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Folk-rock
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Folk-rock

Folk-rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. Bands that can be classified as folk-rock can lean toward either border.

In the United States the heyday of folk-rock is likely between the mid-sixties to the mid-seventies, aligning itself approximately with the hippie movement. The genre developed from the folk music of Bob Dylan and earlier musicians, the rock music of the British Invasion, and also the country music of Hank Williams and others.

The British style of folk-rock was established by the English band Fairport Convention, who formed in north London in the late 1960s. Steeleye Span are another group typical of this vein. Having started out as a reasonably conventional folk group they added electric instruments and began to experiment with song structures.

Folk-rock combined with experimental aspects, found for example in The Incredible String Band, eventually developed into prog rock.

Turkey, during the 1970s and 1980s, also sustained a vibrant Folk Rock scene, drawing inspirations from diverse ethnic elements of Anatolia, the Balkans, Eurasia and the Black Sea region and thrived in a culture of intense political strife, with musicians in Nationalist and Marxist camps. See Music of Turkey for detail.

Folk-rock artists

Not all of these performers were limited to folk-rock, but all had folk and rock elements.

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