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Traditional Tunes of Our Islands

Arranged by David Sumbler & John Sands
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This is a book to gladden the hearts of all those who think that the old-fashioned tune is dead! A wonderful collection of folk songs from Great Britain and Ireland awaits you here with every single one a winner, and with arrangers of the calibre of David Sumbler, John Sands and Colin Fleming you can't really go wrong. Perennial favourites like Be Thou My Vision and Ye Banks and Braes are plain and simply stated, others such as All Through the Night and Annie Laurie have some variation of the theme to add further interest. The note and key ranges are of an intermediate standard, although My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean for example is easier to manage. My particular favourite is Golden Slumbers in which the flute has a lovely flowing counter melody in the middle section. This is a book to enjoy for all ages - tunes such as these are part of our heritage and won't date!

Difficulty guide: 5
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).


  • All Through the Night
  • Annie Laurie
  • Be Thou My Vision
  • Believe Me, if all Those Endearing Young Charms
  • Danny Boy
  • David of the White Rock
  • Early One Morning
  • Golden Slumbers
  • Loch Lomond
  • Lullaby
  • My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
  • On Ilkely Moor Baht'at
  • Scarborough Fair
  • The Arethusa
  • The Ash Grove
  • The Blue Bell of Scotland
  • The Harp that Once through Tara's Halls
  • The Last Rose of Summer
  • The Rising of the Lark
  • Ye Banks and Braes

Item Details


  • Part 1: Flute
  • Part 2: Piano
Category: British Folk Flute Music
Publisher: Kevin Mayhew
Publisher's reference: 3612170
Our Stock Code: 1171785
Media Type: Paperback (42 pages [score])