American Folk

Today on Radio Riel we extend from Gabi’s theme of yes­ter­day, the War Between The States, with a pro­gramme of folk music from North Amer­i­ca.

The music today goes back beyond the Civ­il War – there are ear­ly folk songs from the Unit­ed States and also Native Amer­i­can pieces and influ­ences in today’s playlist – and con­tin­ues more or less to the present.

Through today’s music you can clear­ly trace the influ­ence of tra­di­tion­al British folk music on the music of North Amer­i­ca – includ­ing the roots of coun­try music, a genre we’ll at least touch on today: we’ll also verge into, if not rock, then at least folk-rock, and present many exam­ples of the breadth, diver­si­ty and rich­ness of North Amer­i­can folk music.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin and pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with our friends at the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gramme in-world now at, or sim­ply click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so. Lis­ten­ers in the Unit­ed States are encour­aged to tune in using this link:

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.


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