This French folk song is also found in Quebec. The melody is in the alto line and verses can be layered. You can add a band as we did with fiddle, accordion, piano, guitar and foot percussion – or – simply sing it a cappella!
A 3-part French Cajun song from the Alan Lomax collection.
Love and beautiful days are wonderful and short. One should make love when one can.
If I had a lover who cared for me tenderly, I would do that, his heart would be mine.
In the mornings when I awoke I’d drink a little keg of wine to think about love the rest of my days.
A traditional Scottish waulking song in an SATB setting. Waulking is the technique of finishing a newly-woven tweed by soaking it and thumping it rhythmically to shrink and soften it – all done by hand in the past. Waulking songs serve to keep the rhythm and lighten the work.
A yiddish folk song from the 19th century. Can be sung a cappella or with a variety of instruments. Our recording features accordion, clarinet, trombone, percussion. “We are all brothers and we sing happy songs. We all stick together like nobody else does!” Based on a poem by Morris Winchesvsky (1856-1932)
My setting of a beautiful Christmas carol from the 1953 Ruth Crawford Seeger collection of carols from the southern Appalachians. Can be sung a cappella or accompanied by chord instruments, fiddle, banjo.