It took me a while, but I finally got all of my 2016 and 2017 song arrangements into one big PDF. This does not include any internet songs that are already out there that I had made links to in various posts in those two years.
In the upcoming year I am working on some songs that I call “Oldies”, that are not played on our modern radio stations these days. One in particular I am fond of is Buttons & Bows. I have already looked at some Oldies that offer some really sweet chords that I enjoy playing, even if it meant that I had to go to Youtube and listen to how the song goes. Some of these are Autumn Leaves, The Summer Wind and We’ll Meet Again. When examining older songs you get to learn what sweet chords compliment those Keys and they stick with you. You end up carrying them with you into other songs that are in the same Key.
For example, one of my friends enjoys Bill Bailey, Don’t Fence Me In, Hello Ma Baby, Shine on Harvest Moon, and Wait til the Sun Shines Nellie, to name just a few. Some of these songs have tricky chords, as anyone who has ever tried I’ve Been Working on the Railroad will probably agree. If you have an interest in these and more, you can download this little PDF doc called “Fleabag Music”, which was produced by some volunteer uke players and made available at the Ukulele Hall of Fame Museum website, the 4th Peg and at EX Folk dot com, but here it is for your convenience: Fleabag Songbook.
I also like these older songs because they harken back to a different historical time. Some of them are a real glimpse into what life was like at that time. I mean, how often do you see a bicycle built for two?
Cat’s Ukulele Song Book 2017: Cat’s Ukulele Songbook 3
Happy New Year, everyone!
Looking forward to the new year, I feel that there will be nothing but blue skies all around!
Cat’s Blue Skies
Sometimes inspiration comes from others, as well as within. And when that happens, it makes playing music that much more enjoyable.
I have been putting together songs with and for members of our newly formed uke group, T’UkeS – Tillsonburg Uke Society. Some of them have been out there performing for the nursing home called Maple Manor, using their keyboard and guitar, and since joining our group and learning how to play their ukulele’s have been asking us to transpose some of their repetoire songs and some of our teaching songs. It’s been lots of fun and I’m sharing the arrangements with everyone below.
One of our teaching songs is On the Wings of a Dove in C, which we transposed to the Key of G which some members found easier to sing.
On the Wings of a Dove
On the Wings of a Dove G
Another teaching song was I’ll Fly Away in the Key of D, used to teach the chords used in the Key of D. They liked to sing it better in the Key of C, so here are both versions:
I’ll Fly Away in D
I’ll Fly Away in C
Another song is Could I Have This Dance by Anne Murray, which we have on good ‘intel’ is a popular country jam song:
Could I Have This Dance
We also used Tiny Bubbles as a teaching song, and that went over really well.
Tiny Bubbles C G7
And this is a more sophistocated, or performance style version of Tiny Bubbles:
Tiny Bubbles C Performance
There are a couple more that are Irish tunes, but they aren’t on my computer so I can’t upload them. However, in the foreseeable future once I get some time to type them in and add chord boxes I will add another ukulele group post. For now I hope those of you who play in groups, are looking for group songs or nursing home/performance songs enjoy these few.
The following Ukulele Song Books are available for downloading, in PDF format, and arranged by me.
Cat’s Ukulele Songbook 1 (2016 Updated version)
2015 Songbook 2 (2016 Updated version)
Holiday Songbook 3
Hope you enjoy them, visit my site often and feel welcome to post a comment.
Cat Krestel Porritt
The Unicorn Song, by Shel Silverstein, 1960. This was the very first hit for The Irish Rovers on their very first record in 1966.
The Irish Rovers are a Canadian Irish Folk group created in 1963; best known for their international TV series and popularizing Irish music in North America. In 1963 George Millar and Jim Ferguson, both young Irish immigrants, entered an amateur show in Toronto and won. They soon relocated to Calgary with additional family members in the group and struck out for California in 1965. They became so popular on the performance circuit in that state that by 1966 they were offered a record deal and their rendition of The Unicorn Song became #11 within the first 2 months of its’ release, remaining in the Top 20 for 2 years. In 1968 they received the JUNO Award for Folk Group of the Year. They were regulars on TV shows such as the Smothers Brothers, and went on to host their own show, The Irish Rovers Show, in the 70’s.
The Unicorn Song