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Folk Sessions celebrates 12 years with 12 Days of Christmas

The Folk Sessions’ 12 Days of Christmas performance will include songs written for the occasion by Tony Norris, pictured, as well as Lon Austin, Andy Hurlbut and Soul Creek. (Courtesy photo)

The Folk Sessions’ 12 Days of Christmas performance will include songs written for the occasion by Tony Norris, pictured, as well as Lon Austin, Andy Hurlbut and Soul Creek. (Courtesy photo)

On Saturday, Dec. 6, The Folk Sessions celebrates 12 years of broadcasting on the KJAZZ Radio Network by bringing its favorite artists together for an unforgettable performance of a classic Christmas Carol, The 12 Days of Christmas at Prescott Center for the Arts.

The evening will showcase original songs based on the 12 days of Christmas, written for the occasion, as well as traditional songs, holiday stories and some of Arizona's finest artists including Tony Norris, Lon Austin, Andy Hurlbut and Soul Creek. Also original Folk Sessions host, Alexa MacDonald, will return to Prescott for a very special appearance. All seats for this holiday performance are $12.

"If Garrison Keillor were raised on cornbread and beans..." No western entertainer does it all with the warmth and wit of Tony Norris. Young and old alike are captivated by his homespun charm and rich tenor voice. With the accompaniment of his big Martin guitar and healthy doses of humor, he invites the adventurous spirit in each of us to leave the everyday world behind and journey into the old West.

Lon Austin, known as "Arizona's Woody Guthrie," and Andy Hurlbut are two of Phoenix's best performers and songwriters. They have created original songs for the concert, with Andy's holiday song about an early Christmas on Whisky Row. Also, Layne Longfellow will perform a rendition of his great ancestor's "Christmas Bells."

MacDonald, the original co-host of Folk Sessions, now makes Portland, Oregon, her home and we are thrilled that she will return to Prescott for this 12-year anniversary concert, according to a news release.

The Folk Sessions may well be one of the most eclectic radio shows in America. When you turn on The Folk Sessions on a Saturday afternoon, what you'll hear is music that originated around campfires and church halls, grange halls and honky-tonks - music with its roots in the stuff of real life. Founded in 2002 by MacDonald and Tom Agostino, the show has featured more than 500 musical guests, including Tom Chapin, Rosanne Cash, Jack Williams, Ramblin' Jack Eliott, Ronny Cox, Carrie Rodriguez and Red Molly. The Folk Sessions is a reminder of what music once was - and to music lovers, still is.