So you’re lookin’ for some good ol’ folk music for your upcoming event, eh? Well how about you check out these singers that’ll bring the down home folkyiness out in anyone - complete with toe-tappin’ banjos, mandolins, bottle flutes, washboards... okay, maybe these singers aren’t that “folky,” but they’ll definitely bring the soothing, Americana sounds that we all associate with folk music. Whether you’re into the sounds of James Taylor, the Indigo Girls, or Mumford & Sons, one of these folk singers are bound to be the perfect fit for you event. Welp... that’s all, folks!
Traditional music or Folk music can be easily identified with the grass roots working-class people who created it. The rise of folk music began with performers rooted in authentic American folk tradition like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. In the 1960s Folk singers such as Joan Baez and Bob Dylan began writing "protest music" and had crossover hits that spoke to their generation. Other examples of this crossover are seen in bands who fused Folk and Rock and developed Folk Rock, the most well known of which include The Byrds, Simon and Garfunkel and The Mamas and the Papas.
There are a few things you should do when you book a folk singer. First, you should listen to audio and watch video samples. This will ensure that you book the best for your special event. Next, be sure to get a contract. Make sure to read this carefully and watch for specifications made by the singer. Last, as you should with anything you purchase, read reviews and get references. Talk to people in the area and previous clients about the performer and get feedback.