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Folk and Americana

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Ranging from traditional to Americana and using new instrumentation, contemporary folk music has become more diverse than ever before.

From across the pond and nearer: Brooklyn-based Gabriel Kahane, Irish-born Glen Hansard, singer-songwriter Josephine Foster from Colorado, indie-folk duo The Milk Carton Kids from Eagle Rock, Illinois-born Andrew Bird and American country-folk and blues singer Lucinda Williams come together for a series showcasing the diversity of folk music and how its roots in the 20th century have been adapted by artists for a more contemporary setting. 


Make a day of it

Visit our exhibition Modern Couples and explore modern art and modern love


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Listen: Contemporary Music on Spotify

Follow our regularly updated Contemporary Music playlist for a sample of the music you'll hear across our programme. Shuffle recommended. 

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Listen: All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do

Listen to The Milk Carton Kids' All the Things That I Did and All the Things That I Didn’t Do.

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Watch: Andrew Bird - Bloodless

The official music video of Andrew Bird's Bloodless.