The American Folk Festival (and Ben Sprague) on a podcast with the debut of The Maine Show

PodcastBangor City Councilor Ben Sprague is branching out to host a new podcast about – and for – Maine. He can tell you about it better than I…but his first episode premiered today, and is all about the American Folk Festival. Check it out…it will give you a glimpse into the history of the American Folk Festival, and prepare you for what’s to come on the Bangor Waterfront this weekend!

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Take a look, take a listen, and subscribe to see what else Ben has lined up for The Maine Show!

And, here is what you can expect from The Maine Show, in the words of the show’s creator and host, Ben Sprague:

About the Show: 

The goal of the Maine Show Podcast is to share the stories behind the people, events, and ideas driving the state of Maine forward.  For hundreds of years Mainers have come together around campfires, fishing holes, wood stoves, and kitchen tables to tell stories.  At its purest form, that is what The Maine Show is all about.  New episodes are launched each Tuesday morning at 7:00 am and are available at or on iTunes.  “I am just trying out a new form of media as a way to share stories that I think will interest people. It’s a creative outlet for me and a way to entertain, get people thinking, and shine a light on Mainers who are trying to make this state a great place to live,” said Maine Show Podcast creator and host Ben Sprague.  


Courtesy Justin Russell Photography

Courtesy Justin Russell Photography

About the Episode: 

We know what the Folk Festival has become, but how did it get started?  Past Chair John Rohman and current Executive Director Heather McCarthy give us the back story about how Bangor convinced the Folk Festival to come to Maine and what the early years were like.  This episode features music from past Folk Festival performers.  “The Folk Festival is widely credited with being the catalyst for a decade of economic and cultural development in Bangor and in particular on the Waterfront, but not many people know the story of how a national organization with no ties to Maine whatsoever was convinced to bring the event here back in 2002.  This is that story,” said host Ben Sprague.  


About Ben: 

SpragueBen was born in Bangor and graduated from Bangor High School in 2002.  Ben spent nine years in the Boston area and worked for the Boston Red Sox from 2006-2010.  He returned to Bangor in 2011.  Ben was elected to the Bangor City Council shortly thereafter, became the youngest City Council chairperson in the history of Bangor in 2013, and was re-elected to the City Council in 2014. 


Ben works for the Maine-based First Bancorp doing business development.  He and his wife, Malorie, have two kids and enjoy hiking, running, cooking, and exploring all parts of the state of Maine.  


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Dan Cashman

About Dan Cashman

Dan Cashman has been involved with the American Folk Festival since 2011 and is currently serving on the board of the Festival. For more information about the American Folk Festival, visit