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The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time 

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Updated October 25, 2019 87 votes 20 voters 1.2k views 33 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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Simon and Garfunkel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time
Simon & Garfunkel were an American folk rock duo consisting of singer-songwriter Paul Simon and singer Art Garfunkel. They are best known for achieving commercial and critical success in the ...more

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The Civil Wars is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time
The Civil Wars were a critically acclaimed American musical duo composed of Joy Williams and John Paul White. Formed in 2008, The Civil Wars won four Grammy Awards prior to their 2014 breakup.
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The Milk Carton Kids is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time
The Milk Carton Kids
The Milk Carton Kids is an indie folk duo from Eagle Rock, California, consisting of singers and guitarists Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan, who formed the group in early 2011. The ...more
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Cathy Fink & Marcy M... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
Cathy Fink (born August 9, 1953) and Marcy Marxer (b. February 25, 1956) perform together as a folk music duo. They have been musical partners for more than 20 years. Over those years, they ...more
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Indigo Girls is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time
Indigo Girls are a folk rock music duo from Atlanta, Georgia, consisting of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. The two met in elementary school and began performing together as high school students in ...more

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Folk Face is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time
Folk Face
Folk Face were a comedy band formed in 2005 by BBC Radio 1 DJ Dave Vitty and BBC Newsreader Dominic Byrne. Mainly appearing on The Chris Moyles Show, they also appeared in person at the ...more
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Storyhill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time
Storyhill
Storyhill is an American folk duo, composed of Chris Cunningham and John Hermanson. The acoustic songwriting duo formed in Bozeman, Montana in 1989 simply as Chris & Johnny. They did not ...more
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O'Hooley & Tidow is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time
O'Hooley & Tidow
O'Hooley & Tidow are an English folk music duo from Yorkshire. Singer-songwriter Heidi Tidow performs and records with her civil partner, singer-songwriter and pianist Belinda O'Hooley, who ...more
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Shovels & Rope is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time
Shovels & Rope are an American folk duo from Charleston, South Carolina composed of husband and wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst. Combining threads from their individual solo careers, ...more
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You+Me is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time
You+Me
You+Me was a Canadian-American folk music duo consisting of singers and songwriters Dallas Green, better known as City and Colour, and Alecia Moore, better known as Pink. Their debut album, ...more
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Trout Fishing in America... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time
Trout Fishing in America is a musical duo which performs folk rock and children's music. The duo is composed of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. They took their name from the novel Trout Fishing ...more
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Tim Hart & Maddy Pri... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time
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Kississippi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time
Kississippi is an American pop and indie folk group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kississippi began when Zoë Allaire Reynolds and Colin James Kupson met on the hookup application Tinder. ...more
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Flora Cash is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time
Flora Cash
Flora Cash is a Swedish-American indie pop duo consisting of Shpresa Lleshaj and Cole Randall. Lleshaj, from Stockholm, and Randall, from Minneapolis, met in 2012 on SoundCloud when Lleshaj ...more
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Hudson Taylor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time
Hudson Taylor
Hudson Taylor are an Irish folk pop duo formed in 2011. The duo consists of brothers Alfie and Harry Hudson-Taylor, who are currently signed to Polydor Records in the UK. They grew up in Dublin, ...more
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Jim and Jesse is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time
Jim and Jesse
Jim or JIM may refer to: Jim, a diminutive form of the given name James Jim, a short form of the given name Jimmy OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism Jim (comics), a series by Jim Woodring Jim ...more
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Prairie Madness is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time
Prairie Madness
Prairie Madness is a guitar/piano duo that existed in the 1960s and 70s in Los Angeles and Marin County, California. Their self-titled album and its single, 'Shame The Children' were co-produced ...more
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John and Mary is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time
John and Mary
John & Mary is a U.S. based folk rock duo featuring John Lombardo and Mary Ramsey who have had a long-time close association with alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs.
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The Okee Dokee Brothers ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time
The Okee Dokee Brothers are an independent American bluegrass and American roots children's music duo from Minneapolis. Their 2012 CD/DVD release Can You Canoe? won a GRAMMY for Best Children's ...more
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Dave Carter & Tracy ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time
Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer were an American folk duo who released three albums from 1998 to 2001, as well as additional material released after Dave Carter's death. The duo consisted of Dave ...more
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Madisen Ward and the Mam... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time
Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear are a mother-and-son folk duo, from Independence, Missouri, United States, consisting of singer-songwriter and guitarist Madisen Ward, and his mother Ruth Ward, ...more
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Joe & Eddie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time
Joe and Eddie
Joe and Eddie was an American gospel folk group, whose vocal career peaked in 1964. Composed of two African Americans, Joe Gilbert and Eddie Brown, in their career, they toured the United States ...more
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First Aid Kit is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time
First Aid Kit is a Swedish folk duo. Klara Söderberg sings and plays guitar. Her older sister Johanna sings backing vocals and plays keyboards. Their 2008 YouTube video cover of the song ...more

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Arborea is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time
Arborea
Arborea is an American musical duo combining elements of Acoustic, Folk, Blues, World Music, and Rock. Their music is associated with the Indie Folk, and Psych Folk genres. Arborea consists of ...more
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The Well Pennies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Folk Duos Of All-Time
The Well Pennies
The Well Pennies are an American folk-pop music duo, formed in 2011. The band consists of husband-and-wife Bryan and Sarah Vanderpool. The Well Pennies were formed in Northborough, ...more