Scarborough Fair is a timeless folk song from England.
This is its most famous melody (yes, there are others, less familiar, but also beautiful).
Please scroll down the page for the download links.
Amy Nutall sings a lovely version of this old folk song - I find her mannerisms a bit stagey, but she delivers beautifully on passion:
This Scarborough Fair voice arrangement is in a good range for most singers, the key of Dm.
Just a nine-note range makes it approachable for girls and boys.
(The version on my Beginning Guitar page, while great for guitarists, is not easy for most sopranos, especially young girls, to sing with strength. Too low.)
If you were looking for the vocal duet that Simon and Garfunkel sang, I'm sorry I can't offer it here.
Though the folk song, Scarborough Fair, is public domain, Simon and Garfunkel's ARRANGEMENT of the music is NOT public domain.
I'm pretty sure Simon and Garfunkel wrote the version they sang, which means it is their copyrighted intellectual property.
However, you can find several versions, in multiple keys, by looking for "Scarborough Fair/Canticle" at Musicnotes.com:
This arrangement in Dm is especially for singers. (If you would like very simple sheet music for piano, lead sheets for Scarborough Fair in many different keys, or guitar tabs, please visit those other pages.)
Here is the link for the vocal piece:
Thank you for the free downloads! I'm a private teacher and I teach piano and beginner voice as well. :)
I've been running my studio for about a year and I've come across the same issue; I don't want my students to have to purchase an entire supplemental book for only a couple of songs. So thank you for this site...some great downloads!!
I found great ideas for my guitar unit on your site, as I didn't know where to begin. Thanks to you I will survive my next 6 weeks.
I also teach choir to middle school, and I love your little morning warmups. Looking forward to more of that in the future. Keep up the great work, it is very inspirational for us beginner teachers.
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This is one of my favourite songs. I don’t know if the story is interesting but let’s give it a try. It happened back in the Stone Age of cassette players; …
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Hi! Is this only for voice? I ask this, because I didn't realise- and I play keyboard. It sounded fine- but I just want to know! P.S. I really love this …
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I love genuine folk songs, without too much embellishment and arrangment. Glad to have found your site. Jeannette