Diane Loomer Choral Series


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Away from the Roll of the Sea    by Allister MacGillivray   arr. Diane Loomer 

TTBB with piano    $2.35    CP 1028 
(see the score while you listen)

SSAA with piano    $2.35    CP 1001

SAB with piano    $2.35    CP 1087

SATB with piano    $2.35    CP 1525

One of Allister MacGillivrays and Canada’s favorite folk songs originally arranged for the Elektra Women’s Choir by Diane Loomer  our all time best seller! Harmonies are straight forward and the poetry is quintessential MacGillivray.

Barrett’s Privateers by Stan Rogers    arr. Ron Smail 

TTBB    $2.35    CP 1253 
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SATB    $2.35    CP 1226

Stan Rogers, Canada’s folk music hero, speaks to all of us through his words and music. This is a rollicking sea shanty. Not many songs have swearing (moderate) but this one really works! You might be swearing too if you lost both your legs!

Fogarty's Cove    by Stan Rogers    arr. Ron Smail 
(Canadian folk song)

TTBB    $2.35    CP 1033 
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SATB    $2.35    CP 1032

Stan Rogers, Canada’s folk music hero speaks to all of us through his words and music. This arrangement is faithful to Stan’s musical style  and its great to sing.

Optional violin, guitar, and bass parts are available upon request.

Frobisher Bay  - James Gordon  arr. Diane Loomer 

TTBB    $2.35    CP 1115 
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One of the very few folk songs from Canada's frozen North. It's the tale of the captain of a whaling ship who decides to push the late summer season to catch "one more whale", but finds himself and his crew frozen in for the winter. Diane's arrangement captures the mood of sailors who won't see their home and families for another nine months, if at all.

Four Strong Winds  by Ian Tyson, arr. Larry Nickel 

SATB    with piano    $2.35    CP 1160
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TTBB    with piano    $2.35    CP 1161
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SSAA    with piano    $2.35    CP 1162

SAB      with piano    $2.35    CP 1194

This is Ian Tyson’s beloved Canadian folksong, about life in southern Alberta - love and loss.  Men and women take turns carrying the melody while the piano emulates the guitar.  Nickel’s arrangement has been presented by honour choirs at PODIUM and ACDA conventions. Perfect music for high school and community choirs!  There is also a symphonic setting available.

Let Me Fish Off Cape St Mary's    arr. Diane Loomer 

SA    $2.25    CP 1039  - view the score

This familiar Newfoundland folk song is set for unison treble voices with optional divisi and suggested colour accompaniment. Most appropriate for children’s choir but might also be a simple read and song for women.

Log Drivers' Waltz   by Wade Hemsworth    arr. Ron Smail 

SATB    $2.35    CP 1029

SSA    $2.35      CP 1030 
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A show-stopper of a piece! This work is a piece of Canadiana, is funny and exciting, and includes a coloratura soprano solo.

Make and Break Harbour    by Stan Rogers    arr. Ron Smail 

SATB & piano  $2.50 (opt. instr)    CP 1031 
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Ron has given Stan Roger’s poignant classic a solid and approachable choral rendition.

In Make and Break Harbour the boats are so few
Too many are pulled up and rotten.
Most houses stand empty old nets hung to dry
Are blown away lost and forgotten

Optional violin, guitar, and bass parts are available upon request.

Old Lady Rose   by David  Baker    arr. Larry Nickel

SATB with piano    $2.50    CP 1124 
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In Stan Rogers’ “Make and Break Harbor” we regret the passing of the cod from eastern oceans. Now in Baker’s Old Lady Rose we bemoan the same phenomenon happening to the salmon on the west coast. Baker’s sea shanty of regret begins and ends with a melancholy farewell. Nickel adds sensuous harmonies.

Royal Hudson by David  Baker    arr. Larry Nickel

SATB with piano    $2.50    CP 1130
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Listen to the Chor Leoni performance. This song is a real cooker. Get on board and ride along British Columbia's famous coastline. Baker's railroad rhythm captures the excitement of one of BC's landmarks - famous engine #2850 - the Royal Hudson.

Song for Peace    by Allister MacGillivray    arr. Diane Loomer 

SATB with piano        $2.35    CP 1016 
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SA with piano        $2.35    CP 1017

TTB with piano        $2.35    CP 1019

SAB with piano         $2.35    CP 1018

One of Allister’s most popular folk tunes originally written for solo voice — arranged for solo and choir. The tune has the typical MacGillivray lilt and the harmony is correspondingly uncomplicated.

Watching the Apples Grow    by Stan Rogers    arr. Ron Smail 

SATB    piano (opt. instr)    $2.50    CP 1125

TBB      piano (opt. instr)    $2.50    CP 1223 
  (see the score while you listen)

Another of our favorite combinations  a popular tune by Stan Rogers with a very upbeat choral arrangement by Ron Smail. This rollicking hoedown-type tune compares the joy and freedom of growing apples in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia with life in the big city. Guess who wins? The rhythms are challenging but easily learned, the words come fast but easy, and the harmonies have that special Smail touch.

Optional violin, guitar, and bass parts are available upon request.

Williams Lake Stampede    by Alan Moberg    arr. Larry Nickel

SATB with piano    $2.50    CP 1120
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Alan Moberg, one of BCs favorite folk song writers, gives us this rollicking musical vision of BCs best known (and wildest) rodeo. Complete with thigh slapping rhythm, catchy melody, and down home lyrics, it regales us with names of many of the Cariboo’s most famous cow towns. The tunes are simple but effective and Nickels harmonies are appropriately twangy and perfectly suited to a visit to part of the last frontier.

V'la L'Bon Vent    arr. Allison Girvan

SSAA    $2.35    CP 1105 
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SATB    $2.35    CP 1235

This classic French Canadian Folksong, is over 300 years old, and was sung by the Voyageurs and Coureur du Bois (pioneers) as they worked. Snappy rhythms and an unforgettable melody makes this piece stand apart.


Noted choral specialist, Diane Loomer, C.M., founded Cypress Choral Music in 1990. The company was launched with her arrangement of “Away From the Roll of the Sea”. (Since then the wonderful piece has had over 33 print runs.) After Diane passed away in 2012, her husband selected fifteen of Diane’s all time favourite folk song arrangements - listed below.

The Diane Loomer Choral Series

Canadian folksong favourites

read Diane’s biography here.