folk music

noun

: the traditional music of the people in a country or region
Irish folk music
also : a type of popular music that is based on traditional music and that does not use electric instruments

Examples of folk music in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before Beatlemania and the British invasion revolutionized American popular music, folk music dominated the airwaves — and perhaps no group was more ubiquitous than the New Christy Minstrels. Clay Risen, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2024 That road bump, thankfully, appears to have passed — the only remaining fear will be that felt by those who like their folk music squeaky clean and safe. Aaron Davis, Sacramento Bee, 28 Jan. 2024 To craft the ballads of the musical nomads, producer Dave Cobb and the creative team drew heavily from Appalachian-country folk music, while early Dolly Parton and Sissy Spacek's Loretta Lynn (from the 1980 musical-drama Coal Miner's Daughter) informed Lucy Gray's sound. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 25 Sep. 2023 The set not only showcased Moreno’s exquisite vibrato, but also paid homage to the rich heritage of Latin American folk music. Isabela Raygoza, Billboard, 4 Feb. 2024 Shane MacGowan, the lead singer and songwriter of Celtic punk band The Pogues, who mashed up Irish folk music with raw rock, has died. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Nov. 2023 This annual celebration features all sorts of live entertainment from Celtic rock and bagpipes to Irish folk music and dancing, authentic Irish foods and beverages, an Irish marketplace, a firefighters pancake breakfast, plus carnival rides and, of course, a parade. Brittany Delay, The Mercury News, 1 Jan. 2024 Looking back, a blending of Western rock and Egyptian folk music is carved in Amir’s memories of his childhood and teenage years — a fusion that would eventually shape his own music to a great extent. Mayya Al Ogaily, Billboard, 9 Jan. 2024 The music is a rich, melodic and lovely blend of Mexican bolero and ranchero folk music, and three mariachi musician-singers are onstage for the entire 75-minute show. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Dec. 2023 See More

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“Folk music.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/folk%20music. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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