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Sunday Night Hootenanny: Newport Folk 2009WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Sunday Night Hootenanny: Newport Folk 2009

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Steady rainfall couldn't stop the Newport audience from singing along at the festival-closing Sunday-night hootenanny. Pete Seeger and his grandson, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, led the festivities with Joan Baez, Ben Jaffe and members of Balfa Toujours.

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

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

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Ryan Adams, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

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

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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.

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Violent Femmes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

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

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Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

The mother-and-son duo radiated easy familiarity and sincerity during this charming afternoon set.

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Brandi Carlile, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2015

Hear the folk-rock powerhouse perform candid, emotional songs from The Firewatcher's Daughter.

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An Australian duo spending time in Brooklyn makes quiet, intimate, yearning music.

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