One of my favorite things about attending the American Folk Festival every August is that we get a taste of the richness of life and cultures outside of our state, outside of our little corner of the world. The music of the south, the north, the far east, the music of our distant ancestors that seems to resonate down through the generations, you name it and the fine folks at the American Folk Festival have probably brought it to your doorstep at least once over the past thirteen years.
Last years American Folk Festival was no exception. We were treated to some truly amazing acts from all around the world. One of the performers who lit up the stage last year was Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy Band. They were back for a second stop in the Queen City and we were honored to welcome them again after a stellar performance in 2008.
Diunna is a Texas native who has shown a life-long commitment to honoring her roots. Her music is a harmonious mix of jazz, gospel and soul and it has touched, transfixed and delighted audiences all over the world.
Last summer, Diunna was presented with the Koko Taylor Award at the Blues Music Awards hosted by the Blues Foundation. The Blues Music Awards are held each year to honor outstanding performers and the Koko Taylor award is one of the highest honors in the business. The best part is that Diunna was nominated AGAIN for 2015! We are so thrilled to see her get the recognition we all know she deserves and we hope to see her back on the banks of the Penobscot River some time in the near future. Congratulations, Diunna! Here’s to many, many more years of making people happy by singing the blues!