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Books on the Folk genre

  • Shanties from the Seven Seas Stan Hugill, 1961, Routledge and Kegan Paul. Regarded and the standard book on shipboard work songs and songs used as work songs from the great days of sail. Also published as a paperback by Mystic Seaport Museum in 1994.
  • The Singing Englishman, A. L. Lloyd, Workers Music Association. N.D. 1944. This was a pre-cursor to Lloyd's seminal work, "Folk Song in England" in which he explores some of his early ideas. A small paper book, of 79 pages.
  • Folk Song in England, A. L. Lloyd, 1967, Lawrence & Wishart. There are three versions of this book, the Lawrence and Wishart hardback; a paperback first published by Panther Arts in 1969 with a lute-playing harlequin on the front cover; and the Paladin Edition which came out in 1975 and has a ballad-monger on the front cover. There are no textual differences in these editions.
  • The Sound of History - Songs & Social Comment, Roy Palmer, 1988, Oxford University Press
  • The British Folk Scene - Musical Performance and Social Identity, Niall MacKinnon, 1993, Open University Press


  • Ballads and Sea Songs of Newfoundland Elisabeth Bristol Greenleaf and Grace Yarrow Mansfield, 1933, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Roy Palmer, 1983, J.M Dent
  • The Oxford Book of Sea Songs, Roy Palmer, 1986, Oxford University Press
  • Bushes and Briars, Folk Songs collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Roy Palmer, 1999, Llanerch Press (As 1983 but with corrections)
  • Boxing The Compass - Sea Songs and Shanties - Roy Palmer, 2001, Herron Publishing (Previously The Oxford Book of Sea Songs - now expanded)