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Folk Tunes from the Women for Instrumental Solo

Over 150 Contemporary Tunes Written by 100 Female Composers from Britain and Ireland

Edited by Kathryn Tickell
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Staff Pick

“A beautiful and important book”

Beth Penny Just Flutes staff member - [email protected]

'Folk Tunes from the Women' is a beautiful book. It is important that a collection of tunes like this now exists, in a field that is largely male-dominated. The book presents over 150 tunes by composers from a wide range of regions and backgrounds throughout the British Isles. There are informative biographies for each of the composers, and every tune is accompanied by personal description or anecdote, which really helps the player get a feel for the meaning behind the music they are playing. The emotions reflected range from celebration to sorrow, and the melodies go from the more traditionally rooted to the more contemporary. They are helpfully categorized into groups (e.g. jigs, polkas) and are complete with chord symbols, which is fantastic for playing with others. There are illustrations scattered throughout, which along with the vibrant cover artwork are absolutely stunning. 'Folk Tunes from the Women’ would be a wonderful purchase for folk enthusiasts of any standard. 

From the Publisher

Folk Tunes from the Women, is a tune book like no other! This is a bumper book of over 150 contemporary tunes from 100 composers from Britain and Ireland, all from different areas, traditions and backgrounds and has been curated by the Northumbrian piper and fi ddle player Kathryn Tickell. There’s a wide selection of Jigs, Hornpipes, Reels, Airs, Marches, Polkas, Waltzes, Mazurkas and a heap of tunes which don’t fall into a natural category.

All tunes are presented as melody lines with chord symbols, making it the most useful book for teachers and players alike.

Difficulty guide: 6-9
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is total beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).


  • Jigs (6/8)
  • Jigs (9/8 and 12/8)
  • Hornpipes
  • Reels
  • Marches
  • Polkas
  • Waltzes & Mazurkas
  • Crooked Tunes
  • Strange Times
  • Miscellaneous
  • Airs

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
Category: British Folk Flute Music
Publisher: Faber Music
Publisher's reference: 0571542875
Our Stock Code: 1643800
Media Type: Paperback (124 pages [score])

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