Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A singer of folksongs.

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  • n. A person who sings folk songs

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Examples

  • And in the process making the term folksinger to mean something closer to solo-singer-songwriter with an acoustic guitar rather than someone who actually just sings and plays the kind of songs passed on down by the oral tradition.

    Bob Dylan

  • William Elliott Whitmore has been called a folksinger, a roots troubadour and an heir to Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen.

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  • Dylan, Gibbens suggests, made himself into a particular kind of folksinger, an individual who picked up pieces of whatever lay around, including the 'museum of sound' of 20th-century recorded music, to create an individual vision, continually open to what was new and fresh.

    Expecting Rain

  • A Heartbeat and a Guitar is that kind of folksinger tradition -- not just the stories that are told but, how effectively they're related in the songs.

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  • He could have been an antique dealer, a college professor, a folksinger, or a fraud.

    Thick as Thieves

  • He taught sharecroppers, worked with the Southern Tenant Farmers' Union, and according to folksinger Lee Hays helped reshape the old gospel tune "I Shall Overcome" into a political anthem.

    Richard (RJ) Eskow: Rebels And Messiahs: 10 Spiritual Ancestors For Occupy Wall Street

  • The same catalog tells us that the Man of Sorrows inspired British novelist Barry Unsworth, folksinger Richard Burnett's "Man of Constant Sorrow" made famous by Bob Dylan, the Italian neorealist filmmaker Roberto Rossellini, not to mention artists such as Manet and Cézanne.

    Matthew Milliner: Francesco Vezzoli's 'Sacrilegio' And The Supermodel Of Sorrows

  • The same catalog tells us that the Man of Sorrows inspired British novelist Barry Unsworth, folksinger Richard Burnett's "Man of Constant Sorrow" made famous by Bob Dylan, the Italian neorealist filmmaker Roberto Rossellini, not to mention artists such as Manet and Cézanne.

    Matthew Milliner: Francesco Vezzoli's 'Sacrilegio' And The Supermodel Of Sorrows

  • WARD: Ingenue folksinger Mary Hopkin was a Paul McCartney discovery, and if Beatles fans were shocked at his producing such a sentimental piece of schlock, they hadn't been paying attention.

    Finding The Best Of The Bands On The Beatles' Label

  • The folksinger Woody Guthrie earned fame on the Depression's byways.

    Amidst depression talk, a kind of nostalgia grows

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