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Folk and Traditional Music from Creek Don't Rise(tm)

Written by Paul Race for Creek Don't Rise™
and School Of The Rock™
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.

Some of the songs 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:

  • 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

We also have an article that any musician or music teacher who works with traditional music should read: "Who Owns Folk Songs." 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.

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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