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Down East Folk Arts Festival

Featured Artists

Lipbone Redding

From the Carolina musical tradition of Soul, Boogie and Blues, Lawrence ‘Lipbone’ Redding made his way to the New York City music scene. He honed his people and music skills there and then traveled the world. In 2005 Lipbone re-emerged in the vibrant East Village nightlife.

Lipbone has taken his singular vocal instrument style to a new level by playing guitar and producing all of the instrument sounds while simultaneously singing and storytelling without the use of electronic effects or a loop pedal. An uncanny vocal range, a nylon string guitar, a wooden spoon duct-taped to his foot and a lifetime of stories are all he needs to get a party started. You’ve just gotta check him out!

                                                             The Blue Eyed Bettys

With Daniel Emondon on banjo, Sarah Hund on fiddle and Ben Mackel on guitar, The Blue Eyed Bettys delight with their folk-bluegrass sound. But what you’ll love most are their powerful vocals in three part harmony.

The Blue Eyed Bettys met while doing a play together at the Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, Florida. All actors by trade, they are singers and storytellers first.

Look for a mix of tunes that are best described as innovative Americana with a great harmony and a little theater!

Scearce & Ketner

An acoustic duo out of Swansboro, NC, Dickie Scearce leads on vocals and guitar, while Jack Ketner lends vocals, guitars, fiddle and mandolin. Both even play keyboards!

Their music incorporates a mix of island, beach and original tunes. So come sing a little song, dance a little dance as they wow you with favorites by a wide variety of artists and even some original tunes.  For the last 22 years Scearce & Ketner have been performing their self-proclaimed “Carolina Pirate Rock” from Boston to Key West and across the pond to Norway.

Pat Donohue

Grammy winning fingerpicker Pat Donohue’s devotion to acoustic guitar has made him an American standard, as he echoes the tones of the greats like Merle Travis or Muddy Waters. Guitar legend Chet Atkins once said, "Pat Donohue is one of the greatest finger pickers in the world today.

As the guitarist for the “Guys All-Star Shoe Band” of Minnesota Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, for 20 years, Pat got to show off his savvy licks and distinctive original songs to millions of listeners each week.

He manages to blend jazz and blues with folk, and the mix is seamless. Over the years he has captivated audiences with his unique original compositions, dazzling instrumentals and humorous song parodies, including “Sushi-Yucki” and “Would You Like to Play the Guitar?”

Mari Black

Multi-style violinist and champion fiddler MARI BLACK is rapidly building a reputation as one of the most dynamic young artists of her generation. Her energetic playing, engaging stage presence, and commitment to bring people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world.

On stage, she creates a show that draws on elements from many different styles including jazz, tango, folk and Celtic to name a few. Her performance will take listeners on a musical journey throughout the world!

Kaia Kater

Few are more conscious in their journey through Appalachian histories and the Canadian musical landscape than Kaia!

Her old time banjo-picking skills, deft arrangements and songwriting abilities have landed her in the spotlight in North America and the UK, receiving critical acclaim from such greats as Rolling Stone, CBC Music and The Roots Music Report. Her songs are fueled by her rich low tenor vocals, jazz influenced instrumentation and beautifully understated banjo. “…plaintive, mesmerizing… writes and performs with the skills of a folk-circuit veteran”-Rolling Stone.