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Here are the top ten articles for the Folk Music Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!

1. Poor Wayfaring Stranger Lyrics and History
Poor Wayfaring Stranger is a traditional folk song of unknown origin. Regardless of its origins, it is a hauntingly beautiful piece of music. This song has been recorded countless times.

2. Top 10 Bluegrass Artists (Traditional)
These are the artists that are considered to be among the best performers who consistently produce the traditional Bluegrass sound.

3. God’s Gonna Trouble the Water
Lyrics and orgins of an African Spiritual and Coded Slave Song.

4. North Sea Gas - Rosslyn
North Sea Gas will be returning to the US for their spring tour in May. Here's a review of their project "Rosslyn". Celtic folk at its best!

5. Coded Slave Songs
Expressing emotion through songs is a cathartic experience. Under the bondage of slavery, Black Americans used spirituals to express deep emotions, spiritual beliefs and secret communications.

6. Ken Lyon Band
Ken Lyon is a fantastic vocalist and bluesman. Blackstone River Theaterīs phenominal acoustics is a natural venue for his acoustic folk and blues set. Ken Lyon, former member of the Tombstone Blues Band, is best known in RI through his affiliation with Pendragon, a popular Celtic Folk Band.

7. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling Lyrics
The lyrics for "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" were written by two Americans Chauncey Olcott, and George Graff. The words were set to the music of Earnest Ball and was used in a production of "The Isle of Dreams". The music was published in 1912.

8. Deck the Halls History and Lyrics
Deck the Halls is based on an old Welsh tune, known back in the 1700s. The words were added in America in the 1800s.

9. Oh Come, Angel Band
Background and song of a very beautiful and spiritual gospel song.

10. Barbara Allen Origins and Lyrics
An old Scottish Ballard rich with symbolism.



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