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Progressive folk music on the radio

Progressive folk is a music genre that combines the acoustic instrumentation and storytelling of traditional folk music with the complexity and experimentation of progressive rock. The genre emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s, blending elements of traditional Celtic and American folk with progressive rock's complex harmonies and time signatures.

Some of the most notable progressive folk artists include Jethro Tull, Fairport Convention, Pentangle, and Traffic. Jethro Tull is often credited as one of the pioneers of the genre, incorporating elements of rock, jazz, and classical music into their sound. Fairport Convention and Pentangle both drew heavily from traditional folk music, but added their own experimental elements to create a unique sound. Traffic blended folk and rock with jazz, creating a sound that was often improvisational and psychedelic.

In recent years, progressive folk has seen a resurgence in popularity with the success of artists like Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver. These modern acts draw from the genre's traditional roots while incorporating modern production techniques and indie rock sensibilities.

There are several radio stations that feature progressive folk music, including Folk Radio UK, The Progressive Aspect, and Progzilla Radio. These stations play a mix of classic and modern progressive folk artists, along with related genres like progressive rock and world music. Many of these stations also feature interviews with artists and news about upcoming tours and releases.