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Singer-songwriter is a term that refers to performers who write, compose and sing their own material including lyrics and melodies. They often provide the sole accompaniment to an entire composition or song, typically using a guitar or piano. A number of other well-known musicians may write some of their own songs, but are usually referred to as singers instead.

The concept of a singer-songwriter can be traced to ancient bardic culture, which has existed in various forms throughout the world. Poems would be performed as chant or song, sometimes accompanied by a harp or other similar instrument. After the invention of printing, songs would be written and performed by ballad sellers. Usually these would be versions of existing tunes and lyrics, which were constantly evolving. This developed into the singer-songwriting traditions of folk culture. Travelling performers existed throughout Europe. Thus, the folklorist Anatole Le Braz gives a detailed account of one ballad singer, Yann Ar Minouz, who wrote and performed songs travelling through Brittany in the late nineteenth century and selling printed versions. In large towns it was possible to make a living performing in public venues, and with the invention of phonographic recording, early singer-songwriters like Théodore Botrel and George M. Cohan became celebrities. Radio further added to their public recognition and appeal.
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NEVER GOING BACK AGAIN   (by Matthias Wichtrup )  Composed: 2000
A song about mistakes in the past and lessons you have to learn in your life, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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SMILE   (by Nicholas Markos )  Composed: 2002
Gentle acoustic guitar and voice song about missing someone, perfect for a mood like The Replacements' "Skyway," Coldplay's "See You Soon," or Nick Drake's "Pink Moon." Mixed Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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WHEN AN ANGEL FLIES AWAY   (by Roger Lehman )
When An Angel Flies Away - In loving memory of my niece Gwen Heimrick who passed away in August of 2006 at the age of 19. Life is beautiful, not fair. Soulful, heartfelt and broken hearted male vocal. Tender, touching and soulful. A melancholy memory of good times with a sweet teenager. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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IN THE CITY   (by Patric Steel )  Composed: 2011
Stark direct authentic singer songwriter tale with deep lyric and memorable melody.. Male vocal with live sounding recording for club scenes, videos, movies, TV and more. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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BLACK HEART   (by Julia Dowler )  Composed: 2013
Soft fingerpicking acoustic track, female singing, atmospheric. Recently used in an Independent Supernatural Thriller 'Molly Crowes' which won best drama award in 2013 at the Portobello Film Festival in London. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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SATURDAY MORNING   (by Sam Sims )  Composed: 2014
Upbeat folk reggae song touching on aspects of what is takes to live in harmony, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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HAUNT ME   (by Anne Garner )  Composed: 2011
Original composition “Haunt Me” featuring Female Vocals, Piano and subtle Electronics. Understated and seductive, it has an eerie cinematic quality. Perfect for title credits, incidental music or a trailer soundtrack. Also available as an instrumental. Female Vocals, Pop Music, Lilith Fair
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THE WAY BACK HOME   (by Matthias Wichtrup )
A song about love and homesickness. Missing your special person, hopeful for better days ahead. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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MAN ON THE WIRE   (by Patric Steel )  Composed: 2011
A singer songwriter tale with deep lyric and memorable melody.. Male vocal with live sounding recording for club scenes, videos, in store play, movies, TV and more. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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CRAZY FOR YOU   (by Michael Benedetto )  Composed: 2010
"Crazy For You" is a song of longing and hope. A daydream for togetherness. It inspires a light feeling from within which can make one's heart nearly float. A Song for love. Michael Benedetto is known to stir emotions which may have been dormant for years and bring them out of the listener with eas, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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DANIEL ADMON - I WILL NOT STOP DREAMING   (by Itzik Daniel Admon )  Composed: 2013
finger picked guitar based song with touches of mandola with reflective lyrics, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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WHAT I'M HEARING   (by Cold Manicotti )  Composed: 2010
A STELLAR Indie style Folk/Rock song with WONDERFUL lead vocal, harmonies and melodies. The song’s lyrics center around hearing the word “NO” and its impact on people and life. 30's something drama, romantic siuation comedy. Echoes of current HOT Indie acts Mumford & Sons and Of Monsters and Men. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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06 I'M A SUPERHERO (BUT I'M NOT SAVING YOU)   (by Will Richards )  Composed: 2011
Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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EVERYTHING   (by Joey Godfrey )  Composed: 2012
Dreamy acoustic guitars embrace this captivating male vocal performance. Inspired by the likes of Pearl Jam and Lifehouse this piece is sure to bring powerful substance to any film production. Lyrically the song celebrates a lifetime of unconditional love with insightful introspective qualities. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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DAY GOES BY   (by Gioele Valenti )  Composed: 2011
A folk song talking about the time that flows, lefting back all the old feelings, bad karma - through the eyes of the childhood, things going slowly into an infinite present. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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RENDEVOUS   (by Julia Dowler )  Composed: 2011
Song about unrequited love. Having strong feeling for someone you can't have. Female vocals, strumming guitar, some synthesised keyboard and drumbeat. Lyrics by David Ash. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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REVOLUTION   (by Sam Sims )  Composed: 2014
Slow to medium slow ukulele song speaking of being optimistic for love to come, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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MR STORY MAN   (by Brendan O'Byrne )  Composed: 2014
Upbeat waltz tune with lyrics about a character who was a poet storyteller actor and photographer from the west of Ireland good arrangement with excellent accordion and guitar picking, a song with sentiment could work in film TV Play or Documentary. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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SO EASY (FULL SONG)   (by Angela Predhomme )  Composed: 2012
Catchy, fun and chock full of positive lyrics, this track is perfect for advertising. Singer mentions how easy it is, how they're satisfied. Consumer-directed, this song will send positive messages about any product and make it desirable. Female vocal sings with just a hint of sexiness. (full length, Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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COME BACK   (by Steve Robinson )  Composed: 2011
Atmospheric, finger-picked acoustic guitar with male vocal. Lyric includes thoughts about a fateful decision to leave home and move to a new country, but in the guise of leaving a romantic partner. Has a psychedelic feel with Crosby, Stills & Nash type harmonies and backwards guitar embellishments. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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SAD EYED JOAN OF ARC   (by John Devine )  Composed: 2009
Song about love and regret. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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MAYBE THIS TIME   (by Linda Severt )  Composed: 2011
Innovative song with 3 distinct sections. The 1st has a classical feel, the 2nd has an Irish feel and the 3rd has a driving folk/rock sound with a hint of Cajun. The singer is driving back home after having met someone on the road and is excited, yet fearful, about the possibility of a relationship. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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I WON'T BE HURTING   (by Too Human )  Composed: 2014
A beautiful and personal song of questioning, understanding and acceptance. In an acoustic setting with a heartfelt vocal, guitars and accordion. For a hospital scene, or for someone confronting an illness or loss. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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IF THERE IS LOVE   (by Sam Sims )  Composed: 2013
Upbeat song with ukulele sounds describing the outcome of having love in the world and the universal language of kindness. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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WHERE THE ANGELS PLAY   (by Linda Severt )  Composed: 2011
This slow, beautiful song is sung from the perspective of a child who is dying. Sad, but sweet, as she is ready to go and wants to convince her family that she's going to play with angels. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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TIME WARP   (by Roger Lehman )  Composed: 2008
A light and confident acoustic guitar instrumental with a dark, depressed male vocal. This is a song about how the the shock and trauma of losing someone very close to you can leave you so grief-stricken that time almost seems to stop and/or even move backwards. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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HAPPY ENDING   (by Celia Slattery )  Composed: 2007
Romantic period ballad featuring vocals and piano only. Lyrics, while uplifting, are slightly left of center. Perfect for romantic dramas or scenes of happy reunions, nostalgia, or love. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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INSANE   (by Houses Make Sounds )  Composed: 2011
Indie Singer/Songwriter with smooth and soft acoustic, lullaby bells and soothing vocals. Perfect for the twisted love ending scene of a complicated marriage or relationship. The conflicting lyric set against the subtle and soothing sounds gives you an unpredictable story. Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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THE TOWER   (by Anne Garner )  Composed: 2011
Original composition “The Tower” featuring Female Vocals, treated Harpsichord and subtle Electronics. Powerful and direct, it beats with the heart of a forgotten Celtic hymn. Perfect for title credits, incidental music or trailer soundtrack. Also available as an instrumental. Female Vocals, Pop Music, Lilith Fair
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LOVE, COME ON!   (by Dead Man Watching )  Composed: 2012
Love song mixing folk and indie pop dealing with being in love again and feeling like a teenager, no matter what your real age is. The stripped down arrangement is sweet and original and it enhances the heartfelt and sincere perfomance of the singers. Good for romantic scenes in movies or TV series. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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BLEEDING SOUL   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2010
A beauty, deeply passionate, emotive folk song. Acoustic guitar & touching male vocals. Lyrics talk about remorse and regret. Sadness, loss, despair. The track will fit productions dealing with prison, judgement, conviction and bitter feelings. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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THE WHISPER   (by Julia Dowler )  Composed: 2010
This song was written around the theme of the Nightmare Before Christmas characters Jack and Sally. Female vocals and harmonies, guitar and electronic keyboard synthesiser sounds. Would suit gothic, childrens magical, supernatural style production. Lyrics by David Ash. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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DISTANT THUNDER   (by Celia Slattery )  Composed: 2008
Brooding singer-songwriter piece that describes the suffering of folks who have lost friends and family to the war, contrasted against the indifference of the general public. Dramatic electric guitar and long percussion solo at the end of the song bring the message home. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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WHISTLESATTHESWINGSANDSLIDES   (by Deep Blue Lounge )
A very easy going guitar and bass backs a catchy whistled tune. Together with funky rhythm and loopy arpeggios, it feels like a pretty girl dancing in the flower garden in the early morning. Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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BREATHE   (by SJ )  Composed: 2010
Sweet acoustic guitar mellow finger picking, with soft male vocals & a catchy chorus. Lyrics are universal, tender, touching & modern. TV, Film or Indie romantic drama or romcom. Perfect for soulful dream scene or flashback. Elegant harmonies, heartwarming, love affair with shades of gray. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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A BRIGHTER LIGHT AT A LESSER DISTANCE   (by SuperWeaponDanceParty )  Composed: 2011
A driving folk love song played live by a solo musician that features acoustic guitar, harmonica, and vocals. Would work well with heartfelt scenes or times when a musician or radio is playing in the background. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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DEVIL'S PROTEGE   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2010
With lyrics in the writing style of Trent Reznor but sounding like Johnny Cash, this tale of suffering paints a picture of how it feels to be an outcast from society, without hope of redemption. Guitars, drums, bass and an emotional male voice brings a feel of regret, sadness and sins of the past. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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08 THE MAN ON THE NEWS   (by Will Richards )  Composed: 2011
Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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ALMOST GOOD ENOUGH   (by SJ )  Composed: 2010
Soft, bright, acoustic guitar with male vocals & female harmony vocal. Two lovebirds reminscing & looking to the future. Great love scene, flashback or montage, boy girl relationships, agreeing, coming together, enjoying each other's company, friendship. Sweet innocent adorable modern 20-something, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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SALLYS SONG   (by Groundsman )  Composed: 2009
A beautiful acoustic guitar song,about a girl who wants more from her man.From the perspective of the man,he sings about wanting to do his best for her and not wanting to argue.The lyrics are simple with the melody and guitar driving the tune forward.The chorus is positive and calming. Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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BETWEEN TWO LINES   (by Julia Dowler )  Composed: 2012
A hopeful song about caring and protecting loved ones. Solo guitar and vocal piece describing love, separation, waiting for return. Soundtrack to film, series, advertising would all be suitable. Slow start becoming more animated. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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DANAE   (by Cats from Alpha )  Composed: 2006
Sweet ballad about an impossible love and the effort to preserve good things in life. The music is built on acoustic guitar softly arpeggiated with some tender electric guitar and a string quartet, in the style of old school singer-songwriters (ex. Paul Simon). Good for bittersweet love scenes. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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TWIRLED WORLD   (by Anne Garner )  Composed: 2011
Original composition “Twirled World” featuring Female Vocals, Piano and Strings. Majestic and rousing, it questions with dignified humanity a world that doesn't always make sense. Perfect for title credits, incidental music or trailer soundtrack. Also available as an instrumental. Female Vocals, Pop Music, Lilith Fair
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YES YOU SHOULD WEEP   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2010
This song is perfect for a fundraising campaign to raise monies for third world countries to combat poverty, aids, suffering and disease. Phenomenally emotive and inspiring piano, vocals and lyrics will motivate folks to dig deep and send funds.. and to literally weep while they're doing so. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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PARIS HOTEL   (by Remi )  Composed: 2013
Calm and beautiful music, a romantic ballad blended with the personal experience of the singer that gives you the feeling of traveling through the song and it’s stories. Good for commercials, traveling scenes and documentaries. Mixed Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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A TROUBLING WAVE   (by Fraser McDonald-Smith )  Composed: 2013
Strong Blues/Folk song with heavy continuous beat, memorable acoustic guitar melody, powerful vocal harmonies and raw lead vocal. Lyrics about troubling times, what goes around comes around and overcoming the obstacles. Perfect for Film or TV series. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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IT'S ALRIGHT   (by SJ )  Composed: 2008
Acoustic guitar, light percussion & soft male vocals. It conveys the feeling that "it's alright, it's ok" when you lose your special person. Romantic departure, separation, lover gone away. Sweet guy missing his girlfriend. One way decision, he has to wish her well, very cavalier lyrics, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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DRIVING HIM AWAY   (by Greg Beattie )  Composed: 2000
A wistful, bittersweet, emotional ballad by a dad taking his son off to college--Kerrville New Folk and West Coast Songwriters song of the year winner. Male vocal, acoustic guitars, viola and bass in reverie about that fateful trip that changes the lives of a family forever. Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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SOMEONE STOP THE RAIN   (by Julia Dowler )  Composed: 2010
A song about sadness, loss, ending of a relationship/life, then looking forwards, moving on. Step by step. Keyboard, slow drumbeat, guitar and vocals. Atmospheric could be good as an opening or closing track to a movie. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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WITCH'S BREW   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2010
This two time award winning song tells the story of a woman without even the slightest hint of remorse who leaves the man she loves to be with a rich man specifically in order to enjoy the material comforts of the world. No regret, no second thoughts, possibly pathologic in her greed! Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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