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Bob Dylan wrote a song called "Visions of Johanna" in 1965. Joan Baez was at the concert the first time he performed the song publicly and believed the lyrics referred to her. Presumably she is referring to herself in her song


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That's the old English carol "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," one of my own personal favorites. This is a bluegrass version. It more commonly sounds faintly medieval, probably because of being written in the Aeolian mode (natural minor), where the seventh is a whole-step below the octave, rather than the more modern half-step. The same mode is often found ...


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I think the interpretation of these lyrics is still somewhat open and that's partly why people like this song so much. I think they can be taken in the context of the time period, the 60s. Using this time in the US there were two major issues that people protested about, civil liberties and war. So the first line questions when is a man not a man. In terms ...


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Bluegrass is a sub-genre of Country Music with characteristics that differentiate it from mainstream Country: The instrumentation is purely 'string band' based: Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle and Upright Bass. There is more emphasis on an 'acoustic' sound. The music is more free and the structures are more complex. Elements of other styles like Jazz or ...


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"Dirty folk" does not seem to be a term in wide or common use. The "dirty blues", however, is an old and well-established subgenre of the blues. It is called "dirty" because it has "dirty" words and/or sexual themes. Based on the link you provided, "dirty folk" is likely the same thing for folk music --folk music with bad language and/or sexual themes. ...


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The history of the various peoples known as "Celts" is long and scholars are not in total agreement about all of it. Today the nations known as 'Celtic' have a living Celtic language spoken in some of that nation's territory (Wales, Scotland, Ireland , Brittany, Cornwall, Isle of Man) or a recent Celtic heritage but no surviving language (Galicia and other ...


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北原白秋(Kitahara Hakushu) received an invitation to a concert of children's song from an elementary school in Niigata prefecture in June 1922. He receiveed a big welcome there from the children and he was ordered to make a song of Niigata from them. He wrote words and asked 中山晋平(Nakayama Shinpei) to compose music for it. It is a song of "Sunayama" and published ...


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I got a fast answer by posting to the Russian Language Stack Exchange as suggested by Angst. The Romanized name of the song is "Shalandy polnye kefali" ("Scows Full of Mullet") by Mark Bernes. The original is available on YouTube here. The translated lyrics are available here.


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"Sponge cake" could well be an allusion to small, significant commodities that which can be mass produced and discarded like a Lamingtons. The words "sponge cake", here could have a similar meaning to the British usage of "trifles" when referring to trivial items. There's no record of the recipe of Lamingtons being sold; this website purports to contain a ...


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Chris' answer notwithstanding, there's an additional 'oddness' to that song... You can think of the song as having two 'choruses' - one in the verse & another in the chorus itself. I think I'd be inclined to call it a Refrain rather than a chorus, if viewed this way - it also echoes Chris' sentiment of it being a call & response song. Oh the ...


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"Greeting" is Scots for crying, so the woeful will cease their crying... Example link explaining


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I can suggest : Cloud Control, an indie rock band from the Blue Mountains (Australia). Georgia Fair, a folk rock band from Sydney. Boy & Bear, folk rock band from Sydney. Check this playlist for more ideas. On lo-fi style The Hawk Moth Records label has published a compilation with various Australian folk artists. As they say in the description: ...


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I've never heard of either of the 2 acts but I will take your word for the relative success of them, but I do have an explanation. About 20 years ago, I saw Alexander O'Neal play as the opening act for British singer Lorraine Cato here in the UK. Now, I don't know if you know much about this type of music, but at that point, Alexander O'Neal had already had ...


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Singer-songwriter Melanie Safka was a 70s folksinger with a quirky, offbeat sensibility. She was most famous for her gospel-influenced Woodstock tribute "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)" and her eccentric, childish hit "Brand New Key." "What Have They Done to My Song, Ma" is a satirical number more in the vein of the latter than the former. Like Pink ...


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Actually, the description for this video says: Music: Russian Folk Music - Russian Winter Searching this on YouTube lead to another video of this song, uploaded by Brandon Fiechter. Here, the description links to this song on a sheet music portal, where the description says: Russian Winter by Brandon Fiechter. Russian folk music about a cold winter in ...


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It's sung by fictive observers, the story teller so you will. Silibrand is just the father's name and he finds his daughter going into the woods to give birth. So he helps her laying his cloak on the ground that she may lay more comfortable. Sadly both boys die and they give their souls to the Gods. Afterwards the mother is going to die too while the father ...


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Found it. "Old Ballymoe," as performed by Cathy Jordan. The narrator is a young man who has never been kissed. He falls for a woman from "Old Ballymoe" but she turns out to be married with six kids. Lyrics here: http://www.countysongs.ie/song/old-ballymoe


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Artist: Skazi Track: Hit 'n' Run Album: Total Anarchy Year: 2006 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Es2g2R1_vgg


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As far as I know, that specific phrase does indeed originate with "Summertime." It's a peculiarity of lullabies that they are intended to comfort infants, and yet many of them deal with dark and morbid themes. In this case, the phrase "rise up singing" is a description of death as a joyful release from life, so the song is really an Ecclesiastes-like ...


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Both acts may have management, production or other business relationships in common. There may also be logistical travel benefits to working together. They may also be friends. I am loosely familiar with both acts that you mention, and a fan of Americana, and there is nothing strange to me about the pairing of these acts.


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In the US, such songs might be entered into a "Old American Songbook" (songs predating 1919 are generally considered too old for the Great American Songbook where libraries limit themselves to 1919 to 1955. Songs after that date are sometimes sorted into a "New American Songbook") Otherwise, many commercial songs that have made it into folk song catalogues ...


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Asking the same question as you, I found the following analysis of Shenandoah on a blog: http://shantiesfromthesevenseas.blogspot.ca/2012/04/115-118-120-shenandoah-series.html It seems to me a more credible argument than the wikipedia article as the blog author recognizes that the sea chanty or shanty is a form that evolves over time and trying to make ...


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The requested lyrics most likely don't exist in the requested format because this song as been released as the B-side of Kentucky 7" vinyl single. It seems it hasn't been released in CD. 7" discs are generally packaged in a simple sleeve that don't have much information so you won't find the lyrics on it. Personally, I've never seen a 7" sleeve with the ...


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It's important to remember that "verse", "chorus" and "bridge" are songwriting conventions. People respond well to that structure, but even in the comparatively regimented world of pop music, not everything perfectly aligns to those categories. Folk music in particular often has much more complex and idiosyncratic structures. Compare "Run, Come See, ...


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More research indicates that the song is a version of Fischer's Hornpipe.


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There is a very nice presentation from Prof. Fergus Kelly on Early Irish Music online here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTme66NdTpc It's pretty comprehensive; also I'd sugest to print out the notes before as he keeps referencing them throughout the talk.


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