Folk is a bad word, in a way, says Laura McGaughey of the Swallow Hill Music Association. When people think of folk music, they think of old music that some white hippie wrote with a guitar. Swallow Hills philosophy is to promote music by the people, for the people, that enriches people. Call it folk if you must, but the genre is a moot point, adds McGaughey.
In its seventeenth year, the Swallow Hill HarvestFest has morphed from a 24-hour folk-a-thon to a folk festival to its new incarnation as a showcase of everything that Swallow Hill does including its music school, its outreach programs and, this year, its newly renovated home, at 71 East Yale Avenue.
The weekends festivities begin tonight at 8 p.m. with performances by the South Austin Jug Band and Beppe Gambetta; they continue at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday mornings with more music, workshops, lessons, open-door jams and not to be missed a Folk Idol karaoke contest. Tickets are $12 to $21 for the Friday-night show, with weekend admission at $15 per day or $28 for both days. For tickets and a complete festival schedule, visit www.swallowhillmusic.org or call 303-777-1003.
Fri., Oct. 10, 8 p.m.; Oct. 11-12, 11 a.m., 2008