Starter Guide for Folk Music

If you knew me when I was Director of Youth Formation at St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church you might remember learning lots of different folksongs, some recorded by me, friends, and my siblings.

Here is an alphabetical list of the songs, with as many linked to a good recording or version so you can listen. Concerning the visuals associated with the links, I promise only that they are wholesome and clean, but not necessarily interesting. Words will be coming . . .
Names in parentheses refer to performers.

Admiral Benbow
All Around My Hat (Steeleye Span)
Annie Laurie (Mitch Miller--recording scratchy but good)
As I Went Down to the River to Pray (Alison Krauss)
Auld Lang Syne
Auld Lang Syne (The Cast) (different tune)
Auld Triangle (Pogues) or try High Kings Version
Big Strong Man (Wolfe Tones)
Bonny Moorhen (Steeleye Span)
Bound for South Australia (Makem & Clancy brothers)
By the Waters of Babylon
Cannonball (Clandestine)
Cap in Hand (The Proclaimers)
Came Ye O’er Frae France (Steeleye Span)
Cruel War (Stagecoach)
Dooley (The Dillards)
Eliza Lee (Stagecoach)
Even If I Drown (Moore Blood)
Farewell to Fiunary (Tannahill Weavers)
Fields of Athenry (Dubliners)
Finnegan’s Wake
Foggy Dew (The Wolfe Tones)
Four Green Fields (Tommy Makem & Clancy Brothers)
Freight Train Blues (Peggy Seeger)
Girls Along the Road (Patrick Street)
Greenland Whale Fisheries
Gulf Coast Highway (Nanci Griffiths)
Hard Times (Amy Miller & Carson Hudson) (I play it faster, however)
Hay-Wrap (Saw Doctors)
Ho Presso La Chitarra
I Courted a Sailor (Kate Rusby)
I Remember the First Time I Drove Through Indiana (The Samples)
I’ll Fly Away (Alison Krauss)
I’m Goin’ to the West (Peggy Seeger)
I’ve Been Working on the Railroad
Jesus-Christ, the Apple Tree (no music but a link to the version you should get)
Johnnie Cope (Tannahill Weavers)
Johnny-Jump-Up (Gaelic Storm)
Just a Song at Twilight (Deanna Durbin) It's also beautiful sung like the blues.
Leaving of Liverpool (Dubliners)
Let Me Fall (Foghorn)
Loch Lomond (Corries) (slightly different lyrics than I'm used to, but still . . . )
MacPherson’s Rant (Corries)
My Comrade (St. Gregory's Academy performing this during a promo video)
N17 (Saw Doctors)
Nancy Whiskey
North Country Fair (Bob Dylan; try also Altan's version)
New York Girls (Steeleye Span)
O Shenandoah (Stagecoach)
Pastures of Plenty (Solas)
Patriot Game (Tommy Makem)
Police (Foghorn)
Rambles of Spring (Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem)
Red is the Rose
Roisin the Bow (The Dubliners)
Rising of the Moon (Clancy Brothers)
Sailing for America (Stagecoach)
Sally Jo (Ricky Skaggs)
Sam Hall (Dubliners)
Shady Grove (Leela & Ellie Grace--only one verse but enough to give you the tune)
Singing the Travels (Maddy Prior) (link is to Rhapsody which gives you a free 1st 25 listens)
Skye Boat Song (Corries)
Spanish Ladies
Spanish Lady (Gaelic Storm)
Streets of Laredo (Johnny Cash)
Steel Rail Blues (Gordon Lightfoot)
Sundown (Leela & Ellie Grace)
Tell Me Ma (North Sea Gas--a sample but enough to give you the tune, try also Gaelic Storm)
Ten Thousand Miles (Altan)
The Ballad of St. Anne’s Reel (Dubliners)
The Broom of the Cowdenknowes (Liam Clancey)
The Dark Night of the Soul (Loreena McKennit)
The Dutchman (Tommy Makem & the Clancy Brothers)
The Galway Shawl (Dubliners)
The Holy Ground (The High Kings)
The King (Steeleye Span)
The Meeting of the Waters (Stagecoach)
The Minstrel Boy (Tommy Makem)
The Moonshiner (Bill Craig)
The Parting Glass (Makem tune)
The Parting Glass (Ned Devine tune)
The Ploughboy and the Cockney (Steeleye Span)
The Rattlin’ Bog (Squeeze of Scotch)
The Sally Gardens (Makem & Clancy)
The Star of the County Down (Orthodox Celts)
The Town of Springhill (or "Springhill Mining Disaster," Dubliners)
The Water is Wide (Karla Bonoff)
Two Sisters (Clannad)
Wagon Wheel (Old Crow Medicine Show--but don't watch the video, uggh.)
Wha Wadna Fecht fer Charlie (Corries)
Wae’s Me For Prince Charlie (Stagecoach)
Waltzing Matilda (Slim Dusty, but here is another wonderful instrumental version)
We Are Soldiers in the Army
Whack Fol the Diddle (The Dubliners)
When You and I Were Young, Maggie
Whiskey in the Jar (Dubliners)
Wild Rover (Dubliners)
Will Ye Go Lassie Go? (Corries, who call it "Wild Mountain Thyme")
Will Ye No Come Back Again? (Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem)



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