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Folk Music
Geoff Grainger
Last updated: 06.09.17
My songs of the month for September are: "Yellow Girls" (242KB) and "Henery the Eighth I Am" (938KB).

There are well over 900 folk-songs in my life-time repertoire which I've collected from the Royal NavyEnglandScotlandWales both IrelandsUSA, Germany ( Hochdeutsch and Plattdeutsch),  Australia and New Zealand  to name the most (the sequence being completely without significance). All songs are summarised in a General Song Index and I sing most of them enthusiastically and loudly on a semi-professional basis without any marked talent. As of 06.09.17, this index includes 921 of them. Being based in Germany I'm obliged to have something in my hands to be considered a "musician". The English concertina and penny whistles fulfil this purpose, the playing of which is sadly worse than my singing. My "heroes" include the likes of the The Clancy Brothers, The Dubliners and Stan Rogers which give clues to both my age and taste. For a look at my present repertoire, take a butchers at my CDs.
Whilst almost all titles are now written up, good midi links are still needed. Please let me know if you know of any better midi files to link to.
My lyric and melody sources are given in list of Songbooks and there is list of relevant CDs in a virtual CD rack. Just for fun, there is also a personal selection of Valentine's Day Songs. Mothers' Day Songs not forgetting Songs for Father's Day. Sadly, there is now a memoriam for Brian Kelly

Geoff Grainger, Bremen-Vegesack, January 2001

Geoff Grainger's Songs for Fathers' Day

These songs are selected very much with my tounge in my cheek and are the product of a senile, warped mind in the same vein as the Valentine or Mother's Day songs. Most would consider them to be entirely unsuitable. Send them to your father or to the husband of your own children entirely at your own risk.
Click mp3.gif to download the corresponding lo-fi *.mp3 sample file or [§] to read the footnotes.
  
Ditty Box  
    [§] Between me and you    
In t' Praties  
    [§] Bungle Rye     
Mostly at Sea  
    [§] My daddy is dead     

Geoff Grainger's Songs for Mother's Day

These songs are selected very much with my tounge in my cheek and are the product of a senile, warped mind. Most would consider them to be entirely unsuitable. Send them to your mother or to the mother of your own children entirely at your own risk.
Click mp3.gif to download the corresponding lo-fi *.mp3 sample file or [§] to read the footnotes.
  
Ditty Box  
    [§] The Cruel Mother    
Mostly at Sea  
    [§] A Short Song     

Geoff Grainger's Songs for Valentine's Day

These songs are selected very much with my tounge in my cheek. They are either entirely suitable or perhaps not. Take your pick. Click mp3.gif to download the corresponding lo-fi *.mp3 sample file or [§] to read the footnotes.
  
Ditty Box  
    [§] The Baker of Colebrook   [§] The Ballad of Bethnal Green  
    [§] Matty Groves   [§] Salma-Oh  
    [§] All Around my Hat   [§] Nora  
    [§] Sweet Thames flow softly   [§] The Trees They Do Grow High  
Manifold Love  
    [§] The Banks of the Nile    [§] Calton Weaver, The (Nancy Whisky)   
    [§] Come to my window    [§] Eileen Aroon   
    [§] The Fields of Athenry    [§] The Newcombe Gauger   
    [§] The Golden Wheat    [§] Jehann   
    [§] The Lovers' Tasks    [§] The Murder of Maria Marten   
    [§] Oh, no, John!    [§] Raglan Road   
    [§] The Stuttering Lovers    [§] Suddenly afraid   
In t' Praties  
    [§] Never Wed an Old Man    [§] The Spinning Wheel   
Mostly at Sea  
    [§] Bobby Shaftoe    [§] A Short Song   
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