Jazz, Pop Music Arrangements for Steel Drums

Folk Songs Arrangements


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Ay, Ay, Ay
The Birch Tree 
Bound For Rio
Carol of the Birds
Cintecul Jianului 
Follow the Drinking Gourd
Fueillo 
Guantanamera 
Irish Tune from County Derry
Kumbaya 
Never on Sunday 
The Proposal 
Scotland The Brave 
Shenandoah
Sloop John "B" 
Yellow Bird 
Scoring Abbreviations:
Lead (Tenor) L
Double Tenor DT
Double Second D2
Guitar G
Cello C
Tenor Bass TB
Bass B
Percussion Perc
Catalog

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 • Christmas
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Ay, Ay, Ay
Chilean Folk Song
Arr. by J. Leyden
This Chilean serenade has its roots in the music of Spain. Rich in moving parts, with lush harmony and a soaring melody, it's an opportunity to demonstrate the beautiful sound that your pans can make. A perfect change of pace in your next concert.

Product ID: 1005                      
Scoring:
L/DT, D2, G/C, TB/B
*optional Soprano/Alto chorus
Level:
Medium
Price:
$45.00

The Birch Tree
Russian Folk Song
Arr. by J. Leyden
Here's a chance to celebrate the music of another culture - When Steel Drums play this beautiful song the result is one gorgeous sound! Folks will be asking "do you have balalaikas hidden somewhere?"

Product ID: 1057                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, TB/B
Level:
Easy
Price:
$45.00
MP3 sound bite

Bound For Rio
American Sea Chanty
Arr. by J. Marc Svaline
This old sea chanty is geared toward developing groups but is a winner with any group. Written in 6/8 time, it starts in the key of D and then goes into E. It's an excellent piece to familiarize the group with the two keys and the 6/8 meter.

Product ID: 1034                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, B
Level:
Easy
Price:
$45.00

Carol of the Birds
A Spanish Christmas Carol
Arr. by James Leyden
This was the final encore by the beloved master cellist, Pablo Casals, at his United Nations Farewell Concert. In a soft spoken voice, all he said was... "I will play a song from my homeland." The unaccompanied music which followed was pure Casals, gentle, unassuming, beautiful...a moment, a memory not soon forgotten. With its definite Catalonian flavor, this arrangement provivdes your Cello (or guitar) solist (or section), a chance to show off the rich tonal quality of the instruments.

Product ID: 1137                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, TB/B with solo/soli C
Level:
Easy
Price:
$45.00

Cintecul Jianului
Song for Jianului
Arr. by J. Leyden
Something really different! A fascinating Romanian pan pipe melody in a typical Balkan 2 tempo setting with harmony switching from Minor to Major. The introduction features a Double 2nd solo with a Lead response. Great fun to play.

Product ID: 1105                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, B
Level:
Medium
Price:
$50.00
MP3 sound bite

Follow the Drinking Gourd
American Folk Song
Arr. by J. Leyden
A powerful, haunting song from the days of the Underground Railroad. The Drinking Gourd refers to the Big Dipper which pointed to the North Star and which guided runaway slaves northward to their freedom in the "Free" States and Canada. Played by Pans alone, the underlying 12/8 feel gives the music a compelling drive. Add a Unison or SATB chorus and the mood becomes electric!

Product ID: 1106                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, B
*optional SATB chorus
Level:
Medium
Price:
$45.00

Fueillo
Haitian Folk Song
Arr. by J. Leyden
The arrangement is complete and very effective using steel drums alone. Give your audience a lilting change of pace and if you choose, have some voices singing in the Haitian patois to add to the charm. Either way it's a winner.

Product ID: 1067                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, B,
*optional SAB chorus
Level:
Easy
Price:
$45.00
MP3 sound bite

Guantanamera
Cuban Folk Song
Arr. by James Leyden
First heard in the 1920's on the radio as the closing theme song of the Cuban singer/composer Jose Fernandez, this folk song celebrated the beauty of the ladies of Guantanamo, Cuba. Its popularity has since spread and today it has become one of the most well loved folk songs of the world.

Product ID: 1107                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, B
Level:
Easy
Price:
$45.00
MP3 sound bite

Irish Tune from County Derry
Danny Boy
Arr. by Percy Grainger
Adapted by J. Marc Svaline
Originally from a collection published in 1855, this adaptation works well with or without the vocal solo. Should you have a good tenor in your music program, the song will have an even greater impact on your audience.

Product ID: 1108                      
Scoring:
L, DT, D2, G, C, B
*optional Tenor vocal solo
Level:
Medium
Price:
$45.00

Kumbaya
African Folk Song
Arr. by J. Leyden
With the Double 2nd rhythmic pattern emulating the African Xylophone and a Chorale-like interlude, this arrangement captures the essence of this timeless music. Your players will enjoy creating the special mood this song inspires.

Product ID: 1109                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, B
Level:
Medium
Price:
$45.00
MP3 sound bite

Never on Sunday
Music by M. Hadjidakis
Arr. by J. Leyden
Easy to learn, fun to play. It's the title of the happy music which underscored the movie of the same name. And, as with the music soundtracks for Zorba The Greek and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Never On Sunday is toe tapping, finger snapping, dancing-on-the-table stuff! Just play it see what happens!

Product ID: 1025                      
Scoring:
L/DT, D2, G/C, TB/B
Level:
Easy
Price:
$45.00
MP3 sound bite

The Proposal
Haitian Folk Song
Arr. by James Leyden
This lovely Haitian ballad is another program jewel. Beginning and ending with a Double Second solo/soli, leads and cellos share the melody.

Product ID: 1110                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, B
Level:
Easy
Price:
$45.00
MP3 sound bite

Scotland The Brave
Scot Guards Pipe Tune
Arr. by J. Leyden
Take the spine-tingling sound of Bagpipes and mix it with the sound of Pans and a Calypso beat. This musical cross fertilization will (pardon the pun) blow your audience away. Find some pipers and treat yourself, your players and your audience to a marvelous "adrenalin rush"!

Product ID: 1111                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, B, Percussion, Scotch Drum and Bagpipes
Level:
Easy/Medium
Price:
$50.00
MP3 sound bite

Shenandoah
American Folk Song
Arr. by J. Leyden
Originating in the Appalachians, this song eventually traveled down the river to the Gulf of Mexico and became a "short hall chantey". The Shenandoah (valley) of the Appalachians became an Indian chief who's daughter was the object of a sailor's affections. Being a folk song, lyrics may vary - the music stays the same. As an instrumental, it is as beautiful now as when it was first sung.

Product ID: 1112                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, B
Level:
Medium
Price:
$45.00

Sloop John "B"
Bahamian Folk Song
Arr. by James Leyden
This Bahamian folk song is an all time favorite for players and audiences alike. An optional SAB vocal part is included.

Product ID: 1113                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, B,
*optional SAB chorus
Level:
Easy/Medium
Price:
$45.00
MP3 sound bite

Yellow Bird
Adapted from the Haitian folk song
By Luboff and Bergman
Arr. by James Leyden
This is one gorgeous treatment of the most requested steel drum tunes of all time. If you listen closely, you'll even hear the bird sounds.

Product ID: 1114                      
Scoring:
L, D2, G/C, B
Level:
Easy/Medium
Price:
$45.00
MP3 sound bite

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