Folk Music of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales & America

Welcome to Lesley Nelson-Burns' (aka the Contemplator)'s Folk Music Site.
Folk and Traditional Music and Popular Songs, with Lyrics, Midi, Tune Information and History
behind the folksongs and ballads. Irish, British and American Folk Music
including Francis J. Child Ballads and Sea Shanties.

The background music is Spanish Ladies
Sequenced by Lesley Nelson-Burns

Please be aware that the background midi music will not play in some browsers.
I have updated the code on the pages so that Internet Explorer and Firefox now function. Chrome is still an issue.
And there still may be some glitches (some of the woman-made sort and some of a Chromium sort).
I hope it will eventually be sorted out.

If you wish to use any of these tunes in an archive or on a webpage

If you have questions, please go to the Introduction.

Other Pages on this Site

Folk Music Files

If you are looking for a particular folksong, the fastest way to find it is to use the Search Engine

Lesley's Favorites

Songs Sorted By Country

Flute and Piano Players

Lovers by Gate

Songs of Love: Part One
True Love, Sad and Tragic Love

Songs of Love: Part Two
False Love, Unrequited Love
and Battle of the Sexes

Lullabies, Sad Songs,
Songs of Home, and of
Melancholy and Nostalgia

Songs of the Countryside,
Country Life and Common Folk

waving Farewell


Songs of War

Songs of the Sea

Sailing Ship


Songs of Wastrels, Rascals,
Outlaws, Criminals and Violence

Songs of America

American Homestead


Children's and Nonsense Songs

Folk Music Links

Folk Music Resources

Because of the many requests I receive for information on songbooks and other resources I have become an Amazon Associate (that's the book store type Amazon...) For resources click below to check out

The Contemplator's Folk Music and Carolan Resource Center

The Contemplator's Folk Music Site was established in March 1996

The links on this site were checked on February 26, 2012 and have been fixed. This doesn't mean there aren't any broken links. With nearly 4000 links on these pages, no matter now often I check, there always seem to be some that have rotted.