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A huge archive of traditional, folk & old music - song-books with lyrics & chords, tune-books, sheet-music, scores, old songs, midi backing tracks, tabs, music lessons & theory, learn to play guides for various instruments, chord diagrams, scales and other music educational & academic reference materials.

The traditional and folk music here is categorised into various sections such as: Bluegrass, Old-time(Oldtimey), Old Country music, Carter Family, Cowboy songs, Jazz, Blues, Christian music - Country Gospel, Worship, Old-time Hymns, Spirituals, Christmas Music, Celtic - Irish & Scottish, Ballads, Blues, Session Tunes, Children's Songs etc. Tablature for Guitar & mandolin, Singing lessons, Song writing, Chord Charts for piano, guitar, mandolin & banjo. Downloadable PDF scores to print sheet music and MIDI backing tracks for many of the songs. A complete library of 100,000+ pages for musicians, bands, music teachers, music students or plain lovers of older music.


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AMERICANA Bluegrass, Folk, Traditional, Country Music, Regional, Cowboy etc.

700 Old American Songs Folk, old popular & religious music genres, lyrics+PDF
American Ballads & Folk Songs Lomax's famous book, 10s of songs, sheet music, & info.
Our Singing Country Vol 2 of above, songs, sheet music, notes & commentary.
American Ballads & Songs Traditional American songs lyrics & sheet music.
The Riverside Song Book 170+ Classic American Songs With Lyrics & Sheet Music

AFRICAN AMERICAN

Negro Spirituals and Slave Songs 300+ song lyrics with downloadable PDF versions.
On The Trail Of Negro Folk-SongsNegro folk songs, lyrics, sheet music & commentaries.
Negro Folk Rhymes A detailed study of Negro folk music & its origins with sheet music & lyrics.
Afro-American Folk songsA Study In Racial And National Music, Sheet Music & Lyrics
Folk Songs Of the American Negro Investigation into traditional American negro folk songs
Negro Melodies Plantation Pieces, Camp Meeting Songs Lyrics for 180+ songs

BLUEGRASS

Top 500 most popular BluegrassLyrics with chords for banjo, guitar, mandolin etc & PDF
Bluegrass Songs - lyrics with easy chords 900+ songs with chords for banjo, guitar, mandolin
Traditional Bluegrass music with lyrics, midis & sheet-music250+ bluegrass favourites
Bluegrass lyrics Around 1000 song lyrics, also with downloadable PDF and RTF versions.
Country, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel songs 1700+ songs lyrics,chords & PDF.
Common Session Tunes,1600+ guitar & mandolin tabs with sheetmusic, midis & MP3
Bluegrass BalladsLyrics for songs relating to the Kentucky of 100 years ago.
Playing Bluegrass
Bluegrass Harmony Singing Tutorial
Learning Bluegrass Jamming Tutorial
Techniques for the Bluegrass Instruments & Improvisation Methods by Rick Townend
How To Sing Bluegrass Harmony Easy tutorial by Rick Townend
Bluegrass Your Fiddle Easy Insiders guide & tutorial on Bluegrass Fiddling by Rick Townend.
A more complete definition of bluegrass and its background Definition

BLUES and JAZZ (also see under styles)

Jazz Chords for guitar A simple guide by Rick Townend.
Blues Guitar Songs 400+ contemporary & traditional blues with lyrics, chords, tabs & PDF.
Twelve bar blues on any instrument. A basic guide by Rick Townend.
Jazz Standards Song Collection 390 vintage pieces from top bands and vocal artists, with lyrics, chords and some tabs.
Jelly Roll MortonInventor of jazz book by Alan Lomax, sheet music and lyrics samples.
The Book of JazzAll aspects of jazz explained.

COUNTRY, MUSIC

Old country Songs 800 Classics from Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Roy Acuff, Red Foley, Jim Reeves etc. - Lyrics, chords & PDF
Country, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel songs 1700+ songs lyrics,chords & PDF.
Country Music Songs 6000+ old, classic and traditional songs with chords, and PDF .
George Jones Songs he played or wrote(800+ songs)lyrics and chords with PDF versions.
Garth Brooks Songs he played or wrote(340 songs)lyrics and chords with PDF versions.
Merle Haggard Songs he played or wrote(900+ items)lyrics and chords with PDF versions.
Elvis Presley Songs he played or wrote(1100+ items)lyrics and chords with PDF versions.
George Strait Songs he played or wrote(650+ items)lyrics and chords with PDF versions.
Marty Robbins Songs he played or wrote(750+ items)lyrics and chords with PDF versions.
Reba McEntire Songs she played or wrote(400+ items)lyrics and chords with PDF versions.
Loretta Lynn Songs she played or wrote(540+ items)lyrics and chords with PDF versions.
Emmylou Harris Songs she played or wrote(520+ items)lyrics and chords with PDF versions.
Kris Kristofferson Songs he played or wrote(420+ items)lyrics and chords with PDF versions.
Willie NelsonSongs he played or wrote(750+ items)lyrics and chords with PDF versions.
HANK WILLIAMS sr Songs he played or wrote(350+ items)lyrics and chords with PDF versions.
JOHNNY CASH Songs he played or wrote(1400+ items)lyrics and chords with PDF versions.
DOLLY PARTON A comprehensive songbook(600+ items)lyrics and chords with PDF versions.

COWBOY SONGS

Cowboy songbook 70+ Cowboy, Western and Pioneer songs - lyrics midis & sheet music.
Songs of the Cattle Trail & Cow Camp by Lomax, cowboy/western songs, lyrics & sheet music.
Cowboy Songs and Other Frontier Ballads by Lomax, lyrics sheet music, notes and commentary on many Cowboy songs.
Frontier Ballads A collection of western & frontier songs with lyrics & Illustrations.
Cowboy LyricsThe old west through traditional song & lyrics plus the authors reminiscences.
Songs Of The Cowboys 100+ Traditional Western & Cowboy Song lyrics.

HAWAIIAN MUSIC

Favourite Hawaiian Songs 40 songs with lyrics, and sheet music arranged for piano.
Kings Hawaiian MelodiesTraditional Hawaiian - sheet music, lyrics, chords for uke & PDF

OLD-TIME (OLDTIMEY) MUSIC (see also under Folk & Traditional)

399 Traditional Mainly old-timeLyrics & chords, popular American vernacular music, with PDF
Old-Time Songs With Chords249 old-time song lyrics with chords for guitar, banjo etc & PDF
Trad American Old-time (Oldtimey) 300+ tunes/songs lyrics, chords, sheet music & midis,
Wehman's Universal Songster Lyrics for 6000+ old-time songs, 1884 to 1899, with PDF & RTF versions (Used as source material by many performers from the Carter family to Bob Dylan.)
Old Time Song Lyrics 900+ songs from old-time artists like Charlie Poole, Ernest Stoneman, Brad Leftwich etc, with PDF and RTF
Carter Family Songs with Chords A fairly complete Carter family repertoire of 200+ song lyrics, with easy chords for guitar, banjo etc.
American Old time Music collection 800 items, fiddle music, old songs, dance music etc, sheet-music with chords, guitar & mandolin tabs, midi tracks and PDF.
Common Session Tunes1600+ guitar & mandolin tabs with sheetmusic, midis, PDF & MP3 inc many oldtime tuness.
The Play-party In Indiana Traditional songs and games with notes, sheet music & lyrics c1916
'old-time' or 'oldtimey' Here is a full definition of old-time or oldtimeymusic.

ETHIOPIAN MINSTRELSY, MUSIC-HALL, VAUDAVILLE & VICTORIAN ERA MUSIC

Christy's Plantation Melodies176+ Songs from E.P. Christy, Originator of Ethiopian Minstrelsy
The Arkansas Traveler's SongsterWith Music for Violin or Piano, comic and sentimental songs
Christy's Panorama Songster Minstrel, Comic & Sentimental Song Lyrics by Christy, Campbell, Pierce's Minstrels & Sable
Hooley's Opera House SongsterMinstrel, Sentimental, Comic, & Ethiopian Songs from "Hooley's Minstrels". C1863
Also see Wehman's Universal Songster Lyrics for 6000+ Music Hall, Sentimental, & inspirational late 19th century songs,.

MILITARY RELATED

Bugle Signals, Calls & MarchesAdopted by the War Department, Sheet Music for 200 pieces
Songs & Ballads of the American Revolution 90+ Songs with Notes & Illustrations Moore.
Southern War Songs(Confederate) Camp-Fire, Patriotic & Sentimental 200+ Songs(Illustrated)
Songs Of The Soldiers(Union), 150+ Songs With Notes & Illustrations.
Songs Of The Soldiers And Sailors U.S. 1917 book 60 items by US military for its troops.

NATIVE AMERICAN TRADITIONAL MUSIC & SONG

HOPI SONGSNative American Songs With Sheet Music, Notation & Commentary
Indian Games, Dances & Native Songs Native American Ceremonials, Sports, and Songs with Sheet Music, Lyrics & Commentary
North America Indian Story & Song With Sheet Music Lyrics & Commentary

OLDER POPULAR SONG COLLECTIONS (most with sheet music)

Franklin Square Song Collection 200 favourite songs & hymns lyrics & sheet music.
Our Familiar Songs & Those Who Made Them300+ song lyrics, sheet music(piano) & info.
THE SONG BOOK 350+ American popular song Lyrics with Sheet Music By John Hullah c1884
The National Song Book 250 mainly Folk-songs, Carols, & Rounds - Sheet Music and Lyrics
Popular Songs For The Guitar 95 Songs arranged for Guitar with Lyrics & Sheet Music.
Tunes Dad Whistled Collection of vintage popular and folk songs - lyrics & sheet music.
Old Time Favourite Hits A collection of vintage popular music with sheets - lyrics & sheet music.
Top hit songs from the American music charts of 1930 to 1950 Lyrics+ PDF and RTF

REGIONAL or PARTICULAR

Sacred Harp Shape Note Songbook 550 songs from the American Christian tradition.
Song-book Of The Commandery Of The State Of Pennsylvania 60 plus songs of a patriotic or particular interest.
University Of Illinois Songbook 70+ related songs with with sheet music & lyrics 1908
Folk Songs from the Southern Highlands by Mellinger Edward Henry,lyrics & sheet music.
Kentucky Mountain Songs Traditional Folk Songs from that area, Lyrics & Sheet Music.
Ballads and Songs of Southern Michigan 200+ songs, commentary; lyrics & sheet music.
Ballads and Songs of Indiana 100 Songs with commentaries Lyrics & Sheet music.
Songs And Ballads Of The Maine Lumberjacks includes Lyrics, Histories & Commentaries
Rocky Mountain Song Book A Collection of Early Political Songs circa 1856
English Folk Songs from the Southern AppalachiansThe famous collection by Cecil J. Sharp
The 2nd book of English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachians by Cecil J. Sharp

STEPHEN FOSTER

Stephen Foster songs 70+ popular songs by Stephen Foster, includes most of the minstrel favourites with lyrics, sheet music & midis.
The Melodies Of Stephen C. Foster 150+ of his works with lyrics and sheet music(piano).
Stephen Foster biography complete online book by Harold Vincent Milligan.
Stephen Foster - youth's golden gleam His Life And Background In Cincinnati 1846 - 1850

Christian songs and hymns collection

CHRISTIAN MUSIC, Gospel, Old-Time, Traditional, Worship Songs, Hymns & Christmas Carols

HYMNS & SONG COLLECTIONS with CHORDS

NEW 500+ PowerPoints for Popular and Most Sung Church hymnslyrics, PowerPoints(PPTX) and PDF versions.
NEW Music Video for the above 500+ PowerPoint Collection on YouTubenot all songs yet available.

TOP 500 MOST POPULAR HYMNS 500+ lyrics with GUITAR CHORDS and PDF versions.
Christian Songs With Chords 1000+ Songs for Worship, Lyrics and Chords with PDF versions for printing.
Country, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel songs 1700+ songs lyrics,chords & downloadable PDF.
GOSPEL & WORSHIP, 4000+ Traditional and more modern songs, lyrics & chords with PDF.
Gospel Songs - Lyrics With Chords for guitar, banjo etc, 1200 traditional songs, also with downloadable PDF versions.
Gospel Songs With Chords800 plus worship song lyrics with chord diagrams and PDF versions of the songs.

HYMN & SONG COLLECTIONS

Pentecostal & Apostolic Hymns & Gospel Songs 1500+ lyrics with PDF.
Christian Worship Songs 500+ Worship and Gospel songs, LYRICS with PDF and RTF for printing and editing.
Good Old Hymns1400+ lyrics with sheetmusic, midi, mp3 audio and PDF versions.
HYMN and GOSPEL SONG LYRICS 8000+ mainly traditional song lyrics with with PDF versions for printing.
Hymn Lyrics 1900 traditional Christian hymn lyrics also with PDF and RTF versions for printing, editing etc.
Traditional Christian Music Sacred songs, Hymns & Inspirational songs, sheet music & lyrics from Ira D Sankey

AUTHOR COLLECTIONS

Philip Bliss, hymns and songs from this extremely popular songwriter 160+ lyrics with PDF versions.
Sacred Songs and Solos Ira Sankey's Famous Hymnal, 1200 lyrics with PDF
Ira Sankey, hymns from the Famous Revival hymn writer 300+ lyrics with PDF versions.
John Newton, hymns from the author of 'Amazing Grace' 200+ lyrics with PDF versions.
Isaac Watts Hymns Collection 500+ lyrics with PDF versions.
Charles Wesley Hymns Collection 1100+ lyrics with PDF versions.
Hymns and Songs from Fanny Crosby 500+ lyrics from the 'Queen of Gospel Songs' with PDF versions.

HYMNALS

Salvation Army Hymnal760 hymns, lyrics, & PDF also with a book of sheet music for download.
Seventh Day Adventist Hymnal690 hymns, lyrics, Powerpoints(PPT), Midi, MP3 & PDF
Sacred Songs and Solos Ira Sankey's Famous Hymnal, 1200 lyrics with PDF
Adventist Hymnal for Seventh Day & other Adventist Denominations, 450+ lyrics with PDF
Hymns & Songs Derived from the Psalms 140+ lyrics with PDF versions.
Presbyterian Hymnal (words version) 500+ lyrics with PDF versions.
The Baptist Hymnal 500+ good old hymns and spiritual song lyrics with PDF.
The Book Of Common Praise Anglican Hymnal of 650+ lyrics with midi music and PDF.
Complete Lutheran Hymnal(words version) 600+ lyrics with PDF versions.
Hymns Ancient and Modern 700+ lyrics with midi tracks and PDF versions.
Trinity Hymnal 850+ lyrics with midi tracks and PDF versions.
Methodist Hymnal (words version) 950+ lyrics with PDF versions.
CATHOLIC HYMNAL 500+ lyrics with PDF versions.
Faber's Catholic Hymns - 88 Most Popular & Representative Catholic Christian Hymns From Frederick William Faber
Church Hymns & Tunes 600+ traditional pieces of church music with sheet music & lyrics.
The Book Of Praise From The Best English Hymn Writers450 Christian Songs & Hymns By Roundell Palmer

SPECIAL INTEREST

Christian Songs for Children 250 songs for Junior church, boot camp, Sunday school etc Lyrics, chords & PDF.
Negro Spirituals and Slave Songs 300+ Traditional song lyrics with downloadable PDF versions.
Shaker Music 500 songs & Hymns, sheetmusic & PDF
Sacred Harp Shape Note Songbook 550 songs from the American Christian tradition.
Songs from the St LawrenceThe Northern Harp collection of inspirational songs part 1, lyrics
Forest Melodies.The Northern Harp collection of inspirational songs part 2, lyrics
Temperance Hymn Book And Minstrels A Collection Of 105 Christian Hymns, Songs & Odes 1841.

TOPICAL HYMNS and SONGS

Hymns about Forgiveness 400+ lyrics Chords & PDF.
Hymns about the Holy Trinity 180 lyrics and PDF.
Hymns for Confirmation services 80 lyrics and PDF.
Hymns and Songs for Christian Baptism and Christening 120 lyrics and PDF.
Angel related Hymns & Songs 500+ lyrics and PDF.
Popular Hymns and Songs for Funeral services 100+ lyrics, chords and PDF.
Top 100+ Most Popular Wedding Hymns and Songs with lyrics, chords and PDF.
Hymns for Communion(The Eucharist)140+ Lyrics with PDF
Hymns and Songs about Jesus' Return(The Second Coming)350+ Lyrics with PDF
Hymns and Songs about Heaven A collection of 500+ Traditional lyrics with PDF

SEASONAL HYMNS and SONGS

Epiphany Hymns 140+ Traditional Lyrics also with downloadable PDF
Lent Hymns 150+ Traditional Lyrics, midi music and PDF
Hymns for passiontide(last two weeks of lent) 120 lyrics and PDF.
Hymns for Holy Week 160+ Traditional Lyrics with midi music and PDF
Easter Hymns 450+ Traditional Lyrics, midi music and PDF
Hymns for Ascension 100+ Traditional Lyrics(some with chords) and PDF
200 Hymns for Pentecost Holy Spirit and Whitsuntide related Traditional lyrics with PDF
Hymns and Songs for Thanksgiving and Harvest A collection of 100+ Traditional lyrics with PDF
Advent Hymns 200+ Traditional Lyrics also with downloadable PDF

CHRISTMAS MUSIC
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Christmas MUSIC VIDEOS - Hymns, Carols & SongsLyrics with Orchestral Music - our collection on YouTube.
PowerPoints for 280 Christmas Hymns, Carols & Songs also with Lyrics and PDF.
Christmas Hymns, Carols and Songs 800+ Traditional Lyrics also with downloadable PDF.
CHRISTMAS SONGS and CAROLS 160 Traditional & contemporary songs with chords for guitar, banjo etc & PDF.
Traditional Christmas, carols and hymns 90 popular Christmas carols and songs - lyrics, sheet music & midis.
Christmas Carols, Ancient And Modern15th to 19th century Carols with extensive historical information.

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SCOTTISH and IRISH - MUSIC and SONG Collections

The Dubliners Song Collection 450+ lyrics and chords with PDF.
Irish Song lyrics with easy chords 600+ songs with chords for guitar,banjo uke etc, & PDF.
Irish Song and Ballad Lyrics 1000+ songs with Irish associations with PDF and RTF.
Irish Music Guitar Tabs 2900+ tunes with sheetmusic, midis, PDF & MP3.
Irish Music Mandolin Tabs 2900+ tunes with sheetmusic, midis, PDF & MP3.
Traditional Irish folk music songs and tunes 200+ items with midis, lyrics & sheet music.
The Golden Treasury of Irish Songs & Lyrics Volume 1(each volume has about 500 songs)
The Golden Treasury of Irish Songs & Lyrics Volume 2
Hyland's Hibernian Songster - 500 songs dear to the Irish heart - lyrics & some sheet music.
Moore's Irish Melodies Irish Song & Ballad Lyrics by Ireland's Bard Thomas Moore.

SCOTTISH ITEMS

Robert Burns Collected Works Songs and Lyrics (700+) items with PDF versions.
Scottish Music Guitar Tabs - 4000+ tunes with sheetmusic, midis, PDF & MP3.
Scottish Music Mandolin Tabs - 4000+ tunes with sheetmusic, midis, PDF & MP3.
Traditional Scottish music songs & tunes - 140+ favourites - midis, lyrics & sheet music.
Robert Burn's songsA collection of 360+ items from Scotland's Bard with lyrics & sheet music.

Childrens Music

CHILDREN'S TRADITIONAL and POPULAR SONGS & NURSERY RHYMES

Summer-Camp All-Age campfire & communal song-book 400+ Songs, lyrics, chords & Pdf.
Christian Songs for Children 250 Songs for Junior church, boot camp, Sunday school etc. Lyrics, chords & PDF.
Children's Songs, Nursery Rhymes and Action Songs with Chords, 200+ Items with PDF.
Traditional and Contemporary Children's Songs & Nursery Rhymes 300+ items - lyrics.

MAINLY TRADITIONAL:

Mother Goose's Traditional Nursery Rhymes (300+ pages) with lyrics & some sheet music.
Traditional English Nursery Songs Nicely illustrated & illuminated collection of lyrics.
Merry Songs & Games For The Kindergarten 90 Pieces with lyrics & sheet music
One hundred New Kindergarten Songs Lyrics & sheet music.
Song Stories For The Kindergarten90 Pieces with lyrics & sheet music, illustrated songbook
Mother Goose Songs Without WordsChildren's beginner piano using Mother Goose Songs.
Old English Nursery Songs 37 Pieces arranged for piano Illustrated by Anne Anderson.
Our Children's Songs With Illustrations A complication of nearly 200 Children's Song Lyrics.
Songs Of The Child World 60 Children's Songs with lyrics & sheet music.
Songs Of Childhood - Illustrated129 songs for Children With Lyrics & Sheet Music.
Songs Games And Rhymes 200 songs with lyrics & Sheet music
The Child's Own Music Book 472+ Songs & Tunes - Graded Piano, Lyrics & Sheet Music
Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland & Ireland, including Tunes(sheet music), Singing-rhymes(lyrics), Methods Of Playing with diagrams and illustrations, by ALICE BERTHA GOMME of the Folklore Society. This is a large two volume dictionary like reference book of nearly 1000 pages - look up all those games you used to play in the junior school playground.
Volume 1 ACCROSHAY to NUTS IN MAY.
Volume 2 OATS AND BEANS to WOULD YOU KNOW.
Songs Every Child Should Know The Best Songs Of All Nations with Sheet Music & Lyrics
GRANDMAMA'S SONG BOOK Cautionary moral songs, with lyrics and sheet music.
English Folk-Songs For Schools50+ Popular Songs With Sheet Music & Lyrics
What the Children SingSheet Music & Lyrics for 100+ Most Popular Songs, Rhymes & Games. With Original Tunes.

Childrens Music

FOLK, TRADITIONAL and MISC, Lyrics-Chords and Sheet Music Collections

TOP 1000 FOLKSONGS with CHORDS Top folk & old-time songs, lyrics, chords etc. & PDF NEW
Traditional & Folk Song Lyrics Huge collection 3700+ song lyrics, also with downloadable PDF and RTF versions.
A huge collection of around 4000 songs, mostly traditional & folk with midi files and lyrics, also with PDF and RTF.
Folk Song Collection 900+ traditional & folk song lyrics with chords in easy keys.

BAWDY & DRINKING SONGS

Bawdy songs 80 bawdy or rugby type songs, midis, lyrics & sheet music (Warning contains risqué material.)
A Tankard Of AleAn Anthology 120 Of Drinking Songs - lyrics

FOLK SINGER SONGWRITERS

RALPH MCTELL Songs he played or wrote 250+ songs, lyrics and chords with PDF
TOM PAXTON Songs he played or wrote 300+ songs, lyrics and chords with PDF
THE BYRDS a complete(ish) song book of 2000+ songs, lyrics and chords with PDF
Peter, Paul and Mary a complete(ish) song book of 400+ items lyrics, chords and some tab with PDF
The Kingston Trio 350+ songs they played or wrote, lyrics, chords and PDF.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN songbook 1200+ songs he played or wrote lyrics, chords and PDF.
GORDON LIGHTFOOT songbook 400+ songs he played or wrote lyrics, chords and PDF.
PHIL OCHS songbook 180+ songs he played or wrote lyrics, chords and PDF.
JOAN BAEZ songbook 460+ songs she played or wrote lyrics, chords and PDF.
WOODY GUTHRIE songbook 225 songs he played or wrote lyrics, chords and PDF.
PETE SEEGER songbook 220 songs he played or wrote lyrics, chords and PDF.
BOB DYLANA complete(ish) songbook(600+), lyrics, chords and PDF, mostly Dylans, and few traditionals he performs.
DONOVAN - A complete(ish) songbook 300+ songs, lyrics, chords and PDF, mostly his, own songs.
LEONARD COHEN - Songbook 330+ songs, lyrics, chords and PDF, mostly his, own songs.

THEMED COLLECTIONS

Old English Songs 1000+ songs, from folk,old popular and religious music genres, lyrics with PDF
NOVELTY SONGS, 300 song lyrics, of popular comedy, parody and one-hit-wonders, with PDF for printing.
POLITICAL SONGS 550 songs about politics, unions, workers rights and solidarity with pdf for printing.
PROTEST SONGS 380 songs about anti-war, civil-rights, injustice, racism, social exclusion etc. lyrics & chords with pdf.
THE SKIFFLE SONG BOOK 200+ Greats from Lonnie Donegan,The Vipers,Chris Barber, Chas Mcdevitt and
other Jug and Skiffle bands.
GEORGE FORMBY SONG BOOK190 Songs some with chords and MP3 of original audio recordings, inc PDF.
MOST REQUESTED UKULELE SONG-BOOK 400+ songs with lyrics and chords -great collection, with PDFs.

THEMED COLLECTIONS

Old English Songs 1000+ songs, from folk,old popular and religious music genres, lyrics with PDF
NOVELTY SONGS, 300 song lyrics, of popular comedy, parody and one-hit-wonders, with PDF for printing.
POLITICAL SONGS, 550 songs about politics, unions, workers rights and solidarity with pdf for printing.
PROTEST SONGS, 380 songs about anti-war, civil-rights, injustice, racism, social exclusion etc. lyrics & chords
with pdf for printing.
THE SKIFFLE SONG BOOK 200+ greats from Lonnie Donegan,The Vipers,Chris Barber, Chas Mcdevitt and other
Jug and Skiffle bands.
GEORGE FORMBY SONG BOOK190 songs some with chords and MP3 of original audio recordings, inc PDF.
MOST REQUESTED UKULELE SONG-BOOK 400+ songs with lyrics and chords -great collection, with PDF.
All about the famous song Grandfather's Clock With scores arranged for piano and voice, also with Sequel song,
midi music and downloadable pdf score and lyrics.
All about the famous song Home Sweet Home With full scores arranged for piano and voice, also with alternative lyrics, midi music and downloadable pdf score and lyrics.
All about the famous song Sussex by the Sea With full 11 page score arranged for piano and voice, also with alternative lyrics, midi music and downloadable pdf score and lyrics.
The Angler's SongbookA Collection of complete lyrics for 200+ Songs Related to Angling

OLDER POPULAR MUSIC

World War One(WW1)190 songs from The World War One Era(c1900-1925), Pack Up Your Troubles, Tipperary etc. lyrics & PDF.
1940s Top Songs200+ songs popular during world-war 2, from Vera Lynn, George Formby, Gracie Fields, Glen Miller, the Andrews Sisters etc - lyrics+ PDF and RTF.
MOST REQUESTED UKULELE SONG-BOOK 400+ songs with lyrics & chords with PDF.
Soldier Songs A collection of WWI songs as sung by British troops - lyrics.
Top Rock and Pop songs with chords A collection of 3000+ mostly old classic rock and pop songs with guitar chords.
LOVE SONG LYRICS Contemporary & classic 2800 love songs with lyrics, chords and PDF for print out.

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SEA SHANTIES & SONGS

Sea Songs and Shanties lyrics for 300+ items with PDF for printing
Sea Shanties(Chanties) & Songs of the sea lyrics for 200+ items.
Music Of The Waters Sailors' Chanties, Songs Of The Sea, Boatmen's, Fishermen's, Rowing Songs, & Water Legends with lyrics & sheet music, lyrics.
Naval Songs & Ballads a large collection of Sea and Navy song lyrics from The Navy Records Society of the British Navy with historical notes & background info.
SEA SONGSA collection of 70 Traditional Sea & Sailing related songs with complete lyrics.

Tablature-C-scale

COLLECTIONS WITH SHEET MUSIC and/or

TABLATURE for GUITAR & MANDOLIN

250+ Modern fiddle and Dance tunes- Traditional Style music from Canadian Based Musician Paul Gitlitz.
Favourite Songs & Hymns For School & Home 450 Of the world's best songs and hymns, lyrics & sheet music for voice & piano
Folk Songs Of Many Nations A collection of national folk songs with lyrics & sheet music.
Pub Session Tunes3 part collection of 200+ tunes commonly played at pub sessions and music sessions in the British Isles, with sheet music, lyrics & midis.
Sussex Folk Orchestra Tunes 70+ tunes played by the Sussex Folk Orchestra - English, Irish, Greek, Italian, Welsh, Scottish, American, Cajun, European etc, inc sheet music & midis.
Folk revival songbook70+ folk songs associated with the 60's UK folk revival. - includes lyrics, sheet music & midis.
Popular & Best Known Traditional & Folk music 80+ best known traditional song/dance tunes, lyrics sheet music & midis.

TABLATURE

GUITAR TAB, and MANDOLIN TAB (with sheet music) for around 4000 songs (See above for the lyrics).
American Old time Music sheet-music & GUITAR tabs, 800 tunes, fiddle music, old songs, dance music etc, chords, midi tracks, PDF and MP3.
American Old time Music sheet-music & MANDOLIN tabs 800 800 tunes, fiddle music, old songs, dance music etc, chords, midi tracks, PDF and MP3.
Common Session Tunes, sheet-music with Guitar Tab - 1600+ tunes with sheet music, midis, PDF & MP3
Common Session Tunes, sheet-music with Mandolin Tab - 1600+ tunes with sheet music, midis, PDF & MP3
Irish Music, sheet-music with Guitar Tabs - 2900+ tunes with sheet music, midis, PDF & MP3
Irish Music, sheet-music with Mandolin Tabs - 2900+ tunes with sheet music, midis, PDF & MP3
Scottish sheet-music with Guitar Tabs - 4000+ tunes with sheet music, midi tracks, PDF & MP3
Scottish sheet-music with Mandolin Tabs - 4000+ tunes with sheet music, midi tracks, PDF & MP3
Folk & Traditional Music, sheet-music with guitar tabs 10,000+ tunes & songs with midi, PDF & MP3
Folk & Traditional Music, sheet-music with mandolin tabs10,000+ tunes & songs with midi, PDF & MP3

The "Just the Tune" album series

This (paid product) features many of the best and most popular of bluegrass, oldtimey and traditional tunes played in authentic traditional styles by award winning multi-instrumentalist Rick Townend. As well as being excellent listening music,
these mixed format music CDs(download versions only) can also print out sheet music and tab for Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Dulcimer, Dobro or Tenor Banjo, for each track. Check it out HERE, there is also a similar product for bluegrass harmony singing HERE Appalachian clog dancers may find the Just the Tune series ideal for beginners to dance to as they include most of the preferred tunes but not at the usual break-neck speeds.

Traditional Dance

TRADITIONAL DANCE - MUSIC, STEP DIAGRAMS & TUTORIALS

Appalachian Clogging (stepping) tutorial by Rosie Davis. On-line version of the of her beginners tutorial.
The Morris Book By Cecil J Sharp - The account, history, technical description and notation for traditional morris dancing.
Cowboy DancesWestern Square Dances with instructions for callers dancers with diagrams, photos & sheet music.
Singing Games A collection of traditional folk dances with lyrics & sheet music, mainly for children.
American Square Dances of The West & SouthwestInstructions, calls, diagrams, steps & sheet music.
Espérance Morris Book vol 1A Manual of Morris Dances with Instructions, Diagrams, Sheet Music and Lyrics.
Espérance Morris Book vol 2 Ditto Vol 2

Music Education

MUSIC EDUCATION and HELPERS

Singing and playing is the menu for all the music education material on this site.

SINGING & SONGWRITING

How to set song lyrics to music and easily create a tune A non-technical guide for hands-on musicians and song writers.
How to Sing Complete instruction book.
How to Sing a Song Voice and Body training for artistic song interpretation.
Voice Training In Speech & Song Online tutorial with exercises.
Training the Singing Voice An Analysis Of The Working Concepts of Vocal Pedagogy.
Songwriters Lyric Helpers Orthometry, Versification & Technicalities Of Poetry also with RHYMING DICTIONARY.
How To Sing Bluegrass Harmony Easy tutorial by Rick Townend
How To Write A Popular SongA non-technical how-to-do it system for the aspiring song writer.
Aural Culture Based on Musical Appreciation Exercises & tutorial material for sight singing
HOW TO SING PLAIN CHANT The practical rules and methods for performance of this ancient form of Church Music.

CHORDS, SCALES, MUSIC THEORY & MUSICIAN'S HELPERS

Chord Charts and fingering diagrams for Guitar, Bass Guitar, Banjo (5 string G & C tuning), Mandolin, Piano and Fiddle (violin) also with downloadable PDF versions for printing.
Scale charts for Guitar, Banjo Mandolin and Fiddle (violin).
Chord Translation table Allows you to easily translate chords between any keys
Chord Sequence Charts - For Session Tunes & Songs - Charts with the chord playing sequences for more than 600 popular session and jam songs and tunes.
Session Tune Chord Sequence Playing Charts- Mainly Oldtimey/bluegrass - charts of chord playing sequences for 400 popular session and jam songs and tunes.
Jazz Chords for guitar A simple guide by Rick Townend.
Beginners Harmony Constructing accompaniments, melodies etc, complete textbook for music students.
Scales & Arpeggios For keyboard with exercises.
MUSICAL MEMORY A System To Cultivate The Musical Memory For Musicians
The Nashville Numbering System A simple way to transpose chords to different keys.

STYLES

Twelve bar blues on any instrument. a basic guide by Rick Townend.
Teach Yourself Jazz - an introduction for musicians wishing to add jazz to their playing styles.
EXTEMPORE PLAYING - tutorial - 40 Lessons, how to correctly play improvisations.

INSTRUMENTS

MOST REQUESTED UKULELE SONG-BOOK 400+ songs with lyrics and chords -great collection, with PDFs.
Funny Sings for Ukulele A Collection of old songs arranged for ukulele with sheet music and lyrics.
First Step, How to Play the UkuleleBasic self instructor by Lew Stern, with songs, chords, lyrics and PDF version.
The Harry Reser Ukulele Method Basic level self instructor with sheet music, 31 songs, chords, lyrics and PDF version.
200 songs for UkuleleSheet music with uke chord diagrams and chord letter notation with PDF for printing.
The Modern Ukulele Method Complete Online Instructor by May Singhi Breen (the original Ukulele Lady) inc PDF version.
Self learning tutorial for UKULELE, includes song folio with lyrics & sheet music.
The Kamiki UKULELE Method Tutorial for playing Hawaiian style ukulele with sample songs, sheet & lyrics.
Baritone Ukulele Self Instructor A Simplified, Illustrated uke tutorial with PDF version for Download
Hawaiian Steel Guitar A Simple Chord Based Tutor For Learning Steel Guitar Played With a Sliding Steel Bar
Bluegrass Your Fiddle - An Easy Insiders guide and tutorial on Bluegrass Fiddling by Rick Townend.
Mandolin Self Instructor - complete online tutorial For beginner to intermediate, with tune folio, diagrams & PDF.
How to play the Bluegrass instruments Tutorial by Rick Townend
How To Play All The Popular InstrumentsBeginners "get your started guide" for guitar, tenor banjo, mandolin, Ukulele, Hawaiian Guitar, violin, Saxophone, Trumpet and Cornet, clarinet, flute, piccolo, musical saw and many others.
BANJO - An easy get-you-started tutorial Banjo, Frailing or Clawhammer, Bluegrass or Scruggs style, Playing by Ear, Backup Banjo.
BANJO - A Book Of Five Strings Tutorial for old-time banjo by Patrick Costello
BANJO - The Eclipse Self-Instructor for 5 string banjo 1915 instruction manual for playing banjo.
BANJO - The New Method for Tenor Banjo 1919, tutorial the science and art of Banjo playing.
The History And Development Of Musical Instruments In Various Cultures From The Earliest Times by Carl Engel
PLAYING THE RECORDERS How to Play The Descant, Treble, Tenor and Bass Recorders
Handbook Of VIOLIN Playing A Tutorial For Classical Style Violin
Make Your Own Spanish GuitarComplete plans & Instruction
MELODEON & Seraphine InstructorComplete Instruction manual plus excellent collection of Victorian songs.
The First Principles Of Pianoforte Playing, for school or self learners complete tutorial.

REFERENCE WORKS

REFERENCE WORKS & FIND SONG INFORMATION

Encyclopedic Dictionary of Music - with extensive traditional & folk music references.

BALLADS & SONGS

The Oxford Book of BalladsThe Best English Lyric Ballads Chosen & Edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch c1910
A PEPYSIAN GARLAND Black-letter Broadside Ballads Of years 1595-1639 From The Collection Of Samuel Pepys
A Century Of Ballads 1810-1910Their Composers & Singers Inc. "Old Ballads And Ballad Makers" by Harold Simpson
The English And Scottish Popular Ballads collection Francis Child's reference work for folk songs & ballads.
We also have below the full 8 volume version that Child published in 1860,
Volume 1, Volume 2 , Volume 3, Volume 4, Volume 5, Volume 6 ,Volume 7 Volume 8
Popular Music Of The Olden Time Volume 1 by W. Chappell is a standard reference work for traditional Songs, Ballads & music.
Popular Music Of The Olden Time Volume 2
Stories of Famous Songs Vol 1 Provide histories and background information on some of the world's most famous
Stories of Famous Songs Vol 2 and popular songs, also covers regional variations in song names and with some lyrics.

FOLK & NATIONAL MUSIC

The National Music of America The Sources & Factors Influential In Forming America's Music, By Louis C. Elson c1900
Introduction to Folk Music In the United States Complete book by Bruno Nettl
The National Music Of The Worldstyles, characteristics and meaning of music associated with the traditions of nations and regions of the world
Curiosities of MusicRare facts about the music traditions of ancient & "savage nations" includes Chinese, Indian, Arab and non western tradition music, by Louis C Elson.
Folk & Traditional Music of the Western Continents folk & traditional music of Europe, Africa & America by Bruno Nettl
Military Music And Its Story The Rise & Development Of Military Music by Henry George Farmer.
Studies In Folk-song And Popular Poetry by Alfred M. Williams 1895

MISC

INDEX To Kindergarten Songs Including Singing Games and Folk Songs by Margery Closey Quigley
What is a Barlow Knife and some comments on song and music titles.
The Killaloe March and The Connaught Rangers - history notes.

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

Music Tech, audio and home recording glossary extensive.
Acoustics & Sound For Musicians The Theory Of Sound Which Constitutes The Physical Basis Of The Art Of Music

FIND SONGS, MUSIC & COMPOSERS

Music Search/Song Finder - an index of popular music and songs from the last 500 years(approx)
Biographical Dictionary Second Edition c1952 from The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers - info on thousands of composers/writers and their songs.
Songbook Finder A contents list for 62 popular songbooks and tune-books of folk and traditional music.
Fake Book & Real Book Finder - A contents list of many popular fakebooks and realbooks
History & Encyclopedia Of Country, Western, & Gospel Music, composers, artists & songs index.

REFERENCE WORKS

MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION and WEB RESOURCES

About this site How it started, copyright & music performance, using files from this site etc.
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Old-time music related links to sites
Bluegrass, Oldtimey and Acoustic Music Events & sessions in South East England
Folk and traditional music clubs and venues in various areas of the UK (extensive regionalized list)
Music Technology (home recording etc) and music software related links
Traditional music Related web resources.
Musical InstrumentRelated web resources (banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin etc)
SUPPORT FAQ Handling problems with this site playing midi, using a Mac, downloading our registered version etc
Rods Guide to safe on-line buying.
How to Join GiffGaff UK best PAYG mobile network for unlocked or O2 phones.
Notes about how to unlock your phone
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TRADITIONAL MUSIC DEFINITION: Songs and tunes which have been performed, by custom, over a long period (usually several generations). They are most often folk songs, country dance or similar types of folk music but they can also be pieces from known early composers and may have been the "pop music " of their time. Traditional music (or public domain) is also used as a copyright status covering music which is out of copyright. In Europe (EEC) music copyright does not expire till 70 years after the death of the composer.
Important; this site contains mainly public domain category folk, traditional and roots music plus a some elderly popular, rock and county songs. Please see this page for more detailed copyright information and performance recommendations.



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