The American Folk Festival returns Friday

Posted Aug. 20, 2013, at 7:08 a.m.
Dee Wilbur of Bangor and thousands of others groove to the Jamaican reggae of Clinton Fearon at the 2009 folk festival.
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Dee Wilbur of Bangor and thousands of others groove to the Jamaican reggae of Clinton Fearon at the 2009 folk festival. Buy Photo
Luke Huval performs in the D.L. Menard & Friends Cajun music band at the Dance Pavilion during the 2012 American Folk Festival in Bangor on Aug. 25, 2012.
Luke Huval performs in the D.L. Menard & Friends Cajun music band at the Dance Pavilion during the 2012 American Folk Festival in Bangor on Aug. 25, 2012. Buy Photo
Lynn Lunsford of St. Petersburg, Fla., serves up Cajun-inspired foods including alligator bites on opening night of the 2010 American Folk Festival.
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Lynn Lunsford of St. Petersburg, Fla., serves up Cajun-inspired foods including alligator bites on opening night of the 2010 American Folk Festival. Buy Photo
Paddy Keenan (left) and John Walsh perform at the 2010 American Folk Festival.
Paddy Keenan (left) and John Walsh perform at the 2010 American Folk Festival. Buy Photo
Congolese musician Samba Ngo, left, mezmerizes the crowd at the Railroad Stage at the 2011 American Folk Festival on Bangor's waterfront.
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Congolese musician Samba Ngo, left, mezmerizes the crowd at the Railroad Stage at the 2011 American Folk Festival on Bangor's waterfront. Buy Photo
Fiddler Elana James, guitarist Whit Smith and bassist Jake Erwin (not pictured) of Hot Club of Cowtown from Austin,Texas got dancers swinging at the Dance Pavilion of the 2011 American Folk Festival.
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Fiddler Elana James, guitarist Whit Smith and bassist Jake Erwin (not pictured) of Hot Club of Cowtown from Austin,Texas got dancers swinging at the Dance Pavilion of the 2011 American Folk Festival. Buy Photo
Tom Sawyer leads the Anah Highlanders as they march toward the Railroad stage at the American Folk Festival in Bangor on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012.
Tom Sawyer leads the Anah Highlanders as they march toward the Railroad stage at the American Folk Festival in Bangor on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. Buy Photo
Bob Klein and Kim Jacobs, left, dance away at the Railroad Stage and have been enjoying the 2011 Folk Festival in Bangor.
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Bob Klein and Kim Jacobs, left, dance away at the Railroad Stage and have been enjoying the 2011 Folk Festival in Bangor. Buy Photo
Matt Thompson and his son Maxwell Thompson, 4 of Bangor take in the sweet melodies of the bluegrass band Rich in Tradition at the Railroad Stage at the American Folk Festival on Bangor's waterfront Aug. 26, 2011.
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Matt Thompson and his son Maxwell Thompson, 4 of Bangor take in the sweet melodies of the bluegrass band Rich in Tradition at the Railroad Stage at the American Folk Festival on Bangor's waterfront Aug. 26, 2011. Buy Photo
Hannah George-Wheeler (left) does a form of break dancing known as b-girling during the Dance House portion of the Urban Artistry group at the 2010 American Folk Festival.
Hannah George-Wheeler (left) does a form of break dancing known as b-girling during the Dance House portion of the Urban Artistry group at the 2010 American Folk Festival. Buy Photo
Vendors light up as night falls on the American Folk Festival in Bangor on Aug. 25, 2012.
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Vendors light up as night falls on the American Folk Festival in Bangor on Aug. 25, 2012. Buy Photo
Robyn Metcalf (from left), 15, Shannon Hardy, 15, Sierra White, 15, and Robyn's sister Kyra Metalf, 16, all of Massachusetts, carpooled to Bangor to soak in the bluegrass band Rich in Tradition and other attractions at the 2011 American Folk Festival.
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Robyn Metcalf (from left), 15, Shannon Hardy, 15, Sierra White, 15, and Robyn's sister Kyra Metalf, 16, all of Massachusetts, carpooled to Bangor to soak in the bluegrass band Rich in Tradition and other attractions at the 2011 American Folk Festival. Buy Photo
Members of the Old Bay Ceili Band perform during the American Folk Festival on  Aug. 25, 2012, at the Bangor Waterfront.  Pictured are (from left) Sean Clohessy, Danny Noveck and Josh Dukes.
Members of the Old Bay Ceili Band perform during the American Folk Festival on Aug. 25, 2012, at the Bangor Waterfront. Pictured are (from left) Sean Clohessy, Danny Noveck and Josh Dukes. Buy Photo
Cajun music legend D.L. Menard performs at the Dance Pavilion during the 2012 American Folk Festival in Bangor.
Cajun music legend D.L. Menard performs at the Dance Pavilion during the 2012 American Folk Festival in Bangor. Buy Photo
Dale Ann Bradley performs bluegrass on the Railroad Stage Aug. 25, 2012, at The American Folk Festival in Bangor.
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Dale Ann Bradley performs bluegrass on the Railroad Stage Aug. 25, 2012, at The American Folk Festival in Bangor. Buy Photo
The Bangor Daily News Railroad Stage as seem on Saturday, August 25, 2012 during the American Folk Festival on Bangor Waterfront.
The Bangor Daily News Railroad Stage as seem on Saturday, August 25, 2012 during the American Folk Festival on Bangor Waterfront. Buy Photo
Maeve Pelletier, 2, of Orrington peeks out of her dad, Jay's, pack basket as he carries her around the American Folk Festival Saturday afternoon, Aug. 25, 2012.
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Maeve Pelletier, 2, of Orrington peeks out of her dad, Jay's, pack basket as he carries her around the American Folk Festival Saturday afternoon, Aug. 25, 2012. Buy Photo
Blues band Marquise Knox performs on the Railroad Stage on Aug. 25, 2012, at the American Folk Festival in Bangor.
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Blues band Marquise Knox performs on the Railroad Stage on Aug. 25, 2012, at the American Folk Festival in Bangor. Buy Photo
Salsa band La Excelencia performs for a large crowd in the Dance Pavilion on Aug. 25, 2012, at the American Folk Festival in Bangor.
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Salsa band La Excelencia performs for a large crowd in the Dance Pavilion on Aug. 25, 2012, at the American Folk Festival in Bangor. Buy Photo
Kenge Kenge from Kenya performs at the 2010 American Folk Festival.
Kenge Kenge from Kenya performs at the 2010 American Folk Festival. Buy Photo
Pride of Maine Black Bear Marching Band member Garrett Artaman (right), a sousaphone player, performs the &quotMaine Stein Song:" as the band leads the opening parade of the 2010 American Folk Festival.
Pride of Maine Black Bear Marching Band member Garrett Artaman (right), a sousaphone player, performs the "Maine Stein Song:" as the band leads the opening parade of the 2010 American Folk Festival. Buy Photo
Monika Nieves Maldonado of Maestro Modesto Nieves y Herencia Musical performs at the 2009 folk festival.
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Monika Nieves Maldonado of Maestro Modesto Nieves y Herencia Musical performs at the 2009 folk festival. Buy Photo
Legendary reggae singer-songwriter Clinton Fearon winks at his percussionist Ire' on Sunday at the Dance Stage. The eight-member band had all feet on the dance floor moving for its last song of the 2009 American Folk Festival.
Legendary reggae singer-songwriter Clinton Fearon winks at his percussionist Ire' on Sunday at the Dance Stage. The eight-member band had all feet on the dance floor moving for its last song of the 2009 American Folk Festival. Buy Photo
Dale Watson performs at the Dance Stage on opening night of the 2010 American Folk Festival.
Dale Watson performs at the Dance Stage on opening night of the 2010 American Folk Festival. Buy Photo
David Carpenter segues into a drum riff after being introduced by band mate Clinton Fearon  at the end of their Jamaican reggae set at the 2009 folk festival.
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David Carpenter segues into a drum riff after being introduced by band mate Clinton Fearon at the end of their Jamaican reggae set at the 2009 folk festival. Buy Photo
Madeleine Drummey (left) and her husband, Don Drummey, of Canton, Conn., listen to the Holmes Brothers at the Railroad Stage during the 2010 American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront. &quotThis is as good as it gets. We love it," Don Drummey said
Madeleine Drummey (left) and her husband, Don Drummey, of Canton, Conn., listen to the Holmes Brothers at the Railroad Stage during the 2010 American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront. "This is as good as it gets. We love it," Don Drummey said Buy Photo
Lil' Ed Williams performs with his blues band, the Blues Imperials, at the Railroad Stage at the 2009 American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront on Friday, Aug. 28, 2009.
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Lil' Ed Williams performs with his blues band, the Blues Imperials, at the Railroad Stage at the 2009 American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront on Friday, Aug. 28, 2009. Buy Photo
Brice Chapman of Lubbock, Texas, wows the crowd with his cowboy trick roping at the 2009 folk festival.
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Brice Chapman of Lubbock, Texas, wows the crowd with his cowboy trick roping at the 2009 folk festival. Buy Photo
Volunteers Bruce Hunt of Hummelstown, Pa. (left) and Deb Lawrence of Westhaven, Conn. collect donations at the 2009 American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009. &quotWe love Maine and we love music," Hunt said to festival-goers while carrying the bucket.
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Volunteers Bruce Hunt of Hummelstown, Pa. (left) and Deb Lawrence of Westhaven, Conn. collect donations at the 2009 American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009. "We love Maine and we love music," Hunt said to festival-goers while carrying the bucket. Buy Photo

The American Folk Festival will be in Bangor on Aug. 23rd, 24th, & 25th. The festival presents music, dance and other performing arts representing cultural traditions from across America and the world. Here are some scenes from past American Folk Festivals in Bangor. View the BDN Maine photography staff’s 2013 festival coverage at bangordailynews.com and https://www.facebook.com/bdnvisuals.

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