2009 Folk Festival 50 Coverage Capped Off With Performance Streams and Free Downloads

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mvyradio - working with NPR Music - carried live performances of nearly 30 acts from this year's Folk Festival 50 (aka the "Newport Folk Festival") including The Decemberists, Joan Baez, Iron & Wine, Fleet Foxes, and Neko Case. Now, mvyradio is making many of those performances available as free downloads and/or streams to fans of those artists.

In its fourth year of covering the legendary Newport Folk Festival (now known as "George Wein's Folk Festival 50"), Aug. 1 & 2, mvyradio - working with NPR Music - brought live performances of nearly 30 acts including The Decemberists, Joan Baez, Iron & Wine, Fleet Foxes, Mavis Staples, and Neko Case to music fans worldwide. Now, mvyradio is making many of those performances available as free downloads and/or streams to fans of those artists. Included are Neko Case, Arlo Guthrie, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Deer Tick, Billy Bragg, Langhorne Slim, Dala, Ben Kweller, Tom Morello the Nightwatchman, Pete Seeger, Gillian Welch, The Low Anthem, Brett Dennen, Tift Merritt, Guy Clark, David Rawlings Machine, Avett Brothers, Josh Ritter, Campbell Brothers, Gillian Welch, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Del McCoury Band, Balfa Toujours, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, Iron & Wine, Joe Pug, and Mavis Staples - all of which are accessible at mvyradio.com.

Since its dubbing as the "official internet station of Newport Folk" in 2005, mvyradio has streamed or recorded dozens of performances from the historic event as part of its On the Road series, an initiative that's amassed more than 500 recordings from various festivals and conferences around North America. Setting up its recording gear in places from Toronto to Austin, Nashville to MerleFest, the station has captured performances from the likes of classic artists such as Elvis Costello, Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic, and Levon Helm and new talent the likes of Amos Lee, Brandi Carlile, and Nickel Creek. All of those are available to listen to on-demand in its Archives section, as well.

About mvyradio: mvyradio.com is a heritage Adult Alternative station out of Martha's Vineyard, having been on the air for 26 years and streaming to the world via the internet since 1998. Its worldwide audience has grown significantly in the last few years and is considered one of the most listened to single-stream online stations. Its independent music philosophy has been heralded in TIME and Rolling Stone. The station's streaming efforts are made possible by Friends of mvyradio, a 501[c]3 non-profit group.

For more information about the station, contact Barbara Dacey at bdacey (at) mvyradio (dot) com.

Links: mvyradio -- http://www.mvyradio.com; mvyradio's Folk Festival page -- http://mvyradio.com/music_info/newport_2009.php; mvyradio's Archives -- http://www.mvyradio.com/archives/index. Folk Festival 50 -- http://www.folkfestival50.com

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