Questions tagged [folk]

For questions about folk music, both traditional as well as contemporary.

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Who is Johanna in this Joan Baez song - The Winds of the Old Days

In this song, The Winds of the Old Days, by Joan Baez, the last stanza is: And get you down to the harbor now Most of the sour grapes are gone from the bough Ghosts of Johanna will visit ...
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Indian spiritual song similar to Donna, Donna

There is an Indian spiritual song that is similar in tune to Donna, Donna. I distinctly remember hearing a similar tune, perhaps in one of the songs by Iskcon. Especially this part: How the winds ...
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The inspiration behind the song: What Have They Done To My Song, Ma

I recently came across this beautiful song, but could find very little about what inspired this song. Any details about what inspired it, any other information about it, would be appreciated.
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End of AVICII's The Nights: Why is the end of the sound wave not centered around zero?

This is the end of AVICII's The Nights (YouTube) viewed in Audacity: Question: Is there a particular purpose for keeping the wave out of the center? I guess it does not change the sound (or at least ...
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What is the name of this music?

I tried to whisper it by mouth and put my recorded file here https://ufile.io/a1yza It's something like: "laaaaaa lala lalalalalala ....... laaaaaa lala lalalalalala"
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Does anyone know examples of old Danish rowing songs?

Some friends of mine told me they were on a trip with an old viking dragonboat when some of the girls started to sing some ancient rowing song. To be able to have some imagination how that might have ...
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Who knows the name of this song?

I am looking for name of this music and it's artist. Thanks! https://ufile.io/bvai5
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Original “Glory To The Sun” Russian folk song used as a theme in Beethoven String Quartet No. 8 and others

In String Quartet No. 8, Beethoven made use of a Russian theme based on the folk song (or hymn) "Glory To The Sun". Other composers also used this song as a theme: Mussorgski in "Boris Gudunov", ...
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Roma 2018 - Alfonso Cuaron - beach wedding song

I'm trying to identify the title of the simple beach wedding music, performed by a local Mexican orchestra in Roma (the great movie on Netflix, Venice festival winner, from Alfonso Cuaron) It is not ...
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Miniature saz-players?

Some time ago I stumbled upon several Youtube videos of two guys playing really tiny saz/baglama-like instruments. I believe they are from East-Turkey or Iran or somewhere in that region. They play ...
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What's the origin of the phrase “Rise Up Singing”?

There's a famous song book called "Rise Up Singing." That expression appears in the lyric of Summertime, from Porgy and Bess. I wonder whether that's the whole story of the phrase (it was created by ...
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Song used on “Maps that Will Change the Way You See Russia” video

Does anybody know what is the name of this music? I find it very interesting. Thanks
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I Riden Så (Ye Ride So Carefully) Interpretation

Hey dear reader - thank you for your time :) Theres lyrics of a song that id love to understand better maybe someone can help me? Gjallarhorn - I Riden Så (Ye Ride So Carefully) https://www.youtube....
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“Are you going to leave me here alone and forsake your own country?”

I'm trying to remember a folk song I heard (recorded, sung by a man with a guitar) as a child. The only part I can remember now is from the refrain, which goes Singing Jimmy, dearest Jimmy, On ...
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Identify traditional Scottish folk song about a kiss

Trying to figure out the name of a traditional Scottish (and not Irish folk song I heard on the Ed Miller radio show last year. I recall it was performed by a woman and I know I found a video of her ...
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What does characterize “dirty” folk?

As different to "normal" folk? Is it so because of "dirty" sounds? Example https://youtu.be/_ILe0_DovlU
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How could Iron and Wine open for Jason Isbell in concert

I recently went to a concert in Canandaigua, NY, in which Iron and Wine opened for Jason Isbell. Iron and Wine seems to be a much more established artist. A quick glance at Wikipedia shows that ...
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Does Asger Hamerik's 6th symphony have any cultural meaning?

I am thinking about using a tune from a relatively obscure symphony for a project (giving credit of course). But I first want to make sure it does not have an existing meaning associated with it. ...
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Name for commercial song which becomes accepted as folk song?

Is there a term for a commercial song, in a folk/roots style, which gets accepted as an authentic folk original ? I'm thinking of a song like The Wheel of the Wagon is Broken. Country/Western Swing ...
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The connection between Kurdish music and the sound of horses galloping?

The characteristic background rhythm of Kurdish music (like this) is very similar to the sound of horses galloping. Given that horses were domesticated by Indo-Europeans, it seems likely there could ...
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What Do The Lyrics Of “O Shenandoah” Refer to?

I've been looking at some arrangements of "O Shenandoah", and am utterly confused about the lyrics. First of all: None make too much sense. I always thought it was about a river, but a good number of ...
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Australian or NZ bands like Mountain Goats, Neutral Milk Hotel, etc.?

I am looking for Australian or New Zealand bands like Mountain Goats, Neutral Milk Hotel, etc.? This may not exist. I am also interested in any bands with a similar sound from other languages or ...
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Lyrics to Jake Bugg song 'Swept Away"

I have seen several different transcriptions of the lyrics to this Jake Bugg song. And I was wondering if anybody had seen a physical copy of the lyrics like sometimes come in the case when you by a ...
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What is the meaning of this line in Loch Lomond?

This verse of Loch Lomond is usually sung as : The wee birdies sing And the wild flowers spring And in sunshine the waters lie sleeping But the broken heart it kens, nae second spring again ...
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Instrumental folk song (possibly Celtic)

Both links below are the same music. I think this music is not played in the piano but rather in a violin or other similar instrument used in Irish or Celtic traditional music. It has a fast tempo ...
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Name of Irish-like Christmas song?

I was watching this video to get some ideas on what to play on an informal Christmas concert. From 0:21 to 0:56 the boy plays a song that sounds quite good. It looks like and Irish song , but I don't ...
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Meaning of “Blowing in the Wind”?

The song Blowing in the Wind has the following lines How many roads must a man walk down Before they call him a man I have no clue what this means How many seas must a white dove sail ...
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Where does the 5th line in Wild Mountan Thyme go?

The song "Wild Mountain Thyme" (or "Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go", "The Blooming/Purple Heather" or any other line you'd like to pull out of it) has this verse/chorus structure: Oh the summer time is ...
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Russian folk song sung in the movie Russkies?

Approximately 30 minutes into the 1987 film "Russkies" the main character, Mischa, sings what I assume to be a Russian folk song. A clip is available on YouTube at this link. Can you name that tune ...
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Are there any records of Woody Guthrie's FBI verses to “Acres of Clams”?

In Pete Seeger's Introduction to Acres of Clams, he states that he and Woody Guthrie once improvised verses to it, including the verse: They asked, "would I fight for my country?" I answered the ...
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Sponge Cake in “True Blue” by John Williamson

In the famous Australian folk song "True Blue" written by John Williamson, he asks "If they sell us out like sponge cake, Do you really care?" Is this referring to anything in particular? For example, ...
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What are the two hornpipes in “Two Hornpipes” from the Pirates of the Caribbean

In the soundtrack to the second Pirates of the Caribbean, there is a track titled "Two hornpipes" (Video). I can only hear one in it, and it sounds rather similar to the Lamplighter's Hornpipe, but ...
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Japanese Folk Song “Sunayama”

There is a Japanese folk song called Sunayama and I think it is very beautiful but I cannot find any reliable information upon it. I know there are a few songs on iTunes of it but pretty much nothing (...
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How the celtic music were evolved? What is the true meaning of 'Celtic'?

I am a very big fan of celtic music and i often listen to them for hours straight. But how did these music evolve, like what are the main occasion for these musics, what purpose these music served etc....