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Celebrating songs from the South Downs

Welcome to the South Downs Music website; a platform enabling users to access folk songs from, and sung in, the Sussex area. 

This is music for everyone, with songs for the joy of singing.  All the songs listed here are enjoyed and sung in the South Downs, not all are collected in the South Downs… this is wonderful resource. Enjoy!

‘A folk song is a song which is never sung the same way twice’.

Definition of a folk song from Cecil James Sharpe
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Definition of a folk song from Cecil James Sharpe

‘A song originating among the people of a country or area, passed by oral tradition from one singer or generation to the next, often existing in several versions, and marked generally by simple melody and narrative verse’.

Definition of a folk song by Dictionary.com
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Definition of a folk song by Dictionary.com

‘A folk song is a traditional song that is typical of a particular community or nation’.

Collins Dictionary
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Collins Dictionary

 Enjoy, and participate in, the musical heritage of the area

The songs provided are for enjoyment and learning purposes. Please note that these versions are not definitive; there are so many wonderful versions ‘out there’.
Please share your versions with us…

Welcome to the South Downs Music website; a platform enabling users to access folk songs from, and sung in, the Sussex area.

Please note: this website is a resource open to everyone, but if you download songs and material from this site and then perform these in public, you will need to be covered for PRS.

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