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- Folk Songs of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
Edited by William Cole
A paperback reprint of my favorite songbook. The arrangements are excellent but not complex. The selection has practically ALL the standards from Greensleeves to Men of Harlech. If I had to choose only one resource, this would be it. This is on backorder, but is available. (I got another copy because my old copy was falling to pieces!)
The Book of Navy Songs
Here it is - the book with Abdul Abulbul Amir, - and countless other of my Dad's (the sea captain) favorites. Not to be missed. This is also currently on backorder at Amazon and may take some weeks to get, but where else can you find two great songs like Abdul Abulbul Amir and Rhyme of the Chivalrous Shark?
- The Joan Baez Songbook
Easy arrangements, lots of broadsides and Child ballads.
Golden Encyclopedia of Folk Music
This is currently on backorder at Amazon and may take some weeks to get. I include it because it is a resource I use a great deal. The arrangements are not as complex as Hopekirk and Sharp.
- The Irish Songbook
Compiled and Edited by Joy Graeme
Music by The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem. Includes many traditional tunes as well as new music and words by The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem. This is on backorder but my copy arrived in a couple of weeks. Easy arrangements, great music.
Seventy Scottish Songs
Originally done in 1905 by Helen Hopekirk. Many lesser known as well as standards. Excellent piano arrangements.
The Robert Burns Songbook, Vol. I
By Serge Hovey
Eighty-five songs by Burns with full arrangements, information on each and an excellent introduction.
- Folk Songs of the Southern Appalachians
As Sung by Jean Ritchie
Single line melodies and some information on many English & Scot songs that were transplanted to the Appalachians.
By Carl Sandburg and Garrison Keillor
A large book, a reference book more than songbook but there are piano arrangements for many tunes. Guess you could copy them and put the music on the piano... Great information.
One Hundred English Folksongs
by Cecil Sharp. A fantastic resource of excellent piano arrangements and tune information.
- Songs of the British Isles
by Jerry Silverman
Easy piano/vocal arrangements, good information. With selections like Benbow, Captain Kidd, Cruel War, Lilibulero, Vicar of Bray, Croppy Boy, Old Orange Flute, Johnnie Cope, MacPherson's Farewell, Maid of Llanwellyn and the like.
- Songs of Ireland
by Jerry Silverman
Mostly single line melodies. Great information.
- Ballads and Songs of the Civil War
by Jerry Silverman
Easy arrangements, great information, lots of songs.
Civil War Songbook : Complete Original Sheet Music for Thirty Seven
by Richard Crawford
Reprints of original sheet music.
- The American Song Treasury
This has easy arrangements with guitar tabs and a lot of great information on the tunes.
Classic Songs of America : Arrangements for Piano, Guitar and Electronic Keyboard
Some old, some new, with a short history of the tunes.
From Sea to Shining Sea
"A Treasury of American Folklore and Folksongs"
Folklore tales and folksongs. Great for young children. Most are fairly easy piano arrangements and it's illustrated by Caldecott Award Winners.
Carolan and Harp Music
Sources of Information and Lyrics
American Ballads and Folk Songs
By John A. and Alan Lomax. Has single line melodies and a great deal of information on the tunes. A well-known, great work.
Folksongs of Britain and Ireland
Edited by Peter Kennedy. A huge book (800 pages) with an incredible amount of information and single line melodies. Considered a follow-up to the Lomax's work.
Folk Songs of Old New England
by Eloise Hubbard Linscott (reprint). A great deal of information and single line melodies. Not as definitive as Lomax and Lomax, but very worthwhile.
Songs and Ballads from Nova Scotia
by Helen Creighton. A great many single line melodies and information on many of the tunes. A great resource for songs of the sea.
Shanties from the Seven Seas
by Stan Hugill. A fantastic selection of sea shanties with single line melodies and a lot of information.
Compiled and Edited by Fred and Irwin Silber
Oak Publications, New York 1973.
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