Questions tagged [folk]

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

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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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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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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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seeking to identify popular folk song “when the darkness of the night begins to show / streetlight always says hello”

In the 1970s, I lived in a strict religious communal organization, part of the Jesus People Movement, in which we sang (as it now seems) all the time. We sang spontaneously, a capella --- never used a ...
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In the folk song “The Wild Rover,” how did the narrator get the money he has in the tavern?

In the Irish folk song "The Wild Rover," the narrator has been spending his money on beer for a long time, many years (and maybe living nomadically). He regrets this very much and resolves ...
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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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Is there a term for this style of ethnic European folk song?

The style features verses that are slow, sometimes speeding up, but ending with a rallentando and often a fermata, then going into a chorus that begins slowly (sometimes very slowly) with a gradual ...
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What do these lyrics in “Angeline the Baker” mean?

In the song "Angeline the Baker," the lyrics go: Angeline the baker, age of 43 Fed her sugar candy, but she still won't marry me What does "fed her sugar candy" mean? Is it referring to sweet ...
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What kind of instrument/synthesizer did Finntroll use for 2012's “Under Bergets Rot”?

I'm currently on an adventure to find the best folk/black metal bands in Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. I have just come across the wonderful band Finntroll, which describes their music as "...
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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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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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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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identify 1970s folk song “when the darkness of the night begins to show / streetlight always says hello”

In the 1970s, I lived in a strict religious communal organization, part of the Jesus People Movement, in which we sang (as it now seems) all the time. We sang spontaneously, a capella --- never used a ...
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Were royalties paid in the USA folk scene in the 60's? — The Bob Dylan example

Taking as an example the Bob Dylan album released in 1962 by Columbia, how likely is it that the fees for covering famous folk songs were paid and that original authors actually received the fees? For ...