Folksongs + Books

We like to read books that enhance our folksong studies. Some books set the song texts to music, some give historical background, and some are just plain fun. This list is updated regularly. We hope you find some new favorite songs and books!

Favorites from 2021

Henry VIII, I Am & Pastime With Good Company YouTube & YouTube

When we reached the chapters about Henry VIII in Our Island Story, we chose both of these songs to learn. The first is fun, not historically correct, and not a folksong. 🙂 The second is a song actually written by Henry VIII!

Joseph had a Little OvercoatYouTube

The book includes the sheet music at the end. You can find YouTube videos of this version, but we liked the version we linked to above a little better.

The Wellerman (Sea Shanty) • YouTubeSheet Music

Favorites from 2020

Follow the Drinking GourdYouTubeSheet Music

The Erie Canal SongYouTubeSheet Music

Favorites from 2019

This Land is Your LandYouTube