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Organizers readying for American Folk Festival 

It sure doesn’t feel like it now, but before you know it, August will be here, as will the American Folk Festival on the Bangor waterfront.Organizers say the look of the event will remain the same but there will be some schedule changes and a new twist to raise money for the event.”The 2009 American Folk Festival is going to continue the tradition of providing a world class cultural and musical experience for the people of this region.”Organizers of the American Folk Festival have been busy making plans for this year’s event.”People can anticipate the majority of the festival to be just like last year…with a whole new lineup of performers.”Eight of the planned 22 acts were announced this week.”Blue grass is one of the major traditions that is very important to our audience…so this year we’re bringing Danny Paisley and Southern Grass up from the Virginia area our stage.””From Quebec city, a quintet of singers who go by the name of *Les Charbonniers de L’enfer.””We have a 300 year old dance tradition that’s Indian.””This will be the first year that we’ve been able to present Brazilian music.”Along with new acts like Cherish The Ladies, from Ireland, and Lil Ed and Blues Imperials, Reggae from Clinton Fearon and traditional Cajun music from The Lost Bayou Ramblers, organizers have added a fundraiser to the mix.The “festival countdown concert”, will be held May 16th at the Collins Center for the Arts, in Orono.Organizers say it costs over a million dollars to put on the folk festival.They are hoping the event, featuring the Acadien ensemble Vishten, and blues group Diunna Greenleaf and Blue Mercy, will raise almost 40 thousand dollars for the cause, and help keep admission to the event free.”One of the primary goals of our festival is to make sure that we can do this as a celebration of culture, music, and community, without having to do something that we feel would change the nature of this festival…so it’s very important to us that we maintain the festival as an event that does not require an admission fee.”The American Folk Festival is scheduled to take place August 28th, 29th and 30th.