Lime Juice Tub & Ryebuck Shearer

Lime Juice Tub and Ryebuck Shearer are two Australian folk songs; ‘Lime Juice Tub’ is colloquial for ‘sailing ship’ and ‘Ryebuck Shearer’ is a nineteenth-century term meaning ‘expert shearer’ – that is, a person who could shear a great many sheep in a day!



In this medley arrangement in G major for mixed ability performers, the memorable tunes are played by violin, viola, and/or clarinet (Part A), with an option to add flute. This part also offers an advanced option in third position for violinists who wish to be challenged. Lively accompaniment is provided by violin, clarinet and/or viola (Part B), as well as cello, keyboard and/or bass clarinet (Part D). Simpler parts for beginner violin, viola, clarinet and/or flute (Part C) and cello (Part E) are also included as optional additions. Lime Juice Tub & Ryebuck Shearer caters for a range of performance abilities, and what’s more, the engaging rhythms and metric modulations in this arrangement will certainly keep all players, no matter their performance level, alert and entertained!


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Number of Pages: 36

Number of Parts: 3 (minimum) with 2 more optional parts

Instrumentation: (your choice of instrument/s per part)

Part A – Violin, Clarinet in B♭, Viola, Flute (additional)

Part B – Violin, Clarinet in B♭, Viola

Part C (optional) – Violin, Viola, Flute, Clarinet in B♭

Part D – Cello, Keyboard, Bass Clarinet in B♭

Part E (optional) – Cello

How to use: This arrangement for mixed ability players is suitable for a trio, chamber group or small orchestra using any combination of any number of the instruments listed above. Lime Juice Tub & Ryebuck Shearer is in three parts (Parts A, B & D) with two optional parts for beginner instrumentalists (Parts C & E); there are in general at least two different ability level options for each possible instrument. All you need to do is assign parts to the players in your ensemble while ensuring you have a satisfactory balance and blend of instruments. Some examples of instrument combinations include:

  • Part A Violin(s), Viola(s) and Clarinet(s) in B♭; Part B Violin(s) and Viola(s); Part C Beginner Violin(s) and Flute(s); Part D Cello(s) and Clarinet(s) in B♭; Part E Beginner Cello(s).
  • Part A Clarinet(s) in B♭ and Flute(s)(additional); Part B Clarinet(s) in B♭; Part D Bass Clarinet(s) in B♭ and Cello(s).
  • Part A Violin; Part B Clarinet in B♭; Part C Beginner Violin; Part D Keyboard.
  • String trio with additional instruments.


But these are only some of the many options! The Flexible Ensemble Series gives you the opportunity to mix and match parts to suit the young musicians in your ensemble.

N.B. Part A must be played by Violin, Clarinet in B♭ and/or Viola. Flute can be added to one or more of these supporting instruments.

Additional information


2-5 Minutes

Base Instrumentation

Can be played by strings only, Can be played by strings plus other instruments, Can be played by winds only, Can be played by winds plus other instruments, Can be played by winds, strings, and percussion

Number of Parts

3 part, 4 part, 5 part


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