Smithsonian Folkways Children's Music Collection

Smithsonian Folkways Children's Music Collection


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There are over 200 children's recordings in the Folkways catalog. This is not just a smart collection of 26 of the best items from that body of work; it's also folk music that adults might actually listen to for pleasure, at least for part of the time. There are kids' songs, or at least songs that are fun for kids to sing, from such folk giants as Leadbelly, Pete Seeger, Cisco Houston, and Woody Guthrie; Guthrie's "Riding in My Car (Car Song)" is a particular hoot. But there are also tracks from far lesser-known performers, such as children's music specialist Ella Jenkins, and, most importantly, a smattering of cuts from singers of several different continents. There's calypso from Lord Invader, African folk from W.K. Amoaku, Yiddish folk from Ruth Rubin, and selections from Puerto Rican and Mexican artists, not to mention poems by Langston Hughes. It's a fine way to help give kids a multicultural musical grounding without being doctrinaire in the least.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/17/1998
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074504321
catalogNumber: 45043
Rank: 61752

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lead Belly   Track Performer
Woody Guthrie   Track Performer
Cisco Houston   Track Performer
Larry Long   Track Performer
New Lost City Ramblers   Track Performer
Jean Ritchie   Track Performer
Pete Seeger   Track Performer
Langston Hughes   Track Performer
Alan Mills   Track Performer
Ella Jenkins   Track Performer
Suni Paz   Track Performer
Arna Bontemps   Track Performer
Ruth Rubin   Track Performer
Willie K. Amoaku   Track Performer
Irene Poolaw   Track Performer
Invader & The Calypso Orchestra   Track Performer
Mexican Children   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Lead Belly   Arranger,Composer
Ella Jenkins   Arranger
Alan Lomax   Composer
John A. Lomax   Composer
Anthony Seeger   Liner Notes
Carla Borden   Contributor
Traditional   Composer
W.K. Amoaku   Composer

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