Preece Music

Classical arrangements by Thomas Preece

British and Irish Folk Songs

Book cover: British and Irish Folk Songs

The music in this book has been chosen to give a broad cross-section of British and Irish folk traditions, all arranged for ocarina. You will find 35 songs from all parts of Great Britain and Ireland, some very well known and some less so, covering a wide range of styles and subjects: love songs, lullabies, songs about war, betrayal and death, and so forth. Every song represents a reality of daily life for our ancestors. The one common factor in this collection is that they all fit within the range of the ocarina.

This book is suitable for all pendant, transverse or inline ocarinas that can play a full scale. Ocarinas with 4 holes can play at least twelve of these songs; ocarinas with 6 or 10 holes can play most of them; and ocarinas with 12 holes can play all of the arrangements. The tunes can also be played on almost any other treble-clef instrument, and are presented with lyrics and chord symbols for accompaniment on guitar or ukulele.


I’ve made videos of some of my folk song arrangements, which you can enjoy below. All of the videos are based on arrangements from this book, although not all of them are played on ocarinas. Subscribe to my YouTube channel to see new videos as they get released.

Arrangements In This Book

  • Ar Hyd Y Nos (All Through the Night)
  • Blackbirds and Thrushes
  • The Black Velvet Band
  • Blow Away the Morning Dew
  • Bruton Town
  • Bugeilio’r Gwenith Gwyn (Watching the White Wheat)
  • Ca’ the Yowes to the Knowes
  • Down by the Salley Gardens
  • Down in Yon Forest
  • Early One Morning
  • Erin’s Lovely Home
  • An Eriskay Love Lilt
  • Geordie
  • The Hazel by the River
  • I Gave My Love a Cherry (The Riddle Song)
  • I Have a Bonnet Trimmed With Blue
  • I Know Where I’m Going
  • Jenny Jones
  • John Anderson, My Jo
  • The Lincolnshire Poacher
  • Llwyn Onn (The Ash Grove)
  • Lovely Joan
  • Molly Malone (Cockles and Mussels)
  • My Love’s an Arbutus
  • My Singing Bird
  • Scarborough Fair
  • The Seeds of Love
  • Seventeen Come Sunday
  • She Moved Through the Fair
  • Skye Boat Song
  • Spencer the Rover
  • Sou Gân (Lullaby)
  • Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
  • The Water is Wide (Oh Waly, Waly)
  • Y Fwyalchen (The Blackbird)
  • Three Rounds:
    • Ah, Poor Bird
    • Hey Ho, Nobody Home
    • Rose, Rose

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