Fun Facts About Folk Music

When you hear a traditional folk song, you are listening to a story set to music. Whether the song is about love, struggle, happiness, or loss, you soon realize that the singer is offering his or her thoughts on experiences that all people share.

Folk songs have survived through the generations along with some of the instruments that help to convey their meaning. Here is a sampling of folk music instruments, a unique collection of jokes about folk music and its musicians, and a list of resources for visiting the websites of some of today's folk musicians.

Traditional folk music and its instruments, have been with us for hundreds of years. While some of the instruments are still familiar to us today, others have all but disappeared. A few examples of folk instruments that have survived the years are: the banjo, the harmonica, and the accordion. If you go to Blue Grass Banjo, you'll find that the earliest version of the banjo was first made by the the African slaves. Though the banjo has changed in material and design over the years, its exuberant strumming can still be heard in a corner cafe on a Saturday night.

Empty the pockets of a group of school children today and you're sure to find a harmonica or two in the contents. This accessible, folk instrument has survived the centuries to be enjoyed by its player, with or without a sheet of music. For a revealing look at the unique construction of this simple instrument visit Music Folk.

A musician playing the accordion is a sight that is not soon forgotten. An audience member cannot look at the expanding and contracting bellows of an accordion and its wide array of buttons and keys to navigate and not feel admiration for the musician who tackles this bulky instrument. You can find information on the accordion and its evolution at Accordions.

For further reference, there is an ample list of folk instruments with a description of each at Hobgoblin USA.

Within the folk music community there are many dedicated musicians who are serious about improving their performance skills. But, even the most serious music lovers will take a few moments to laugh at themselves and the quirky world of musicians. A selection of musical instrument jokes can be found at Mit, including this one: "What's an accordion good for? Learning how to fold a map."

If you're a banjo musician or just a music enthusiast looking for a laugh give this site a look Langston. If you're in need of even more chuckles be sure to visit Benton Rea.

Here are some suggestions of websites that feature folk musicians:

Lou And Peter
Charlie King
Folk Music
Back To The Dirt
Norbury And Finch
Steve Schellenberg
Sound Of The Steppes
Laura Smith
Sweet Water Women
Pec
Savannah Folk
Allen Singer
Rich Bala

Folk music has changed over the years, but its ability to speak to the experiences of all human beings has remained the same.