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This week in Music we are at Folk Music.

Folk music can originate from any country in any part of the world. Folk music uses old tunes or songs that have been passed down to people over time, they are not written but passed down orally. Often we do not know who the composer is. Irish traditional or folk music, like any other folk music, is used and kept vibrant when groups of people move to live in other countries.

Below are some of the style indicators of Folk music.

Traditional music that is sung or instrumental, accompanied or unaccompanied.

If vocal often tells us a story. That story can be about a real life situation or a historical event.

 People often sing songs to portray how they feel about what is going on around them; drinking songs, freedom songs, wedding songs, funeral songs - any type of celebration.

Songs are sung in a local accent/language/dialect.

 Portable instruments are used: flutes, accordions, fiddle, pipes and drums.


Have a listen to the song below whilst thinking about the features above.

Lord Of The Dance

Once you've listened to the song have a go at answering the questions below. I have put some possible answers in black.


Did you like the Song?


What can you hear?

The vocal line: There are no vocals in this piece of music, it is instrumental.

The backing/accompaniment: Flute, penny whistle, violin, keyboards, drums and electronic sounds.


Is there a hook?

Yes, the tune in the chorus and various other riffs you might pick out.


The tempo: Is it fast, slow or in between?

The tempo varies, it gets faster as the tune progresses.


As an extra challenge, can you say how this song shows features of typical Folk music?