music, usually of simple character and anonymous authorship, handed down among the common people by oral tradition.
music by known composers that has become part of the folk tradition of a country or region.
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How to use folk music in a sentence
The one place where we can share common experiences was sitting together at a John Prine show listening to folk music.Less Than 5% of Pandemic Relief Funds for Nightlife Venues Have Been Distributed. Owners Fear the Show Might Not Go On | Raisa Bruner | July 1, 2021 | Time
For instance, folk music balances tend to have higher bass and treble outputs and lower midrange outputs, while pop music blends make the bass really pop, even as the treble drops.Jaybird Vista 2 review: Customizable sound for all athletes | Billy Cadden | June 21, 2021 | Popular-Science
In Israel, radio and TV stations that had carried around-the-clock news and commentary returned a regular lineup of pop and folk music and weekend television shows.Fragile cease-fire finds parts of Gaza in shambles and Netanyahu condemned from his right | Shira Rubin, Michael E. Miller, Steve Hendrix, Miriam Berger | May 21, 2021 | Washington Post
Cue 28-year-old Agrawal, whose passion for folk music birthed the nonprofit Anahad Foundation in 2012, and the creation of the BackPack Studio that remains one of a kind in India.
The twang we hear as emblematic of white country music is actually the direct descendant of black folk music banjo.
Phonetic, made-up lyrics are another venerable tradition of folk music, and “pa-rum-pa-pa-pum” is iconic of the genre.
From July 25 to 27, Fort Adams, Rhode Island will be the place to be for anyone interested in the folk music spectacle.
He was employed by the state to record and collect folk music.Leaps of Faith: Wrestling With Uncertainty and Finding Grace Through the Music of Hiss Golden Messenger | Howard Wolfson | March 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was parodying what was called in those days the folk music boom.Before the Earthquake Hit: When The Beatles Landed in America | Michael Tomasky | January 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But, on the other hand, it is emphatically true that this same folk-music was to him a potent inspirer and trainer.Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician | Frederick Niecks
Generally speaking, however, Chopin has more of the spirit than of the form of Polish folk-music.Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician | Frederick Niecks
Her hobbies are reading science fiction novels, going to the opera and listening to folk music.The Colors of Space | Marion Zimmer Bradley
Irish music, which is thus vilified by some of our brethren, is the most beautiful folk music in the world.English As We Speak It in Ireland | P. W. Joyce
Almost all folk-music, indeed, exacts a vocal method of its interpreter quite distinct from that of the art song.The Merry-Go-Round | Carl Van Vechten
British Dictionary definitions for folk music
music that is passed on from generation to generation by oral tradition: Compare art music
any music composed in the idiom of this oral tradition
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Cultural definitions for folk music
A kind of music originating from the ordinary people of a region or nation and continued by oral tradition. The ballad (see also ballad) is a typical form of folk music. Music is also called “folk” when it is made by artists and composers who are inspired by, or imitate, true folk music. Composers such as Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie are folk musicians of the second kind.
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