folk singer

\ ˈfōk-ˌsiŋ-ər \
variants: or less commonly folksinger or folk-singer

Definition of folk singer

: one who sings folk songs or sings in a style associated with folk songs

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folk singing \ ˈfōk-​ˌsiŋ-​iŋ \ noun

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My Story’ that was inspired and influenced by the travel, meeting with gospel choirs, folk singers, and musicians, jazz, Gloria and Emilio Estefan in Miami. Karen Bliss, Billboard, "Aloe Blacc on 'America's Musical Journey' Doc, His Forthcoming Album & Unreleased Songs With Avicii," 20 June 2018 The agreement also covers the iconic country-folk singer and songwriter's forthcoming album, 'The Tree of Forgiveness,' out April 13. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "John Prine Signs Worldwide Publishing Deal With Downtown," 5 Apr. 2018 Head to the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park to see folk singer John Gorka, the New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus, and more., "Things to do in Greater Boston this summer," 15 June 2018 Then there was Tibetan freedom folk singer Techung, whom Glass also supported on piano. Ronald Hart, Billboard, "Carly Simon, Patti Smith & More Dazzle at NYC's Tibet House Concert," 5 Mar. 2018 Phoebe Bridgers Indie-pop folk singer Phoebe Bridgers wins the Eaux Claires MVP award. Erin Richards And Samantha West, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eaux Claires IV review: Day 2 music," 8 July 2018 Our fifth curator is folk singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile. Patrick Crowley, Billboard, "Brandi Carlile's Pride Month Playlist: Emily Saliers, Culture Club, Janis Ian & More," 21 June 2018 During his European exile, Neruda fell for a Chilean folk singer, Mathilde Urrutia, eight years his junior. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Republic, "The partisan world of Pablo Neruda," 2 July 2018 Barry is the kind of folk singer who writes about jumping trains and snorting methamphetamine. John Adamian,, "From Sam Hunt And Reba To U2 And King X: A Week Of Big-Name Concerts," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of folk singer

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of folk singer was in 1884

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folk·​sing·​er | \ ˈfōk-ˌsiŋ-ər \

Kids Definition of folksinger

: a person who sings songs ( folk songs ) created by and long sung among the common people

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