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Editorial: Time travel this weekend, folks

The Dirtbilly Jugnots Jugless Gospel Jug Band warms up before their 2011 performance during the annual Folk Music Festival at Sharlot Hall Museum. (Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier, file)

The Dirtbilly Jugnots Jugless Gospel Jug Band warms up before their 2011 performance during the annual Folk Music Festival at Sharlot Hall Museum. (Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier, file)

Rural nostalgia and history are two things that drew me to the Prescott area, now nearly 20 years ago.It is fanciful to walk where "Doc" Holliday and the Earp brothers held court, or where Arizona Territory settlers and miners ventured. And, somehow hearing folk music gives me that 19th century feel.Folk music includes both traditional music and the genre that evolved from it. The term often applies to music that is older than the 1800s.That's why this weekend's 37th annual Folk Music Festival is so important to me. It transports participants to another era, and this year's more than 90 musical performers - duos, trios, quartets, folk bands and solo artists - certainly fill the bill.Held at Sharlot Hall Museum, 415 W. Gurley St., the festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3-4. A favorite of mine not to be missed is Prescott's own Gail Steiger, who you may have seen previously at the annual Cowboy Poets Gathering, the Folk Arts Fair, or for his occasional one-man show at the Phippen Museum. His storytelling and music (often combined) put a smile on your face and a tap in your foot.This year's event also includes the Manzanita Road Ensemble, Bobby Kimmel and I Hear Voices, as well as the Mexican Beaded Lizard Band, among others. If none of them sound familiar, rest assured their tunes scream Old West, akin to that of Woody Guthrie.Finally, it is commonplace to witness (or take part in) the impromptu jam sessions. Even if you are not a musician, their sounds across Prescott's downtown take you back to another time.Folks, this is part of Prescott's fabric. Enjoy.- Tim Wiederaenders, city editorFollow Tim Wiederaenders on Twitter @TWieds_editor. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2032, twieds@prescottaz.com or 928-420-6472.
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