Folk Musicians-1

England’s First Family of Folk Music, Waterson:Carthy

Live on “Sunday Afternoon”, ABC-TV Australia, March 26 1995. Trad arr. Waterson:Carthy, the song appeared on their eponymous debut album.


From daughter Eliza Carthy’s album “Anglicana”:




Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer sing one of the old Child Ballads:

Written awhile ago but more relevant than ever:


Olivia Chaney:



Ry Cooder plays folk music in its widest possible sense.  Here he plays a lovely Mexican instrumental:

Another sublime instrumental:

Cooder plays an instrumental version of a Blind Willie Johnson blues:

Cooder duets with Cuban guitarist Manuel Galban:

“Secret Love” is from Mambo Sinuendo, a studio album released by Cuban guitarist Manuel Galban and producer Ry Cooder. This album became the first #1 album in the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart for Galbán and the second for Cooder (after Buena Vista Social Club in 1998) and won the award for Best Pop Instrumental Album at the 46th Grammy Awards.

Woody Guthrie song covered by Cooder and Ani DiFranco:

Here Cooder plays along with Indian guitarist V.M. Bhatt:

Most of Cooder’s early albums featured blues songs. Here he backs Irma Thomas:


Louisiana’s Mary Gauthier (pronounced Go-shay) wrote this country/folk song:

Mary Gautier tells the story behind her new album “Rifles & Rosary Beads”:



Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater perform the title song from the CD “Esteesee” (about STC or Samuel Taylor Coleridge). It is based on a childhood prayer, “Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John”:


English folk divas unite to sing an old, old song:

Prior also sings with the folk-rock group Steeleye Span:


Sisters from Quebec sang in English or French (as here):

This one has exquisite harmony singing: