folk adj. of, originating among, or having to do with the common people, who transmit the general culture of the group through succeeding generations. -ery suffix forming nouns meaning "place for, art of, collection of," from M.E. -erie, from L. -arius.
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Begin Song One Again, Hank

Begin Song One Again, Hank

This and the following years will be eventful for us folkies. Who wouldn’t be excited to have a bunch of singer-songwriter movies coming our way? The first one out, from director John Carney who gave us the award-winning movie Once, was well-received by viewers. Begin Again stars Keira Knightley as a musician left on her...
Free Download: The Parmesans' New LP, Flat Baroque

Free Download: The Parmesans’ New LP, Flat Baroque

Name your price! Here’s a brand new LP available for free download: The Parmesans’ LP, Flat Baroque. The first time I listened to this album, it felt like I was living in the 50s. Well I’m a Parmesans newbie so I didn’t know what to expect. To describe this band and their music in one...
The Careful Ones

The Careful Ones

Running out of Bon Iver tracks? Then add The Careful Ones to your playlist. An indie-folk band from Lakeland, Florida, The Careful Ones are Joshua Robinson, Benji Bussell, Steele Strader, Stephen Howell and Jon Santana. So far they have released one album from 2011 (Moths, Flames, Etc.) and two singles. Listen to Paper Knees below:...
Help Raise Funds for The Ballad of Shirley Collins

Help Raise Funds for The Ballad of Shirley Collins

A Kickstarter campaign has been started by Burning Bridges & Fifth Column Films to make a feature documentary called The Ballad of Shirley Collins. The film will be a lyrical response to the life and works of Shirley Collins who was a central figure to the folk revival of the 60s, and 70s. As of...
New Music Video: Róisín O - Hold On

New Music Video: Róisín O – Hold On

I feel the need to praise two works of art in this post. Last night I was sent a preview of Irish singer Róisín O’s music video for her upcoming song Hold On. With only a short text to introduce me to this new artist from Dublin, I didn’t have any expectations. So I put...
Playlist: NEW Indie Folk

Playlist: NEW Indie Folk

Here are eleven amazing indie folk tracks as compiled by rbieze, all released in 2013. My favorite group Travis is included as well as this big dollop of joy, Les Enfants’ Celeste. The Tracklist: Celeste – Les Enfants The Breach – Dustin Tebbutt Lazerburn – Jesse Woods Shake – The Head and the Heart Young...
Hey! Ho!

Hey! Ho!

Let the Lumineers illuminate! My sister and I were watching MYX last night and, in contrast to what they say about MTV these days, it still shows music videos. We tuned in to their easy listening program and after three rather unremarkable songs from very popular singers/boy band, this video was played: As the guitar...
Away in a Manger

Away in a Manger

This song confused me seriously. At the time, my sister was looking for a Christmas carol to sing at their office’s Christmas celebration. We decided to look for a simple soft song to go with her simple soft voice. I started with the Christmas albums we had and made a list of the songs she...
Kudyapi Master Samaon Sulaiman

Kudyapi Master Samaon Sulaiman

As a follow-up to the previous post about kudyapi (2-stringed lute), I give you the master himself, Manlilikha ng Bayan Samaon Sulaiman, a folk music artist from Maganoy, Maguindanao. He was awarded the Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan (National Living Treasure Award) in 1993. As envisioned under R.A. 7355, “Manlilikha ng Bayan” shall mean a...