Folk-Rock Fantastic


"All music is folk music; I ain't never heard no horse sing a song" - Louis Armstrong When I first brought the idea of this week's blog featuring folk music with Sarah over breakfast today, she asked if there was a better description than "Folk-Rock". I looked it up, there isn't. Folk is the oldest of North American music traditions that was used for cultural storytelling. It enjoyed a revival in the 1940s and 50s with folk and bluegrass bands using then-modern recording quality to modernize favourites (Tom Dooley, You Are My Sunshine, Etc.) Then the British Invasion of 1960s rock music came and washed it all away...that is almost all of it... Folk-Rock began as a hybrid of the two genres with artists like Bob Dylan Simon & Garfunkel ushering in a new age of thoughtful words mixed with light beautiful sounds. This gave way to so many more brilliant voices to come up with inspiring music from that point forward, Cat Stevens and Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot paving the way forward. So where does that leave us now? So much has happened in this genre, but unlike the glitzy history of rock, pop or R&B music, this tradition remains as disjointed as the cultural traditions it originated from. Folk Rock is presently defines as "popular music resembling or derived from folk music but incorporating the stronger beat of rock music and using electric instruments". Given this definition, we thought we would roll up our sleeves and attempt to group some of our favourite folk-rock songs into a helpful list of songs for you to plug into your wedding and event playlists. These are all songs about life and love after all, which are exactly the sort of lyrics and sounds you are likely on the hunt for right now. DO NOTE that tons of these are Canadian artists; after all, we Canadians are nothing if not folksy! 1990s FOLK ALTERNATIVE

Lovers In A Dangerous Time - BNL

Wheat Kings - The Tragically Hip I Will Remember You - Sarah McLachlin Strong Enough - Sheryl Crow You Were Meant For Me - Jewel Ordinary Day - Great Big Sea Home For A Rest - Spirit Of The West 32 Flavours - Ani Difranco Brick - Ben Folds Five Round Here - Counting Crows 6th Avenue Heartache - The Wallflowers No Rain - Blind Melon 2000s INDIE FOLK

Jason Mraz - I'm Yours Young Folks - Peter Bjorn & John 1234 - Feist Better Together - Jack Johnson Follow You Into The Dark - Death Cab For Cutie Save Your Scissors - City and Colour Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall Lies (Rebellion!) - Arcade Fire Flightless Bird - Iron and Wine Back In Your Head - Tegan and Sara Piano Blink - Hawksley Workman Dog Days Are Over - Florence & The Machine

2010s FOLK ROCK

XO - John Mayer I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons Ho Hey - The Lumineers Lego House - Ed Sheeran Home - Edward Sharpe Riptide - Vance Joy Shotgun - George Ezra Stolen Dance - Milky Chance Simple Song - The Shins Wagon Wheel - Old Crow Medicine Show Don't Wanna Fight - Alabama Shakes Little Lovin - Lissie