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Folk Viola Sheet Music Collection Vol. 1

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A collection of 40 traditional folk tunes from the Irish, Scottish and English traditions, arranged for viola and presented in alto clef, with chord symbols for accompanists.

Each tune comes in two versions: a Solo Viola Version, and one or more Session Versions. Both versions of every tune are included in this collection.

The Solo Viola Version is transposed down a fifth from the original key, so that it fits on the viola in the same place under the fingers as it would on a violin (i.e. all in first position). This version is for playing solo, or with accompanists who play the chords.

The Session Versions are are in the original key so that they can be played with other (non-violist) musicians in traditional music sessions, but are arranged to be played in an octave that fits on the viola in first position.

The scores are provided without bowings or grace notes, as these are personal to each player and should be developed independently according to preference.

The tunes in this collection are:

South Wind
The Road to Lisdoonvarna
The Blackthorn Stick
The Rights of Man
The Banshee
The Silver Spear
The Butterfly
St Anne's Reel
Morrison's Jig
The Kesh
Maid Behind the Bar
Swallowtail Jig
The Blarney Pilgrim
Banish Misfortune
Out on the Ocean
Merry Blacksmith
Si Beag Si Mhor
Planxty Hewlett
Fanny Power
Planxty Irwin
Drummond Castle
Tam Lin
Drowsy Maggie
Atholl Highlanders
Cooley’s Reel
Full Rigged Ship
New Rigged Ship
Fairy Dance
Tenpenny Bit
Hole in the Wall
Bear Dance
Three Around Three
Bransle de Chevaux / Horses' Brawl
Boys of Bluehill
Cuckoo’s Nest
Princess Royal
Because He Was a Bonny Lad
Rusty Gully
Morpeth Rant

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