Welcome to Lesley Nelson's
Folk Music

of England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and America

Tunes, Lyrics and Historical Information

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

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The following links go to UNFRAMED pages. The list of songs to the left will open the linked song in this frame.

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[Use of Tunes]
Read this if you want to use any of the midi files.

[Popular Songs in American History]
[Francis J. Child Ballads]
[Songs of the Sea]
[Turlough O'Carolan]
[Taylor's Traditional Tunebook]
[Contemplator's Short History Pages]
[Contemplator's Folk Microencyclopedia]
[Resource Center]

The reorganization is almost complete. Please bear with a few broken links. There is still some link verification to be done.

If you are looking for a particular tune or want to view the tunes of just one particular country, use the Search Engine. You can search for a title or a phrase or words within a song or by country - make sure to read the instructions if you have not searched this site before.
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  • All of the pages with songs sorted by country are complete. The songs are sorted by century on the American, England, Scotland and Ireland pages. These pages can be reached through the Songs at this Site Sorted by Country (what a catchy title!) Page.

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    Folk Resource Center