Folk festival announces four more acts

Posted June 23, 2010, at 6:31 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 10:51 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The final four acts for the 2010 American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront were announced by festival organizers Wednesday morning.

The Dr. Michael White Quartet, Old Grey Goose, a Taste of Celtic Colours and Urban Artistry will join the 12 groups previously announced as performing at the festival, set for Aug. 27-29.

Here’s the Dr. Michael White Quartet:

And here’s Urban Artistry:

In addition to the performers announcement, festival organizers also revealed that the opening night parade on Friday, featuring the Pride of Maine Black Bear Marching Band, will begin in West Market Square at 6:30 p.m. The marching band will give a 15-minute performance in the square before moving into Pickering Square and then towards the Railroad Stage.

The four artists announced Thursday join an array of genres, from Korean and Cajun to bluegrass and klezmer. One of the new genres at the festival this year will be presented by Urban Artistry, which consists of artists, dancers, musicians and choreographers, all dedicated to presenting house dance and other urban arts. House dance has its roots in the 1960s, and today includes a range of styles including popping, locking, jacking, hip-hop and free-style.

A Taste of Celtic Colors draws from the array of talented performers presented at the annual Celtic Colors festival, held each autumn in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. The multiple-venue event attracts thousands of music lovers and presents dozens of Celtic musicians from Canada and around the world. Colin Grant, Chrissy Crow-ley, Jason Roch, Darrin McMullin and Rachel Davis will perform music from the festival at the festival this year.

Clarinetist Dr. Michael White will bring New Orleans jazz to the festival stages. In New Orleans’ parlance, “professors” are the great jazz musicians who define the tradition. A brilliant clarinetist and preserver of traditional New Orleans jazz, White was awarded the prestigious NEA National Heritage Fellowship in 2008, the highest honor this country bestows on traditional artists.

Rounding out the lineup is longtime Maine country dance band Old Grey Goose, which has been playing and singing old-time country music and songs of Maine and the Maritimes for over 20 years. The group teaches and calls New England contradances for schools and community groups, and it presents stories and songs, some humorous, some historical, in concert performances.

Other artists set to perform at the festival include the Holmes Brothers, Viento de Agua, Dale Watson, Le Vent du Nord, Linda Lay and Springfield Exit, Paddy Keenan, Rahim AlHaj, Kenge Kenge, the Pine Leaf Boys, the University of Maine Black Bear Marching Band, Noreum Machi and the Other Europeans.

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