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Folk music rings out with bands, workshops

Come to a kindred gathering of more than 100 Arizona folk and acoustic musicians at the 23rd Annual Sharlot Hall Museum Folk Music Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7.

This celebration of the musical traditions of Arizona fills the entire museum complex, two blocks west of the courthouse plaza, with bands and solo performers from throughout Arizona and the Southwest doing music, storytelling and dance.

The diverse festival has several stages with continuous entertainment, plus five or six performances/workshops to choose from each hour and continuous jamming on the grounds.

The music includes string bands and fiddle bands, Celtic bands, blues bands, acoustic folk and contemporary bands, traditional singers and instrumentalists on fiddle, mandolin, dulcimers, autoharp, banjo, harmonica, and folk harp.

Original songwriters will be present in force. Several sessions will present their songs and discussions about songwriting.

Workshops include bhodran, harmonica, banjo styles, mandolin, and guitar styles.

Saturday at 7:30 p.m., the festival co-sponsors an old-time dance with the local folk organization Folk Happens! ($5 charge at the door for the dance) at the Prescott Activity Center.

Sunday morning is a musical instrument swap meet on the museum grounds from 9 to 11 a.m.

Admission is by donation, all of which will be gratefully accepted. No pets, please. For more information, call 445-3122, or visit www.sharlot.org.

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