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Best UK Chorus Songs?

GUEST,Ruairidh 02 Mar 15 - 01:54 PM
GUEST 02 Mar 15 - 03:27 PM
Tattie Bogle 02 Mar 15 - 03:42 PM
GUEST,Anne Neilson 02 Mar 15 - 04:14 PM
GUEST,Anne Neilson 02 Mar 15 - 04:16 PM
GUEST,Selby 02 Mar 15 - 04:16 PM
GUEST,Selby 02 Mar 15 - 04:43 PM
Richard Bridge 02 Mar 15 - 10:48 PM
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Jim Carroll 03 Mar 15 - 02:00 PM
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Subject: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: GUEST,Ruairidh
Date: 02 Mar 15 - 01:54 PM

A friend who is thinking of starting a folk chorus session, asked me for some suggestions. I put these down, in no particular order. Can anyone point out any glaring omissions?

Fifty Chorus Songs:
1.        Grandfather's Clock
2.        Young Sailor Cut Down in his Prime
3.        Pleasant and Delightful
4.        Black Velvet Band
5.        Wild Rover
6.        Three Score and Ten
7.        Fiddler's Green
8.        Fathom the Bowl
9.        Home Boys Home
10.        Leaving of Liverpool
11.        Widecombe Fair
12.        Barley Mow
13.        Jones's Ale
14.        Tailor's Breeches
15.        Hey John Barleycorn
16.        Rose of Allendale
17.        Horkstow Grange
18.        Eddie Baker's Muckspreader
19.        Barrett's Privateers
20.        Bold Grenadier
21.        Nightingales Sing
22.        Macpherson's Farewell
23.        Twankydillo
24.        Keeper
25.        Jug of Punch
26.        Manchester Rambler
27.        Daddy Fox
28.        North Country Maid
29.        Poverty Knock
30.        Waltzing Matilda
31.        Whisky in the Jar
32.        No-Man's Land
33.        Dido Bendigo
34.        Rolling Home
35.        Country Life
36.        Parting Glass
37.        Hard Times
38.        I'm a Rover
39.        Mermaid
40.        Young Banker
41.        Mary Ellen Carter
42.        Wee Cooper of Fife
43.        Barnyards o' Delgaty
44.        Mormond Braes
45.        Diamond
46.        Thousands or More
47.        Moving-On Song
48.        Bring us a Barrel
49.        Drovers' Song
50.        Farmer's Boy


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Mar 15 - 03:27 PM

Holmfirth Anthem


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 02 Mar 15 - 03:42 PM

Wild Mountain Thyme! How could you not.......??

Depends a bit where you are too: I see you've got a few Scottish ones in there, but up here you'd also have to have:
The Jeely Piece Song
Bonnie Glen Shee
Jock Stewart
Kelty Clippie
Pittenweem Jo
Doon in the Wee Room
Yellow on the Broom
and I could go on.....next please!


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: GUEST,Anne Neilson
Date: 02 Mar 15 - 04:14 PM

Auld Lang Syne?

And in Scotland, songs such as Bonnie Glenshee, Yellow on the Broom (Adam McNaughtan), Tatties and Herring, Wild Mountain Thyme….

And, thinking of a much-missed friend :-

    So here's a health to the company and likewise my lass.
    Let's drink and be merry, all out of one glass.
    Let's drink and be merry, all grief to refrain
    For we may and might never all meet here again.


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: GUEST,Anne Neilson
Date: 02 Mar 15 - 04:16 PM

Cross post, Tattie Bogle -- apologies!


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: GUEST,Selby
Date: 02 Mar 15 - 04:16 PM

You cannot leave out Rolling Home


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: GUEST,Selby
Date: 02 Mar 15 - 04:43 PM

Sorry rechecked list and found it


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 02 Mar 15 - 10:48 PM

Maui
Nelson's Blood
Coulter's Candy
Martin
Good King Arthur's Days


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Mar 15 - 07:15 AM

Thanks for those additional suggestions. How could I forget "Wild Mountain Thyme"? Some of the Scottish songs are not familiar to me - must see if I can refresh my roots and visit some chorus sessions "north of the Border". I'd thought of "Rolling Down to Old Maui" but thought it belonged more in a shanty section. I liked the parody of it heard recently "Slowing down to Lethargy".


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: cptsnapper
Date: 03 Mar 15 - 08:16 AM

When All Men Sing, The Lorry Ride


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: GUEST,Dave the Gnome
Date: 03 Mar 15 - 09:11 AM

Keith Marsden's 'Bring us a barrel'

In fact, lots of songs by Keith Marsden :-)


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: severed-head
Date: 03 Mar 15 - 09:11 AM

Only Remembered?
All The Good Times?
Drink Old England Dry?


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Mar 15 - 12:47 PM

Bold Riley


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 03 Mar 15 - 01:53 PM

Most of the above and some others

You can download the words to the chorus and also listen to people singing the songs on YouTube - or you can come down the Beech M21 9EG and join in

Best wishes


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 03 Mar 15 - 02:00 PM

This always rings my bells
Jim Carroll

DRINKING
From the singing of Ewan MacColl who recorded it from Beckett Whitehead some time in the 1930s

Some people   will tell you that drinking's a curse,
While others will tell you it's quite the reverse.
Some drink all their days their time to employ
Some drink when in sorrow and some drink for joy.
Some drink when they're christened, some when they're wed,
Some are drinking your jolly good health when you're dead,
Some drink on all these occasions, like I,
For I drunk at my birth and I'll drink till I die.

Ch. For I mean to get jolly well drunk, I do.
I mean to get jolly well drunk, I do
As long as I'm here I'll stlck to my beer,
For I mean to get jolly well drunk, I do.

I'll drink till the high price of coals becomes small,
Till ale and roast beef they cost nothing at all.
I'll drink till we have no more reasons for strikes,
Till a man values work just as much as he likes.
I'll drink till the law gives a man no denial
For taking a wife out a month upon trial,
Till the dukes and the lords have to sort clean from dirt
And the big Prince of Wales has to clean his own shirt.

I'll drink till all landlords choke as they guzzle.
I mean to keep drinking till bobbies are muzzled.
Till dandies are worth nowt but the clothes they put on.
I'll drink till old Peabody's money is gone.
I'll drink till the laws of the land are made fair
That punish a man for killing a hare.
I'll drink till all wealth is shared out amongst men
And I'll drink and I'll drink till it's shared out again.


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 03 Mar 15 - 02:17 PM

Ha, but which "Rolling Home"?
There's Rolling Home to Caledonia, Rolling Home to dear old England, Rolling Down to Old Maui, and John Tams' Rolling Home. Any of them!


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 03 Mar 15 - 03:35 PM

Les, it's a great list & a great idea.

I've downloaded it but the print out is coming out all wrong for me.
It is seeing eight sides of A4(2 x A5 per side) but the > File > Page Setup doesn't look like the one I usually see.

In the past I've printed a 16 page document onto 4 sheets with settings of
> 2 per side &
> Print back to back.

I don't kmow what I'm doing wrong here.


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 03 Mar 15 - 04:35 PM

One thing I was wrong about - "...I've printed a 16 page document onto 4 sheets " -those were pdf documents.
With word I'm lost.
But I'm taking another look at the settings.


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 04 Mar 15 - 03:16 AM

Hi Freddy, sorry it is a bit tricky. It's supposed to print back to back and fold as an A5 folding booklet with staples down the middle - perhaps a step too far?


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: Stu
Date: 04 Mar 15 - 04:18 AM

The Good Old Way
When Jones' Ale Was New
Cold Blow and the Rainy Night
The Auld Triangle
Body of An American
Bonny Ship the Diamond
The White Hare of Bowden


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: Brian Peters
Date: 04 Mar 15 - 05:26 AM

Let Union be in All Our Hearts
Pleasant and Delightful

The best chorus singing I think I've ever heard was at an early-hours session at Girvan Folk Festival, where 'The Star O' the Bar' fair took the roof off.


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 04 Mar 15 - 06:41 AM

:)
Easier at 8.30am
I might have clicked some settings yesterday.
Today started afresh... printed fine.

I see they're in A-Z order. I wonder if you should put a date on the cover in case you add some more. I know it would be another sheet of paper but a blank page or two (printed 'NOTES') might actually be handy.


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Mar 15 - 09:14 AM

Thanks again for all the great suggestions. I'm passing them on and you'll hopefully be helping to start a good new chorus singing session near Lincoln. Thanks for the download, Les in Chorlton.Perhaps we will be able to join you one evening.

Ruairidh


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 04 Mar 15 - 01:03 PM

Hi Ruairidh,

songs 1st & 3rd, tunes 2nd & 4th - all are most welcome M21 9EG

Where are you?
Les


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: Wheatman
Date: 05 Mar 15 - 02:42 AM

What a great site Les, shame I will have to cross the Pennines to visit the club. Some others to add to the list.
Keep your feet still
Blaydon Races
Miners Life
and just for you Les
Stanley Market
Gan Canny Brian


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: Will Fly
Date: 05 Mar 15 - 04:22 AM

I'll just add that Roger Bryant's "Cornish Lads" is worth a mention. Great chorus - and almost a Cornish national anthem these days. Here it is sung by my old mate Mike Nicholson:

Cornish Lads


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: Rozza
Date: 05 Mar 15 - 06:26 AM

I'm in deepest Lincolnshire, Les. But I'll make a note of your dates and who knows?

Thanks for that, Will Fly. Mike Nicholson is a fine singer!


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: Will Fly
Date: 05 Mar 15 - 06:36 AM

He is indeed - he was our main guest at the recent Brighton Acoustic Session in the Lord Nelson in Brighton last Monday. I'll be seeing him at the monthly village singaround in Charlwood next Monday, where we're both regular attendees and, if memory serves, he's guesting at the Lewes Saturday Folk Club (Elephant & Castle pub) on March 21st.


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: Brian Peters
Date: 05 Mar 15 - 10:07 AM

Cadgwith Anthem


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: Rozza
Date: 06 Mar 15 - 11:34 AM

I've added that one to the list. Thanks Brian.


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: Hesk
Date: 07 Mar 15 - 05:08 AM

I've probably missed it, but I can't seem to see "The Farmer's Toast", otherwise known as "The Jolly Farmer", or "God Speed the Plough".
Brian's suggestion of "The Cadgwith Anthem" could also do well in a list of the most murdered chorus songs.
There is always someone who thinks that they can sing the repeated word "Away" higher than any one else, that then becomes a competition.
The only result is a cacophony of sound!


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 07 Mar 15 - 12:55 PM

Not sure that Rolling Down to Old Maui counts as UK.

Gay Fusilier


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: Brian Peters
Date: 07 Mar 15 - 01:38 PM

Oh dear, Hesk, I think that might have been me going for the high harmony on 'Cadgwith Anthem'...


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Subject: ADD: I Thought I Had No Voice (Scott Murray)
From: Borderer
Date: 07 Mar 15 - 03:09 PM

This song really deserves a place in a list of great chorus songs, but maybe you don't know it yet.
Scott Murray sang for us in the Rolling Hills Folk Club last November. His song was recorded by Roy Bailey and you can see/hear him on YTube.
I Thought I had no Voice by Scott Murray 2012

I THOUGHT I HAD NO VOICE (Scott Murray)

We've had good times thegither
We've shared a song or two (twa)
In warm days o' summer (simmer)
And winter's days o' snow. (snaw)
We ken that life's no easy
The road is hard and long (lang)
But music aye can cheer us
We're better for a song. (sang)

Chorus   I thought I had no voice
Now listen to my song.
The fellowship of music,
A place where I belong.
We raise our voice in song,
In every verse and chorus.
Many songs behind us now
There's many waiting for us.

Our time is nearly over
These days are nearly done
The tunes we will remember
The songs will still be sung.
I hope the sun shines for you
And that we'll meet again.
For there's a bond between us
A bond that has no end.


Have a good sing,
Ron



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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 11 Mar 15 - 06:59 AM

That could almost start another thread on "best parting songs".

Apart from "Auld Lang Syne" to the usual or older tune:
The Parting Glass (Irish version)
Kind Friends and Companions (Sheila Stewart)
When First We met (Alan Bell)
In Freenship's Name (?trad)
Sae will we Yet (Ok, a refrain rather than a chorus!)
Tak a dram afore ye go (Ian Sinclair)
Parting Song (Dave Webber)
Any more?


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: Ged Fox
Date: 11 Mar 15 - 07:04 AM

Loath to depart
We're no awa' tae bide awa' - which also belongs in the list of best chorus songs


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: GUEST,mayomick
Date: 11 Mar 15 - 10:25 AM

You have Nightingales Sing but miss out The Sweet Nightingale. Grandfather's Clock is American, I think , and Whisky in the Jar Irish. Otherwise a good selection .


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 11 Mar 15 - 11:12 AM

Part of Ireland is UK.


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: Joe Nicholson
Date: 12 Mar 15 - 09:57 AM

Dido Bendigo

Joe N


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: GUEST,mayomick
Date: 12 Mar 15 - 12:02 PM

What do you mean by "Part of Ireland is UK" Keith ? The song Whisky in the Jar is not part of UK .


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Sep 16 - 01:58 AM

Lots of good chorus songs in the UK but the one that ivites people to really get into it is "The French shall never drink old England dry".

Here's a Holdstoc version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XjzdBYlmYI


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Subject: RE: Best UK Chorus Songs?
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 01 Sep 16 - 03:45 AM

"Paddy Lay Back"
"New York Gals"
"William Brown/Early in the Morning"


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