AMERICAN FOLK BALLADS TRADITIONAL STORY‑SONGS
Broadsides and older ballads originating in the British Isles and America include a wide variety of narrative songgs about events, heroes and villains both real and imagiined. Whether a historical account or a tall tale, the oral tradition created many variations of the same story.
WHAT MAKES OUR FOLK MUSIC AMERICAN?
The banjo, often called the most American musical instrument is African in onigiin. The guitar, the preferred instrument for most blues singers, originated in Europe. The unique diversity in our nation created many musical styles. African and European traditions blended and black and white musicians influenced each other.
HAND‑CRAFTED AND HOMEMADE
AMERICAN FOLK INSTRUMENTS
Dulcimers and banjos have been made for generations by America's finest folk artisans. Mouthbows and limberjacks are among the easiest instruments to make and play at home. Jug band instruments: washboards, comb and tissue paper, spoons and tub bass arc found objects creating novelty sounds in early jazz. AIl students have a hands-on experience playing home‑made instruments.