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Folky children's albums

27 Nov 12 - 01:11 PM (#3443153)
Subject: Folky childrenss albums
From: GUEST,Jan in B'ham

Hello,

I'm looking for a folky children's album to give as gifts at Christmas. I know about the Tim Hart one which is excellent but are there any more that can be recommended?

Thanks

Jan


27 Nov 12 - 01:36 PM (#3443170)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: GUEST,Peter Laban

So Early in the Morning


27 Nov 12 - 02:04 PM (#3443186)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: Seamus Kennedy

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/seamuskennedy5


27 Nov 12 - 02:05 PM (#3443190)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: Seamus Kennedy

Oops - blue clicky:
seamus kennedy gets on everybody's nerves


27 Nov 12 - 02:43 PM (#3443207)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: Reinhard

I like Jess and Richard Arrowsmith's Off We Go!.


27 Nov 12 - 03:09 PM (#3443215)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: GUEST,John Foxen

Why Does It Have To Be Me? by Roy Bailey with Val Bailey, Sue Harris and John Kirkpatrick
Oats and Beans and Kangaroos with Leon Rosselson is good if you can find a copy.
Tall Tailes (correct) by Pete Coe
Alphabet Zoo by Ralph McTell


27 Nov 12 - 03:21 PM (#3443220)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: GUEST,CJ

Clare Beaton's got two illustrated children's books with really good CDs. The first one:

Playtime Rhymes for Little People

Is sang and played in an American bluegrass-esq fashion. Good singing and playing, female voice.

The second one:

Mother Goose Remembers

Is equally good and sang and played by an English sounding folk group, concertina being the prominent instrument. The male singer sounds a lot like Martin Carthy (!)

Both are thoroughly recommended.


27 Nov 12 - 04:51 PM (#3443282)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: YorkshireYankee

Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer have done absolute LOADS of kids' stuff (the great majority of their CDs & videos for kids have won "Parents' Choice" awards, American Library Association awards, and been Grammy Award winners/finalists.

Even more importantly, kids like 'em a lot!

Here's a link to their stuff for kids (there's two pages worth):
http://www.cathymarcy.com/store/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1&categor

Sue Trainor and Jennie Avila of female folk trio Hot Soup also have done some very well-received CDs for kids. (Links take you to their respective CDBaby pages, where you can find their kids' CDs as well as their other stuff)

Richard and Jess's CD is another brilliant one for kids.

AND I have to mention a CD for the parents of kids, A Parents' Home Companion, by Cathy & Marcy, which is one of my all-time fave CDs ever; has a bunch of songs that make me laugh out loud (literally), dealing with situations that all parents will relate to. It's a real gem!

There's so much great stuff - have fun picking...!


27 Nov 12 - 05:41 PM (#3443303)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: CupOfTea

Oldie but goodie:
Peter Paul & Mommy by Peter, Paul & Mary

Barry Louis Polisar who made up some incredibly fun songs for kids to sing - I gave his albums as gifts when my niecelets were wee, back in the 1980s "You Can't say PFFFFT on the Radio" would raise the humidity in the room when they were singing it.

Cat Tales by Cindy Mangsen isn't strictly a kid's album, but the theme is sure to please a cat loving child.

John McCutcheon has two - Howdjado and can't remember the second - great singalongable stuff from a genuinely wonderful performer.

Farther afield from folk, but *I* loved as a kid was a recording of Peter & The Wolf. It's been so many years since I've seen that vinyl, that I don't remember either orchestra or narrator.

Along with folkymusic, perhaps consider some storytelling for kids? Dan Keding has some great albums - some with singing as part of the storytelling.

There are several folk musicians who've done lullaby albums. Priscilla Herdman comes to mind, and possibly Anne Hills. If lullabies would work, try searching it on Mudcat for some singer suggestions.

Consider if YOU have to listen to it repeatedly, that it's music you'd like, too! Very early childhood things like "Wee Sing" might drive you round the bend in large doses.

Bless you for thinking of this as a gift for a child - get 'em interested while they're young!

Joanne in Cleveland


27 Nov 12 - 08:08 PM (#3443390)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: GUEST,mg

It won't be done in time but we are putting together a lullaby CD for traumatized children..or others...some well known songs, some new ones, from several countries. It will be around $15 US to buy but then you can copy it for free if you work iwth needy children in a school, hospital, missionary group etc. It is going to be very nice. Probably out around Feb.


27 Nov 12 - 08:13 PM (#3443392)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: PHJim

I'll have to second the Cathy & Marcy albums.
When my kids, now 36, were younger they had a few favourites. They liked the Pete Seeger story/songs Abiyoyo and The Foolish Frog.
There was a great Michael Cooney kids album on Front Hall that they and I really enjoyed.
They also had a couple of Eric Nagler albums and a Valdy kids album. Another favourite was a Cathy Fink, Duck Donald and Peter Paul VanCamp album which I think was called I'm Gonna Tell. If that wasn't the title, it did have that great Rosalee Sorrels song on it.


27 Nov 12 - 08:20 PM (#3443396)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: Suegorgeous

Ditto Roy Bailey, he's made a couple.


27 Nov 12 - 08:26 PM (#3443397)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: GUEST

Leadbelly Sings for Children, the CD reissue of his Negro Folk Songs for Young People LP


27 Nov 12 - 08:39 PM (#3443399)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: GUEST

Also, there's Pete Seeger's Children's Singalong at the Town Hall


27 Nov 12 - 09:25 PM (#3443410)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: Joe Offer

Ella Jenkins has done some wonderful stuff for children on the Folkways label. I don't think Dan Zanes gets the credit he deserves for exposing kids to traditional music. He has also recorded a number so songs from Carl Sandburg's American Songbag songbook.

John McCutcheon did four seasonal albums for children, Autumnsongs and I bet you can guess the rest. My favorite is the winter one, which has a song about soup and another about the dangers of licking pump handles. Oh, and McCutcheon has an album called Bigger Than Yourself that has some great songs to teach kids the values of trade unions. One called "The Principle" is a classic.

Harry Chapin's brother, Tom Chapin, has done some fascinating albums for children, and one with McCutcheon called Doing Our Job that is interesting but maybe more for adults.



-Joe-


27 Nov 12 - 10:25 PM (#3443430)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: maeve

Cindy Kallet's cd "Leave the Cake in the Mailbox" and Anne Dodson's "Nearly Grown" are two of the best I know.


27 Nov 12 - 11:45 PM (#3443457)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: GUEST,henryp

We have thoroughly road tested the Musical Mystery Tour series by Simon Mayor and Hilary James. You will not get better musicianship! Most CDs are a mixture of traditional songs, tunes and their own very clever songs.
Simon and Hilary


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27 Nov 12 - 11:54 PM (#3443459)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: GUEST,henryp

The other CDs we relied on were by the Singing Kettle - Cilla Fisher (the sister of Archie and Ray), Artie Trezise and Gary Coupland.

They combine traditional Scottish children's music with their own songs, and can be enjoyed by children and parents alike.

Singing Kettle


28 Nov 12 - 12:00 AM (#3443460)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: GUEST,henryp

And then there is the great Raffi from Canada! Start with Baby Beluga and work your way through the rest.

Raffi


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28 Nov 12 - 12:13 AM (#3443463)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: GUEST,Masha

Geff Crawford: Recess!   Some old favorites, some very funny originals.


28 Nov 12 - 02:25 AM (#3443474)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: Spleen Cringe

Sandra Kerr and John Faulkner - Bagpuss. Available from Fellside Records.

Pete Coe - Tall Tailes. Available from his website.


28 Nov 12 - 02:51 AM (#3443477)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: Crowhugger

Lots of great ones mentioned already. In addition I recommend black walnut's music available here.


28 Nov 12 - 03:14 AM (#3443482)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: GUEST,Erich

Tim Hart & Friends: My Very Favourite Nursery Rhyme Record
Pete Coe: Tall Tailes


28 Nov 12 - 03:25 AM (#3443483)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: theleveller

Well I don't know if you'd call it folky but Ralph McTell's Alphabet Zoo was a firm favourite with my kids - but beware, you'll end up singing Kenny the Kangaroo for the rest of your life...

..."Oh, my name is Kenny and I'm a kangaroo garoo, garoo..."


28 Nov 12 - 04:29 AM (#3443502)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: Dave Hanson

Not For Kids Only, David Grisman and the late Jerry Garcia, absolutely brilliant.

Dave H


28 Nov 12 - 07:33 AM (#3443568)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: AnneMC

Phil Rosenthal : "Folksongs and Bluegrass for Children" and "Turkey in the Straw". He has a couple more CDs for children too.

Doc Watson: Songs for Little Pickers


28 Nov 12 - 07:37 AM (#3443569)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: AnneMC

Another favourite CD: "Cajun for Kids" by Papillion


28 Nov 12 - 08:07 AM (#3443584)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: GUEST,Jan in B'ham

Thanks all. Have ordered 'Off we go!' by the Arrowsmiths.


28 Nov 12 - 08:53 AM (#3443621)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: GUEST,Michael J

all US folk songs, but
Laura Veirs "Tumble Bee" is nice

also just saw this on Amazon: Elizabeth Mitchell - You Are My Little Bird on Folkways. the version of "Three Little Birds" is very cute


28 Nov 12 - 10:10 AM (#3443672)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: GUEST,Clive

Surprised no-one's mentioned Megson's new album, 'When I Was a Lad' yet. I think it's terrific.


02 Dec 12 - 02:57 AM (#3445606)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: GUEST,Lin

Someone else mentioned Priscilla Herdman and yes, she is a wonderful folk singer with three children's CDs.

She has her own website, http://www.priscillaherdman.com/, but you can get any of her CD's including her children's albums on CD Baby. You can also hear song samples from all of these albums on CD Baby. (not entire song) but will give you an idea of her singing from these albums.

The album titles are:

1. Stardreamer

2. Moondreamer

3. Daydreamer

I have heard Priscilla Herdman in concert and she has a lovely, lovely voice. Her children's albums are very good as are all her other albums!


02 Dec 12 - 01:54 PM (#3445796)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: GUEST,Jan in Brum

'Of we Go!' arrived yesterday, 32 tracks of lovely songs including some I haven't heard of before. I think my Grandson will love it, I hear it's a useful CD for long car journeys.


02 Dec 12 - 09:57 PM (#3445978)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: Gurney

Cyril Tawney had an LP called 'Children's Songs from Devon and Cornwall.' You'd have to see Rosemary's website to see if it is acvailable on CD.


03 Dec 12 - 03:56 AM (#3446030)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: KT

Elizabeth Mitchell's You Are My Little Bird is wonderful - a fav in our house. Also, if you can still get any of Sharon, Lois and Bram's recordings, they're also terrific!
KT


03 Dec 12 - 04:34 PM (#3446350)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: PHJim

I forgot to mention Ken & Chris Whiteley's Juniour Jug Band. My kids enjoyed this and ended up becoming friends with Dan and Jenny, Chris's kids who guested on this album and were pictured on the cover.


03 Dec 12 - 11:52 PM (#3446540)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: ChanteyLass

And don't forget Tom Paxton, Bill Harley, and The Nields. Apologies if they've already been mentioned and I missed them above.


19 Apr 17 - 11:09 AM (#3851238)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: FreddyHeadey

The Laycock/Broadside album is great.

Two which come to mind :
Some lovely songs on this Clanceys cd
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/The-Clancy-Brothers-and-Tommy-Makem-Irish-Folk-Songs-amp-Airs-CD-/302062136225 

Jackie Oates, Lullabies
https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/?iid=381324131613&&&adgroupid=33676502101&rlsatarget=pla-271883428315&abcId=893836&adtype=pla&merchanti 

Playlist here on Spotify leans towards English and folkish tracks.
Chosen for variety rather than brilliance but you might find some other ideashttp://open.spotify.com/user/headey/playlist/0Rhebg4iUjYH55ZYOKHEVu



I don't read posts from 'GUEST         ' or 'GUEST,Guest'


19 Apr 17 - 11:22 AM (#3851240)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: GUEST,Peter Laban

So Early in the Morning: Irish Children's Songs, Rhymes & Games
The Clancy Children.


19 Apr 17 - 11:23 AM (#3851242)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: Jack Campin

If you want to sing them yourself this new book of Scots songs is nice:

Thor Ewing: Auld Songs for Bairns and Wee Weans


19 Apr 17 - 09:55 PM (#3851345)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: ChanteyLass

I'll add The Limelighters "Through Children's Eyes."


20 Apr 17 - 11:33 AM (#3851441)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: Cool Beans

I used to review children's music for Parents Magazine (US), and you've all made wonderful suggestions. May I also add anything by Canadian trio Sharon, Lois & Bram. I'm especially partial to "Mainly Mother Goose."


21 Apr 17 - 05:12 AM (#3851573)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: GUEST,Mark Bluemel

Hilary James and Simon Mayor had a great series of recordings under the "Musical Mystery Tour" banner - gave my kids a lot of enjoyment.


21 Apr 17 - 05:22 AM (#3851575)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: GUEST,guest

A couple more recommendations:

'The Funny Family' by Alison McMorland with the Excelsior Band.

'Mother Goose' by the Anomoanon.


21 Apr 17 - 05:47 AM (#3851578)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: GUEST,henryp

We had some Spinners CDs too.

And we played the Shanty Crew until the children started asking too many questions.


21 Apr 17 - 10:59 AM (#3851659)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: GUEST

Ralph McTell has The Complete Alphabet Zoo, it is great fun, lots of things to sing along with.


21 Apr 17 - 12:40 PM (#3851689)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: David Carter (UK)

Don Spencer has a number of children's albums, such as Feather, Fur and Fins. May not be folky enough for some.


21 Apr 17 - 05:03 PM (#3851735)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: GUEST,Help me find a certain song recorded on a ki

Sometime within the last 15 years or so, a children's musician (or a musician with more than one or two children's albums) recorded a version of "Aiken Drum".

Instead of having the 2/4 rhythm, it was more like a bluegrass or country-music 4/4 type accompaniment.


I cannot for the life of me recall the artist's name - I think he had a Jewish surname.

Any help would be appreciated.

By the way, I'm putting together a program of American folk songs for children - this thread has been very helpful so far! :)


21 Apr 17 - 05:08 PM (#3851737)
Subject: RE: Folky children's albums
From: GUEST,^ the above was me

Found it. Phil Rosenthal. Turkey In The Straw - Bluegrass Songs For Children. Great version of Aiken Drum and lots of other fun songs, too.