Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
n. 1 any genre of music originating from the ethnic community of a specific region; often not recorded, but passed down orally 2 contemporary music in the style of traditional folk music
Folk music includes both traditional music and the genre that evolved from it during the 20th century folk revival. The term originated in the 19th century but is often applied to music that is older than that. Some types of folk music are also called world music.
Traditional folk music has been defined in several ways: as music transmitted orally, or as music with unknown composers. It has been contrasted with commercial and classical styles. One meaning often given is that of old songs with no known composers; another is music that has been transmitted and evolved by a process of oral transmission or performed by custom over a long period of time.
Starting in the mid-20th century a new form of popular folk music evolved from traditional folk music. This process and period is called the (second) folk revival and reached a zenith in the 1960s. This form of music is sometimes called contemporary folk music or folk revival music to distinguish it from earlier folk forms. Smaller similar revivals have occurred elsewhere in the world at other times, but the term folk music has typically not been applied to the new music created during those revivals. This type of folk music also includes fusion genres such as folk rock, folk metal, electric folk, and others. While contemporary folk music is a genre generally distinct from traditional folk music, in English it shares the same name, and it often shares the same performers and venues as traditional folk music. Even individual songs may be a blend of the two.
Folk Music is the seventh studio album by English acoustic roots duo Show of Hands. After the successes of their 1996 Royal Albert Hall performance and their subsequent album Dark Fields (1997), the duo decided to record a limited edition album featuring the duo's renditions of traditional folk music. It was recorded in September 1998 as a project to connect the band to their roots.
It was released as a limited edition release in late 1998 on the band's own label Hands on Music. It was only released via postal order and at the band's concerts and was not reviewed by music press. It was out of print for many years before being re-released in 2015 as a free download to those on the duo's mailing list.
Usage examples of "folk music".
Telling the story over also helped them to sort it out in their own minds-if what they remembered wasn't exactly what had happened, it was close enough for folk music and government work, as the saying went.
Telling the story over also helped them to sort it out in their own mindsif what they remembered wasnt exactly what had happened, it was close enough for folk music and government work, as the saying went.
I came here to study folk music, and that is what I am going to do!
Two or three days after that, I started to see lost-pet posters around a lot of the places that had come to be my placesNeedle Park, the Central Park West side of The Ramble, the City Lights bar on Lex, a couple of folk music and poetry clubs down in the Village.
I would not even have a clue to who you were except for some research I did, preparing to come here on assignment for the University Music Department to collect folk music.