Folk Music
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Posted 1/28/14
In memorian of influencial American folk musician Pete Seeger, I thought I'd find out if anyone here listened to folk music whether it be American or from other countries.
Personally, I love it. The folk revival of the '60s had some great artists and performers and really changed the face of modern music in a lot of genres. Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs, Pete Seeger, the Weavers, Peter, Paul and Mary. I may not listen to it all the time but it definitely has a special place in my musical hear. I've been working on playing folk music, whether it be bluegrass, reels, waltzes or whatever on my violin and it is just tons of fun.
What do you all think? Play any? Any favorites? Hate it? Think other countries do it better?

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Posted 1/29/14
I like it though I really don't listen to a lot of it. Harry Chapin is a favorite. One of the newer indie folk bands I like is First Aid Kit, a sister duo from Sweden.
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I quite like folk music; over half the music I've got on record is folk music, but I prefer the various british styles-well, I am english. The welsh and scottish obviously have a very strong tradition, with some of the more haunting tunes ever recorded coming from welsh folk music. but there are some lovely tunes and songs from england too.
In the Uk it is somewhat less than popular, and is often associated with beardy CAMRA types. Many shun the british folk music whilst gaping with awe at foreign culture's music, which imo is somewhat saddening. Whilst other country's music might be nice, typifying your own countrys music as inferior, whilst commonly standing in a state of near complete ignorance, is depressing and all too common in the uk.
in terms of playing/ singing any- yep, nice tunes, good lyrics.
Quick fire reccomendations:Mabon,Hannah James & Sam Sweeney, Breabach,
if you do have a chance to go to a session at a pub or the like I'd recommend you try it out

I've gone on a little too long, but I'd like to hear more scandinavian folk music, as what I've heard, both trad and indie, so far has largely been favourable
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Posted 3/19/14
You should check out Sixto Rodriguez. He has an amazing story behind his music and his life and has turned from incredibly misfortunate to bloody exciting
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Posted 7/12/14
One of my favorite bands, Neutral Milk Hotel, has folk influence along with dozens of other genres. Definitely give them a listen. Both albums, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea and On Avery Island are amazing. Aeroplane is far more popular, but I think Avery is underrated. It's not pure folk whatsoever, but you should still try it out.
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Posted 7/23/14

vanessagm98 wrote:

One of my favorite bands, Neutral Milk Hotel, has folk influence along with dozens of other genres. Definitely give them a listen. Both albums, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea and On Avery Island are amazing. Aeroplane is far more popular, but I think Avery is underrated. It's not pure folk whatsoever, but you should still try it out.


Great band. Although, I think they'd better be classified as Baroque Pop in their more folky moments, with other like-minded bands such as Beirut and Grizzly Bear. I think Neutral Milk Hotel is part of the Elephant Six collective, an epic lo-fi imprint.

I lean in the direction of indie folk bands, most of the time. The Tallest Man On Earth, Jose Gonzalez, Fleet Foxes, Joanna Newsom, and older Devendra Banhart pique my interests, among others.

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Posted 7/26/14
Admittedly not much into American Folk Music, but always loved hearing Irish Folk Music (especially over a glass Guinness and a plate of Bangers 'n Mash ).

And yes, from what I've heard of Scandanavian Folk is in similar style and something that I'd also like more exposure to.
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Posted 7/31/14
This thread is pleasantly surprising, I was expecting more Mumford and Sons posts. I'm a huge fan of folk music, but I mostly prefer the older stuff like Cat Stevens and Joan Baez.
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