Feeling folkie?

by Richard on March 29, 2005

I’m sure I’ve blogged this before sometime, but I think it bears repeating. If you’re interested in the folk music tradition of the British Isles you’re sure to find something to excite you at FARNE, home of Northumbrian music online.

FARNE - Folk Archive Resource North East - is a project which brings Northumbrian music to the web. They’ve gathered material from across North East England to create a folk music archive, including song lyrics, tunes, sound recordings and photographs. The FARNE site illustrates how life and times have changed in the North East, with songs about industry, conflicts, leisure and entertainment. “FARNE shows how music has developed in the region, allowing us to celebrate our rich cultural heritage today. From Atkinson’s tunebook of 1694 to twentieth century sound recordings, there’s something for everyone.” Quite so.

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Mike 03.30.05 at 1:02 pm

Good stuff. Are you aware of any such sites for other regions?


Richard 03.30.05 at 1:52 pm

No, I’m not Mike. Kudos to us northerners, eh?! (I take reflected glory where i find it!) To be fair, Northumberland does have a distinctive musical tradition, much as Scotland, Ireland and Wales do. I’m not sure the same is true of other English regions.


timsamoff 03.30.05 at 7:49 pm



Mike 03.31.05 at 2:49 pm

we in the north-west, to be fair, don’t have a musical tradition that is as popular or as obvious as those in the East or in Scotland or Ireland. ‘English’ folk tends to be of either a west-country or Northumbrian slant. Oh well, reflected glory it is then…

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