Songbook

We welcome both beginning singers, and experienced singers/instrumentalists. Some of the songs we sing are easy songs that you probably already know. We also do more challenging songs with improvised harmonies, or written-out harmony in two to four parts. If you’re a beginning singer, there’s always a melody line that you can sing along with. If you’re an intermediate or advanced singer, sometimes we’ll sing through a song more than once to get it right, and sometimes we’ll return to a song over several sessions to add more to it.

We also value our instrumentalists. We play a variety of instruments (guitar, mandolin, autoharp, ukulele, fiddle, etc.), and Harmonic Circle is a good place to try out the chops and licks you’ve worked up at home.

Want to learn more about singing harmony? We like “Essential Kills for Singing Harmony by Ear,” available on this Web page.

A few of the songs we’ve sung:

“Swimming to the Other Side” by Pat Humphries
with harmony part by Lui Collins. It’s copyrighted material, but under the fair use provision of copyright law you can get a copy at the singing for educational purposes. Lyrics on Pat Humphries’ Web site here.
Our version of the harmony parts, melodies based on Pachelbel’s Canon in D:
Swimming to the Other Side, PDF of harmony parts only

“Country Roads”
We’ve been singing a harmony part for the bridge and the chorus. It’s copyrighted material, but under the fair use provision of copyright law you can get a copy at the singing for educational purposes. The California words to this song:

Almost heaven, California,
Santa Cruz Mountains, San Lorenzo River.
Life is old here, older than the trees,
Younger than the mountains, growing like a breeze.

Country roads, take me home, to the place I belong,
California, mountain mamma/daddy, take me home, country roads.

All my memories, gather round her/him/them
Tie-dye lover, surfer on blue water.
Cool and foggy, clearing to blue skies,
Misty shapes of redwoods, teardrops in my eyes.

“Banks of the Ohio,” an old time country standard:
PDF of Banks of the Ohio

“Farther Along,” American gospel standard
by W. B. Stevens, arr. by J. R. Baxter, Jr. We sing this in four-part harmony. You can find a PDF of the sheet music on the Public Domain Hymns Web site here.

“Barrett’s Privateers” by Stan Rogers
We sing this a capella, with bass harmony and improvised high harmony. It’s copyrighted material, but under the fair use provision of copyright law you can get a copy at the singing for educational purposes.
Barrett’s Privateers, PDF of bass harmony only

“I’ll Fly Away”
with bass harmony from the New Bedford Folk Chorus.