Books and CD's by Linda Sigismondi

American Book

  • Stephen Foster Songs
  • My Old Kentucky Home
  • Oh! Susanna
  • Old Black Joe
  • Old Folks at Home
  • Some Folks Do
  • RailRoad Songs
  • I’ve Been Working on the Railroad
  • John Henry
  • Wabash Cannonball
  • Westward Expansion
  • Home on the Range
  • Oh My Darling Clementine
  • Streets of Laredo
  • Sweet Betsy from Pike
  • Outlaw Songs
  • Jesse James
  • Tom Dooley
  • Civil War Songs
  • Cruel War
  • Darling Nelly Gray
  • Do They Miss Me at Home?
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd
  • Lorena
  • When Johnny comes Marching Home
  • Songs of Rivers and Seas
  • Crawdad Song
  • John B. Sails (The Sloop John B.)
  • Shenandoah
  • The Water is Wide
  • Hard Times
  • Down in the Valley
  • In the Pines
  • Red River Valley
  • Stewball
  • Wayfaring Stranger
  • Goodnight Irene
  • References
  • Chord Chart


• Barbara Allen
• Cambric Shirt
• The Cuckoo
• The Cuckoo is a Pretty Bird
• The Devil's Nine Questions
• Farmer's Wife and the Devil
• Father Grumble
• Four Marys
• The Fox
• Frog Went a Courtin'
• Geordie
• Get Up and Bar the Door
• Groundhog
• Gypsy Laddie
• Home Came the Old Man
• Jubilee
• Leatherwing Bat
• Matty Groves
• Old Dan Tucker
• Outlandish Knight
• Paper of Pins
• Pretty Saro
• Shady Grove
• Two Ravens
• The Wise Farmer
• Bibliography
• Chord Chart

On the Companion CD each song is played three times, the first time is instrumental only. The second and third times through are both vocals and instrumentals.


• All Through the Night
• Ash Grove
• Ballinderry
• Bard of Armagh
• The Bluebells of Scotland
• Brennan on the Moor
• Cockles and Mussels
• Comin' Through the Rye
• Erin's Green Shore
• Green Grow the Rushes, Oh
• Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye
• Loch Lomond
• Mairi's Wedding
• Red is the Rose
• Rosin the Beau
• The Salley Gardens
• Shule Aroon
• Skye Boat Song
• South Wind
• Star of the County Down
• Wild Mountain Thyme
• Will Ye Nae Come Back Again
• The Wind that Shakes the Barley
• Ye Banks and Braes
• The Parting Glass
• Bibliography
• Acknowledgments
• Chord Chart

On the Companion CD, each song is played three times, the first time is instrumental only. The second and third times through are both vocals and instrumentals.


• Arran Boat Song
• Banks of the Roses
• Black is the Colour
• Black Velvet Band
• Bonnie Kellswater
• Bonnie Wood Green
• Carrickfergus
• Cliffs of Dooneen
• The Foggy Dew
• Go Home Girl (The Gypsy)
• Hills of Connemara
• I Know Where I’m Going
• I’ll Tell Me Ma
• If I Was (Were) a Blackbird
• MacPherson’s Farewell (Lament, Rant)
• The Maid Who Sold her Barley
• Mingulay Boat Song
• The Minstrel Boy
• Mist Covered Mountains of Home
• Mountains of Mourne
• Van Dieman’s Land
• Wearing of the Green
• Whiskey in the Jar
• Wild Rover
• Here’s a Health to the Company
• Bibliography
• Chord Chart


Tunes from the British Isles
• The Irish Washerwoman
• Kesh Jig
• Merrily Kiss the Quaker
• Road to Lisdoonvarna
• Joys of Quebec
• Fairy Dance
• A Yowe Cam’ to Wir Door Yarmin’
• The Boys of Blue Hill
• Off to California
• Keel Row
English Country Dance Tunes
• Childgrove
• Greenwood
• Nonesuch
• A La Mode de France
• Broom, the Bonny Bonny Broom
French Dance Tunes
• Gavotte Ton Simple
• Gavotte
• Dans a Ruz
• Branle Pinagay
• Branle Des Pois
• Veux-Tu Te Marier
• Branle
• Lo Troupeau
• Bourée
• Bourée des Gars
• Les Garçons de la Montagne
• La Bergère de Coulandon
Galliards and Pavanes
• Pavane D’Angleterre
• The Frog Galliard
• Jenny Lind Polka
• John Ryan’s Polka
• Schlittsschutanz
• Scottis fr Skane
• Phroinsias’
• Mazurka de Lapleau
• Mazurka de Samatan
• Du, Du, Liegst Mir Im Herzen
• Believe Me if All Those Endearing Young Charms
• Emma
• Issu Issan
• Black Velvet Waltz
• Farewell Waltz

In addition to the songs, this book contains information about the origins of the tunes and the differences in the types of music such as the difference between a jig, a reel and a hornpipe.
A companion CD is not available for this book.



Songs with Lyrics
• Arkansas Traveler
• Banks of the Ohio
• Boatman Dance
• Cluck Old Hen
• Cotton-Eyed Joe
• Cripple Creek
• Going to Boston
• Gray Cat on a Tennessee Farm
• Liza Jane
• Nelly Bly
• New River Train
• Nine Hundred Miles
• Old Joe Clark
• Red River Valley
• Red Rocking Chair
• Soldier's Joy
• Train on the Island
• Turkey in the Straw
• Whiskey Before Breakfast
• Wildwood Flower

Songs without Lyrics
• Cold Frosty Morning
• Daggett's Revenge
• Flop-Eared Mule
• June Apple
• Mississippi Sawyer
• Over The Waterfall
• Sandy River Belle
• Spotted Pony
• West Fork Girls
• Wind that Shakes the Barley

Farewell Song
• The Fiddler

On the Companion CD, each song is played twice including the repeats. This CD is instrumental only.


• Canal Boat Wedding
• A Canal Dance
• The Clever Skipper
• The E-ri-e
• The Erie Canal
• Erin's Green Shore
• Canal History
• Fairy Palace
• Get That Boat
• In the Good Old Summertime
• It's Pleasant to Run in Full Moon
• Last Trip in the Fall
• Little Sally Waters
• The Mules Ran Off
• Pearl R. Nye
• My Old Canal Mule
• The Old Canal
• The Old Skipper
• That Old Towpath
• Bibliography
• Chord Chart

Note: Though the lyrics to these songs describe the life on the canal, many of the tunes that are used are traditional tunes. For example, The Mules Ran Off is to the tune of Oh Susanna and the Old Skipper is to the tune of Rye Whiskey. These songs can be heard on the Songs from Canal Day CD recorded with Bill Schilling.


• A Pig Went Out to Dig
• Almost Day
• Away in a Manger
• Carol of the Birds
• The Cherry Tree Carol
• Christmas Eve is Here (Voici Le Noel)
• Christmas is A-Coming
• Cornish Wassail
• Deck the Halls
• The First Noel
• The Friendly Beasts
• Gloucestershire Wassail
• God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
• Good King Wenceslas
• Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
• Here We Come A-Wassailing
• I Saw Three Ships
• In the Bleak Midwinter
• Jingle Bells
• Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
• Joy to the World
• O Christmas Tree
• Patapan
• Sans Day Carol (The Holly Bears a Berry)
• Silent Night
• Sing We Noel
• Still, Still, Still
• The Sussex Carol (On Christmas Night)
• The Twelve Days of Christmas
• Up on the Housetop
• We Three Kings
• We Wish You a Merry Christmas
• What Child is This?
• Wind Through the Olive Trees
• Auld Lang Syne
• Chord Chart

On the Companion CD, each song is played twice including the repeats. This CD is instrumental only.


• Bridal Chorus
• Bridal Chorus (high version)
• Wedding March
• Canon in D
• Ode to Joy
• Chord Chart

Last Updated: February 21, 2018