dance as you folk

Soundtrack in my head: The Ditty Bops, “Ooh La La”
Civil Rights March on Washington, DC with folk vocalists Joan Baez and Bob Dylan., 08/28/1963 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In my top-to-bottom review of my music collection to determine suitability for my DJ sets, I’ve now gotten to the music I’ve categorized as “folk.” This broad category hasn’t been anywhere near as present in my sets as I would have liked. That has been a serious omission up until now, since folk has always been a major influence in my music selections.

I know that there is plenty of folk music that is danceable (duh!), but until I really started to listen to my collection, I had this inescapable image in my head of people on the dance floor swinging their hips awkwardly to Bob Dylan’s nasal drone circa 1963.

Reviewing my music, however has brought up a number of gems, and the below are examples of things you might hear in future sets, once I get the Dance As You Are event going again. Whether it’s old-timey, acoustic punk, Texas swing,  or Americana (what I jokingly call “country music for liberals”) the below examples should help broaden the variety that I consider to be a staple and inherent core value of my sets. Enjoy!

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