The Endless Tale is the title of a column on storytelling in the wonderful quarterly folk music magazine, Sing Out. It is written by Dan Keding, and also has the breathtakingly long subtitle of Storytelling: its events, tellers, stories, organizations, resources & points of discussion. Some of Dan’s columns open by telling specific short tales. Two examples are:
Spring 2008 - The old woman who outwitted death ( web link here).
Summer 2002 – A full cup (web link here)
The first column also contains a discussion of endings. The second column also contains a discussion of short (or small) tales, and lists four books that contain collections of them.
If you want to see more stories, then try this list of some storytelling web sites.
Folk songs are poetic tales set to music, like Richard Thompson’s Beeswing.