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The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time

Updated October 25, 2019 296 votes 66 voters 6.7k views33 items

Here are the greatest duos in folk music history. Folk music has an important role in the history of American composing. There are several different ways by which it can be defined, depending on whether you're listening to traditional folk music or folk stylings that originated in Louisiana. Some of the most vital singers and songwriters in American musical history got their start in folk. Some singers and songwriters had a little help by having another person by their side. These are the best folk duos of all time, as voted on by you. 

The Milk Carton Kids prove folk music is still alive and well in the American landscape. They originated out of Eagle Rock, California, and so far, they have released five studio albums. The band clearly draws influences from another major folk duo: Simon and Garfunkel. Although they certainly had some crossover appeal, Simon and Garfunkel had a ton of folk hits. Their album Bridge Over Troubled Water has frequently been categorized as one of the most influential albums of all time. Other popular folk duos include The Civil Wars, Arborea, and Beta Radio.

When you want some easy listening, who do you listen to? The best duos in folk music are on this list, and you get a say on who gets to the top. Vote for the bands that mean the most to you.


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    The Milk Carton Kids

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    O'Hooley & Tidow

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    Big Red Machine

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    Flora Cash

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    Hudson Taylor

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    Lily and Maria

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