Saddleworth Songs began while I was still at college in the late 70s. At that time I wrote the opening piece, 'Gladrags'. Years later, I came back to the piece and added more pieces, each one inspired by places and traditions in the area close to my home. All of the pieces were written for solo acoustic guitar, preferably nylon strung but steel strung is fine. The score is written in both TAB and standard notation. Easy chord charts are also included so that there is something there for almost any type of guitarist.
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This is a contemporary arrangement of a well-loved Advent hymn. Ideal as a reflective solo during an Advent service. Sections could be repeated for a longer performance. It is, in effect, three variations on the melody, which is always present.
This mysterious carol has been arranged using jazz influenced harmonies to create a sense of the scene at Christ's birth. There are no repeat bars as the intention was to create a seemingly different mood for each of the verses. It would make a great addition to any Advent service.
It is uncertain when the melody was actually written but its popularity is due to William Grattan Flood, an organist at St. Aidan's Cathedral, Enniscorthy, in County Wexford, Ireland. This arrangement maintains the melody throughout and tries to maintain a feel of its Celtic origin. It could be used as a piano solo maybe as part of an Advent service.
A fairly easy arrangement of the Elton John hit. Includes pedal markings and dynamics. Good for extended repertoire for teachers and for pupils looking for pieces to play themselves.
Useful as extra material for piano students. Melody with arpeggio accompaniment and sustained bass notes.
Simple arrangement which can be played along with the original.
Simple arrangement of the popular song.
Useful as additional material for teachers.
Includes words and cue notes for the changes to melody line in second verse.
Also has the chord symbols for keyboard use or additional guitar chords.
Simple piano part. Includes lyrics and alternative melody line for verse two.
Also has ukelele chord diagrams.