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

Examples of folkie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Northwest alt-folkie Pete Droge was invited to audition to be a member of the onscreen Stillwater band. Matt Wake |, al, "‘Almost Famous’ at 20: Ranking every song from beloved rock film," 18 Aug. 2020 Evoking at turns Sade and Corinne Bailey Rae, La Havas chronicles the bittersweet arc of a relationship with her alluring jazzy/folkie sound. Staff Reports Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "6 cool things in music this week include Lizzo, Cory Wong, Dave Koz, Lianne La Havas and Black pop fans," 7 Aug. 2020 Johnson doesn’t play with a pick or use his fingertips like a folkie. Sasha Frere-jones, The New Yorker, "Gang of Four’s Glorious and Dangerous Noise," 16 Feb. 2020 Yet the folkie elements in Modern Nature’s style are balanced by electronic ones that Cooper also deems essential. Washington Post, "From hushed balladry to blasts of free-jazz sax, Modern Nature entrances at first U.S. show," 10 Jan. 2020 No surprise there: His father, Loudon Wainwright III, was a singer-songwriter/folkie whose narrative approach was always off center compared to the earnestness that typically dictates the form. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Rufus Wainwright acknowledges time, defies time at Heights Theater," 22 Nov. 2019 The songs of Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen and the like were too old and uncool for the folkies and rockers and not yet old enough to be cool to a new generation. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Celebrating decades of music from the fingers of piano man John Eaton," 6 Nov. 2019 Giving so many folkies a place to work, play and learn is the most conspicuous part of Swallow Hill’s mission. John Wenzel, The Know, "Denver folk institution Swallow Hill Music turns 40," 8 Nov. 2019 Dylan wasn’t the only one wearing makeup; other Revue performers did, too, like folkies testing glam rock. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Bob Dylan’s Glam Hootenanny: Returning to Rolling Thunder," 5 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Franti fronts Michael Franti & Spearhead, a funky, folkie reggae-rock group that has been releasing records since 1994. Gregory Thomas,, "Music star Michael Franti’s Wine Country connection runs deep," 20 Feb. 2020 This is careful, lovely, folkie rock pop, building on a lineage running from Fleetwood Mac to Haim. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Makes Mandy Moore’s Return to Music So Poignant," 18 Sep. 2019

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1964, in the meaning defined above


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“Folkie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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