Ballad of 1891

This is a song about the 1891 Australian shearers’ strike.  The song has been arranged in three parts:
Words: Helen Palmer; Music: Doreen Jacobs; ©1950 Doreen Bridges

Sheet Music
Here is the definitive score, I’ve worked from, sourced from the Sydney Trade Union Choir, (STUC) in Cm.
Sydney Trade Union Choir Score (.pdf)

From this I transcribed individual parts.  Lyrics to be sung in unison, (or by male singers only), are in bold italics. Some numbered piano fingerings are included, along with guitar chords in the melody part. These are all .pdf files.
Melody/Soprano 
Alto
Baritone
I’ve also created a lead sheet, with just the melody line, transposed to Am. To get to Cm, use a capo on the 3rd fret..
Melody/Soprano Am

Lyrics
Lyrics (Word Document)
Lyrics (.pdf)

Practice Tracks (Instrumental)
Soprano/Melody

Alto

Baritone

All Parts

If aiming for the Sydney Trade Union Choir arrangement, perhaps the best thing to listen to is their stunning performance:

STUC Performance

Also, have a listen to two different Bushwacker’s Band performances.

 

Windy Gully

-A song by Wendy Richardson, remembering the Mount Kembla Mining disaster of July 1902.  Arranged by Doug McPherson, from a previous arrangement by Florence Rankin.

“She’s gone up!!” The shout could be heard across the mountain as the peaceful hamlets of Mt. Kembla were shattered by a loud explosion.
http://www.mtkembla.org.au/#!the-disaster/p99e1

Mount_Kembla_from_Mount_Nebo“Mount Kembla from Mount Nebo” by Grogan deYobbo 

Sheet Music: .pdf

Score: SATB

Soprano/Melody

Alto

Tenor

Bass

 

Practice Tracks

Melody: Sung
Sung by a tenor; ideally a mezzo-soprano, or even an alto would sing this.

Alto: Sung

 

Tenor: Sung

 

Bass: Sung

 

Soprano & Chords Piano; Alto, Tenor and Bass: Sung

 

Alto, Tenor & Bass: Sung

 

All Parts: Sung
Again, the melody part should really be sung by a female voice, an octave higher than in this recording.

 

The next lot of practice tracks are instrumental. Aside from the all parts track, the target voice in each practice track is played on a piano.

All Parts (Strings)

 

 

Soprano

 

 

 

 Alto

 

 

Tenor

 

 

Bass

 

A suggested practice strategy is to practice your part on its own, and then against an “all parts” track. Right click on the titles to download the tracks.

“Let’s Pretend” -A Song by Peter Hicks & Geoff Francis

“Ladies and Gentlemen, take your partners for the climate denier’s waltz…”

Scroll down for practice tracks and sheet music.

Click here for sheet music.

Practice Tracks

A suggested practice strategy is to practice your part on it’s own, and then against an “all parts” track. Right click on the titles to download the tracks.

Upper Voice: (Soprano, Tenor)

 Lower Voice (Alto, Bass)

Both Parts

Peter Hicks Original Rendition of the Song

Blackleg Miner: Arranged In Two Parts

Scroll down or click here for the latest version, version 3.1, for the Coal Song Collective.

Blackleg Miner is a 19th-century English folk song, originally from Northumberland (as can be deduced from the dialect in the song and the references in it to the villages of Seghill and Seaton Delaval).

Louis Killen writes, “At the height of the miners’ union struggles of the 1880’s and ’90’s, labourers were brought in from other areas to act as strikebreakers. Ballads of the time describe how the colliers hunted the strikebreakers “like hares upon the moor O.””

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackleg_Miner

The provenance of the arrangement I have tweaked and present here is unclear.  Version 3, (scroll down), is based in part on a practice track sung by Zlatko Basic.

Performance Notes:
The first two verses could be sung slowly, 3, 4 and 5 more quickly, and the last verse slowly again, with a sense of menace!
Download the sheet music in .pdf format here.

Practice Tracks

A suggested practice strategy is to practice your part on it’s own, and then against an “all parts” track. Right click on the titles to download the tracks.

Upper Voice: (Soprano, Tenor)

 Lower Voice (Alto, Bass)

 Both Parts


V3

Version 3: For The Coal Song Collective

Again, this is arranged in 2 parts, the melody to be sung by altos and basses, and the upper harmony to be sung by sopranos and tenors.  The arrangement is written out in full, verse by verse. The last note of the upper harmony, and its underlying chord, differ from version 2.

Sheet Music (.pdf)

Both Parts

Melody

Upper Harmony

Practice Tracks

Both Parts: Flute Harmony, Piano Melody

 

Melody: Piano

 

Harmony: Flute

Finally, here are some performances to listen to:

Steeleye Span with a rendition that contains the essence of some of the harmonies in this arrangement.

Same band, very different arrangement:

Richard Thompson

And the earliest recording of the song I have found, Louis Killen…