List of Downloadable Songs

These songs are available for downloading for free. I found that, on my Microsoft-based system, a song could be downloaded by right-clicking it and then choosing 'save link as...'  If that doesn't work, try left-clicking on the song. On Apple systems, I'm told that the magic combination is Control (click mouse).

All songs here are either traditional or by us. If you like a song, or if you would like to donate to help out John with his medical expenses, we suggest a contribution of $1 per song, payable through the PayPal button at the bottom of this page. Until further notice, all monies collected, minus PayPal fees (approximately 4%) will go to John for his medical expenses. Besides Chowder songs, there are some solo songs by John and songs from the Voice of the Turtle album (1987) by Kathy and Ed Sobansky and Bob and Sue Esty. Thanks to Tchipakkan Fair Richards-Taylor for the digital copy of Voice of the Turtle. There are also four songs from the bootleg album we don't know about, recorded live in performance, and provided by David Gesswein.

All songs here are either traditional, written by us, or we have special permission to use them. Given this particular arrangement, we cannot post songs written by others in this format. If you are aware of a song that is on one of our CDs that falls into the above criteria that you would like to download you can email Bob and request that it be posted. If you have problems, questions, or song requests please email Bob at

Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy (trad)
Away Rio (trad)
Broomfield Hill (trad)
Ballad of the C.S.S. Hunley (John Huff)
Dance (Bob Esty)
Dig My Grave (trad)
General Taylor (trad)
Harpsong of the Dane Women (Kipling/Sobansky)
How Can I Keep from Singing? (trad)
Jacobites by Name (trad)
Leave Her Johnny (trad)
Lowlands_Low (trad)
New South Wales (trad)
New York Girls (trad)
Not Our Fault (Bob Esty)
Not As Young (Bob Esty)
O Leary (trad)
Partings (Bob Esty)
Queen of Air and Darkness (Anderson/Sobansky, used with permission)
Rolling Down to Old Maui (trad)
Sailors' Hymn (trad)
Simple Gifts (Trad)
Sweet Hope of Glory (trad)
Two Lawyers (trad)
Tshotsholosa (trad)
Twa Corbies (trad)
Vo Kusnitse (trad)
Volga Boatmen (trad)
Worms of the Earth (Bob Esty)

The songs below were recorded and played by John. These arrangements (and most of the songs) do not appear on any of our albums.

Boys of Goose Hill (Delint/Huff, used with permission)
Country Life (trad)
Low Down Whippet Blues (John Huff)
My Son John (trad)
No Thumbs Blues (John Huff)
Vintage Guitar (John Huff)

Voice of the Turtle

Bar the Door (trad)
Fairy Love Song (trad/Sue Esty)
Harp Song of the Dane Women (Rudyard Kipling/Kathy Sobansky)
La Belle Dame Sans Merci (John Keats/Sue Esty)
Lament for the Pilgrims (Kathy Sobansky)
On Guard (Bob Esty)
Shipwreck (Bob Esty)
Sir Ton and the Tree (Kathy Sobansky)
The Fishmonger (Kathy Sobansky/trad)
The Hunt is Up (trad)
The Silke (trad)
The Virgin's Lullaby (trad)
Unquiet Grave (trad)
Westron Wind (Kathy Sobansky) 

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