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Traditional and Folk Music

Ethnic folk music is a term for musical folklore. It has been defined in several ways; as music transmitted by word of mouth, music of the lower classes, music with no known composer. It has been contrasted with commercial and classical styles.

There are 29 videos in this category and 53 videos in 6 subcategories.

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Tico Tico (tango music) played by Dermot Byrne (Irish accordion)
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Dermot Byrne from County Donegal, Ireland, now a member of Altan, is regarded as one of Ireland's finest-ever button accordion players. Here he plays a tango piece, "Tico Tico."  Run time 03:48
October 5, 2010 at 04:13 PM
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Appalachian Journey
From folkstreams.net, produced by Mike Dibb, Penny Forster
This 58 minute video is a recording of Alan Lomax as he travels through the Southern Appalachians investigating the songs, dances, and religious rituals of the descendents of the Scotch-Irish frontiers people who have made the mountains their home fo... [more]
June 26, 2011 at 12:47 PM
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Pete Seeger  "Forever Young"
From YouTube, produced by Martin Lewis & Mark Hudson
At 92 years old, Pete Seeger’s version of “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan. Hounded by the McCarthy anti-communists in the 1950′s, the grandfather of modern folk music. Ironically, driving Pete Seeger underground spawned the interest of a whole generati... [more]
April 20, 2012 at 03:38 PM
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Pete Seeger - The Water is Wide
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Believed to be either an English or Scottish folk song, "The Water is Wide" originated around the 1600's. Originally Oh Waly Waly, about Lady Barbara Erskine, daughter of the 9th Earl of Mar. Married the 2nd Marquis of Douglas in 1670, but falsley ... [more]
April 20, 2012 at 03:49 PM
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Leadbelly ---- Good Night Irene.wmv
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In 1918 musician Leadbelly was imprisoned in Texas for murder. According to tradition he won his early release in 1925 by singing a song for the governor of Texas. Leadbelly was imprisoned again, for attempted murder, in 1930. There he was “discover... [more]
April 20, 2012 at 04:09 PM
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Weavers - Goodnight Irene
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Just a bit of research on the Weavers will clue you in on how popular they were, how important to the development of what became 'folk music', and what they suffered, labeled communists and blacklisted, unable to perform. Their catalog on Decca wa... [more]
April 20, 2012 at 04:05 PM
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"Tennessee Stud" played by Doc Watson and Jack Lawrence
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Doc Watson and Jack Lawrence perform "Tennessee Stud." From the DVD "Legends of Flatpicking Guitar."  [4:04] More about Folk Music for Teachers http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/folk.html
June 19, 2012 at 05:39 PM
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Doc Watson's Musical Influence
From YouTube, produced by Wayne Martin N.C. Arts Council
Wayne Martin, executive director, N.C. Arts Council, recalls Doc Watson's influence on him as a young musician, drawing him to the North Carolina mountains to hear traditional music firsthand. Martin says Watson's unparalleled technical skill was s... [more]
June 19, 2012 at 05:30 PM
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Doc and Rosa Lee Watson's Musical Relationship
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Wayne Martin, executive director, N.C. Arts Council, recalls Doc Watson's longtime relationship with his wife, Rosa Lee, who taught their son Merle how to play the guitar. [1:20]
June 19, 2012 at 05:25 PM
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Doc Watson's Musical Legacy
From YouTube, produced by Wayne Martin N.C. Arts Council
Wayne Martin, executive director, N.C. Arts Council, describes how Doc Watson set the standard for virtuoso acoustic guitar, how he embodied the music of western North Carolina, the traditions he kept alive and the legacy that remains in the form of ... [more]
June 19, 2012 at 05:28 PM
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