Folk song from Connecticut, USA, originating from England. Verse and chorus alternating – to be sung by two different groups.
Traditional gospel and liberation song from America. Many different versions sung by choirs, acapella groups, folk and protest singers. I love the arrangement by Bernice Reagan Johnson. This is an extremely simple version.
Suitable for KEY STAGE 2 to adult.
score | Audio complete arrangement | melody line | harmony line
Originally a skiffle/bluegrass song from the US which has been adapted to almost every style. Very popular. You can bring in all the different instruments and make up new categories – beatboxers, walkin’ bass, plinky-plonk piano – etc. Easy to add percussion to and mimic the sounds of the instruments.
This is a jazz variation on the tune with a really easy accompaniment.
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Beth Allen says: “This is an old African American folk song that evolved from a plantation dance. It is closely linked to Hambone and is often found together in collections. Juba became a common name for African Americans who were talented at singing or dancing in the 19th century. The most famous was William Henry Lane or Master Juba, who combined African derived and European dances in his performances, including Irish jigs. He is now seen by many as the originator of tap dance.” Suitable for Key Stage 1, 2, and 3
A song from Louisiana, US, about having to go and do chores. Possibly sung by servants dancing in a ring round a tree.