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25 Awesome Folk Singers and Groups

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Folk music’s been around forever but made its biggest splash during the 1960s and 1970s. It’s way different from anything you hear pop music-wise these days because music now has a lot of techno-gadgetry thrown in the mix and folk music is all about the voice and the lyrics with minimal instrument accompaniment. This list shows some of the most talented and influential performers of the music from today and yesterday. The photo is of the Carolina Chocolate Drops who aren't on this particular list but who are making a name for themselves as modern folk musicians.

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    Folk music, Spiritual, Jazz blues One of the most powerful voices and inspiring talents in the history of folk music.

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    Folk music, Folk rock, Talking blues A folk music trailblazer.

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    Bob Dylan

    Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music Dylan is so iconic as a musician-poet that his body of collected works get nominated every other year for a Nobel Prize.

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    Richie Havens

    Folk rock, Funk This man who rocked Woodstock like nobody's business and still has people talking about it.

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    Folk music, Folk rock

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    Joan Baez

    Americana, Pop music, Rock music

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    Sunshine pop, Rock music, Psychedelic pop

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    Pop music, Worldbeat, Rock music

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    Sweet Honey in the Rock

    Spoken word, Gospel music, Blues

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    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music

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    Gordon Lightfoot

    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music Has the soul of a true folk artist and the voice of a poet in love.

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    Harry Belafonte

    Folk music, Calypso music, Vocal music

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    Joan Armatrading

    Pop music, Rock music, Folk music One of the most amazing singer/songwriter/guitarists of contemporary music.

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    Blues-rock, Disco, Pop music

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    Pop music, Folk music, Folk jazz

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    Ben Harper

    Rock music, Gospel music, Blues

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    Judy Collins

    Pop music, Folk music, Rock and roll

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    Ani DiFranco

    Indie, Folk rock, Alternative rock

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    Folk music

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    Yusuf Islam

    Synthpop, Sufi rock, Nasheed

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    Paul Robeson

    Folk music, Spiritual, Musical theatre

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    Folk music Early trailblazers and groundbreakers.

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    The Kingston Trio

    Pop music, Folk music

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    Nick Drake

    Folk music, Folk rock

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