Posted by: David French | August 16, 2021

Songs from Ireland and Scotland

Listen and singalong with karaoke style video recordings of traditional songs, with scrolling lyrics.

Loch Lomond – Iain Thomson

Possibly one of the best but little known recordings, from CD ‘The Long Road Home’ by Iain Thomson. For geographical and historical information and scenic pictures of Scotland, please see the Slideshare presentation by Evelyn Kurg.

I’ll Tell My Ma – Sláinte

Tanbur Music ‘World Songs” provides 3 versions of this traditional ring game song from Ireland. The first presentation, linking Irish and Scottish, is another fine contribution from The Iain Thomson Band, recorded at An Tobar, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Scotland. The second is a backing track with added “karaoke style” lyrics. The third recording is a trio of lively dances, with lyrics added for number two. “Denis Murphy’s Polka – I’ll Tell Me Ma – John Ryan’s Polka” Irish traditional band Sláinte, “Cup of Tea” January 2000. Sláinte play enjoyable, danceable, and spirited music for people of all ages and the band’s fine singers are combined here with The Tacoma Youth Chorus.

Barnyards of Delgaty – Iain Thomson

There are many variants of this “most famous of all the old Scottish Bothy Ballads” (Wikipedia quote). Included here from the CD ‘The Long Road Home’ with kind permission from Iain Thomson. For more recordings of Bothy Ballads from Aberdeenshire, visit the Aberdeen University project – ELPHINSTONE MAP – Traditional Craft, Traditional Song, Supernatural Tales, Stories of Aberdeenshire Folk. 

Mairi’s Wedding – Sláinte Band with Tacoma Youth Chorus.

In 1934 the song was written in Gaelic by J.R. Bannerman. ‘Gaol mo chridhe-sa Màiri Bhàn’ (‘Love of my heart, blond Mary’). Two years later, Hugh Roberton published “The Lewis Bridal Song” with English words for “Mairi’s Wedding”.

Auld Lang Syne – Tryst

Alternative arrangement of traditional Scottish folk song. The lyrics are from Robert Burns original verses of 1788. The recording is used here with kind permission of Tryst. Backing tracks are provided with 3 part harmonies that are similar to the version by Tryst. This page includes National Geographic ‘The History of Auld Lang Syne’ video together with lyrics of this historical version.  

Auld Lang Syne – Jim Malcolm

This is the tune that everyone knows and to which young people in my various music and other classes have responded well! New Year will have passed by in the holiday, but in Scotland there is the annual Burns Night on or around January 25th. This commemorates the contribution to Scottish culture of the life of bard (poet) Robert Burns. Students like the upbeat feel of a steady drum beat which typically progresses to fast tempo and becomes more pronounced. In contrast, the page includes a second ‘singalong with lyrics’ miniature wiki player that has no tempo change! The United States Navy Band recording features fantastic musicianship, a high quality recording with beautiful brass band sound!

Burghead Sands – Gaberlunzie

Fishing Song from the Moray Coast, Scotland
Live Performance – Gaberlunzie. Burghead is famous for The Druids Well, the Pictish Fort, and the burning of the Clavie each January 11th. What is the meaning of this song? Gordon Menzies explains how Burghead came to be one of his favourite places. It was in the 1970s that he wrote the song. He recalls the day of a Boat Christening at the harbour where “….a child fell into the water. Without hesitation the owner of the new boat jumped into the water and dragged him out. All over in seconds but could have been tragic. Impresses on me the bravery of the fishermen”. The video includes Burghead photos featuring: Burghead Harbour Boats, Calm Sunny Day;

Blue and White Fishing Boat BA 230; Roseisle Bay and Beach on a Calm Summer Evening.

Burghead Sands – Primary School Choir

Burghead Headland has wonderful views back over the town and along the coast, with the sea renowned for porpoises, grey seals, minke whales, shrimps and shoals of small fish. In particular it is the bottle nose dolphins that can be spotted not far from the coastline walk. On a calm day you may spot them swimming along with occasional leaps and somersaults from Findhorn, Roseisle Beach, Burghead Bay, past Hopeman, Covesea, the Lighthouse and on to Lossiemouth. This second recording features Burghead Primary School Choir, Director: Anne Palmer, in a recording from 1991.

Salley Gardens – Sláinte

This famous poem by W. B. Yeats was published in 1889. In the title ‘An Old Song Re-sung’, Yeats refers to the version he heard by an old peasant woman in the village of Ballisodare, Sligo and the first four lines are very similar.

Tanbur Music Education presents three versions from the many hundreds that have been set to music. Version 1 is presented with voice, guitar and fiddle with a Dancing Willow recording from Wikipedia that is Creative Commons with permission to share. The song structure is similar to the version by Sláinte, with just one female voice throughout.

The second version is with music by Sláinte. The song structure is: Intro; verse one, female solo; verse two, duet; instrumental; verse three, duet; outro. This page includes a Slideshare by Raul Sanchez ‘Themes of Love and Heartbreak in selected works of W.B. Yeats’. Poems included are ‘Brown Penny’, ‘The Lady’s First Song’, ‘Down by the Sally Gardens’, ‘No Second Troy’.

Colin Tribe offers ukulele players the chance to download the tab for his version of Salley Gardens “with a touch of Benjamin Britten”. This page includes the link to an intriguing shotgun video presentation by Pennywill that features the flute sound of an electronic wind controller.

Wild Mountain Thyme – Backing track with added lyrics

Pennywill has created a MIDI clarinet / flute version. Further down the page is a link to Elspeth’s vocal with guitar

My Ain Countrie – Elspeth

The song was written by Allan Cunningham.  It is believed to be from the Jacobite times and is the story of a Scottish exile.  The tune is entitled ‘A Gaelic Air’. The lyrics are as performed by Elspeth.

Molly Malone – Collette Reddy

‘She was a fishmonger’ working girl selling fish such as cockles, mussels, oysters and eels. The song explains how ‘She died of a fever’, possibly a reference to the 1882 – 1883 Dublin cholera epidemic that claimed some 50,000 lives. This recording comes from Frank Lennon’s Irish Midi Files. Some audio processing was completed, including adjustments to stereo image, EQ bands, effects. Further details, screen images and follow up music tech experiments with MusEDLab are available on the Molly Malone page.

More Irish and Scottish songs include ‘Lonely Irish Maid’, My Bonnie’, ‘Star of the County Down’ and ‘The Manx Lullaby’. This last mentioned song is not Scottish or Irish but right between the two, from the Isle of Man! Rheyan Sharpe tells the intriguing legend that is linked to this undersea volcano that now lays dormant and is home for 80,000 people.

Coming soon! Listen out for a second ‘Molly Malone’ video with scrolling lyrics on Tanbur Music. Did you enjoy one or more of these videos? Then please leave a message! Also, if you can add a non-copyright and public domain song recording from anywhere in the world, please leave a message here, or as a ‘footprint’ on Tanbur Music!

Posted by: David French | July 31, 2020

Adobe Flash

All flash content deleted from Tanbur Music Education Links, May 2020. Many of the songs; listening and games suitable for Primary School music have totally disappeared.

The good news is that updates for June and July have lots of new content. Lots of songs have been added to the World Music section.

It is possible that Tanbur Music Education Links is currently more suited to Secondary, College and adult students. What do you think?

Posted by: David French | July 26, 2019

Quizzes, folk songs, listening and technology

PITCH PERCEPTION

pitch test

A musical phrase is played twice. But is the second playing the same, or different? This is an advanced listening quiz challenge from Jake Mandell.

MY MUSIC ONLINE

Can you find good quality listening quizzes on the Internet? There are lots here, including all the essential concepts required for music exams.

WHEN I WAS IN JAMAICA

Valerie Walker, singer. Folk song recorded in Chatham, St. James Parish, Jamaica.

Can you fill in gaps where words are missing from the lyrics?

Apart from the singer, what other sounds did the microphones pick up?

What was happening in Colón? 

GUITAR PERFORMANCE

Milos Karadaglic performs “Recuerdos de la Alhambra” by Francisco Tarrega.

MY LOVE IS ON THE HIGH SEAS

Julie Fowlis sings “My Love is on the High Seas” in the Gaelic language “Tha Mo Ghaol Air Àird.”

ABLETON

Music lessons through technology, beginning with drums, bass, chords and melodies.

BURGHEAD SANDS

Come again come again you Burghead men,
To the brocht where you’ll aye belong,
To the druid’s well and the clavie’s smell,
And the oystercatcher’s song

BANYAN TREE

A folk song from Jamaica. This song tells of a time in when there was no electricity.
The moon is shining so its time to dance and sing under the Banyan Tree.

Posted by: David French | June 29, 2019

Music Education Website Links 2019

AudioSauna

One of the many exciting new links featured on Tanbur Music Education Links PLAY 3

AUDIOSAUNA
Studio Production Synthesizer

ABLETON
Music Lessons

BURGHEAD SANDS
Fishing Song

BANYAN TREE
Folk Song from Jamaica

HARMONICS
Play with sounds of the harmonic series

FROZEN
“For the First Time in Forever”

AULD LANG SYNE – JIM MALCOLM
Traditional song for New Year’s Eve

SCOTLAND’S SONGS
Fantastic resource, previously from Education Scotland.

T.I HARRIS
Rapper with high school musicians

BBC YOUNG MUSICIAN 2018
Prokofiev Piano Concerto

BBC YOUNG JAZZ MUSICIAN 2016
Sonrisa by Herbie Hancock

SYNTH BEAT
Qwerty keyboard sounds & drums

SAMPULATOR
Create and record

VIRTUAL KEYBOARD
Updated to flash player version

CHROME MUSIC LAB
Sound experiments

ORCHESTRA GAME FOR KIDS
Featuring the Magic Flute

VIRTUAL KEYBOARD
Lots of sounds

GROOVE PIZZA
Graphics drum controller

ISLE OF TUNE
Create an island that makes music

TOUCH PIANIST
Explore famous pieces by touch

MOZART ANALYSIS
Symphony in G Minor

To explore these links please visit UPDATES

Posted by: David French | April 30, 2017

MUSIC WEBSITES FEATURED APRIL 2017

HAYDN TRPT

 

DRUM MACHINE

Explore the rhythm

GYORGY LIGETI

Piano Works: Video and Score Interactive

IGOR STRAVINSKY

Petroushka ballet: Interactive presentations

PIERRE BOULEZ

Douze Notations

IMOGEN HEAP

Voice and piano

ISHKUR

Guide to Electronic Music

BEETHOVEN

Piano Sonata with score analysis

DUST ECHOES

Aboriginal custom and law

SCHEHERAZADE

Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite

Listen 1 update…

TANBUR

Listen to instruments of the Middle East

PETER AND THE WOLF

Main themes from the piece by Prokofiev

 

Posted by: David French | December 30, 2016

Music Education Website Links 2016

WAGNER

Ride of the Valkyries

INSTRUMENT QUIZ

Fun music interactive for kids

MEET THE MARIACHI

A musical gift from Mexico

PIE JESU – FAURE

Proms 2016 excerpt

BRITANNICA ENCYCLOPEDIA

Fun music questions.

ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

THE BLUES

Wynton Marsalis

ST LOUIS BLUES

W C Handy

FOLK SONG FROM JAMAICA

Colon Man A-Come

MIDEAST TUNES

Music for Social Change.

IRAQI MAQAM

Historic recordings from urban Iraq.

AZERBAIJANI ASHIQ

Saz (tanbur) with poetry, storytelling, songs and dance.

FEATURE SONG VIDEO

Claire Hastings: Come Spend a While Wi’ Me.

SONGHOY BLUES

Group from Mali in Exile.

TANBUR

Improvisations on tanbur, saz, kemençe, ney

PETER AND THE WOLF

Main themes from the piece by Prokofiev

MONK’S DREAM

Performance by 11 year old jazz pianist

BEATBOXING

Rashidi Omari tutorial.

FAMILIES OF INSTRUMENTS

GCSE Bitesize Revision.

INSTRUMENTATION

10 listening questions.

FUR ELISE

Famous piano piece by Beethoven.

MAPLE LEAF RAG

Famous piano piece by Scott Joplin.

FEATURE SONG VIDEO

Charlotte Church – This Bitter Earth

MUSICAL FRACTION BARS

Enjoy the sound of fractions.

FEATURE SONG VIDEO

Adele – Daydreamer

Posted by: David French | January 31, 2016

Jamaica and the Panama Canal

COLON MAN A-COME
Folk Song from Jamaica

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Lyrics of Colon Man A-Come are printed in ‘Mango Walk, Jamaican Folk Songs and Games’ by Ouida Hylton-Tomlinson.

This light-hearted song tells about the Colon Man, returning home from Panama to Jamaica. He is much better off than when he left, as shown by the swagger of a watch chain and smart ‘zoot suit’.

  • Recording details: made around 1984 using a battery cassette tape recorder. Cubase was used (2016) to enhance the audio.
  • Venue and session: ILEA music centre; ‘Caribbean Songs’ in service training for Inner London teachers – mainly English accents!

Please also listen to the version by Cedella Booker Marley (youtube) for that essential Jamaican vibe.

 

 GWINE TO DE BIG JOB

 

“The religious sentiment is strong upon them and as the sun goes down in the waste of waters the wail of hymn tunes sung to the accompaniment of a fiddle and divers mouth organs rises over the whistle of the wind and the rumble of the machinery………..

……..and when their service is ended the United States government is obligated to return them to Jamaica where for a time their money will make them the idols of the markets, lanes and yards.” Willis J. Abbot is writing about the boat journey from from Jamaica to Colon, Panama. He also refers to the earthquake of 1907, Kingston, Jamaica.

Abbot W.L. (1913) Page 22, Panama and the Canal in Pictures and Prose, Syndicate Publishing Company. Internet Archive: archive.org

 

Colon – Bolivar Street

Section of photo 120217 from Postcardmen website

The song has a cheerful and comical feel. In reality though, life for the Colon Man was very tough. Colon was the port of disembarkation for thousands of Jamaican labourers who went to work on the Panama Canal. Risks to life and health included poor living conditions, venomous snakes, dynamite blasts in mountains, drowning in swamps, mud slides in rainy season, railroad accidents, exhaustion and tropical diseases.

panama canal icon for slideshare

Panama Canal 1914 – 2014 Slideshare, guimera, August 2014.
Posted by: David French | December 12, 2015

Play Guitar in Class

pasa full chords

The PLAY GUITAR resources have been tested with whole classes sharing one guitar between two students.  They are intended to be fun and smartboard friendly.

LEARN THE GUITAR

The basics for beginners with 1) parts of the guitar 2) proper guitar handling 3) notes on the guitar 4) guitar chords

TUNE MY GUITAR

Simple to use tool for tuning the six strings.

EL CONDOR PASA

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Famous song from Peru “Oh Condor mighty owner of the sky, take me home, Inca home…” with lyrics derived from La República of Peru, 2004. This version is very useful for learning chords Em, G and C.

TUM BALALAIKA

Presentation includes guitar chord charts for Am, Dm and E.

WHEN LOVE IS KIND – PLAYALONG

Chord charts provided for G, D, D7, Em, Am

NEW WORLD FOR GUITARS

This backing track is simplified and adapted from New World Symphony no. 9 by A. Dvořák.  Do not expect this to sound like the original piece since it is provided for the revision of easy beginner chords C and G, full chords E, Am, Dm.

Students should follow the link to Listening Adventure for a graphic score that follows the entire four movements of Dvořák’s masterpiece.

MEXICAN MIX

Strum easy guitar chords C, G and G7 and full chord D7 with the Mexican Hat Dance and La Cucaracha.

SKYE BOAT SONG

3 versions with the following features:

  • adapted harmonies

  • triple and quadruple time signatures

  • links to Education Scotland for recordings with background information about Culloden.

Posted by: David French | December 8, 2015

Jingle Bells: guitar and karaoke xmas

jingle

Jingle Bells is just one of many Tanbur Education free songs for the teaching of beginner guitar chords in the music classroom. These fun resources are intended to be smartboard friendly, and have been tested with whole classes sharing one guitar between two students.

Beginner guitarists find the key of G major fairly easy. Guitar chord charts feature full chords D, G, Em, A7 and E; the scrolling smiley face bounces in sync with the chords while another section of the screen presents the chorus and verses of the lyrics.

Did you find this resource useful? Please leave a comment!

Technical: For most PCs Adobe flash player will need to be installed. If the platform is Android, you will need to use a flash enabling browser such as Puffin.

Posted by: David French | June 15, 2014

ORCHESTRA FEATURE VIDEOS 2013 – 14

Here are details of latest updates to the orchestra feature, with videos streaming from BBC Proms 2013, Cité de La Musique and TED. Youtube videos are not featured because most students in schools will find these blocked by the educational filter.

MOZART PIANO CONCERTO
The extract is performed by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra with Paul Lewis (piano).
Conductor – Daniel Harding
TOM AND JERRY
A clip from Scott Bradley’s Tom and Jerry at MGM, with the John Wilson Orchestra
MOZART – SYMPHONY 35
The final section of Mozart’s Symphony no 35.
Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia Rome
Conductor – Antonio Pappano
BEETHOVEN’S 5TH
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Excerpt from the first movement of Symphony no. 5 in C Minor
Conductor – Donald Runnicles
BEETHOVEN’S 9TH
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor (excerpt)
Conductor – Vasily Petrenko
BERLIOZ SYMPHONY FANTASTIQUE
The Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France
Hector Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique (extract)
Conductor – Shi-Yeon Sung
THEME FROM DOCTOR WHO
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who
BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the London Philharmonic Choir.
Conductor – Ben Foster
TCHAIKOVSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO
Violin Concerto in D Major Op. 35 Pyotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky (extract)
The Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France
Violin – Julia Fischer
Conductor – Vasily Petrenko
EL SISTEMA
The Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra
Young musicians from the El Sistema music program of Venezuela
Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, 2nd movement
Arturo Márquez’ Danzón No. 2
Conductor – Gustavo Dudamel

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