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Folk Songs of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales
Edited by William Cole
A paperback reprint of my favorite songbook. The arrangements are excellent but not complex. The selection has practically ALL the standards from Greensleeves to Men of Harlech. If I had to choose only one resource, this would be it. This is on backorder, but is available. (I got another copy because my old copy was falling to pieces!)
The Book of Navy Songs
Here it is - the book with Abdul Abulbul Amir, - and countless other of my Dad's (the sea captain) favorites. Not to be missed. This is also currently on backorder at Amazon and may take some weeks to get, but where else can you find two great songs like Abdul Abulbul Amir and Rhyme of the Chivalrous Shark?
Golden Encyclopedia of Folk Music
This is currently on backorder at Amazon and may take some weeks to get. I include it because it is a resource I use a great deal. The arrangements are not as complex as Hopekirk and Sharp.
The Irish Songbook
Compiled and Edited by Joy Graeme
Music by The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem. Includes many traditional tunes as well as new music and words by The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem. This is on backorder but my copy arrived in a couple of weeks. Easy arrangements, great music.
Seventy Scottish Songs
Originally done in 1905 by Helen Hopekirk. Many lesser known as well as standards. Excellent piano arrangements.
By Carl Sandburg and Garrison Keillor
A large book, a reference book more than songbook but there are piano arrangements for many tunes. Guess you could copy them and put the music on the piano... Great information.
One Hundred English Folksongs
by Cecil Sharp. A fantastic resource of excellent piano arrangements and tune information.
Songs of the British Isles
by Jerry Silverman
Easy piano/vocal arrangements, good information. With selections like Benbow, Captain Kidd, Cruel War, Lilibulero, Vicar of Bray, Croppy Boy, Old Orange Flute, Johnnie Cope, MacPherson's Farewell, Maid of Llanwellyn and the like.
Songs of Ireland
by Jerry Silverman
Mostly single line melodies. Great information.
From Sea to Shining Sea
"A Treasury of American Folklore and Folksongs"
Folklore tales and folksongs. Great for young children. Most are fairly easy piano arrangements and it's illustrated by Caldecott Award Winners.