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 An ebony-skinned girl from Detroit and a flame-haired British folkie come together in the New York music scene of the early 1970s. David Canfield,, "The Final Revival of Opal & Nev," 30 Mar. 2021 Turns out Smith has been an actor, playwright and musician and even played some serious gigs, opening for legendary folkie Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. Los Angeles Times, "Review: He ditched his privilege to labor in a Dakota oil field. All he got was a powerful memoir," 27 Feb. 2021 Fans of singer-songwriter Taylor James Donskey used to catch him at local clubs and coffeehouses, performing original folkie-country tunes or jamming with his band. Kevyn Burger Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Housebound Minnesotans are picking up the easy-to-learn ukulele," 18 Nov. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective She’s a guitar-slinging singer/songwriter who is currently in a phase of making folkie rock, not unlike other recent Album of the Year winners, such as Beck and Kacey Musgraves. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Why White Musicians Keep Dedicating Their Grammys to Black Artists," 15 Mar. 2021 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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3 Apr 2021

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“Folkie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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