American Folksongs for Children

American Folksongs for Children

by Mike Seeger


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An earlier review summarizes this project as being for ages three to seven, but perhaps this isn't the best target audience for such an extensive project. Above all this set should be of interest to many listeners conceptually, as it represents a labor of love that spans a generation. Brother and sister Mike and Peggy Seeger have recorded the collection of simple children's folk songs their mother, Ruth Crawford Seeger, assembled and published in the book of the same title as this set. Both collections includes dozens and dozens of songs, from the ultra-familiar "Skip to My Lou" to the futile "Scraping up Sand in the Bottom of the Sea." The big question is: Who is it that is going to sit and listen to this whole thing? It is seriously pretty doubtful that most tots in the age groups listed above would get extensive use out of the three-album box or multiple-CD set, although there are individual songs that will be found appealing, no doubt. The more specifically focused collections the Seegers created for the same label or Folkways will find a more appreciative audience among children, as it is easier to see little folk enjoying one disc of all animal songs than wading through this entire morass of material. Fans of Mike Seeger's instrumental virtuosity in the old-timey music arena will also find this material a bit laid-back, since hot-shot picking wasn't the point here. (Kids would like the set better if it was, however). Librarians, music teachers, and other archivists are going to be the folks who really appreciate this collection, especially in tandem with the book. For sake of argument, the best vocal is on "Goodbye, Old Paint." Somewhere along the line the disastrous graphic decision was made to remove the charming black-and-white photo from the cover and replace it with a cheesy, folksy painting of the same scene.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/14/1997
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661800120
catalogNumber: 8001
Rank: 92511


Disc 1

  1. Yonder She Comes
  2. Down Came a Lady
  3. Who's That Tapping at the Window?
  4. Such a Getting Upstairs
  5. Toodala
  6. How Old Are You?
  7. Jimmy Rose He Went to Town
  8. What Shall We Do When We Go Out?
  9. Goodbye, Julie
  10. Goodbye Old Paint
  11. Oh, Oh, the Sunshine
  12. Sweet Water Rolling
  13. The Wind Blow East
  14. Rain, Come Wet Me
  15. It Rained a Mist
  16. Rain or Shine
  17. One Cold and Frosty Morning
  18. By'm Bye
  19. Jim Along Josis
  20. There Was a Man and He Was Mad
  21. Riding in the Buggy, Miss Mary Jane
  22. Billy Barlow
  23. The Juniper Tree
  24. Old Joe Clarke
  25. Down by the Greenwood Sidey-O
  26. Roll That Brown Jug Down to Town
  27. As I Walked out One Holiday
  28. She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
  29. Juba
  30. Run, Children, Run
  31. All Around the Kitchen
  32. I'm Going to Join the Army
  33. Scraping up Sand in the Bottom of the Sea
  34. Old Mister Rabbit
  35. Old Molly Hare
  36. Oh, John the Rabbit
  37. The Little Pig
  38. Bought Me a Cat
  39. Hop, Old Squirrel
  40. My Horses Ain't Hungry
  41. Did You Go to the Barney?
  42. Have a Little Dog
  43. Froggie Went A-Courtin'
  44. Little Bird, Little Bird

Disc 2

  1. Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot
  2. Poor Old Crow
  3. Ducks in the Millpond
  4. Jim Crack Corn
  5. Eency Weency Spider
  6. Dog Tick
  7. Whoe Built the Ark: Noah, Noah
  8. Mary Wore Her Red Dress
  9. Pretty Little Girl with the Red Dress On
  10. This Lady She Wears a Dark Green Shawl
  11. Walk Along, John
  12. Do, Do Pity My Case
  13. Hanging out the Linen Clothes
  14. Lula Gal
  15. Old Aunt Kate
  16. What Did You Have for Supper?
  17. Baby Dear
  18. Johnny, Get Your Hair Cut
  19. I Got a Letter This Morning
  20. Rose, Rose, and up She Rises
  21. What'll We Do with the Baby?
  22. Hush Little Baby
  23. Pick a Bale of Cotton
  24. This Old Hammer
  25. The Train Is A-Coming
  26. The Little Black Train
  27. When the Train Comes Along
  28. John Henry
  29. Every Monday Morning
  30. Going Down to Town
  31. Sailing in the Boat
  32. Blow Boys Blow
  33. Fire Down Below
  34. Sally Go Round the Sunshine
  35. This Old Man
  36. Skip-A to My Lou
  37. When I Was a Young Maid
  38. The Closet Key
  39. Built My Lady a Fine Brick House
  40. Where Oh Where Is Pretty Little Susie?
  41. Jingle at the Windows
  42. Adam Had Seven Sons
  43. Here Sits a Monkey
  44. Go to Sleepy
  45. Monday Morning Go to School
  46. Hush 'N' Bye
  47. Turtle Dove
  48. Mary Had a Baby
  49. Jesus Borned in Bethlea
  50. The Cherry Tree Carol

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mike Seeger   Primary Artist,Dulcimer,Banjo,Fiddle,Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Autoharp,Jew's Harp,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Hand Clapping,Quills,Autoharp (Hammered)
Ewan MacColl   Vocals
Peggy Seeger   Dulcimer,Banjo,Guitar,Percussion,Autoharp,Concertina,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Mike MacCall   Vocals

Technical Credits

Mike Seeger   Special Effects,Liner Notes
Peggy Seeger   Special Effects,Liner Notes
Susan Marsh   Illustrations,Cover Illustration
Traditional   Composer

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