15th Annual Folk Festival this weekend

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The life and times of Gen. Sam Houston will be celebrated this weekend at the 15th Annual Sam Houston Folk Festival on the grounds of the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, across the street from the SHSU campus. The times for the festival are Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Some of the historical recreations at the festival include: “A visit with Senator Sam” by Dr. Felix Alvarez, Living History Vignettes with Eliza and Sam Houston and “The Confederacy and the Houstons.”Other activities include children’s activities, cultural displays, museum tours, dulcimer workshops, the historical production of “Gone to Texas,” folk dancers, arts and crafts, ethnic foods, historical re-enactments, citizen soldiers, petting zoo, folk life demonstrations and story tellers. Adult admission is $7, children five to 13-years-old is $3 and weekend passes are sold for $10. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, the Texas Stage will host evening entertainment, on which many Texas folk acts will be featured this year.Clover and Rachel Carroll, performing at 8 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday, offer a blend of original and roots-based folk music. Clover, who serves as entertainment director for the folk festival, captures the crowd with his refined, raspy vocal style. Rachel, Clover’s wife, plays the up-right bass and sings. The Carroll’s music can best be described as an eclectic mix of folk, roots, country, bluegrass, cowboy and Americana, which is called folk grass. Best known as a singer and songwriter, Texas-born Steven Fromholz, who will be performing at 10 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday nights, writes songs recorded by other songwriters. John Denver, Michael Martin Murphy, Hoyt Axton, Jerry Jeff Walker, Lyle Lovett and Willie Nelson have all cut his tunes. Nelson’s recording of Fomholz’s “I’d Have To Be Crazy” earned the writer two platinum records. In Kirk Dooley’s “Book of Texas Best,” he named Fromholz’s “Texas Trilogy” the best song ever written about Texas.Pine Island Station, performing at 3 p.m. on Saturday, has been together since early 1997. Pine Island Station is a favorite at venues in and around Houston. With vocals of two, three and four parts, highlighted by strong, pure leads and haunting harmonies, as well as driving banjo, mandolin and guitar leads, the band is considered one of the most versatile bands in the area.The Sweet Song String Band will perform at 11 a.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. on Sunday. The band was formed in 1979 by Dana Hamilton, Judy Hamilton, David Lindsey and Annette Lindsey. Originally based on the hammer dulcimers, the band has expanded to include guitar, fiddle, banjo, mountain dulcimer, mandolin, autoharp, flute, whistle and a variety of American traditional “kitchen” instruments from spoons and bones to paper bag and picking bow.Partners in music and life for nearly three decades, the dynamic duo of Eddie and Martha Adcock will perform at 9 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday. They have become known as “the biggest little band in Bluegrass.” They have toured the United States, Canada and Europe, charming crowds and winning awards, rave reviews and heavy airplay around the world. Caroline Herring, considered to be Austin’s newest talent, is also scheduled to perform at 9 p.m. Saturday night. Her debut release, “Twilight,” will be released on Blue Corn, a new label out of Houston. After moving to Austin, Herring formed a following of dedicated fans, along with some of the best musicians on the acoustic scene.Other musicians scheduled to perform include: Dane Sterling of Austin, performing at 4 p.m. Sunday ; Grady Lee, resident cowboy singer from the George Ranch in Richmond, Texas, performing at 1 p.m. on Saturday; John Greenberg of Kingsland, Texas, performing at 5 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; autopharpist Roz Brown, performing at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday; Peter Keane of Austin, performing at 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday; and the retro-jazz sextet Shorty Long, performing at 7 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday. Lots of entertainment and the historically great food combine to make this year’s Sam Houston Folk Festival better than any before.