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Newport Folk Podcast

Newport Folk Festival

The Newport Folk Podcast explores the inner-workings of one of America's most iconic music festivals.

0:00 | May 1st

Legendary Folk Festival Matriarch Mavis Staples chats with Phil Cook about harmony, family and friendship.

0:00 | Apr 18th

After a 20 hour trek from the Netherlands to Newport Folk, Stephen from Spirit Family Reunion was asked a simple question: “Why do you keep coming back to Newport?”. Unable to articulate a coherent response, he set out on this podcast quest of sorts...Show More
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0:00 | Jul 17th, 2018

Well, this is it - the last episode before the festival. And what better way to send things off than with our annual 'Ask Us Anything' show? You guys asked our staff questions about the festival, and we answered em'. Enjoy the episode, and we'll see ...Show More

0:00 | Jul 12th, 2018

In this special edition of the Newport Folk Podcast, Christopher Paul Stelling takes over as host to talk with Ben Harper. Chris & Ben discuss definitions of the blues, Ben's upcoming set at Newport Folk with Charlie Musselwhite, and much more.  Thi...Show More

0:00 | Jun 26th, 2018

We talk a lot on this podcast about the folks that make this festival possible - the artists, the staff, the fans...but we don't hear enough from a group that plays a huge role: our partners. Sponsors, nonprofits and organizations help make this fest...Show More

0:00 | May 18th, 2018

Matthew Logan Vasquez takes over the podcast and puts Jay Sweet in the hot seat. Matt scoured social media to find questions and comments made about this year's lineup ("might be time to consider changing the name of the festival") and asked Jay to r...Show More

0:00 | Apr 17th, 2018

This Saturday, April 21st (Record Store Day), we'll be releasing a vinyl record of the Speak Out set from last year's festival. This episode, we'll take a look at how and why we made that record. As always, thanks for listening and enjoy the show!

34:18 | Mar 6th, 2018

Music discovery has been a part of Newport Folk's DNA since the beginning. In this first episode of Season Four, we pull back the curtain to see how the Newport Folk team is finding new artists and how music discovery has or hasn't changed over the y...Show More

34:41 | Jul 25th, 2017

Before you pack your bags and load up the car (or bike, or boat) give our latest "Ask Us Anything" episode a listen. We asked if you had any last minute questions about this year's festival for our team. Of course, the folk delivered with a mixture o...Show More

19:05 | Jul 18th, 2017

This episode of the podcast we heard from our favorite members of the folk community: the kids! We asked a few little folk to explain why they like the festival, their favorite memories and more. Parents, stay tuned for the end of the episode for som...Show More

32:08 | Jul 5th, 2017

Since its inception, Newport Folk has been a place for artists to speak truth to power. In this podcast episode, we spoke with Colin Meloy, Rhiannon Giddens, Alynda Segarra and more to answer two questions: What is it about Newport Folk that has kept...Show More

31:54 | Jun 6th, 2017

Ask any long time Newport Folk goer if he or she has a tip for the festival and chances are you’ll hear something along the lines of "make sure you check out the Museum". In this podcast episode we interviewed the folks behind this year’s Museum Sta...Show More

33:57 | Apr 25th, 2017

For this special NYC edition podcast, we packed up our mics and ventured down the East Coast to chat with Hilary Hughes (Pitchfork, Esquire) and Garland Harwood (Grass Clippings) about the most recent artists to join this year's lineup. We also could...Show More

37:54 | Apr 4th, 2017

There's a good chance Rita Houston is the reason you know about a few of your favorite bands. As the Program Director of WFUV, she's one of New York City’s most influential voices in shaping the landscape of folk, rock, and indie music. In this podca...Show More

56:58 | Mar 21st, 2017

When it comes to talking about music, there aren't too many people who are as qualified as Meg Griffin. She's been a DJ for over 40 years, she's the host of Meg Griffin's Disorder on Sirius XM's the Loft Channel and she's on the Rock N' Roll Hall of ...Show More

39:06 | Feb 27th, 2017

Who is the Miley Cyrus of the folk music? Is Matt the Electrician a certified electrician? What about that mysterious Waterside Stage: real or conspiracy? These questions and more addressed in this lineup preview episode of the Newport Folk Podcast. ...Show More

39:24 | Feb 14th, 2017

It's the folkiest season of all...Lineup Announcements have begun! To celebrate, we're turning this podcast into the ultimate lineup preview show. Every two weeks, we'll have a new guest on the show to discuss the artists we've announced. That way, y...Show More

23:35 | Jul 19th, 2016

There is no "right way" to experience Newport. Some folks like to plan every minute, others prefer to see where the day takes them. In this final episode before the festival, we sat down in the office to discuss how we like to prepare and some of our...Show More

22:00 | Jul 7th, 2016

It's been five long years since our good friends John McCauley, Taylor Goldsmith and Matt Vasquez took the stage at the Newport Folk Festival as 'Middle Brother'. To celebrate their return, we sat down with each of them to discuss how this "un-superg...Show More

16:17 | Jun 21st, 2016

What happens when you put a group of legendary gospel singers (The Blind Boys of Alabama), a vocalist from an electronic group (Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso) and a multi instrumentalist/songwriter (Phil Cook) on stage together? You get "Southland Revu...Show More

23:32 | May 19th, 2016

We're so excited to welcome Chris Funk (The Decemberists) back to the fort this year to host "For Pete's Sake". In this podcast episode, Chris gives us a preview of the artists who will be performing at For Pete's Sake this year. Enjoy the episode an...Show More

18:02 | May 3rd, 2016

When, in 2012, Islamic jihadists imposed Shariah law on northern Mali, banning all music and destroying radio stations, the members of Songhoy Blues refused to be silenced. Instead, they moved south and started a band. This is their remarkable story.

33:44 | Apr 12th, 2016

We've announced over 30 artists to our lineup, so far. Keeping track of all that music isn't easy (it's a nice problem to have). Which is why we decided to do a Lineup Preview podcast episode. We asked two local music connoisseurs (Perry Eaton of Bos...Show More

12:59 | Nov 25th, 2015

As the old adage goes "it takes a village." For our festival by the sea, that village is made up of hardworking staff, dedicated volunteers, the artists and their crew, and of course, you, the folk. This first podcast episode of season two is a thank...Show More