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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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THE WEDDING OF SEA   (by Majed Saleh )  Composed: 2014
Traditional Speed and rush, Action and Chasing Scene! 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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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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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 Music, 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 Music, Traditional Folk
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KALINKA   (by Vlad Zakrevsky )
Famous Russian "Kalinka" performed by a native singer Zhenya, and featuring acoustic ensemble. Female 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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OLDFOLKCOUNTRYDANCE ENDING   (by Joel Hunger )  Composed: 2013
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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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 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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KELLIE MAE   (by Alan Fagan )
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 Music, Bluegrass
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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 Music, 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 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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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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THE GOOD OLD WEST   (by Michael Huang )  Composed: 2008
A simple high spirited accoustic guitar piece from the good old west. Slow, Sweet and wonderfully pokey. Sittin' on the porch music, reflecting times past, watching kids play in the yard, or Mom baking apple pie. Song is written to loop. Hard times, dust bowl, dry goods store, 1930s and 1940s. 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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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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LIVE FOR TODAY   (by Steve Dafoe )  Composed: 2005
People live for yesterday and live for the future but it is harder to accept and appreciate what's in front of you today. Dale Carnegie would approve! Male 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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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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