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GUEST,Texas Guest 14 Dec 06 - 10:03 PM
oldhippie 14 Dec 06 - 10:21 PM
Scrump 15 Dec 06 - 06:52 AM
GUEST,Brian Peters 15 Dec 06 - 07:58 AM
GUEST 17 Dec 06 - 12:54 PM
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Seamus Kennedy 18 Dec 06 - 12:51 PM
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Alaska Mike 18 Dec 06 - 01:47 PM
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Subject: Looking For Celtic Songs For Children
From: GUEST,Texas Guest
Date: 14 Dec 06 - 10:03 PM

These days I'm doing more Celtic festival gigs on the "children's stage" but the problem is that I only have enough songs for one set and I do hate to repeat sets even at a two-day festival. Below is a list of what I'm currently singing with hope that some of the catters can help me out by adding to it.

Yes, I have been all over the internet and kids stuff is just about everywhere - it's the narrowing to the Celtic genre that is making it so difficult. My current line-up of kids songs contains Celtic songs and songs that are not necessarily Celtic, but are accepted as part of the Celtic "community" - at least in Texas. I would also be interested in your opinion as to what "regular" adult Celtic songs would go over well from a children's stage.

Here's what I'm currently doing:
St. Brendan's Fair Isle
St. Patrick Was A Gentleman
A Place In The Choir
The Garden Song
The Cat Came Back
The Unicorn Song
Waltzing With Bears
The Orange And The Green
The Old Carrion Crow
Leatherwing Bat

As I wrote - to the above I add some non-Celtic songs that go over well, but I'd rather be able to do two or three sets of Celtic kids stuff without repeating. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Looking For Celtic Songs For Children
From: oldhippie
Date: 14 Dec 06 - 10:21 PM

This might be a good one.

THESE LITTLE PETS OF OURS
(Tune: This Little Light of Mine)
words by Asia Avery-Serio

These little pets of ours
We're gonna love them so
These little pets of ours
We're gonna love them so
These little pets of ours
We're gonna love them so
Love them so, love them so, love them so

These little pets of ours
They're our pride and joy
These little pets of ours
They're our pride and joy
These little pets of ours
They're our pride and joy
Pride and joy, pride and joy, pride and joy



These little pets of ours
They're so valuable
These little pets of ours
They're so valuable
These little pets of ours
They're so valuable
Valuable, valuable, valueable

These little pets of ours
They're our happiness
These little pets of ours
They're our happiness
These little pets of ours
They're our happiness
Happiness, happiness, happiness


fc



How about "The Marvelous Toy" - Tom Paxton
"Who Built The Ark" - recorded by Mike & Peggy Seeger


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Subject: RE: Looking For Celtic Songs For Children
From: Scrump
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 06:52 AM

There are a lot of 'adult' (meaning not specifically aimed at children, rather than sexual in nature) songs that children would enjoy singing along with, but I guess some of them might need a bit of tweaking lyrically if you wish to avoid offending any PC brigade types who might frown upon mentions of alcohol or violence, etc. in front of the young 'uns :-)


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Subject: RE: Looking For Celtic Songs For Children
From: GUEST,Brian Peters
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 07:58 AM

In my experience you can't go wrong with "The Devil and the Farmer's Wife" (various versions on this site if you search). Don't know about 'Celtic', but it is an old ballad from the British Isles that travelled over to the Appalachians. Look out for "Two Little Boys" (which includes Devil song) and "Old Time Songs for Kids" by Jeff Warner and Jeff Davis - some great old material on those releases.


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Subject: RE: Looking For Celtic Songs For Children
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Dec 06 - 12:54 PM

I am a little beggarman, cape breton lullaby, bold doherty


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Subject: RE: Looking For Celtic Songs For Children
From: Scrump
Date: 17 Dec 06 - 12:59 PM

The Galway Farmer
Biddy Mulligan
The Ragman's Ball
Finnegan's Wake
Anna Liffey
Zoological Gardens


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Subject: RE: Looking For Celtic Songs For Children
From: GUEST,Dogboy
Date: 17 Dec 06 - 01:58 PM

What is a Celtic song? Please define your parameters.


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Subject: RE: Looking For Celtic Songs For Children
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 17 Dec 06 - 07:56 PM

There's a fine collection of Scottish songs aimed specifically for children by Katherine Campbell and Ewan McVicar, complete with a CD. $18 from CAMSCO Music.


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Subject: RE: Looking For Celtic Songs For Children
From: GUEST,Texas Guest
Date: 17 Dec 06 - 11:18 PM

Thanks folks, for all of your help - TG


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Subject: RE: Looking For Celtic Songs For Children
From: harpmolly
Date: 18 Dec 06 - 01:56 AM

There's a lovely little book called "Moon Penny" that is a collection of Irish children's songs. I did a quick Google search:

Meek, Bill (complier), "Moon Penny", Ossian Publications, 0-94600-530-3

I don't remember if the book includes music--it might just be the lyrics. But you could set them to trad tunes. :)

Cheers,

Molly


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Subject: RE: Looking For Celtic Songs For Children
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 18 Dec 06 - 12:51 PM

Wee Willie's Lost His Marley
The Dunnes Song
The Wee Kirkcudbright Centipede
Ma, Ma, Will You Buy Me A Banana?
The Old Sow
These and many oher non-Celtic/Irish songs can be found on Mudcat's very own Seamus Kennedy's Children's CD - "Seamus Kennedy Gets On Everybody's Nerves", available at cdbaby.com.

Our very Own Seamus Kennedy


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Subject: RE: Looking For Celtic Songs For Children
From: black walnut
Date: 18 Dec 06 - 01:29 PM

Baloo Baleerie is a gorgeous Gaelic lullaby - I just recorded it but it's not out yet. It will be on my CD called "Simply Beautiful".

Far in the Wood is a short ballad in the style you're looking for, I think - it's on my "Up and Over the Moon! giggle, dance and cuddle songs for the Very Young" Cd.

There are also some really wonderful Celtic songs and rhymes on Carol Ashton's CD "A Children's Ceilidh". It has spoken rhymes and songs -a great resource - for instance these traditional ones - The Tailor and the Mouse, My Aunt Jane, and Goodie on a Saucer.

Available on: Merriweather Records

~b.w.


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Subject: RE: Looking For Celtic Songs For Children
From: Alaska Mike
Date: 18 Dec 06 - 01:47 PM

My children always enjoyed singing along with:

Angus McFergus McTavish Dundee
The Little Beggarman
Red Haired Mary
Johnny McEldoo


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Subject: RE: Looking For Celtic Songs For Children
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 18 Dec 06 - 05:05 PM

OK, Mike, now that you're up and around, time to get working on that Kids' album!
I look forward to seeing you and Tawmmie in January.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Looking For Celtic Songs For Children
From: GUEST,Texas Guest
Date: 19 Dec 06 - 01:00 AM

Again - thanks to all of you - I now have much more than when I first
posted. Cheers - and a Merry Christmas to y'all. TG


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Subject: RE: Looking For Celtic Songs For Children
From: Willa
Date: 19 Dec 06 - 06:50 AM

Try this site http://www.kistodreams.org/


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Subject: RE: Looking For Celtic Songs For Children
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 19 Dec 06 - 07:03 AM

Nothing the least bit specifically "Celtic" about most if not all of those songs. But any song, if it's a good song, is quite at home in Ireland anyway.


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Subject: RE: Looking For Celtic Songs For Children
From: Cluin
Date: 19 Dec 06 - 07:32 AM

Brian O'Linn


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Subject: RE: Looking For Celtic Songs For Children
From: GUEST,padgett
Date: 19 Dec 06 - 08:10 AM

How about Singing Kettle I think they are called, aka

Cilla Fisher and Artie Tresize who won Scottish TV awards for their Childrens progamme and singing 'kids' songs

Cilla sister of Archie Fisher/Rae? Fisher family

Ray


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Subject: RE: Looking For Celtic Songs For Children
From: Mick Tems
Date: 19 Dec 06 - 09:56 AM

Yes, Cilla's the sister of Archie and Ray (not Rae). Ray Fisher is married to Northumbrian piper Colin Ross, and she played a blinder when she was down here in Llantrisant. Cilla Fisher and Artie Tresize have a show called The Singing Kettle.

Incidentally, I think Texas Guest says "Celtic" when he means "Irish" - and there were a good many non-Irish songs in his list. This is a well-worn fallacy among Americans - there are simply thousands of Celtic children's songs from Wales, Brittany, Scotland, Cornwall, the Isle of Man and Ireland too. England doesn't profess to be Celtic (apart from Northumbria, Cumbria and the Devon coast).

I hope that's made things clear!


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Subject: RE: Looking For Celtic Songs For Children
From: Cluin
Date: 19 Dec 06 - 10:10 AM

Clear as Connaught mist.


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Subject: RE: Looking For Celtic Songs For Children
From: Dazbo
Date: 19 Dec 06 - 11:31 AM

As a kid I always liked Paddy McGinty's goat (pun intended!)


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Subject: RE: Looking For Celtic Songs For Children
From: MorwenEdhelwen1
Date: 22 Apr 11 - 08:10 AM

A Trinidadian traditional song, very bawdy, but still plausible because of its humour: "My Donkey Wants Water", or "Hold 'Em Joe".


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Subject: RE: Looking For Celtic Songs For Children
From: MorwenEdhelwen1
Date: 22 Apr 11 - 09:23 AM

Not "Celtic", I know, but the original post said "To the above I add some non-Celtic stuff'. Irish: Siuil a Ruin.


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Subject: RE: Looking For Celtic Songs For Children
From: GUEST,Fitba Crazy
Date: 22 Apr 11 - 09:27 AM

I think this should be balanced and include Rangers songs as well.


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Subject: RE: Looking For Celtic Songs For Children
From: machree01
Date: 22 Apr 11 - 11:26 AM

Micky Marleys Roundabout - Barnbrack

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfMtOpGcK5A
Puff The Magic Dragon - Barnbrack

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glmx7qOSY8I


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