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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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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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A FINE LINE   (by Geoff Abraham )  Composed: 2009
Humerous country/folk song about just doing what feels good and saying the hell with everything else. Has a Dogs From Hell barking solo with banjo and a big sing along chorus... 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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HAPPIER   (by Chris Michols )  Composed: 2013
A sensitive and heartfelt acoustic track. Lyrics describe time and distance making a relationship seem better than it actually was. Strummed acoustic guitars, hand percussion, and soaring falsetto vocals create an emotionally affecting track. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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LONG LONG ROAD   (by Ron Sarja )  Composed: 2012
This is a song about a person struggling with alcohol and drug abuse. Somebody from the outside looking in knows that the person will hit bottom as painful as it is to watch." Beautiful ballad featuring a female vocalist with acoustic guitar, Hammond B3 Organ, bass, and a distant synthesizer line. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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THE SECOND TIME AROUND   (by Case In Point )  Composed: 2010
Awesome singer songwriter acoustic guitar & vocal! A guy is at the wedding of his ex girlfriend & says to himself, since he wasn't ready for marriage yet- he'll get her the 2nd time around. Serious with a hint of sarcasm and humor about weddings divorces and the current situation regarding marriage. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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EMERSON   (by Joe Vercillo )  Composed: 2009
Comforting song about moving to a new place and feeling lost and alone but then meeting a sweet, kind, caring person who makes that place feel like home. Similar artist: Coldplay. Great soundtrack song (Garden State, The OC, Juno, romantic comedy) for hanging out, laughing and having fun. Male Vocals, Dramatic Music, Romantic Music
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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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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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THE HEARING   (by Chris Michols )
A soft, delicate ballad. Acoustic guitar, organ, and sparse piano accompany lyrics describing bottled up emotions amidst the day-to-day grind. A minimalist arrangement of a moving and emotional song. Breakups, sadness, coming to grips with tragedy, etc. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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NO CEILINGS   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2010
Sounding very much like James Taylor in this gracious presentation, a man in the 3rd quarter of his life takes stock of all he's lived through leading to finally achieving calmness, peace of mind and ability to no longer be held back... in short, having no more ceilings! Virtuoso vocals and guitar. 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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PERCHED   (by Patrick Williams )  Composed: 2013
With an acoustic guitar base, this relaxing song has a deep feel with depressing quality. It's a good break-up tune with a piano accompaniment and an organ based melody. A light flute even makes an appearance. It has a great Ryan Adams feel and is great for depressing scenes. Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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UNDER YOUR SKIN   (by Julia Dowler )  Composed: 2010
Slow acoustic guitar and vocal piece about putting on a mask, a façade. People hiding behind an image. Not being the person you thought they were. Simple finger-picked style with female voice. Suit a film, friendship lost story, romantic breakup. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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ROADS TO RIDE   (by Geoff Abraham )  Composed: 2009
A funny song about how we are all different and have are own paths to take in life. Has a folky/country feel to it. 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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HOPE WILL COME   (by Brent Rowley )  Composed: 2013
A relaxing acoustic guitar track perfect for a scene needing a mellow indie song with a reflecting mood. Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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WARM SWEET SUMMER LOVE: ROMANTIC BACKGROUND   (by Stephan Lindsjo )  Composed: 2013
Romantic summer music with acoustic guitar, piano, strings, bells in medium tempo. An smooth acoustic guitar is driving the song with a beautiful piano in the background. Sweet beautiful strings comes in after 20 sec to increase the romantic emotional feeling. Sweet romantic commercial advertise. Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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ABSENCE OF HUMANITY (FALTA DE HUMANIDAD)   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2011
Male vocals in Spanish about suffering, where the singer addresses a relative unable to find forgiveness in his heart who asks the singer to "leave the country" so the family doesn't have to endure his presence. A sorrowful tale of the absence of humanity. Latin pain, insensitivity shame sadness, Male 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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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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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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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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WE NEED TO TALK (VOCAL VERSION)   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2011
This song starts out warm sounding with its sensitive acoustic guitar and male vocals, disguising its true angry intent, which becomes blisteringly clear in the choruses, where the singer lashes out at his lover with whom he is breaking up with a final rousing exaltation! Male 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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TO SAY GOODBYE IS NOT EASY FOR ME   (by Matthias Wichtrup )  Composed: 1997
A song about breaking up, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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JACKIE   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2010
Inspired by and paying homage to Kris Kristofferson's classic "Bobby McGee", this soulful piece tells the story of youthful love, reminiscing over having experienced that glimpse of heaven without realizing it at the time, summer romance, warm beers and toes in the sand at Venice Beach. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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IF   (by Chris Michols )
A simple, pastoral acoustic guitar waltz with heartfelt lyrics about what might have been. Strummed guitar leads into multipart harmonies, setting the mood of a small church choir or country sing-along around the fire, but tinged with sadness and regret. Beautiful, thoughtful, and melancholy. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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AUGUST BURNS (INSTR.)   (by Dead Man Watching )  Composed: 2012
Melancholy electro-acoustic folk song with finger-picked acoustic guitar and a stripped down band playing smoothly in the background. Good for sentimental scenes. Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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I DON'T KNOW ANYMORE   (by Light Box Therapy )  Composed: 2014
A simple acoustic guitar song ala David Gray, Neil Young, Nick Drake about life when it loses it's luster. Minimalist production (guitar/vocal only) but strong recording, vocal and melody. Great for scenes of aging, contemplation, depression, heartbreak, breakdowns. Instrumental version available. 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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OUR WORLD   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2013
Inspired by Johnny Mayer's song Gravity, this song expresses worldwide sorrow over man's inhumanity to man, poverty and suffering but with a voice of optimism to work together to resolve and heal what pains us. A great solo male performance with guitar and vocals by the talented Peter G. Olach. Male Vocals, Rock Music, Blues Rock
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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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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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RANDOM FLIGHT   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2010
Hearkening back to Paul Rodgers era Queen's Brian May performing Love of My Life center-stage with nothing but an acoustic guitar & audience of 20,000 people. Very cool neo-classical vibe in this song all about Nature vs. Nurture, ultimately concluding that its random chance determining destiny. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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OSIDIUS   (by Henrik Skanfors )  Composed: 2007
A soft, emotional song from Henrik Skanfors' album "The Last Gash" (2007). Minimalistic with falsetto, guitar, glockenspiel and soft pads. Singer/Songwriter. Suitable for drama & tv-series. Similar artists: Damien Rice, Antony & the Johnsons, Coldplay, José Gonzáles, Jeff Buckley, Sufjan stevens, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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HEADLESS ANGELS   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2011
An elderly woman collected statues of angels which were forever falling off her balcony down to patio below where my friend lived. Their heads would break off and my friend would try to glue them back on and otherwise care for them in his Garden of Headless Angels, 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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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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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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STONES   (by Anne Garner )  Composed: 2011
Original composition “Stones” featuring Female Vocals, Piano and subtle Electronics. Delicate and ethereal, it explores honesty, emotional fragility and our capacity to deceive. Perfect for title credits, incidental music or trailer soundtrack. Also available as an instrumental. Female Vocals, Pop Music, Lilith Fair
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CELTIC PRAYER   (by Peter Olach )  Composed: 2011
Heart rending song from a father to his son, sharing forgiveness and hope, wishing strength and wisdom, heritage and a love that only a father and son might realize. made all the more soulful with a celtic tone and delivery. singer/songwriter, male vocal and crisp acoustic guitars. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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LIGHTNING STRIKES   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2010
With stunningly brilliant vocal harmonizing in the pre-chorus and chorus, this brilliant marriage of melody, vocals and lyrics speaks to the heart of the issue, which is following your heart in matters of love. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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ALONE   (by Chris Michols )
A mellow singer-songwriter duet with lyrical themes of love and loneliness. Folky strumming, melodica, hand percussion, and vulnerable boy/girl vocals create a mood of longing, sensitivity, and romance. Perfect for network TV drama, lost love, and relationship retrospectives. Mixed Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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TAKE IT WITH YOU   (by Matthias Wichtrup )
A song about experience and the deeper sense of life, 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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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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YOU MATTER TO ME   (by Angela Predhomme )  Composed: 2011
Kind, loving, tender and sweet, female vocal sings about how even though life is busy and time is scarce, you matter very much, and I love you. Family and relationship situations work well, like a mother or father to a child, or a loved one. Similar to Sarah McLachlan, Norah Jones, Jewel. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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SEAGULL'S CRY   (by Really Free Music )  Composed: 2007
A passionate ballad / soft pop track with a strong celtic folk overtone. A song of longing, being alone, and a lost love. Features a bright acoustic guitar, mandolin, and folk fiddle. Excellent male harmony vocals. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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RETURN TO AMERICA   (by Right Track )  Composed: 2011
A patriotic anti-war protest song! A soldier longing to be home in America reflecting on how war has changed his outllook. 60's/70's feel on this track though very relevant for today. Mid-tempo featuring strings and military snare drum. Stirring and poignant ending. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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