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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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WORKING ON THE RAILROAD   (by Paul Reece )
Easy rolling country folk male vocals, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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MANSION OF HAPPINESS   (by Light Box Therapy )  Composed: 2012
Mellow semi acoustic song about the pursuit of happiness ala Freedy Johnston, David Gray, Bob Dylan. Warm heartfelt male vocals w/lyrics about yearning. Simple acoustic guitar/melodic bass line & cool keyboard in bridge. This song would be great credits roll as well as other uses/Instrumental/stings, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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PART OF ME   (by Peter Olach )  Composed: 2011
A father marvels over the miracle of new life in this poignant and heartening celebration heralding the birth of a child. This song begins with an acoustic guitar accompanied by the deep resonant humming of a male vocal and builds into a full band featuring electric guitars and an enigmatic beat. Male Vocals, 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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ROUTINE   (by Dean Graham Wolfe )  Composed: 1998
A spicy singer songwriter track about trying to break free from habits, routines, tyranny of any kind- but not doing it alone but with the important one love accompanying; Acoustic guitar and real cello parts; could also apply to horror chiller: being locked up-scary movie about trying to get away, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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THE NEEDS OF THE MANY   (by Steve O'Connor )  Composed: 2008
A song about the imbalances of the world today. 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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SMOKER'S WIDOW   (by Henrik Skanfors )  Composed: 2007
Emotional song from Henrik Skanfors' album "The Last Gash" (2007) about disappointment and blame. Guitar, piano, vocals (some falsettos). Singer/Songwriter. Suitable for drama & tv-series. Similar artists: Damien Rice, Antony & the Johnsons, Coldplay, Jeff Buckley, José Gonzáles, Sufjan stevens, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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MADAM LIBERTY   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2011
This song features acoustic guitar accompanying emotionally powerful lyrics and warm male vocals in a folk style symbolically lamenting the decline in personal liberties precipitated by the 9-11 Terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. 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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ANYTOWN   (by Richie Milton )  Composed: 2010
The two acoustic guitars and male vocal lyrics paint a bleak picture of the new immigrant girl wrapped up in the sex industry and wanting to go back home. Very suitable for film or documentry concerned with sex trafficking and prostitution. Not sleazy but heartfelt. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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GREY AUTUMN SWEATER   (by Henrik Skanfors )  Composed: 2007
Melancholic, sad song from Henrik Skanfors' album "The Last Gash" (2007) about heartbreak and being left behind. Only intimate vocals and dreamy guitar. 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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MANSION OF HAPPINESS (ACOUSTIC VOCAL)   (by Light Box Therapy )  Composed: 2012
A mellow acoustic song about the pursuit of happiness. Warm heartfelt male vocals, simple acoustic guitar. This song would be great as the credits roll on a film or tv show as well as many other media uses. Instrumental/alternate/bumper versions available. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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NOTHING'S IMPOSSIBLE   (by Fresh Body Shop )  Composed: 2010
Acoustic pop rock song with piano. A very catchy and emotional melody with smooth male vocals, perfect for romantic drama or romantic comedy. 20-something club scene, TV, Film, Indie or Documentary. Catchy tune, touching lyrics, light and soulful, Male Vocals, 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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DOWN IN THE GARDEN   (by Colin O'Dwyer )  Composed: 2010
Folk pop rock track a la acoustic Dave Matthews about the struggle between having both English and Irish blood with shades of Celtic/Irish influence in the instrumentation! Great source music for drama in tv and film! Funky folk pop a la Jason Mraz with great lyric imagery. Lush acoustic guitar! Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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YOU   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2011
A gentle love song from a man to a woman who thinks of her as an angel with wings soaring through the sky. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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SKOOL LEAVERS   (by Anne Garner )  Composed: 2005
Original composition “Skool Leavers” featuring Female Vocals, Electronics, Flute and Drums. Through layers of excited, rhythmic programming, a voice challenges over and over “Will we learn?”. Perfect for title credits, incidental music or trailer soundtrack. Female 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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BREATHE ACOUSTIC   (by Julia Dowler )  Composed: 2014
Acoustic version of this Folk pop style song about being held back and finally finding your dream. Female vocals, guitars. Positive song suitable for story of progress, achievement, success. etc. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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WORST CASE SCENARIO   (by Julia Dowler )  Composed: 2009
Song about the end of a relationship, situation, where one partner cannot quite understand how the other could be so inconsiderate and selfish. Could be worse though, I could be you contrast. Would suit TV, Film, Comedy etc. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter, Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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ONE WAY   (by RAW Boswin and the Gonnabees )  Composed: 2006
This song is about life, commitment and determination. From childhood through the adult years and how time keeps ticking. Life is a one-way ticket on a one-way street, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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SEASONS   (by Pedro Costa )  Composed: 2013
Mid to late aged adult looking back at their life and wondering what is next. Celebrating the loved one that is sharing the journey with them. Male 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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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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MY INDIFFERENCE   (by RAW Boswin and the Gonnabees )  Composed: 1999
You have to trust the people you surround yourself with, whether you are at work or at play. I spent 22 months of my life working for a well deserved salary adjustment, only to find out I had been submarined. Somehow I found that inspiring... Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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BAD TEEN MOVIE (INSTRUMENTAL SOFT MIX)   (by Dead Man Watching )  Composed: 2012
Alternative folk song with finger-picked guitar, melancholy strings and electric guitar softly arpeggiated. Good for bittersweet scenes. 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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CHINESE WHISPERS   (by Julia Dowler )  Composed: 2010
Strummy acoustic song about people talking about someone, how things get twisted, changed, exaggerated, changed. Mid tempo song could be good for a active scene in a film, teen/young adult movie, documentary. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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BEAUTIFUL   (by Kyle Gray Young )  Composed: 2003
The title of this song quite accurately describes how gorgeous it really is. This version has a few beautifully orchestrated 6-string acoustic guitars as well as a phenomenally arranged set of vocals. It sings of the undying beauty and love of a special girl. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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CATCHING UP WITH NOW   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2010
Stunning Acoustic Guitar and harmonized vocals create superlative presentation. Serious observational commentary on just what we humans are doing to ourselves on this planet in this day and age. The mirror of water has to tell us the truth and we must be inspired to fix the errors of our ways. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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SUPERHERO   (by Chris Howes )  Composed: 2010
Where did you go, an emotional building song building to a string section bridge, in the vibe of modern day singer/songwriters such as David Grey and Ray Lamontagne. This song is very emotional and is ideal in any scene involving any type of emotional loss. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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LOST   (by Chris Michols )  Composed: 2014
Centered around a finger-picked acoustic guitar and vintage mellotron, this delicate folk ballad is perfect for drama, lost love, and friendship. A song about being lost, trying to be someone you're not, and finally cutting that someone adrift. Sincere, heartfelt, and romantic. 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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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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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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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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AM I LOSIN'   (by Matthias Wichtrup )  Composed: 1998
A song with humour about the daily graint and about lonliness. Male 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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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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TELL ME HOW   (by Roger Kinder )  Composed: 2013
A delicate, plaintive indie folk singer/songwriter track. Lush acoustic guitars. Great for poignant relationship scenes and retrospectives, Instrumental, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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I STILL LOVE YOU ENGLAND   (by Will Richards )  Composed: 2011
Intimate, nostalgic song about England in past and present. Heartfelt folk song. Patriotic and sentimental with raw male vocal and stripped down feel - beautiful piano and acoustic guitar. Slow and thought provoking style. Perhaps use for emotional scene, landscape, drama, historical, montage etc... Male 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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UNZIP MY HEART   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2010
This poor guy has been out of love for so very long that his heart's become frozen shut, and so he pleads at this first sign of possible new relationship to unzip his heart and fill it full of light. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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WHEN NO PLACE FEELS LIKE HOME   (by Light Box Therapy )  Composed: 2011
A raw gritty acoustic track ala Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, David Gray about feeling lost. Very minimalist with acoustic guitar and raspy male vocals only. Chorus "when no place feels like home all you can do is roam". Great for a drifter or traveling scene/documentary etc. Instrumental available. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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AMERICAN WARS   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2010
Biting and powerful anti-war protest song, tells the story of a little boy who loses his dad to the war. With male vocals and steel guitar, the track also deals with the relation between war and economy. Great for scenes about recent wars. Death of beloved in the battlefield. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Folk Singer-Songwriter
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FATHER OF MY DREAMS (VOCAL VERSION)   (by Evan Zappa & the Necessity )  Composed: 2010
With stunningly elegant harmonies, the singer confesses his sins, explaining how he has shattered all his love, hopes and dreams. He seeks the comfort from the only one who can understand but with whom he can only communicate in his dreams. Male vocals and acoustic guitar. Nostalgic and sorrowful. Male 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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