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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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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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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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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 Music, 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 Music, Traditional Folk
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HOLIDAY SLEEVES   (by Rick DellaRatta )  Composed: 2010
A Swinging take on the classic "Greensleeves." Latin feel. Melody and solo on Piano. Sounds like Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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MORNING RAIN   (by Aaron Saloman )  Composed: 2006
Upbeat fingerstyle acoustic tune with banjo & lonesome slide guitar. Outdoors (plowing, fishing, hunting), travel documentary, history, bluegrass underscore. 1930s 1940s 1950s folksy picking on the porch, the general store, rural themes, western, TV music, The Ponderosa, mending fences, campfires. Instrumental, Folk Music, 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 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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TRADITIONAL IRISH TUNE   (by Daniel Cullen )  Composed: 2011
Beautiful and slightly sad Irish folk tune with harp, fiddle and pipes. Very wistful and nostalgic. Would be used in drama for scenes of traditional Irish life. Drinking Guinness and Whisky, pastoral countryside. American cop shows with Irish Connections. Documentary and TV Adverts. 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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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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AZK IM PARABANTZ   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
Solo Cafe Accordion, Instrumental, Folk Music, 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 Music, Traditional Folk
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SHE'LL BE COMIN' ROUND THE MOUNTAIN ORCHESTRAL   (by Erik Haddad )  Composed: 2009
A fun orchestral arrangement of the American folk classic "She'll Be Comin Round The Mountain". Great for everything from children's to historical productions. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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SWEET BETSY FROM PIKE   (by Paul & Margie )
Most Popular American Folk Songs, Mixed Vocals, 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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TA RA RA BOOM   (by Dewey Dellay )
traditional Ta Ra Ra Boom dee ray song instrumental, clarinet, flute, accordion, tuba, march drum, 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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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 Music, Traditional Folk
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THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN   (by Paul & Margie )
Classic American folk song, Mixed Vocals, 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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CHILDGROVE   (by Jonathan Geer )  Composed: 2010
A dark, traditional english folk tune arranged for bass, guitar, violin and bells. Haunting cinematic lullaby. Folk Fiddle Lullaby Sad Guitar Bass Acoustic Bells Celeste, Soulful Traditional, Minor key, Lonely Mysterious Fantasy. Movie Trailer, Film Credits. Heartbreaking, traditional soundtrack. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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DANNY BOY   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
Modern Jazz accordion rendition of an old standard, Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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QUIET TIMES   (by Steve Dafoe )  Composed: 2006
Don't we all want quiet....no sound while watching mindless TV... When you have had enough of Modern Life especially the noise, Male Vocals, 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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DIXIE   (by David Flavin )  Composed: 2014
Dixie theme (popular American theme of the south) performed on a tack piano with an old time saloon style feel. Anthem of the Confederacy with the lyrics I wish I was in the land of cotton, look away dixie land. 2 versions are available, one with simply piano and one with added drums and tuba. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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ST. PATRICK'S DAY GUITAR JIG   (by Larry Folk )  Composed: 1995
This is a Traditional Irish fiddle tune that I arranged for guitar with new variations. It's a lively polka that will help set the mood for a green beer or a pint O' Guiness. I had to alter the tuning of the strings in order to get the runs I needed. Happy St Patrick's Day! Top O'the mornin to ya! Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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MICHAEL, ROW THE BOAT ASHORE   (by Paul & Margie )
Most Popular American Folk Songs, Mixed Vocals, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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THE CHILDREN   (by Steve Dafoe )  Composed: 2004
My kids will do better...Hope the future of planet earth is good, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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500 MILES   (by Paul & Margie )
Most Popular American Folk Songs, Female Vocals, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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GALLOWS AT SUNSET   (by Mario Pompetti )  Composed: 2009
Slow folkish guitar track, waiting for the gallows is theme of track great for many uses. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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FOLK SONG OF INDIA 2   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
East Indian Accordion Solo, Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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WON'T YOU STAY   (by Steve Dafoe )  Composed: 2003
The realization that it's over but it never hurts to ask "Won't You Stay"! Lyrical themes are Unrequited Love, Regret, Sadness, Depression, Anguish, Desperation, Broken Hearts, Wishing to be in Love, Loneliness and the Frustration of it all. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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NEVER KNEW YOU AT ALL   (by Steve Dafoe )  Composed: 2004
A Sad and Sentimental Acoustic Ballad. ABC TV licensed this song for the "Secret Lives Of Women" .."American Brothel Series". Just the tale of a stronger personality in a relationship and how love goes away. Lyrical themes are Frustration, loneliness, Sadness, Being in Love and Devotion. Male Vocals, 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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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 Music, Traditional Folk
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EXPECTATIONS   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
Russian Jewish Accordion Waltz, Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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THE WABASH CANNONBALL   (by Paul & Margie )
Most Popular American Folk Songs, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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BUBLITCHKI   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
Accordion Village Dance, 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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SHE'LL BE COMING AROUND THE MOUNTAIN   (by Adagio Music )  Composed: 1890
Here's the traditional American folk song done with flair in the old saloon style piano playing. The piece has a grand authentic western feel with the wood block percussion and a strumming uke. 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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FINSKA VALSEN   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
Solo World Accordion, Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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MEXICAN HAT DANCE GUITAR   (by Bobby Cole )  Composed: 2014
Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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SOLDIERS JOY   (by Bernard Wrigley )  Composed: 2011
A traditional, fast paced jolly tune, often used for barn dances, and ceilidhs. Ultra catchy, very hummable. Played on three English Wheatstone concertinas, including a very rare contra-bass. Usable with or without the middle section. Ideal theme tune for children's programmes, circus events. 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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GREEK NATIONAL ANTHEM   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
Greek Accordion Favorite, Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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JOHN HENRY   (by Paul & Margie )
Most Popular American Folk Songs, Male Vocals, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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DIXIE (TACK PIANO)   (by David Flavin )  Composed: 2014
Dixie theme (popular American theme of the south) performed on a tack piano with an old time saloon style feel. Anthem of the Confederacy with the lyrics I wish I was in the land of cotton, look away dixie land. 2 versions are available, one with simply piano and one with added drums and tuba. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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