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Folk Music 2019


  1. Hard Time Getting Here?: Man of Constant Sorrow vs. Wayfaring Stranger (4.9)
    1. "Man of Constant Sorrow" [wiki]
      1. Soggy Bottom Boys from O Brother Where Art Thou [Y]
      2. Alison Krauss and Union Station [YV]
      3. Bob Dylan [Y]
      4. Emry Arthur 1928 [Y]
    2. "Wayfaring Stranger" [wiki]
      1. Johnny Cash [Y]
      2. Rhiannon Giddens [YV]
      3. Jack White from the film Cold Mountain [Y]
      4. Mormon Tabernacle Choir [YV]
      5. JD Sumner [YV]
  2. "Blackwater Side"
    1. Anne Briggs YouTube audio
    2. Sandy Denny YouTube audio
    3. Briggs / Jansch liveYouTube
    4. Wikipedia
  3. Yes, you can run away with a gypsy boy and be happy (12.8 Friday)
    1. "The Raggle Taggle Gypsy" (Wikipedia), "Gypsy Davy" etc (Mainly Norfolk)
      "Johny Faa, The Gypsie Laddie," Tea-Table Miscellany (1740) [IA] (earliest printed)
      1. Carter Family (YouTube) ["Black Jack David"]
      2. Fotheringay / Sandy Denny (YouTube live) ["Gypsy Davey"]
      3. Fay Hield (YouTube live) ["Blackjack Davey"]
      4. The White Stripes (YouTube), (Live1) (Live2) ["Black Jack Davey"]
    2. Wikipedia:
      1. American folk music; Carter Family
      2. American folk music revival;
      3. British folk revival;
      4. British folk rock; Sandy Denny; Fotheringay
      5. The White Stripes; Fay Hield
      6. Romani people

Schedule notes:


Description (from syllabus)

British and American popular music are still strongly connected to traditional folk music (in Japanese: 民謡 or フォークソング). Traditional folk songs created hundreds of years ago remain popular. Folk music styles are usually simple, involving a single instrument such as an acoustic guitar or perhaps no instrument at all. But song lyrics must be interesting to succeed and survive. 

In this class we'll focus on traditional folk songs that have survived the test of time and continue to be performed today, and look at a few examples of contemporary folk music.

We'll spend about three-quarters of the course on traditional folk songs, and a quarter on contemporary folk, usually studying one or two or sometimes three songs each class. We'll listen to different versions performed by contemporary musicians. Songs will generally be available on YouTube through a course web page. Students are expected to read the song lyrics and listen to or watch songs online if available. In most cases the required time will be less than an hour a week.


in-class writing and quizzes (30%) class participation (30%), final report (40%)

Students are expected to learn vocabulary and pronunciation, and participate in class discussion


Links to previous classes: 2017; 2015