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  • Smithsonian Folkways and J.P. Harris Present Outside Folk at the Newport Folk Festival

    Smithsonian Folkways has teamed up with the famed Newport Folk Festival to present J.P. Harris’ Outside Folk, featuring Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Judy Collins, Ari Hest, Alice Gerrard, Allison de Groot, and more!

    Outside Folk was born of a desire to honor an oft-overlooked group of veteran musicians, many of whom have spent their careers at the periphery of folk music and the spotlight. Pairing these torch-bearers with younger, traditionally-influenced musicians at the forefront of the "new folk movement," the Outside Folk program aims to show an artistic correlation across generations, create a unique musical moment in history, and honor those who've existed on the edges of tradition. Catch them Saturday, July 27th and Sunday, July 28th on the Museum Stage.

    Folkways and the Newport Folk Festival had a famously symbiotic relationship in the late '50s and throughout the '60s, with some of the label's most popular and important artists being nearly synonymous with Newport: Pete Seeger, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Elizabeth Cotten, Doc Watson, Roscoe Holcomb, Dock Boggs, Mississippi John Hurt, Clarence Ashley, Big Bill Broonzy and John Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers, who will return to the Newport stage at Outside Folk this year with The Down Hill Strugglers. Learn more.

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