Folk music usually describes music transmitted (and modified) in an oral
tradition. The changes introduced as the music is sung, remembered, modified
and passed on give it a special folk character quite different from anything
composed. The whole subject is fascinating, and is an area we've neglected
at Music & Vision so far. Until we put this right with high quality
articles by experts in the genre, here are some pointers to other places
on the web with interesting folk content.
I'll leave any other introductions to Stephen Ide, who knows rather more
about folk music than me, and who has written an article called Folk Music on the
Internet which also covers folk music newsgroups and mailing lists.
Folk Music Magazines
- Crossroads is a resource for radio,
retail, labels and artists in the folk and world music business.
- Dirty Linen Online is a
U.S.-based magazine - an abridged version of the hardcopy Dirty Linen
Magazine available throughout the world.
- Based in the UK and edited by Ian Anderson, Folk
Roots Magazine is the 'world's leading roots, folk and world music
magazine'. Includes festival listings for Britain and Europe.
- The Mudcat Café is 'a magazine
dedicated to blues and folk music', containing the 'Digital Tradition Folksong
Database' (which can be downloaded to use off-line), and shortly to feature
automated concert listings.
- Sing Out! is a 47 year-old quarterly folksong magazine - a paper
publication with an internet home page. The associated web site at www.singout.org allows searching of
all the songs printed since the first issue of the magazine.
- Yahoo's folk music section has some interesting links at dir.yahoo.com/Entertainment/Music/Genres/Folk/
. It's worth also looking in their magazines
- For a slightly more 'home grown' list of sites, try the Open Directory
Project, whose folk listings are at dmoz.org/Arts/Music/Styles/Folk/
- Jay Glicksman's comprehensive Folk
Music Home Page is mostly a list of links to other sites, although
it also contains some original material.
- Folkmusic.org is the self-proclaimed
'comprehensive source for folk and acoustic music resources on the World
Wide Web'. Unless the folk music world has stood still for nearly a year
(which I doubt), the 'Last Modified: Sunday 05 Apr 1998' statement seems
to indicate that you might not find the most up-to-date information here.
Associated with folkmusic.org is a commercial branch - folkweb.com
which sells CDs and provides downloadable extracts.
- A Glossary
of Musical Instruments and Styles (originally compiled by ARC music)
is maintained by Hobgoblin Music.
If you've reached this far and still want more, there are always the
various forms of folk dancing ... a good (although UK-centred) starting
point is Webfeet: Dancing on
the Web . Then you could try listening to FOLK
IMAGE - 'the internet's D.J.'d folk music audio program' - a series
of two hour radio programmes webcast in Real Audio from the United States.
The most recent is January 31st 1999. Alternatively, there are the 400 or
so member sites of the Folk
Music webring to explore!
Copyright © Keith Bramich, March
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