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Song Nametype of musicClick to download Midi file
La Gota FriaLatin gotafria.mid
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Peanuts Themecontemporary lnslcy.mid
Jawscontemporary jaws.mid
Beetlejuicecontemporary beetljuc.mid
Suddenly Seymour(Little Shop of Horrors) seymour.mid
Edelweiss(The Sound
of Music)
Ashokan Farewell(Civil War) ashokan.mid
A Farewellbluegrass farewell.mid
Gritsbluegrass grits.mid
Roly Polybluegrass rolypoly.mid
The Log Driver's Waltz*
[Wade Hemsworth]
Canadian folk logcan.mid
The Sailor and His Bride
[Wade Hemsworth]
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Four Green FieldsIrish folk 4green.mid
The SwallowtailIrish folk swallow.mid
The Bullgine Run (about a steamer ship)American folk bullgine.mid
The Wars in America (about an Irish
widow's lament for her 3 sons)
Irish folk terry.mid
Farewell, Happiness
(Prochᩬ Radost')
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    I's the B'y*
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    Corn Rigs are Bonnie*folk dancing cornrigs.mid
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    Clarinet Polka
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    In the meantime, won't you check out my folk music links?

    All Things Scottish My page for Scottish and Celtic music, tons of links, and abc files
    Music Match a matching music game for kids!
    Enchant駳 Page For Carousel, Ragtime, Kids, etc. A GREAT page!
    Allan Ferguson's Music Page Lots of Scottish tunes.
    Classical Links Definitely worth checking out! No bad links.
    Robert Blakely's Celtic Music Page Robert has both .gif files and the midi tunes that go with them. Some are accompanied, others just the main tune.
    Dan Beimborn's Celtic Tunes This page is mostly gifs of Celtic tunes, but files Why include this? They have music CD's, in many cases audio samples of the tracks.
    Contemplator's Folk Music page Excellent page! Midi files and the lyrics. There are new songs every day!
    Ceolas Stanford's massive collection of Celtic music (Ceolas is Gaelic for "songs")
    Barry Taylor...get used to that name, if you like folk midis! He's a British Columbian, and shows up on a lot of folk sites for his sequencing abilities.
    Midifarm classical Midifarm has a huge stock of classical music, plus links to like sites
    Robert Goodyear's Classical MIDI Sequences
    Digital Traditions All the words to your favorite folk or blues music, plus simple melody midis!
    Fiddles of the World in Nova Scotia will take place July 11-15, 1999. Check out their web site!
    Live Update Download Crescendo to play midi files here. Interested in writing your own music and putting it on the web? This is what I use.
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    Tune to Corachree
    This is my illustration of an old Norman Kennedy arrangement: "Corachree", the familiar story of a carefree romance leading to bitter consequences.

    annie.jpgTwas on a simmer's evenin' I gaed out tae tak' th' air.
    When comin' in tae Tarlantown I spied a lonely pair...
    The youth was tall an' handsome and the maid was fair tae see,
    And I kennt their destination was nae far fo' Corachree. knew

    Halfway up th' avenue, they baith set down tae rest.
    He put his airms aroond her, sayin' "my dear I love ye best,
    "A maiden ye hae sittin' down, a maid ye're aye tae me,
    "But a maiden ye'll ne'er walk again on the garse o' Corachree."

    "Oh Sandy lad, ye'll ne'er deny this deed ye hae done.
    "My apron strings ha' broken, Lord, me hair flees wi' the wind, flies
    "My maidenheed has ta'en a frecht, it's fairly flown awa', maidenhead...fright
    "And the session clerk'll get tae ken this deed ye done tae me." clerk in charge of recording births

    "Cheer up me bonnie lassie, you need no' care a fig.
    "There's mony the bonnie lassie that gaes daily on th' rig! lands in trouble
    "There's mony a bonnie lassie, aye, and just as guid as ye, good
    "But a maiden ye'll ne'er walk again on the garse o' Corachree." grass

    He comes down in the evenin', as often as he can.
    He comes down in the evenin' jest tae see his lonely Anne,
    They talk their line o' auld lange syne where naebody can see,
    But ye'll easy find out a' their beds aroond by Corachee. tell what they've done

  • And here's the words to the tune, Four Green Fields.
          "What did I have?" said the fine old woman
          "What did I have?" This proud old woman did say,
          "I had four green fields,
          Each of them a jewel,
          But strangers came,
          And tried to take 'em from me,
          I had fine strong sons,
          They fought to save my jewels,
          They fought and died,
          and that was my grief," said she.
          "Long time ago," said the fine old woman,
          "Long time ago," this proud old woman did say,
          "There was war and death,
          Plundering and pillage
          My children starved by mountain, valley and sea,
          And their wailing cries, they shook the very heavens,
          And my four green fields
          Ran red with their blood," said she.
          "What have I now?" said the fine old woman.
          "What have I now?" this proud old woman did say.
          "I have four green fields,
          One of them's in bondage refering to Ulster
          In stranger's hands
          That tried to take 'em from me,
          But my sons have sons,
          As brave as were their fathers,
          And my four green fields
          Shall bloom once again," said she.
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