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Julia Jacklin, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2017

Julia Jacklin performs at the 2017 Newport Folk Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR
Julia Jacklin performs at the 2017 Newport Folk Festival.

It's often a sparse crowd that turns up to see an 11 a.m. set at a music festival — but not so at the Newport Folk Festival. When Julia Jacklin took the stage on Saturday morning, she seemed shocked to be faced with a tent full of attentive onlookers. (If it were any other festival, she pointed out, she'd probably be playing to an audience of four — and four hung-over people, at that.)

Jacklin, who's 26 and hails from Australia's Blue Mountains, makes folk-rock music that confronts all the anxieties a 20-something feels about getting older. At Newport, she played straightforward songs from her debut album, Don't Let The Kids Win, whose title track wrapped up her set. By that point, Jacklin had sent her bandmates away, leaving her alone onstage with her electric guitar to sing gently and simply about the strange sadness that just goes along with growing up.

Set List

  • "Hay Plain"
  • "Lead Light"
  • "Cold Caller"
  • "Motherland"
  • "LA Dream"
  • "Eastwick"
  • "Coming Of Age"
  • "Pool Party"
  • "Don't Let The Kids Win"
  • Credits

    Technical Director: Josh Rogosin; Audio Engineers: Steve Remote, Jon D'Uva, Steve Kolakowsky (Aura-Sonic Ltd.); Producers: Marissa Lorusso, Jenna Li, Suraya Mohamed; Photography: Adam Kissick.

    Special thanks to TuneIn's Newport Folk Radio. Listen to Newport Folk Radio year-round via or the TuneIn app.

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