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Most popular Folk & traditional music books

The most popular Folk & traditional music books currently available. Updated weekly.
Lost Words: Spell Songs
A companion piece to The Lost Words - A Spell Book by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, this beautifully presented hardback book features exclusive new spells and artwork and a CD of new music from an incredible collaboration between Julie Fowlis, Karine Polwart, Seckou Keita, Kris Drever, Kerry Andrew, Rachel Newton, Beth Porter, Jim Molyneux.
Beautiful Affair: A Journey in Music, Food and Friendship
From the early days of his music with Stockton's Wing to training at Ballymaloe Cookery School, food and music have been parallel lines that have kept Mike Hanrahan on track his entire life.
George Winston: Piano Solos
Scottish Songs
A collection of 80 songs that are organised alphabetically by song title. It contains a glossary to explain many of the Scots words in the songs. It is suitable for those interested in traditional Scottish songs arranged for voice and piano.
Try This At Home: Adventures in songwriting: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
A songwriting memoir from bestselling author and folk-rock icon, Frank Turner
I've Always Kept a Unicorn: The Biography of Sandy Denny
After leaving Fairport she formed Fotheringay, whose influential eponymous album was released in 1970, before collaborating on a historic one-off recording with Led Zeppelin - the only other vocalist to record with Zeppelin in their entire career - and releasing four solo albums across the course of the decade.
Odetta's One Grain of Sand
Sixty Country Dance Tunes 1786-1800
Words of 100 Irish Party Songs: Volume One
Tin Whistle Book
100 Carols for Choirs
This selection of the 100 most popular carols and hymns for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, and Easter, is ideal for sacred occasions and carol concerts, and includes accompanied and unaccompanied material.
Carols for Choirs 2
50 carols, mostly for SATB, some unaccompanied, and some having accompanied. Many of the carols are from traditional sources, rearranged, as well as carols written especially for this volume by composers including Walton, Britten, Rodney Bennett, and Mathias.
Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music
An attempt to isolate the 'Britishness' of British music - a wild combination of pagan echoes, spiritual quest, imaginative time-travel, pastoral innocence and electrified creativity - Electric Eden will be treasured by anyone interested in the tangled story of Britain's folk music and Arcadian dreams.
First Time Ever: A Memoir
Together, Peggy and Ewan helped lay the foundations of the British folk revival, through the formative - and controversial - Critics Group and the landmark BBC Radio Ballads series. Peggy's life comprises art and passion, family and separation, tragedy, celebration and the unexpected - and irresistible - force of love.
Carols for Choirs 1
50 Christmas carolsOrchestrations for several of the carols from this collection are available on sale or hire under the titles Three Carol Orchestrations and Five Christmas Carols. Eight Carols for Brass for 5 and 8 part brass (to accompany carols from Carols for Choirs 1 and Carols for Choirs 2) are also on sale.
First Time Ever: A Memoir
A SUNDAY TIMES AND TELEGRAPH BOOK OF THE YEARSHORTLISTED FOR THE PENDERYN MUSIC BOOK PRIZETHE BOOKSELLER'S Most Picked Book in General Non-Fiction Round Ups of 2017Peggy Seeger is one of folk music's most influential artists and songwriters.
Bound for Glory
An autobiography of Woody Guthrie, founder of modern American folk music. This book presents a cynical, earthy and tragic account of his life in an Oklahoma oil-boom town, of the Depression that followed, and of his subsequent travels in, on, and under trains, in stolen cars and on his feet, round an America going rotten from the top downwards.
Scottish Folk Songs: 100 Modern and Traditional Scottish Folk Songs
First published as The Scottish Folksinger in 1973, edited by Norman Buchan and Peter Hall, this book is a perfect introduction to the world of Scottish folk songs. Supported by the Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland (TMSA). Enjoy discovering - or re-discovering - gems of the Scottish Folk tradition.
Oxford Book of English Madrigals
This book presents 60 of the very best madrigals for SATB, chosen from the many hundreds of possible candidates. The major composers of the genre are each represented by several madrigals and the lesser figures by one or more.
Gypsies and Flamenco: The Emergence of the Art of Flamenco in Andalusia, Interface Collection Volume 6
This definitive work on the contribution of the Gypsies to the development of flamenco traces their influences on music from their long migration from India, through Iran, Turkey, Greece, and Hungary, to their persecution in Spain. This new updated edition provides fuller explanations of some of the technical terms and a biographical dictionary.
Road Beneath My Feet
A searingly honest and brilliantly written account of Frank Turner's journey from the pub circuit to selling out Wembley Arena, with an exclusive new chapter.
Been So Long: My Life and Music
A candid memoir by the legendary Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna co-founder and guitarist, written with as much depth and emotion as his music.
Ring-a-Ring o'Roses: Old Rhymes and Their True Meanings
This delightful book takes the reader on a journey into the wonderful world of nursery rhymes. With more than 100 of our best-loved rhymes, it delves beneath the surface of the verses to interpret their meaning and reveal their historical origins.
Around the World in 575 Songs: Americas: Traditional Music from all the World's Countries - Volume 4
New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs
Offers a collection of folk music - one of the great English popular art forms. This book brings together all the classic folk songs and many lesser-known discoveries, complete with music and annotations on their original sources and meaning.
Sinful Tunes and Spirituals: BLACK FOLK MUSIC TO THE CIVIL WAR
From the plaintive tunes of woe sung by exiled kings and queens of Africa to the spirited work songs and "shouts" of freedmen, this title traces the course of early black folk music in various its guises.
Down the Crooked Road: My Autobiography
For the last thirty years, singer Mary Black has been a dominant presence on the Irish music scene, an award-winning artist with many bestselling albums to her name.
Beatles With An A: Birth of a Band
Volksmusik: Folk Music
Easy Folk Recorder
Informal Nationalism After Communism: The Everyday Construction of Post-Socialist Identities
Carols for Choirs 3
50 carols, mostly for SATB, some unaccompanied, and some accompanied. The carols reflect a diversity of styles and periods, whilst still suitable for amateur performers. Includes compositions and arrangements by Britten, Holst, Howells, Hurford, Vaughan Williams, and Walton. Orchestral and brass accompaniments for many of the items are available on hire.
Bodhran Basics (Book/CD)
Ballad of Britain: How Music Captured The Soul of a Nation
In 1903, Victorian composer Cecil Sharp began a decade-long journey to collect folk songs that captured the spirit of Great Britain. A century later, writer, presenter and journalist Will Hodgkinson sets out on a similar journey.
O'Neill's Music of Ireland: Eighteen Hundred and Fifty Melodies, Airs, Jigs, Reels, Hornpipes, Long Dances, Marches, etc.
Folksongs and Ballads Popular in Ireland
My Song: A Memoir of Art, Race & Defiance
Electrifying memoir by singer, actor and activist Harry Belafonte
Sound and Sentiment: Birds, Weeping, Poetics, and Song in Kaluli Expression, 3rd edition with a new introduction by the author
A new, thirtieth-anniversary edition of the landmark ethnography that introduced the anthropology, or the cultural study, of sound.
Llatin-American Fiddler: Complete Edition
Latin-American Fiddler: Violin
Yiddish Folksongs from the Ruth Rubin Archive
A collection of Yiddish songs which were gathered in oral interviews with Yiddish-speaking men and women who came to North America from Eastern Europe throughout the first half of the twentieth century. It presents a commentary on these songs, along with the sheet music for various of the songs.
Selected Poems and Songs
This volume offers Burns's work as it was first encountered by contemporary readers, presenting the texts in the contexts in which they were originally published. It includes the whole of Poems, chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (1786), a generous selection of songs with full scores, comprehensive notes, some important letters and a glossary.
Lyrics: Since 1962
For the first time, a comprehensive, definitive collection of lyrics of music legend and poet Bob Dylan, complete with expert annotations
Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia
Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia
101 Scottish Songs: The Wee Red Book
A small format gift book which is a reproduction of the popular book `101 Scottish Songs' published by Collins in 1962. Popularized as `the wee red songbook' in Scottish folk circles, this publication was in print for 26 years.
Hip Hop DJs and the Evolution of Technology: Cultural Exchange, Innovation, and Democratization
Using interviews with world-renowned and innovative hip-hop DJs, as well as technology manufacturers that cater to the market/culture, this book reveals stories behind some of the iconic DJ technologies that have helped shape the history and culture of DJing. More importantly, it explores how DJs have impacted the evolution of technology.
Wheels of the World: 300 Years of Irish Uilleann Pipers
Scandinavian Song: A Guide to Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish Repertoire and Diction
An extensive survey of available music, sample IPA transcriptions and translations, as well as a website link devoted to demonstrating phonemes unfamiliar to native English speakers, make this book an invaluable resource for students and professors in North American college, university, and conservatory voice programs.
Hebridean Folk Songs: A Collection of Waulking Songs by Donald MacCormick
A reissue of three classic volumes of Hebridean Folk Songs
Hebridean Folk Songs: Waulking Songs from Vatersay, Barra, Eriskay, South Uist and Benbecula
Reissue of three classic volumes of Hebridean folk songs.