Greenery

 

Number,
voicing
Title,
complexity
Description,
links
Price Band
2020
SATB
**
A warmly harmonised setting of traditional Manx words, featuring separate female and male voice verses and full SATB refrains. 2m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. Anon.
B
2001
SATB
*
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..' 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Peter Hill. Words: Trad. Anon.
B
2028
SATB
**
A beautiful and flowing arrangement of the well known traditional song. 3m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Richard John. Words: Trad. Anon.
C
2032
SATB, optional soprano recorder & violin
**
“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. 2m 00s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. English.
C
2047
SSAA
**
A hearty shanty from the days of emigration to Australia. 2m 15s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad..
B
2059
SSAB
**
A hearty shanty from the days of emigration to Australia. 2m 15s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad..
B
2048
TTBB
**
A hearty shanty from the days of emigration to Australia. 2m 15s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad..
B
4064
TTB
**
This is a set consisting of the 2 pieces listed below.
Two strong carols for a cappella male voices, in the harmonious Welsh plygain tradition. 5m 00s
Music: Trad. Welsh, arr./transcribed Sheena Phillips. Words: English, based on the original Welsh.
C
4057
TTB
**
This is included in the set listed above. It is not sold as an individual piece.
A strong carol for a cappella male voices, in the harmonious Welsh plygain tradition. 3m 00s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. Welsh melody, arranged by Sheena Phillips. Words: English by K.E.Roberts (1877-1962), based on the original Welsh.
4058
TTB
**
This is included in the set listed above. It is not sold as an individual piece.
A strong carol for a cappella male voices, in the harmonious Welsh plygain tradition. 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. Welsh, transcribed (with permission) by Sheena Phillips. Words: English by Sheena Phillips, based on the original Welsh.
2058
SSA
**
Two Northumbrian songs about unattainable bonny lads 1m 30s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad..
B
2019
SATB
**
(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. 2m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Croatian.
Pronunciation guide included
B
2038
TBarB
**
A catchy patter song from the Van district (once in Armenia, now part of Turkey). Easy ranges for changing voices. 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. (vocables).
Pronunciation guide included
C
2014
SATB
*
'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. 2m 00s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: W.B.Yeats.
B
2052
SSAA
**
The catchy gospel song made famous by the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2m 45s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. American.
C
2060
SATB
**
Gorgeous Russian folk song, supplied both in the original Russian and in English. Get the hankies out! 3m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: trad. Russian arr. Irina Walters. Words: trad. Russian and Sheena Phillips.
D
2061
SSATB
**
A youth is absorbed in thoughts of his love-life. Delightful Russian folk song with a catchy tune. 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: trad. Russian arr. Irina Walters. Words: trad. Russian and Sheena Phillips.
D
2050
SATB
***
A contemporary take on the 16th century English song of unrequited love, using three of the original verses. 2m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Anon., adapted.
B
2003
SATB
*
“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. 1m 45s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Peter Hill. Words: Trad. French.
Pronunciation guide included
B
5026
SATB
*
A well known Jewish song about how good it is to live in harmony, based on words from Psalm 133, in a simple but effective arrangement. Words in Hebrew and in English translation. 1m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: from Psalm 133.
A
2037
SATB
**
A New World lullaby arranged for soloist and echoing chorus. 2m 30s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Traditional.
C
2036
SSAA
**
An a cappella take on the children's playground song about courtship, marriage and children ... 1m 45s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. English/Irish.
B
2049
SSAB
**
An a cappella take on the children's playground song about courtship. Bass range suitable for changing voices. 1m 45s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. English/Irish.
B
2051
SATB
**
A dreamy Hungarian wedding song supplied both in English and in Hungarian. 2m 45s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Hungarian, English paraphrase by Sheena Phillips.
C
2062
SSA
**
A finely crafted song of requited love, written in the folk tradition. 2m 45s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Frances Cockburn. Words: Frances Cockburn.
C
2039
SATB, optional guitar, percussion
*
A quickly learnable traditional Chanukah song to add to your holiday collection. 1m 50s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Jewish.
A
2015-7
3 or 4 part equal or mixed voices
**
This is a set consisting of the 3 pieces listed below.
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. 5 — 6m
Music: Sheena Phillips (ed.). Words: Anon.
C
2015
3 or 4 part equal or mixed voices
**
This is included in the set listed above. 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! 2m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Dr. Stevenson, ed. Sheena Phillips. Words: Anon.
A
2016
3 or 4 part equal or mixed voices
**
This is included in the set listed above. 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. 1m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips (ed.). Words: Anon.
A
2017
3 or 4 part equal or mixed voices
**
This is included in the set listed above. 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. 1m 25s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips (ed.). Words: Anon.
A
2053
SSAA, piano
**
Will you marry me for a packet of pins? A teasing song of courtship from 19th century America. 2m 30s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. American arr. Jennifer Bell. Words: Anon..
C
5036
SSSAA
**
An original and highly effective setting of the African American spiritual. Moving and prayerful, with close harmonies and aleatoric sections. 3m 30s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Paul Ayres. Words: Trad. African American.
D
4021
SATB recorder & drum
***
A lively pipe and drum carol, as sung traditionally in France on Christmas Eve, arranged with panache in a fresh English translation. 1m 30s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. French.
C
2005
SATB
*
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. 1m 30s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Paul Carline. Words: Trad. Anon.
B
2006
SATB
**
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. 2m 00s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: 20th C. Maori love song.
full pronunciation guide included
C
2034
SAA
**
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.” 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: 20th C. Maori love song.
full pronunciation guide included
B
2035
TBB
**
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.” 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: 20th C. Maori love song.
full pronunciation guide included
B
2007
SATB
**
“ 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. 2m 15s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Peter Hill. Words: R Bairéid, trans. D O'Sullivan.
B
2029
SSA
**
Traditional English riddle song: “I will give my love an apple without any core … ” 1m 40s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
B
2008
SATB
**
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. 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Traditional English.
B
2027
SATB
***
A most beautiful Irish folk song, rewritten by collector Padraic Colum, and offered here in a lilting a cappella arrangement. 3m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Geoffrey Dale. Words: Padraic Colum.
C
2024
TTBB
**
Traditional Irish song lamenting the plight of Fionnuala, who has been turned into a swan by her stepmother Aiofe. Arranged for male voices. 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Mark Burstow. Words: Thomas Moore.
B
2040-45
TBB, piano
**
This is a set consisting of the 6 pieces listed below.
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. 15m 00s
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
G
2040
TBB, piano
**
This is included in the set listed above. 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. 2m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
B
2041
TBB, piano
**
This is included in the set listed above. 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. 2m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
B
2042
TBB, piano
**
This is included in the set listed above. 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. 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
B
2043
TBB, piano
**
This is included in the set listed above. 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. 2m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
B
2044
TBB, piano
**
This is included in the set listed above. 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. 2m 45s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
B
2045
TBB, piano
**
This is included in the set listed above. 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. 3m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
B
2021
SATB
**
(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. 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
Pronunciation guide included
B
2033
SATB
**
This lively traditional Breton drinking song gives the men's voices a bit of show-off fun. English and Breton versions supplied. 2m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Peter Hill. Words: Trad. Breton.
C
2046
5 mixed/equal voices
**
A round about singing from the 19th century American singing school tradition 2 – 3m (flexible) see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: P P Bliss. Words: P P Bliss.
C
2010
SATB
***
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. 2m 20s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. arr. Peter Hill. Words: Trad. Anon.
C
2054
SA, piano
*
Only the promise of a husband is enough to persuade a girl to get on with the dreary task of spinning. 2m 00s see ithear a recording
Music: Trad. German arr. Jennifer Bell. Words: Trad. German trans. Jennifer Bell.
C
2031
SATB
**
(Words in Finnish). A charming traditional Finnish song. 1m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Frances Cockburn. Words: Trad. Finnish.
full pronunciation guide included
B
2004
SATB
**
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. 3m 00s see ithear a recording
Music: arr. Peter Hill & Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
C
2009
SATB
**
Garden metaphors abound in this sweet and wistful traditional song about love. 1m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Trad. Anon.
B
2022
SATB
**
“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.. 3m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Anon.
B
2055-57
TBarB, piano
**
This is a set consisting of the 3 pieces listed below.
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. 10m 00s
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. American and Omar Barker.
F
2055
TBarB, piano
**
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
A song about the ranching life: long hours and bad food! 2m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
C
2056
TBarB, piano
**
This is included in the set listed above. 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. 2m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad..
C
2057
TBarB, piano
**
This is included in the set listed above. You can also buy it as an individual piece.
Nostalgia for a way of life and work long gone but not forgotten. 3m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Omar Barker (1894-1985).
C
2023
SATB
**
'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.. 2m 15s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Peter Hill. Words: Trad. Anon.
Pronunciation guide included.
C
3017
SATB
**
'Let my shadow disappear into yours. Let me lose myself under the tall trees,'...the magical and sensuous moment of twilight, when everything seems to soften and fade into everything else. Words in Swedish. 1m 20s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Sheena Phillips. Words: Pär Lagerkvist (1891-1974).
Pronunciation guide included
B
5027
SATB & piano
***
Get your church choir rocking with this upbeat jazz feel arrangement of an African American spiritual promising healing and deliverance. 2m 00s see ithear a recordinghear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Tony McDonald. Words: Trad. anon.
C
2030
SSA
***
A lively and humorous arrangement of the toe-tapping shanty. 1m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Anon.
C
2011
SATB
**
A young girl is impatient to get married, but her mother thinks she'd be better off with a sheep or a cow! 1m 45s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Douglas Cook. Words: Trad. Anon.
B
5025
SATB & descant
*
A Palestinian prayer for peace. Words in Arabic and in English translation by Fred Kaan. A possible sequence of verses (English, Arabic, with or without descant, etc) is suggested, but feel free to devise your own. 1m 30s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Sheena Phillips. Words: Trad. Arabic, trans. Fred Kaan.
A
2012
SATB
**
This is a hearty drinking song in celebration of the consoling powers of 'a jug of this'. 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Peter Hill. Words: Trad. Anon.
B
2013
TB
*
This is a hearty drinking song in celebration of the consoling powers of 'a jug of this'. 2m 00s see ithear a MIDI rendering
Music: Trad. arr. Peter Hill. Words: Trad. Anon.
B
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