Folk Suggestions

Discussion in 'Music' started by blankpagedreamer, Dec 29, 2004.

  1. I know a lot of mainstream folk music, but I'm looking for some suggestions of some really cool folk. (perhaps a bit more obscure than what I'm used to, but still modern, I really dig the modern folk)
    What kind of folk genre do you listen to? and what artists are your fave?
    I'm really into Ani Difranco and Nick Cave right now.
    I'd like to get some songs that are either folk, or have folk elements to them.
     
  2. hiddendoor

    hiddendoor Member

  3. assfucksohard

    assfucksohard Member

    alot of bright eyes has a real folk feel to it. that is if you can stand the depressing-ness of his music.
     
  4. shock74

    shock74 Guest

    Pete Seeger is good folk
     
  5. drumminmama

    drumminmama Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    check out anything filed as Americana, too.
     
  6. drumminmama

    drumminmama Super Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

    Steve Goodman was wonderful, Jim Page is preachin' righteous to the masses, Nathan Moore www.frogvilleplanet.com fills the bill.
     
  7. John221

    John221 Senior Member

    Try looking for some Vin Garbutt or Allan Taylor.
     
  8. Orsino2

    Orsino2 Hip Forums Supporter HipForums Supporter

    Bob Dylan, Neil Young, CSNY, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Woody Guthrie, Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams...
     
  9. Try out Michelle Shocked; Chris Williamson; Tracy Chapman; Sarah Hickman

    Or for a bit of British folk try Billy Bragg.
     
  10. The Incredible String Band (66-73) was a scottish folk-psychedelic-world music band who played a set in Woodstock... Paul Mac Cartney was a great fan of their album of 1967 "The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion".
     
  11. Orsino2

    Orsino2 Hip Forums Supporter HipForums Supporter

    JEsus man... I must've been really messed up earlier.. didn't see "mainstream"/ in the original post... I feel buzzed.
     
  12. Icarus

    Icarus Member

    Matthew Good. His solo stuff from before the MGB is amazing, and very much folk-ish. Also, Ani Difranco is always fun :).
     
  13. Other folk artists that I enjoy but not really modern include:
    Phil Ochs
    Joan Baez
    Peter, Paul & Mary
    Fairport Convention
    Donovan
    Holly Near
    Simon & Garfunkel
    Jim Croce
    Joni Mitchell
    Fugs
    The Weavers
    Melanie
    Tim Hardin
    Janis Ian
    Tom Paxton
    Leonard Cohen
    Kingston Trio
    Tom Chapin
    The Byrds
    Judy Collins
    Mamas and the Papas
    Gordan Lightfoot
    Kate and Anna McGarrigle
    the Chieftains
    John Prine
    Odetta
    the Pogues
    Suzanne Vega
    Jane Siberry
    Shawn Colvin
     
  14. check out Hober radio on www.hober.com .... A pretty kickass station, it's not just limited to folkish bluegrassish either... yes so check it out...
     
  15. You won't get anything folker than this

    Omnia play Celtic / Iron-age / Gallo-Roman folk music (with a Discordian twist), completely acoustic, on self-made replicas of real ancient instruments. They are a GREAT band. It doesn't fit your criteria (it certainly doesn't sound modern) but I hope you enjoy it anyway.

    Also there's Falkenbach, a great melancholic folk metal band, with the old-germanic folk elements obscuring the black metal part enough even for non-metal fans to like it, I think... it's certainly very obscure and non-mainstream. Worshipping pagan ancestry within black metal (like Falkenbach does) commonly conveys rather nationalist ideals - seeing as those of pagan heritage are supposedly superior to immigrants - but who gives a shyte.

    Why are all the bands all of you mentioned called folk bands / artists anyway? They're not about the history of a people or country, they don't have old instruments or even a synthesiser on old instruments mode... apparently "folk" means something very different among classic rock / punk fans?
     
  16. drbeaker

    drbeaker Member

    If you wanna see a real great underground folk group, check out Huzzah For the Shopkeep, they rock, ummm folk the house!
     
  17. hiddendoor

    hiddendoor Member

    great tip Hailtotheking, will be checking out the Crone of War album as I'm very partial to pagan folk sounds (Prydwyn, Green Crown, Green Mistletoe, Stone Breath, for example, and more on my folk pages)

    the mp3s of the live recordings this band do on that Live Religion sound superb,

    cheers
    HD:)
     
  18. Why are all the bands all of you mentioned called folk bands / artists anyway? They're not about the history of a people or country, they don't have old instruments or even a synthesiser on old instruments mode... apparently "folk" means something very different among classic rock / punk fans?[/QUOTE]

    Not all music made by the previous artists is folk, but some is. For more info on folk styles & artists, check out the following sites.

    http://www.42explore.com/folkmusic.htm
    http://www.folklib.net/index/home_pages.shtml
    http://www.jg.org/folk/folkhome.html
    http://www.folkmusic.org/
     
  19. Only thing I can think to suggest is Flogging Molly. "Irish folk-punk" They're really good. ^^
     
  20. Check out Amos Lee for some current folk music. Saw him live last week. Great show.
     

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