according to a news release.

Opportunities for visitors and performers to “jam” on the grounds, under the trees, on the porch, or wherever lend a comfortable and entertaining ambiance to the good ol’ down-home folk music.

For this first weekend in October, music workshops by the performers will be conducted on a wide range of subjects, from songwriting and harmony singing, to banjo styles, slide and fingerstyle guitar, autoharp and more.

The museum’s website – www.sharlot.org – lists the workshop schedule, as well as planned performance schedule for both days.

The festival runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $10; Museum members, $8; and youth 17 and younger get in free. General admission may be applied to a new museum membership at the concert.

Sharlot Hall Museum is located at 415 W. Gurley St. in Prescott, two blocks west of the courthouse plaza.