Songs of the British Isles

Folk, Traditional, Various
Lyrical, vibrant, reflective, folksy with a jazz tinge…
Rickards, Craig
20 minutes
4, 5, 6



8 traditional folk songs from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales arranged for 7-9 saxophones. These contrasting pieces are of moderate difficulty and can be played separately or as a complete set.

The E-Edition PDF bundle comes with the following parts:

Standard parts
Soprano Saxophone
Alto Saxophone 1
Alto Saxophone 2
Alto Saxophone 3
Tenor Saxophone 1
Tenor Saxophone 2
Baritone Saxophone

Optional parts
Sopranino Saxophone
Bass Saxophone


  1. The Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)
  2. Amazing Grace
  3. Ar Lan y Mor (On The Sea Shore)
  4. The Ash Grove
  5. Scarborough Fair
  6. The Blaydon Races
  7. The Skye Boat Song
  8. Paddy’s Green Shamrock Shore

“Songs of the British Isles” is also available in hard-copy from June Emerson Wind Music. Please note, the optional Sopranino Saxophone and Bass Saxophone parts are not currently included in the hard-copy edition.

1 review for Songs of the British Isles

  1. Hafiz R.

    An excellent addition to any Saxophone Ensemble! Even if you are not from the British Isles, the melodies in this 8 movement arrangement will sure tug at the heartstrings of both audience members and players alike. At a cursory glance, each part, melodic or harmonic line looks deceivingly simple, but one will soon quickly realize just how many different ways the music can interpreted to evoke the feelings demanded by each movement – therein lies the challenge and fun of this arrangement. Close your eyes while you perform this work, and you can really imagine yourself being there in the British Isles!

    Also, an added benefit of this arrangement is how customizable it is. You can perform it in its entirety, perform just one movevement, or mix and match any way you like to fit your needs!

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