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Songs from the James Madison Carpenter Folk Collection

This resource shares the ideas and repertoire EFDSS used as part of our Carpenter Folk Online education projects that took place in 2018. Written by Hazel Askew, the resource features a selection of seven diverse folk songs from the many collected by James Madison Carpenter in Britain and the USA from 1928–1935. It is designed to support learning from Key Stage 1–5, and includes audio recordings, notation, comprehensive teaching notes and curriculum links (some items are in preparation and will follow soon!)

An Introduction to the James Madison Carpenter Collection

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  • An Introduction to the James Madison Carpenter Collection
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  • Hard, Hard Times

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  • Sally Jumped Over the Stars

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  • The Old Woman Wrapped Up in a Blanket

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  • The One-O

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  • The Wife of Usher's Well (version A, sung by Thomas McKean)

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  • The Wife of Usher's Well (version B, sung by Hazel Askew)

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  • The Wife of Usher's Well (version C, sung by Gemma Smith Vondras)

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  • Thomas the Rhymer

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  • Thomas the Rhymer (alternative chords and vocal harmony)

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  • Thomas the Rhymer (normal chords)

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  • Thomas the Rhymer (vocal harmony)

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  • Wassail Song

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  • Wassail Song (accompaniment)

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  • Wassail Song (melody)

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Digital Archive records related to this item

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.

Maps on the Full English site related to this item

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.