American Folk Fest posts new artists, holds yard sale fundraiser

The American Folk Festival announced last week its latest slate of artists to play at the festival, set for Aug. 24-26 on the Bangor Waterfront. They range in genres from Latin to Native American. The new artists include:

  • Dallas Chief Eagle, a member of the Rosebus Sioux tribe and a nationally recognized Native American hoop dancer.
  • D. L. Menard, a Louisiana singer-songwriter called the “Cajun Hank Williams.”
  • Grupo Rebolu, an Afro-Colombian ensemble based in New York City.
  • Larry Chance and the Earls, a classic early rock n’ roll and doo-wop group that has performed for nearly 50 years; their hits include “Remember Then” and “Life Is But a Dream.”
  • The Old Bay Ceili Band, a traditional Irish American band from the Baltimore-DC area.
  • Don Roy, Maine’s own Franco-American fiddling legend.
  • Michael Doucet, Cajun fiddler, songwriter and co-founder of BeauSoleil.
  • Daniel Boucher, a Quebecois fiddler and vocalist.

Other artists set to perform include blues guitarist Marquise Knox, bluegrass singer Dale Ann Bradley, lap steel guitarist Aubrey Ghent and his band, Western swing ensemble the Marshall Ford Swing Band, and Cape Breton fiddlers Mary Jane Lamond with Wendy MacIsaac.

The AFF also plans to hold its first-ever fundraising yard sale, set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 9 on the Husson University campus. Any and all household items – from furniture and appliances to clothing and books – can be dropped off at the front entrance to Husson between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, June 6-8. There will be a storage truck parked, waiting to take your donations; alternately, you can email yard sale organizers Monique Bolduc and Jodie Kandel to arrange a pick up, at mbolduc@emh.org or jkandel@sgceng.com. For information, call the American Folk Festival office at 992-2620, or visit them on Facebook.

Emily Burnham

About Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native, a University of Maine graduate, a proud Bangorian and an arts and lifestyle writer for the Bangor Daily News, where she's worked since 2004. She reports on everything from local bands to local food, from media and the Internet to theater and dance. In her quest for stories, she's seen countless concerts and plays, been lobster fishing, interviewed celebrities, taken belly dancing classes, hung out with water buffalo and played in a ukulele orchestra, to name just a few. She's interested in everything -- especially if it happens in Maine. She welcomes any and all feedback or suggestions for stories.