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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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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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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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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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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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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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AMAZING GRACE   (by Dynamite Chick Publishing )  Composed: 2010
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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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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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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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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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SIDESTEP   (by Patrick Williams )  Composed: 2012
This jazz oriented folk song is up tempo with charlie brown like bass and piano lines and electric guitar accompaniment. The rhythm is a finger picked acoustic guitar with drums entering the picture after the first third of the song. It has a great Nick Drake quality. 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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GREEN BELT   (by Hanjo Gabler )  Composed: 2014
Folksy Cue with calm and carefree character. Accordeon, Guitar, Rhodes and Contrabass. Have a listen to this stunning piece of music. It's handmade and warm. Instrumental, Folk, 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, Traditional Folk
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THE SHETLAND HIGHLAND - FULL   (by Paul Gelsomine )  Composed: 2014
A lush blend of powerful Scottish bagpipes, tin whistle, and fiddle evoke a warm Scottish / Irish feeling, bringing a hauntingly real element to this cue. Traditional percussion elements and a false ending add to the suspense and drama. Ideal for film, TV, travel, nature, adventure, documentary. Instrumental, Folk, Traditional Folk
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THE TRIBES ARE CROSSING   (by Vincent Moretto )  Composed: 2014
A memorable world fusion song with huge european and asian folkloric influences. Feature a wide string orchestra, whistles and percussions. Fits travel videos, scenes of nature, historical themes, heroic-fantasy genres or anything from imaginary & conceptual universes. Instrumental, Folk, Traditional Folk
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BABEL   (by Majed Saleh )  Composed: 2014
Folkloric iraqian music can be used many ways, it has a kind of ethnic rhythmic that can move the listener, Instrumental, Folk, Traditional Folk
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THE WEDDING OF SEA   (by Majed Saleh )  Composed: 2014
Traditional Speed and rush, Action and Chasing Scene! Instrumental, 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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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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KALINKA   (by Vlad Zakrevsky )  Composed: 2013
Famous Russian "Kalinka" performed by a native singer Zhenya, and featuring acoustic ensemble. Female Vocals, 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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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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HAPPY TRAVELLING   (by Hanjo Gabler )  Composed: 2014
This is Bavaria in Germany close or in Munich having a relaxing time with traditional folk. Tuba, Horns and Piano with Glockenspiel. Have a listen to this stunning piece of music. Instrumental, Folk, Traditional Folk
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MARIA BAVARIA   (by Hanjo Gabler )  Composed: 2014
This is Bavaria in Germany close or in Munich having a relaxing time with traditional folk. Tuba, Horns, Coprs and Accordeon with Glockenspiel. Have a listen to this stunning piece of music. Instrumental, Folk, Traditional Folk
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GREEN BELT   (by Hanjo Gabler )  Composed: 2014
Folksy Cue with waltz and movement. That's the picture of this sound. It is named by an isle in the northern sea of Germany. Accordeon, Guitar, Piano and Contrabass. Have a listen to this stunning piece of music. It's handmade and warm. 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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KELLIE MAE   (by Alan Fagan )  Composed: 2013
This is an old time slow, melancholy country waltz played on acoustic guitar, mandolin, upright bass and harmonicas. Traditional country band style, authentic live performance. It would also fit nicely in a documentary about the old American west, the Ozarks, Appalachia, the Great Plains, or cowboys, Instrumental, Country, Bluegrass
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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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SCARBOROUGH FAIR   (by DJBonseye )  Composed: 2007
An adaptation of a classic British traditional folk song with new contemporary but timeless lyrics. A beautiful love ballad about true loves separated in foreign lands destined to be together. Featuring classical acoustic guitar and female vocals suitable for romantic wedding proposal scene, Female Vocals, Folk, Traditional Folk
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SWEET WHOLESOME JOYFUL HOLIDAY: FOLKSY COMMERCIAL   (by Stephan Lindsjo )  Composed: 2014
This sweet happy feeling good track is played with ukulele and bass. It has a cheerful warm melody, nice playful bass which help to get the rich tone of an old acoustic folk song with a relaxed holiday emotion. This is an optimistic emotional folk country song for happy children, sweet commercial. Instrumental, Folk, Traditional Folk
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SIMPLE GIFTS   (by Ethereal Motion )  Composed: 2012
An arrangement by Mark Hayes of a Shaker song written in 1828.   Originally written by Joseph Brackett. Arranged for solo soprano voice and piano accompaniment, this is a lively and tuneful dance into Americana.   This particular arrangement allows for some lovely soaring soprano moments. Female Vocals, Dramatic, Whimsical Music
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AMAZING SAXY GRACE   (by Ethereal Motion )  Composed: 2013
This iconic Christian hymn has a slightly different flavor with the alto sax melody and acoustic piano. Solemn and sparse, it evokes a peaceful gospel vibe.  One of the most recognizable songs in the English speaking world, this arrangement is very introspectively done without much embellishment. Instrumental, Folk, Traditional Folk
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AMAZING GRACE   (by Ethereal Motion )  Composed: 2012
This iconic Christian Hymn is arranged by Jay Althouse for solo soprano voice and piano, and written by John Newton.   One of the most recognizable songs in the English speaking world, this arrangement is very introspectively done without too much embellishment of the melody. Female Vocals, Folk, Traditional Folk
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