Sunday, November 7, 2010
Downtown Eureka Springs Hosts Annual Folk Festival
Gilkyson is a politically minded, poetically gifted singer-songwriter who has become one of the most respected musicians in roots, folk and Americana circles. Over the course of 13 albums, Eliza Gilkyson has built a reputation as one of the most original and influential folk artists of our time. In 2006, she was recognized with 3 Austin Music Awards and 4 Folk Alliance Music Awards, one for Song of the Year for her tune, Man of God.
The Youth Talent Show, for ages 17 and under, will be from 6:15-8 p.m. The Adult Talent Show, for ages 18 and over, begins at 8:30. The talent shows have been added to allow more individuals the opportunity to showcase their talents and abilities.
A staple of nearly every Ozark Folk Festival has been the craft show, celebrating the diverse skills of our many local craftspeople. This year the free Back to the Ozarks Craft Show happens Nov. 5 and 6 from noon until 6 p.m. There will be displays of historic Ozark arts and crafts in Basin Spring Park, and artisans will be demonstrating their skills. Visitors to the crafts show will also be entertained by free live folk music in Basin Spring Park from noon until 6 p.m.
ince its inception as part of the folk festival on June 23, 1948, the Barefoot Ball has had a long and rich, if not uninterrupted, history. Doors open at 6 p.m. Nov. 5 for the 2010 edition of this festive, unpretentious dance. The 1905 Basin Park Hotel’s Barefoot Ballroom, named after the event, will once again be the venue. Fayetteville’s Cletus Got Shot opens, and regional favorites Big Smith, from Springfield, Missouri, headline. Tickets are $10. Despite the event’s name, shoes are optional.
The festival’s final day, Nov. 6, is the fullest. The free concerts and craft show continue in Basin Spring Park from noon until 6 p.m. The Singer/Songwriter contest finals are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Auditorium. Admission is free. The folk festival parade winds its way through historic downtown at 2 p.m.
Tickets for the Barefoot Ball and the Ozark Folk Festival Featured Show with Eliza Gilkyson go on sale Sept. 13. For tickets, entry forms, rules for the contests and schedule updates, go online to www.ozarkfolkfestival.com or call 888-855-7823.
Most shows at this year’s festival are free. Scheduled to play are regional folk favorites Rebecca Loebe, Raina Rose, Lyle Strickland, Kim Richardson, GBmojo, 3 Penny Acre, Susan Shore, and Michael Cockran.
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