Final seven musicians announced for 2014 American Folk Festival; five newcomers, two returning artists

The final seven artists for the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront have been announced — two of which are familiar faces to longtime festival-goers, five of which are newcomers. They span genres from Cape Verdean music to blues and Cape Breton fiddle.
 
“Summer in Maine is finally here, and the final musician announcements ensure that Festival season is indeed upon us,” said Heather McCarthy, Executive Director for the American Folk Festival. “Our goal to bring a wide variety of performers to Bangor is sure to be successful this year, combined with dancing, food, fun, craft vendors, and entertainment for all ages.”
 
lutchinha-pictures-iiLutchinha is Maria Neves, who grew up on the island of Sao Vincente, off Cape Verde in Africa. Her music is best described as reggae or cabo verde with Latin and jazz influences.  It also includes rich textures of Brazilian modinha and Portugese fado. Neves also is the lead singer of the Boston based all female jazz-Latin-folk fusion group Cruzamente, which means “crossroads.”
 
Otis Clay Performs at SPACEOtis Clay combines soul, gospel and R&B in his deep reaching, soulful, raw vocal talent. Born in Waxhaw, Mississippi, Clay began singing gospel and quickly began a career recording deep soul in the 1960’s. He has recorded eight albums over a five decade career and has released more than 33 singles. He resides in Chicago’s West Side when not traveling the world to perform in blues, r&b and gospel festivals.
 
capoeriaCapoeira Luanda is a group of men and women from San Antonio, Texas, who practice capoeira and drumming. Capoeira is Brazil’s fast and graceful Afro-Brazilian art form, which blends dance, martial arts, and acrobatics into one beautiful art like no other. The martial art was created by Africans brought to Brazil from many parts of Africa as a means of self-protection and as a way to fight for their own freedom. During its early years, Capoeira was disguised as a dance in order to be practiced openly.
 
ASAndreaBeatonAndrea Beaton is an award winning fiddler, recording artist and composer from Inverness County, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada who is consistently described as having a drive and lift to her music, which carries on in the great tradition of Cape Breton fiddle music. Beaton has released five solo albums, a book of music, and one duo album with her father, legendary fiddler Kinnon Beaton, himself the son of fiddler Donald Angus Beaton.
 
sipayikThe Maine-based Sipayik Dance Troupe is a Passamaquoddy traditional dance group based in Sipayik, which is at the Pleasant Point Reservation in Perry, in Washington County in Maine. The group conveys the traditional songs of the Passamaquoddy with native dance, handed down over the centuries by generations of Passamaquoddy families.
 
chinese folk artReturning to the festival this year is The Chinese Folk Art Workshop, a non-profit cultural organization based in the Boston area, promoting interaction with and understanding of Chinese culture within the community. Members range in age from 12 to 18 and perform a variety of traditional Chinese folk arts such as the Dragon Dance, the Lion Dance, Taiwanese Drums, the always entertaining Chinese yoyo and an array of folk dances. The group returns to the American Folk Festival after performances in 2003 and 2006. They are longtime festival favorites for young children and adults alike. 
 
bernard allisonBlues guitarist Bernard Allison returns to the Festival stage this year for the second time, after a 2007 appearance. Allison has released fourteen albums since he decided, at the age of seven, that he wanted to be up on stage like his father, the late Luther Allison. He began playing onstage at age 13 and credits his father’s influence, as well as influences including legends like B.B. King, Magic Sam, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Johnny Winter and Jimi Hendrix. He is credited with blending blues, soul, funk, R&B, and rock into a fusion of styles, classified by blues writers as “a guitarist’s head trip.”
 
These seven acts join ten that were previously announced to complete the folk festival lineup for the August 2014 event.  For a complete list of artists, visit the American Folk Festival website.

Emily Burnham

About Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native, a UMaine 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, 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.