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Listen Tim Eriksen: Newport Folk Festival 2009 FolkAlley

August 2, 2009 – It's pretty surprising that a former punk rocker would find musical kinship in shape note singing. FolkAlley

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Listen Balfa Toujours: Newport Folk Festival 2009

August 2, 2009 – The Breaux Bridge, La.-based Cajun ensemble stays in touch with a long tradition of revivalism.

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Listen The Del McCoury Band: Newport Folk Festival 2009 FolkAlley

August 2, 2009 – One of the legendary names of country and bluegrass performed a stunning set from Newport. FolkAlley

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Listen Elvis Perkins In Dearland: Newport Folk Festival 2009 FolkAlley

August 2, 2009 – Since his 2006 debut, Perkins has developed a reputation as a magnetic, commanding performer. FolkAlley

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Listen Guy Clark: Newport Folk Festival 2009 FolkAlley

August 2, 2009 – Clark's imprint has stayed strong in the world of country music for the last four decades. FolkAlley

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Listen Iron And Wine: Newport Folk Festival 2009 FolkAlley

August 1, 2009 – Iron and Wine's Sam Beam continues to wring inventive sounds out of the American folk-music form. FolkAlley

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Listen Ramblin' Jack Elliott: Newport Folk Festival 2009 FolkAlley

August 1, 2009 – Elliott's flat, sad, matter-of-fact voice has become a template for generations of folksingers. FolkAlley

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Listen Tift Merritt: Newport Folk Festival 2009 WFUV

August 1, 2009 – Merritt mixes gospel, soul, '70s pop and warm echoes of Joni Mitchell's brand of folk music. WFUV

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Listen Gillian Welch: Newport Folk Festival 2009 WFUV

August 1, 2009 – Welch and David Rawlings treated Newport to a cover of Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit." WFUV

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Read The Avett Brothers: Newport Folk Festival 2009 WFUV

August 1, 2009 – The band stomped and hollered through a high-energy Newport set spanning its history. WFUV

Listen The Decemberists: Newport Folk Festival 2009 WFUV

August 1, 2009 – Colin Meloy and his crew led the Newport crowd in a sing-along of "Sons and Daughters." WFUV

Listen Fleet Foxes: Newport Folk Festival 2009 WFUV

August 1, 2009 – The gorgeous vocal harmonies of Fleet Foxes filled the air with beard-sporting love at Newport. WFUV

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About The Festival

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.