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Newport Folk Festival 2010 lineup announced: Steve Martin, Swell Season, Jim James, Levon Helm, Brandi Carlile, Sharon Jones, and tons more

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The lineup for the 51st annual Newport Folk Festival was just announced, and it’s a good one. Folk fans who head to Newport, R.I. this July 30-31 and Aug. 1 will get to see acts like Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin), playing banjo with bluegrass quintet the Steep Canyon Rangers; Once duo the Swell Season; the Band’s Levon Helm, bringing his legendary Midnight Ramble on the road; Yim Yames, a.k.a. frontman Jim James of My Morning Jacket; Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, who killed it per usual at SXSW last week; alt-country wailer Brandi Carlile, who just released a cool new video; Richie Havens, who is as awesome today as he was at Woodstock 41 years ago; skilled whistler Andrew Bird; Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, who is Pete Seeger’s grandson and a talented singer in his own right; and lots more folkies old and young.

Click through to the jump for all the performers who have been announced so far for George Wein’s Newport Folk Festival. Tickets go on sale at newportfolkfest.net this Friday, March 26. Will you be buying ’em?

Friday, July 30 (International Tennis Hall of Fame)

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers

Tim O’Brien

Sarah Jarosz

Saturday, July 31 (Fort Adams State Park)

John Prine

Andrew Bird

Brandi Carlile

The Low Anthem

Yim Yames of My Morning Jacket

Doc Watson & David Holt

Calexico

Dawes

Nneka

O’Death

Liz Longley

Blitzen Trapper

A.A. Bondy

Sam Bush

Horsefeathers

Sunday, Aug. 1 (Fort Adams State Park)

Levon Helm’s Ramble on the Road

The Swell Season

The Avett Brothers

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

Richie Havens

Justin Townes Earle

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Punch Brothers with Chris Thile

The Felice Brothers

Tao Seeger Band

Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons

Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore

Pokey LaFarge & the South City Three

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