What is folk?

  • (noun): A social division of (usually preliterate) people.
    Synonyms: tribe
    See also — Additional definitions below

Folk

The English word Folk is derived from a Germanic noun, *fulka meaning "people" or "army" (i.e. a crowd as opposed to "a people" in a more abstract sense of clan or tribe). The English word folk has cognates in most of the other Germanic languages. Folk may be a Germanic root that is unique to the Germanic languages, although Latin vulgus, "the common people", has been suggested as a possible cognate.

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Some articles on folk:

Music Of Finland - Folk Music
... There are two major traditions of folk music in Finland, namely, music of the Kalevala form, and Nordic folk music or pelimanni music (North Germanic spelman, "player of music") ... music is the Finnish version of the Nordic folk dance music, and it is tonal ... Well-known Finnish folk music groups of today in the Kaustinen tradition include JPP, Frigg (although part Norwegian), and Troka ...
The Weavers
... The Weavers were an American folk music quartet based in the Greenwich Village area of New York City ... They sang traditional folk songs from around the world, as well as blues, gospel music, children's songs, labor songs, and American ballads, and sold ... Their hard-driving string-band style inspired the commercial "folk boom" that followed them in the 1950s and 1960s, including such performing groups as The ...
Music Of Sweden - Traditional
... See also Swedish folk music Swedish folk songs are dominated by ballads and kulning the latter was originally used as a cow-herding call and is traditionally sung by ... Modern bands like Folk och Rackare, Hedningarna and Garmarna incorporated folk songs into their repertoire ...
Stephen Stills - Early Years
... Moving around as a child, he developed an interest in blues and folk music ... Stills could also be heard singing solo at Gerde's Folk City, a well-known coffee house in Greenwich Village ... Stills, along with four other former members of the Au Go Go Singers formed The Company, a folk-rock group ...
Music Of Sweden - Traditional - Roots Revival
... See also Swedish folk music In the 1960s, Swedish jazz musicians like Jan Johansson used folk influences in their work, resulting in an early 1970s series of music festivals in Stockholm ... reflected a popular trend towards jazz- and rock-oriented folk music, featuring many performers who brought a new vitality to Swedish folk ...

More definitions of "folk":

  • (noun): People in general.
    Example: "They're just country folk"
    Synonyms: common people
  • (noun): The traditional and typically anonymous music that is an expression of the life of people in a community.
    Synonyms: folk music, ethnic music

Famous quotes containing the word folk:

    Do you know what a soldier is, young man? He’s the chap who makes it possible for civilised folk to despise war.
    Allan Massie (b. 1938)

    “I have usually found that there was method in his madness.”
    “Some folk might say there was madness in his method.”
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859–1930)