folk song


Definition of folk song 

: a traditional or composed song typically characterized by stanzaic form, refrain, and simplicity of melody

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Speaking on the House floor two months back, Representative Buddy Carter of Georgia recognized the Gullah Geechee, whose ancestors were brought to America’s southeastern coast from West Africa, as the probable creators of the famous folk song. John Eligon, New York Times, "About That Song You’ve Heard, Kumbaya," 9 Feb. 2018 There was a huge life-size cake of the star, replete with detail including his tattoos, and typical Russian dance and folk songs. Debora Rey, Fox News, "Messi birthday overshadowed by Argentina's World Cup crisis," 24 June 2018 In the 32 years since, he's only put out six other albums, which again underscores a difference between him and Dylan, who since 1986 has released nine albums of original music, with several albums of folk songs or jazz vocal standards. Houston Chronicle, "On Paul Simon, sad songs and being soft in the middle," 2 June 2018 From tap dancing to Danish folk songs Those twists will be readily apparent, starting with the season-opening Oct. 3 performance at downtown San Diego’s Balboa Theatre. George Varga,, "La Jolla Music Society will celebrate stellar 50th anniversary season in its new $78.5 million arts center," 8 July 2018 In between the tragicomic bits — there is much fun with accents — the performers grab instruments and sing a folk song, mostly Americana, but also Irish and such. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "Bite-size theater reviews: 'Flora and Ulysses,' 'Bury the Hatchet,' 'Godspell'," 4 May 2018 Crowds draped in white-blue-red Russian flags sang folk songs and whooped wildly in the marbled corridors of the St. Petersburg subway. Washington Post, "Russian fans celebrate once-maligned team as heroes," 19 June 2018 Crowds draped in white-blue-red Russian flags sang folk songs and whooped wildly in the marbled corridors of the St. Petersburg subway. Fox News, "Russian fans celebrate once-maligned team as heroes," 19 June 2018 McGuinn performed the song often as a youth, singing folk songs in coffee shops. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "The Byrds' 'Sweetheart of the Rodeo': A Track-by-Track Guide Ahead of the 50th Anniversary Tour," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of folk song

1843, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of folk song

: a song created by the people of a country or region : a song sung in folk music

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