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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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SWEET BETSY FROM PIKE   (by Paul & Margie )
Most Popular American Folk Songs, Mixed Vocals, 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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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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500 MILES   (by Paul & Margie )
Most Popular American Folk Songs, Female Vocals, 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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EL CONDOR PASO   (by Junko Aono )
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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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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MICHAEL, ROW THE BOAT ASHORE   (by Paul & Margie )
Most Popular American Folk Songs, Mixed Vocals, 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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COUNTRY FIELD   (by Rodrigo Mardones )  Composed: 2011
A beatiful song with acoustic guitars, rhodes keyboard, and drums. a traditional folk sytle music, Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN   (by Paul & Margie )
Rousing folk music, Mixed Vocals, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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PROJECT 85 MASTER   (by Michael Gaughan )  Composed: 2014
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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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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THE WATER IS WIDE   (by Paul & Margie )
Most Popular American Folk Songs, Female Vocals, 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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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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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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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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JESSIE JAMES   (by Paul & Margie )
Most Popular American Folk Songs, Mixed Vocals, 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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HUSH LITTLE BABY   (by Amy Elizabeth Wheeler )
Warm and playful, this classic lullaby is one of the best-loved in the genre. Female vocal and guitar sounds like Joan Baez/Alison Kraus. Perfect for film & TV underscore, documentaries, ad campaigns for products that help you sleep, children’s clothing, diapers, formula, baby food. Female Vocals, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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ALL MY TRIALS   (by Paul & Margie )
Most Popular American Folk Songs, Female Vocals, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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HARD TIMES   (by Paul & Margie )
Most Popular American Folk Songs, Mixed Vocals, 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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MOTHERLESS CHILD   (by Paul & Margie )
Most Popular American Folk Songs, Female Vocals, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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POOR WAYFARIN' STRANGER   (by Paul & Margie )
Most Popular American Folk Songs, Female Vocals, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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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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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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ALBASIL BABIKIR   (by Funoon Sha'abiya )  Composed: 2012
Mixed Vocals, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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THE OLD BAR ENTERTAINER   (by Jay Marsman )
A lo-fi version with bar sounds of the famous rag: 'The Entertainer' from Scott Joplin. Good for silent film, slapstick, wild west etc. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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I AM A RIVER   (by Bill Leslie )  Composed: 2006
vocal, lyrical, lush, spiritual, quest, heartwarming, reassuring, tranquil, heroic, resilient, pastoral, peaceful, uplifting, kind, compassionate, romantic, prismatic, journey, goodness, grace, heavenlike, heartfelt, heartscape, hopeful, kind, curative. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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FLOWING MOUNTAIN STREAM   (by Bobby & Leslie Sahlen )  Composed: 2013
A cleverly written and emotionally stirring song story in which we're left unsure whether the singer protagonist is returning to his favorite fishing spot to reminisce or take his own life. A powerful love song in solo 12 string acoustic guitar vocal presentation. Male Vocals, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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FROG LEGS RAG   (by Jay Marsman )  Composed: 2010
An old sounding version of the famous rag: 'Frog Legs Rag' from James Scott. Good for wild west, silent film, slapstick etc. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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RAGGLE TAGGLE LOVER   (by Adla Hannon )  Composed: 2009
**Vintage** Bluesy song about a man who all the women fall for. Male vocals and a great blue guitar riff make for a dark sound, Male Vocals, 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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AMAZING GRACE   (by Dynamite Chick Publishing )
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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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AH, MARIE   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
Italian Accordion Favorite, 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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AHYAZIN   (by Kepha Peter Martin )  Composed: 2008
Charming & Sinewy Accordion Melody, 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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TOO LONG   (by Steve Dafoe )  Composed: 2005
When love is taken for granted. 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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OH TO BE A GYPSY   (by Adla Hannon )  Composed: 2009
Upbeat Folk song about a man who is trying to find his place in life. Features male vocals and a bright acoustic guitar, Male Vocals, 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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