The Old School of Folk Music
The Old School of Folk Music is a blog dedicated to the history and preservation of folk music.
The Origins of Folk Music
Folk music has its roots in the music of the people. It is the music of the common people, and it has been passed down from generation to generation. Folk music is the music of the working class, and it is the music of the people who have been oppressed.
The British Isles
The British Isles have a long and varied history of folk music, with roots that go back to the medieval era. In the early days, folk music was primarily oral, passed down from generation to generation. As time went on, it began to be written down and eventually published in books and pamphlets. The first major collection of British folk songs was published in 1765 by Welshman Edward Jones, who is also credited with coining the term “folk music.”
The British Isles are home to a wide variety of musical traditions, from the jigs and reels of Ireland to the ballads of Scotland. There is also a strong tradition of maritime music, which reflects the islands’ long history as a seafaring nation. Folk music from the British Isles has been hugely influential in other parts of the world, particularly in America, where it forms the basis for many popular genres such as country and bluegrass.
The United States
The United States has a long and rich history of folk music. From the earliest days of the country, folk music has been an important part of the American experience.
Folk music is a genre of music that is typically passed down from generation to generation, and often has its roots in the oral tradition. Folk music can be created by anyone, and is often based on the musical traditions of a particular region or culture.
In the United States, folk music can be traced back to the early days of the country, when settlers from Europe brought over their traditional songs and ballads. These songs were often about their homeland, or about love and loss. As the years went on, American folk musicians began to create their own songs, which reflected the unique experiences of Americans.
Some of the most well-known American folk songs include “The Streets of Laredo,” “Down in the Valley,” “Oh Susanna,” and “Yankee Doodle.” These songs have been passed down for generations, and are still sung today. Folk music is an important part of American culture, and will continue to be enjoyed by people all over the world.
The Revival of Folk Music
Folk music has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years. A new generation of musicians has been influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and Joan Baez, and has sought to revive the genre. This has led to a renewed interest in the old school of folk music.
The British Isles
The British Isles have a rich history of Folk Music with its roots reaching back centuries. In recent years there has been a revival of interest in this type of music, with new bands and artists emerging and bringing their own spin to the genre.
The British Isles is home to many different folk traditions, from the lively Celtic music of Ireland and Scotland, to the more mellow sounds of England and Wales. There is a huge variety of folk music to be found in this corner of the world, and it is something that is enjoyed by people of all ages.
If you are interested in exploring the world of Folk Music, then the British Isles is a great place to start. There are a number of festivals and events that take place throughout the year, so there is always something to enjoy. Whether you want to tap your feet along to some lively jigs and reels, or simply sit back and listen to some beautiful melodies, you are sure to find something to suit your taste.
The United States
Folk music of the United States is often acoustic and places an emphasis on self-expression and local culture. Instruments commonly used in American folk music include the banjo, accordion, fiddle, dulcimer, autoharp, guitar, harmonica, ukulele and mandolin.
The first American folk music festival was held in Asheville, North Carolina in 1928 and featured such artists as Bascom Lamar Lunsford, Fiddlin’ John Carson and Blind Blake. The event was so successful that it led to the founding of the American Folklore Society the following year.
Since then, folk music has enjoyed something of a revival in the United States. The 1960s saw a particularly strong interest in folk music, with such artists as Bob Dylan and Joan Baez enjoying great popularity. In more recent years, there has been a renewed interest in traditional folk music from across the country.
The Influence of Folk Music
Folk music has been around for centuries, and it has had a profound influence on various cultures. Folk music usually consists of simple melodies and lyrics, and it often tells stories about the everyday lives of people. Folk music is an important part of many people’s heritage, and it can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
The British Isles
The British Isles have a long and varied history of folk music, with roots in both the Celtic and Anglo-Saxon traditions. The term “folk music” can be used to refer to both traditional music that has been passed down orally, as well as more contemporary songs that are rooted in specific regions or cultures. The British Isles are home to a number of different folk traditions, each with its own distinct sound.
The Celtic tradition is perhaps best represented by the music of Ireland and Scotland, although there are also strong traditions in Wales and Cornwall. Celtic music is often characterized by its use of traditional instruments like the fiddle, bagpipes, and accordion. This style of music often has a lively, upbeat feel, and is often used for dancing.
The Anglo-Saxon tradition is found primarily in the music of England, although there are also important traditions in parts of Wales and Scotland. This type of folk music is often more subdued than Celtic music, with a focus on storytelling and lyrical ballads. The instrumentation is typically simpler as well, utilizing instruments like the guitar, mandolin, and penny whistle.
The United States
Folk music in the United States is often associated with the music of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. But while the British Isles have been an important source of folk music in the United States, American folk music is also greatly influenced by the music of other cultures, including African, Native American, Latino and Asian. Indeed, many of America’s most popular folk songs were inspired by the music of other cultures.
One of the most important influences on American folk music is African-American spirituals. These are religious songs that were brought to America by slaves from Africa. Spirituals were often sung while working or during religious ceremonies. They are characterized by simple melodies and often include elements of call and response (a repeating pattern in which one person or group responds to another).
Another important influence on American folk music is Native American music. Like spirituals, Native American songs were often sung while working or during religious ceremonies. They are characterized by a strong sense of rhythm and often make use of drums and other percussion instruments.
yet another significant influence on American folk music is the music of Latino immigrants, particularly from Mexico and Puerto Rico. Latino folk songs often make use of guitars and other stringed instruments, as well as maracas and other percussion instruments. They sometimes incorporate elements of jazz and rock into their traditional forms.
Lastly, Asian influences can be heard in some American folk songs. For example, “Rock Island Line,” a popular song from the 1950s, was based on a Japanese children’s song. And “Kumo no Ito” (“The Spider’s Web”), a traditional Japanese folksong, was adapted into an English-language song called “The Stranger.”