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Folk Voiceworks
Author:  Peter Hunt & David Oliver
Subtitle: 30 Traditional Songs
Forces or Category: Mixed voices, unison to 5 parts
Details: Folk Voiceworks is an outstanding collection of folk songs in the Voiceworks model, including songs from centuries past alongside pieces by celebrated folk musicians. You'll find pieces in a range of genres and styles, including shanties, protest songs, songs about the land, lullabies, love songs, and much more - scored flexibly for unison and part-singing. With excellent practical rehearsal notes, simple accompanying instrumental parts, and a CD with performances of all the songs, this is a fabulous and accessible resource for all choirs.
Selling points: 
  • 30 traditional songs from England, Scotland, and Wales
  • Flexible arrangements for unison and part-singing
  • Ideal for community and youth choirs, school groups (KS3 upwards), and choral groups of all ages and experience
  • Vast range of repertoire: a fun tongue-twisting accumulative song, Christmas songs, songs about life in the mines, shanties, lyrical and reflective songs, songs about rituals or customs
  • Tips and hints on warming up, rehearsing, and singing folk song
  • Performance ideas for each song
  • Photocopiable pages
  • CD with performances of all the songs
Contents:  English shanty: Roll the Old Chariot Along
English/Irish: Paddy on the Railway
North-east English: Byker Hill
North-east English, arr. David Oliver: Rap Her to Bank
English, harmonized David Oliver: Mow Me Down My Meadow
South-west English, harmonized David Oliver: The Barley Mow
Karine Polwart, arr. Peter Hunt: Follow the Heron
English, arr. Peter Hunt: John Barleycorn
Anon.: Sumer is icumen in
North-east English: The Blackleg Miner
George Evans, harmonized Peter Hunt: Union Miner
Scottish, arr. Peter Hunt: The Spinner's Wedding
Mary Brooksbank, arr. Peter Hunt: The Jute Mill Song
Vin Garbutt, transcribed Peter Hunt: The Troubles of Erin
John Kirkpatrick: The Song of the Weaver
Welsh, arr. Peter Hunt: Migildi, Magildi
Welsh, arr. and trans. Peter Hunt: Yr Hen Wr Mywn (My Dear Old Man)
Shetland, harmonized Sandra Kerr: Unst Boat Song
Matt McGinn, arr. Peter Hunt: Coorie Doon
Sarah Morgan, adapted Peter Hunt: Keep you in Peace
English shanty, arr. Peter Hunt: Lowlands
Francis McPeake, arr. Peter Hunt: Wild Mountain Thyme
South-east English, arr. David Oliver: Pleasant and Delightful
Welsh, arr. Peter Hunt: Dcaw 'Nghariad (There's My Sweetheart)
Isle of Man, arr. David Oliver, Stewart Hardy, and Rachel Unthank: Hunting the Wren
Cornish, arr. Peter Hunt and David Oliver: Hal-an-tow
North-west English, arr. David Oliver: The Pace Egging Song
English, arr. David Oliver, Stewart Hardy, and Rachel Unthank: The Holly and the Ivy
Trad.: Sweet Chiming Bells
John Kirkpatrick: Chariots
Publication Date: Mar 1 2007
Level of Difficulty: A-B
Trim Size:297x210
Number of pages:176
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