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

Tue 30

Portland – Sacred Harp Singing

August 30, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Portland ME
Wed 31

Ellsworth concert

August 31, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Ellsworth Maine
Wed 31

Blue Hill Scottish Country dance

August 31, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Blue Hill ME
Thu 01

Eastport – Int’l Dance

September 1, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Eastport, Maine ME
Thu 01

Portland Intown Contra Dance

September 1, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Portland ME
Thu 01

Camden concert

September 1, 7:00 pm
Camden ME
Maine Fiddle Camp
Acadia Trad School
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