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Newport Folk Festival: Joe Fletcher

Newport Folk Festival: Joe Fletcher

  To start, Joe Fletcher, having grown up in Providence, RI is one of the artists with the closest proximity to Newport this year. He and his band of revolving musicians, The Wrong Reasons, have recorded their albums there and in Pawtucket. It was only inevitable that they would someday score a spot at Newport Folk […]

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: 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 […]

Digging Through the Crates #6

Digging Through the Crates #6

Recently I had the pleasure and honor of interviewing William Bonney, a screamo band from the Midwest. Before forming William Bonney though, several of their members were in a band called Merchant Ships, my favorite band as well as one of the bigger screamo bands to come out of the Midwest area. Now they aren’t […]

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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