S2 Newport Folk | Episode 3: Expect the Unexpected


There’s one thing you can be sure about when you go to Newport: Expect the Unexpected. From the festival’s inception, it’s been an event packed with surprise sit-ins and once-in-a-lifetime collaborations. In this episode, you’ll hear about some of the most memorable, emotional, and legendary moments in Newport’s recent past, from the people who participated in them. We’ll bring you vivid memories and behind-the-scenes stories from the teary-eyed John Prine & Friends set in 2017, Brandi Carlile’s groundbreaking all-female headlining set in 2019, and so many more . One of the most beautiful things about Newport is the seamless melding of past, present and future: it’s a place where you can see young talents share the stage with musical legends, soul quenching moments with their own heroes that neither will ever forget. Drop all your expectations and enjoy the ride!

Festival Circuit: Newport Folk is presented by Osiris Media, and hosted by Carmel Holt. It is co-written, co-produced and edited by Carmel and Julian Booker, who is also the series’ audio engineer. Production assistance from Zach Brogan. Executive producers are RJ Bee and Christina Collins. Show Logo and Art by Mark Dowd. 

The theme music is “Ruminations Pt. 3 (Afternoon Haze)” by Steven Warwick. Thanks to Billy Glassner of the Newport Festivals Foundation for providing archival audio. And many thanks to our folk family guests Jess Wolfe, Holly Laessig, Martin Anderson, Danny Clinch, Nicole Atkins, Bob Boilen, Jim James, Amythyst Kiah, Allison Russell, Yola, Amy Ray, Judy Collins, Mc Taylor, Phil And Brad Cook, Jay Sweet, Jody Whelan, Margo Price, Nina Westervelt, Kathie Sever, John Mccauley, Kristian Mattson and George Wein.


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