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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Minature gem
A lovely little book of traditional English Folk Songs. Don't expect such things as accompaniments or chords; the songs are presented with a single line melody, for, as the authors say, they are best sung unaccompanied. However, those with a modicum of musical knowledge would easily be able to add some modal instrumental accompaniment. The 'Notes on the Songs' at the back...
Published on 13 Jan 2010 by David Smith

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No music!
The beautiful music for the songs is not visible on the iPad or iPhone. This makes the book almost useless to me and certainly not worth the money.
Published on 8 Sep 2012 by Ms P. Holden


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Minature gem, 13 Jan 2010
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David Smith "retiredrocker" (Yorkshire, England) - See all my reviews
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A lovely little book of traditional English Folk Songs. Don't expect such things as accompaniments or chords; the songs are presented with a single line melody, for, as the authors say, they are best sung unaccompanied. However, those with a modicum of musical knowledge would easily be able to add some modal instrumental accompaniment. The 'Notes on the Songs' at the back of the book are a particular delight and the book's size is such that it can easily be popped into a pocket for a trip down to the local folk club. Highly recommended for anyone interested in English traditional song.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real roots music!, 30 April 2009
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A. C. Delso - See all my reviews
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What can I say about this classic of traditional British music collection?
Mercifully, the authors don't devote too much space to their own prose, but instead provide a cracking collection of classic traditional songs, with useful information on variations and performance.

Scholarly, without being dry and (this edition, at least)cheap as chips!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vital source book, 2 April 2010
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If you're interested in traditional British folk music you really ought to have this. Performing careers have been founded on fewer classic songs than there are in this book. I had two copies of the original Penguin edition, one of which was very tatty and barely in one piece. I sold it on ebay a year ago for £20. This cheap reprint is a total bargain, although the type is a bit small. Buy it, learn the tunes and sing them - you won't regret it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterful anthology, 2 Aug 2010
This slim, pocket-sized anthology of traditional English folk songs, edited by Ralph Vaughan Williams and A. L. Lloyd, is one of the best guides to English folk tradition. It is a durable Penguin paperback with clear type. Conveniently arranged in alphabetical order by title, the songs cover most counties of England and always include the music: valuable information in such a short format. Most useful are the editors' historical notes on the background of each song, revealing such treasures as the hidden meanings behind 'The Streams of Lovely Nancy'. Any fan of English folk music and folklore should definitely buy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic collection!, 17 Oct 2011
This is a wonderful collection, and IMHO it is a must for any fan of British folk song. Just one thing to keep in mind -- this book was previously published under a different title -- "The Penguin Book of English Folk Songs" -- so check your shelf in case you might already have it. If not, then I highly recommend this title.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No music!, 8 Sep 2012
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The beautiful music for the songs is not visible on the iPad or iPhone. This makes the book almost useless to me and certainly not worth the money.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No tunes!, 6 Oct 2012
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How can you sell this as if it's the same as the paperback when it has no tunes??? It's good to have lyrics and notes on the songs but I'm still incensed that there is no mention of the melodies being omitted from the kindle version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!, 26 Oct 2013
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Essential for every English folkie, source of so many songs being performed at concerts, gigs and sessions. Not expensive either.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful reference book, 19 May 2013
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S. Vigors (England) - See all my reviews
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I am very interested in folk music and this is one of the best known reference books on the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A master of English Music., 13 May 2013
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Mr. T. W. Mccartney "Slottas kid" (Seaham, Durham, England) - See all my reviews
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One of the greatest composers and this may be the source of the best of his work. Really enjoyed reading the truly fascinating content.
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