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Thread #94305   Message #1823886
Posted By: Herga Kitty
31-Aug-06 - 04:56 PM
Thread Name: English traditional songs for children
Subject: RE: English traditional songs for children
Do they have to be English, and for children, why the bias against Hackney? Songs are only hackneyed if the children haven't already hear them ad nauseam. I remember listening to the BBC at primary school (a long time ago) so we could sing Strawberry Fair, When the boat comes in, What shall we do with a drunken sailor, and Riding on a donkey, also My love's an arbutus and the Skye boat song, (not English). A friend of mine learned from Jim Mageean and Johnny Collins, and passed on to his infant son, who subsequently sang them to his primary school teacher, "All God's critters got a place in the choir" and "Tindy lend me your pigeon". The son also learned and sang the Kippers' "Norfolk and good", but I guess that's not recommended for children.....