buy chris’ song arrangements

Sheet music Chris has arranged several traditional songs as well as his own compositions. These can be purchased for your choir or singing group. All songs are a cappella and in the original language of the country unless otherwise stated. See GENERAL INFORMATION below for more details.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Lists of songs can be found below. The lists have been divided into voicings (SATB, SAB or equal); ease of learning (quick *, moderate **, challenging ***); and songs in English or you can see the entire catalogue of available songs. Just click on a heading to reveal each list. Click again to hide.

Click on any song title to hear a sound clip (songs in red don’t have sound clips at the moment).

You can then sort each listing of songs by clicking at the top of the required column (e.g. title, country, no. of parts, etc.).

Songs can be supplied in three formats:

  • sheet music (as PDF/ Acrobat file or printed copy)
  • individual recorded parts (plus full performance of the song). Available as MP3 downloads (1 to 1.5MB per part) or CD
  • Finale notation file (2010 version) or as MusicXML which is suitable for importing into later versions of Finale and other notation programs such as Sibelius.

You only need to buy one copy of each song regardless of the size of your choir. You also have permission to perform the arrangement at no extra cost.

All songs have been arranged for, and fully tested on, community choirs so the vocal range is not extreme.

Arrangements for equal voices can easily be adapted for all male, all female, or mixed groups. Choirs which have more women than men might find the SAB arrangements more suitable. In most SATB arrangements, the tenor part is suitable for women as well as men.

All songs come with full lyrics, translations, song background (if known!) and performance suggestions.

HOW TO ORDER

Each song costs £1.50 per format (i.e. sheet music/ notation OR recorded parts) or £2.50 for BOTH formats (a saving of 50p). These will be sent by email.

Or add £1.50p p&p to the total for CDs or sheet music by post (non-EC countries add £2.50).

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Payments can be made using your credit or debit card via PayPal (you will be sent an invoice by email, no need to have a PayPal account) or by direct bank transfer (ask for details) or by cheque through the post.

To order (or for more information), please email Chris stating:

  1. titles of the song(s) you would like;
  2. which format(s) you want them in (sheet music, notation file, or recorded parts)
  3. which voicing would you like (SAB,SATB or equal);
  4. whether you would like your order by email or post; and
  5. how you would like to pay (PayPal, bank transfer or cheque)

Watch this space for an easy-to-use shopping cart system coming soon!

VOICING: SATB

Song Info. Level Country/
Composer
Ain't gonna let nobody turn me around Trad. spiritual, became an important song for Civil Rights Movement * USA
Auld lang syne Original tune, NOT the well-know version! ** Scotland
Chiapanecas 1930s song known as the Mexican hand-clapping song *** Mexico
Cockles and Mussels Well-known folk song ** Ireland
Everyone can sing Simple warm up song * Chris Rowbury
Farewell my friend Typical call and response African parting song (in English) * Sierra Leone
Hanging Johnny 1 Gruesome sea shanty. This version with MEN on the call. ** England
Hanging Johnny 2 Gruesome sea shanty. This version with WOMEN on the call. ** England
How can I keep from singing? A fine sentiment to propound! *** USA
Kojo no tsuki “Moonlit castle ruins” composed for koto by Rentaro Taki in 1901 ** Japan
Land of my fathers National anthem (in Welsh or English) ** Wales
Let’s all welcome in the spring time Upbeat song in 6/8 and 3/4 ** Chris Rowbury
Mbube Version of Solomon Linda’s original, made famous as Wimowey (The Lion Sleeps Tonight) *
**
South Africa
Mun ja mun A yoik in honour of the South Sami people. * Finland
New York girls Trad. Also known as “Can’t you dance the polka?” ** USA
Parting Glass Famous Irish leaving song *** Ireland
Plaisir d’Amour Famous 18th C song, the source for Elvis Presley's I can't help falling in love *** France
Sakura, sakura Haunting cherry blossom song ** Japan
Searching for lambs Unusul folk song in 5/4 *** England
Senzenina Anti-apartheid folk song * South Africa
Shenandoah Gorgeous setting of well-known song ** England
Shosholoza Trad. miner’s song sung by men who travelled by steam train to work in S. Africa's mines ** Southern Africa
Steal away Famous old spiritual ** USA
Stille nacht “Silent night”" in the original German (or English version) ** Germany
Summer is here Celebratory song in slightly tricky 7/8 time ** Chris Rowbury
Vuma Gospel song from the singing of the Soweto gospel choir. SATB + call * South Africa
Winter time is here A rousing seasonal song in 5/4 time ** Chris Rowbury
You are my sunshine A popular song first recorded in 1939 * USA

VOICING: SAB

Song Info. Level Country/
Composer
Addio a Lugano Popular song with words by anarchist Pietro Gori ** Italy
Alleluya Slow chant-like song * Chris Rowbury
Ar lan y môr Famous love song: “On the seashore” * Wales
Banana boat song Trad. song based on the singing of Edric Connor * Jamaica
Bright Morning Star Gentle Shaker hymn ** USA
Coalblack Smith Bawdy call & response folk song ** England
Da Droben Am Berge Austrian carol: “Away upon the mountain top” (in English or German) ** Austria
De los cuatro muleros Andalucian folk song revived by Lorca * Spain
E papa Waiaria Love song and Maori stick game * New Zealand
Eh Kalina, eh Malina Gypsy song of passion * Russia
El condor pasa Written in 1913, English words by Simon & Garfunkel * Peru
Feuilles-o Exotic healing song ** Haiti
It’s autumn time Wistful song in 2/2 *** Chris Rowbury
Ja helo Czech mountain holler about a sheep * Czech
Johanna the row-di From Bessie Jones, a founding member of the Georgia Sea Island Singers * USA
Lisa Lân Haunting love song, featured in the movie Crash * Wales
Lowlands away Sea shanty about a drowned lover ** England
O come Emmanuel Tune: 15th Century processional of French nuns. Words: medieval Latin or English ** France
O postaris Passionate gypsy song of love from a young woman’s point of view *** Czech
Old Miner Mining song collected from Nuneaton, based on the Silly Sisters’ version. 4 voices: SAAB ** England
Parting friends A shape note song from the Sacred Harp *** USA
Parting Glass Famous Irish leaving song ** Ireland
Shenandoah Gorgeous setting of well-known song ** England
Spancil Hill Yearning ballad, words by Michael Considine around 1870 ** Ireland
Stolat Well-known drinking song often sung at birthdays ** Poland
Suspira, coração triste Heart breaking song of love (optional guitar part) *** Brazil
Take this hammer Chain gang song via Leadbelly * Brazil
Wild mountain thyme Trad. tune with words by Frances Peake adapted from Robert Tannahill’s poem * Scotland
Z anynya ö sziep lányát Hungarian song about a daughter ** Hungary

VOICING: EQUAL

Song Parts Info. Level Country/
Composer
Addio a Lugano 3 Popular song with words by anarchist Pietro Gori ** Italy
Ar lan y môr 3 Famous love song: "On the seashore" * Wales
Banana boat song 3 Trad. song based on the singing of Edric Connor * Jamaica
Bele mama 2 Trad. song based on the singing of the Mouangé Ensemble, Cameroon * West Africa
Bright Morning Star 3 Gentle Shaker hymn ** USA
Cancion Mixteca 3 Classic Mexican song about nostalgia; as featured in the movie Paris, Texas ** Mexico
Coalblack Smith 3 Bawdy call & response folk song ** England
Da Droben Am Berge 3 Austrian carol: “Away upon the mountain top” (in English or German) ** Austria
E papa Waiaria 3 Love song and Maori stick game * New Zealand
Eh Kalina, eh Malina 3 Gypsy song of passion * Russia
El condor pasa 3 Written in 1913, English words by Simon & Garfunkel * Peru
Era la vo 3 Lullaby ** Sicily
Farewell my friend 4 Typical call and response African parting song (in English) * Sierra Leone
Feuilles-o 3 Exotic healing song ** Haiti
Hanging Johnny 4 Gruesome sea shanty ** England
I’ll fly away 3 1920s bluegrass style, best-known from O Brother Where Art Thou? movie * USA
Ja helo 3 Czech mountain holler about a sheep * Czech
Java jive 3 Made famous by the Inkspots *** USA
Kimbara 3 Cuban salsa song made famous by Celia Cruz. Timing is a challenge! ** Cuba
Kojo no tsuki 4 “Moonlit castle ruins” composed for koto by Rentaro Taki in 1901 ** Japan
Lisa Lân 3 Haunting love song, featured in the movie Crash * Wales
Little bird, little bird 2 Children’s circle game song made famous by Elizabeth Mitchell. * USA
Lowlands away 3 Sea shanty about a drowned lover ** England
Ma belle sinkwanee 3 Origins and meaning unknown (includes clapping) ** West Africa ?
Mun ja mun 4 A yoik in honour of the South Sami people * Finland
O come Emmanuel 3 Tune: 15th Century processional of French nuns. Words: medieval Latin or English ** France
O postaris 3 Passionate gypsy song of love from a young woman’s point of view *** Czech
Old Miner 4 Mining song collected from Nuneaton, based on the Silly Sisters’ version ** England
Parting Glass 3 Famous Irish leaving song *** Ireland
Raghuphati ragava raja ram 2 Popular Hindu devotional song, favourite of Mahatma Gandhi *** India
Rain and Snow 3 Song about the downsides of marriage from a woman’s point of view * USA
Sakura, sakura 4 Haunting cherry blossom song ** Japan
Shenandoah 3 Gorgeous setting of well-known song ** England
Skait mameni 3 Trad. ballad about a young girl (optional violin and guitar parts) *** Latvia
Sloop John B. 5/ 6 Based on the Beach Boys version of this trad. song *** Bahamas
Spancil Hill 3 Yearning ballad, words by Michael Considine around 1870 ** Ireland
Stamford Bullards 3 Trad. song about the annual bull running in Stamford, Lincs. * England
Steal away 3 Famous old spiritual. ** USA
Stille nacht 3 “Silent night”" in the original German (or English version) ** Germany
Stolat 3 Well-known drinking song often sung at birthdays ** Poland
Suspira, coração triste 3 Heart breaking song of love *** Brazil
Take this hammer 3 Chain gang song via Leadbelly * Brazil
Thousands or more 3 Also known as “Sorrows away”. Trad., passed down by the Copper Family ** England
Up above the clouds 3 A jolly round in three parts * Chris Rowbury
Wild mountain thyme 3 Trad. tune with words by Frances Peake adapted from Robert Tannahill’s poem * Scotland
Z anynya ö sziep lányát 3 Hungarian song about a daughter ** Hungary

EASE OF LEARNING: QUICK *

One person’s ‘easy’ is another person’s ‘difficult’, so ‘quick’ is a very subjective notion. As a rough guide, I think you should be able to get the bulk of any of these songs on their feet in under an hour.

Song Voices Parts Info. Country/
Composer
Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around SATB 4 Trad. spiritual, became an important song for Civil Rights Movement USA
Alleluya SAB 3 Slow chant-like song Chris Rowbury
Ar lan y môr SAB
equal
3 Famous love song: “On the seashore” Wales
Banana boat song SAB
equal
3 Trad. song based on the singing of Edric Connor Jamaica
Bele mama equal 2 Trad. song based on the singing of the Mouangé Ensemble, Cameroon West Africa
De los cuatro muleros SAB 3 Andalucian folk song revived by Lorca Spain
E papa Waiaria SAB
equal
3 Love song and Maori stick game New Zealand
Eh Kalina, eh Malina SAB
equal
3 Gypsy song of passion Russia
El condor pasa SAB
equal
3 Written in 1913, English words by Simon & Garfunkel Peru
Everyone can sing SATB 4 Simple warm up song Chris Rowbury
Farewell my friend SATB
equal
4 Typical call and response African parting song (in English) Sierra Leone
I’ll fly away equal 3 1920s bluegrass style, probably best-known from O Brother Where Art Thou? movie USA
It’s gonna rain SATB 4 Gospel song about the great flood, starts off as a round USA
Ja helo SAB
equal
3 Czech mountain holler about a sheep Czech
Johanna the row-di SAB 3 From Bessie Jones, a founding member of the Georgia Sea Island Singers USA
Lisa Lân SAB
equal
3 Haunting love song, featured in the movie Crash Wales
Little bird, little bird equal 2 Children’s circle game song made famous by Elizabeth Mitchell USA
Mbube SATB 5/ 6 Simple version of Solomon Linda’s original song, made famous as Wimowey (The Lion Sleeps Tonight) South Africa
Mun ja mun SATB
equal
4 A yoik in honour of the South Sami people Finland
Rain and Snow equal 3 Song about the downsides of marriage from a woman’s point of view USA
Senzenina SATB 4 Anti-apartheid folk song South Africa
Stamford Bullards equal 3 Trad. song about the annual bull running in Stamford, Lincs. England
Take this hammer SAB
equal
3 Chain gang song via Leadbelly Brazil
Up above the clouds equal 3 A jolly round in three parts Chris Rowbury
Vuma SATB 5 Gospel song from the singing of the Soweto gospel choir South Africa
Wild mountain thyme SAB
equal
3 Trad. tune with words by Frances Peake adapted from Robert Tannahill’s poem Scotland
You are my sunshine SATB 4 A popular song first recorded in 1939 USA

EASE OF LEARNING: MODERATE **

One person’s ‘easy’ is another person’s ‘difficult’, so ‘moderate’ is a very subjective notion. As a rough guide, these songs will take longer than the ‘quick’ songs because of their structure, timing or harmonies.

Song Voices Parts Info. Country/
Composer
Addio a Lugano SAB
equal
3 Popular song with words by anarchist Pietro Gori Italy
Auld lang syne SATB 4 Original tune, NOT the well-know version! Scotland
Bright Morning Star SAB
equal
3 Gentle Shaker hymn USA
Cancion Mixteca equal 3 Classic Mexican song about nostalgia; as featured in the movie Paris, Texas Mexico
Coalblack Smith SAB
equal
3 Bawdy call & response folk song England
Cockles and Mussels SATB 4 Well-known folk song Ireland
Da Droben Am Berge SAB
equal
3 Austrian carol: “Away upon the mountain top” (in English or German) Austria
Era la vo equal 3 Lullaby Sicily
Feuilles-o SAB
equal
3 Exotic healing song Haiti
Hanging Johnny SATB1
SATB2
equal
4 Gruesome sea shanty England
Kimbara equal 3 Cuban salsa song made famous by Celia Cruz. Timing is a bit of a challenge! Cuba
Kojo no tsuki SATB
equal
4 “Moonlit castle ruins” composed for koto by Rentaro Taki in 1901 Japan
Land of my fathers SATB 4 National anthem (in Welsh or English) Wales
Let’s all welcome in the spring time SATB 4 Upbeat song in 6/8 and 3/4 Chris Rowbury
Lowlands away SAB
equal
3 Sea shanty about a drowned lover England
Ma belle sinkwanee equal 3 Origins and meaning unknown (includes clapping) West Africa ?
Mbube SATB 5/ 6 More complex version of Solomon Linda’s original song, made famous as Wimowey (The Lion Sleeps Tonight) South Africa
New York girls SATB 4 Trad. Also known as “Can’t you dance the polka?” USA
O come Emmanuel SAB
equal
3 Tune: 15th Century processional of French nuns. Words: medieval Latin or English France
Old Miner SAAB
equal
4 Mining song collected from Nuneaton, based on the Silly Sisters’ version England
Parting Glass SAB
equal
4 Famous Irish leaving song Ireland
Sakura, sakura SATB
equal
4 Haunting cherry blossom song Japan
Shenandoah SATB
SAB
equal
4 Gorgeous setting of well-known song England
Shosholoza SATB 4 Trad. miner’s song sung by men who travelled by steam train to work in S. Africa’s mines Southern Africa
Spancil Hill SAB
equal
3 Yearning ballad, words by Michael Considine around 1870 Ireland
Steal away SATB
equal
4 Famous old spiritual USA
Stille nacht SATB
equal
4/ 3 “Silent night” in the original German (or English version) Germany
Stolat SAB
equal
3 Well-known drinking song often sung at birthdays Poland
Summer is here SATB 4 Celebratory song in slightly tricky 7/8 time Chris Rowbury
Thousands or more equal 3 Also known as “Sorrows away”. Trad., passed down by the Copper Family England
Winter time is here SATB 4 A rousing seasonal song in 5/4 time Chris Rowbury
Z anynya ö sziep lányát SAB
equal
3 Hungarian song about a daughter Hungary

EASE OF LEARNING: CHALLENGING ***

One person’s ‘easy’ is another person’s ‘difficult’, so ‘challenging’ is a very subjective notion. As a rough guide, these songs will take longer than the ‘moderate’ songs and are probably best-suited to those singers who have some harmony singing experience.

Song Voices Parts Info. Country/
Composer
Chiapanecas SATB 4 1930s song which known as the Mexican hand-clapping song Mexico
How can I keep from singing? SATB 4 A fine sentiment to propound! USA
It’s autumn time SAB 3 Wistful song in 2/2 Chris Rowbury
Java jive equal 3 Made famous by the Inkspots USA
O postaris SAB
equal
3 Passionate gypsy song of love from a young woman’s point of view Czech
Parting Glass SATB 4 Famous Irish leaving song Ireland
Plaisir d’Amour SATB 4 Famous 18th C song, the source for Elvis Presley’s I can’t help falling in love France
Raghuphati ragava raja ram equal 2 Popular Hindu devotional song, favourite of Mahatma Gandhi. India
Searching for lambs SATB 4 Haunting folk song in 5/4 England
Skait mameni equal 3 Trad. ballad about a young girl (optional violin and guitar parts) Latvia
Sloop John B. equal 5/ 6 Based on the Beach Boys version of this trad. song Bahamas
Suspira, coração triste SAB
equal
3 Heart breaking song of love (optional guitar part) Brazil

SONGS WITH ENGLISH LYRICS

Song Voices Parts Info. Level Country/
Composer
Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around SATB 4 Trad. spiritual, became an important song for Civil Rights Movement * USA
Alleluya SAB 3 Slow chant-like song * Chris Rowbury
Auld lang syne SATB 4 Original tune, NOT the well-know version! In Scots English. ** Scotland
Banana boat song SAB
equal
3 Trad. song based on the singing of Edric Connor * Jamaica
Bright Morning Star SAB
equal
3 Gentle Shaker hymn ** USA
Coalblack Smith SAB
equal
3 Bawdy call & response folk song ** England
Cockles and Mussels SATB 4 Well-known folk song ** Ireland
Da Droben Am Berge SAB
equal
3 Austrian carol: “Away upon the mountain top” ** Austria
El condor pasa SAB
equal
3 Written in 1913, English words by Simon & Garfunkel * Peru
Everyone can sing SATB 4 Simple warm up song * Chris Rowbury
Farewell my friend SATB
equal
4 Typical call and response African parting song (in English) * Sierra Leone
Hanging Johnny SATB1
SATB2
equal
4 Gruesome sea shanty ** England
How can I keep from singing? SATB 4 A fine sentiment to propound! *** USA
I’ll fly away equal 3 1920s bluegrass style, best-known from O Brother Where Art Thou? movie * USA
It’s autumn time SAB 3 Wistful song in 2/2 *** Chris Rowbury
It’s gonna rain SATB 4 Gospel song about the great flood, starts off as a round * USA
Java jive equal 3 Made famous by the Inkspots *** USA
Johanna the row-di SAB 3 From Bessie Jones, a founding member of the Georgia Sea Island Singers * USA
Land of my fathers SATB 4 National anthem ** Wales
Let’s all welcome in the spring time SATB 4 Upbeat song in 6/8 and 3/4 ** Chris Rowbury
Little bird, little bird equal 2 Children’s circle game song made famous by Elizabeth Mitchell. * USA
Lowlands away SAB
equal
3 Sea shanty about a drowned lover ** England
New York girls SATB 4 Trad. Also known as "Can’t you dance the polka?" ** USA
O come Emmanuel SAB
equal
3 Tune: 15th Century processional of French nuns. Words: medieval Latin ** France
Old Miner SAAB
equal
4 Mining song collected from Nuneaton, based on the Silly Sisters’ version ** England
Parting friends SAB 3 A shape note song from the Sacred Harp *** USA
Parting Glass SATB
SAB
equal
4 Famous Irish leaving song ***
**
Ireland
Rain and Snow equal 3 Song about the downsides of marriage from a woman’s point of view * USA
Searching for lambs SATB 4 Unusual folk song in 5/4 *** England
Shenandoah SATB
SAB
equal
4 Gorgeous setting of well-known song ** England
Sloop John B. equal 5/ 6 Based on the Beach Boys version of this trad. song *** Bahamas
Spancil Hill SAB
equal
3 Yearning ballad, words by Michael Considine around 1870. ** Ireland
Stamford Bullards equal 3 Trad. song about the annual bull running in Stamford, Lincs. * England
Steal away SATB
equal
4/ 3 Famous old spiritual ** USA
Stille nacht SATB
equal
4/ 3 “Silent night” ** Germany
Summer is here SATB 4 Celebratory song in slightly tricky 7/8 time ** Chris Rowbury
Take this hammer SAB
equal
3 Chain gang song via Leadbelly * Brazil
Thousands or more equal 3 Also known as “Sorrows away”. Trad., passed down by the Copper Family ** England
Up above the clouds equal 3 A jolly round in three parts * Chris Rowbury
Wild mountain thyme SAB
equal
3 Trad. tune with words by Frances Peake adapted from Robert Tannahill’s poem * Scotland
Winter time is here SATB 4 A rousing seasonal song in 5/4 time ** Chris Rowbury
You are my sunshine SATB 4 A popular song first recorded in 1939 * USA

COMPLETE CATALOGUE

Song Voices Parts Info. Level Country/
Composer
Addio a Lugano SAB
equal
3 Popular song with words by anarchist Pietro Gori ** Italy
Ain’t gonna let nobody turn me around SATB 4 Trad. spiritual, became an important song for Civil Rights Movement * USA
Alleluya SAB 3 Slow chant-like song * Chris Rowbury
Ar lan y môr SAB
equal
3 Famous love song: “On the seashore” * Wales
Auld lang syne SATB 4 Original tune, NOT the well-know version! ** Scotland
Banana boat song SAB
equal
3 Trad. song based on the singing of Edric Connor * Jamaica
Bele mama equal 2 Trad. song based on the singing of the Mouangé Ensemble, Cameroon * West Africa
Bright Morning Star SAB
equal
3 Gentle Shaker hymn ** USA
Cancion Mixteca equal 3 Classic Mexican song about nostalgia; featured in the movie Paris, Texas ** Mexico
Chiapanecas SATB 4 1930s song known as the Mexican hand-clapping song *** Mexico
Coalblack Smith SAB
equal
3 Bawdy call & response folk song ** England
Cockles and Mussels SATB 4 Well-known folk song ** Ireland
Da Droben Am Berge SAB
equal
3 Austrian carol: “Away upon the mountain top” (in English or German) ** Austria
De los cuatro muleros SAB 3 Andalucian folk song revived by Lorca * Spain
E papa Waiaria SAB
equal
3 Love song and Maori stick game * New Zealand
Eh Kalina, eh Malina SAB
equal
3 Gypsy song of passion * Russia
El condor pasa SAB
equal
3 Written in 1913, English words by Simon & Garfunkel * Peru
Era la vo equal 3 Lullaby ** Sicily
Everyone can sing SATB 4 Simple warm up song * Chris Rowbury
Farewell my friend SATB
equal
4 Typical call and response African parting song (in English) * Sierra Leone
Feuilles-o SAB
equal
3 Exotic healing song ** Haiti
Hanging Johnny SATB1
SATB2
equal
4 Gruesome sea shanty ** England
How can I keep from singing? SATB 4 A fine sentiment to propound! *** USA
I’ll fly away equal 3 1920s bluegrass style, best-known from O Brother Where Art Thou? movie * USA
It’s autumn time SAB 3 Wistful song in 2/2 *** Chris Rowbury
It’s gonna rain SATB 4 Gospel song about the great flood, starts off as a round * USA
Ja helo SAB
equal
3 Czech mountain holler about a sheep * Czech
Java jive equal 3 Made famous by the Inkspots *** USA
Johanna the row-di SAB 3 From Bessie Jones, a founding member of the Georgia Sea Island Singers * USA
Kimbara equal 3 Cuban salsa song made famous by Celia Cruz. Timing is a challenge! ** Cuba
Kojo no tsuki SATB
equal
4 “Moonlit castle ruins” composed for koto by Rentaro Taki in 1901 ** Japan
Land of my fathers SATB 4 National anthem (in Welsh or English) ** Wales
Let’s all welcome in the spring time SATB 4 Upbeat song in 6/8 and 3/4 ** Chris Rowbury
Lisa Lân SAB
equal
3 Love song, featured in the movie Crash * Wales
Little bird, little bird equal 2 Children’s circle game song made famous by Elizabeth Mitchell. * USA
Lowlands away SAB
equal
3 Sea shanty about a drowned lover ** England
Ma belle sinkwanee equal 3 Origins and meaning unknown (includes clapping) ** West Africa ?
Mbube SATB 5/ 6 Version of Solomon Linda’s original, made famous as Wimowey (The Lion Sleeps Tonight) *
**
South Africa
Mun ja mun SATB
equal
4 A gentle yoik in honour of the South Sami people * Finland
New York girls SATB 4 Trad. Also known as “Can’t you dance the polka?” ** USA
O come Emmanuel SAB
equal
3 Tune: 15th Century processional of French nuns. Words: medieval Latin or English ** France
O postaris SAB
equal
3 Passionate gypsy song of love from a young woman’s point of view *** Czech
Old Miner SAAB
equal
4 Mining song collected from Nuneaton, based on the Silly Sisters’ version ** England
Parting friends SAB 3 A shape note song from the Sacred Harp *** USA
Parting Glass SATB
SAB
equal
4 Famous Irish leaving song ***
**
Ireland
Plaisir d’Amour SATB 4 Famous 18th C song, the source for Elvis Presley’s I can't help falling in love *** France
Raghuphati ragava raja ram equal 2 Popular Hindu devotional song, favourite of Mahatma Gandhi. *** India
Rain and Snow equal 3 Song about the downsides of marriage from a woman’s point of view * USA
Sakura, sakura SATB
equal
4 Haunting cherry blossom song ** Japan
Searching for lambs SATB 4 Unusual folk song in 5/4 *** England
Senzenina SATB 4 Anti-apartheid folk song * South Africa
Shenandoah SATB
SAB
equal
4 Gorgeous setting of well-known song ** England
Shosholoza SATB 4 Trad. miner’s song sung by men who travelled by steam train to work in S. Africa’s mines ** Southern Africa
Skait mameni equal 3 Trad. ballad about a young girl (optional violin and guitar parts) *** Latvia
Sloop John B. equal 5/ 6 Based on the Beach Boys version of this trad. song *** Bahamas
Spancil Hill SAB
equal
3 Yearning ballad, words by Michael Considine around 1870. ** Ireland
Stamford Bullards equal 3 Trad. song about the annual bull running in Stamford, Lincs. * England
Steal away SATB
equal
4 Famous old spiritual ** USA
Stille nacht SATB
equal
4/ 3 “Silent night” in the original German (or English version) ** Germany
Stolat SAB
equal
3 Well-known drinking song often sung at birthdays ** Poland
Summer is here SATB 4 Celebratory song in slightly tricky 7/8 time ** Chris Rowbury
Suspira, coração triste SAB
equal
3 Heart breaking song of love (optional guitar part) *** Brazil
Take this hammer SAB
equal
3 Chain gang song via Leadbelly * Brazil
Thousands or more equal 3 Also known as “Sorrows away”. Trad., passed down by the Copper Family ** England
Up above the clouds equal 3 A jolly round in three parts * Chris Rowbury
Vuma SATB 5 Gospel song from the singing of the Soweto gospel choir. SATB + call * South Africa
Wild mountain thyme SAB
equal
3 Trad. tune with words by Frances Peake adapted from Robert Tannahill’s poem * Scotland
Winter time is here SATB 4 A rousing seasonal song in 5/4 time ** Chris Rowbury
You are my sunshine SATB 4 A popular song first recorded in 1939 * USA
Z anynya ö sziep lányát SAB
equal
3 Hungarian song about a daughter ** Hungary



For more information on individual songs and how to order, please email Chris.
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