Saturday, 21 February 2015

Folk Music Offerings

Some of the 'Investigate the Landscape' authors and a few of their online buddies were talking about folk music the other day. We thought we'd share the offerings with you, our lovely readers, because some of them might be new to you too.

Here is a North Korean version of 'Arirang':

And he's a South Korean version:

Wikipedia will give you the lyrics:

An Australian contribution, with a note from the contributor: "The youtube clips drive me nuts when they have pictures of kangaroos when he's singing about kangaroo paw. He's singing about the flower, not a roo's limb! (I should get over this, but I haven't.)"

This is what a kangaroo paw flower looks like, though they do come in other colours too.

Here's one from Serbia:

An Eastern European Jewish offering:

A couple from the US:

This one is from the US too, but, while this piece of SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) filk is packed full of well meaning advice, it isn't one to play for the kids because they are far too young to need this kind of advice...

This one is an Egyptian nursery rhyme type song, with lyrics here:

And I have to end with this one from Stanky and his Pennsylvania Coal Miners Polka Band because I think it is hilarious. I fully understand you may not.

Come on though, isn't that one even better than this one here? I can't even watch it all the way though. *weeps*

Do please share your favourite folk song Youtube clip with us in the comments section below!


  1. I heard this one from the Southern USA today. Surely it deserves an honourable mention!

  2. Looking forward to checking these out! Here is one I'm enjoying about William Tell:

  3. Ooh, thanks for that Lee! I bought the cd!