Update

I managed to get bronchitis and laryngitis at the same time (I always think it’s amusing when preachers, who make their living by talking, get laryngitis). This slowed me down: I haven’t had much energy for a week, and my brains feel like Swiss cheese.

But I did have enough energy to finally update The Folk Choir Song Book, which was first published in 2009 (when I was coming off two years of directing a folk choir at a UU church). I’ve corrected many typographical errors, removed one song that turned out to be covered by copyright, and added some fun stuff that didn’t make it into the first edition.

FolkChoirCoverSmallThe Folk Choir Song Book has 31 songs suitable for singing in liberal religious congregations, and it’s a great way to learn how to sing in what some folk singers call “the stack”: melody in the middle, high harmony above, and bass part below. You can buy it online through Lulu.com for $8.38+S&H (sold at cost; I make no money) — or, if you see me in person, I can sell you one for $7.32 because I bought a bunch when Lulu.com was having a sale.

Songs in the corrected edition:

Mother Moon (unison song, guitar chords)
*Listen, Listen, Listen (melody with optional bass part, guitar chords)
*Trouble in Mind (melody with bass, guitar chords)
Apple Tree Wassail (unison song, guitar chords)
Hard Times Come No More (unison song, guitar chords)
Study War No More (unison song, guitar chords)
*May Song (melody with bass, guitar chords)
*May I Be an Instrument (round, with drone, guitar chords)
Greet the New Day / Oh, How Lovely Is the Evening (round)
Mother Earth Grace (round, guitar chords)
*Funga Alafia (melody with descant or high harmony and bass, guitar chords)
Hold On (melody with descant, guitar chords)
*The Friendly Beasts (melody with descant, guitar chords)
Bright Morning Stars (melody with bass, guitar chords)
Get on Board (melody with bass, guitar chords)
*Amazing Grace (melody with bass, guitar chords)
*Michael, Row Your Boat (2 versions, both with melody and descant, guitar chords)
I’m on My Way (two-part call and response song, guitar chords)
Morning Breeze / Wade in the Water (partner songs)
Souling Song (melody with bass, guitar chords)
This Little Light (melody with bass, guitar chords)
Tallis Canon (melody with three-part ostinato harmony, guitar chords)
Hard Times in the Mill (melody with unison verses, three-part harmony on chorus, guitar chords)
Thula (melody with descant and bass, guitar chords)
Helston Furry (melody with descant and bass, guitar chords)
Yonder Come Day (melody with descant and bass, call and response verses)
Light Flows Down (melody with descant and bass, guitar chords)
For the Beauty of the Earth (melody with descant and bass, guitar chords)
Honey in the Rock (melody with descant and bass, guitar chords)
Amazing Grace (alternate version) (melody with descant and bass, guitar chords, modulation)
There Is More Love (melody with descant and bass, guitar chords)
Farewell Shanty (unison song with guitar chords)

Plus a secret bonus chant for your enjoyment!

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