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    I've seen a pretty disturbing trend in what I see as a complete lack of folk music in this section.

    From Wikipedia

    A consistent definition of traditional folk music is elusive. The terms folk music, folk song, and folk dance are comparatively recent expressions. They are extensions of the term folk lore, which was coined in 1846 by the English antiquarian William Thoms to describe "the traditions, customs, and superstitions of the uncultured classes."[2] The term is further derived from the German expression Volk, in the sense of "the people as a whole" as applied to popular and national music by Johann Gottfried Herder and the German Romantics over half a century earlier.[3] Traditional folk music also includes most indigenous music
    In a nutshell, it's music that reflect your culture, origins, legends, stories, and heritage.

    I'll show some good examples.

    Folk-Punk (My favorite)

    The Devil Makes Three
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJ8s1sbNFSY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGIx9...eature=related

    The Violent Femmes
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1bIj...eature=related

    Blackbird Raum
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLa1nUi7lzA



    Folk-Rock

    Grace Potter
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKkI7pRt9hU

    The Civil Wars
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxDto6_4PKg

    The Silent Comedy
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAizkxpJmpA

    Bob Dylan
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoSb8...eature=related

    Jack Johnson
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u57d4_b_YgI



    Folk-Pop

    Dark Dark Dark
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YFI_yRlpOs

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEr_3iGfccI

    Appalachian folk-Bluegrass

    The Hackensaw Boys
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEAuT...eature=related


    Gypsy-Folk

    Brown Bird (It's actually really hard to put these guys in any particular genre)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDI_toujJro

    Freak-Folk (AKA the most badass stoner music ever)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3dagRtQgvI

    So, what do you think of folk music? Who are your favorite artists?

    Disclaimer: Country music is not folk music. If you post Kieth Urban or Garth Brooks I'm going to kill you.
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    oh i quite like folk punk if we're including that.

    i tend to prefer folk punk with less folky intstruments, more like just a guy with a guitar and maybe some horns and a harmonica, though that The Devil Makes Three song in the OP was enjoyable enough.

    i like all of Pat the Bunnies' projects, most well known two being Johnny Hobo and Wingnut Dishwashers Union.

    others i've discovered, through talking to people into the style or following blogs or whatever, are Cranford Nix, Mr Denim, The Official Suckers, and the Anarchist Pizza Society.

    most of these bands, by the way, have bandcamp pages you can find with a quick google where their releases can be gotten for free. or you can throw 5 dollars that you probably would have spent on drugs or a chicken sandwich you didn't actually need, whatever.

    and there's this really good youtube channel with tons of this stuff.

    also i don't know any other freak folk but i quite like Exuma if they (he?) count.

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    I've been getting more and more into folk music lately. First it was Neutral Milk Hotel, which is still probably my favorite folksy band, then there's artists like Iron & Wine and Bon Iver, whom I have just been getting into as of recent.

    I hope those count as folk. I've been told they do, but...yeah, sometimes people lie to me. Whatever, all I know is that folk/acoustic music is quite good in my opinion!
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    I made a folk thread a while back, but it didn't last long.

    I'm more a fan of the English folk tradition, with a keen interest in the folk music of Lancashire.
    So to rhyme of a few, Martin Simpson (not the best version of the song I've heard, but the only one on youtube) Nic Jones (been a bit cheeky and picked another version of the Martin Simpson song I linked), Kate Rusby, Bellowhead, The Houghton Weavers, The Oldham Tinkers, Harry Boardman, Mike Harding (when he's not doing comedy, though his comedy is excellent.)

    I quite like compilation albums too, especially themed one's like Deep Lancashire, The Iron Muse, Steam Ballads and Topic's Voice of the People series. All of which are essential listneings.

    Also have an interest in folk metal (which is covered in the metalheads thread), folk punk (Dropkick Murphys in particular) and a bit of Neo-Folk and similar genres, bands like Death in June, In Gowan Ring, and Nest.

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    Evilyn, Exuma definitley counts as freak folk. They're pretty awesome too. Kudos. I wasn't quite able to get into Anarchist Pizza Society, but I really digged the rest of your videos. Especially Exuma and The Official Suckers.

    @FairGamer9215

    Yeah man, Nuetral Milk Hotel is definitley Folk, but they seem like a blend of psychedelic and folk, which I haven't seen that combo very often. They have a pretty cool sound going for them.

    @HammerHeart

    I haven't had too much of a chance yet to expand my tastes into British folk. There's currently a Folk/Americana movement in the U.S. that I've gotten sucked into. I should probably take a breather and listen to folk from other countries.

    I'll be editing in all your songs in the OP to have a nice little comprehensive list. I'll do that when I don't feel like being lazy. Lol.

    Here is another example of folk pop since I only had one in the OP. They're also a mixture of dark cabaret.


    Vermillion Lies
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmPNh...eature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mw-cN...eature=related
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    William Elliot Whitmore is a definitley a must listen for anyone that likes folk.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nECtW...eature=related

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    What about Beirut and the Mountain Goats? Both are wonderful folk bands, and deserve a listen c:.
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    since OP got banned this thread will probably die, but whatever.

    more folk punk:



    also i swear i hear someone use a kazoo somewhere in the album. which would be a first for folk punk for me.

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    Not really my genre, but I found this on reddit and I LOVE IT.

    It's folk, right? http://youtube.com/watch?v=BcIXujJdNPQ

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