our repertoire

Our Repertoire

Our repertoire includes a mix of English and foreign songs and encompasses many genres. We sing a capella versions of folk songs, protest songs, blues, jazz, pop, gospel and a smattering of comic songs. We often choose songs that are relevant to women’s lives both past and present.

Each year we introduce new songs to the repertoire. Some of our songs have been composed specifically for Wessex Women and others have been written and / or arranged by members.

You can hear samples on our Have a Listen page

About Some of Our Current songs

Minnie O’Shirva’s Cradle Song. A traditional lullaby/song from Shetland, arranged by Craig, Morgan and Robson.

Promise – Emily Marshall A song for the earth.

Sto Me e Milo A Macedonian folk song. A young man is singing to his mother.

Warrior  written by Kim Baryluk A song to inspire and empower women to look out for each other and fight for justice.

Harbour Anna Tabush  A song to welcome refugees in need of shelter.

Harriet Tubman –  Walter Robinson.  The story of Harriet’s incredible journey, rescuing and freeing slaves in America in the 1850’s.

Better Times  written by Janis Ian during lockdown, to encourage a sense of hope. Arranged by Penny Stone.

Oi Khodyt’ Son Kolo Vikon – The Dream Passes by the Windows – Traditional Ukrainian lullaby, arranged by Jake Alexander

Over the River a Cuckoo Cried  A Ukrainian song, by Halyna Ovcharenko, about a young orphan calling for her mother.

Muie Rendeira  A Brazilian song made famous in the 60s by Joan Baez. It was the central theme of a film about a well known local bandit.

Lives in the Balance is a politically charged song by Jackson Browne released in 1986 but still relevant today.

Shadowlands was written by Sammy Hurden in collaboration with Wessex Women and captures the haunting beauty of the Blackdown Hills.

Gorani is an Armenian Folk song dating back to the Middle Ages and was originally a love song.

Keep You in Peace is a farewell song written by Sarah Morgan.

Thula Mama is a Zulu lullaby

Araruna originates from an Amazonian tribe. A girl is wondering who a parrot belongs to – does it belong to the tribe or nature?