Singers: The Maid of Constant Sorrow

Wearing pants that stuck close to home and hair that should never have been let out alone, they looked alike. You could tell the boys from the girls only because some of them had names like Betty and Cindy Lou. They were all folk-song fans, come to Rhode Island last week for the fourth annual Newport Folk Music Festival.*

Jammed into Freebody Park, 15,000 of the faithful hummed, strummed and tapped sneakers as a single unit, outfitted not only with identical uniforms but with a mutual set of convictions that decry the injustices of war, segregation and cheating hearts. One...

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