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Indie folk is a music genre that arose in the 1990s among musicians from
indie rock Indie rock is a genre of rock music that originated in the United States and United Kingdom in the 1970s. Originally used to describe independent record label An independent record label (or indie label) is a record label that operates withou ...
scenes influenced by
folk music Folk music is a music genre A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music Music is the art of arranging sounds in time to produce a composition through the elements of melody, harmony, rhythm, and ti ...
. Indie folk hybridizes the acoustic guitar melodies of
traditional folk music Folk music is a music genre that includes #Traditional folk music, traditional folk music and the Contemporary folk music, contemporary genre that evolved from the former during the 20th-century folk revival. Some types of folk music may be cal ...
with contemporary instrumentation. The genre has its earliest origins in 1990s folk artists who displayed
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influences in their music, such as
Ani DiFranco Angela Maria "Ani" DiFranco (; born September 23, 1970) is an American singer-songwriter. She has released more than 20 albums. DiFranco's music has been classified as folk rock Folk rock is a hybrid music genre combining elements of folk ...
and
Dan Bern Dan Bern (also known as Bernstein; born July 27, 1959) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, novelist and painter. His music has been compared to that of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, Phil Ochs and Elvis Costello. Brett Hart ...

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, and acoustic artists such as Elliott Smith and Will Oldham. In the following decade, labels such as Saddle Creek Records, Saddle Creek, Barsuk Records, Barsuk, Ramseur, and Sub Pop helped to provide support to indie folk, with artists such as Fleet Foxes breaking into the pop charts with albums such as ''Helplessness Blues''. In the United Kingdom, artists such as Ben Howard and Mumford & Sons emerged, with the latter band promoting the music style through their Gentlemen of the Road touring festivals. The success of acts like Mumford & Sons led some music journalists like Popjustice, Popjustice's Peter Robinson (journalist), Peter Robinson labelling this new British music scene as The New Boring or Beige Pop. In the late 2010s, artists such as Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker revived interest in the genre. Bridgers cites Elliott Smith as a foundational influence on her sound.


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