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Old Joe Clark

Traditional American Folk Song

Old Joe Clark is a US folk song, a mountain ballad that was popular among soldiers from eastern Kentucky during World War I and afterwards. Its lyrics refer to a real person named Joseph Clark, a Kentucky mountaineer who was born in 1839 and murdered in 1885. The "playful and sometimes outlandish verses" have led to the conjecture that it first spread as a children's song and via play parties. There are about 90 stanzas in various versions of the song. The tune is based on an A major scale in the Mixolydian mode, but moreover has definite hints of a complete blues scale, namely, the flatted 3rd and 5th.

Although Old Joe Clark may have originated in the 19th century, no printed records are known from before 1900. An early version was printed in 1918, as sung in Virginia at that time. Old Joe Clark has been described as "one of the most widely known of all Southern fiddle tunes has, to a degree, become part of the national repertory. One may hear it in bluegrass jam sessions, old-time fiddle sessions, and country dances throughout the United States."

    Release Date: 1918


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Mary Goetze : Classic Folk Songs : SSA : Sheet Music

Mary Goetze : Classic Folk Songs

Mary Goetze presents here a setting of the most familiar variant of this traditional folk ballad, "Scarborough Fair," in which two lovers make impossible requests of each other. The texture shifts from homophonic to imitative counterpoint. Brief dissonances created and resolved by stepwise progression of the accompanying voices reflect the bittersweetness of the text. "Hold the Wind," a simple yet stirring melody in the mixolydian mode, was sung by a blacksmith. The simple harmonization highlights the beauty of the melody. "Shenandoah" is set with very simple ideas which complement and support the motion of the beautiful melody. The accompanying voices can be learned quickly, for they sing like melodies and progress by step. "Old Joe Clark," a familiar fiddle tune of our American heritage is arranged in a playful setting which captures the flavor of the jocular text.

Songlist: Scarborough Fair, Hold The Wind, Shenandoah, Old Joe Clark

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Voicing: SSA | 9076b | Sheet Music | $7.50 | A Cappella


Jay Althouse : American Folk Songs for Solo Singers : Solo : Songbook & CD : 038081397634  : 00-35567

Jay Althouse : American Folk Songs for Solo Singers

Most vocal teachers have already discovered Jay's extremely popular Folk Songs for Solo Singers collections. And now, Alfred is excited to offer another for vocal students and their teachers! American Folk Songs for Solo Singers includes an excellent variety of solo material for recitals, concerts, and contests, available in two voicings.

Songlist: Bright Morning Stars , Down in the Valley to Pray, Honey Babe , How Can I Keep from Singing?, My Lord, What a Mornin', Nine Hundred Miles, Old Joe Clark, Pretty Little Girl , Shenandoah, Simple Gifts, Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child , Sun Don't Set in the Mornin', The Water Is Wide

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Voicing: Solo | 7258b | Songbook & CD | $24.95


Jay Althouse : American Folk Songs for Solo Singers : Solo : Songbook & CD : 038081397603  : 00-35564

Jay Althouse : American Folk Songs for Solo Singers

Most vocal teachers have already discovered Jay's extremely popular Folk Songs for Solo Singers collections. And now, Alfred is excited to offer another for vocal students and their teachers! American Folk Songs for Solo Singers includes an excellent variety of solo material for recitals, concerts, and contests, available in two voicings.

Songlist: Bright Morning Stars , Down in the Valley to Pray, Honey Babe , How Can I Keep from Singing?, My Lord, What a Mornin', Nine Hundred Miles, Old Joe Clark, Pretty Little Girl , Shenandoah, Simple Gifts, Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child , Sun Don't Set in the Mornin', The Water Is Wide

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Voicing: Solo | 7260b | Songbook & CD | $24.95


Richard Johnston (editor) : Folk Songs North America Sings : Solo : Songbook : 073999809046 : 1458424871 : 50480904

Richard Johnston (editor) : Folk Songs North America Sings

This superb 382-page resource contains more than 350 North American folk songs, carefully sequenced both rhythmically and melodically for use with the Kodály method, which is based on authentic Hungarian folk music. The collection features information about solfege, form, phrase, length, range, rhythmic construction, and more.

Songlist: Jubilee, 1 2 3, Ah Vous Dirai-Je, Maman? (Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star), Animal Song, Frog Went A-Courtin', Poor Wayfaring Stranger, Christus Natus Hodie, Goodbye, Old Paint, All The Pretty Little Horses, Let Me Fly, Cumberland Gap, On Springfield Mountain, Jesus Born In Beth'ny, Alphabet Song, I Wonder As I Wander, Daddy Shot A Bear, Down In The Valley, Soldier Boy, Little Bird, Skip To My Lou, Mary Had A Little Lamb, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Pretty Saro, London Bridge, The Farmer In The Dell, Hickory Dickory Dock, I Got A Letter This Morning, Riding In A Buggy, Awake, (Go Tell Aunt Rhody) The Ole Grey Goose Is Dead, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 2577b | Songbook | $49.00 | Voice and Piano


Various : American Folksongs & Spirituals : Solo : 01 Songbook : 073999207965 : 0793559219 : 00310138

Various : American Folksongs & Spirituals

75 songs of American heritage, including: All The Pretty Little Horses - Arkansas Traveler - Aura Lee - Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair - The Blue Tail Fly - Buffalo Gals (Won't You Come Out Tonight) - Bury Me Not On The Lone Prairie - Cotton Eyed Joe - Deep River - Down In The Valley - The Drunken Sailor - Git Along, Little Doggies - Home On The Range - Hush, Little Baby - I've Been Working On The Railroad - Joshua (Fit The Battle Of Jericho) - Never Said A Mumblin' Word - Oh! Susanna - Old Joe Clark - The Red River Valley - She'll Be Comin' Round The Mountain - Shenandoah - Simple Gifts - Steal Away - The Streets Of Laredo - Wayfaring Stranger - and many more!

Songlist: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Poor Wayfaring Stranger, The Wabash Cannon Ball, Somebody's Knockin' At Your Door, Soon I Will Be Done (Trouble Of The World), Steal Away (Steal Away To Jesus), This Little Light Of Mine, Simple Gifts, The Lonesome Road, All My Trials, All The Pretty Little Horses, Frankie And Johnny, Deep River, Down In The Valley, Skip To My Lou, Turkey In The Straw, Animal Fair, Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen, When The Saints Go Marching In, Arkansas Traveler, Home On The Range, I've Been Working On The Railroad, Yankee Doodle Boy, Aura Lee, Standin' In The Need Of Prayer (Standing In The Need Of Prayer), Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child, There Is A Balm In Gilead, The Red River Valley, John Henry, Shoo Fly, Don't Bother Me, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 20381b | Songbook | $12.95 | PVG


Individual Folios

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Old Joe Clark : SATB : Greg Gilpin : Songbook : 00-46932 : 038081535814

Greg Gilpin : Old Joe Clarknew

This extraordinary arrangement of the traditional American folk song belongs in every choral library! An urgent "round and around" vocal motive serves as a rhythmic engine throughout the entire piece as the modal melody gets playfully tossed from voice to voice in a variety of styles, but always with class, creativity, and good humor.

Arranger: Greg Gilpin | Country: American Folk

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.20 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-46932


Old Joe Clark  : SAB : Greg Gilpin : Sheet Music : 00-46933 : 038081535821

Greg Gilpin : Old Joe Clark new

This extraordinary arrangement of the traditional American folk song belongs in every choral library! An urgent "round and around" vocal motive serves as a rhythmic engine throughout the entire piece as the modal melody gets playfully tossed from voice to voice in a variety of styles, but always with class, creativity, and good humor.

Arranger: Greg Gilpin | Country: American Folk

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.20 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-46933


Old Joe Clark : SATB : Dan Davison : Sheet Music : BL979

Dan Davison : Old Joe Clark

Davison's arrangement of the famous American folk song, Old Joe Clark, was written to help mixed choirs of all abilities succeed. Throughout Davison's arrangement, the tenor and bass parts are supported in other sections to help bolster their performance. With an exciting, rhythmic accompaniment, these very accessible vocal parts still provide a flashy ending making it a perfect program closer for any ensemble

Arranger: Dan Davison

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.50 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| BL979


Old Joe Clark : TTBB : Matthew Armstrong : Sheet Music : 00-43180 : 038081487229

Matthew Armstrong : Old Joe Clark

The age old tale of Old Joe springs to life in this energetic setting for men. Solid part-writing and a sizzling piano accompaniment make this perfect for that lighter moment in any program. Optional instruments and sound effects add to the fun.

Arranger: Matthew Armstrong

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | $2.00 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-43180


Old Joe Clark : 2-Part : Kirby Shaw : Sheet Music : 08551161 : 073999127607

Kirby Shaw : Old Joe Clark

Your young singers will love this fun arrangement of the popular American folksong. Available: 2-Part. Performance Time: Approx. 2:10.

Arranger: Kirby Shaw | Country: United States

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.25 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08551161


Old Joe Clark : TB : Roger Emerson : Sheet Music : 08551737 : 073999346138

Roger Emerson : Old Joe Clark

This first arrangement in the new Discovery Series for Men is perfect for introducing ensemble singing to your young men. Limited ranges and a snappy accompaniment practically guarantee success.Available separately: TB and ShowTrax CD. Performance Time: Approx. 2:45.

Arranger: Roger Emerson | Country: United States

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Voicing: TB | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08551737 | Showtrax CD Available


Old Joe Clark : SAB : Russell Robinson : Sheet Music : 08564288 : 884088309848

Russell Robinson : Old Joe Clark

Here is a fresh and creative setting of the popular American folksong with a slightly different twist! Your singers will love the swinging treatment and the energized vocal stack at the end.

Arranger: Russell Robinson | Country: United States

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.70 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08564288 | Showtrax CD Available


Old Joe Clark : 2-Part : Russell Robinson : Sheet Music : 08564289 : 884088309855

Russell Robinson : Old Joe Clark

Here is a fresh and creative setting of the popular American folksong with a slightly different twist! Your singers will love the swinging treatment and the energized vocal stack at the end.

Arranger: Russell Robinson | Country: United States

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.70 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08564289 | Showtrax CD Available


Old Joe Clark : SAB : Neil Johnson : Sheet Music : 42315030 : 073999887709

Neil Johnson : Old Joe Clark

Showy yet practical...and great fun! Available: 3-Part Mixed.

Arranger: Neil Johnson

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $2.25 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 42315030


Old Joe Clark : SSA : Mary Goetze : Traditional : Sheet Music : 48003965 : 073999773859

Mary Goetze : Old Joe Clark

Arranger: Mary Goetze | Composer: Traditional | Country: United States

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $1.90 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48003965

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