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Folk Singer-Songwriter


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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HALF LIFE   (by Richard Jungles )  Composed: 1997
Uplifting,folk/pop song with soulful vocals. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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WHISKEY & BEER   (by Sean McCabe )  Composed: 2012
Atmospheric two step Irish folk/rock story song about a drunken, grief stricken man who staggers home from the pub every night, a crow sitting on his shoulders. Irish small town vibe with lovely violin parts throughout and extended guitar & violin solo at the end. Perfect for phone on hold, film. 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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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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I AM SORRY LITTLE BIRD   (by Torfi Olafsson )  Composed: 2011
Delicate loving and with sentimental regret. -Very new original song by Torfi Olafsson, -lyric by englishman Tim Earle. Vocals by Sverrir Baldur Torfason, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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JESSAMINE   (by Kate Carpenter )  Composed: 2004
A joyful nature song about Jessamine, or Jasmine, a lovely yellow Florida vine flower, first to bloom in the spring. Lilting and sweet, the childrens' vocals, harmonica and dobro solos add pleasant richness to the track. Great for flower song, Florida Song and nature collections. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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ROCKING CHAIR   (by Kate Carpenter )  Composed: 1995
Engaging folk song about an antique rocking chair. Perfect for antique lovers and furniture re-finishers. Ballad traces chair's history from original maker, to purchase, to make-over, to rocking a grandbaby. Fiddle and simple guitar accompaniment. Sweet female vocal & harmony. Antique Road Show song, 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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THERE'S NO GOING HOME   (by Roger Lehman )
Mellow and relaxed, featuring gentle, satisfied acoustic guitars and downcast male vocals. About returning to your hometown 12 years after high school graduation and discovering how much everything and all the people have changed. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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SONGWRITING 101   (by Roger Lehman )  Composed: 2008
Light and cynical, featuring bright acoustic guitar plucking and funny, satirical male vocals. Comical song written in first person by someone who "takes themself way too seriously"! Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE   (by Roger Lehman )  Composed: 2009
Calm and dreamy, featuring mellow, optimistic male vocals and relaxed acoustic guitar plucking that creates an easy, positive mood. A positive song about the fact that there is enough on planet earth for everyone and no need for fear or fighting if we will only share. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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A LITTLE INSPIRATION   (by Neal Gladstone )  Composed: 1996
Joyous celebration of life’s wonders. “There are minuets in the moonlight and diamonds in the grass.” Male and female vocals. Folk style guitar and piano. Sweet melody. Optimistic lyrics, inventive arrangement. Catchy tune invites sing-along. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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GO YOUR WAY   (by SJ )  Composed: 2010
This is a soft acoustic guitar song and soft male vocals. This is a dreamy, enchanting song that represents quite a nice way to tell someone to leave. It has a calming feel with percussion effects that compliment the finger picking on the guitar. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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HAPPY GRAY   (by SJ )  Composed: 2010
This is a soft, groovy, acoustic guitar song with finger picking and soft male vocals. The guitar drives the percussion, and the mood is very laid back and low key. The lyrics are meaningful and personal. This would work with a transitional scene in TV/film. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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I THINK IT SO   (by SJ )  Composed: 2008
This is a soft rock, folk alternative song featuring acoustic guitar, and complimentary strings in the background. It also features soft male vocals, with a lyrical tone that is philosophical. It is a song that would be great for several forms of media looking to create a warm, relaxing feeling. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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IF I WERE A HERO   (by SJ )  Composed: 2008
This song features strumming acoustic guitar, piano, string section, and soft male vocals. It is a wishing "what if" song, sending a message to girl that guy wishes he were better for her and them. The instruments all compliment the featured acoustic guitar, and create a pensive, dramatic feel. 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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IT'S NOT ME   (by SJ )  Composed: 2010
This is a groovy, folk pop song featuring acoustic guitar and soulful male vocals. The lyrics are flirty and playful, and the mood is relaxed and happy. Great for a love scene, commercial, or wedding. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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LET ME BE   (by SJ )  Composed: 2010
This is an uptempo soft rock, folk pop song. It features acoustic rhythm and lead guitar and soothing male vocals. The feeling is upbeat and moving. The lyrics are personal and touching. Great song for a breakup scene, road song, or feeling of moving on. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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MAYBE   (by SJ )  Composed: 2008
Featuring acoustic guitar strumming and soft male vocals. The mood is bright and soft, and the lyrics are those of pondering the world. The song has a dreamy feel. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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WHILE WE STILL HAVE TIME   (by SJ )  Composed: 2008
This is a groovy folk pop song with soulful male vocals. It features acoustic guitar. The rhythm is bouncy and fun. The lyrics are sweet and simple and the hook is very catchy. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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SIGH   (by SJ )  Composed: 2008
This is a light instrumental peice featuring acoustic guitar finger picking. Complimenting the guitar are light doses of strings and piano. The song has a soft, simple mood all centered around the intricate guitar work. Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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SOME DAYS   (by SJ )  Composed: 2008
This is a folk acoustic song featuring acoustic guitar and soulful male vocals. The guitar is flowing and the song features falsetto singing in the chorus. It is a light, easy listening song with universal lyrics. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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THE GOOD FIGHT   (by SJ )  Composed: 2008
This song features moving acoustic guitar and soulful male vocals, folk alternative meets blue grass. The rhythm is bouncy and fun. The lyrics are fiery and aggressive. It is a strong song with a strong message. Male Vocals, 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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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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DREAM FOR YOU   (by SJ )  Composed: 2008
This song features acoustic rhythm and lead guitar, and has a modern folk feel. It also has soft male vocals with lyrics that tell a sweet story line reminiscing of someone close who has passed. Lyrics which tell a descriptive story about two people's time together. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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YOUR MIND   (by SJ )  Composed: 2008
This is a modern soft rock/folk alternative song with a fun mood. It features acoustic guitar and soft soulful male vocals. The lyrics are sweet and universal. This is great for a beach scene, or fun atmoshphere or spirit. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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UNTIL THE END OF TIME   (by SJ )  Composed: 2008
This is a classic love song featuring bright acoustic guitar and soft male vocals. The lyrics are about love "until the end of time." This song is perfect for a love scene, wedding, or related scene/event. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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OH CAPTAIN   (by SJ )  Composed: 2010
This song has a steady groove with an aggressive spririt. It feature acoustic guitar and soulful male vocals. The lyrics are about blind allegiance and ignorance. Great for commercials, TV and movie scenes, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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WARM AND DRY (VOCAL)   (by Warren Hein )  Composed: 2011
This sexy yet tasteful folk inspired quiet and serene interlude between lovers is a lovingly romantic piece of heavan. It's cold outside as the train whistle blows, yet so warm and loving inside. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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DOODLETOWN ROAD   (by George and Marguerite )  Composed: 2010
Upbeat, lighthearted country-folk instrumental with finger picked acoustic guitar in the styles of Gordon Lightfoot and John Denver. Works well for lighthearted, happy scenes in Film and TV, documentaries, nature shows and travel. Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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KILL SOME TIME [INSTRUMENTAL]   (by John Christopher Thomas )  Composed: 2011
A soothing tune with acoustic guitar and piano accompaniment. Easy-going style tune reminiscent of Jack Johnson and Iron and Wine. Great for relaxing get togethers, easy listening. Heartland heartwarming. Home making products, commercials homemade, nice memories, comfort foods friends and family, Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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COLD   (by John Christopher Thomas )  Composed: 2011
A melancholy, acoustic tune describing the elements having to do with the word "cold". Background music in a reflective, solitary or transitional scene. Quiet moment, drama, relationships, thoughtful, metaphorical, frigid, slight european flavor, sophisticated modern folk, adult contemporary adult, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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GONE GONE GONE   (by John Christopher Thomas )  Composed: 2011
A quiet, soulful tune about leaving someone. Acoustic guitars and male vocals joined with percussion. Perfect for late at night listening. Coffee house singer-songwriter dramatic moment writing letters, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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I WILL   (by John Christopher Thomas )  Composed: 1988
A thoughtful, reflective acoustic tune about being with someone and being encouraging. Warm and tender, this sparse, philosophical song will appeal to singer-songwriter fans. Gentle strumming style of guitar playing gives off a folksy, coffee house atmosphere. Emotive vocals. Adult Casual, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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BACK AGAIN   (by John Christopher Thomas )  Composed: 1994
A quiet, introspective tune about a person realizing how alone he is without his lover and his need for her to take him back. Double-track guitar and vocals in a coffee-house setting Influenced by Tracey Chapman's "Fast Car" smokey sultry sensuous, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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FOREVER   (by John Christopher Thomas )  Composed: 1996
A pensive acoustic tune about the disintegration of a marriage. Fans of storytelling, singer-songwriter style songs. Ideal for background music in a reflective, solitary or poignant scene. Quiet moment, drama, relationships, thoughtful, metaphorical, 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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KILL SOME TIME   (by John Christopher Thomas )  Composed: 2011
A relaxed vocal tune with acoustic guitar and piano accompaniment. Singer-songwriter style tune reminiscent of Jack Johnson and Iron and Wine A song designed for late night listening, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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NO PROMISES, NO LIES   (by Roger Lehman )  Composed: 1987
Gentle and sensual, featuring laidback acoustic guitar picking and mellow male vocals that create a tender, honest mood. A song about a one night love affair. One night, one time, no tell, and never again, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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IN LOVE - PIANO GUITAR VERSION   (by Jens Larsson )  Composed: 2013
And emotional song about being unsure if your love is answered. And the pain you feel in you heart. Acoustic guitar, Electric bass and piano gives a unpugged feel, very naked and vulnerable. Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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4A2ND   (by Anne Garner )  Composed: 2005
Original composition “4A2ND” featuring Female Vocals, Piano and Electronics. Driving and dynamic, its lyrics relate the pains and joys of outgrowing a personal relationship. Perfect for title credits, incidental music or trailer soundtrack. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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LOST AGAIN   (by Anne Garner )  Composed: 2005
Original composition “Lost Again” featuring Female Vocals, Electronics and Programmed Beats. Mechanical, frenetic and insistent, at its core pulses the need for a meaningful sense of self in a confusing, contradictory modern world. Perfect for title credits, incidental music or trailer soundtrack. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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SOMETIMES   (by Anne Garner )  Composed: 2005
Original composition “Sometimes” featuring Female Vocals, Piano, Strings and subtle Electronics. Delicate and reflective, it is a sombre, honest exploration of human vulnerability. Perfect for title credits, incidental music or trailer soundtrack. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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IN SLUMBER   (by Anne Garner )  Composed: 2005
Original composition “In Slumber” featuring Female Vocals, Piano, Electronics and Strings. Lilting and cinematic, it maintains an uplifting urgency despite its reflective, philosophical subject matter. Perfect for title credits, incidental music or a trailer soundtrack. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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PHONE   (by Anne Garner )  Composed: 2005
Original composition “Phone” featuring Female Vocals, Piano, Drums and Electronics. Wild-eyed and exuberant choruses bring a delirious, playful counterbalance to the tender, affectionate verse passages. Perfect for title credits, incidental music or trailer soundtrack. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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SILVER LINES   (by Anne Garner )  Composed: 2005
Original composition “Silver Lines” featuring Female Vocals, Piano, Electronics, Strings and Drums. Expansive, surreal and intoxicating, it lifts the lid on a world where dreams and reality blur. Perfect for title credits, incidental music or trailer soundtrack. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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