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American Folk Revival

This was a mid 20th century phenomenon, matching the re-emergence of interest in the English Folk Revival which had begun at the start of the century and had been on hold during the two World Wars. It is likely that the revival in the US kick-started the revival in England and possibly elsewhere although the revivals may have been mutual or possibly the result of a widespread zeitgeist.

In the USA, this really meant a fantastic fusion from all the contributary cultures - English, Scottish, Irish, German, Spanish, Swedish, Jewish ... the list goes on. Some of the music from home was already played in the communities both rural (Appalachia) and Urban (e.g. Chicago Irish).

The revival is often thought of as originating with Pete Seeger in 1949.