Ylli Brekofca Albanian Folk Music Albanian accordion player Ylli Brekofca emigrated to the United States in 2016 without his accordion. Ylli had performed on the accordion his father gave him as a teenager for nearly 50 years. He performed, sang, and collected folk tunes from across the country,
Portland’s own Shoestring Theatre and Bangor’s own John Bapst Memorial High School music program will team up to provide an exciting new parade experience to open this year’s American Folk Festival! Starting at 6:00pm on Front Street near the Two Rivers Stage, these talented musicians and artists
Garifuna Collective Afro-Carribbean Garifuna Music The Garinagu people, whose language and culture is called Garifuna, descend from shipwrecked Africans whose ancestry can be traced back to the Yoruba, Ibo, and Ashanti tribes of Ghana, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. After making their way to Central
Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton Country Blues Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton transforms traditional jazz, blues, folk, and country into the here and now. His sound is influenced by the likes of Fats Waller and "Blind" Lemon Jefferson. According to The Wall Street Journal, Paxton is "virtually the only
Ikirenga Cy’intore Rwandan music and dance Prior to settling in Portland, Maine, the dancers and drummers of Ikirenga Cy’intore performed with numerous award winning and exceptional dance groups in Rwanda. The group specializes in the Imihamirizo dance styles of Kigali, Rwanda’s capital city.
The Local Honeys Old-time Kentucky Old Time musicians, The Local Honeys sing with a power and fearlessness that sets them far apart from their contemporaries. Comprised of Linda Jean Stokley and Montana Hobbs with fiddler Megan Gregory guesting for the festival, the group describe their sound as
Kim So Ra Korean Percussion With transfixing power and deft beauty, Korean master drummer Kim So Ra leads an astounding quartet through traditional and not so traditional music.
Jones Benally Family Dancers Navajo Music and Dance World Champion hoop dancer and traditional healer, Jones Benally, leads the Jones Benally Family Dancers. The group is three generations of one family who bring the beauty and healing power of Navajo (Diné) culture to educate and uplift people