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irish song that is kid friendly

GUEST,emmie 03 Mar 12 - 06:53 PM
Sandy Mc Lean 03 Mar 12 - 10:27 PM
Bert 04 Mar 12 - 12:00 AM
Joe Offer 04 Mar 12 - 01:48 AM
Anglo 04 Mar 12 - 02:38 AM
Manitas_at_home 04 Mar 12 - 02:43 AM
GUEST,Allan Conn 04 Mar 12 - 03:50 AM
Paul Burke 04 Mar 12 - 04:46 AM
Paul Burke 04 Mar 12 - 05:04 AM
Bonnie Shaljean 04 Mar 12 - 05:12 AM
Mo the caller 04 Mar 12 - 09:36 AM
Mo the caller 04 Mar 12 - 09:39 AM
Noreen 04 Mar 12 - 10:00 AM
GUEST 04 Mar 12 - 11:37 AM
GUEST 05 Mar 12 - 07:57 PM
Joe Offer 05 Mar 12 - 09:39 PM
georgeward 06 Mar 12 - 02:02 AM
Anglo 06 Mar 12 - 03:02 AM
GUEST,mg 06 Mar 12 - 05:54 AM
GUEST 06 Mar 12 - 06:24 AM
Johnny J 06 Mar 12 - 06:33 AM
Bonnie Shaljean 06 Mar 12 - 07:15 AM
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Subject: irish song that is kid friendly
From: GUEST,emmie
Date: 03 Mar 12 - 06:53 PM

I've volunteered to go in to my sons nursery around St Patricks day and sing a song as well as play a little tune on the flute! I'm not the most brilliant flute player but thought the king of the fairies might be good on the flute as it speeds up which kids like. Any suggestions for a song to sing? I'd like something that has a good irish feel to it which I can put some ornamentation into so they can hear that but that also has an easy chorus to pick up. Any thoughts from mudcat folks?


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Subject: RE: irish song that is kid friendly
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 03 Mar 12 - 10:27 PM

The Unicorn


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Subject: RE: irish song that is kid friendly
From: Bert
Date: 04 Mar 12 - 12:00 AM

Rattling Bog
Paddy Mcginty's goat


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Subject: RE: irish song that is kid friendly
From: Joe Offer
Date: 04 Mar 12 - 01:48 AM

I was thinking of "Wee Willie Lost His Marley," but maybe that's to sophisticated for nursery school. Then again, maybe not.

"I'll Tell Me Ma" would be another.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: irish song that is kid friendly
From: Anglo
Date: 04 Mar 12 - 02:38 AM

I'll Tell My Ma, like he said.


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Subject: RE: irish song that is kid friendly
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 04 Mar 12 - 02:43 AM

What's so Irish about The Unicorn? It was written by an American and became a hit for a Canadian band!


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Subject: RE: irish song that is kid friendly
From: GUEST,Allan Conn
Date: 04 Mar 12 - 03:50 AM

"It was written by an American and became a hit for a Canadian band!" The band may have been formed in Canada but they, or at least most of them, seem to have been Irish emigrants. You don't necessarily stop being Irish, or whatever, just because you move to another country. Saying that I get the point about the song. It is American. The original poster asked for something with an Irish feel and I imagine there are plenty of actual Irish songs with that. Someone suggested "I'll Tell Me Ma" which would be good.


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Subject: RE: irish song that is kid friendly
From: Paul Burke
Date: 04 Mar 12 - 04:46 AM

Poor Dog Tray.


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Subject: RE: irish song that is kid friendly
From: Paul Burke
Date: 04 Mar 12 - 05:04 AM

Sorry, that was meant to be a link:Poor dog tray.


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Subject: RE: irish song that is kid friendly
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 04 Mar 12 - 05:12 AM

An Maidrín Rua (Red Fox), a bright bouncy little song about a fox that you can invent hand-motions to, which young kids seem to like. Its lively melody would suit the flute too.

Mudcat thread here:

Lyr Add: An Maidrin Rua
http://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=8906

[Forgive lack of clickie - arm pain so am minimising on typing today]


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Subject: RE: irish song that is kid friendly
From: Mo the caller
Date: 04 Mar 12 - 09:36 AM

Joe, are your suggestions Irish? I think of them as North of England songs.


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Subject: RE: irish song that is kid friendly
From: Mo the caller
Date: 04 Mar 12 - 09:39 AM

I was thinking 3 Lasses of Bannion, but maybe the humour would be slightly old for Nursery. And it doesn't have achorus just a repeated word (different in each verse)


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Subject: RE: irish song that is kid friendly
From: Noreen
Date: 04 Mar 12 - 10:00 AM

Rattlin' Bog/ Bog down in the Valley as mentioned above would be a good one for nursery children, simple tune for joining in, repetitive and with suitable subject matter :)

Have fun!


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Subject: RE: irish song that is kid friendly
From: GUEST
Date: 04 Mar 12 - 11:37 AM

Thanks everyone. Lots of interesting ideas to go and explore!


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Subject: RE: irish song that is kid friendly
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Mar 12 - 07:57 PM

so far little red fox is my favourite but it requires me to sing in Gaelic aaaagh. Gotta find a full translation! The rattlin bog is really similiar to the green grass grew all around sung by Pete Seeger....I just get really confused with all the different things you have to list each time!!


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Subject: RE: irish song that is kid friendly
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Mar 12 - 09:39 PM

Mo, you could be right, but don't say it too loud around Irish Catholics - and Grandma McQuaid was the ultimate Irish Catholic. The version I sing says "Wee Willie Lost His Marley" down the Springfield Road in Belfast in Northern Ireland.

I'll Tell Me Ma" is about the "Belle of Belfast City." I've also heard her referred to as the "Belle of Dublin City," but Belfast seems more common - can we find references to other cities in that song?

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: irish song that is kid friendly
From: georgeward
Date: 06 Mar 12 - 02:02 AM

"Colcannon" works.


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Subject: RE: irish song that is kid friendly
From: Anglo
Date: 06 Mar 12 - 03:02 AM

And nobody has mentioned "Brian O'Linn."


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Subject: RE: irish song that is kid friendly
From: GUEST,mg
Date: 06 Mar 12 - 05:54 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XForS42BrAk

hope that is the right link...Thai children singing tell me ma...they sing lots of Irish songs..darling children..I think some of the songs probably are not age-appropriate for them though. mg


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Subject: RE: irish song that is kid friendly
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Mar 12 - 06:24 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLSdFofR0Tg - Weile Weile Waile - The Dubliners

Perhaps not....

:-)


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Subject: RE: irish song that is kid friendly
From: Johnny J
Date: 06 Mar 12 - 06:33 AM

Oops, that was me above. I wasn't logged on.

Weela Wallia is a very catchy song to be sure but maybe not appropriate. Mind you, many lullabies also have a very dark meaning an dhistory.


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Subject: ADD: An Maidrin Rua
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 06 Mar 12 - 07:15 AM

I haven't seen any English words for An Maidrín Rua that I thought were simple and clear enough for young children (especially a whole group of them), so I've put together some verses below, which beg, borrow & plain invent. I think my version will probably "sing" more easily in a classroom.

You could just do the words of the title in Irish and leave the rest in English. Phonetically, "Maidrín Rua" seems to have acquired some filler-syllables and sounds like: MOD uh REE na rooa, with "rua" elided into one syllable (rather like the word "hour"). It's easy and repetitive, so should be pretty quick for kids to pick up. Best of luck! Bonnie


AN MAIDRÍN RUA

As I came walking over the hill
I saw a young fox eating
Hiding in the bush with his fine red brush
And the tops of his two ears peeping

   Chorus*

Good morning, Fox
Good morning, Sir
So merrily came his greeting
I said You'll pay
This very day
For that fine fat goose you're eating

You stole my ducks
You stole my cocks
You stole my four hens laying
Now try your greed
On my fastest steed
And my hunting hounds a-baying

Tally ho, on the run
Tally ho, on the run
Tally ho my boys, we'll find him
But the little red fox is gone from the rocks
And he leaves them far behind him

*Chorus:
Maidrín rua, rua
Maidrín rua
Maidrín rua, none bolder
Little Red Fox, a-creeping through the rocks
With a fat goose o'er his shoulder


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Subject: RE: irish song that is kid friendly
From: DrugCrazed
Date: 06 Mar 12 - 08:20 AM

My favourite thing about rediscovering all the songs I sang when I was 10-11 is how filthy they actually were and I didn't realise it. And I only recently realised how dirty Bully In The Alley is.

I'll vote for I Tell Me Ma, since it's simple. But if you want to pretend Mari Mac is Scottish and screw with them...


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Subject: RE: irish song that is kid friendly
From: DrugCrazed
Date: 06 Mar 12 - 08:22 AM

Oh the version on CD is more fun, they speed up a hell of a lot.


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Subject: RE: irish song that is kid friendly
From: GUEST
Date: 06 Mar 12 - 06:30 PM

Thanks for the suggestions and particularly helpful the words for an maidrin rua....you understood perfectly what is needed for younger children Bonnie, thankyou. I'll tell me ma is also growing on me. I'll probably sing that to my son and see how it goes down!


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