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Welcome! Welcome!
Audrey Snyder - Hal Leonard Corporation

Best used as a concert opener, this buoyant piece may be sung from the risers or as a processional. Based on Welsh folk song, it may be performed all year, or with the alternate lyrics for holiday programs.

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Lonesome Road Lonesome Road
arr. Roger Emerson - Hal Leonard Corporation

This American spiritual set in a lovely folk-song setting is an accessible arrangement for developing mixed and treble choirs. An excellent educational selection for developing tone and blend, it also

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The Last Rose of Summer The Last Rose of Summer
arr. Joseph Martin - Hal Leonard Corporation

This tender Irish melody is lovingly set for mixed choir and solo voice. The flowing piano part is supportive of the lilting melody throughout. The verses unfold with a tinge of sorrow at the passing of

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Over the Sea to Skye Over the Sea to Skye
arr. Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid - Hal Leonard Corporation

This traditional Scottish folk song recalls the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie to the Isle of Skye. The gently rocking motion of the triple meter and the optional flute obbligato combine with the lyrical

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Skye Boat Song Skye Boat Song
arr. Jay Althouse - Alfred Music Publishing

This haunting Scottish folk song with a beautiful text by Robert Louis Stevenson tells the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie's escape from the British. The traditional melody is arranged in a setting that is

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Follow the Drinking Gourd Follow the Drinking Gourd
arr. Emily Crocker - Hal Leonard Corporation

The wistful layered melodies, undulating piano accompaniment, and plaintive violin obbligato create a mysterious atmosphere in this accessible work that tells the story of the Underground Railroad. Arranged

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Yellow Ribbon, Red Bandana Yellow Ribbon, Red Bandana (incorporating "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" and "Red River Valley")
arr. Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid - Shawnee Press

What a fun folk song selection! This lively arrangement combines original material with two American gems, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and Red River Valley, ending as a partner song that

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Across the Western Ocean Across the Western Ocean
arr. Jerry Estes - Shawnee Press

This Irish sea shanty from the mid 1800s is driven by a half-note pulse, with an accompaniment that keeps the piece propelling forward. It makes a wonderful selection for developing male voices teaching

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Bile Them Cabbage Down Bile Them Cabbage Down
arr. Steve Kupferschmid - Shawnee Press

This lively, rhythmic and humorous arrangement is pure fun from start to finish, not to mention easy to learn! Hand-clappin', hootin' and hollerin' and even some barking and howling fill the verses and

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Auld Lang Syne Auld Lang Syne
Mark Sirett - Boosey & Hawkes, Inc

Often translated as "times gone by" or "days long ago," this is a song of friendship and goodwill. Traditionally associated with New Year's Eve festivities, this Scottish air is also appropriate as a

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Three Shaker Songs Three Shaker Songs
Shawn Kirchner - Boosey & Hawkes, Inc

Unison vocal textures on winsome melodies predominate in this inspirational setting of three Shaker tunes: O Brethren, Ain't Ye Happy?; Love Is Little and Simple Gifts. A lively,

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Molly Malone Molly Malone
arr. Lee Kesselman - Boosey & Hawkes, Inc

Known as Dublin's unofficial anthem, this Irish tune is bright and energetic and captures the warm and generous spirit of the Irish people. Like so many Irish folk songs, it tells an endearing story, one

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Danny Boy Danny Boy
Frederick Edward Weatherly/arr. Thomas Juneau - Hal Leonard Corporation

This beloved Irish melody is perfect for teaching artistry and vocal technique with its gentle phrasing and imaginative expression. A traditional harmonic setting but with some extended cadences and

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Danny Boy Danny Boy
Philip Lawson - Dehaske

A lovely and accessible arrangement of the beloved Irish melody, this setting for SAB choirs will provide some challenges but will also allow the choir to explore, develop, and share their artistry and

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Greensleeves Greensleeves
Philip Lawson - Dehaske

A delightful and accessible arrangement of the traditional English folk song for SAB voices. A lilting piano accompaniment supports the lyric vocal lines and melodic ideas are passed between the voices

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The Erie Canal The Erie Canal
arr. Cristi Cary Miller - Hal Leonard Corporation

A wonderful song for connecting music to American history and culture! Developing singers in elementary and middle school will gain important performance skills and musical development with this peppy

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Pretty Saro Pretty Saro
Franklin Gallo - Boosey & Hawkes, Inc

This beautiful folk ballad from 17th-century England is haunting and timeless. The lyrics tell the story of an immigrant looking for love in a new and unfamiliar land. Each of the three verses varies in

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Black is the Color Black is the Color
Connor J. Koppin - Mark Foster

Rarely, if ever, have the words and music of this folk song been so beautifully merged that both love and despair are both heard and felt. A wonderful baritone solo opens and closes the piece, and the

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Bobby Shafto Bobby Shafto
arr. Philip Lawson - Dehaske

With a twist of Brahms' Lullaby and Wagner's Bridal Chorus, this clever arrangement of an English folk song makes a lighthearted encore number - lots of fun for concert or community

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The Keel Row The Keel Row
arr. Philip Lawson - Dehaske

Originating as a traditional Tyne River Shanty for the transport of coal, this sturdy tune will fit well in a program of folk music, with a steady rowing motion in the accompaniment and a dance-like melody

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Vive la Compagnie! Vive la Compagnie!
arr. John Leavitt - Hal Leonard Corporation

Your men's choir will have a rollicking good time with this traditional and accessible glee club favorite that will also build diction, rhythm, intonation and expressions. An excellent closer or encore!

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Vair Me O Vair Me O (Eriskay Love Lilt)
arr. Emily Crocker - Hal Leonard Corporation

Your men's choir will show their sensitive side with this lovely Scottish folksong from the Outer Hebrides. Translated loosely as "Bring me o'er, dear one," this lyrical work expresses the pain of being far

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Nine Hundred Miles Nine Hundred Miles
arr. Roger Emerson - Hal Leonard Corporation

The plaintive sound of the lonesome train whistle and the longing of the traveler for home are evoked in this well-crafted setting of an American classic. An urgent rhythmic groove and contrasting cello

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