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FOLK MUSICIANS ON THIS PAGE: PETE SEEGER * ELLA JENKINS * LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III * XOCHITL AND ANAI MORALES * CARTHY HARDY FARRELL YOUNG * RICHIE HAVENS * SONGS OF OUR NATIVE DAUGHTERS [featuring RHIANNON GIDDENS, LEYLA MCCALLA, ALLISON RUSSELL AND AMYTHYST KIAH) * CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS * MARY MCCASLIN & JIM RINGER * ODETTA * JOAN BAEZ * SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS

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The original version of this folk classic:


Loudon Wainwright III:



Sisters Xochitl and Anaí Morales of Mariachi Mesitzo singing and playing from their family’s home in Delano, CA, accompanied by their father Juan:


British folk group Carthy Hardy Farrell Young (AKA Eliza Carthy, Bella Hardy, Lucy Farrell, Kate Young) perform from their CD Laylam:


Richie Havens performs “Freedom” at Woodstock Music Festival in 1969:


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The Smithsonian project “Songs of Our Native Daughters”

“an artistic mission to supplant the portrayals of slavery as an abstract, ancient sin with the imaginative, immersive contemplation of its individual human impact and aftermath” – NPR

“their music is an act of reclamation… [offering] a glimpse of the strength and solidarity necessary in dark times” – TIME

“devastating beauty from banjo supergroup… what Giddens and her cohorts have managed to create is a record of great importance and exceptional beauty, its darker moments countered by points of bright wonder” – The Guardian (5 star review) 

“A crucial pronouncement in folk music” – Rolling Stone

This moving song, Barbados, features Rhiannon Giddens. Be sure to listen to the words in the intro AND the outro:

This one is a bit lighter:

This one is a variation of the folk classic “John Henry” called “Polly Ann”:

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The Carolina Chocolate Drops 2010 Nonesuch debut, “Genuine Negro Jig” won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album. The New York Times described their live performance as “an end-to-end display of excellence…” Rhiannon Giddens and Leyla McCalla left The Chocolate Drops to pursue solo careers:

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Odetta [Holmes] was a well-known folk singer from the sixties:

In a duet with Eric Bibb:

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From her early folk music days:

Another folk song also known as Wild Mountain Thyme:

Probably my favorite pop/jazz song by Baez (with Joni Mitchell):

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Playlist of 68 videos of songs  from various Smithsonian Folkways albums (also a few complete albums):