Folk Songs of Old New England

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Courier Corporation, 1993 - Music - 344 pages
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Here's a wonderful singing and activity book, brimming with well over 100 folk songs and ballads, nursery songs and singing games, lumbermen's songs, sea chanteys, country dances, minstrel songs, Child ballads, and much more. Many selections are local to New England; others are known elsewhere in the United States. A substantial number are related to English, Scottish, and other European traditional music.
Among the songs in this volume are "Did You Ever See a Lassie?; Here Come Three Dukes a-Riding; London Bridge; The Twelve Days of Christmas; The Girl I Left Behind Me; Pop! Goes the Weasel; Speed the Plough; Steamboat Quickstep; Virginia Reel; Blow the Man Down; Rio Grande; Shenandoah, or The Wide Missouri; Whisky Johnnie; A Bear Went Over the Mountain; The Brookfield Murder; The Devil and the Farmer's Wife; A Frog He Would a-Wooing Go, " and many more.
In addition to piano accompaniment for each song, the author has provided complete instructions for the singing games and country dances, historical notes on the songs, information about the singers, and other material. A fascinating introduction to the history and lore of New England folk music, this practical guide is indispensable for sing-alongs, dances, school programs, and other functions.

 

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Contents

Preface t0 Sec0nd Editi0n
1
The Country Dance
57
Glossary of Dance Terms
63
Sea Chanteys and Focastle Songs
121
Ballads Folk Songs and Ditties
153
A Fox Went Out on a Starry Night
202
Here We Go Up
209
The Jam on Gerrys Rocks
217
Maple Sweet
238
The Ocean Burial
245
Old PodAuger Times
251
The Old Woman Who Went to Market
258
Perrie Merrie Dixi Domini
267
Polly Oliver
273
The Sawmill Song
280
Appendix
311

Julia Grover
224
Lets Go to the Woods or The Hunting of the Wren
230
Addenda and Corrigenda
339
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