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Four Corners Folk Festival begins Friday on Reservoir Hill

This is it — the moment we at FolkWest have been planning for nearly a full year.

The campers are setting up on Reservoir Hill and at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, the music will start, kicking off the 14th annual Four Corners Folk Festival.

This year’s lineup features 15 incredibly talented, nationally-known performers including Tim O’Brien, the subdudes, Darrell Scott, The Infamous Stringdusters, Sara Watkins, The Greencards, Eddie From Ohio, The Bills, Russ Barenberg Quartet, Shannon Whitworth, The Wiyos, Marc Atkinson Trio, The Quebe Sisters Band, Anne and Pete Sibley and Sarah Siskind.

If you’re not a regular on the acoustic/Americana/bluegrass festival circuit these names may be unfamiliar to you. But they are the staples of such grand events as The Strawberry Music Festival, Merlefest, Telluride, Grey Fox and many others. If you’d like to sample tunes to see exactly what kind of music will be playing this weekend, visit the FolkWest Web site (www.folkwest.com) and click on individual daily schedules for links to the various artists’ MySpace pages.

The festival hosts a program for children called “Four Corners Kids.” It’s free and includes arts and crafts projects and face painting on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. plus performances throughout the weekend from  Paul & Carla Roberts, Mysto the Magi, Michael Taylor the Catch it Quick Juggler and Crested Butte musician Bruce Hayes. Children 12 and under are admitted free to the festival with an accompanying adult.

Music on the main stage takes place from 2-9 p.m. on Friday; 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.on Sunday. The Late Night stage happens on Friday and Saturday nights from 9-11 p.m. In addition to these performances, there are workshops and acoustic sets at the Rendezvous Acoustic Stage.

The Four Corners Folk Festival is supported by a grant from the Colorado Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Colorado General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Full festival information is available online at www.folkwest.com. Tickets can be purchased up to one day ahead by calling (877) 472-4672 or visiting the Web site. There will be two-day, three-day and single day passes available at the gate.