Greenery

 

Title,
voicing,
timing,
complexity
Description Links Number,
Price Band
SATB
2m 30s
**
A warmly harmonised setting of traditional Manx words, featuring separate female and male voice verses and full SATB refrains.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2020
B
SATB
2m 00s
*
An ideal concert finisher or encore, featuring the classic Irish mix of tears and beers. 'So fill to me the parting glass; goodnight, and joy be with you all..'
Music: Trad. arr. Peter Hill. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2001
B
TBB, piano
2m 45s
**
This is included in the set Six sea shanties. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
All for me grog (also known as Across the Western ocean) is a delightfully rambling grumble about worn boots, torn clothes, lack of sleep, lack of money and other privations of life on board ship.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
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2044
B
SSATB
2m 00s
**
A youth is absorbed in thoughts of his love-life. Delightful Russian folk song with a catchy tune.
Music: trad. Russian arr. Irina Walters. Words: trad. Russian and Sheena Phillips.
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2061
D
SATB
3m 00s
**
A beautiful and flowing arrangement of the well known traditional song.
Music: Trad. arr. Richard John. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2028
C
SATB, optional soprano recorder & violin
2m 00s
**
“I've been a-rambling all the night ...” A foot-stomping folk-style arrangement, with optional soprano recorder and violin parts to spice things up further.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. English.
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2032
C
TBarB, piano
2m 30s
**
This is included in the set Three cowboy songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A retelling of the famous ballad, collected by Alan Lomax, of gunfighter and outlaw Billy the Kid.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
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2056
C
TBB, piano
2m 30s
**
This is included in the set Six sea shanties. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Second in the set is Blood red roses, a long haul shanty with pairs of rising and falling phrases and a colourful refrain.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
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2041
B
TBB, piano
2m 00s
**
This is included in the set Six sea shanties. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Boney is a cheerful and scathing narrative of Napoleon's adventures in Europe and his eventual defeat at the hands of the British.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
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2042
B
SSAA
2m 15s
*
A hearty shanty from the days of emigration to Australia.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad..
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2047
B
TTBB
2m 15s
*
A hearty shanty from the days of emigration to Australia.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad..
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2048
B
SSAB
2m 15s
*
A hearty shanty from the days of emigration to Australia.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad..
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2059
B
3 or 4 part equal or mixed voices
2m 30s
**
This is included in the set Rounds from Jane Chattock's book. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Each line of this cheerful and raucous round forms a competing set of street market cries: “fine parsnips”, “fruit in abundance”, etc. Dramatic interpretations encouraged!
Music: Dr. Stevenson, ed. Sheena Phillips. Words: Anon.
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2015
A
3 or 4 part equal or mixed voices
1m 00s
**
This is included in the set Rounds from Jane Chattock's book. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
This mischievous round is a lesson for apprentices in business: often borrow, seldom lend, and never, never, never pay.
Music: Sheena Phillips (ed.). Words: Anon.
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2016
A
SATB
2m 30s
**
(Words in Croatian). 'If I had wings like a bird, I would fly to you every night my dove'...An intense, heartfelt song about being separated from loved ones.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Croatian.
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2019
B
TBarB
2m 00s
**
A catchy patter song from the Van district (once in Armenia, now part of Turkey). Easy ranges for changing voices.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. (vocables).
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2038
C
SATB
2m 00s
*
'She bid me take love easy, as the leaves grow on the tree...'. This simple and beautiful arrangement of a classic song of love and regret is one of our best sellers.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: W.B.Yeats.
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2014
B
SSAA
2m 45s
**
The catchy gospel song made famous by the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. American.
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2052
C
SATB
3m 30s
**
Gorgeous Russian folk song, supplied both in the original Russian and in English. Get the hankies out!
Music: trad. Russian arr. Irina Walters. Words: trad. Russian and Sheena Phillips.
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2060
D
SATB
2m 30s
***
A contemporary take on the 16th century English song of unrequited love, using three of the original verses.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Anon., adapted.
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2050
B
SATB
1m 45s
*
“Salut à la compagnie de cette maison!” (Good health to all who live here!) A traditional French new year song that would have been sung around all the houses in the area, spliced with a jaunty original dance tune. Words in French.
Music: Trad. arr. Peter Hill. Words: Trad. French.
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2003
B
SATB
2m 30s
**
A New World lullaby arranged for soloist and echoing chorus.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Traditional.
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2037
C
SSAA
1m 45s
**
An a cappella take on the children's playground song about courtship, marriage and children ...
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. English/Irish.
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2036
B
SSAB
1m 45s
**
An a cappella take on the children's playground song about courtship. Bass range suitable for changing voices.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. English/Irish.
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2049
B
SATB
2m 45s
**
A dreamy Hungarian wedding song supplied both in English and in Hungarian.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Hungarian, English paraphrase by Sheena Phillips.
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2051
C
SATB, optional guitar, percussion
1m 50s
*
A quickly learnable traditional Chanukah song to add to your holiday collection.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Jewish.
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2039
A
SSAA, piano
2m 30s
**
Will you marry me for a packet of pins? A teasing song of courtship from 19th century America.
Music: Trad. American arr. Jennifer Bell. Words: Anon..
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2053
C
SATB
1m 30s
*
A strong New Year carol that recounts the English and Welsh tradition of hunting of a wren (the 'king') and processing from door to door in greeting.
Music: Trad. arr. Paul Carline. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2005
B
SATB
2m 00s (in 3/4), 2m 30s (in 4/4)
**
Beautiful Maori love song (words in Maori) originating in army camps in Auckland in World War 1. “The waves at Waiapu are agitated. Cross over, girl, and they will be calm.” Supplied in both 3/4 and 4/4 versions.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: 20th C. Maori love song.
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2006
C
SAA
2m 00s (in 3/4), 2m 30s (in 4/4)
**
Beautiful Maori love song (words in Maori) originating in army camps in Auckland in World War 1. “The waves at Waiapu are agitated. Cross over, girl, and they will be calm.”
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: 20th C. Maori love song.
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2034
C
TBB
2m 00s (in 3/4), 2m 30s (in 4/4)
**
Beautiful Maori love song (words in Maori) originating in army camps in Auckland in World War 1. “The waves at Waiapu are agitated. Cross over, girl, and they will be calm.”
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: 20th C. Maori love song.
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2035
B
SATB
2m 15s
**
“ Why spend your leisure bereft of pleasure...you'll take no money within the grave!” This English language version of a rousing 18th century Irish drinking song makes a great concert closer.
Music: Trad. arr. Peter Hill. Words: R Bairéid, trans. D O'Sullivan.
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2007
B
SSA
1m 40s
**
Traditional English riddle song: “I will give my love an apple without any core … ”
Music: Trad. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
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2029
B
3 or 4 part equal or mixed voices
5 — 6m
**
This is a set consisting of 3 pieces.
In November 1832, Jane Chattock opened a small music manuscript book and wrote her name on the flyleaf. She then copied a collection of favourite rounds into it, and got her friends to add more in their own hand. We know nothing more of Jane, but her book came to light in an Edinburgh second-hand book shop in 1982 and now lets us see what amused a little group of social singers in the years around the accession of Queen Victoria.
Music: Sheena Phillips (ed.). Words: Anon.
2015-7
C
TBB, piano
2m 30s
**
This is included in the set Six sea shanties. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
First in the set is the rousing Santiana, popular both as a pumping shanty and as a capstan shanty, loosely based on events in the Mexican-American war of the mid-19th century.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
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2040
B
SATB
2m 00s
**
A youth — with marriage on his mind — waylays a young girl as she goes to feed her fathers lambs. Traditional spring song, with an arching melody and changing metre.
Music: Trad. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Traditional English.
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2008
B
SATB
3m 00s
***
A most beautiful Irish folk song, rewritten by collector Padraic Colum, and offered here in a lilting a cappella arrangement.
Music: Trad. arr. Geoffrey Dale. Words: Padraic Colum.
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2027
C
TTBB
2m 00s
**
Traditional Irish song lamenting the plight of Fionnuala, who has been turned into a swan by her stepmother Aiofe. Arranged for male voices.
Music: Trad. arr. Mark Burstow. Words: Thomas Moore.
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2024
B
TBB, piano
15m 00s
**
This is a set consisting of 6 pieces.
Shanties (or chanteys) were an essential part of the rhythm of life and work on board ship. Here are six of these tuneful, humorous and vigorous songs for male voices.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
2040-45
G
SATB
2m 30s
**
This lively traditional Breton drinking song gives the men's voices a bit of show-off fun. English and Breton versions supplied.
Music: Trad. arr. Peter Hill. Words: Trad. Breton.
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2033
C
SATB
2m 00s
**
(Words in French dialect). A simple and gently flowing lullaby from the Massif Central region of France. Suitable for small chamber choir or larger ensemble.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2021
B
5 mixed/equal voices
2 – 3m (flexible)
**
A round about singing from the 19th century American singing school tradition
Music: P P Bliss. Words: P P Bliss.
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2046
C
SATB
2m 20s
***
Young Sovay decides one day to test her true love's mettle. She dresses up as a highwayman and lies in wait for him, pistol in hand. Is he man enough to pass the test...? Trad. words and music in a fast-paced and jaunty arrangement, with the Altos having the tune.
Music: Trad. arr. Peter Hill. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2010
C
SA, piano
2m 00s
*
Only the promise of a husband is enough to persuade a girl to get on with the dreary task of spinning.
Music: Trad. German arr. Jennifer Bell. Words: Trad. German trans. Jennifer Bell.
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2054
C
SATB
1m 30s
**
(Words in Finnish). A charming traditional Finnish song.
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. Finnish.
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2031
B
TBarB, piano
3m 30s
**
This is included in the set Three cowboy songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Nostalgia for a way of life and work long gone but not forgotten.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Omar Barker (1894-1985).
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2057
C
SSA
1m 30s
**
Two Northumbrian songs about unattainable bonny lads
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad..
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2058
B
TBB, piano
2m 30s
**
This is included in the set Six sea shanties. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Less well known than some of the others in the set, The dead horse was a ceremonial shanty, traditionally sung after 30 days at sea, when the effigy of a dead horse (representing the first month's labour) would be given a sea burial.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
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2043
B
SSA
2m 45s
**
A finely crafted song of requited love, written in the folk tradition.
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Frances Cockburn.
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2062
C
SATB
3m 00s
**
A grim, sturdy, traditional song from grim, sturdy Yorkshire, England; where until relatively recently the coffin containing the departed was carried over the moors with stops at places of significance.
Music: arr. Peter Hill & Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2004
C
SATB
1m 30s
**
Garden metaphors abound in this sweet and wistful traditional song about love.
Music: Trad. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2009
B
3 or 4 part equal or mixed voices
1m 25s
**
This is included in the set Rounds from Jane Chattock's book. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Lovers take note. This round sets out in praise of love, but foresees a lamentable end: six squalling brats and a scolding jade.
Music: Sheena Phillips (ed.). Words: Anon.
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2017
A
TBarB, piano
2m 30s
**
This is included in the set Three cowboy songs. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A song about the ranching life: long hours and bad food!
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
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2055
C
SATB
3m 00s
**
“The water is wide, I cannot get o'er”. A song about love as wished for and as experienced. One of the gems of English folklore, in a fine arrangement..
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2022
B
TBarB, piano
10m 00s
**
This is a set consisting of 3 pieces.
Three songs from - or about - the days of cattle ranching and long-distance droving in the 19th century American west. Premiered by the changed voices section of the National Boys Choir of Scotland.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. American and Omar Barker.
2055-57
F
TBB, piano
3m 00s
**
This is included in the set Six sea shanties. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Rounding off the set is the shanty traditionally sung while pumping the ship dry at the end of a voyage.
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
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2045
B
SATB
2m 15s
**
'Beauty will not last; but faithful love endures like steel, so long as two remain'. Traditional Welsh love song with a very pleasing tune. Supplied in both Welsh and English language versions..
Music: Trad. arr. Peter Hill. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2023
C
SSA
1m 30s
***
A lively and humorous arrangement of the toe-tapping shanty.
Music: Trad. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
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2030
C
SATB
1m 45s
**
A young girl is impatient to get married, but her mother thinks she'd be better off with a sheep or a cow!
Music: Trad. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2011
B
SATB
2m 00s
**
This is a hearty drinking song in celebration of the consoling powers of 'a jug of this'.
Music: Trad. arr. Peter Hill. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2012
B
TB
2m 00s
*
This is a hearty drinking song in celebration of the consoling powers of 'a jug of this'.
Music: Trad. arr. Peter Hill. Words: Trad. Anon.
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2013
B
16 Morningside Park,
Edinburgh EH10 5HB, Scotland