Teaching a tot the facts of folk music


A lively crowd cheered performers at the Newport Folk Festival, covered by the Providence Journal, a Gannett New England media partner.

In the spring, I applied for a Newport Folk Festival press pass. I planned to write a column about bringing my 1-year-old daughter to the most family-friendly music festival in the country. I would call it: “Mother Folker.”

A few weeks later, I was pleased to see the festival’s media organizer, Jessica Puchli, had dropped me a line. Her email turned out to be a very polite “folk you.” Try again next year, she urged. 

We decided to scrounge for tickets anyway. I bought a two-day pass from a friend, and found my husband a single face-value ticket on a Phish message board. Thank heavens for hippies. 

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