Folk

Explore notable folk musicians, songs, and histories with this guide to traditional folk and roots music. Read album reviews, discover festivals and events, and track the recorded and oral history of the most famous folk songs.

Flamingo and dice
Close-up of person playing guitar

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The 'Doo Dah' Song: "Camptown Races" by Stephen Foster

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How To Write a Folk Song

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'We Shall Overcome'

  • Tom Paxton On Stage

    Article

    All About the Importance of Protest Music

  • Railroad Train Tracks

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    Folk Song History: 'I've Been Working on the Railroad'

  • Peggy Seeger performing folk music in the 1960s on banjo

    Article

    A Definition and Brief History of Folk Music

  • Reenactment of Revolutionary war soldiers

    Article

    Yankee Doodle Background and Historical Information

  • Senior man playing acoustic guitar in Plaza de la Cathedral at night, Havana, Cuba

    Article

    The Story Behind the Cuban Folk Song: "Guantanamera"

  • Bob Dylan

    Article

    The Story of Bob Dylan's 'Hurricane'

  • Copies of The Carter Family Album of Smokey Mountain Ballads

    Article

    Folk Music and Country Music — What's the Difference?

  • A woman singing at an open mic

    Article

    List of Open Mic Nights in Seattle, Washington

  • March On Washington

    Article

    "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize" History and Lyrics

  • Accordion

    List

    10 Common Bluegrass and Folk Instruments

  • Bob Seger

    List

    Antiwar protest songs of the '60s and '70s

  • Bob Dylan Portrait With Acoustic Guitar

    Article

    The Real Mr. Jones from Bob Dylan's "Ballad of a Thin Man"?

  • A statue of John Henry on State Highway 12

    Article

    Songs and Lyrics About Labor Hero John Henry

  • Guitars

    List

    The 10 Most Used and Best Folk Guitars

  • Rowboat on the shore of a lake at daytime.

    Article

    The Story of 'Michael Row the Boat Ashore'

  • Woman Wearing a March on Washington Button

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    Folk Song History: "This Little Light of Mine"

  • Close up musician playing guitar for audience

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    Folk Song History of "We Shall Not Be Moved"

  • Woody Guthrie Playing the Guitar

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    The History of American Folk Music

  • Mid section of two guitarists in recording studio

    Article

    What You Need to Know About Indie Folk Music

  • Peter, Paul, and Mary

    Article

    The History of If I Had a Hammer

  • Man playing Dobro

    Article

    Dobro Definition and Description

  • Woody Guthrie, a father of the American Folk movement

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    History of the Folk Revival

  • Photo of Art GARFUNKEL and SIMON & GARFUNKEL and Paul SIMON and SIMON AND GARFUNKEL

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    History of the Folk Song 'Scarborough Fair'

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    Folk Song History of We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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