“Tift has an uncommonly infectious spirit and deep soul. When I play music with her she lifts me up and reminds me to be present. Tift also reminds us that folk music isn’t about acoustic guitars and fiddles (though those happen to be at arm’s reach). It’s about connecting with your fellow human. This is why I’m happy to introduce Tift Merritt to the 2013 Newport Folk Line-up.”
Once upon a time (the mid 90s) in a gloriously music-laden land (Chicago), a lanky, sharp-witted, sharp-featured tenderfoot (Andrew Bird) graduated from Northwestern’s acclaimed music conservatory and dove into the sea of indie rock. Inhabited by hard-edged musicians who took pride in their lack of skill and almost-affected amateurishness, it was about passion — forget technique. Live shows were supposed to be truly live, and in-concert mistakes were nothing less than standard. “Experience the sound in its raw, unadulterated form,” they’d say. And Bird — despite his “super-trained” background — fit right in, rolling with the sonic tides to the eventual mid-ocean calm of celebrated musician status.
Since 2009, Kingsley Flood have been one of Boston’s hardest working bands – and certainly one of her best. Combining elements of Americana, Country and Folk, they released the 2010 full-length debut Dust Windows – and they quickly became one of the region’s most skilled (and routinely wonderful) live acts.
We are giving you fair warning that there are less than 100 tickets left for Saturday. As always, we are extremely humbled by your trust and loyalty of our little festival by the sea. We’re working hard to make 2013 one of the best summers yet.