Kenneth McKellar was a popular tenor known for his beautiful interpretation of Scottish vocal music. He died in 2010, but his music lives on in many recordings.
The Old West is a much fabled part of our national culture. Selected here are ten songs and ballads that reflect the richness and adversity of those who ventured into the region, as it was being settled.
England has a rich collection of traditional folk songs. This article includes performances of four songs and describes the interesting background of the music.
I talked to Kevin Roy about how he first fell in love with music, his creative process and how he recharges his batteries to keep on creating new music.
Wales has a wonderful musical heritage. Folk and traditional songs are an important part of this heritage and of Welsh culture. The country is known for its vocal music, singers, and choirs.
Trees can be beautiful and impressive. They have inspired the lyrics of many songs, including some lovely folk and traditional songs of England, Scotland, and Wales.
Sea shanties came from the era of the tall-masted sailing ships of yesteryear, and they had their own language in songs.
No matter how you look at it, the Mississippi River defines the American experience better than any other waterway within the United States. Notwithstanding, there exist a whole slurry of songs and stories that further describe life on the mighty river. These songs express the power of this river.
Jimmy MacCarthy is a leading Irish songwriter. He creates contemporary folk songs that often contain interesting imagery that can be interpreted in several ways.
Folk music has a long history in American culture. Because America is so ethnically diverse, the musical landscape of America is also diverse.
This beloved folk song about a little boy and his imaginary dragon named Puff was released by the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary in 1963. The song was written by Leonard Lipton, whose inspiration for the song came from the poem "The Tale of Custard the Dragon."
I talk to Hay Fever's Zohreh Gervais about the band's genesis, their creative process and their latest album entitled The River
Scotland and Ireland have a rich musical heritage. It's interesting and very enjoyable to explore traditional folk songs from the two countries.
Julie Fowlis is a popular Scottish folk singer and musician. She generally sings in Gaelic and is involved in collecting the traditional songs of the Hebrides.
From Emmylou Harris to Johnny Cash, Doc Watson and Kate Wolf, First Aid Kit and Valerine June, roots music and folk have evolved from many genres. If you are looking for the ultimate list of contemporary and traditional folk and old time music, here it is.