Good Folk Music Artists?

So I have recently discovered the folk music genre by listening to and buying Follow Me Down by Sarah Jarosz. First let me say she is amazing! I definitely have more of an interest in the genre after becoming hooked on this artist.

So my question is this: what are some other really good folk artists? They can be solo or groups, I don't really care. I just want a good introduction to the genre.


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    Sarah Jarosz is on the bluegrass side, so you might be interested in the Transatlantic Sessions programmes. A lot of the performances are up on youtube. For each series, a couple dozen excellent musicians and singers from Scotland, Ireland, England, the U.S. and Canada are locked up in a cool old house for a wee while to collaborate and the whole thing is filmed. Some of the performances coming out of that are fantastic. With Jerry Douglas involved, bluegrass comes in frequently.

    Here's one of my favourites, Joan Osbourne singing her song St Teresa with Michael McGoldrick (flute), Bruce Molsky (banjo) and Jerry Douglas (dobro), amongst others.

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    (The group cohesion she talks about at the end of the clip comes naturally to trad musicians who come through active session scenes like Scotland's.)

    Allison Krauss is THE bluegrass/newgrass singer. Stunning voice and fiddle work. And then she went and made that genre-crashing album with Robert Plant and T-Bone Burnett....

    BBC Alba's Horo Gheallaidh has the best of Glasgow's annual Celtic Connections festival and covers a decent range of traditions across each series. Plenty of clips on youtube.

    Rachel Sermanni is a dynamic young singer-songwriter with a quirky sense of humour that makes for great live shows. Great first album too.

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    Try these too, from Heidi Talbot, Emily Smith and Julie Fowlis.

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    'Folk' is a broad word, which can encompass the world's traditional dance musics and song traditions, English folk songs, American roots music, the 60s folk revival and the folk-rock and singer-songwriter genres which emerged from that. If you're serious about understanding the whole category, you need to listen to recordings from Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Odetta, Bob Dylan's early material, Joan Baez, Peter Paul & Mary, Martin Carthy, Alan Lomax's field recordings, several blues genres (especially Delta blues) and so much more.

    Don't forget your public library. They can be great resources for the 'historical' material. In the U.S., Rounder Records is excellent, have a look at their website and sign up for their newsletter. They give free downloads several times a year.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Classic Folk:

    Woody Guthrie

    Bob Dylan

    Pete Seeger

    Lead Belly

    Emerson, Lake and Palmer

    Peter, Paul and Mary

    Folk Rock:

    The Byrds

    The Band

    Blitzen Trappers


    Iron and Wine

    Classical Folk:





    Ralph Vaughn Williams


    Ole Bull

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Just search the web by typing Folk Music - it's all there just waiting for you.

    Source(s): voice coach
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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Jake Bugg! Look up Broken, its my favouriteee

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  • jimt
    Lv 5
    7 years ago

    You might want Singer-Songwriters:

    Rosi Golan

    Mindy Smith

    Ingrid Michaelson

    Joshua James

    Joshua Radin

    And some Indie Folk:

    Iron & Wine

    Jake Bugg


    The Decemberists

    Angus & Julia Stone

    William Fitzsimmons

    The Civil Wars

    Bon Iver

    Brandi Carlile

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  • 7 years ago

    Alela Diane is pretty good.

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