Modern Folk Tunes

Folk tunes composed by Alison Rowley

Longshaw’s was written after a beautiful day walking around the Peak District close to the National Trust’s Longshaw Estate. Alison was proud of her adventurous hiking abilities and wrote this jaunty tune to celebrate!

Alison wrote Home Comforts during the 2020 lockdown. Clearly, being stuck at home didn’t quash her spirits – or perhaps writing this happy polka cheered her up?

Phoebe’s Waltz was written by Alison in August 2019.

Blueberry Pie was written and recorded by Alison in 2018, and arranged for string ensemble.

The Heron was written while Alison was in the Cotswolds for the EAC summer school in July 2011. The course takes place in a beautiful, peaceful valley, and herons can often be seen visiting the nearby fish ponds. You can also buy a short violin trio arrangement, featuring solo violin and two easy accompaniment parts – please contact Alison for more information. This tune was also adapted for Alison’s ‘Arena Overture’ (2013).

24 Ribbons was written and recorded one afternoon in 2018, shortly before Alison embarked on a short ‘maypole tour’ of schools and festivals across the South of England.

No More Highlanders was written in July 2019 as an alternative to Athol Highlander’s!

Rainbow Reel was written at Taransay Fiddle Camp in July 2008 and took first place in the tune-writing competition!

Polka Perplexus is dedicated to the students who didn’t turn up for their piano lessons one day in 2010. Alison wrote this at the piano in her free time – hence the non-melodeon-friendly chords.

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