Wave Over Wave

for mixed chorus and piano

This heartfelt folksong was written by Newfoundlander Jim Payne (b. 1955) in 1994, and appeared as the title song for the Album “Wave Over Wave: Old and New Songs of Atlantic Canada,” with Fergus O’Byrne (1996). The song was also very successfully recorded by the Newfoundland folk rock band Great Big Sea, which released it on their second album, “Up,” in 1995. Payne is a champion of Newfoundland traditional music and founder of the recording label SingSong, Inc., which has released 27 titles. Sincere thanks to Jim for permission to publish this choral arrangement.

“Wave Over Wave” is part of Patrick O’Shea’s Three Newfoundland Folksongs.

  1. Wave Over Wave
  2. She’s Like the Swallow
  3. We’ll Rant and We’ll Roar
SKU: POA-012 Categories: , Instrumentation:
Sacred or Secular:Secular
Descriptive Tags:Folksong, Nostalgia, Sea chantey, Water
Duration:1-5 Minutes


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