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Pop stardom is not very compelling. I'm much more interested in a relationship between performer and audience that is of equals. I came up through folk music, and there's no pomp and circumstance to the performance. There's no, like, 'I'll be the rock star, you be the adulating fan.'
Ani DiFranco

Meaning of "folk music" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF FOLK MUSIC

folk music play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF FOLK MUSIC

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Folk music is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES FOLK MUSIC MEAN IN ENGLISH?

folk music

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 by mouth, as music of the lower classes, and 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 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.

Definition of folk music in the English dictionary

The definition of folk music in the dictionary is any music composed in the idiom of this oral tradition.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE FOLK MUSIC

folk
folk art
folk dance
folk dancing
folk etymology
folk hero
folk medicine
folk memory
folk singer
folk singing
folk song
folk story
folk tale
folk weave
folk wisdom
folk-dance
folk-rock
Folkestone
Folketing
folkie

WORDS THAT END LIKE FOLK MUSIC

absolute music
art music
background music
chamber music
classical music
country music
dance music
electronic music
gospel music
House music
music
piano music
pop music
popular music
rap music
rock music
sheet music
soul music
swing music
theme music
world music

Synonyms and antonyms of folk music in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «folk music» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF FOLK MUSIC

Find out the translation of folk music to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of folk music from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «folk music» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

民间音乐
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

música folk
570 millions of speakers

English

folk music
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

लोक संगीत
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مُوسِيقَى شَعْبِيَّة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

народная музыка
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

música folclórica
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

লোক সঙ্গীত
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

musique folklorique
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

muzik rakyat
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Volksmusik
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

フォークミュージック
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

민속 음악
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Musik rakyat
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

nhạc dân gian
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

நாட்டுப்புற இசை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

लोक संगीत
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Halk Müziği
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

musica popolare
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

muzyka ludowa
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

фольклорна музика
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

muzică populară
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

παραδοσιακή μουσική
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

volksmusiek
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

folkmusik
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

folkemusikk
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of folk music

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «FOLK MUSIC»

The term «folk music» is quite widely used and occupies the 33.472 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «FOLK MUSIC» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about folk music

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10 QUOTES WITH «FOLK MUSIC»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word folk music.
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Sam Barry
Music was in the air when I was growing up. My siblings Katy, Dave and Phil were musical; my dad worked in inner-city New York where a musical revolution was taking place - folk music, rock n' roll, gospel music. My sister taught me to sing. My brothers taught me to play.
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Jez Butterworth
I do notice that I spend a lot of all my time steeped in different forms of myth, such as English folk music, for example, not really studying it necessarily, but just trying to experience it so I can recall it later.
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Max Casella
Growing up, I didn't really like folk music - I wasn't a fan of Bob Dylan. I grew up mostly listening to rap and hip-hop; it was this new form of music.
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Justin Chon
To be honest, I'm really into folk music, and I love Big Phony. I like Priscilla Ahn, and yeah, I really support Asian-American artists.
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Ani DiFranco
Pop stardom is not very compelling. I'm much more interested in a relationship between performer and audience that is of equals. I came up through folk music, and there's no pomp and circumstance to the performance. There's no, like, 'I'll be the rock star, you be the adulating fan.'
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Lonnie Donegan
I always thought I was singing American folk music.
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Alison Goldfrapp
There's not that much English folk music that is really that appealing.
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Ellie Goulding
I'm obsessed with the countryside: woods, forests, fields, lakes, mountains. I'm really into folk music and folklore. But more so I'm into electronic music. I'm into bands that have both aspects, like Boards of Canada is a perfect example. You could listen to that type of music running through a woods. It's kind of what I wanted to achieve.
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George Grove
The 1960s were big for folk music, and the Kingston Trio led the way. They were the ones who started it all. The music was fresh and alive. College kids loved it and their parents did, too.
10
Arlo Guthrie
Folk music is music that everyday people can play, and it inspired a lot of people to make their own music. That trailed into making your own pop music, and that's why garage bands started springing up everywhere.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «FOLK MUSIC»

Discover the use of folk music in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to folk music and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Folk Music: A Very Short Introduction
Written by award-winning musicologist Mark Slobin, this is the first compact introduction to folk music that offers a truly global perspective.
Mark Slobin, 2010
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Folk Music: The Basics
Folk Music: The Basics gives a brief introduction to British and American folk music.
Ronald D. Cohen, 2006
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Negro Folk Music U.S.A.
Noted folklorist focuses on the origins and musical qualities of simple cries and calls to anthems and spirituals, ballads and the blues. Includes authentic versions of over 40 folk songs. Valuable bibliography and discography.
‎1963
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A History of European Folk Music
A study of dynamic and changing forms of folk music from nations and cultures across Europe: genre, instruments, performance.
‎1997
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The Study of Folk Music in the Modern World
" -- Folk Music Journal Bohlman examines folk music as a genre of folklore from a broadly cross-cultural perspective and espouses a more expansive view of folk music, stressing its vitality in non-Western cultures as well as Western, in the ...
Philip V. Bohlman, 1988
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The folk music sourcebook
This book, revised and updated for this Da Capo edition, goes far beyond any other guide for the listener, collector, singer, player, and devotee of folk music.
Larry Sandberg, Dick Weissman, 1989
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Discovering Folk Music
This book provides an introduction to the history, the singers, and the songs that define America's rich and diverse folk music tradition.
Stephanie P. Ledgin, 2010
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Exploring American Folk Music: Ethnic, Grassroots, and ...
Prev. ed. published under title: Introducing American folk music. The perfect introduction to the many strains of American-made music
Kip Lornell, 2012
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The North American Folk Music Revival: Nation and Identity ...
by the Toronto Folk Guild, a small, loose affiliation of folk music enthusiasts who first gathered together in the late 1950s, and who would come to play an important role in the development of folk music in the city, and in Ontario at large.
Dr Gillian Mitchell, 2013
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Old Jewish Folk Music: The Collections and Writings of Moshe ...
This volume presents a cultural record of the Jewish folk music of Eastern Europe, through the eyes of ethnomusicologist, Moshe Beregovski.
Mark Slobin, 2000

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «FOLK MUSIC»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term folk music is used in the context of the following news items.
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Folk Fest sees gentle harmonies and folk legends fill the stages on …
The recipient of this year's artistic achievement award from the Winnipeg Folk Festival for his, and his family's, contributions to the folk music ... «Winnipeg Free Press, Jul 15»
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Vancouver Folk Music Festival soldiers on despite competition …
The Vancouver Folk Music Festival is starting on a Friday afternoon in 2015 to make full use of the presence of Richard Thompson, who is ... «Vancouver Sun, Jul 15»
3
Photos: Vancouver Folk Music Festival over the years
Scenes from the popular summer event held at Jericho Beach Park, and in earlier years at Brockton Point in Stanley Park. CLICK HERE to view ... «Vancouver Sun, Jul 15»
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Dylan Goes Electric! by Elijah Wald review – when Bob took a …
He was acquitted a year later, but it all heightened the quasi-religious sense that folk music was the preserve of saints. Obviously, things were ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
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Folk Music Service Set For Sunday At Waquoit Congregational …
Waquoit's annual Folk Music Sunday will be held Sunday, July 12, at the Waquoit Congregational Church starting at 10 AM. The service ... «CapeNews.net, Jul 15»
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'Organized chaos': Thousands expected for Montana Folk Festival in …
... volunteering and, come Friday, the city's free annual folk music event which draws thousands of festival-goers and hundreds of volunteers. «Montana Standard, Jul 15»
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Vancouver Folk Fest goes Frazey
“I've always perceived myself as a songwriter — and I did grow up listening to a lot of folk music — but I don't feel that I am 'only' folk,” Ford ... «24 Hours Vancouver, Jul 15»
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Eleanor Shanley wins Danish Folk Prize 2015
To be given the honour of The Skagen Festival's 'Folk Music Prize 2015', thrills me greatly, but also makes me proud of my relationship with the ... «hotpress.com, Jul 15»
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Bellowing out for good? Bellowhead call time on folk success story
THEY have turned folk music on its head – if you'll excuse the pun – creating a brash, thunderous, exuberant sound that has won over ... «This Is Wiltshire, Jul 15»
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Music festival season kicks off with Vancouver Folk Music, Pemberton
Let's start the season with the 38th annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival, which runs July 17-19 at Jericho Beach Park (Pemby fest is slated for ... «MetroNews Canada, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Folk music [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/folk-music>. Jul 2019 ».
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