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Annan Water - sheet music for harmonies, riffs, folk band arrangement

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    This download is for the sheet music for arrangement materials for a traditional folk song - riffs, harmonies, instrumental solos and accompaniments. Backing track also included. See below for full details!
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Annan Water 05:17
Oh Annan Water's wondrous deep And my love Annie's wondrous bonny I'm loath that she should wet her feet Because I love her best of any. Go saddle me the bonny grey mare Go saddle her soon and make her ready For I must cross that stream tonight Or nevermore I’ll see my lady. And woe betide you Annan Water At nights you are a gloomy river, And over you I'll build a bridge That never more true love may sever. And he has ridden o'er field and fell O'er moor and moss and many a mire His spurs of steel were sore to bite And from the mare's feet flew the fire. The mare flew on o'er moor and moss And when she'd won the Annan Water She couldn't have ridden a furlong more Had a thousand whips been laid upon her. Oh boatman come put off your boat Put off your boat for golden money For I must cross that stream tonight Or never more I'll see my Annie. The sides are steep the waters deep From bank to brae the water's pouring And your bonny grey mare she sweats for fear She stands to hear the water roaring. And he has tried to swim that stream And he swam on both strong and steady But the river was broad and strength did fail And he never saw his bonny lady. And woe betide the willow wands And woe betide the bush of briar For it broke beneath her true love's hand When strength did fail and limbs did tire.


This is a download pack of sheet music, lyrics and a midi file which will help you make a folk band arrangement of the traditional song "Annan Water".

I've made an example recording of the sort of thing you can do with it, which is also included in the download.

There's also a "karaoke" version - just the backing without the vocal, for singers to use in the absence of a band.



* Vocal harmony part
* Newly composed simple instrumental intro / riff, with a melody and harmony part
* Scored piano accompaniment
* Chords
* Lyrics
* Instrumental and bass part accompaniments to played alongside vocal line
* Instrumental "show-off" parts for more advanced players to use as solos over both the riff and verse sections


* Demo recording as heard above
* Backing track - the demo recording without the vocals, for singers to use if they have no musicians to play with


* MIDI file
* Example form scheme


You'll receive one pdf file that has all the different parts, as follows:

* Full Score
* Lead (riff melody, vocal melody, chord symbols)
* Piano + Lead (piano part plus the Lead score on small staves)
* Piano on its own
* Vocals (melody and harmony together)
* Instrument 1
* Instrument 2
* Instrumental Solos
* Bass
* Instruments 1+2, Solos and Bass all on one page (for ease of arrangement in smaller groups)

I also include a lyric sheet, and my arrangement's form scheme as an example - but you can arrange it how ever you like!


(n.b. piano part plays throughout)

Riff 1 (A): Instrument 1 plays riff
Riff 1 (B): Instrument 1 plays riff, Instrument 2 plays riff harmony

Verse 1: Vocal melody
Chorus 1: Vocal melody, Vocal harmony, bass part

Riff 2: Instrument 1: riff, Instrument 2: riff harmony, bass part

Verse 2: Vocal melody, Instrument 1 accompaniment part, bass part

Verse 3: Vocal melody, Vocal harmony, Instrument 1 accompaniment part, Instrument 2 accompaniment part, bass part

Riff 2: Instrumental solo for riff section, Instrument 1: riff, bass part

Instrumental verse: Instrumental solo (violin), vocal melody on instrument (recorder), bass part

Verse 4: Vocal melody, Vocal harmony, Instrumental solo (violin), bass part

Chorus 2: all parts (vocal melody, vocal harmony, instruments 1&2, bass part, instrumental solo part)


If you'd like to check out my instrumental tune harmony parts for fiddle bands and other instruments, these can be found at www.georgianettleton.com


Please note: if you are using the Bandcamp app (e.g. on a mobile or tablet) you will not be able to see the pdf files - these must be downloaded onto a laptop or desktop computer via a link sent by email before you can use them. (This is a limitation of some mobile/tablet devices, not a problem with your download!)


released September 22, 2017

Georgia Nettleton - composition/arrangement, violin, recorder, keyboard, bass
Anna Collins - vocals


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Sheet music, demo recordings and backing tracks for folksong arrangements, brought to you by Georgia Nettleton.

You can use these riffs, harmony parts, instrumental accompaniments and solos to build your own folk band arrangements.
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