Folk music is a genre of music that is typically passed down through generations and is often associated with traditional and rural communities. Folk music is characterized by its simple melodies, often accompanied by guitar, banjo, fiddle, and other acoustic instruments. It often tells stories of everyday life, love, work, and social and political issues.

Folk music can be divided into several sub-genres, such as traditional folk, contemporary folk, and world folk music. Traditional folk music is based on the songs and melodies that were passed down through generations in a particular culture or community. It often features elements of storytelling and is characterized by its simplicity and directness.

Contemporary folk music, which emerged in the 20th century, is characterized by its use of modern instruments and styles, while still staying true to the traditional elements of folk music. It often features politically and socially conscious lyrics, and is known for its emphasis on songwriting.

World folk music refers to the traditional music of a particular culture or region outside of the Western world. It encompasses a wide range of music styles, including traditional music from Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Folk music has been a significant influence on many other genres of music, including rock, country, and pop music. Folk music continues to be popular today, with many contemporary folk artists drawing on traditional elements while incorporating modern sounds and styles. Folk music is known for its ability to reflect the cultural and social issues of a particular community or region.

Free Folk music

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Jig? Reel? Hornpipe? I don't know! You can <A HREF="">download this in uncompressed format here</A>! Download comes with individual tracks so you can make your own mixes.
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Old time party music... like REALLY old time party music. This piece is <A HREF="">available in a full uncompressed version here</A>. It is also available as a part of a <A HREF="">larger download of similar themed music here</A>.
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It has Uilleann pipes, and is dark and somber. Not sure what else I can say about this.<BR><BR>This piece of music is <A HREF="">available in an uncompressed format here</A>.
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Pipes, pipes, and more pipes! Irish? Scottish? Celtic? I have no idea. But sure - could be any of those. Let's call it "Ancient British Isles". You can <A HREF="">download this in uncompressed format here</A>. Download comes with individual tracks so you can make your own mixes.
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When I do music based on folk traditions, I tend to name them after cities. Like this one: Shenyang. It is a little village of 8 million people that I've somehow never heard of. Oh sure, I've heard the name, but I don't associate it with anything specific. Chicago: Hot...
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Good old fashioned pickin and stompin!
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Bluegrass country music. That banjo will haunt you for days, mohaha!!
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I'm gonna come clean here. I have no idea what this is. Mexican? Maybe? Dance music? Drinking music? I don't even understand what this would do culturally.
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Lots of ukekele's swarming all around. Hand drums and tuned slit drum. Its evening. You're enjoying an umbrella drink. Then another umbrella drink. You begin to hear a faint chiming carried on the ocean breeze and then, there above you are dozens of ukeleles flying overhead toward the hills. A...
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Inspired by my favorite rendition of this song, sung by the High Kings.
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Super smashing trumpets, and a crazy clarinet! Also guitars and such. Not your oom-pah kind of polka. This is all-out dance.
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Music from the 1400s or thereabouts. A quite lively little piece for your town or tavern.<BR><BR>This piece of music is <A HREF="">available in an uncompressed format here</A>.
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The koto in this piece follows a steady, plodding beat, while the orchestral strings provide a drone-like background. At 0:33 the strings crescendo to follow the melody of the koto, but at 1:18 the tempo slows and the strings fade away, only to return to highlight the final chord. With...
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Eastern flute-like reed-like instrument - the Dizi.<BR>
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Lyrics taken from an old Norwegian poem. Instrumental version included in the zip file when you buy the extended license