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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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3 Finnish Folk Music Instruments

3 beautiful, separate performances by Sibelius Academy musicians on a harmonium (harmooni), peasant's kantele (talonpoikaiskantele), and a pair of mandolins,...

The Bandrum: A New Folk Instrument

Please visit the Bandrum Kickstarter to support! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1885543510/the-bandrum-a-new-folk-instrument?ref=email.


Instrument "Sindhi Sarangi" is mainly in the hands of Langa caste musicians and they are known as "Sarangiya Langa" in western part of Rajasthan. It is a str...

Memory of music - folk instrument videos (part 7)

Peasant kantele - Pauliina Syrjälä http://www.facebook.com/kantelar.

Memory of music - folk instrument videos (part 4)

Jouhikko (bow lyre) - Lassi Logrén, Ilkka Heinonen http://www.facebook.com/kantelar.

Memory of music - folk instrument videos (part 1)

5-row accordion - Maria Kalaniemi http://www.facebook.com/kantelar.

Lithuanian folk instrument Birbyne - Saulius Petreikis

Melodious sound of birbynė (Lithuanian traditional reed-pipe) have been heard in Lithuania for many years. Today, when the sound of birbynė can be heard in...


This Autophonic instrument known as "Morchang", or Jew's harp is made by iron rid by Gadoliya Luhar in the villages. Played by common people in the desert fo...

Ukrainian folk instrument bandura. M.Skoryk Lystok do albomy/Бандура М.Скорик Листок до альбому

Исполняет Татьяна Мазур. Оператор Сергей Шамрай. http://vk.com/id119984735.

Langspil - Íslenska langspilið - Icelandic folk instrument

Langspil. Íslenska langspilið. Traditional Icelandic folk instrument (Icelandic drone zither). The langspil can be played by plucking the strings by hand, wi...

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The Weekly Standard

The Weekly Standard
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:56:15 -0800

In a Platonic dialogue, Socrates describes Homer as “the best and most divine of the poets.” Not a bad blurb, if taken at face value. Such an exalted position, however, could not remain unchallenged. Homer's excellence, not to mention his very ...
The Herald Argus
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:37:30 -0800

It generally is considered a folk instrument, but Rothbauer enjoys playing slower, quiet, sentimental music – songs that are written in minor keys and that change keys often to include accidental notes. For fun, he will throw in more exciting tunes ...


Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:33:45 -0800

Vijay Chavan is one of the leading exponents of the dholki, the premiere folk instrument of Maharashtra. He is the son of Sulochana Chavan, the legendary Lavni singer. He has had the privilege of performing with international maestros like Zakir ...

Allentown Morning Call

Allentown Morning Call
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 21:03:45 -0800

In many ways, the marimba is something like a folk instrument in this region." The instruments are part of a musical family termed either keyboard percussion or mallet percussion. The marimba is a percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden ...

Press Herald

Press Herald
Sun, 01 Mar 2015 01:00:00 -0800

Finding what the composer calls the “folk instrument group” of the quadrille may have the PSO scrambling, but they already have a good ukulele player in hornist Nina Allen Miller, who founded the ukulele group FLUKE. The quadrille also employs the ...

Huffington Post

Huffington Post
Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:11:15 -0800

FESTIVALS -- After the New Year is ushered in with the Twelfthtide Carnival in Vevcani and the St. Trifun Day wine festival February 14th, the majority of festivals take place in the summer -- with a range of options including the Musical Folk ...
Indiana Daily Student
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:30:00 -0800

A kannel is a string folk instrument, native to Estonia and surrounding countries, played in traditional settings. After closing the ceremony with the Estonian national anthem, traditional food dishes like kringel, pirukas, potato salad and rosolje sat ...
Astana Times
Tue, 23 Dec 2014 19:45:00 -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 ...

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