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Users can listen to 35,000 performances by American folk icons such as Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Pete Seeger, and countless influential others, along with the sounds of animals and nature, dramatic performances, poetry, political speeches, war and protest songs, and great performances of traditional music from virtually everywhere in the world.

Find music from every part of the world, every ethnic group, and on any instrument imaginable, from Appalachian music featuring the washboard to vocal music from Oceania. Browse lists of American folk music, blues, bluegrass, old-time country, American Indian traditions, world traditions by continent, jazz, classical, spoken word, sounds, children's recordings, and more.

Multiple and combinable search fields allow the user to search by keyword, title, country, genre, cultural group, instrument, artist, ensemble or label.

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