Free Downloads!

Smithsonian Folkways offers downloads of both full albums and individual tracks of nearly the entire Smithsonian Folkways collection in both MP3 and FLAC formats.

Most tracks are 99 cents and most albums are $9.99, and album downloads include the cover art and original liner notes as a .PDF file. You may preview 30-second of any track or download complete liner notes for free.

To access free Smithsonian Folkways downloads, there are two options:

  • If you have a promotional code for a free song download, just browse the catalog, click "buy" next to the song you've selected, log-in or create a new shopping account, and enter the code on the very last page before checkout.

    A Note About Accounts and Credit Cards:
    Our system currently requires a valid credit card and billing address in order to process any order, including free downloads. Please be assured that if you use a promotional code to access a free download and DO NOT make any other purchases, your credit card WILL NOT be charged.

    We apologize for the inconvenience and we are working on ways to make it easier to access free downloads.

  • If you do not have a promotion code or do not want to create an account, you may access a selection of free downloads below. These songs are all from recent Smithsonian Folkways albums – each month the Smithsonian Folkways email newsletter includes one or more free downloads.

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FREE DOWNLOADS

"Frosty Morn"
The Doc Watson Family

FLAC MP3
"Imanginaries"
Quetzal

FLAC MP3
"Volveré (I Will Return)"
La Sardina de Naiguatá

FLAC MP3
"Los dos amantes (The Two Lovers)"
by Nati Cano’s Mariachi Los Camperos

FLAC MP3
"On My Way to See Moe Asch"
Champion Jack Dupree

FLAC MP3
"Buffalo Gals"
Pete Seeger

FLAC MP3
"John Henry"
Cephas & Wiggins

FLAC MP3
"Paraguarí"
Marcelo Rojas, Alfredo Gryciuk, Ariel Burgos

FLAC MP3
"St. James Infirmary"
Snooks Eaglin

FLAC MP3
"Tetigo"
Discover Indonesia (M. Sarif and Kondang)

FLAC MP3
"Leyla"
Kronos Quartet and Alim Qasimov Ensemble from Music of Central Asia Vol. 8: Rainbow

FLAC MP3
"Frankie and Johnny"
by John Jackson from Rappahannock Blues

FLAC MP3
"Oh, John the Rabbit"
by Elizabeth Mitchell from Sunny Day

FLAC MP3
"He's Got the Whole World in His Hands"
by Ella Jenkins from A Life of Song

FLAC MP3
"A blanco y negro / In Black and White"
by Riquelme Carrillo from ¡Ayombe! The Heart of Colombia's Música Vallenata

FLAC MP3

PC users can click the "FLAC" or "MP3" links above and choose "save" to download the track or right-click and choose "save target as" to get the track. Mac users should hold the "control" key and click "save link as" to download the file. Click here to learn more about the lossless FLAC format.