Pete Seeger leads the crowd.
Pete Seeger leads the crowd.

Pete Seeger: Newport Folk 2009

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/111337844/111480183" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Closing Saturday at Folk Festival 50, legendary folksinger Pete Seeger and his grandson, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, led a hootenanny with some of their closest friends and musicians. What is a hootenanny, exactly? Think of it as a jam session in which folk musicians riff on old standards, join in each other's songs and generally have a good time.

This year marks two big folk-music anniversaries — 50 years of Newport and 90 years of Pete Seeger — so it's only fitting that Seeger would lead two nights of revelry and reflection. Influential as both a musician and a rabble-rouser, he's inspired countless musicians and activists to pick up their instruments and fight. In recent years, Seeger has been awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Harvard Arts Medal, the Kennedy Center Award, the Presidential Medal of the Arts and a Lifetime Legends medal from the Library of Congress. On his 90th birthday, Seeger celebrated at Madison Square Garden with a host of special guests, including Bruce Springsteen and Emmylou Harris.

Set List
  • "Turn! Turn! Turn!"
  • "The Midnight Special"
  • "Blue Skies"
  • "Des Colores"
  • "Take It From Dr. King"
  • "The Little Light"
  • "Guantanamera"
  • "Worried Man Blues" (led by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings)
  • "If I Had a Hammer"
  • "This Land Is Your Land"
[+] read more[-] less

More From Newport Folk Festival

Margo Price performs at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Margo Price, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

Hear the country singer blaze through a set that demonstrates she's forging her own path.

Margo Price, Live In Concert

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/488567946/489335199" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Julien Baker performs at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Julien Baker, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

Baker's ragged-edged voice and ringing Telecaster were all it took to win over the Newport audience.

Julien Baker, Live In Concert

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/488354526/488544443" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Ruby Amanfu performs at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Ruby Amanfu, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

The Beyoncé and Jack White collaborator combined vulnerability with swagger in her Newport set.

Ruby Amanfu, Live In Concert

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/488261018/488366726" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

From left: Rebecca Lovell, Elvis Costello, Glen Hansard, Conor O'Brien and Megan Lovell at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival. Josh Wool for Newport Folk Festival hide caption

toggle caption Josh Wool for Newport Folk Festival

Newport Folk Festival

Elvis Costello, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

Hear Costello perform with several special guests, including Glen Hansard and Middle Brother.

Elvis Costello, Live At Newport Folk 2016

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/487843423/487843997" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

River Whyless performs at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival. Bob Boilen/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Bob Boilen/NPR

Newport Folk Festival

River Whyless, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

The folk-pop band builds mountains out of sensitive harmony lines at the Newport Folk Festival.

River Whyless, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/487320023/487374592" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Joan Shelley performing at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Joan Shelley, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

"These are the smallest songs you'll hear at this folk festival," Shelley said of her set.

Joan Shelley, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/487324284/487390566" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, with Matthew Logan Vasquez, perform at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

The rootsy soul band worked through simmering soul grooves and hip-swinging honky-tonk.

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/487235750/487261474" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Ryan Adams performs at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Ryan Adams, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

The Newport favorite brought along some special guests for Saturday's most anticipated set.

Ryan Adams, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/487235301/487257799" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

St. Paul & the Broken Bones perform live at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

Listen to the rollicking soul band perform songs from its upcoming sophomore album, Sea Of Noise.

St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/487150344/487170813" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Violent Femmes perform at the 2016 Newport Folk Festival. Adam Kissick for NPR hide caption

toggle caption Adam Kissick for NPR

Newport Folk Festival

Violent Femmes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

Hear the off-again, on-again rock band's careening, playful acoustic set.

Violent Femmes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/487149521/487170600" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Back To Top