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Folk music includes both traditional music and the genre that evolved from it during the 20th century folk revival. The term originated in the 19th century but is often applied to music that is older than that. Some types of folk music are also called world music.

Traditional folk music has been defined in several ways: as music transmitted by mouth, as music of the lower classes, and as music with unknown composers. It has been contrasted with commercial and classical styles. One meaning often given is that of old songs, with no known composers; another is music that has been transmitted and evolved by a process of oral transmission or performed by custom over a long period of time.

Starting in the mid-20th century a new form of popular folk music evolved from traditional folk music. This process and period is called the (second) folk revival and reached a zenith in the 1960s. This form of music is sometimes called contemporary folk music or folk revival music to distinguish it from earlier folk forms. Smaller similar revivals have occurred elsewhere in the world at other times, but the term folk music has typically not been applied to the new music created during those revivals. This type of folk music also includes fusion genres such as folk rock, folk metal, electric folk, and others. While contemporary folk music is a genre generally distinct from traditional folk music, in English it shares the same name, and it often shares the same performers and venues as traditional folk music. Even individual songs may be a blend of the two.

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Stellar Art Wars
3,274 plays, 30 followers

Colchester, United Kingdom

Britpop, Electronica, Folk

Beautiful Tuesday
4,592 plays, 83 followers

Cape Cod, MA, United States

Acoustic, Pop, Folk

2,517 plays, 27 followers

Barcelona, Spain

Pop, Indie, Folk

Buzz Hummer
730 plays, 24 followers

Niagara, Canada

Rock, Folk, Psychedelic

Chris Beck
575 plays, 6 followers

Oxford, England, United Kingdom

Acoustic, Folk, Country

3,517 plays, 1 followers

Dallas, United States

Country, Americana, Folk

Will Corbin
250 plays, 2 followers

Bangkok, Thailand

Folk, Jazz, Pop

Vast Countenance
294 plays, 2 followers

Volendam, Netherlands

Folk, Indie, Rock
0 plays, 1 followers

US, United States


Folk Song PH
0 plays, 1 followers

Los Angeles, United States


0 plays, 1 followers

Wisconsin, United States



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