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Folk and Traditional Music from CreekDontRise.comTM

Written by Paul Race for Creek Don't RiseTM, Folkarama.comTM,
and School Of The RockTM
When we started Creek Don't Rise(tm), we were hoping to publish downloadable sheet music and maybe MP3s of the hundred or so folk songs that pretty much everyone interested in traditional music ought to be exposed to as a "baseline" for further learning. Songs "everybody knew" when I was growing up in the 1950s and '60s, but most kids today have never heard.

That hasn't happened yet - we've been too busy answering reader questions about other topics. However we have collected some articles that might be helpful for folks trying to figure out this whole "folk song" thing. Not all of them are on this web site, but you'll figure that out if you click the links.

Our "flagship" article on Folk music is our article on the Folk Revival, which brought Folk and Folk-inspired music into millions of homes in the 1950s and 1060s. Whether you lived through the movement, or just heard about it from other folks, you should enjoy getting a fresh perspective on the Folk Revival, where it came from, where it went, and how it's still influencing many kinds of music today. Click on the picture or the link below to see that article.

This is the banner of our 'What Was the Folk Revival' article, showing some of the 'movers and shakers' of the movement. Click to go to the article.What Was the Folk Revival?

Relate articles include:

  • How To Folk - Tips and tricks to help Folk newbies learn and adapt quickly, not only to Folk music, but to the Folk community in general.

  • "Who Owns Folk Songs." An article that any musician or music teacher who works with traditional music should read: Among other things, the article encourages folks to play and record public domain material as much as possible, just to keep it in the public domain. Yes, that's a thing.

Collections So Far - Some of the songs we have documented have gotten onto various lists because readers requested more information about the song or were having trouble tracking it down, period. So if you are trying to find music for a folk song, contact us. We may be able to move your choice up in the "queue."

The collections we have so far are:

  • What "Folk Songs" Should I Know or Know About? - Old Folkies like me know 300-400 songs that they can lead or at least join in on at Folk gatherings or concerts. This article lists and links to about 25 that will help you get a "feel" for the kinds of songs newbies are likely to encounter.

  • Banjo Songs - Folk songs that we've arranged for banjo. Several of them are part of our folk banjo tutorial, so each one introduces a new principle or a technique. There are also "one-offs" that we put up in response to reader questions, etc.,

  • Classic Train Songs

  • Christmas songs

Please check back for more details (and hopefully new "snippets" of music) as the project progresses.

Whatever else you get out of our pages, I hope you enjoy your music and figure out how to make enjoyable music for those around you as well.

And please stay in touch!

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