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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 CD 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.
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.
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.
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.
Odetta's One Grain of Sand
Words of 100 Irish Party Songs: Volume One
Sixty Country Dance Tunes 1786-1800
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.
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.
George Winston: Piano Solos
Negro Folk Music U.S.A.
Tin Whistle Book
Songs of Gaelic Scotland
Gaelic Scotland is one of the world's great treasure-houses of song. This work is an anthology of music and lyrics from the Gaelic-speaking Highlands and Islands. It provides an introduction to Gaelic tradition, musical transcriptions, and English translations. It portrays the social and historical background of the songs.
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.
Try This At Home: Adventures in songwriting: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
A songwriting memoir from bestselling author and folk-rock icon, Frank Turner
Duende: A Journey In Search Of Flamenco
Abandoning the world of libraries and the future he had always imagined for himself, he headed off instead for Spain in search of duende, the intense emotional state - part ecstasy, part desperation - so intrinsic to flamenco.
David C. Hanrahan: The Box - A Beginner's Guide To The Irish Traditional Button Accordion
Lyrics: 1961 - 2012
For the first time, a comprehensive, definitive collection of lyrics of music legend and poet Bob Dylan.
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.
Born for the Road: My Story So Far
All Around my Hat: The Steeleye Span Story
Formed in 1969 as a traditional folk group, they gradually moved into folk-rock territory, with their disdain for the more purist elements, and a love of mixing original material with traditional songs and ambitious musical arrangements. This biography examines the music, line-up changes, highs and lows, and periods of their commercial success.
Folk Song Sight Singing Book 3
A series of little books of short carefully graded folk tunes beginning with the simplest passages and progressing to more difficult leaps, rhythms, chromatics, and modulations. The later books introduce two-part sight singing.
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.
All in the Downs: Reflections on Life, Landscape, and Song
A memoir from one of Britain's legendary singers, folklorists, and music historians.
Folksongs and Ballads Popular in Ireland
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.
Volksmusik: Folk Music
Around the World in 575 Songs: Americas: Traditional Music from all the World's Countries - Volume 4
Storytime in India: Wedding Songs, Victorian Tales, and the Ethnographic Experience
Storytime in India is an exploration of the stories that come out of ethnographic fieldwork. Helen Priscilla Myers and Umesh Chandra Pandey examine the ways in which their research collecting Bhojpuri wedding songs became interwoven with the stories of their lives, their work together, and their shared experience reading The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope.
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.
Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British Folk and Blues Revival
The guitarists' guitarist and the songwriters' songwriter, the legendary Bert Jansch has influenced diverse stars. Born in Edinburgh in 1943, Jansch became an inspirational and pioneering figure during Britain's 'folk revival' of the 1960s. In 1967, he formed folk/jazz fusion band Pentangle with John Renbourn and enjoyed international success.
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.
Man Who Recorded the World: A Biography of Alan Lomax
Writer, musicologist, archivist, singer, DJ, filmmaker, record, radio and TV producer, Alan Lomax was a man of many parts.
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.
English Folk Tunes: 37 Traditional Pieces for Ukulele
Klezmer Fiddle Tunes + CD: 33 Pieces - Performances and Play-Along Tracks
Hebridean Folk Songs: Waulking Songs from Vatersay, Barra, Eriskay, South Uist and Benbecula
Reissue of three classic volumes of Hebridean folk songs.
Folk Song in England
In Victorian times, England was famously dubbed the land without music - but one of the great musical discoveries of the early twentieth century was that England had a vital heritage of folk song and music which was easily good enough to stand comparison with those of other parts of Britain and overseas.
Relax with Folk Piano: 38 Beautiful Pieces
Grown-Up Anger: The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and the Calumet Massacre of 1913
Book of Ballads: The Original Art Edition
Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout
Born to Kwaito: Reflections on the Kwaito generation
What She Go Do: Women in Afro-Trinidadian Music
Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork conducted by the author in Trinidad and Tobago, What She Go Do demonstrates how the increased access and agency of women through folk and popular musical expressions has improved intergender relations and representation of gender in this nation.
Folk Music and the New Left in the Sixties
Artists have often provided the earliest demonstrations of ethical examination in response to political events. This work explores the relationship between the cultural and political ideologies of the 1960s and the growing folk music movement, with a focus on musicians Phil Ochs, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul and Mary, Carolyn Hester and Bob Dylan.
Informal Nationalism After Communism: The Everyday Construction of Post-Socialist Identities
Wassail! Unison Edition
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.
African Rhythm and African Sensibility: Aesthetics and Social Action in African Musical Idioms