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Bobby Shafto

Traditional English Folk Song

Robert Shafto (sometimes spelt Shaftoe) (circa 1732 24 November 1797) was British politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1760 and 1790. He was the likely subject of a famous North East English folk song and nursery rhyme "Bobby Shafto's Gone to Sea". The song is said to relate the story of how he broke the heart of Bridget Belasyse of Brancepeth Castle, County Durham, where his brother Thomas was rector, when he married Anne Duncombe of Duncombe Park in Yorkshire. Bridget Belasyse is said to have died two weeks after hearing the news, although other sources claim that she died a fortnight before the wedding of pulmonary tuberculosis.

    Release Date: 1732


Bobby Shafto

Bobby Shafto

Now available in an accessible SAB voicing! Taking its name from an 18th century MP, this English ditty is cleverly arranged for a light-hearted encore or folk selection. Including several musical twists, the arrangement is accessible for smaller mixed choirs in school and community.

Voicing: SAB



Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Daryl Runswick : Five English Folksongs : SATB : 01 Songbook : 073999180022 : 08718002

Daryl Runswick : Five English Folksongs

From the Faber Choral Programme Series. Each volume presents a group or groups of compatible pieces designed to form the basis of a "block" within a choral concert program. Imaginative, versatile and a wonderful addition to SATB concert repertoire.

Songlist: Bobby Shafto, Dance To Your Daddy (Dance To Thy Daddy), The Frog And The Crow, Scarborough Fair, She Moved Through The Fair

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Voicing: SATB | 9540b | Songbook | $3.95 | A Cappella


Jo McNally : Young Voiceworks 32 Songs for Young Singers : Kids : Songbook & 2 CDs : 9780193435551

Jo McNally : Young Voiceworks 32 Songs for Young Singers

Young Voiceworks is an exciting collection of songs to help young singers and their leaders grow together musically and develop healthy voices for a lifetime of singing and pleasurable music-making. The songs teach basic musical concepts for primary-aged children and make up a 'working repertoire' that can be revisited throughout the primary school years. The songs are short, fun to sing, and accessible. Teachers and singing leaders at all stages will find these songs a useful addition to their concert programmes and music curriculum.

Songlist: Section 1: Move that Voice, Mr Wiggly and Mr Waggly, Miss Mary Mack, Naughty Pussy Cat, The Mill Wheel and the Snail, Squirrel Songs, Bobby Shafto, Old King Glory, Chicken on a Fencepost, Section 2: Keep the Beat, Warm Up and Stomp Canon, Indian Drum and Grinding Corn, On a Log, Fun Mje Alafia and Canoe Song, I Got A Letter this Morning, Section 3: The Singing Voice, Great Big House, Cupboard Key, I See the Moon, Ebeneezer Sneezer, Two Night Time Songs, Rabbits, Sweep Away, You'll Sing a Song, Section: 4 Songs from Many Cultures, Two Welcome Songs, White Banana, Chanda Mama, Ali Baba, Oranges and Lemons, and more

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Voicing: Kids | 9557b | Songbook & 2 CDs | $47.95


John Rutter (editor) : Folk Songs For Choirs Vol 1 : SATB : 01 Songbook : 9780193437180

John Rutter (editor) : Folk Songs For Choirs Vol 1

Editied by John Rutter these songs come from the British Isles and North America, ranging widely in regional origin and character.

Songlist: Among the Leaves so Green, O, Bushes and Briars, Black Sheep , Bobby Shafto, Dashing Away With The Smoothing Iron, Early One Morning, Greensleeves, Londonderry Air , My Sweetheart's like Venus, O Waly, Waly, She's Like the Swallow, Sourwood Mountain

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Voicing: SATB | 6606b | Songbook | $22.95 | A Cappella


King's Singers : Folk Songs : Mixed 5-8 Parts : 01 Songbook : 08740128

King's Singers : Folk Songs

In celebration of the King's Singers anniversary, this is a beautiful collection, complete with photos and stories from members of the King's Singers over the years. This makes for enjoyable reading as well a interesting singing. SATB Octavo.

Songlist: Im Herbst, Bobby Shafto, Dance To Thy Daddy, O My Love Is Like A Red, Red Rose, Barbara Allen, Early One Morning, Migildi Magildi, She Moved Through The Fair, The Oak And The Ash, Nae Luck About The House, Londonderry Air, Glossary

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Voicing: Mixed 5-8 Parts | Performed by King's Singers | 6119b | Songbook | $7.95 | A Cappella


Robert Latham : Classic English Folksongs : SSA : Songbook : 9780571571857 : 12-0571571859

Robert Latham : Classic English Folksongs

This collection of folk songs is perfect for any choir looking for fresh arrangements of old favorites. It collects six classics from the English folk song heritage expertly arranged by Robert Latham. The pieces can be used either as part of a program or as a complete set, they are sure to be a hit with choirs and audiences alike.

Songlist: Bobby Shafto, The Turtle Dove, Scarborough Fair, Greensleeves, O No, John!, Oh Soldier Soldier

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Voicing: SSA | 40798b | Songbook | $7.50 | A Cappella


Sir David Willcocks : Five English Folk Songs : SAATBB 6 Parts : 01 Songbook : David Willcocks : 9780193438361 : 9780193438361

Sir David Willcocks : Five English Folk Songs

A fine collection of traditional British folks songs arranged for unaccompanied voices by Sir David Wilcocks which were originally performed by the Choral Scholars of King's College, Cambridge.

Songlist: The Lass Of Richmond Hill, Barbara Allen, Drink To Me Only, Early One Morning, Bobby Shafto

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Voicing: SAATBB 6 Parts | 9641b | Songbook | $14.95 | A Cappella


Individual Folios

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Bobby Shafto : SATB : Philip Lawson : Songbook : 00124161 : 884088964061

Philip Lawson : Bobby Shafto

Taking its name from an 18th century MP, this English ditty is cleverly arranged for a light-hearted encore or folk selection. Including several musical twists, the arrangement is accessible for smaller mixed choirs with an optional tenor part.

Arranger: Philip Lawson | Country: England

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00124161


Bobby Shafto : SAB : Philip Lawson : Sheet Music : 00158601 : 888680613259

Philip Lawson : Bobby Shafto

Now available in an accessible SAB voicing! Taking its name from an 18th century MP, this English ditty is cleverly arranged for a light-hearted encore or folk selection. Including several musical twists, the arrangement is accessible for smaller mixed choirs in school and community.

Arranger: Philip Lawson | Country: England

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00158601


Bobby Shafto : SAB : Greg Gilpin : Sheet Music : 00292601 : 888680931124 : 1540050114

Greg Gilpin : Bobby Shafto

From northern England comes this delightful folk song that works well for both mixed and women's choirs. A bright bouncy piano accompaniment, rhythmic vocal lines and humorous text create a lively arrangement that's fast and fun. Your singers will love discovering the frolicking character of Bobby Shafto!

Arranger: Greg Gilpin | Country: England

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00292601


Bobby Shafto : SSA : Greg Gilpin : Sheet Music : 00298359 : 888680952044 : 1540058379

Greg Gilpin : Bobby Shafto

From northern England comes this delightful folk song that works well for both mixed and women's choirs. A bright bouncy piano accompaniment, rhythmic vocal lines and humorous text create a lively arrangement that's fast and fun. Your singers will love discovering the frolicking character of Bobby Shafto!

Arranger: Greg Gilpin

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00298359

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