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The Cuckoo

"The Cuckoo" is a traditional English folk song, also sung in the United States, Canada, Scotland and Ireland. It has been covered by many musicians in several different styles. An early notable recorded version was performed by Appalachian folk musician Clarence Ashley with a unique banjo tuning. The song is known by many names, including "The Coo-Coo", "The Coo-Coo Bird", "The Cuckoo Bird", "The Cuckoo Is A Pretty Bird", "The Evening Meeting", "The Unconstant Lover, Bunclody" and "Going to Georgia".



The Cuckoo

The Cuckoo

Premiered at the 2008 ACDA Eastern Division Conference, this lively and playful arrangement of an American folk tune will be an excellent feature for young mixed choirs. The scat-like middle section adds to the fun. Duration: ca. 3:00.

Voicing: SAB



Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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John Rutter : The Sprig of Thyme : SATB : 01 Songbook : John Rutter : 9780193380615

John Rutter : The Sprig of Thyme

Featured on the Cambridge Singers' album of the same name, 'The Sprig of Thyme' is a beautiful cycle of folk-song settings, each setting giving plenty of opportunity for different voices in your choir the opportunity to shine!

Songlist: The Bold Grenadier, The Keel Row, The Willow Tree, The Sprig Of Thyme, Down By The Sally Gardens, The Cuckoo, I Know Where I'm Going, Willow Song, O Can Ye Sew Cushions, Afton Water, The Miller Of Dee

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Voicing: SATB | 9362b | Songbook | $13.95 | Accompanied


Various Arrangers : American Folk Songs Vol 2 : SATB : Sheet Music

Various Arrangers : American Folk Songs Vol 2

This excellent collection of songs is sure to add some wonderful breadth to your choir's folk music repertoire. 'Bagels & Biscuits' is an exciting piece that should be performed with fun, laughter, and abondon; it includes a solo in the middle of the song that can be sung by either a tenor or soprano. Stephen Foster wrote 'Camptown Races' for a minstrel show around 1850, subtitling it 'Gwine to Run All Night' and composing the text in a minstrel-show dialect. This standard english version, by Melinda Bargreen, pays great tribute to the original. 'The Cuckoo' is a simple mountain ballad and should be sung in a flowing, legato style. The pianisimos in measures 10 and 25 are to remind singers not to "pounce" on the melodic leaps, but rather to maintain the quiet reflective mood of the song. Inspired by stories of Sudanese basket weavers, 'Famine Song' exprresses the pain and hope experienced by those in the famine of the 1980s. In the midst of hardship, a wonderful new sense of creativity emerged when women began weaving baskets as a means of survival. Central to the song is a section of improvisation over shifting chors - VIDA's (the folk vocal group who wrote this piece) recorded improvisation is written as a guide on the top of the staves. VIDA saw the two improvising voices as the voices of women from other cultures raised in empathy.

Songlist: Bagels & Biscuits, Camptown Races, The Cuckoo, Famine Song

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Voicing: SATB | 9453b | Sheet Music | $6.95 | A Cappella


William Applby : Firsts and Seconds : SA : Songbook : 9780193870857 : 9780193870857

William Applby : Firsts and Seconds

Rounds and canons drawn from the folk and classical repertoire provide an introduction to two-part singing.

Songlist: Canon, The Cuckoo , All who sing, and wish to please, The hart he loves the high wood, Now we are met, Haste thee, nymph, The Sandman, Blow the Wind Southerly, The Miller's Flowers, The Shepherd, Scotland, and Charlie?, Sweet Kate, Summer, How merrily we live, The Loadstars, Ho-la-hi, Song of Farewell, Li'l David, play on yo'harp, Cielito Lindo

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Voicing: SA | 40566b | Songbook | $11.25


Cambridge Singers : The Sprig of Thyme : 00  1 CD : John Rutter : 517

Cambridge Singers : The Sprig of Thyme

"For children growing up in postwar England as I did, traditional songs still form a common musical currency. These songs brought me delight and pleasure then, and they still do now, though pleasure has become tinged with nostalgia because, for the most part, they are forgotten and gone from our lives, perhaps forever. This album is an affectionate tribute to their composers and poets; a few were renowned, most were obscure or unknown, but the songs they created were famous, and I remember them fondly." - John Rutter

Songlist: The Bold Grenadier, The Keel Row, The Willow Tree, The Sprig Of Thyme, Down By The Sally Gardens, The Cuckoo, I Know Where I'm Going, Willow Song, O Can You Sew Cushions, The Miller Of Dee, Im Herbst, The Girl I Left Behind Me, O Waly, Waly, The British Grenadiers, Golden Slumbers, Dashing Away With The Smoothing Iron, The Lark In The Clear Air, She's Like The Swallow, Searching For The Lambs, The Dark Eyed Sailor, The Spring Time Of The Year, Just As The Tide Was Flowing, The Lover' Ghost, Wassail Song, She Moved Through The Fair

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7972c | 1 CD | $11.98


Cockersdale : Wide Open Skies : 00  1 CD : FECD 123

Cockersdale : Wide Open Skies

The folk music of England and its former colonies is a colorful patchwork of history, past and present. Not the least bit refined or pretentious, its primary elements are simple and fundamental, as is its style. These are tunes that anyone can sing or harmonize to, while hoisting a pitcher of ale. Many tell stories, such as "Sykehouse Bridge," about a company town and its industrial origins, or "Barratt's Privateers," about "a broken man on a Halifax pier," reminiscing about youthful adventures. The three members of Cockersdale, Val Marsden, John O'Hagan and Graham Pirt, arrange all of the songs, and have been featured as part of the BBC's "Lateral History Programme."

Songlist: Tree Song, Fit for Heroes, The Cuckoo, Poor Old Horse, Sykehouse Bridge, Ash and Oak, Anderson's Coast, Barratt's Privateers, Auld Fischer's Farewell to the Coquet, Us Poor Fellows, Long Long Road, Single Handed, Death Is Not the End, Tortoises Always Come Last, A Pilgrim's Way

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9744C | 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella


Inner Voices : Prairie Jazz : 00  1 CD

Inner Voices : Prairie Jazz    onsale

Manhattan Transfer meets the Sons Of The Pioneers!! The incomparable Morgan Ames had produced, arranged and recorded the selections which she describes as "a group of a cappella cowboy and mountain songs based on pure historical American, plus a few strays, filtered through my jazz-based sense of harmony and four city singers." She goes on to add... "I grew up looking for home on the range, pretending to be Annie Oakley on rented horses at the Burbank Stables. But singing this music, our shared American heritage, was a gift and that's how we offer it to you." Now, all isn't just tradition as occasionally a new lyic or two is added, but the singers Shelby Flint, Morgan, Melissa Mackay and Michael Mishaw manage to maintain a sensibility of tradition while creating an entirely new feel, exactly as Morgan describes in her quoted comments above. Real traditional tunes such as "Home on the Range," "Old Diamond Joe," (a multi-track overdubbed recording sung entirely by Michael) and "Old Chisholm Trail" are mixed in with a leavening of newer tunes such as "Witchi Tai To," "My Real Home," and "Springtime in the Rockies." The only difficulty we face in reviewing a recording of this calibre is expressing our enthusiasm without going overboard!

Songlist: Old Chisholm Trail, Witch Tai To, Goodbye Old Paint, The Cuckoo, Tumblin' Tumbleweeds, My Real Home, Old Diamond Joe, Where Am I Going, Home On The Range, There's A Star On The Horizon, Springtime In The Rockies, Unused To Lovers, Cielito Lindo, The Water Is Wide/Oh Winding River, I Wonder As I Wander

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2750c | 1 CD | $3.95 | A Cappella


Moira Smiley and VOCO : Circle Square Diamond and Flag : 00  1 CD

Moira Smiley and VOCO : Circle Square Diamond and Flag    onsale

Moira, Jessica B., Jessica C. and Christine pulled off their unexpected win at the 2007 Harmony Sweeps Finals in San Rafael by digging into old Americana and Eastern European roots. The live, eight-song EP "circle square diamond and flag" includes some songs from that magic night, "Carolina Pines," and "Bring Me Little Water, Silvie." The remaining songs are all "Shape Note" hymns, which flourished in late 18th century-early 19th century New England, where hymn books would fill with these uniquely modal, contrapuntal songs. "Garden Hymn" is a traditional Shape Note song, as are "Parting Friends" and "Wondrous Love." "Return My Soul," written and composed by Moira, the traditional Appalachian song "The Cuckoo" and Wm. Billings' "Africa" round out the songlist. A beautiful, touching collection from Moira and VOCO!

Songlist: Carolina Pines, Bring Me Little Water, Silvy, Garden Hymn, Return My Soul, The Cuckoo, Parting Friends, Wondrous Love, Africa

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2778c | 1 CD | $3.95 | Primarily a cappella


Individual Folios

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The Cuckoo : SAB : Robert Hugh :  1 CD : 08750093 : 884088365592

Robert Hugh : The Cuckoo

Premiered at the 2008 ACDA Eastern Division Conference, this lively and playful arrangement of an American folk tune will be an excellent feature for young mixed choirs. The scat-like middle section adds to the fun. Duration: ca. 3:00.

Arranger: Robert Hugh

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08750093


The Cuckoo : SATB : John Purifoy : Sheet Music : 08754705 : 884088651169

John Purifoy : The Cuckoo

This traditional Appalachian folksong has a haunting, modal tonality and a weaving tapestry of accompaniment for a pleasing and accessible concert feature from high school through adult community choirs. Excellent for a program based around American folk music! Available separately: SATB, SAB, TTB. Duration: ca. 3:20.

Arranger: John Purifoy | Country: Appalachia

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $1.80 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08754705


The Cuckoo : SAB : John Purifoy : Sheet Music : 08754706 : 884088651176

John Purifoy : The Cuckoo

This traditional Appalachian folksong has a haunting, modal tonality and a weaving tapestry of accompaniment for a pleasing and accessible concert feature from high school through adult community choirs. Excellent for a program based around American folk music! Available separately: SATB, SAB, TTB. Duration: ca. 3:20.

Arranger: John Purifoy | Country: Appalachia

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.80 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08754706


The Cuckoo : TTB : John Purifoy : Sheet Music : 08754707 : 884088651183

John Purifoy : The Cuckoo

This traditional Appalachian folksong has a haunting, modal tonality and a weaving tapestry of accompaniment for a pleasing and accessible concert feature from high school through adult community choirs. Excellent for a program based around American folk music! Available separately: SATB, SAB, TTB. Duration: ca. 3:20.

Arranger: John Purifoy | Country: Appalachia

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Voicing: TTB | Sheet Music | $1.80 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08754707

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