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Protest Music Recommendations

I'm not sure how I ended up with a copy of Ear to the Ground, but I find myself listening to it quite frequently these days. Can you recommend similar political protest-y albums or histories? [more inside]
posted by books for weapons on Aug 21, 2016 - 6 answers

My music tastes are stuck in 2004. Find me new music to love!

I used to really love being up on new music, but I got old, got boring, had a kid, and got out of touch. I'm getting kind of sick of my music collection and would love to find some new tunes. [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Jun 23, 2016 - 26 answers

Can you tell me the name of this traditional Irish air?

Here's the first part, pretty much the only part I can remember precisely: http://audio.loresjoberg.com/unknown-air.mp3 [more inside]
posted by lore on Jun 21, 2016 - 2 answers

Unofficial evolving MetaFilter group sing-along chord-and-lyric songbook

Problem: You're at a campout or other casual gathering with a bunch of MeFites. Some people have guitars and maybe other instruments. People want to have an old-fashioned sing-along. Sadly, nobody knows all the words or all the chords. What are good resources that can be brought together and cherry-picked to create a printable-for-sharing evolving, unofficial, fun songbook for such an event? [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Jun 15, 2016 - 16 answers

Appalachian Translation: What's a railroad man?

I was listening today to Bascom Lamar Lunsford’s “I Wish I Was a Mole in the Ground”, which includes the unforgettable line, “the railroad man, he’ll kill you if he can/And drink out your blood like wine”. Who is this guy? Will he? Why? [more inside]
posted by trotzdem_kunst on May 24, 2016 - 19 answers

I must hear him again, unless I imagined him

There's a voice stuck in my head. It's a male singer, blues and folk, about the same timbre as Leonard Cohen but smoother, with a mournful sound and very slight rasp on the higher notes. Who is he? [more inside]
posted by Beethoven's Sith on May 10, 2016 - 34 answers

How to find a concert as a gift for my parents as a 50th anniversary?

My parents live in San Diego. This year is their 50th wedding anniversary. My idea, since they love music, is to find a concert or show that they could enjoy together. [more inside]
posted by abirdinthehand on May 4, 2016 - 6 answers

Dreamy folk psych rock recommendations?

Hi I'm looking for more examples of dreamy indie folk psychedelic music. Not shoegaze, but like Galaxie 500. [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Apr 13, 2016 - 35 answers

Who is on the cover of Will the Circle Be Unbroken?

For some reason this is really hard to google. Who is on the cover of Will the Circle Be Unbroken, by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band et al.? (The first one, not either of the sequel records.) Is it Stonewall Jackson? Somebody else? A generic Civil War type dude? If so, what is that uniform? Please rest assured that I already feel bad for not automatically knowing this.
posted by brennen on Mar 13, 2016 - 4 answers

Songwriter Liz Thorsen - Alias? Recluse?

So I've fallen in love with this song, and am interested in any other songs of the ostensible songwriter Liz Thorsen. But there is zero information about her anywhere I can find. [more inside]
posted by solarion on Oct 26, 2015 - 1 answer

Fiddle with the keys of the keyed fiddle

OK, I realise this is pretty niche, but I may get a surprise. Can you help me find more intense music played on the nyckelharpa? [more inside]
posted by Promethea on May 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Can you tell me anything about this old song?

My mother learnt a song from her (now deceased) mother, but we don't know anything about it other than the lyrics. I've found a few traces on Google, but can you help me track down any more information? [more inside]
posted by katrielalex on May 18, 2015 - 6 answers

What was the name of this album?

I'm looking for the name of the artist that made a album I saw a numerous times while I was record shopping in SF but can't seem to find in Seattle. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Dec 31, 2014 - 8 answers

Rediscovering Folksy Classics

I've enjoyed how recent video games have featured old bluegrassy/folksy hymns. Any recommendations for further exploring this sound? [more inside]
posted by Solon and Thanks on Dec 14, 2014 - 15 answers

Name That Song: Ever Think About...

"Ever think about" call and response between a male and female singer. Ukulele/banjo, chanting, but somehow unidentifiable via Google... [more inside]
posted by greenland on Oct 13, 2014 - 8 answers

Folk Rug/Blanket - Need Help With ID

This is a rug/blanket that's been hand-woven - [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Aug 28, 2014 - 3 answers

Youtube Amateur Night

Your favorite amateur musical performance on Youtube is... [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Aug 13, 2014 - 19 answers

VH1 Classic for Babies

I'd like to put together a playlist of great live musical performances on Youtube to play for my baby. What are your favorites? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jul 27, 2014 - 16 answers

This ball of twine is your life.

I remember reading a short story or folk tale about a man who had a ball of string. Whenever something boring was happening, he could just pull out some of the string and fast forward to the more interesting parts of his life. I read it around 1991, and it may have been Isaac Singer. Does anyone have a source for this tale?
posted by mecran01 on Mar 30, 2014 - 5 answers

Looking for some sad acoustic folk songs that suit my singing voice.

I can sing in an alto or soprano range and I love to sing with my NOSE [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Mar 2, 2014 - 22 answers

Practising harmonies - à la First Aid Kit

I'm looking for songs with similar harmonies to First Aid Kit. Any genre considered, and songs with more than a two part harmony are welcome. Practising harmonies with some friends and need some practice material :) [more inside]
posted by drunkonthemoon on Jan 30, 2014 - 22 answers

Help - Azerbaijani music info.

Love a song, but would like to figure out whether it's the same early modern piece of music as a wikipedia article suggests. [more inside]
posted by lethologues on Jan 16, 2014 - 5 answers

Can you help me identify this impossible to describe folk song?

I've got very little information about a folk song, possibly traditional, in some Germanic language. But I'd really love to hear it again! [more inside]
posted by moons in june on Jan 7, 2014 - 7 answers

Sing along with Jabo

I'm looking for suggestions for songs and/or free songbook pdfs for a sing-a-long. [more inside]
posted by jabo on Dec 28, 2013 - 4 answers

Can you recommend other good movies that feature folk music?

I'm looking for movies that feature folk music in an interesting way other than the ones I've listed below (not many). I've mostly loved American and Irish folk music in the past along with some Australian bush band/string fusions but I'm pretty open-minded. [more inside]
posted by h00py on Dec 15, 2013 - 31 answers

African Trickster story

Years ago a friend had a great collection of Anansi stories and distinctly remember one bizarre story that we told and re-told. I have failed to find the specific story or the collection/website it was from. [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Dec 8, 2013 - 2 answers

Looking for good Christian folk music...

So I'm looking for some good Christian folk, bluesy, or bluegrass music and have a few specific styles in mind... [more inside]
posted by dr handsome on Nov 8, 2013 - 23 answers

Simple Folk wanted.

Can you recommend any contemporary folk artists producing uncontemporary folk music? [more inside]
posted by Caskeum on Oct 31, 2013 - 36 answers

Music from the Northern Lattitudes sought.

Every other year I throw a Nordic-themed winter solstice party to welcome the return of the sun. In addition to Nordic foods like Herring, meatballs, and Swedish fish I like to play music from the north. I want to branch out from Bjork, Sibelius and Abba. I have already downloaded the album from Árstíðir which was featured on metafilter. Can you suggest musicians/songs/bands/composers from Nordic countries (or from Arctic regions) that are sung in their native language rather than English?
posted by vespabelle on Oct 24, 2013 - 38 answers

What was the halter dress I saw at the festival?

At a recent folk festival, I saw a halter dress made of thin fabric, short, possibly a style the wearer wraps herself. Where can I buy one? [more inside]
posted by thewestinggame on Sep 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Is there a term for this type of music?

Is there a generic term for music like ""Heaven Bound" by Los Duggans? I recognize their influences (bluegrass, gospel, etc.), but the specifics elude me -- the particular combination of nihilism/religious fundamentalist references (ironic or genuine, to say nothing of the electric bass) seems like the sort of thing that would arise from a subculture, so I suspect there's a generic term for their type of music that I'm not aware of. [more inside]
posted by aramaic on Jun 13, 2013 - 1 answer

What was this female-singer, new folksy song about the months?

Can you help me ID this newer folk song, by a female singer, about the months? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Apr 27, 2013 - 5 answers

Songs of the Labor Movement

For Camp NaNoWriMo, I am planning a sci-fi book in which labor politics play a significant role in the plot. I'd like to listen to music associated with the historical labor movement while I'm planning and writing. I only speak English, but will listen in any language. What have you got for me?
posted by gauche on Mar 7, 2013 - 42 answers

Information on an Italian Folk Song

I'm looking for any information on an Italian folk song "Tutti Mi Chiaman Mario" The song: 1, 2. I'm looking for anything from personal reminiscences, to a copy of the lyrics, information about its origin, to academic analysis - anything at all.
posted by bq on Feb 1, 2013 - 3 answers

Fastnacht costumes

What are the names of these Fastnacht characters? [more inside]
posted by Chrischris on Jan 3, 2013 - 3 answers

Music like The Seeger Sessions

Music filter: More music like Springsteen's The Seeger Sessions [more inside]
posted by Thug on Oct 30, 2012 - 18 answers

Live acoustic party music

Looking for a list of old-timey popular standard songs to play (guitar/banjo/mandolin/harmonica, etc) with friends in the living room while we drink beer and let the kids jump around. [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast on Oct 20, 2012 - 24 answers

Best version of the Child Ballads?

I'd like to get a copy of the Child Ballads, but there is a frustratingly large selection and very few reviews of any of them. Any suggestions on the best version? [more inside]
posted by HSWilson on Sep 14, 2012 - 9 answers

Give my brain something to obsessively consume for the next few weeks.

Hey! Do you like quasi folk music? Me too! Recommend me some great bands! [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate on Jul 18, 2012 - 56 answers

Folk Me Up

I'm looking for folky and bluegrassy covers of popular songs. Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by moonroof on Jul 7, 2012 - 61 answers

Seeking good songs for a song circle in the woods

Seeking song reccommendations for a song circle/singalong in the woods. I want songs that are simple to teach, fun to sing, sound good, and don't make you feel like a 10-year-old at summer camp. Drinking songs, sea shanties, rounds, folk songs, etc. [more inside]
posted by rivenwanderer on Jun 18, 2012 - 21 answers

Memory lapse and I need help

Trying to connect to the past [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Jun 14, 2012 - 4 answers

Punk songs for a folk lover?

I normally listen to bluegrass/folk/classical, but I recently found out I really love Bad Religion's "Sorrow". What other punk tracks might I enjoy? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jun 6, 2012 - 25 answers

Is there a name for the kind of art that depicts early American towns as nearly two-dimensional?

Is there a name for the kind of folk art painting that depicts early American towns as nearly two-dimensional? [more inside]
posted by theletterfour on Jun 1, 2012 - 6 answers

How to compose solo flute folk music?

I want to compose a piece of unaccompanied folk music. What do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by teraspawn on May 6, 2012 - 3 answers

Ambient Wedding Playlist Help.

Looking for suggestions for folksy, acoustic love songs for our wedding reception. [more inside]
posted by arha on May 6, 2012 - 34 answers

My harp will go on. Underwater. Glug glug.

How did harps come to be associated with (under)water? [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Apr 9, 2012 - 9 answers

What is the Folk Web?

I'm looking for 'Folk' Web Cultures. I am thinking of the recent take-down of Geocities, which seemed to refresh people's love of the naff, kitsch aesthetic it was famous for, as a prime example. What are some other folk cultures still lingering in the dark corners of the web? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Apr 4, 2012 - 11 answers

By the time we got to ______

What are the best bluegrass and folk festivals on the east coast of the US? [more inside]
posted by itstheclamsname on Apr 2, 2012 - 25 answers

Tranquil, folky song, sung by a woman, something to do with years... can you identify?

I have a song stuck in my head and can't remember what it is. It's a fairly tranquil, folky song sung by a woman. What I can remember of the lyrics has something about years: "[something something something] nineteen sixty nine [something] seventy eight." Ringing any bells?
posted by Kattullus on Mar 12, 2012 - 6 answers

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