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A folk instrument is an instrument that developed among common people and usually doesn't have a known inventor. It can be made from wood, metal or other material. It is a part of folk music. The instruments can be percussion instruments, different types of flutes, the bow and different types of trumpets.

The cavaquinho is a Portuguese folk instrument.

Some instruments are referred to as folk instruments even if they do not meet the criteria for classifying a folk instrument because they commonly appear in folk music. An example would be harmonica.

List of folk instruments[edit]

Over 75 instruments

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I am in dna of India

I am in dna of India
Fri, 12 Jun 2015 07:15:00 -0700

A workshop on traditional musical instrument 'Mrudang', a folk drum made from wood, was held at Odissi Research Center (ORC), Bhubaneswar on Friday. The participants were given session on the history of the musical instrument and were told some ...

Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Telegraph
Mon, 15 Jun 2015 01:56:40 -0700

A grandfather-of-one, Martin began playing the folk instrument as a child, and later gave up a teaching career to concentrate on pipe-making, supporting himself by taxi-driving, Chinese meal delivery and factory work. He has received a series of awards ...


Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:00:00 -0700

Usually among Scandinavian folk instrument ensembles one can expect the nykelharpe, which was excellently played this day by Verlene, but also played were a cello, an intricately inlaid Norwegian hardingfele, and Irish harp (similar to what Viking and ...


Tue, 16 Jun 2015 02:47:53 -0700

A store fit to fulfil all your folk instrument needs, or if you're looking for an instrument on a budget. Just don't go looking for Knock On Wood. Big Deal. Located across the road from Hobgoblin, Big Deal offers a range of secondhand musical ...

Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Saskatoon StarPhoenix
Thu, 11 Jun 2015 03:16:33 -0700

"The laptop is basically the folk instrument of the 21st century. It's relatively cheap, you can get one anywhere and there's always tools for making music." The Krells came together a few years ago when Godlovitch was doing his PhD at the University ...
Astana Times
Tue, 23 Dec 2014 19:45:16 -0800

To celebrate the 23rd anniversary of Kazakhstan's independence, the Dina Nurpeisova Academic Orchestra of Folk Instruments from Atyrau held a major concert on Dec. 15 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Parisians got to experience the beauty of some of ...


Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:37:30 -0700

A craftsman makes the horse-head fiddle, a Mongolian folk instrument, on Aug. 13, 2014. The horse-head fiddle features a wide body with a long neck, on the top of which is carved a horse head. The instrument is mainly hand-made and one horse-head ...

Charleston City Paper

Charleston City Paper
Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:06:21 -0800

One decidedly non-folk instrument that's become part of the Shovels & Rope repertoire is a raunchy, heavily distorted keyboard synthesizer. Trent says they started incorporating it in live shows after the release of O' Be Joyful, which featured crunchy ...

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