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Smithsonian Folkways Children's Music Collection


  • 1. Riding in My Car (Car Song) - Woody Guthrie
    2. Mary Mack - Ella Jenkins
    3. All Around the Kitchen - Pete Seeger
    4. Ha Ha This A-Way - Leadbelly
    5. Merrily We Roll Along - Lord Invader & The Calypso Orchestra
    6. Miwoe Nenyo - Willie K. Amoaku
    7. Pole Pole - Ella Jenkins
    8. Dreams and Youth: Dreams / Youth - Langston Hughes
    9. Why Oh Why - Woody Guthrie
    10. I Had a Rooster - Pete Seeger
    11. Oksn - Ruth Rubin
    12. Sur le Pont d'Avignon - Alan Mills
    13. Benjamin Franklin - Illinois School Children
    14. Pollitos/The Chicks, Los - Suni Paz :: The Chicks - Suni Paz
    15. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star - Ella Jenkins
    16. ABC's - Ella Jenkins
    17. Animal Alphabet - Alan Mills
    18. Whoopie Ti-Yi-Yo - Cisco Houston
    19. Vibora de la Mar/Serpent of the Sea, La - Mexican Children :: Serpent Of The Sea - Mexican Children
    20. Wolf Song and Turtle Song: Wolf Song / Turtle Song - Irene Poolaw
    21. Bedbug - Arna Bontemps
    22. Skip to My Lou/Four Pence a Day: Skip To My Lou / Four Pence A Day - Pete Seeger
    23. Hey Coal Miner - Larry Long
    24. Among the Little White Daisies - Jean Ritchie
    25. Old Bell Cow - The New Lost City Ramblers
    26. One Grain of Sand - Pete Seeger (excerpt)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 45043

  • Credits
    ProducerAnthony Seeger (Compilation)
    Engineer

    Includes liner notes by Anthony Seeger.
    Liner Note Author: Anthony Seeger.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Carla Borden.
    Arrangers: Ella Jenkins; Leadbelly.
    There are over 200 children's recordings in the Folkways catalog. This is not just a smart collection of 26 of the best items from that body of work; it's also folk music that adults might actually listen to for pleasure, at least for part of the time. There are kids' songs, or at least songs that are fun for kids to sing, from such folk giants as Leadbelly, Pete Seeger, Cisco Houston, and Woody Guthrie; Guthrie's "Riding in My Car (Car Song)" is a particular hoot. But there are also tracks from far lesser-known performers, such as children's music specialist Ella Jenkins, and, most importantly, a smattering of cuts from singers of several different continents. There's calypso from Lord Invader, African folk from W.K. Amoaku, Yiddish folk from Ruth Rubin, and selections from Puerto Rican and Mexican artists, not to mention poems by Langston Hughes. It's a fine way to help give kids a multicultural musical grounding without being doctrinaire in the least. ~ Richie Unterberger

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