Newport Folk Festival 2020

As described in our “About”page, this blog was born out of the experience that is the Newport Folk Festival. The idea was to spread the festival’s pervasive sense of joy, good will, and community as widely as possible, throughout the year. Of course, this year the “folk family” stayed home. Nevertheless, via social media, the tremendous efforts of the Festival Foundation, Jay Sweet, and numerous other organizers and musicians, we all managed to be together even while apart. Thank you Jay Sweet, Caps, and everyone else for making the weekend happen.  

article by Warren Haynes

“No true musician can claim to embrace the music of someone without accepting as equal the human being from which it came. It is impossible to regard the influence of someone else’s creativity as great while judging the person who created it as somehow inferior.” Warren Haynes, Newsweek, 6/24/2020

read the full article at Newsweek.com

live music comforts coronavirus patients and caregivers

“I’m hoping to offer a brief moment of comfort or distraction or beauty.”Michelle Ross, violinist in Manhattan

click here to read the full NY Times article

quote from Patti Smith

“I get irritated with the world. I get irritated with politicians. I get very irritated with governments and with corporations. But in terms of imagination – my imagination is always fertile. I’m always thinking of my own things or constantly engaged by the things that other people do.” —Patti Smith

RIP John Prine

“I guess I just process death differently than some folks. Realizing you’re not going to see that person again is always the most difficult part about it. But that feeling settles, and then you are glad you had that person in your life, and then the happiness and the sadness get all swirled up inside you. And then you’re this great, awful candy bar, walking around in a pair of shoes.”John Prine, quoted by Pitchfork, 2018

read rememberances in Rolling Stone and The New York Times

Instagram post from The Wood Brothers

“Here’s another one from our tiny attic sessions we did in January. We miss playing together and we miss playing for our fans but we feel inspired by the connection and community that’s resulted from everyone trying to get thru this together. This song is a good reminder not to sweat the small stuff. Enjoy and be safe!”

art against coronavirus in Philadelphia

“What you’re seeing is empty businesses, empty schools, empty playgrounds. What is the emotional toll that takes? How can we replace some of that emptiness with images of hope, resilience, anger, and also dreams of a future that is hopefully not far off?” –Mark Strandquist, Mural Arts Philadelphia

read the entire article in The Philadelphia Inquirer