Articles by David Fitzpatrick

 
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Dale Ann Bradley: Bluegrass

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Custom Publications Writer on Aug. 20, 2012, at 2:39 p.m.
You’ve heard the story: A poor Kentucky coal miner’s daughter discovers music, learns the guitar, and becomes a star. Loretta Lynn, right? Yes, but it’s also Dale Ann Bradley, who grew up in a tar-paper shack in southeastern Kentucky, the daughter of an aspiring preacher who came to the area …
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The Way Life Should Be: Maine’s Great Outdoors at the American Folk Festival

By Contributed Article on Aug. 20, 2012, at 2:37 p.m.
This year, the Folk and Traditional Arts Area at the festival focuses on Maine’s outdoor life, especially the traditional crafts and occupations that are reflected in the hunting and fishing traditions that Maine is known for. The University of Maine’s Folklife Center, Hudson Museum, and Page Farm and Home Museum …
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Marshall Ford Swing Band: Western Swing

By Contributed Article on Aug. 20, 2012, at 2:35 p.m.
The living room clock of Marshall Ford Swing Band songwriter-guitarist Greg Harkins has the 3 and 9 switched. The clock runs counter-clockwise, but Harkins sees no problem with it. In fact, the clock’s irregularity fits perfectly into the makeup of the Austin swing band’s aesthetic. “We’re heading into the past, …
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Thomas Maupin with Daniel Rothwell and Jay Bland: Old-Time Buck Dance

By Contributed Article on Aug. 20, 2012, at 2:30 p.m.
Thomas Maupin of Murfreesboro, Tenn. is is one of America’s best known buck dancers. His many accomplishments can hardly be listed in one article. He is a recipient of the Tennessee State Governor’s Folklife Heritage Award, Old-Time Herald Heritage Award and the Uncle Dave Macon Days Trailblazer Award. Thomas has …
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Cheick Hamala Diabate: Malian

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Custom Publications Writer on Aug. 20, 2012, at 2:27 p.m.
Cheick Hamala Diabate, a griot (historian) from West Africa, will bring traditional Malian music, dance, and storytelling to Bangor. But Hamala reminds us that not every song has words, because not every performance needs them. “Some music, we don’t need to talk,” said Hamala. “The music tells you about your …
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Old Bay Céilí Band: Irish Dance Band

By Contributed Article on Aug. 20, 2012, at 2:23 p.m.
The Old Bay Céilí Band plays traditional Irish dance music. Inspired by the golden era of Irish-American dance halls, the Old Bay Céilí Band infuses that tradition with vibrant new energy. Comprised of some of the best traditional musicians from the Baltimore, Md. and Washington, D.C. area, the band’s strong …
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Leave pets at home during the American Folk Festival

By Contributed Article on Aug. 20, 2012, at 2:12 p.m.
Please, leave your pets at home! The American Folk Festival wants to remind visitors that the festival is not the place to bring pets of any kind. And the festival has seen them all, including a leashed lizard one year. But, of course, dogs are the most popular pets to …
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Akwaaba: Ghanian Dance

By Contributed Article on Aug. 20, 2012, at 2:10 p.m.
Energized drumming and dancing blended with Highlife music of Ghana makes Akwaaba unique. The Akwaaba Traditional African Drum and Dance Ensemble was formed by Theo Nii Martey during a tour with Brekete Ensemble in London. It brings together a group of friends who have been drumming and dancing together for …
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Aubrey Ghent: Sacred Steel Guitar

By Contributed Article on Aug. 20, 2012, at 2:07 p.m.
After 38 years of playing the Lap Steel Guitar, Aubrey Ghent is a legend and master artist in his own right. At the age of 6, Ghent developed a great passion for the lap steel. His first guitar was a “true tone” rhythm and he used a true tone amplifier, …
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Anah Highlanders: Scottish Pipe and Drum

By Contributed Article on Aug. 20, 2012, at 2:04 p.m.
The Anah Highlanders, a Bangor-based pipe and drum marching band, make their return to the Bangor Waterfront after eight years. The Highlanders appeared at the 66th National Folk Festival, during the third and final year of the NFF on the Bangor Waterfront. On opening night, the Highlanders marched, in rows …
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D.L. Menard & Friends: Cajun

By Contributed Article on Aug. 20, 2012, at 2:01 p.m.
D.L. Menard, a man many have called the “Cajun Hank Williams” because of the country-tinged sound of his voice, will bring his Cajun style to the American Folk Festival. Dubbed one of the most important songwriters and performers in Cajun music, Doris Leon Menard was born in Erath, La., the …
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Grupo Rebolu: Colombian

By Contributed Article on Aug. 20, 2012, at 1:58 p.m.
Grupo Rebolú, of New York City, is an Afro-Colombian musical ensemble comprised of some of the finest Colombian musicians in the United States. The group was created from the desire of Ronald Polo (vocalist/composer/gaitero) and Morris Canate (master folkloric percussionist) to promote the rich musical traditions of their ancestors, the …
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Larry Chance & The Earls: Doo-Wop

By Contributed Article on Aug. 20, 2012, at 1:55 p.m.
Spanning from the late 50s into the new millennium, Larry Chance & the Earls have pleased audiences with their flawless harmonies, ceaseless vitality and endearing dedication to their fans. The group represents the music that helped define rock and roll, the original doo-wop era that put the street-corner society onto …
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Marquise Knox: Blues

By Contributed Article on Aug. 20, 2012, at 1:53 p.m.
Marquise Knox was born in 1991 in St. Louis while his mother was visiting family. They returned to Granada, Miss., but relocated to St. Louis a couple of years later. Knox still resides there, but spends much time in Grenada. Knox hails from a musical family deeply entrenched in the …
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Franco Fiddle Traditions: Michael Doucet, Daniel Boucher, Don Roy:North American Fiddle Styles

By Contributed Article on Aug. 20, 2012, at 1:52 p.m.
Michael Doucet is a Cajun fiddler, singer and songwriter who founded the Cajun band BeauSoleil from Lafayette, La. Doucet received Grammy Awards in both 1998 and 2009 for work with Beausoleil. In 2005, Doucet was one of 12 recipients of the National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the …
Dick Campbell stands in the park he and Brian Higgins, former head of the Brewer Historical Society, designed, while Col. Joshua Chamberlain stands behind him and the American flag waves. Campbell will host a tour of the Chamberlain Freedom Park, at North Main and State Streets in Brewer, this Tuesday, August 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Tour to highlight park’s many historical features

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of The Weekly Staff on Aug. 15, 2012, at 11:30 a.m.
This Tuesday, August 21 at 5:30 p.m., the Brewer Historical Society will host a tour of a little-understood and often-forgotten patch of land in North Brewer. On Veterans Day in 1997, when the Chamberlain Freedom Park was dedicated at North Main and State Streets in Brewer, there was much fanfare. …
Dr. Daniel Lee, superintendent of Brewer schools, talks to a luncheon crowd about the upcoming local curriculum in Brewer. Students will soon be learning about Brewer’s history, economy, and geography.

Local history in the works for Brewer students

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of The Weekly Staff on Aug. 01, 2012, at 10:44 a.m.
Coming soon to Brewer students: education about Brewer’s history. In fact, that education had already begun when the Brewer Community School opened last fall. During the design process, many elements of Brewer’s history were incorporated into the building. “[It’s] what I think is one of the more clever ways that …
Five of the 20 statewide winners show off their prizes following a ceremony Wednesday, June 27 at the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein in Bangor. From left: Allie Rowe, Victoria Webber, Casie Frederick, Jazmin Knapp, and Whitney Sargent. Not pictured are two first-place winners: Zach Martin and Bronwynn Eaton.

Arrive Alive Creative Contest names 20 winners

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of The Weekly Staff on July 26, 2012, at 3:58 p.m.
  Although the Arrive Alive Creative Contest has been around for eight years, you might not have heard about it. But 20 recent contest winners sure have, and if the annual contest — which hit a record 125 entries this year — keeps growing, we’ll all be hearing a lot …
The Sean Chambers Band will plays its brand of blues in Lincoln and Winterport this weekend.

Aggressive blues of Sean Chambers Band coming to Maine

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of The Weekly Staff on July 20, 2012, at 11:03 a.m.
Maine gets a double treat this weekend when the nationally renowned Sean Chambers Band plays two gigs. The first, for those who prefer big-concert sounds, is Saturday night at the Lincoln Homecoming Festival. The second, for those who prefer a more intimate experience, is Sunday night at the 4points BBQ …
Lt. John Gray (seated) and Capt. Matthew Costello on a 1930 McCann 1000 pumper, fully restored and running great.

Fire Museum wants visitors, needs volunteers

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Of The Weekly Staff on June 06, 2012, at 12:39 p.m.
In the Hose 5 Fire Museum on State Street in Bangor is a ticker-tape machine beneath two red-and-white Gamewell fire-alarm boxes. Anyone who grew up in Bangor even in the 1970s can remember seeing those, either in businesses or on street corners. Bangor initially spent $3,537.39 in 1883 (about $82,000 …
 
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