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Folk Sessions puts on Acoustic Christmas show Dec. 16

Four Shillings Short, husband and wife, Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland, and Christy Martin from California, have been performing together since 1995.

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Four Shillings Short, husband and wife, Aodh Og O’Tuama from Cork, Ireland, and Christy Martin from California, have been performing together since 1995.

For the past six years, Folk Sessions has put on its Cowboy Christmas show at the Prescott Center for the Arts, but this year Director Tom Agostino said he wanted to keep that energy going with something different.

“It seemed like it was time to change to something a little different,” Agostino said. “Expand it from just cowboy to an acoustic Christmas.”

On Saturday, Dec. 16, Folk Sessions presents “An Acoustic Christmas” at the Prescott Center for the Arts, 208 N. Marina St. The show features Nancy Elliott, The Gurley Girls, Folka Polka, Agostino and his wife, Christa, and a Celtic group called Four Shillings Short.

Tickets for the 2 p.m. show are $22 and are available by calling 928-445-3286 or at www.folksessions.com or at pca-az.net. Concert attendees will receive the Folk Sessions Volume 2 CD as a free gift.

Originally, the Prescott Chorale were going to perform after Folka Polka as special guests for the show, but Chorale Artistic Director Dennis Houser’s house burned down and had to cancel, Agostino wrote in a follow-up email. Four Shillings Short, consisting of Christy Martin and Aodh Og O’Tauma, were going to be in the audience and Agostino said he was able to have them perform in the Chorale’s stead, he added.

This will be the first time Four Shillings Short has performed in Prescott, Agostino said. It had been three years since the group toured Arizona and were going to be in the state for concerts in Bisbee, Sierra Vista, Tubac, Tucson, Phoenix and Cottonwood, according to a news release.

The other groups lined up should be interesting too, he said. The Gurley Girls have a different lineup than they used to and now have two men in the group, Agostino said. Further, Folka Polka is a fun group that people really like and Elliott was a part of last year’s Christmas show.

“She did the last year’s Cowboy Christmas,” Agostino said. “Of everybody who performed there last year, she really moved me. She’s really good.”