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!

Rockport Folk Festival Reunion


Reunion Concert

April 28 7 PM

Rockport Opera House

It has been some years since the Rockport Folk Festival (RFF) put on a concert. The first RFF was actually called the Penobscot Folk Festival, and was held one Friday night in the beginning of July in 1972 at the Rockport Opera House. It was organized by Gordon Bok and Nick Apollonio, and performers included them as well as Cliff Haslam, Loell Kennedy, Joe Cenis, Lisa Holloway, the Dildine Family, Dave Kaynor, Bill Bonyun, Ed Trickett, Kendall Morse, and Ann Muir. This first evening was four hours long and standing room only. By 1976, event was now called the Rockport Folk Festival, though we are not certain when the name changed. That was the 5th year of the festival and it had expanded to a three day weekend event and incorporated the 2nd Annual Downeast Fiddlers' Convention and String Band Reunion.

DEFFA is very rooted in the RFF. It was in June 1981 that Gordon Bok invited Cindy Larock (at her suggestion) to assist with publicity and the first DEFFA Newsletter appeared sometime in 1982.

This year's reunion concert features Gordon Bok, Bob Zentz, Nick Apollonio, John and Ellen Gawler plus some surprise guests. Advance tickets are $20 and available thru or by calling 236-2707. There may be some available at the door.

Upcoming Events

Tue 25

Portland Peace Singers

April 25, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Portland ME
Tue 25

Portland – Sacred Harp Singing

April 25, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Portland ME
Wed 26

Blue Hill Scottish Country dance

April 26, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Blue Hill ME
Thu 27

Portland Intown Contra Dance

April 27, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Portland ME
Fri 28

Brunswick Int. Folk Dance

April 28, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Brunswick ME
Maine Fiddle Camp
Acadia Trad School

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