Folk Music News You Can Use

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Welcome to Folk Music News You Can Use, a blog dedicated to bringing you the latest news and information on all things folk music! From concert announcements to new album releases, we’ll keep you up to date on everything you need to know.

Folk music news from around the world

Folk music news from around the world. From Grammy-winning artists to new voices on the scene, stay up-to-date on all the latest in folk music.

The latest folk music releases

Folk music fans have a lot to be excited about this year, with a number of new releases already on the shelves and more on the way. Here are some of the most anticipated folk music albums of 2019.

The latest folk music releases include:

-The Lumineers – III
-Drake – Scary Hours 2
-Khalid – Free Spirit
-Lil Nas X – 7 EP

Folk music events to check out

Folk music has a rich history and there are many great events happening around the world that celebrate this genre. If you’re a fan of folk music, or just want to check out something new, here are some events you should check out:

-Folk Festivals: There are many great folk festivals happening around the world. Some of the most popular include the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in the United States, Celtic Connections in Scotland, and Canada’s Winnipeg Folk Festival.

– concerts: There are also many great concerts featuring folk musicians. Some upcoming shows include Joan Baez at the Beacon Theatre in New York, Billy Bragg at Union Chapel in London, and The Pogues at the O2 Academy Brixton in London.

– Folk clubs: If you want to experience folk music in a more intimate setting, you should check out a folk club. There are many great clubs around the world, including The Green Note in London and The 5 Spot in Nashville.

Folk music festivals to attend

Looking for a great way to experience traditional folk music? Check out one of these festivals!

The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival is held every year in Hillsdale, New York. The event features three stages of continuous music, as well as workshops, jam sessions, and dance performances. This year’s lineup includes Suzie Ungerleider, Session Americana, and The Mammals.

The Clearwater Festival is held annually on the banks of the Hudson River in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. The event celebrates the river’s role in American history and culture, with a focus on folk and traditional music. This year’s lineup includes Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Mary Gauthier, and Tim O’Brien.

The Old Songs Festival is held every summer in Altamont, New York. The festival features over 300 performers presenting concerts, workshops, andJam sessions devoted to traditional music from around the world. This year’s lineup includes Anaïs Mitchell, John McCutcheon, and Martin Simpson.

How to get involved in the folk music scene

According to a recent study, folk music is on the rise, with more people than ever before attending folk music events and festivals. If you’re looking to get involved in the folk music scene, here are a few tips:

1. Start by attending a local folk music event. This could be a concert, club night, or festival. Getting involved at a grassroots level is the best way to meet other like-minded people and get a feel for the scene.

2. If you’re lucky enough to live in an area with a vibrant folk music scene, there are probably several folk music venues where you can catch live performances. Make it a point to go to as many shows as you can. Not only will you see some great bands, but you’ll also get to know the venue staff and other regular attendees, which can be helpful when it comes to booking shows or finding out about new bands.

3. Get involved with your local Folk Society or Trad group. These organizations usually host regular events and often have an up-to-date calendar of local folk music events. Getting involved with one of these groups is a great way to meet other folk fans and stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the scene.

4. If you play an instrument or sing, consider joining a local band or Folk group. This is an excellent way to hone your skills and make new friends who share your passion for music.

5. One of the best ways to support the folk music scene is by buying CDs and merch from your favorite bands. Most folk musicians are independent artists who rely on sales from concerts and merchandise to make a living. So if you like what you hear, be sure to show your support by picking up a CD or two!

The history of folk music

Folk music is a style of music that is passed down from generation to generation orally. It is usually associated with the working class and usually has a simple structure. The history of folk music is long and varied, and it has been used as a means of expression by people all over the world.

The first known folk music was written in the 9th century by monks in Italy. This type of music was called Gregorian Chant, and it was used to accompany the Catholic Mass. Folk music really began to take off in the 12th century, when troubadors and trouveres ( French musicians) began to write songs about love, chivalry, and religion. These songs were often accompanied by instruments such as the lute, flute, or cittern.

Folk music continued to evolve in the centuries that followed. In the 15th century, a new style of folk music known as ballads became popular in England. Ballads were often about love, loss, or murder, and they were usually sung by people who worked in the fields or went from town to town selling goods. Many of these ballads were later adapted into operas and plays. In America, folk songs about the Revolutionary War became popular, as well as songs about westward expansion.

During the 19th century, many different types of folk music developed around the world. In Europe,Romani (Gypsy) musicians often played folk music for weddings and other celebrations. In Scandinavia, Viking-era musical instruments such as lyres and horns were sometimes used to play folk tunes. And in America, African American slaves created a type of folk music known as Spirituals that connected their everyday struggles with their religion.

The 20th century saw even more changes in folk music. With the invention of recording devices such as phonographs and radios, folk musicians were able to reach a wider audience than ever before. In America, this led to the rise of iconic performers such as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger who helped to spread awareness of social issues through their songs. Folk music continues to evolve today, with new styles emerging all the time

The different genres of folk music

Folk music is a genre of music that is typically characterized by simple musical form and structure, as well as traditional instrumentation. Folk music may also include elements of popular music, such as catchy melodies, and may be influenced by other genres, such as country or rock.

Folk music has many different styles, depending on the region where it originated. Some common styles of folk music are Celtic (Irish, Scottish), Nordic (Swedish, Finnish), East European (Polish, Romanian), and American ( Appalachian, Ozark).

Celtic folk music is characterized by its use of Ireland’s national instruments: the tin whistle, the uilleann pipes, and the bodhran. Celtic folk music often includes elements of Irish and Scottish traditional music, such as jigs and reels.

Nordic folk music is characterized by its use of the fiddle and accordion. Nordic folk music often includes elements of Swedish and Finnish traditional music, such as polskas and waltzes.

East European folk music is characterized by its use of the accordion and violin. East European folk music often includes elements of Polish and Romanian traditional music, such as mazurkas and czardas.

American folk music is characterized by its use of the banjo and guitar. American folk music often includes elements of Appalachian and Ozark traditional music, such as bluegrass and old-timey tunes.

Folk music in pop culture

Folk music has been appearing more and more in popular culture recently. Here are some examples of how folk music is infiltrating the mainstream:

* The hit TV show Nashville frequently features folk songs and even has an episode dedicated to the genre.
* The popular book series Outlander includes a lot of traditional Scottish folk music.
* Celebrities like Justin Timberlake and Carrie Underwood have been known to sing folk songs on occasion.

With more and more people exposed to folk music, it’s likely that the genre will continue to grow in popularity. If you’re a fan of folk music, be sure to check out some of the artists and bands who are keeping the genre alive and well!

Meet the folk music makers

Folk music has always been about the community that shares it. The songs are about shared experience, and the performers are often part of a long tradition of music making in their families and villages. In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in folk music, and new performers are bringing their own experiences and traditions to the stage.

In this article, we will introduce you to some of the folk music makers who are keeping the tradition alive and making it their own.

Folk music for beginners

Folk music may seem simple at first listen, but there’s a lot more to it than meets the ear. It’s important to understand the history and context of the music before you can appreciate all it has to offer.

Folk music has been around for centuries, and it’s always evolving. It’s a genre that is passed down from generation to generation, and each new generation puts their own spin on it. That’s what makes folk music so special – it’s always changing and always fresh.

If you’re new to folk music, here are a few things you should know:

The origins of folk music are varied and complex. Folk music has its roots in the oral tradition, and it was passed down from generation to generation by traveling musicians. Over time, different regions developed their own unique styles of folk music.

Folk music is often associated with dance. Many folk songs are meant to be danced to, and they often have lively melodies and infectious rhythms. If you’re looking for a workout, give folk dancing a try!

Folk music is usually simplistic in nature. The melodies are usually catchy and easy to remember, and the lyrics are usually straightforward. That doesn’t mean that folk music is simplistic – many folk songs are actually quite complex and thought-provoking.

If you want to learn more about folk music, there are plenty of resources available. Start by doing some research online, or check out some books from your local library. You can also attend Folk Festivals and listen to Folk Radio stations to get a feel for the genre. And of course, don’t forget to listen to as much folk music as you can!

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