It is the Mission of the Yorkshire Garland Group to make Yorkshire’s Folk Song Heritage as widely and as readily available to the General Public as current technology and copyright considerations permit, and at no charge.


Song database

Over 120 songs (so far!) native to or sung for generations in Yorkshire, to play and download for free. Also explore their history, lyrics, scores and much more.

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What's new on our website?

Today you're in the Phase 2 Website of over 120 songs and variants. Your comments, corrections and suggestions for additional songs will be greatly appreciated. Contact us for general comments, specific queries, suggestions or corrections, or to participate in our work as a volunteer. We do take notice of your comments: thanks to your input the ABC scores are now in plain text ABC format and ‘The Tailor’s Britches’ score has been corrected.

The Yorkshire Garland Group Committee and some of our Volunteers

Yorkshire Garland Volunteers

Standing left to right: Bill Sowerby, John Greaves, Mark Ellison and Jim Potter (Volunteers);. Steve Gardham (Chairman), Mike Parsey (Secretary). Kneeling: Ray Black (Publicity), Ray Padgett (Treasurer).

Current List of Active Members

Steve Gardham, Chair, performer, project leader, provenances
Ray Padgett, Treasurer, performer, project leader, volunteers co-ordinator
Ray Black, Publicity, performer, desk-top publishing, score arranger
Mary Garrison, Secretary, funding
Bill Sowerby, performer, musical transcriber
Michael Jary, Webmaster.
Ann Berriman, project leader
Paul and Liz Davenport, performers, project leaders, graphic design
Mark Ellison, performer, key words and genres
John Greaves, performer, project leader
Bryony Griffiths, performer, project leader
Tony Morris, performer, project leader
Jim Potter, performer, workshop leader
John Wainwright, Interactive Map project leader.
Alma Wright, performer, project leader.
Plus numerous other performers and advisors who occasionally contribute and perform on the many recordings.

We thank the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Local Heritage Initiative for their support.