There was a great deal of folk music played in my home during my youth. My parents weren’t hippies by any means; but they were country people, farm folk, and I think they liked the peaceful, down-to-earth sounds.
The elegant harmonies, frequent harmonisation and singalong choruses appealed to me. But what really got into my head were the lyrics that were trying to say something important. Songs could be about more than lovin’ your baby, or nonsense rhyming words.
The artists that stick out most in my mind are listed below, along with some clickable sample tracks from each.
- Pete Seeger – “Oh, Mary, Don’t You Weep”
- The Weavers – “Below The Gallows Tree”
- Peter, Paul and Mary – “If I Had A Hammer”
- Woodie Guthrie – “So Long It’s Been Good To Know You”
- The Kingston Trio – “The Tijuana Jail”
- Joan Baez – “Farewell Angelina”
A special mention is due to Jim Henson’s seasonal TV special Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas. My family loved all things Muppet, too.