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Newport Folk Festival: Joel Rafael

Newport Folk Festival: Joel Rafael

“In case you were wondering what instrument I’m playing… it’s an acoustic guitar,” chuckled Joel Rafael as he took the Harbor stage early on Sunday. “It’s a daring choice for a festival like this.” Rafael is credited to be the leader in interpreting the work of Woody Guthrie, the famed folk singer whom recently celebrated […]

Newport Folk Festival: Sara Watkins

Newport Folk Festival: Sara Watkins

Sara Watkins took the Fort stage early on Sunday to get festival-goers excited for the second full day of music, and even gave the crowd a sneak preview of two big acts who would be playing later in the day. The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys had whet the audience’s appetite with a short bluegrass gig […]

Newport Folk Festival: The Kossoy Sisters

Newport Folk Festival: The Kossoy Sisters

Newport Folk Festival is all about tradition and family. It isn’t odd to see various artists hopping on stage with one another for a vocal cameo or just to join in on the fun of another band’s sound. Friends are made and kept for many years to come. So having Newport Folk Festival welcome back […]

Newport Folk Festival: Deep Dark Woods

Newport Folk Festival: Deep Dark Woods

The second day of Newport rolled in as the sailboats set out into the soft grey skies over the Harbor on Sunday morning. Canadian alternative country band, Deep Dark Woods, took the Harbor side stage first to ease the audience into their second full day of the festival. Front man Ryan Blodt, guitarist Burke Barlow, […]

Newport Folk Festival: Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

Newport Folk Festival: Sleepy Man Banjo Boys

Sunday’s music began with Sleepy Man Banjo Boys on the Fort stage. The weather might have been a little chilly, but kits were flying high in the air as the talented trio took the stage. They delivered that country twang and it started to feel like the ’50s with old time tracks that sounded like […]

Passion Pit Cancel More Shows

Passion Pit Cancel More Shows

About two weeks ago, Passion Pit announced that they would be canceling the shows leading up to their performance at Lollapalooza. On the band’s website, frontman Michael Angelakos posted this: On behalf of the band and myself, I would like to greatly apologize for the show cancelations. In order for me to ensure that there […]

Newport Folk Festival: My Morning Jacket

Newport Folk Festival: My Morning Jacket

So the rain cut My Morning Jacket off about ten minutes before their set was scheduled to end, but look at the bright side: Newport folks still got in an entire day of great music, and the weather only turned sour with minutes to go till the end of the day. And My Morning Jacket still […]

Newport Folk Festival: City and Colour

Newport Folk Festival: City and Colour

Juno award winner Dallas Green – otherwise known as City and Colour – closed out Saturday night on the Harbor stage. Canadian singer and songwriter Green was the former vocalist for post-hardcore band Alexisonfire and has since been active in the acoustic and folk music scene. Green typically tours with a full band but tonight […]

Newport Folk Festival: Guthrie Family Reunion

Newport Folk Festival: Guthrie Family Reunion

There was one act on Saturday that was cheerful and fun despite the heavy amount of sorrow it carried beneath the music. The Guthrie Family Reunion group took the stage, armed with all sorts of folk instruments, for a tribute to their father and grandfather (respectively), Woody Guthrie. Made up of several of his children […]

Newport Folk Festival: Patty Griffin

Newport Folk Festival: Patty Griffin

She’s won a Grammy award, has had her songs covered by Emmylou Harris and Kelly Clarkson, and she sung what was perhaps the most intriguing lyric from day one at Newport: “You could cry or die or just make pies all day.” But while the meaning to her song “Making Pies” can be disputed, it’s […]

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