All posts in Folk


GG Allin Carmelita
Tampa FL 1991

Kevin Michael “GG” Allin (born Jesus Christ Allin; August 29, 1956 – June 28, 1993) was an American singer, songwriter and record producer, who performed and recorded with many groups during his career. GG Allin was best known for his outlandish live performances, which often featured transgressive acts, including coprophagia, self-mutilation, and attacking audience members, for which he was arrested and imprisoned on multiple occasions.

Dertli Dolap

Özgür Baba – Dertli Dolap

Özgür Baba living in the midst of nature by himself, plays his saz (a musical instrument used by Turkish folk singers). Selecting verses from Yunus Emre, an ancient poet, the song is about a tree transformed into a wardrobe but not feeling happy.

Comus – First Utterance

Comus – First Utterance 1971 [Full album]

Comus are a British progressive folk band who had a brief career in the early 1970s. Their first album, First Utterance, brought them a cult following, which persists. They reunited in 2009, and have played several festivals and released a new album.

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Kate McCannon

Brewery Sessions – Colter Wall – “Kate McCannon”.
Outlaw country at its finest.

Colter Wall (born June 27, 1995) is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Swift Current, Saskatchewan.
His self-titled debut album was released on May 12, 2017.


DakhaBrakha performing live in the KEXP studio. Recorded April 23, 2017.

DakhaBrakha is a Ukrainian folk quartet which combines the musical styles of several ethnic groups. It was a winner of the Sergey Kuryokhin Prize in 2009.

The group’s name derives from Ukrainian verbs Давати and Брати, meaning “give” and “take”, respectively – while also playing on the Art Centre’s name “Dakh” (literally ‘roof’ in Ukrainian).

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Tigran Hamasyan – Jazz sous les Pommiers

Tigran Hamasyan – Jazz sous les Pommiers 2011

Tigran Hamasyan (Armenian: Տիգրան Համասյան; born July 17, 1987) is an Armenian jazz pianist.
He plays mostly original compositions, which are strongly influenced by the Armenian folk tradition, often using its scales and modalities.

Tigran Hamasyan – Live @ Montreal Jazz Festival

The pianist Tigran Hamasyan at the Montreal Jazz Festival
For his new album “An Ancient Observer”, the pianist Tigran Hamasyan returns in the form of the solo and goes through the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Sundrum Ladies

Wooden Wand – Sundrum Ladies
Wooden Wand – Harem of the Sundrum & the Witness Figg album.

Our Father the Monster

Wooden Wand & the World War IV – Our Father the Monster

DakhaBrakha – Tiny Desk

People always ask me, “What’s your favorite Tiny Desk Concert?” Well, right now it’s the one recently performed by DakhaBrakha. The creative quartet from Kiev, Ukraine make music that sounds like nothing I’ve ever heard, with strands of everything I’ve ever heard.

I want the world to see this Tiny Desk Concert more than any other right now. It’s refreshing to hear the power of acoustic music and the many worlds of sound still waiting to be explored. — BOB BOILEN

The Burden of Hope

Grails – The Burden of Hope

Mona ki ngi xica

Bonga – Mona ki ngi xica (The Child I’m Leaving Behind)

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Pain is Beauty

Chelsea Wolfe – Pain is Beauty

Chelsea Wolfe is an American singer-songwriter from Sacramento, California, currently based in Los Angeles. She is known for her “specific brand of drone-metal-art-folk”, characterized by experimental guitar playing, hazy vocals, and surreal soundscapes.


Flatlands – Chelsea Wolfe and Mark Lanegan

Oats In The Water

Ben Howard – Oats In The Water

Awake Arise

Grant Hart: Awake Arise

Grant Hart performs “Awake, Arise” from his new Album “The Argument,”.
Grant Hart was a founding member of legendary Minnesota band, Husker Du.

Richie Havens R.I.P.

Richard Pierce “Richie” Havens
The folk singer who opened the legendary ’69 Woodstock rock festival, has died of a heart attack at 72.

He is best known for his intense and rhythmic guitar style (often in open tunings), soulful covers of pop and folk songs, and his opening performance at the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

Havens’ reputation as a live performer earned him widespread notice. His Woodstock appearance proved to be a major turning point in his career. As the festival’s first performer, he held the crowd for nearly three hours (in part because he was told to perform a lengthy set because many artists were delayed in reaching the festival location), and he was called back for several encores. Having run out of tunes, he improvised a song based on the old spiritual “Motherless Child” that became “Freedom”. The subsequent Woodstock movie release helped Havens reach a worldwide audience.


LSD is Dead

Hugo Race and the True Spirit:

LSD is Dead

Sweetest Kill

Broken Social Scene – Sweetest Kill
From the band’s 2010 album Forgiveness Rock Record.

Seven Swans

Sufjan Stevens –

Existential Cowboy

Devil’s Spoke

Laura Marling –

Rue Morgue Blues

Hugo Race – Rue Morgue Blues. He was a member of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, before forming The Wreckery with Nick Barker and Robin Casinader in the 1980s.

Cold Turkey

Flesh Quartet feat. Freddie Wadling

Going Out West

Tom Waits – Going Out West