Sing-along favourites with piano arrangements, lyrics and guitar chord boxes. Compiled and edited by Theodore Raph, with editorial and background notes, this collection features some all time favourites, including: Greensleeves, Auld Lang Syne and many more.
The title is a little misleading as many, if not most, of the songs are well-known as 'belonging' to the British Isles. They are also in the currect folk and traditional British repertoire. There is nothing which is of European mainland origin. That said, it is a good collection and its strength lies in the accompanying mini-history of each song. Published in the 1960s, its foreword suggests many ways in which people can be encouraged to sing together, an activity which is becoming greatly valued in the early 2000s. Piano accompaniments are easy, and it is a good book to have around. It has much in common with the old 'News Chronicle' community song book. Anonymous
- (Gemozac, France)