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Songs We Sing

We work on a folksong a month. Here’s a list linking to the words of all the songs we have attempted to learn. I used the Ambleside Online list as a starting point for each year and have added lots of others I knew, and then filled in with some I’d heard of, or that just looked interesting. (See that link for an explanation as to why we use Folksongs… well, some of the reasons! Kodàly was also a big believer in the value of Folksongs as a tool for music education.) Some we are reasonably familiar with, some we still need the words for, and some we have barely begun. But mostly (at least with the more recent songs) we are well on the way to knowing them.

2010
December: The Bird Song
November: Londonderry Air
October: I Once Loved a Lass (The False Bride)
September: Botany Bay
August: The Road to Gundagai
July: Tam Lin
June: The Marines’ Hymn
May: Tall Men Riding
April: I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls
March: When Irish Eyes are Smiling
February: Brisbane Ladies (to the tune of We’ll Rant and We’ll Roar:-) )
January: Waltzing Matilda

2009
December: Early One Morning
November: We’ll Rant and We’ll Roar (Spanish Ladies)
October: Loch Lamond
September: Farewell to Nova Scotia
August: Twa Corbies
July: Fair Janet
June: My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose
May: Land of the Silver Birch
April: The Rose of Tralee
March: When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again
February: The Gallant Hussar
January: The Jam on Gerry’s Rocks

2008
December: Eriskay Love Lilt
November: Clementine
October: Dixie
September: The Old Oaken Bucket
August: Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes
July: Skye Boat Song
June: The Battle Hymn of the Republic
May: The Cruel War
April: The Ash Grove
March: The Black Velvet Band
February: The Vacant Chair
January: The Drinking Gourd

2007
December: Click Go The Shears
November: Soldier, Soldier, Will You Marry Me? (to the tune of The British Grenadiers)
October: The British Grenadiers
September: The Emigrant’s Daughter
August: The Star Spangled Banner
July: Two Little Boys
June: Lavender’s Blue
May: Arkansas Traveller
April: God Bless Australia
March: Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!
February: The Tarpaulin Jacket
January: Go Get the Ax

2006
December: Greensleeves
November: Little Brown Jug
October: Scotland the Brave
September: Star of the County Down
August: John Brown’s Body
July: The Girl I Left Behind Me
June: Smile in your sleep
May: Sweet William
April: Minstrel Boy
March: Danny Boy
February: Castles in the Air
January: Cockles and Mussels

2005
December: The Riddle Song
November: The Outlandish Knight
October: Yankee Doodle
September: English Country Garden

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