folk·​ie | \ ˈfō-kē How to pronounce folkie (audio) \
variants: or less commonly folky
plural folkies

Definition of folkie

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a folk singer or instrumentalist


variants: or folky

Definition of folkie (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to folk music

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Thus some folkies traveled to the Jamboree hoping for a job, such as, in the early 1960s, a pair of bluegrass fanatics from the West Coast: banjoist Jerry Garcia and guitarist Sandy Rothman. Eddie Dean, WSJ, "‘Bill Monroe’ and ‘Blue Grass Generation’ Review: The Blue Grass Boy," 27 Sep. 2018 Granik loves faces that have been lived in and weathered by hard times (including ancient cult folkie Michael Hurley, who turns up at a campfire singalong). Ty Burr,, "In ‘Leave No Trace,’ a father and daughter who break your heart," 27 June 2018 That represents a shift from some previous eras, in which protest music often took a harder, more rough-edged form — think of the weedy-voiced folkies of the 1960s or the shouty hardcore bands of the 1980s. Mikael Wood,, "In today's divisive political climate pop artists are shaping the new sound of protest music," 29 June 2018 Tim Barry To say that Tim Barry went from being a punk to being a folkie is a little misleading. John Adamian,, "From Sam Hunt And Reba To U2 And King X: A Week Of Big-Name Concerts," 23 June 2018 This year’s festival features surviving members of that band (including star attraction Richard Thompson), along with folkies like the Oyster Band, Al Stewart, and Afro-Celt Sound System. Jim Farber, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Summer Music Festivals of 2018," 8 May 2018 Leads Purdy and Rubarth each sing some of their own appealing original songs, along with a few folkie classics, while the soundtrack offers vintage cuts by Pete Seeger, John Prine and Kitty Wells. Dennis Harvey,, "'American Folk' review: On the road, with strong statement on 9/11," 25 Jan. 2018 Other acts have done this same thing to audiences, including comedians Dave Chappelle and Kevin Hart, singer Alicia Keys, alt-rockers Cage the Elephant, and folkies The Lumineers. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Jack White wants you to lock up your cell phone when he comes to Houston," 23 Jan. 2018 From hip-hop prankster to futuristic funk master to sensitive folkie, Beck's chameleonic career, well represented across 90 minutes Wednesday, has a consistent throughline. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An electrifying Beck worth the wait at first Milwaukee concert in 20 years," 17 Aug. 2017

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1964, in the meaning defined above


1965, in the meaning defined above

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