Music 2017-12-05T09:52:19-06:00

Music in Boston

Boston isn’t very well known as a music scene. Historically, it hasn’t been as known as a musical powerhouse where areas like Chicago and New York are king. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any ties to music. Instead, the area is known for the people from here who have contributed.

Folk Music

Folk music has a place in the history of Boston and Massachusetts. Folklorists who have collected traditional music of Massachusetts include Eloise Hubbard Linscott, whose field recordings from 1938 and 1941 are in the Library of Congress American Folklife Center.

A number of musicians with ties to the American folk music revival have Massachusetts connections. James Taylor is a five-time Grammy award winner who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. He was born in Boston, but later moved to North Carolina before once again relocating to Martha’s Vineyard. He now lives in the town of Lenox. Throughout his career he mentioned how his upbringing in the area contributed to who he was and consequently, played a large role in his music.

According to the New England Folk Network Web site, Massachusetts hosts more than a dozen annual folk music festivals. Of these, the Lowell Folk Festival claims to be the biggest free folk festival in the United States, while the New England Folk Festival, which began in 1944, may be the longest-running festival in the state. Festivals may include folk music from a wide diversity of cultures. For example, the 2007 New England Folk Festival included Bulgarian, Japanese, and Swedish music, and the 2007 Working Waterfront Festival included Portuguese fado music and Mexican norteño.