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Country Gardens

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Subject: English folk music, Jimmie Rodgers (pop singer), Smile (The Beach Boys album), Arts in Australia
Collection: 18Th-Century Songs, Compositions by Percy Grainger, English Folk Music
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Country Gardens

Country Gardens is an English folk tune collected by Cecil Sharp and arranged for piano in 1918 by Percy Grainger.

In 2008,[1]Country Gardens was added to the National Film and Sound Archive's Sounds of Australia registry.


  • Format of renditions 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4
    • Video clips 4.1

Format of renditions

The tune and the Percy Aldridge Grainger arrangement for piano and orchestra is a favourite with school orchestras, and other performances of the work include morris dancing. Jimmie Rodgers sang a well-known version ("English Country Garden"), which reached Number 5 in the UK charts in June 1962. Anglo-Australian comedian Rolf Harris recorded a satire of the Rodgers version in the 1970s. Comedian Allan Sherman used this melody as the tune for his 1963 song, "Here's to the Crabgrass".

See also


  1. ^ Country Gardens

External links

  • Historical background
  • Listen to 'Country Gardens' on australianscreen online and read more about the title

Video clips

  • Piano duet
  • Student ensemble
  • School orchestra
  • Morris dancers
  • Rolf Harris
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