Barnyard Dance: Jug Band Music for Kids

Barnyard Dance: Jug Band Music for Kids

by Maria Muldaur



As Maria Muldaur puts it in her liner notes, jug band music is, by its very nature, a "happy, snappy, lighthearted, humorous, goofy, wacky, high-spirited" sound, which certainly would appeal to any child. Why this now-marginalized genre -- born in the '20s and popularized in the '60s via acts such as the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and the Even Dozen Jug Band (of which Muldaur was a member) -- was never marketed with kids in mind is a good question, but Muldaur hits the perfect note with this collection. Played on washboards, spoons, kazoo, and other fun instruments -- as well as guitar, banjo, bass, fiddle, et. al. -- these old songs, with titles like "I Love to Ride My Camel" (wonder if it's the same camel Muldaur sent to bed on her '70s hit "Midnight at the Oasis"), "Under the Chicken Tree," and "Singing in the Bathtub" are whimsical and silly, yet never condescending as so much children's music tends to be. Muldaur's voice is huskier than it was back when she was making her popular albums in the '70s, but it's well-suited to these tunes. This is what she started out doing half-a-century ago, and adults with a soft spot for the jug band-folk style, and for Muldaur's output in recent years, will undoubtedly enjoy this music -- much of it from the traditional folk canon -- as much as their little ones.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2010
Label: Music Little People
UPC: 0081227980306
catalogNumber: 524467

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Maria Muldaur   Primary Artist,Kazoo,Vocals,Dialogue
Jim Rothermel   Horn,Penny Whistle
Suzy Thompson   Fiddle
Joe Crockett   Bass,Washtub Bass
Alex Anagnostopoulos   Vocals
Kit Stovepipe   Guitar,Jug
Farren O'Farren   Hospitality
Devin Champlin   Banjo,Mandolin
Lucas Hicks   Washboard,Bells,Spoons,Pans,Pots,Tin Cans

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Jim Kweskin   Arranger,Adaptation
Geoff Muldaur   Arranger,Adaptation
Maria Muldaur   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Adaptation
Carl Martin   Composer
Smiley Burnette   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Neil Osborne   Cover Art
Leib Ostrow   Executive Producer
Irving Kaufman   Composer
Ari Rios   Engineer
Harry Revel   Composer
Ernest Breur   Composer
Toni Pawlowsky   Cover Graphics
Sudhananda   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Lucien Brown   Composer
Jeanne Burns   Composer
Alex Anagnostopoulos   Duet
Matt Gordon   Composer
Maureen McCready   Music Business Affairs
George Rezendes   Engineer
Lucas Hicks   Whistle

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