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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So there’s a song in Cold War that evolves over time — a folk song that comes to be very meaningful to the story. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "“I wanted to make it a beautiful disaster”: Pawel Pawlikowski on his new film Cold War," 21 Dec. 2018 In its first European competition in decades, Seattle Girls Choir took second place — out of 11 competing choirs — in the children’s folk song choir category at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Girls Choir takes a second-place honor at European cultural festival," 9 July 2018 Though the score evokes spirituals, jazz, folk songs, ragtime and Dixieland, the elements of musical theater came through most strongly in this performance, led with brio by Stephen Lord. New York Times, "A Soldier’s Racially Charged Suicide Becomes a Powerful Opera," 13 June 2018 Since 1871, the group has serenaded audiences with folk songs, love songs, show tunes, sea chanteys, and semi-classical music. Kathy Shiels Tully,, "A heartfelt version of ‘Calendar Girls’ in Stoneham," 25 May 2018 The program also holds works by Britten and Robert Pearsall, and English folk song arrangements. John Von Rhein,, "Recommended Chicago classical concerts for June 15-21," 14 June 2018 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

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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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