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Old 10-05-2012, 06:46 PM   #1
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Folk Music

I think this is a genre many here can relate to. Don't remember a thread on this music topic, but my memory has become less reliable of late, so I apologize if it's already been covered. So what are your favorite folk songs? For inspiration, here's NPRs take on it:

Folk Alley's 100 Most Essential Folk Songs : NPR

One I think should be on their list:

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Old 10-05-2012, 07:51 PM   #2
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Peter, Paul, and Mary

Jim Kweskin Jug Band when Maria Muldaur was still with them.

Kingston Trio


Folk music is one of my favorites.
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Well, I'm pretty sure we all know this one....

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I was never clear about the definition of "Folk Music", but here are a couple which crossed over into the "Popular" consciousness back in the 60's.



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I was never clear about the definition of "Folk Music"
+1 ...or many other genres for that matter; there may be as many sub-genres of folk music as there are of rock or pop, not to mention crossovers...

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The topic of folk music reminded of a jewel of a relatively unknown movie named "Dogfight" with the late River Phoenix. Folk music soundtrack was a nice addition to the movie and the topics encountered in the movie touch on the period very nice, IMHO.
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Interesting thread. While I definitively think of Joni Mitchell as a folk singer/songwriter (among other styles), I don't think of that track, 'Woodstock' as a folk song.

I'm kinda funny when it comes to 'folk music' - I love much of it, but I really don't care for a lot of it. Much of the 'pop' folk is too sweet for me. I like the stuff that really reflects what I'd call 'Americana'.

IMO, one of the all time best folk songs ever, performed by a master:




Don't have time to dig up links, but here's a small sampling of songs that many would not call 'folk music', but I feel they are, as they reflect 'Americana':

The Band: King Harvest, Acadian Driftwood, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

Grateful Dead: Uncle John's Band, Friend of the Devil

and many more.

OK, Acadian Driftwood is soooo good, had to link:



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I'm pretty fuzzy on the genre definition too.
For example, at what point did Bob Dylan morph from folk to [whatever he's considered today]?

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I'm pretty fuzzy on the genre definition too.
For example, at what point did Bob Dylan morph from folk to [whatever he's considered today]?

Now Tom Lehrer, he is my kind of folk singer.

I can remember being at weekends on Block Island, or Martha's Vinyard or some other terribly posh summer place and all the serious folks sitting around a fire singing we shall overcome, or Michael rowed the boat ashore.

Enough to make you retch, but it did seem to make the girls somewhat more eager to get undressed later in the evening.

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Folk music immediately brings to mind Simon Diaz, a Venezuelan whose who's music is as timeless and amazing as his life simple and humble. Gipsy Kings, very well known in the US, took one of his songs, thinking it was an old Spanish folk from the 1800's, rearranged it and turned it into their first big hit - Bamboleo.


Gipsy Kings took a long time to acknowledge it was his, and true to his humble nature, he never asked for royalties, only acknowledgement.
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[QUOTE=braumeister;1237434]at what point did Bob Dylan morph from folk to [whatever he's considered today]?

About the time the Blond on Blond album came out.
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at what point did Bob Dylan morph from folk to [whatever he's considered today]?
IIRC, it was his going electric on Bringing It All Back Home along with the release of the single, Like a Rolling Stone, which had more of a rock sound.
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Enough to make you retch, but it did seem to make the girls somewhat more eager to get undressed later in the evening.
What, the folk music or the Boone's Farm?
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John Wesley Harding singing "Ordinary Weekend", from his album "Why We Fight"

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What, the folk music or the Boone's Farm?
I think it was caught on tape:

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Now Tom Lehrer, he is my kind of folk singer.

I can remember being at weekends on Block Island, or Martha's Vinyard or some other terribly posh summer place and all the serious folks sitting around a fire singing we shall overcome, or Michael rowed the boat ashore.

Enough to make you retch, but it did seem to make the girls somewhat more eager to get undressed later in the evening.

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