Star of the County Down Voice Sheet Music

Star of the County Down - voice students will enjoy this fun,vigorous, and beautiful Irish sheet music. 

Some pieces of music seem to spread like wildfire through a group of musicians, and this free vocal sheet music will do that with your students too!

If you want to hear --and see! -- a fun rendition of this song, complete with fiddle, pipes, and drums, watch the "Orthodox Celts" perform "Star of the County Down" on the YouTube video below.

Vigorous, humorous, and very musical, my students and I have watched this video many times!


Here is Star of the County Down vocal sheet music:

Star of the County Down for voice - Free sheet music from Ireland

Star of the County Down for voice - Free sheet music from Ireland

Please scroll down to the bottom of the page for the link to the printable PDF.

I have used big chords in the piano left hand to help propel energy into this song.  But if I had only ONE vocalist singing, instead of a group, I would not use such big chords - or at least they would be played softly!

When I have a really terrific piece like this that is also a song, I usually end up giving it to my pianists, guitarists, and singers alike.  Oh, and fiddle students too!

They all benefit, and frequently end up playing it together.  You can find piano versions of Star of the County Down here, and guitar tabs here.

I have to thank a local fiddle and guitar teacher named Dan for introducing local musicians to this great piece! You'll thank him too. 

If you are interested in a fancier arrangement with more chords, plus lyrics to a Bible verse written to this melody, check out this page, "For God So Loved the World", at my new site, Sing The Bible Story.





Download printable free Star of the County Down voice sheet music





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

Irish fiddle sheet music for strings

Lori:
Thanks so much! All of my students LOVE playing Irish Wedding!

50 Great Irish Love Songs music book

Audrey: 
I just wanted to tell you that I have found your website EXTREMELY helpful!  I have a young group of children that I have started a youth choir with and I was searching for music ideas and I came across your   website. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!








The Adventures of Tonsta, Volume 1, is a book about a young boy travelling over mountains and fjords from village to village, encountering trolls and helping folk in distress.

The Adventures of Tonsta

A perfect read aloud storybook
for little boys or girls. 

The Adventures of Tonsta highlight the travels of a very young boy with a good heart, who goes about helping folk in trouble.  

With a red cap on his head and a sack of tools slung over his shoulder, Tonsta seems to meet people in distress wherever he goes.

Lots of trolls in this book - including one who gives him a Christmas gift!

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