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November 23, 2012

Folk artist to play Oxford on Sunday

Six On The Square, at 6 LaFayette Park in downtown Oxford, will host award-winning singer-songwriter Joe Crookston at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The folk musician fuses contemporary and traditional styles. From rural Ohio with Hungarian roots, Crookston is described in a media release as a “modern-day troubadour, a wordsmith who paints pictures with his lyrics, beautifully. His words are sometimes stories and sometimes poetry about ruby red dresses, drunken roosters, ex-slaves, window washers, Polish immigrants, Tinian Island, rutabagas and the cycles of life and death.”

Crookston has played folk music to audiences with his “Songs of the Finger Lakes,” music he gathered as part of his research into music cultures. His 2008 album “Able Baker Charlie and Dog” won Album of the Year from the International Folk Alliance and Memphis, Tenn. His most recent album is last year’s “Darklin & the Bluebird Jubilee.”

Sing Out! Magazine said of Crookston, “With the performers out there, an artist has to go beyond good … and Joe does.”

Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. For more information, call 843-6876 or go to

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