Downeast Friends of the Folk Arts (DEFFA) is a non-profit membership organization whose goal is to nurture and promote the living traditions of folk music and dance in Maine. We publish a monthly newsletter with news, calendar listings, information, and other items of interest to the Maine folk art, music, and dance community. DEFFA also hosts the annual Down East Country Dance Festival in March of each year, a weekend long celebration of traditional and international music, dancing, and fun! 

Remembering Keith Larson

On July 14, Keith Larson, long-time contra dancer and clogger from New Gloucester, lost his battle with cancer. Our hearts are with Kathryn and their daughters, as well as extended family and friends. Keith was a joyful spirit on the dance floor, clogging his way through the dance with an attentive connection to his partner and neighbor of the moment. He was a kind and gentle soul, and many people will miss him. The DEFFA newsletter team will be collecting reminiscences of Keith to compile, edit, and publish in the next newsletter and on-line at Anyone interested in writing a short note is encouraged to email it to There will be a service on July 23 at 10 am at the Congregational Church in New Gloucester.


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Upcoming Events

Thu 28

Portland Intown Contra Dance

July 28, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Portland ME
Fri 29

Brunswick- Int’l Folk dance

July 29, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Brunswick ME
Fri 29

North Whitefield Contra dance

July 29, 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
North Whitefield ME
Sat 30

Vassalboro – Contra Dance

July 30, 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
east Vassalboro ME
Mon 01

Parsonsfield – Concert

August 1, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Parsonsfield ME
Mon 01

Belfast Scottish Country dance

August 1, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Belfast ME
Maine Fiddle Camp
Acadia Trad School
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