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  • n. Alternative spelling of folk song.


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  • I loved the Traffic version when I was a teenager, but it's not really a folksong, is it?

    Traffic: John Barleycorn Must Die

  • For folksong is the most intimate thing in the life of a people.

    The Music of the People

  • The very essence of a folksong is that it should be traditional, handed down from generation to generation.

    The Music of the People

  • For a vast proportion of folksong is worksong, with the rhythm that accompanies the action.

    The Music of the People

  • She's a singer-songwriter by trade - Ô Seasons Ô Castles has its share of relationship-disintegration songs, including the pelting "Franklin" and the more metaphysical "The Gulf of Araby" - but she's also a bit of a musicologist, and her interest in Irish folksong and jazz-vocal phrasing give her Fred Maher-co-produced debut album surprising depth.


  • Mandikian's interest in Greek folksong had led her back to the music of Ancient Greece and an encounter with James Matthews and Alan Collingridge, musicians serving in the British Army in Athens, brought her to England in 1948 where she met Egon Wellesz, the leading scholar in Byzantine and early Greek music.

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  • Although he always believed that "political and topical songs were a fundamental part of our folksong heritage", he toned down the magazine's leftwing politics in the "red scare" period of the House Un-American Activities Committee investigations.

    Irwin Silber obituary

  • According to tradition, Seeger was inspired by a Cossack folksong he came across in the novel And Quiet Flows the Don (1934) by Mikhail Sholokhov, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1965.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • This is one of those cases of a spiritual-leaning folksong that has dated, certainly, but in all the right ways.

    The Seekers

  • Theofanidis incorporates into his score a recurring musical theme based on a Cornish folksong about the heart – the lion's heart and being true to your own heart Rick was born in Hayle, in Cornwall, where a memorial to him has been erected.

    Heart of a Soldier: capturing 9/11 in an opera


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