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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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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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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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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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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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TOO LONG   (by Steve Dafoe )  Composed: 2005
When love is taken for granted. Male Vocals, 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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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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MICHAEL, ROW THE BOAT ASHORE   (by Paul & Margie )
Most Popular American Folk Songs, Mixed Vocals, 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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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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EXPECTATIONS   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
Russian Jewish Accordion Waltz, 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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THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN   (by Paul & Margie )
Classic American folk song, Mixed Vocals, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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LA CUCARACHA PIANO   (by Bobby Cole )  Composed: 2014
Instrumental, 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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BLUE WALTZ   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
Warm & Melodic Accordion Melody, Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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POKE-A   (by David Flavin/Roland Rudzitis )  Composed: 2010
HEE HAW! !! Polka meets Hoe Down in this wonderful track! Very catchy melodic and well performed polka that works great with all media needs including TV, Film, Web sites and Multi media projects. Happy, uplifting, joyful, hopeful, playful, bouncy, cheerful. Grab your partner dosey doe, Swing around, Instrumental, 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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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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CZARDAS   (by Kepha Peter Martin )  Composed: 1800
Hungarian Accordion, 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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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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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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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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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 Music, 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 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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ALOUETTE   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
French Canadien Cafe Accordion, 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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LA CUCARACHA GUITAR   (by Bobby Cole )  Composed: 2014
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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EIN ZWEI ZOPPA   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
Nice German accordian waltz, Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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MEN OF HARLECH GUITAR   (by Bobby Cole )  Composed: 2014
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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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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HELSTON FURY DANCE (MAIN MIX)   (by Alec Makinson )  Composed: 2011
Old English processional May dance that conjours up warm summer afternoons enjoying this slow-med dance performed by traditional cloggers or Morris dancers. Features tradtional instruments - fiddles, melodeons, bell-sticks, whistle, drums. Also known as 'The Floral Dance'. Main mix & 30sec mix. 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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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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DANNY BOY   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
Modern Jazz accordion rendition of an old standard, 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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GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN   (by Paul & Margie )
Rousing folk music, Mixed Vocals, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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GREEK SLOW DANCE (VARIATION)   (by Kepha Peter Martin )
Greek Accordion Favorite, Instrumental, 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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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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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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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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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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GREEN SLEEVE   (by Peter Roe )  Composed: 2012
This is famous traditional folk song. Boosted with epicness. This is one of the best modern versions out there. Great for commercials, trailers or movies. Instrumental, Folk Music, Traditional Folk
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