In Britain, a long-standing musical tradition spanning hundreds (if not thousands) of years.

Folk music can involve many types of instrument - stereotypically violin, melodion / piano accordion, penny whistle, bodhrans (lap-drums played with a double-ended beater) and bagpipes (not loud Highland bagpipes, but quieter Irish and lowland types). Other common folk instruments include the washboard (played with thimbles), harp, hammer dulcimer, cello, double bass and acoustic guitar.

Folk has traditionally been played only in the back rooms of pubs / bars (these gatherings are called "sessions"), in folk clubs or in a great many small folk festivals held yearly across the UK. However, folk music has become much more popular recently and "new wave" folk artists (as opposed to traditional folk artists) are now playing big concerts.

New wave folk artists include Seth Lakeman, Kate Rusby, Eliza Carthy and Bellowhead.

Old-school traditional folk artists include The Chieftains, The Dubliners, The Pogues and the Waterson & Carthy Family.
Folkie: Hey, do you want to come down to the folk club tonight? Spiers and Boden are playing - they're totally crazy. I caught them at Beverley folk festival last summer.

Folkie 2: Yay, folk for teh win!

Normal person: Freaks
by Heckzecutive June 26, 2007
parents
Dude, my folks are asleep.
by Jel Playa July 24, 2003
your peps or people aka friends
thats my folks or thems my folk
by dennisb July 14, 2005
This word is on the rise mostly because politicians and people fearing being politically incorrect use it as a replacement for "those people" or just "people". But it essentially confers the same meaning. It refers to "the other" and any class of people the speaker is referring to except him/herself. Thus it is ironic the term used as an abbreviation for the inclusive and mostly quaint "Kinfolk" word now stands as doublespeak for identifying a group of people with whom the speaker has no desire for affiliation.
"Folks are having a hard time out there making a living."- any politician, pundit or otherwise self-important, and paid person commenting about persons decidedly NOT him or her.
by mache1 November 26, 2012
cool people, my friend
Dat's my folk right there homes.
by Diamondiamond December 15, 2008
one of the addest gangs in the nation
people nation as punkass bloods as alies
folks have cripz as alies when they bang the whole world
by leaderofthehustlers January 14, 2008
Term used to describe Afro Americans,black people or negros etc. with out saying that exact word.
"Alota Folks moved in downtown"
"When I went fishing in Toms River never saw so many Folks in one place"
"Man, I thought Folks cant swim"
by AndreaVollaro August 28, 2007
a gang know to wear black or white flags sometimes blue. also the pitchfork is there gang sign. known allies wit the gangster diciples and crips folk stands for (F)orever (O)ver (L)atin (K)ings
i seen that nigga folkin it up bangin that 6 scream 6 poppin 5 droppin
by that 7i7 ni66a April 18, 2009

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