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Folk Songbooks

pastorpest 24 Jul 00 - 11:32 AM
Amergin 24 Jul 00 - 11:56 AM
Irish sergeant 24 Jul 00 - 05:28 PM
Lanfranc 24 Jul 00 - 05:34 PM
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SeanM 24 Jul 00 - 07:51 PM
Joe Offer 24 Jul 00 - 08:02 PM
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Subject: Folk Song Books
From: pastorpest
Date: 24 Jul 00 - 11:32 AM

I have seen many references in other threads to collections of folk songs in books (Recently Joe Offer mentioned in glowing terms "American Negro Songs" by Work republished by Dover). When I put "Folk Song Books" in a forum search I came up with nothing. I would think that an annotated bibliography of folk song books would be a useful addition to the Mudcat. Some entries would be obvious: "American Ballads & folk Songs" by Lomax & Lomax or "O'Neill's Music of Ireland" with over 1000 fidle tunes and in various editions. It would be some work to collect the list of books, put them in order, offer a one or two sentence description, and where to find them information. There are gems of books out that are not widely known. Editing the content of such a list is work, but it would be useful to mudcatters like me.

What does anyone else think?


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Subject: RE: Folk Song Books
From: Amergin
Date: 24 Jul 00 - 11:56 AM

Well, here goes:

I have Soodlum's Irish Ballad Book it has quite a bit of songs in it, published by Oak Publications..

The Irish Songbook (the Clancy Brothers) has 75 songs in it and published by Oak Publications.

The Joan Baez Songbook it has many of the ballads she's known for...published by Ryerson Music Publishers, Inc.

I have the aforementioned American Ballads and Folk Songs, Lomax and Lomax...

Folk Songs of North America, Alan Lomax published by Dooubleday. Has many wonderful songs in here including 8 verses to Tom Dula.

The autobiographical songbook Where Have All The Flowers Gone by Pete Seeger. It's a history of his life through prose and song. Published by Sing Out!

The Collected Reprints From Sing Out! Magazine Volumes 7-12, has many wonderful songs in here too...

The People's Songbook, pretty self explanatory....published by Boni and Gaer

Songs By Woody Guthrie, has forty-three of his songs in it, including his full version of This Land Is Your Land.

The latest edition of the IWW's Little Red Songbook.

There might be one or two more, but I'd have to dig them up....wonderful idea BTW.

Amergin


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Subject: RE: Folk Song Books
From: Irish sergeant
Date: 24 Jul 00 - 05:28 PM

You could also add The Folk Song Encyclopedia Volumes One and Two by Jerry Silverman, Complete Folk Guitar. Mel Bay publications, Fiddle Tunes and Irish Music for Guitar, Mel Bay Publications. Hope this helps. Kindest reguards, Neil


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Subject: RE: Folk Song Books
From: Lanfranc
Date: 24 Jul 00 - 05:34 PM

"The Folksinger's Wordbook" by Irwin Silber has served me well over the years. I think it's still in print.

"The Seeds of Love" is another collection I always liked, but I was fool enough to lend it to someone, and that was the last I saw of it.


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Subject: RE: Folk Song Books
From: bigchuck
Date: 24 Jul 00 - 07:08 PM

How about Utah Phillips little songbook, Starlight on the Rails? I think it has recently been reprinted.
Sandy


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Subject: RE: Folk Song Books
From: SeanM
Date: 24 Jul 00 - 07:51 PM

The problem would be where to stop, and where to put said list. If it's just a thread, then that's great... but in order to be edited, it's either going to have to be someone's personal site, or it'll get dumped over onto Max or one of the many wonderful elves...

M


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Subject: Folk Song Books & Folk Songbooks & Folksong Books
From: Joe Offer
Date: 24 Jul 00 - 08:02 PM

For related information, see:
For a song index that covers many of the best songbooks, see the UTK Song Index
John in Brisbane had started a thread requesting people to post the Index of various songbooks. I don't know what happened to that thread.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Folk Song Books
From: Mrrzy
Date: 24 Jul 00 - 08:56 PM

Did I miss something or has nobody mentioned Rise Up Singing I and II?


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Subject: RE: Folk Song Books
From: Gypsy
Date: 24 Jul 00 - 10:28 PM

Rise up singing II? Seems to me that I've questioned this before, and was told that it was a project eternally "in the works" does it exist? If so, where can i get a copy?


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Subject: RE: Folk Song Books
From: canoer
Date: 25 Jul 00 - 12:52 AM

The copy "in the works" will be Rise Up Singing III. The one currently in use is actually # 2.


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Subject: RE: Folk SongBooks
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Jul 00 - 01:25 AM

Hmmm. What was #1, Canoer? I have a very similar book called Winds of the People. I understand that book is no longer distributed because the editors neglected to get copyright permissions.
Last I heard from Sing Out! was that the new volume of Rise Up Singing was delayed because of trouble getting copyright permissions. They had hoped to get it out in 1999, and then 2000, and last time I heard they weren't setting a target date.
But anyhow, Canoer, is Winds of the People the Volume One you refer to?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Folk Song Books
From: canoer
Date: 25 Jul 00 - 09:18 AM

Hi Joe,

I'm not familiar with Winds of the People. The first Rise Up Singing is identical to the second (current) one except for the inclusion of a few more songs. Format, title, spiral binding, even pagination is identical. A few people in our group still use the first, and except for the few extra songs (can't recall which they are) we get along fine.

-- Cheers – Larry C.


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