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  • Delmarva Folk Festival turns 22

  • Tales of sadness, love and a bit of the unexpected will swallow up Hartly when the 2013 Folk Hero Contest and 22nd annual Delmarva Folk Festival circles back on the first weekend of October.
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  • Tales of sadness, love and a bit of the unexpected will swallow up Hartly when the 2013 Folk Hero Contest and 22nd annual Delmarva Folk Festival circles back on the first weekend of October.
    Presented by the Delaware Friends of Folk, the Folk Hero Contest will start things off on Friday, Oct. 4, followed by the Folk Festival on Saturday, Oct. 5.
    Throughout its two decades, the Folk Festival has seen acts from around the country and internationally. But this year's lineup is more local. It's predominately made up of folk artists who live in Delmarva.
    "We decided to change direction and go back to the roots to what got things started," said John Kidd, board chairman for the Delaware Friends of Folk. "We may stick with that or go with other things next year. We don't know."
    Saving the day
    Six hopefuls will battle it out to be named the 2013 Folk Hero. But there will be more than earning a fancy title on the line. The winner will also win $100; a performance slot at the Folk Festival; an invitation to invitation to appear with Mark Rogers live on the air on WSTW 93.7's Hometown Heroes show; recording time with Digital Street Studio; a photo shoot with photographer Eric Young, and loads more.
    Each contestant will have approximately 25 minutes for their set, and the winner will be selected via an audience vote.
    The lineup for the contest features Shane Palko (7:30 p.m.), Halley & McKeever (8 p.m.), Matt McGuigan, Road 599 (9 p.m.), Dan & James (9:30 p.m.) and LA Time (10 p.m.).
    The 2012 Folk Hero winner, the Honey Badgers, will host the event and warm up the stage first at 7 p.m. But the Honey Badgers won't be competing.
    McGuigan's set will include tunes from his upcoming album "Inquire Within." One of those songs will be "I Grew Up, You Should Too."
    "[It's] about fair-weather friends and how quickly someone can vanish from your life," said McGuigan, of Smyrna.
    The physical version of "Inquire Within" will drop the same day of the Folk Hero Contest, while digital downloads will be available sometime after the event, McGuigan said.
    For the 16-year-old, he doesn't even see the contest as a competition. Instead, it's just another opportunity that allows him to do what he was created to do, he says.
    Page 2 of 2 - "Even if I lose, I still get to play in front of an audience that appreciates [original] music," said McGuigan. "So that's always a pleasure. And after that, I'll be back next year."
    Lineup for Folk Festival
    The Folk Festival will start off with the winner of the Folk Contest at noon. After that, expect to see: Ustad Shafaat Khan (1 p.m.), Rory Sullivan (2 p.m.), Key of Red (3 p.m.), a music demonstration with Ustad Shafaat Khan and Crabmeat Thompson (4 p.m.), Celtic Harvest (5 p.m.), Crabmeat Thompson (6 p.m.), Possum Creek (7 p.m.), Runaway Train (8 p.m.) and Swamp Weasels (9 p.m.).
    A kid's corner will also be available with kids activities including face painting and other arts and crafts.

    IF YOU GO #1
    WHAT Folk Hero Contest
    WHEN 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4
    WHERE 352 Downs Chapel Road, Hartly
    COST $5
    INFO Visit delfolk.org or call (302) 827-3655

    IF YOU GO #2
    WHAT 22nd annual Delmarva Friends of Folk Festival
    WHEN Noon, Saturday, Oct. 5
    WHERE 352 Downs Chapel Road, Hartly
    COST $20 in advance (members have a $5 off voucher to use at any Delaware Folk event); $25 door
    INFO Visit delfolk.org or call (302) 827-3655
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