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Frances Tolmie was bom in the parish of Diminish on Skye in 1840, where she was brought up bilingual. She became one of the leading experts on Gaelic folklore and song, and collected a great amount of material that she thought was in danger of disappearing. By songs of occupation she means what nowadays are often called work songs. She experienced life outside the Islands, in Edinburgh, Cambridge in the early days of women students, and amongst John Ruskin's circle at Coniston. She spent her las.......

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Davidson's musical miracles.

Adapted for the violin, flute, accordian or any treble instrument.

Reprint of the edition of 1859.

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First published in 1980 as Everyman's Book of British Ballads, Roy Palmer's book includes traditional ballads, street ballads, ballads of the music hall and of today. It contains over 120 ballads drawn from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and includes some of the most beautiful love lyrics of the English language, cautionary tales more likely to encourage vice than to stamp it out, strange stories and marvellously wise comments on sex, courtship and marriage. Here is a wonderful collection.......

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comprising one hundred Irish Airs hitherto unpublished; many of the Old Popular songs, and several new songs.

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Translated from the Brasaz-Breiz of Theodore, Vicomte de la Villemarque with some of the Original melodies harmonised by Mrs Tom Taylor.
Theodore, Vicomte de la Villemarque collected these songs and ballads in Brittany towards the middle of the nineteenth century. His critics claimed that his work was of little value because he did not understand the Breton language and got them as fragments badly translated for him by a Breton Abbot who accompanied him on his travels. Villemarque made no attemp.......

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Broadside Black-Letter ballads printed in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries chiefly in the possession of J. Payne Collier was first published in 1868. It was illustrated by the original wood engravings, and is here reproduced as a facsimile of that edition.

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Edited by Roy Palmer.

First published by Dent in 1983 under the title Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams, this second edition with corrections is the first paperback reprint.

Here are some reviewers' comments on the first edition:

a consummate study THE MUSIC REVIEW

Palmer's notes are detailed and helpful; the book as a whole is a delight TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT

a valuable addition to folksong bibliography ... Each tune is preceded by a most illuminating and deeply-research.......

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Consisting of Music and Words of Popular, Standard and Original Songs, & c. arranged so as to be equally adapted for the Sight-Singer, the Performer on the Flute, Cornopean, Accordion, or any other Treble Instrument.

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edited by Niel Gow and Sons.

A facsimile of the updated Edinburgh edition.

An A4 spiral bound book.

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A. W. Moore's collection was first published in 1896. The first edition was limited to 500 copies, and it has long been out of print and difficult to obtain on the second-hand market. There are 74 ballads in Manx, with English translations, and nearly half are accompanied by the old airs. This facsimile reprint incorporates me author's corrections within the text, and faint areas in the music printing have been touched up.

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Edited by Bryce & Stokoe.
A collection of the ballads, melodies and small-pipe tunes of Northumbria. It was first published by the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in 1882. It is reprinted here from the original edition in a slightly photo-reduced form.

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Old English Songs

Robert Williams
From English Minstrelsie. A selection of old English songs from the 8 vol work. c135pp Size:A4

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A collection of old English songs, forty nine in total, taken from the eight volume works entitled 'English Minstrelsie' by Sabine Baring Gould, together with a comprehensive and well illustrated historical introduction to the English national song.

First published in 1895.

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The Besom Maker by Heywood Sumner was first published in 1888. It is a delightful little book, and, at the time of its publication it was a milestone in English folk-music publishing. The first edition is reproduced here in facsimile.

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Three part A4 volume set as noted by George Petrie from the original manuscripts by George Villiers Stanford.The first volume of the collection of ancient music of Ireland was first published by the Society for the Preservation of the Melodies of Ireland in 1855, together with part of the second volume. Petrie died in 1866, and the complete collection was first published by the Irish Literacy Society of London between 1902 and 1905.

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