Scarborough Fair
Free Vocal Sheet Music

Scarborough Fair is a timeless folk song from England.

This is its most famous melody (yes, there are others, less familiar, but also beautiful). 

Scarborough Fair printable sheet music


Scroll down the page for the link to the free downloadable score.

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:


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:


Download FREE English folk song Scarborough Fair 





More Folk & Traditional Songs

Ae Fond Kiss - not strictly a folk melody, but it is old - and very lovely!

Ash Grove - an elegant melody that sounds more classical than folk, the lyrics are old-fashioned and poignant

Cat Came Back (for early singers) - a fun and silly song that can be pared down to JUST 5 NOTES for kids who have trouble matching pitch, there is much repetition in the melody (good for finding pitches)

Colorado Trail - a genuine cowboy song, just one verse, surprisingly lovely

Down by the Salley Gardens - this pretty song from England is a setting for a poem by William Butler Yeats with a warning for those who wish to hurry love

Erie Canal - a vigorous minor melody that kids like, with lots of repeating phrases

Green Bushes - a fast, light, pretty melody that speaks of false-hearted love, and feels very "English" in both lyrics and chord progressions

Grenadier and the Lady - Number One with me!  So beautiful, somewhat sad. Lots of opportunities for expressive singing

Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier - Lovely.  Important for breath control and learning to mold a phrase

Lavender's Blue, a pretty song that is VERY simple to sing!  Perfect for young girls just starting out.  Many basics of singing can be taught with this easy song!

Loch Lomond, the most famous song of all from Scotland.  Still beautiful

Mari's Wedding - lots of energy in this Scottish tune, which sounds great with guitar and fiddle backup

The Minstrel Boy - though rather difficult with its long phrases & reaches, this Irish song about the love for one's country is very moving and beautiful.  A great song for BOYS.

Molly Bawn - So sad, but so IRRESISTIBLE.  Lovely and evocative, and requiring good air support, it is educational as well as being satisfying to the musical soul

Muss i denn or Abschied (Wooden Heart) - from Germany by way of Elvis, an adorable folk tune!

Once I Had a Sweetheart - another sad, pretty, and image-arousing song, once sung by Joan Baez

Parting Glass - There are many versions of this GREAT Irish melody.  Download mine free, then check out others!

Scarborough Fair - an old favorite from England, still lovely

She Moved Through the Fair - a strange, shifting melody, with almost creepy lyrics that will haunt you

Shenandoah - So pretty, and genuinely American.  Long phrases, good breath control practice

Skye Boat Song - a singable old Scottish song with a great tune about the escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie after the Battle of Culloden

Spanish Ladies - a minor key sea chanty that swings energetically along - BOYS like singing it too!

The Spanish Lady - Upbeat and energetic, this song is fun to perform with a group

Star of the County Down - LOTS of fun to sing and play!  An excellent ensemble piece

Waltzing Matilda - an unusually pretty melody from Australia; you know this one!  Very popular with kids

The Water is Wide - a very pretty song about disappointed love.  You might have sung this one in high school!

White, Orange and Green - though not widely known, this charming melody about fighting for the right to carry the flag of Ireland has stirring lyrics and soaring phrases. A favorite of my vocal & guitar students












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Marta:
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!!

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Sylvain:
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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I love genuine folk songs, without too much embellishment and arrangment. Glad to have found your site. Jeannette

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