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Complete archive of folk music for all countries
In your country, city or your village, there are some musicians who play folk music of their area. Maybe they are famous or maybe they are not! Let's introduce them to the world. We are not looking for folk-pop, folk-jazz or folk-rock. We are looking for pure folk and classical traditional of each region. You can send their songs here and give us information about their music and their works. It can be an old farmer or a dedicated musician. Currently its hard to find information about folk / traditional music of all countries in one place. We want to achieve this goal with your help.

This project is focused on original folk and traditional music of the different countries, nations and ethnic groups of the world. Definition of “folk” and “traditional” music in different cultures changes, and generally it's hard to give a universal definition.

Although folk music usually refers to orally transmitted music or music with unknown composers, but it can include the traditional classical music of countries as well which theoretically differs from folk music, like Indian traditional classical music vs. Indian folk music. But it doesn't include Western (European) Classical music.

These music are accepted here: indigenous music, aboriginal music, ethnic music, regional music, rural music, root music, traditional ritual music, arranged folk music, recreated folk music,...

These music are not accepted in this project: folk-pop, folk-rock, folk-jazz (any kind of folk fusion that employs some folk elements like an instrument, a melody or a rhythm in another genre or style), world music (folk music arranged for Western ears with commercial interests, usually published by Western labels; although some “world music” are original and accepted), fusion of different original folks (like Arabic oud with Indian sitar or Spanish flamenco with West African rhythms), modernized and contemporized versions of folk tunes with new sounds, especially electronic sounds.
folk  music  archive 
8 weeks ago by Quercki
Folk Music of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and America
Welcome to Lesley Nelson-Burns' (aka the Contemplator)'s Folk Music Site.
Folk and Traditional Music and Popular Songs, with Lyrics, Midi, Tune Information and History
behind the folksongs and ballads. Irish, British and American Folk Music
including Francis J. Child Ballads and Sea Shanties.
folk  songs  midi  lyrics  history 
august 2018 by Quercki
Folktexts: A library of folktales, folklore, fairy tales, and mythology, page 1
Andersen, Hans Christian (1805-1875).
Hans Christian Andersen: Fairy Tales and Stories. An excellent home page featuring Denmark's most famous writer. Included here are a chronological listing of Andersen's folk-like fairy tales, electronic texts of most stories, and links to additional information.
The H. C. Andersen Home Page. Links to Andersen's works in Danish. This site is sponsored by the Danish Royal Library.
H. C. Andersen-Centret, a treasure trove of information (in Danish and in English) from the H. C. Andersen Center in Odense, Denmark.
Androcles and the Lion. Tales of type 156, in which a man pulls a thorn from a lion's paw, thus gaining the beast's eternal gratitude and loyalty.
Androcles (Aesop).
The Slave and the Lion (Aesop).
Androcles and the Lion (Joseph Jacobs).
The Lion and the Saint [Saint Jerome] (Andrew Lang).
Of the Remembrance of Benefits (Gesta Romanorum).
The Lion and the Thorn (Ambrose Bierce).
folk  stories  index  archive  myth  books  **** 
february 2018 by Quercki
Folktexts: How to fill your head with free folklore / Boing Boing
There's no shortage of excellent resources on folk and myth scholarship out there. In my opinion, Folktexts is one of the best. Compiled by Professor D. L. Ashliman, Folktexts is deeply underwhelming in the looks department, but the way that it's organized is pure genius. Instead of simply presenting the stories as so many other online resources do, Professor Ashliman has gone through the bother of categorizing hundreds, if not thousands of stories by their central themes and related tales.

Let's say that you've read "The Emperor's New Clothes" and want to find out if other cultures have their own version of the story. No problem: just look under 'E.' There, you'll find information on the different names that the story is known by and what culture the story comes from. If that's not enough for you, the page even links to the text of all of the versions of the story that the professor is aware of. It's as much a labor of love as it is a work of scholarship.
folk  stories  index 
february 2018 by Quercki
folktexts Boing Boing
In my opinion, Folktexts is one of the best. Compiled by Professor D. L. Ashliman, Folktexts is deeply underwhelming in the looks department, but the way that it's organized is pure genius. Instead of simply presenting the stories as so many other online resources do, Professor Ashliman has gone through the bother of categorizing hundreds, if not thousands of stories by their central themes and related tales.

Let's say that you've read "The Emperor's New Clothes" and want to find out if other cultures have their own version of the story. No problem: just look under 'E.' There, you'll find information on the different names that the story is known by and what culture the story comes from. If that's not enough for you, the page even links to the text of all of the versions of the story that the professor is aware of.
folk  stories  index  ****  reference 
february 2018 by Quercki
The Life and Times of Malvina Reynolds, Long Beach's Most Legendary (and Hated) Folk Singer | OC Weekly
Frustrated with a city hall she felt was beholden to oil barons, Reynolds decided to take them on in April 1951 by running for a council seat. Her platform: municipally owned electricity, fair wages for city employees and expanding recreational facilities. Running under the IPP banner, Reynolds survived the primary and prepared to face off in the general election against Third District incumbent Raymond Kealer, a petroleum engineer and chairman of the council's oil, harbor and industries committee. She was the only woman candidate that year.

Though Reynolds held a doctorate and did political work, her ballot designation read, "housewife." If Reynolds' foray into politics was that of a housewife, she pledged in an open letter to Long Beach residents to clean up local politics from the stain of big business "with hot water, soap and a broom!"
Malvina_Reynolds  folk  songs 
may 2017 by Quercki
Ancient Aboriginal stories preserve history of a rise in sea level
In the beginning, as far back as we remember, our home islands were not islands at all as they are today. They were part of a peninsula that jutted out from the mainland and we roamed freely throughout the land without having to get in a boat like we do today. Then Garnguur, the seagull woman, took her raft and dragged it back and forth across the neck of the peninsula letting the sea pour in and making our homes into islands.
So goes an Aboriginal story, paraphrased, about the origin of the Wellesley Islands in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria, a story with parallels along every part of the coast of Australia. Along the south coast, stories written down early in colonial times told when these areas were dry, a time when people hunted kangaroo and emu there, before the water rose and flooded them, never again to recede.

In a recent paper we presented at an indigenous language conference in Japan, we analysed 18 stories from around Australia’s coast. All tell tales of coastal flooding. We argue that these stories (and probably many others) recall coastal inundation as sea levels reached their present level at least 6,000-7,000 years ago.

The end of the ice ages

Around Australia, we know that at the coldest time of the last ice age about 20,000 years ago, sea level stood about 120 metres below its present level.

When the last ice age began to end, a few thousand years later, huge masses of ice that had built up on the land, particularly in the northern hemisphere, began melting. Water poured into the world’s oceans, raising their levels in ways that are now well understood.

By about 13,000 years ago, sea level had risen to around 70 metres below its present level. One thousand years later, it had risen to about 50 metres below present.

These dates give us a ballpark for how old stories of flooding may be. Could they have reached us from 13,000 years ago?
flood  Australia  folk  stories 
february 2017 by Quercki
Songbook – Home of the Autographed Cat
A

A Better Plan
A Con Spent A Circle
Accept No Substitutes
All For Me Swag
Aurel Vixation
B

Boba Fett Isn’t Dead
Buggy Software
C

Catacombs
Catcalls
Consumed By Wonder
Country Response
D

Dark World
Dead Tired
Do Ragna-wop
Don’t Cry, My Dear, Have A Cracker
Don’t Panic
Dungeonville
F

Fare Thee Well, Lithuanian Maiden
Foggy Duet
Fratricide and Spirits
Fund Me Now
G

Georgia’s First Ever Filking Con
Gingrich of Congress
Glitter Breasts
H

Hope and Mercy
I

I Can’t Stand The Sunshine
J

Jeff’s Wedding
Just In New Zealand
K

Karazhan Tonight
Keep You Closer
L

Last Flight Of The Cradle of Commerce
Lawyers, Guns, and Honey
Life Is An Intermittent Fault
Littleton Aftermath
Long Haul
Love May Yet Survive This Fall
M

Major Outage Tech Support Blues
Max Level Newbie
Mr. President
Music Of The Cat
Musing On Jane
N

Naismith (Not Vorkosigan)
Naked Ambition
Never Seen The Tech Desk
Nobody’s Ranger Now
Novel Man
O

Obligatory Convention Filksong
Open Source Of Frustration
Ordinary Tree
Outbreak
P

Pale Horse
Party Of Four
Plains of Nebraska
Play It…AGAIN?
Press Gang (Ya Got Trouble)
R

Rainy Day Argo #12 & #35
Ramblin’ Fan
Ring of Sedation
Rockin’ Argo
S

Sam’s Lament
Sauron
Second Chances
SETI@Home in Cincinnati
Small Town Dungeon
Somewhere On The Windows Server
Son Of A Son Of A Vor Lord
Still Captain After All These Years
Superfundamentalists
T

Team Koudelka Girls
Terence Chua Could Filk It
The Ballad Of The Swingman
The Dumb Ones Don’t Live Long
The Flamewar Never Dies
The Gold Standard
The Ironforge Song
The Last March of Gondor
The Master
The Media
The Night They Drove The Death Star Down
The Tacos Of Shame
The Work Of The Drummers
Thirteen Ways of Looking At A Cicada
Twelve Months of GaFIA
Two Of Dave
U

Upon The Fields Of Catnip
W

We Will All Sin Together When We Sin
Where’s The Filkcircle
Wolf’s Bane
Writer’s Lament
Y

You’ll Never Surf Alone
Your Call Is Very Important To Us…
filk  music  folk  lyrics 
august 2016 by Quercki
University Libraries Officially Open the Digital Ozark Folksong Collection | University of Arkansas
The Ozark Folksong Collection, collected between 1949 and 1965, is the largest and most complete collection of traditional music and associated materials from Arkansas and the Ozarks in the nation. Now available online, the collection contains recordings of songs, tales, instrumentals, and conversations from over 700 performers.

The recordings illustrate a rich diversity of cultures, economic classes, occupations along with topics including politics, regional conflicts, emotional bonds, and religious beliefs of the era. The opening celebration honors the legacy of Mary Celestia Parler, the primary collector of this collection.
music  songs  folk  digital  online 
august 2015 by Quercki
Vaughan Williams Memorial Library - Cecil Sharp’s Appalachian Diaries: 1915-1918
Cecil Sharp’s Appalachian Diaries: 1915-1918

Cecil James Sharp (1859-1924) was England's most prolific folk music and dance collector in what is now widely known as the First Folk Revival. Between the time of Sharp's first serious collecting experience in a Somerset vicarage garden in August 1903, until his death on Midsummer Eve, 1924, he amassed a total of 4,977 tunes in England and North America, many of which were published in various forms in order to promote and revive what was perceived to be a fading part of traditional culture.

Sharp's North American collection is regarded as a landmark in folk music fieldwork and here we are making available online access to Cecil Sharp's only surviving personal diaries in which he describes his collecting experiences in the Appalachian Mountains.

For context, please see Mike Yates' article on the Musical Traditions website or the EFDSS publication Dear Companion for an equally detailed essay on Sharp in America.

The diaries are browsable by following the links below...

1915
1916
1917
1918
 

(Note that transcriptions of the diaries are now fully searchable. If you tick the box next to 'Sharp diaries' in the pop up box that appears when you type in some search terms then you can search the diaries.)

The BBC have produced and excellent audio slideshow about Cecil Sharp's diaries. Watch now

Many thanks to Cecil Sharp's grandchildren, Briony Jose and Richard Sharp, for allowing the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) to host the diaries online; to the managers of his estate, Bird & Bird; to Chris Roche and The Shanty Crew for sponsoring the digitisation project, and the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) for sponsoring the transcription project.

The transcripts linked to the digital images were researched and made by Dr. Christopher Bearman and edited and prepared for the website by Kate Faulkner MSc MCLIP.

This project is dedicated to the memory and contributions of John M. (“Jack”) Langstaff. It has been underwritten by The Ithaka Foundation, The Langstaff family and William L. Ritchie.
BACDS  dance  folk  music  U.S. 
april 2015 by Quercki
Research Center
The Sound Recordings catalog comprises over 17,400 digital audio files, beginning with Lomax’s first recordings onto (newly invented) tape in 1946 and tracing his career into the 1990s. In addition to a wide spectrum of musical performances from around the world, it includes stories, jokes, sermons, personal narratives, interviews conducted by Lomax and his associates, and unique ambient artifacts captured in transit from radio broadcasts, sometimes inadvertently, when Alan left the tape machine running. Not a single piece of recorded sound in Lomax’s audio archive has been omitted: meaning that microphone checks, partial performances, and false starts are also included.
This material from Alan Lomax’s independent archive, begun in 1946, which has been digitized and preserved by the Association for Cultural Equity, is distinct from the thousands of earlier recordings on acetate and aluminum discs he made from 1933 to 1942 under the auspices of the Library of Congress. This earlier collection — which includes the famous Jelly Roll Morton, Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, and Muddy Waters sessions, as well as Lomax’s prodigious collections made in Haiti and Eastern Kentucky (1937) — is the provenance of the American Folklife Center at the Library. Attempts are being made, however, to digitize some of this rarer material, such as the Haitian recordings, and to make it available in the Sound Recordings catalog. Please check in periodically for updates.
music  archive  audio  history  Alan_Lomax  folk 
march 2015 by Quercki
Alan Lomax's Massive Archive Goes Online : The Record : NPR
Folklorist Alan Lomax spent his career documenting folk music traditions from around the world. Now thousands of the songs and interviews he recorded are available for free online, many for the first time. It's part of what Lomax envisioned for the collection — long before the age of the Internet.

Lomax recorded a staggering amount of folk music. He worked from the 1930s to the '90s, and traveled from the Deep South to the mountains of West Virginia, all the way to Europe, the Caribbean and Asia. When it came time to bring all of those hours of sound into the digital era, the people in charge of the Lomax archive weren't quite sure how to tackle the problem.

"We err on the side of doing the maximum amount possible," says Don Fleming, executive director of the Association for Cultural Equity, the nonprofit organization Lomax founded in New York in the '80s. Fleming and a small staff made up mostly of volunteers have digitized and posted some 17,000 sound recordings.


HISTORY
Hear An Interview With Alan Lomax On 'Fresh Air'
"For the first time, everything that we've digitized of Alan's field recording trips are online, on our website," says Fleming. "It's every take, all the way through. False takes, interviews, music."

"Alan would have been thrilled to death. He would've just been so excited," says Anna Lomax Wood, Lomax's daughter and president of the Association for Cultural Equity. "He would try everything. Alan was a person who looked to all the gambits you could. But the goal was always the same."
music  folk  Alan_Lomax  recording  archive 
march 2015 by Quercki
Mainly Norfolk: English Folk and Other Good Music
Featured Musicians and Groups
This list has links to discographies of the most important (to me, that is ;-) musicians and groups featured on Mainly Norfolk. You'll find a lot more of them in the comprehensive alphabetic folk discography and in the record label discographies shown at the top of the navigation column.

Harvey Andrews
Frankie Armstrong
Steve Ashley
Roy Bailey
Damien Barber &
The Demon Barbers
Les Barker &
The Mrs Ackroyd Band
Peter Bellamy &
The Young Tradition
Jon Boden, John Spiers & Bellowhead
Maggie Boyle & Grace Notes
Anne Briggs
Cara, Deitsch & Litha
Eliza Carthy
Martin Carthy
Shirley Collins
Coope Boyes & Simpson
The Copper Family
Harry Cox
Sandy Denny
Robin & Barry Dransfield
Kim Edgar
Fairport Convention
Bella Hardy
Fay Hield
Ashley Hutchings
Hannah James & Sam Sweeney
Nic Jones
Fred Jordan
Nancy Kerr, James Fagan
Louis Killen
John Kirkpatrick
Lady Maisery
Sam Larner
A.L. Lloyd
Magpie Lane
Walter Pardon
Brian Peters
Pilgrims' Way
Karine Polwart
Emily Portman
Jeannie Robertson
Tony Rose
Leon Rosselson
Martin Simpson
Steeleye Span
Dave Swarbrick
June Tabor
John Tams & Home Service
Cyril Tawney
Joseph Taylor
Kathryn Tickell
Steve Tilston
Karen Tweed
Lucy Ward
The Watersons
Martyn Wyndham-Read
folk  music  discography 
march 2015 by Quercki
Saving the World with Banjos: American Roots Music as Cultural Diplomacy | No Depression
For Della Mae, three trips to far-flung corners of the world began with an audition in New York City. About 400 bands per year apply to American Voices. A few dozen are invited to formally audition live before a panel of judges and diplomatic officials who ask questions like: What kind of experience have you had working in school settings? What would you do if you were preparing to perform for 400 kids in a village community center and the PA power went out?

Della Mae was one of 12 bands selected in 2012. Briefings beforehand included some caveats about decorum and dress, but relatively little about any formal mission or connections with a larger diplomatic purpose. Different bands are given different instructions about speaking freely, depending on where they’re headed. Della Mae mandolinist and singer Jenni Lyn Gardner says there was almost no attempt to bring geopolitics into the trip. “Our sole purpose was to build relationships,” she says. “It was pretty cut and dried. Go. Play music. And make friends.”

AMA bands have no say in where they’re sent, and the program is looking for places far removed from Western ways, including places with fraught relationships with the United States. “Della Mae were understandably nervous about going [to Pakistan], because name one good news story that comes out of Pakistan,” says Ferguson. “So what was fun to watch was their initial apprehension, within hours, turn to something much more joyful when they realized how friendly people were and how excited people were about their being there. An all-female band in Pakistan is unheard of. So that created a lot of buzz.”

“They threw us right in, and I think it was a good move on their part,” says Woodsmith, adding that Pakistan has emerged as the place she most wants to return and where she felt the most profound connections. “We met a woman who’d started a sewing cooperative to help Afghan refugee women. And we met these women. They were very shy. One said she didn’t know where her family is and that she’ll not be able to go home. We were all crying at that.” There were many hugs and profuse thanks. Woodsmith calls it a “startling but a treasured moment.”
diplomacy  music  politics  folk 
january 2015 by Quercki
Wolf Folklore Collection: Ozark Folksongs By Song Title
A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  
M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  W  Y  Z  

Many songs are cross-referenced to other collections.

Most songs feature Wolf's original audio recordings.
You will need either Windows Media Player or RealOne Player to listen to the recordings.
A free version of RealOne player is available for download here.

Please see the bottom of the page for Copyright Information
 
ABC Song (Fragment) sung by Neal Morris
Admonition sung by Orville McInturff
Ain't That a Witness #1 sung by Gus Mahon
Ain't That a Witness #2 sung by Gus Mahon
Al Bowen sung by Mrs. Almeda Riddle
Alabam sung by Uncle Bob Stark
Alice Mitchell and Freddy Ward sung by Mrs. Grace Hastings
Alice Mitchell and Freddy Ward sung by Mrs. Myron Scruggs
All Around Those Old Black Stumps sung by Zona Everett
All On the Tongo Island sung by James Clifton Ferrell
Allen Bane sung by Almeda Riddle
Along Erin's Green Shore (One Evening So Late) sung by James Clifton Ferrell
Angels Watching Over Me sung by unknown
Arise, My Soul, Arise sung by W.P. Detherow
Arkansas Traveler performed by Matt Darnell
As Down in the Valley sung by Joseph A. Chadwick
Away to the West the Blue Goose Flew Played by Joe Craft

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Babes in the Wood sung by Mrs. Claude Collie
Babes in the Wood sung by Mrs. Lon Jones
Babes in the Woods sung by Mrs. Martin
Baby Boy sung by Gus Mahon
Baby, Six Months Ain't Long #1 Played by Joe Craft
music  lyrics  folk  songs 
december 2014 by Quercki
S.F. Folk Music Club leader Faith Petric dies - SFGate
Faith Petric, a central figure of the San Francisco folk music scene who for many years hosted lively Friday night jam sessions in her Haight-Ashbury home that became a gathering spot for local musicians, died on Oct. 24 at a hospice house in San Francisco. She was 98.

She died of natural causes, her daughter, Carole Craig, said.

Friends often referred to Ms. Petric the "Fort Knox of folk music," for her incredible ability to recall lyrics to thousands of songs. She sang at demonstrations and festivals, wrote a regular column for Sing Out magazine and for several decades led the San Francisco Folk Music Club.

Folk icon Pete Seeger called her "one of the most extraordinary people in the world."

She had a lifelong connection with folk music. "It tells the truth about history - not just lessons from school about generals and robber barons and politicians," Ms. Petric said in an interview with The Chronicle. "It's about the lives people lived and what happened to them. The tragedies, hopes, dreams - all of that. Folk music is what folks sing."
folk  music  Faith_Petric 
november 2013 by Quercki
Folkstreams free archive of folk/roots culture documentaries - Boing Boing
Folkstreams is an incredible online archive of documentary films about American folk and roots music and culture. Above, an excerpt from "Born For Hard Luck," a 1976 film by Tom Davenport about harmonica player and comedian Arthur "Peg Leg Sam" Jackson." (A clip of this film appears in the French movie Amelie.) Below are just a few of the hundreds of films you can watch for free, right now. Shame about my deadlines this week.
• “Adirondack Minstrel.” Hudson, N.Y.: Bowling Green Films, 1977. (19 min.)
[Jack Ofield film on woodsman/musician Lawrence Older]
• “Land Where the Blues Began.” New York: Cultural Equity, 1990. (58 min.)
[Alan Lomax film on Mississippi blues, from his “American Patchwork Series”; parallels his book of the same title]
• “The Amish, A People of Preservation.” Harleysville, Pa.: Heritage Productions. (52 min.)
[John Ruth film on Amish life, with Hostettler as consultant—and some surreptitiously shot footage]
• “The Sacred Vision of Howard Finster.” New York: Museum of American Folk Art, 1995. (30 min.)
[Interviews with Finster talking about his art, visions, and religious beliefs, with scenes of his creations, his preaching, and his home]
music  videos  folk 
january 2013 by Quercki
Peter & Peeps -- Rescued Baby Hummingbird Fed in Hand by Mother - YouTube
Fallen baby hummingbird rescued, nursed to health, and fed by mother hummingbird while being held by Peter Tommerup, Saratoga CA, June 2007. gary@gybmusic.com
video  folk  hummingbird 
february 2012 by Quercki
Take six :: Take Six home page
Welcome to the Take Six website, a searchable database of the manuscript archives of several of the UK's most prominent folksong collectors.Each of the archives has been completely catalogued and digitised, and you can search the catalogues and view the digitised documents here. Most of the documents are songs and tunes, but you can also access other manuscript items such as dances or correspondence.
music  folk  songs  morris  archive 
january 2011 by Quercki
Remick Ridge
Tommy Smothers, owner of Remick Ridge Vineyards and Smothers Winery, is proud of the fine wines produced at his ranch in Kenwood, California.

Dick Smothers originally purchased property in the Santa Cruz area in 1974 and three years later the Smothers Winery produced its first wine.

“My grandfather, Ed Remick, and I looked for property together,” Tom explains. “We looked in Napa, we looked everywhere. When we looked at this place in the hills of Sonoma Valley, Grandpa stuck out a finger and said, ‘This is it! This is it!’”

Originally the winery was called Smothers Brothers, but I changed the name to Remick Ridge because when people heard Smothers Brothers wine, they thought something like Milton Berle Fine Wine or Larry, Curly and Mo Vineyards,” Tom explains.
wine  folk  SmothersBros  Sonoma 
april 2009 by Quercki
Yet Another Digital Tradition Page
Here's yet another index of the Digital Tradition Folk Music Database; you can read about the Digital Tradition at their main site at Mudcat. This version differs in that songs which have tunes have those tunes available as GIFs or PostScript scores. This version is currently using the Spring '02 version of the database.
music  sheetmusic  songs  lyrics  folk 
february 2009 by Quercki

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