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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.
George Winston: Piano Solos
Odetta's One Grain of Sand
Sixty Country Dance Tunes 1786-1800
Folksongs and Ballads Popular in Ireland
Beatles With An A: Birth of a Band
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.
Words of 100 Irish Party Songs: Volume One
Jason Molina: Riding with the Ghost
With a new foreword by Will Johnson, this book presents a detailed account of the Rust Belt-born prolific and at times cantankerous singer-songwriter Jason Molina. As the first authorized account of this self-mythologizer, the book provides unparalleled insight into Molina's tormented life and the Midwest musical underground that birthed him.
Negro Folk Music U.S.A.
All in the Downs: Reflections on Life, Landscape, and Song
A memoir from one of Britain's legendary singers, folklorists, and music historians.
Tin Whistle Book
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.
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.
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.
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.
Born for the Road: My Story So Far
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.
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.
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. Without him the history of popular music would have been very different. This is his biography that also tells the story of a musical and political era.
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.
Around the World in 575 Songs: Americas: Traditional Music from all the World's Countries - Volume 4
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.
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.
Klezmer Fiddle Tunes + CD: 33 Pieces - Performances and Play-Along Tracks
Hebridean Folk Songs: Waulking Songs from Barra, South Uist, Eriskay and Benbecula
Reissue of three classic volumes of Hebridean folk songs.
Volksmusik: Folk Music
Banjo Roots and Branches
Contributors: Greg C. Adams, Nick Bamber, Jim Dalton, George R. Gibson, Chuck Levy, Shlomo Pestcoe, Pete Ross, Tony Thomas, Saskia Willaert, and Robert B. Winans.
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.
My Years with Townes Van Zandt: Music, Genius and Rage
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.
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.
Duende: A Journey In Search Of Flamenco
Having pursued a conventional enough path through school and university, Jason Webster was all set to enter the world of academe as a profession. But when his aloof Florentine girlfriend of some years dumped him unceremoniously, he found himself at a crossroads.
David C. Hanrahan: The Box - A Beginner's Guide To The Irish Traditional Button Accordion
Gamelan Manual: A Player's Guide To The Central Javanese Gamelan
Voicing Scotland: Folk, Culture, Nation
West unravels the strings that link many of our contemporary musicians, singers and poets with those of the past, on a discovery tour through Scotland's traditional music and song culture.
Mayor of MacDougal Street [2013 edition]: A Memoir
The acclaimed inspiration for the new Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis, a classic memoir of the Greenwich Village folk music scene in the'60s
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.
Klezmer Fiddler: Violin
English Folk Tunes: 37 Traditional Pieces for Ukulele
Lyrics: Since 1962
For the first time, a comprehensive, definitive collection of lyrics of music legend and poet Bob Dylan, complete with expert annotations
Russian Fiddle Tunes: 31 Traditional Pieces for Violin with Optional Violin Accompanying Parts
Hebridean Folk Songs: Waulking Songs from Vatersay, Barra, Eriskay, South Uist and Benbecula
Reissue of three classic volumes of Hebridean folk songs.
Easy Folk Accordion: 29 Pieces
Easy Folk Fiddle: Violin
Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows Revised edition
Lavishly illustrated, respected journalist Harvey Kubernik charts Leonard Cohen's extraordinary career in detail, placing his literary and musical achievements within the context of his life.
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.
Hotter Than a Pepper Sprout