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.