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American Folk Music
Geoff Grainger
Last updated: 21.01.22
Yankee Doodle (Wilfried's Favourite!)
At the present time I don't sing these songs very often. Whilst still in the Idle Fellows, Wilfried Drygala, who was especially interested in and had a wide knowledge of American folk music, and Brian Kelly sung them mostly, my part being limited to looking intelligent and providing an unobtrusive backing. "Banks of the Ohio" is well known in Germany and that is probably the song that I now sing the most.
My first recollections of American folk music outside school and the family concern Burl Ives who I quite enjoyed as a child. Another source was a class-mate at grammar school who was a Lonnie Donegan fan (an English skiffle and jazz musician, popular in the 1950's) and an imitator. I well remember him entertaining us with the latest hits such as "Rock Island Line", "The Wabash Cannon Ball" et al during lunch breaks and we, the keen listeners, joining heartily in the choruses.

Geoff Grainger, Bremen-Vegesack, January 2001

  Title Composer Performer Instruments/Issue Remarks
           
  MP3 File(s   
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  Midi File(s)   
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audiomidi15.gif Beautiful Dreamer Unknown Midi sm15.gif
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audiomidi15.gif Donna, Donna Unknown Midi sm15.gif
audiomidi15.gif Froggie went a-courtin Unknown Midi sm15.gif
audiomidi15.gif I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen Unknown Midi sm15.gif
audiomidi15.gif Pick a bale of cotton Unknown Midi sm15.gif
audiomidi15.gif She'll be coming round the mountain Unknown Midi sm15.gif
audiomidi15.gif Skip to my Lou Unknown Midi sm15.gif
audiomidi15.gif Sweet Genevieve Unknown Midi sm15.gif
audiomidi15.gif There is a house in New Orleans Unknown Midi sm15.gif
audiomidi15.gif Way down upon the Swanee River Unknown Midi sm15.gif
audiomidi15.gif When Johnny comes marching home Unknown Midi sm15.gif
audiomidi15.gif Yankee Doodle Unknown Midi sm15.gif
     Title Audio Files Remarks
       
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flag15us.gif Arkansas Traveler  audioextmp315.gifaudiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Asleep in the Deep   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Banks of the Ohio   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Beautiful Dreamer  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Big Rock Candy Mountain, The   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Black is the color of my true love's hair   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Blowin' in the wind   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Blue Moon   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Bridge Over Troubled Water   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Bye Bye Blues   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Camptown Races   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Careless Love   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Clementine  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Corinna   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif  Cripple Creek   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Cumberland Gap   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Devil and the farmer's wife, The   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Devilish Mary   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Donna, Donna  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Dust in the Wind   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif El Paso   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Elements, The   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Erie Canal   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Every night when the sun goes in   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Farewell Angelina   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Farmer is the man, The   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Four Walls   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Froggie went a-courtin  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Go to Work on Monday   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Goodnight Sweetheart   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif  Grandfather's Clock   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Guy is Guy, A   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Home in Pasadena   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif I hold your hand in mine dear   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gifpdf15.gif
flag15us.gif I'm a getting ready to go   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif If I had a hammer   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Irish Ballad, The   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Jeanie with the light brown hair   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Joe Bowers   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Joe Hill   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif John Riley   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Lemon Tree   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Music! Music! Music!   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Nellie Gray   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Oh, Susanna   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif  Ol' Man River   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Old Rustic Bridge, The   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Pick a bale of cotton  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Prohibition Blues   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Puff the magic dragon   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Shawneetown   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif She'll be coming round the mountain  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Skip to my Lou  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Sound of silence   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Summertime   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Sweet Betsy   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Sweet Genevieve  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Sweet Georgia Brown   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Tea for Two   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif There is a house in New Orleans  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Universal Soldier, The   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif  Wabash Cannon Ball, The   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Way down upon the Swanee River  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Wayfaring stranger   nscore.gifnlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif We shall overcome   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif When Johnny comes marching home  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Where have all the flowers gone   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Working on the New Railroad   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Wreck of the Number Nine, The   nlyrics.gif
flag15us.gif Yankee Doodle  audiomidi15.gif nlyrics.gif
     Title Performer Song
       
youtube15.jpg A Guy is Guy (2:42) Dorris Day A Guy is Guy
youtube15.jpg Arkansas Traveler (2:37) Pete Seeger Arkansas Traveler
youtube15.jpg Asleep in the Deep (1897) (4:07) Fred Feild Asleep in the Deep
youtube15.jpg Asleep in the Deep (1930) (6:13) Peter Dawson Asleep in the Deep
youtube15.jpg Banks of the Ohio (3:13) Olivia Newton-John Banks of the Ohio
youtube15.jpg Beautiful Dreamer (3:24) Jonathan Guyot Smith & Stephen Sasloe Beautiful Dreamer
youtube15.jpg Big Rock Candy Mountain (2:36) Burl Ives The Big Rock Candy Mountain
youtube15.jpg Bix Beiderbecke - Ol' Man River (3:11) Bix Beiderbecke Ol' Man River
youtube15.jpg Black is the color of my true love's hair (2:48) Joan Baez Black is the color of my true love's hair
youtube15.jpg  Blowin' in the wind (2:37) Bob Dylan Blowin' in the wind
youtube15.jpg Blue Moon (3:17) Ella Fitzgerald Blue Moon
youtube15.jpg Bridge Over Troubled Water (4:53) Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water
youtube15.jpg Cripple Creek (2:56) Billy Connolly Cripple Creek
youtube15.jpg Devil and the farmer's wife (3:46) Atwater Donnelly Trio The Devil and the farmer's wife
youtube15.jpg Devilish Mary (1:16) Pete Seeger Devilish Mary
youtube15.jpg Donna Donna (3:20) Joan Baez Donna, Donna
youtube15.jpg Dust in the Wind (4:24) Kansas Dust in the Wind
youtube15.jpg El Paso (4:43) Marty Robbins El Paso
youtube15.jpg Every night when the sun goes in (2:44) Shelby Flint Every night when the sun goes in
youtube15.jpg  Farewell Angelina - 1965 (3:16) Joan Baez Farewell Angelina
youtube15.jpg The Farmer is the man (1:47) Pete Seeger The Farmer is the man
youtube15.jpg Four Walls (2:30) Jim Reeves Four Walls
youtube15.jpg George Lewis and Acker Bilk - Corine Corinna - May 1965 (3:33) Acker Bilk Corinna
youtube15.jpg Go to Work on Monday (5:52) Roy Bailey Go to Work on Monday
youtube15.jpg Goodnight Sweetheart (1:51) Psycho-Chor der FSU Jena Goodnight Sweetheart
youtube15.jpg Grandfather's Clock (2:23) Burl Ives Grandfather's Clock
youtube15.jpg Home in Pasadena (3:07) The Temperance Seven Home in Pasadena
youtube15.jpg House of the Rising Sun - 1960 (2:58) Joan Baez There is a house in New Orleans
youtube15.jpg I hold your hand in mine dear (2;24) Tom Lehrer I hold your hand in mine dear
youtube15.jpg  I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen (3:12) Josef Locke I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen
youtube15.jpg I'm a getting ready to go (2:57) Riley Pucket I'm a getting ready to go
youtube15.jpg If I had a hammer (1:58) Peter Paul and Mary If I had a hammer
youtube15.jpg If I Had A Hammer (1956) (2:30) Pete Seeger If I had a hammer
youtube15.jpg The Irish Ballad (5:28) Tom Lehrer The Irish Ballad
youtube15.jpg Jeanie with the light brown hair (3:01) John McCormack Jeanie with the light brown hair
youtube15.jpg Joe Bowers (4:56) Pat 'N Rob Joe Bowers
youtube15.jpg Joe Hill (3:24) Joan Baez Joe Hill
youtube15.jpg John Riley (3:50) Joan Baez John Riley
youtube15.jpg Lemon Tree (2:56) Peter Paul and Mary Lemon Tree
youtube15.jpg  Lemon Tree (2:56) Peter Paul and Mary Lemon Tree
youtube15.jpg Lonnie Donegan - Cumberland Gap (2:03) Lonnie Donegan Cumberland Gap
youtube15.jpg Mr. Froggie Went A-Courtin (3:02) Burl Ives Froggie went a-courtin
youtube15.jpg Nellie Gray (4:53) Tom Roush Nellie Gray
youtube15.jpg Odetta - House of the Rising Sun (3:16) Odetta There is a house in New Orleans
youtube15.jpg Odetta - The Waterboy (1954) (4:05) Odetta
youtube15.jpg Oh my darling Clementine (2:15) The Sweptaways Clementine
youtube15.jpg Oh, Susanna (3:02) Tom Roush Oh, Susanna
youtube15.jpg Ol' Man River (4:18) Paul Robeson Ol' Man River
youtube15.jpg Pick a bale of cotton (2:54) Lonnie Donegan Pick a bale of cotton
youtube15.jpg  Prohibition Blues performed by Nora Bayes (3:10) Nora Bayes Prohibition Blues
youtube15.jpg Puff the magic dragon (3:50) Peter Paul and Mary Puff the magic dragon
youtube15.jpg Shawneetown (4:25) Chris Vallillo Shawneetown
youtube15.jpg She'll be coming round the mountain (1:49) ListenAndReadAlong She'll be coming round the mountain
youtube15.jpg Skip to my Lou (4:44) Pete Seeger Skip to my Lou
youtube15.jpg Skip to My Lou (1:26) Wally Whyton Skip to my Lou
youtube15.jpg Sound of silence (3:05) Simon and Garfunkel Sound of silence
youtube15.jpg Sweet Betsy (3:18) Johnny Cash Sweet Betsy
youtube15.jpg Sweet Genevieve (1:59) Charles Elmer Szabo, Sweet Genevieve
youtube15.jpg Sweet Georgia Brown (4:17) Louis Armstrong Sweet Georgia Brown
youtube15.jpg  Sweet Georgia Brown (3:10) Ella Fitzgerald Sweet Georgia Brown
youtube15.jpg Tea for Two (3:50) Anita O'Day Tea for Two
youtube15.jpg The Alcoholic Blues (3:46) Sheet Music Singer The Alcoholic Blues
youtube15.jpg The Elements (3:02) Tom Lehrer The Elements
youtube15.jpg The Old Rustic Bridge (2:55) Daniel O'Donnell The Old Rustic Bridge
youtube15.jpg The Universal Soldier (2:29) Buffy Saint-Marie The Universal Soldier
youtube15.jpg There is a house in New Orleans (5:15) Bob Dylan There is a house in New Orleans
youtube15.jpg This Land Is Your Land (2:18) Woodie Guthrie
youtube15.jpg Vipers Skiffle Group (Live 1957) (2:28) Wally Whyton Pick a bale of cotton
youtube15.jpg The Wabash Cannon Ball (2:37) Roy Acuff The Wabash Cannon Ball
youtube15.jpg  Way down upon the Swanee River (3:15) Paul Robeson Way down upon the Swanee River
youtube15.jpg Wayfaring stranger (4:30) Joan Baez Wayfaring stranger
youtube15.jpg Berlin, DDR, 1967 We Shall Overcome (3:42) Pete Seeger We shall overcome
youtube15.jpg When Johnny comes marching home (3:34) Bobby Horton When Johnny comes marching home
youtube15.jpg Where Have all the Flowers Gone (1:57) Pete Seeger Where have all the flowers gone
youtube15.jpg Working on the New Railroad (6:11) Joe Hickerson, Working on the New Railroad
youtube15.jpg The Wreck of the Number Nine (2:23) Jim Reeves The Wreck of the Number Nine
youtube15.jpg Yankee Doodle (2:47) ListenAndReadAlong Yankee Doodle