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Freelance Whales, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2011

Freelance Whales performs at the 2011 Newport Folk Festival.
Shantel Mitchell for NPR

Freelance Whales, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2011

July 30, 2011 With eclectic instrumentation, hear the lustrous pop-rock band's sunny songs in a live concert.

Freelance Whales' music doesn't immediately present itself as folk — it's more like lustrous pop-rock — but the band's roots certainly qualify. Like others hitting the 2011 Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I., Freelance Whales' members got their start on the sidewalks (and in the train stations) of New York City, where they learned to infuse their sound with a wide array of eclectic instrumentation. In addition to the usual guitars, bass and drums, the group's music showcases the sounds of the banjo, the glockenspiel, the harmonium and even the waterphone, all of which give Freelance Whales' sunny songs texture and depth. Expect to hear plenty of songs from the band's much-loved debut album, Weathervanes, at this set.

Set List
  • Generator 1st Floor
  • Kilojoules
  • Enzymer
  • Starring
  • Ghosting
  • We Could be Friends
  • The Great Estates
  • Broken House
  • Hannah
  • Location
  • Generator 2nd Floor

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George Wein's Newport Folk Festival celebrates over 50 years of live music in picturesque Newport, R.I. The Festival celebrates folk traditions and innovations from all generations. For information on attending this year's Festival, visit their official website.

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