BYU Folk Music Ensemble Performs atLibrary

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The BYU Folk Music Ensemble recently performed at the Provo City Library. The ensemble is made up of BYU students who share a love for traditional folk music.


The BYU Folk Music Ensemble will be performing a free concert at the Provo City Library on Tuesday, April 16, at 7:00 PM. The group, which is made up of BYU students, performs a variety of folk music from England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

History of the BYU Folk Music Ensemble

The BYU Folk Music Ensemble was founded in 1966 by Professor James Arrington. The ensemble has performed at various venues throughout the years, including the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. The ensemble is dedicated to performing and preserving traditional folk music from a variety of cultures.

Origin of the group

The BYU Folk Music Ensemble is a student-run, extracurricular club on campus that performs traditional American and European folk music. The group was founded in 1971 by Jim Kimball, a music professor at BYU. Kimball’s students were interested in learning and performing folk music, so he started the class as an experiment. It soon grew into a full-fledged ensemble with its own concerts and performances.

The BYU Folk Music Ensemble has been a part of the campus cultural landscape for over forty years. The group has performed at the Library of Congress, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center. They have also toured internationally, performing in Canada, Japan, and Europe. The ensemble is currently made up of about thirty students from different majors and backgrounds.

Purpose of the group

The BYU Folk Music Ensemble is a student-run group that performs traditional music from around the world. The group was formed in 2009 by a group of students who wanted to share their love of folk music with the BYU community. The ensemble has since grown to include over 30 members, and they perform at various venues on campus and around the state of Utah.

Notable performances

Throughout its history, the BYU Folk Music Ensemble has had the opportunity to perform for a number of notable events and occasions. Some of these have included:
-A concert at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
-An appearance on the television show Austin City Limits
-A tour of the British Isles
-A performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

The BYU Folk Music Ensemble’s recent performance

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7:00pm in the Harold B. Lee Library Auditorium, the BYU Folk Music Ensemble will be giving a free concert. The Ensemble, conducted by Dr. James Talbot, is dedicated to the preservation and performance of traditional folk music from around the world.

What the group performed

The BYU Folk Music Ensemble, directed by Jim Danders, performed at the Lee Library on March 1st. The group played a variety of pieces from different countries and time periods. They started with a Mexican son jarocho piece called “La Bamba.” This was followed by an Irish reel called “The Kitchen Maid,” a Finnish polka called “Ei Mulle Muisteta” and an Appalachian American fiddle tune called “Sally Ann.” The group then played a set of four traditional Norwegian songs. The first song was called “My Vain Regret.” This was followed by “The Fishwife,” “Two Sisters” and finally, “I Was Born Far From My Country.” The BYU Folk Music Ensemble finished their performance with two Scottish songs, “I Love My Love” and “Wild Mountain Thyme.”

Reception of the performance

The BYU Folk Music Ensemble recently performed at the Library, and the reception was very positive. The audience was thrilled with the quality of the music and the overall performance.


After the students had taken their seats, the first performer, sophomore Sam Smith, walked on stage with his guitar. Smith performed an original song called “I am a Stranger Here.” The song was about his experience as a returned missionary and how he felt like a stranger in his own home. It was a beautiful and touching performance that set the tone for the rest of the evening.

The next two performers were sisters who sang a traditional Irish ballad called “She Moved Through the Fair.” Their harmonies were beautiful and their voices sounded like they belonged together.

The last performer of the night was junior Nate McGee, who sang an original song called “Hey Brother.” The song was about McGee’s experience serving in the military and how he missed his family while he was away. His performance was powerful and moving, and it left the audience wanting more.

In conclusion, the BYU Folk Music Ensemble is a group of extremely talented students who are dedicated to sharing their love of music with others. If you have the opportunity to see them perform, I highly recommend it!

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