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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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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, Traditional Folk
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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, 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, 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, Traditional Folk
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AMAZING GRACE   (by Dynamite Chick Publishing )  Composed: 2010
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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, 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, 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, Traditional Folk
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MY GRANDFATHER'S CLOCK   (by Mark Knox )  Composed: 1876
An orchestral version of the timely and recognizable song by Henry Clay is popular in many cultures as a children’s song and folk/bluegrass standard. This version is a fun pops orchestra treatment well suited for commercials, a children’s theme or documentary. And of course, kids will love it too. Instrumental, Folk, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, Traditional Folk
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JOCK O HAZELDEAN   (by Chris Angel )  Composed: 2015
Moving folk song about lost love. Male vocals and elegant guitar. Would work over historical pieces or period pieces. Perfect for settings in forest or fields. Scottish ballad song. Male Vocals, Folk, 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, Traditional Folk
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DZHOLOMYGA PATTERN 02   (by The Cradle )  Composed: 2006
The Dzholomyga (or Dvodentsivka) is a woodwind musical instrument. It differs from the true sopilka in that the dentsivka has a fipple, like the western European recorder. It is thus classified as a duct flute. Two dentsivkas are joined together into one which is called Dvodentsivka, or Dzholomyga, Instrumental, Folk, 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, 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, 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, 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, Traditional Folk
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LYRE PATTERN 01 (WITH BOURDONS) - STEREO SPREAD   (by The Cradle )  Composed: 2015
Lyre is the old traditional instrument of Slavic nations. It was also widely used in medieval Europe. It’s often called a Wheel Lyre or Hurdy Gurdy. Lyre performance school as well as bandura/kobza one is outlined in a separate musical tradition of performance. Instrumental, Folk, Traditional Folk
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LYRE PATTERN 05 (WITH BOURDONS)   (by The Cradle )  Composed: 2015
Lyre is the old traditional instrument of Slavic nations. It was also widely used in medieval Europe. It’s often called a Wheel Lyre or Hurdy Gurdy. Lyre performance school as well as bandura/kobza one is outlined in a separate musical tradition of performance. Instrumental, Folk, European Folk
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THE PARTING GLASS   (by Chris Angel )  Composed: 2015
Traditional song of farewell and parting. Great for funerals or wakes and saying goodbye to loved ones. Strong emotional beat. Historical piece with symbolic and gentle lyrics. Evokes feelings of nostalgia. Male Vocals, Folk, Traditional Folk
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FOLKSY CONSORT   (by Mark Knox )  Composed: 2014
Imagine an acoustic performance at the local town hall or church by the local musicians who play ukulele, bass flute, violin, upright bass and washboard. This track is right from such a performance. Perfect for a folksy underscore, commercial cue, background music or movie trailer. Instrumental, Folk, Appalachian 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, Traditional Folk
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LEAVE HER JOHNNY   (by Chris Angel )  Composed: 2015
Farewell song from a sailor. Modern take on a traditional sea shanty. Ideal for period pieces or scenes taking place upon the sea or boats. Possible for play when returning to land after a long naval trip or sea journey. Male Vocals, Folk, 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, Traditional Folk
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AH, MARIE   (by Kepha Peter Martin )  Composed: 2008
Italian Accordion Favorite, Instrumental, Folk, Traditional Folk
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MADELON   (by Kepha Peter Martin )  Composed: 2006
Happy accordion solo, Instrumental, Folk, Traditional Folk
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BRANDISI   (by Kepha Peter Martin )  Composed: 2008
Italian Accordion Solo (Verdi), Instrumental, Folk, 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, Traditional Folk
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ALOUETTE   (by Kepha Peter Martin )  Composed: 2008
French Canadien Cafe Accordion, Instrumental, Folk, 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, 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, Traditional Folk
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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, Soundalikes, Bob Dylan
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AHYAZIN   (by Kepha Peter Martin )  Composed: 2008
Charming & Sinewy Accordion Melody, Instrumental, Folk, Traditional Folk
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BEROYZKA (LITTLE BIRCH)   (by Kepha Peter Martin )  Composed: 2006
Beautiful Russian Accordion Waltz, Instrumental, Folk, Traditional Folk
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BLUE WALTZ   (by Kepha Peter Martin )  Composed: 2006
Warm & Melodic Accordion Melody, Instrumental, Folk, Traditional Folk
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HERO FOR OUR SOULS - INSTRUMENTAL   (by Philip Shorey )  Composed: 2006
Celebration is the key to enjoying life! Here is a track that will lift your spirit and remind you of the times that you triumphed over hard times and struggles. The track is played loosely, and lively with folk instruments taking advantage of their free spirit. Instrumental, Folk, Traditional Folk
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AFTER THE STORM   (by Derek McCorkell )  Composed: 2015
Mid Tempo Celtic music track featuring a variety of Traditional Celtic music instruments. Instrumental, Folk, Traditional Folk
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HOME   (by Paul Reece )  Composed: 2013
Upbeat, festive, mid-fast tempo Contemporary Folk instrumental with acoustic guitars. Fitting for soundtracks, backgrounds and themes like celebrating, dancing in a nature setting, or traveling in the back country. (Cohen Brothers, O Brother Where Art Thou), Instrumental, Folk, Traditional Folk
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CERVEZA   (by Paul Reece )  Composed: 2013
Upbeat, confident, festive Folk instrumental with acoustic guitar and mandolin. Fitting for themes like celebrating, drinking, history and biographies, and indie/comedy. Instrumental, Folk, Traditional Folk
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JOY   (by Paul Reece )  Composed: 2013
Light, campy and dynamic instrumental rendition with acoustic guitar. Fitting for themes like romance, traveling, country-side landscapes and more. Instrumental, Folk, Traditional Folk
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