Folk music is an ever-changing concept, and many scholars' opinions differ on what music is considered folk. Some have a very strict definition, while others are much more loose.
Some core concepts of folk are:
- also called "traditional music" or "roots music"
- community-created, from rural or urban origins
- is mostly singing or dancing with acoustic or no accompaniment
- differentiated from art music or popular music
- often of unknown authorship, passed from generation to generation
For more thorough definitions and interpretations of folk music, check out the music dictionaries and encyclopedias at Oxford Music Online.
General Histories and Guides
Songs, Lyrics, and Sheet Music
Other Internet Resources
The Folk Revival Movement
Folk Music of Other Cultures
To find materials in the catalog about contemporary folk music, try a subject search on the following terms:
To find books about folk musicians, try a SUBJECT search of the individual's name (Last name, First name)
You can also limit your search results by designating a specific material type, such as CD or musical score.
Note: Many albums have excellent historical and biographical notes, and lyrics are frequently included on containers or inner liners.