Newport Folk Festival Preview

An Eclectic Mix Of Artists Celebrates Festival's 50th Anniversary

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hide captionPete Seeger is just one of dozens of artists scheduled to perform at this year's Newport Folk Festival.

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Pete Seeger is just one of dozens of artists scheduled to perform at this year's Newport Folk Festival.

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When the legendary Newport Folk Festival started in Rhode Island in 1959, organizers sought to bring together a diverse mix of artists who represented the far-reaching branches of folk music, including gospel, protest songs and the pop music of the day. Half a century later, the festival is celebrating its 50th birthday with another eclectic mix of artists, from towering figures like Pete Seeger and Joan Baez to Neko Case, The Decemberists and Mavis Staples. NPR Music will be there to webcast and broadcast the full slate of concerts, with dozens of live performances starting at noon ET Saturday.

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen recently spoke with festival producer Jay Sweet about what's in store for the weekend celebration.

Newport Folk Festival Preview

Iron & Wine

  • Artist: Iron & Wine
  • Album: Around the Well
  • Song: Belated Promise Ring
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Elvis Perkins in Dearland

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  • Song: Chains, Chains, Chains
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Deer Tick

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  • Album: Born on Flag Day
  • Song: Easy
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Mavis Staples

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  • Album: Live: Hope at the Hideout
  • Song: Freedom Highway [Live]
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Joan Baez

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  • Album: Day After Tomorrow
  • Song: God Is God
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The Avett Brothers

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  • Song: I And Love And You
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Billy Bragg

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  • Song: I Keep Faith
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Gillian Welch

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  • Album: Soul Journey
  • Song: Look at Miss Ohio
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  • Artist: Gillian Welch
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Fleet Foxes

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  • Song: Mykonos
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Ramblin' Jack Elliott

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  • Song: Richland Women Blues
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Pete Seeger

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  • Album: American Favorite Ballads, Vols. 1-5
  • Song: Shenandoah
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The Low Anthem

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  • Album: Oh My God, Charlie Darwin
  • Song: To Ohio
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