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Independent World Music
Independent Worldbeat Music

World music is a term that covers all music that is not part of mainstream popular music or classical music and has some kind of "ethnic" component. The connotation of the term is popular and folk music from the third world, European popular and folk music that uses influences from the third world, and traditional music especially but not only from the third world. The term is used primarily as a marketing/classificatory device, sometimes referring to any kind of foreign music, especially in a foreign language.



American Swedish Institute Spelmanslag

Minnesota Swedish fiddlers.

Robin Adnan Anders

Minnesota world fusion player.

The Andresen Guitar Group

Country and blues music, Scandinavian and Slovenian polkas and waltzes, and lumber camp fiddling.

Bobby Aro - The Fabulous Finn

For over fifty years he entertained residents of Northern MN with his radio shows, his band, "the Ranch-Aros", and his recordings.

The Barich Brothers

Slovenian polka band.

BOZO allegro


The Brass Messengers

A Minneapolis/St. Paul MN sprawling fun factory of 11 musicians, playing anything that fits into the twisted brass tubing, from inspired originals, to "sing-a-longs" and "covers" from around the globe.


Irish traditional music.

Bill Bulinski

Former member of the sixties band the Electras and founding member of The Greaseballs doing instrumental folk and Celtic.

Café Accordion Orchestra

French, Finnish and Latin dance music in the Musette style.

Conga Se Menne

Finnish reggae from the U.P. of Michigan.

Doris and the Sidekicks

Minnesota accordionist playing Finnish polka.

Finn Hall

Finnish and Finnish-American dance tunes.

The Gaels

Minnesota Celtic music.

Paul Gitlitz

Multi-instrumentalist musician playing a mixture of Irish, Old Timey, Klezmer, Eastern European, Mariachi, New England Contra, Bossa, and Swing.

Barbara Hanka

Singer, pianist, kantele/Finnish harp player, accordianist, and songwriter.

Diane Jarvi

A third generation Finnish-American singer, songwriter, guitarist and kantele player.


Composes and performs contemporary Jewish songs and instrumentals rooted in klezmer and other Jewish music.

Paul Kyle

Christian Celtic music.

McInnis' Kitchen

A mix of traditional dance tunes and folk songs that are Irish, Scottish, and French-Canadian in origin and are influenced by regions like Newfoundland, Cape Breton and New England.

Brian Miller

One of the busiest Irish traditional music performers of his generation living in the US.

Northwind Crossing

Traditional and original Celtic music with a Christian flavor.

Peter Ostroushko

Award-winning fiddle and mandolin player playing folk, roots, celtic, jazz, new age, and classical music.

Al Reko and Oren Tikkanen

Traditional Finnish folk songs and dance melodies.

Sue Spencer

Duluth, Minnesota Celtic singer/songwriter and member of Willowgreen.


Scandinavian music.

The Two Tap Trio

Traditional Irish music from 2008 Canadian Traditional Singer of the Year nominee Norah Rendell, internationally acclaimed guitarist Brian Miller and fiddler Nathan Gourley.

Larry Unger

Banjo and guitar player extraordinaire, specializing in waltzes, fiddle tunes and dance tunes.


Traditional and contemporary music from Ireland, Newfoundland, Scotland and other parts of the "Celtic" world.

Wood's Tea Company

Acoustic group that performs fiery Celtic tunes, bluegrass, sea shanties, and American folk songs.

John Wubbenhorst

Bansuri flutist offering meditative world music.


Combines the fire and brilliance of Eastern European gypsy fiddle music with the hot-blooded passion of Argentinian Tango.

Certain styles -- such as Jamaican reggae, celtic, and Latin pop -- grew large enough to be classified as their own genre, but everything else, from traditional Chinese music to African folk, is classified as world music.

Similar to world music, worldbeat music is usually the result of Western hybrids and fusions, though it still falls under the world music umbrella because it borrows styles, sounds and instrumentation from various types of indigenous music.

Independent Music From Independent Bands and Musicians

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