if you are into foreign folk music, portuguese fado is one of my favorites.
but the most outstanding music which maybe could fit into the category of folk, if not then international, is nusrat fateh ali khan. i also prefer not to hear the lyrics in english, the song is more meaningful to me. any time i have read their translation i have been disappointed. the singer can convey more feeling than any words can describe if he is really good. or maybe it is only a case of certain people being able to hear more out of the voice itself than the words.
i was also a fan of bluegrass in the old days...greek music...african music, a la miriam makeba...and believe it or not i liked bagpipes, and i dont mean something like 'amazing grace', i mean the real thing.
then of course we have indian music-the classical, the traditional, the dances...folk music will never die as long as people have any culture left to remember.
where do you fit black gospel music? the staple singers, the sensational nightingales,
and i almost forgot, zydeco! clifton chenier, i saw him once on austin city limits, he was great...
now i gotta go listen to woodstock again...richie havens is still around by the way, he is a really cool old man now...