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The Folk Music genre is commonly regarded as a collection of melodies created by ordinary people. Typically, folk songs revolve around the lives of common individuals and adhere to specific rhymes. However, due to the lack of written documentation, the origins of many early folk tunes remain uncertain.

A significant number of early folk melodies focus on important events in the daily lives of ordinary people. These events encompass birth, love, weddings, deaths, and agricultural activities. Many folk songs were sung while engaging in work, often depicting mundane tasks such as planting, weeding, reaping, milling, harvesting, and weaving. The rhythms of this music often mirror the pace of the associated work. For instance, melodies about weaving cloth follow a similar beat to that of a weaving loom.

Interestingly, songs that are several decades old continue to be sung today. At one point, folk music in Europe fell out of fashion, but fortunately, it experienced a revival in the 1960s, reaching a wider audience.

Many folk songs narrate the history of the people who sang them, chronicling events such as wars, natural disasters, epidemics, and coronations.

The term “folk music” is relatively modern and derived from the expression “folklore,” which was first used by the writer William Thoms in 1846 to describe “the customs and legends of the common classes.”

A significant portion of early folk music was passed down orally from generation to generation since it couldn’t be written down. This is one of the main reasons why it is challenging to trace the origins of specific songs. Every country and community within those countries have their own variations of folk music, and the genre continues to evolve in contemporary times. Over the past fifty years in Europe, electric folk, Celtic folk, punk folk, and folk rock have all emerged. The long-term future of folk music appears secure, as it is now experiencing growth and reflecting everyday life once again.

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