The 2015 American Folk Festival on the Bangor waterfront continues to take shape! The most recent batch of artists were announced last month, with another round of announcements just around the corner. In case you missed the latest set of musicians set to take the various stages at this year’s American Folk Festival, here’s a recap:
The zydeco stylings of Creole United will have you dancing in your seats (or on the grass) at the Festival. They named their new standard of music “Non Jamais Fait,” which translates to “never been done.” The sextet certainly has a style and presence that will make you remember them long after their set.
The Dardanelles’ website touts that they are changing the way you think about traditional music, and indeed their energy and mix of Newfoundland folk rock is eye opening. Their newest album was produced by an amazing Irish guitarist, John Doyle, giving it an interesting insight to level up their already top notch display of talent.
The Sensational Royal Lights were formed by their late parents and have added family members over the years to make their final count divine number seven. They are a gospel group based in Maryland who give rousing performances and talk openly about spreading love and light. Your feet won’t stop tapping when you listen to them, and you may be reminded of songs you grew up hearing your Grandma sing.
Finally, Tal National were recently at The Space Gallery in Portland as recently as March, and will be traveling back from their home of Niger to join us at the American Folk Festival August. Their music fuses 12/8 rhythms, West African guitar, and hypnotic transition of multiple singers to delight many tastes.
As I mentioned, more artists will be announced soon, so be sure to keep checking back here to see what other delights will be gracing the Folk Festival stages in August.