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All About Folk Singers
When you're looking for a stripped down acoustic vocalist to tell a story through song, then hiring a folk singer is the best route to take. Our roster of featured folk singers are talented vocalists who are equipped to perform a wide range of different folk music styles. Whether you're on the hunt for a traditional folk musician or a vocalist who performs with a raw spirit that evokes the sounds of Bob Dylan or Joni Mitchell, you're sure to find the perfect folk singer for your project here.
The term 'folk' is derived from the German expression volk, meaning "people as a whole," which dates back to the 19th century. Thus, folk music is traditionally considered the 'music of the people'—whether that refers to an ethnic or national population, or a group of people who share a common goal, such as a political or social belief. The origins of folk music involve sung tales that were passed down by generations through oral tradition. Even those who were illiterate were still able to memorize folklore that was recited through song and dance.
When people think about folk music, they often conjure the sound and image of the American folk music revival. This revival began in New York City in the 1940s, on the heels of a renewed interest in square dancing and folk dancing. Some notable figures of the early wave of the American folk music revival include Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and The Weavers. By hiring a skilled folk singer on Voices, you'll be working with an experienced vocalist who can deliver a vocal performance that either channels the classic American folk sound, or even reaches for something more contemporary.
There are numerous sub genres of American folk music, including blues, bluegrass, gospel, old time music, roots music, and more. Sea shanties, cowboy songs, and railroad songs are all considered to be early forms of folk music. The main characteristics of folk music include rhyme and repetition, acoustic or string instruments, songs with uplifting or cathartic themes, as well as songs that capture the spirit of a particular group of people.
Working with one of our talented folk singers means that you will be collaborating with a vocalist who belongs to a lineage of musicians including Cat Stevens, Ani DiFranco, Emmylou Harris, Simon & Garfunkel, The Grateful Dead, Kris Kristofferson, and Neil Young. All you need to do is provide your lyrics and a description of your project, and one of the folk singers you find here will be able to bring your song to life.
A vocal performance by a folk musician is typically accompanied by instruments such as harmonica, banjo, accordion, fiddle, guitar, kazoo, mandolin, ukulele, violin, or percussion instruments. Folk music can be intimate and calming, serving as the perfect backing track for an internet video, radio ad, or movie soundtrack. On the other hand, other styles of folk music can be ready made for a lively time filled with dancing and merriment.
With our diverse lineup of multi talented folk singers, you'll have no trouble finding the perfect folk singer to fulfill your project's specific needs. Hiring a folk singer on Voices is easy. Browse through our lineup of folk vocalists, listen to the demos of the vocalists who most interest you, and hire the folk singer who is right for your project. You'll then have the opportunity to communicate with your chosen folk singer directly on our platform, send lyric files, arrange a live directed session, and more.
When you need to hire a folk vocalist who can perform with an impassioned, unvarnished sound that resonates with your listeners, you've landed at the right destination. Find the right folk singer for your project right here on Voices.
Frequently Asked Questions
American folk music is a form of folk music that originated in the United States, stemming from traditional folk music that originated in Great Britain, Europe, and Africa. Also known as roots music, American folk music largely developed throughout the first decades of the 20th century, and grew into the movement known as the 20th century folk music revival.
The cost of hiring a folk singer can vary based on the scope of your musical project and the rates of the folk singer you have decided to hire. Listen to the demos of our featured folk singers to discover how much it will cost to hire a folk singer.
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