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Bristol Folk Songs Pack


This pack brings together various songs collected in and around Bristol.  It was devised for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils and their teachers and music coordinators.  There is a strong sea theme with various sea songs and shanties.  There is also a song about fox hunting. 

Each song has teaching notes attached, and you can download the whole pack by clicking on the PDF tab. You can hear and download audio recordings of all the songs by clicking on the audio tab.

This pack is the result of a partnership between The Full English learning programme and Bristol Sings Music who are using this pack with various primary schools in Bristol.

Bristol Sings Music

Bristol Sings Music is the singing strategy for Bristol Plays Music. It aims to enable all children and young people in our schools to access opportunities to sing, and to develop their skills, knowledge and repertoire to maintain provision in the coming years. 

Led by Welsh National Opera, Bristol Sings Music also involves Bristol Plays Music, St George’s Bristol, Sing Up, South West Music School, Drake Music, Making Music, Bristol Choral Society and Bristol Schools' Music Society. The Partnership is passionate about singing in Bristol, bringing together good practice and join up the singing sector.

Leading on the project for Welsh National Opera is project manager Laurie Stewart.  Laurie has working in the field of music education for many years and was formally Sing Up Area Leader for Bristol. She is also a classically trained singer, studying at the Royal College of Music (BMus Hons) and The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (MMus).

Carolyn Robson

Carolyn is a professional singer and musician specialising in traditional folk song and dance.  Her extensive repertoire consists mainly of songs from her native Northumberland and Scotland as well as from other parts of the British Isles. Carolyn is also a qualified teacher and has taught at schools in England, Scotland and Wales.  She has been a consultant for a BBC TV Folk Dance series for schools, and until 1996 she was the Education Officer for the English Folk Dance and Song Society.  Carolyn directs several community choirs and runs workshops at festival and events across the country. 


Roots A Capella

Roots A Capella are a youth choir run by Wren Music in Devon, facilitated by Sarah Owen and Paul Wilson.  They have provided an audio recording for this songs, which is available on the audio tab.


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Note that these links take you to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website which holds the full archival details of the material. Material on the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website is not censored or expurgated and may contain material considered offensive by modern standards.