|Stylistic origins||Folk music, indie rock, folk rock, lo-fi, folk punk|
|Cultural origins||Late 1990s United States and Early 2000s United Kingdom|
|Typical instruments||Acoustic guitar, double bass, piano, harmonium, mandolin, drums, banjo, violin, accordion, brass instruments, electric guitar|
|Omaha, Nebraska, London, Melbourne|
|new weird America - Alternative country|
Indie folk is a music genre that arose in the 1990s from musicians in the indie (independent) rock community influenced by folk and classic country music. Indie folk combines the catchy melodies of indie rock with the acoustical sounds of contemporary folk music. Early artists included Ani DiFranco and Dan Bern. Later artists of note included The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, The Cave Singers, Loch Lomond, Bon Iver, Or, The Whale, Great Lake Swimmers, and Blind Pilot.
The genre is related to freak folk, psych folk, baroque pop, and new weird America.