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The term "traditional folk" (or "traditional music") is often used interchangeably with "folk music". Apart from instrumental music that forms a part of traditional music, especially dance music traditions, much traditional music is vocal music, since the instrument that makes such music is usually handy. As such, most traditional music has meaningful lyrics.

Before artists like Bob Dylan, the Kingston Trio, and the Weavers popularized folk among hip young college kids, the music existed in many forms in the U.S.--rural old-time songs passed from family to family (and generation to generation), broadly political or satirical songs, children's tunes, minstrel songs. This is a catch-all category for traditional folk music before it became the voice of the Sixties.
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SIDEWALKS OF NEW YORK (HONKY TONK PIANO)   (by Music Boutique )  Composed: 1894
This nostalgic song is a New York City favorite. It was even considered the city's theme song at one time. Written in 1894, it's still heard today in shows and commercials. This version features a honky tonk, ragtime-style piano. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME (HONKY TONK PIANO)   (by Music Boutique )  Composed: 2010
This song was a favorite during the Tin Pan Alley era. Written in 1902, it's still heard today in shows and commercials. This version features a honky tonk, ragtime-style piano. Great for western saloon scenes -- but please, don't shoot the piano player! Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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OH! SUSANNA (HONKY TONK PIANO)   (by Music Boutique )  Composed: 1848
Also known as "Banjo On My Knee," this song by Stephen Foster is associated with the California Gold Rush in the mid-1800s. This version features an old, upright, honky tonk saloon piano. The song was popular in minstrel shows around the turn of the century. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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OH! SUSANNA (BANJO & PIANO & JAW HARP)   (by Music Boutique )  Composed: 1848
Also known as "Banjo On My Knee," this song by Stephen Foster is associated with the California Gold Rush in the mid-1800s. This version features a banjo (of course!) with an old, upright piano, and a "boing, boing" jaw harp. The song was popular in minstrel shows around the turn of the century. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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AURA LEE - LOVE ME TENDER - ACOUSTIC GUITAR   (by Annie McGee )  Composed: 2009
Acoustic guitar played simply, without adornment "Aura Lee" is an American Civil War song about a maiden. It was written George R. Poulton (music) tune also known as 'Love me tender'. Dreamy, Emotional, Easy style, sweet and simple acoustic track. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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WILL YOU GO LASSIE GO   (by Tunes Are Me )  Composed: 2010
A traditional folk song with a very obvious Celtic Appeal,A beautifully understated backing supports a male vocal that is haunting and heartfelt,this would be ideal in a period drama with a Scottish or Irish aspect,TV,Movie,Documetary, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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JIGGLE BUG LOOP   (by Winthrop Brookhouse )  Composed: 2014
An acoustic folk tune that is great for children. TV, film, infomercial, animation or radio. Moves with a nice skipping feel, Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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MY PRAIRIE HOME   (by Mike Stidolph )  Composed: 2012
A lovely legato Harmonica instrumental performed in the traditional Western Folk style. Featuring Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, and Upright Bass. A wonderful piece for your TV, Movie, or Radio project. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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DIXIE   (by Mark S. Crocker )  Composed: 2014
Sweet rendition of a Southern favorite; Beautiful melancholic piano solo evolves & builds into an orchestrated piece; Perfect for all media: Use for civil war, memory flashbacks, reflection, historical documentaries, old southern culture, patriotic & political events, anything Americana; Radio ready, Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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CAMPTOWN RACES   (by Mark S. Crocker )  Composed: 2014
One of the true gems of America's minstrel era; Although a contemporary version, this track still exudes the charm of the original folk song with 2 tempos & interesting instrumentation; Use in film, TV, videos, or documentaries associated with American living in the 1850's, cowboys, or westerns. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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HOME ON THE RANGE   (by Mark S. Crocker )  Composed: 2014
One of America's premiere folk songs in a beautiful reflective rendition; This track begins with a soft piano then builds with strings, harmonica, flute, & guitar; Perfect for films & docs. with scenes around the campfire, cattle ranchers, wagon trains, cowboys, old west, Civil War, or Americana. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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YANKEE DOODLE   (by Mark S. Crocker )  Composed: 2014
Traditional instrumentation mixes with contemporary rhythms to create a patriotic rendition of this classic folk song; Great as background music for anything Americana: commercials, celebrations, programs, documentaries, films, or as lead in music for TV coverage of political conventions & parades. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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SHENANDOAH   (by Mark S. Crocker )  Composed: 2014
One of America's most beloved folk songs becomes a warm symphonic instrumental; Use this track in scenes with reflection, memory flashback, loneliness, Civil War, southern living; Great for scenic flyovers; Radio ready; Perfect song feature for documentaries, TV, video, travelogue, or film. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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WHEN JOHNNY COMES MARCHING HOME   (by Mark S. Crocker )  Composed: 2014
The traditional American folk song weaves in & out of this track with a twist; Useful in spaghetti westerns, Civil War documentaries, films, memory flashbacks, wars & battles, scenes of military going to war; Perfect as film opener, closer, credits, feature song, or underscore; Think Clint Eastwood. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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THE LEPRECHAUNS IN IRELAND   (by Ola Melander )  Composed: 2013
irish dance song with powerful strings and great violin. A beautiful and pleasant theme great in your tvshow or travel documentary. Opening piece. Happy feeling and sensitive. A day in the countryside. Big scenes. Love and romance Folksong Epic Drums romantic nostalgic feel celtic joy happiness, Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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TRACK003   (by Alexey Parfyonov )  Composed: 2013
Multi mood Orchestral piece with Folk Instruments, featuring balalaika & a heavenly choir. Warm & uplifting for stories of personal struggle in the heartland, with hope & warm spirits. Turns serious at 2.23 w/ church bells & atmosphere. At 3.02 the mood takes a hopeful & upbeat turn for the finale. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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TIMELESS   (by George Crisikakos )  Composed: 2014
Beautiful Mysterious track featuring a touch of Greek and Eastern Music. Didgeridoo Santoor Guitar Harmonics and percussion blend with sub drones to create a strong rhythmical soundscape. Very melodic and dreamy tune. Could also be used for war scenes scoring. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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ACOUSTIC COMMERCIAL   (by Valencia Magic )  Composed: 2012
Soft Mellow Acoustic Guitar Strumming all the way thru. If your looking for a folky unassuming twist to add to your commercial, then try this. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME   (by Suzannah Doyle )  Composed: 1908
Old Timey piano version of this classic Baseball song. 2008 is the 100-year anniversary of this long-standing part of American culture. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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AH, MARIE   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
Italian Accordion Favorite, Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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MADELON   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
Happy accordion solo, Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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BRANDISI   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
Italian Accordion Solo (Verdi), Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk, Giuseppe Verdi
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BLACKBERRY BLOSSOM   (by Jonathan Geer )  Composed: 2010
A fast, energetic traditional bluegrass tune with violin, guitar and bass. Do si do, swing your partner. Lively Fiddle Bluegrass Folk Guitar Violin Bass Upbeat Energetic Fun Happy Excited Joyful Down Home Traditional Americana Rustic Rugged Rough Country Lively -- great fun, swinging, wholesome. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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ALOUETTE   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
French Canadien Cafe Accordion, Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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RED LION HORNPIPE   (by Jonathan Geer )  Composed: 2010
A traditional New England folk tune arranged for violin, bass and harpsichord. Has a rugged classical feeling. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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FRENCH BLUE VALSE (JAZZ ACCORDION MUSETTE SOLO)   (by Kepha Peter Martin )  Composed: 2003
Jazz Accordion Musette solo, Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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AMAZING GRACE   (by Dynamite Chick Publishing )
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DIAMONDS AND GOLD   (by Purple Mountain )  Composed: 2008
Strong mid tempo contemporary folk piece with acoustic instruments. This crystalline recording is great for a folksy backwoods Video Tv and more, Male Vocals, Sound-Alikes Music, Bob Dylan Soundalikes
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AHYAZIN   (by Kepha Peter Martin )  Composed: 2008
Charming & Sinewy Accordion Melody, Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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BEROYZKA (LITTLE BIRCH)   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
Beautiful Russian Accordion Waltz, Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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BLUE WALTZ   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
Warm & Melodic Accordion Melody, Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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GREEK SLOW DANCE (VARIATION)   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
Greek Accordion Favorite, Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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FINNISH WALTZ   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
Solo World Accordion, Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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LANTERN SONG   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
Simple Chinese melody on solo accordion, Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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IMAYO   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
Japanese Folk Accordion solo, Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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GREEK NATIONAL ANTHEM   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
Greek Accordion Favorite, Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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LITHUANIAN FOLKSONG   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
Lithuanian Accordion Solo, Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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EIN ZWEI ZOPPA   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
Nice German accordian waltz, Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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HIGHWAY MAN   (by Jeremy Sherman )  Composed: 2009
Acoustic folk with an English, Irish feel. Can also be mid-west America. Great as background music for drama, film, TV and other media. Multiple guitars and dobro. Earthly, live, folky. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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EARLY SPRING   (by Jeremy Sherman )  Composed: 2009
Gentle, folky, with acoustic guitars and sparse piano on the middle 8. Atmospheric, earthly, great for media use. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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