Mike & Peggy Seeger - American Folk Songs for Children

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ITEM# 2692235
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    Personnel: Mike Seeger (12-string acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, autoharp, fiddle); Peggy Seeger (guitar, banjo, dulcimer, autoharp). Personnel: Peggy Seeger (vocals, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, autoharp, concertina, hand claps, percussion); Mike Seeger (vocals, guitar, 12-string guitar, banjo, dulcimer, autoharp, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica, Jew's harp, hand claps); Ewan MacColl, Mike MacCall (vocals). Liner Note Authors: Mike Seeger; Peggy Seeger. Recording information: Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London, England; Seeger Home, Garrett Park, MD. Illustrator: Susan Marsh. The nearly 100 songs collected on this two-disc set aren't necessarily for children (some of them, like the dark "When the Train Comes Along," have death as a theme, and others, like "What Did You Have for Supper," are floating snippets from large and tragic British ballads), and siblings Peggy and Mike Seeger certainly don't sing them the way Mr. Rogers would in his neighborhood, preferring instead to deliver the songs in the rough and ragged manner in which they were probably sung in the first place in the Appalachians and elsewhere, which makes American Folksongs for Children as much a lesson in history and sociology as anything else. It was also obviously a labor of love, since the songs selected are all drawn from the book by the same title originally published by Peggy and Mike's mother, Ruth Crawford Seeger, in 1948. Most of the songs are quite brief (some fall well short of a minute long) and the arrangements are simple and sparse, accompanied by folk instruments that range from banjos and dulcimers to jaw harps and concertinas. No attempt was made to Disney anything up here, and as a result these songs have a sort of ancient, resilient feel about them, as if they were surviving fragments of a longer and darker story, which, in a very real way, they are. Taken together, and grouped loosely into themes (sea shanties, songs about weather, lullabies, songs about trains, etc.), these songs form a kind of suite to America as it existed in the early 1900s, before radio, television, and computers (and the conglomerates behind them) began to heavily influence what songs people ought to sing. Listeners should note that "Free Little Bird," listed as track 45 on the first disc, isn't actually there, and the lead track on disc two, "Who's Gonna Shoe Your Pretty Little Foot," is there but isn't listed, which throws all of the track numbers off by one the rest of the way, which is either a minor problem or a major one, depending on how many kids are clamoring to hear "Dog Tick" (which is pretty darn infectious) one more time. ~ Steve Leggett


    UPC 011661800120
    Runtime 137 min.
    Type Performer
    Genre International
    Sub Genre Appalachian
    Label Rounder Records
    Number of Discs 2
    Track Listing 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. Wind Blow East, The
    • 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. Juniper Tree, The
    • 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. Little Pig, The
    • 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. Train Is A-Coming, The
    • 26. Little Black Train, The
    • 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. Closet Key, The
    • 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. Cherry Tree Carol, The
    Format Compact Disc
    Spars Coding n/a
    Artists Seeger, Mike & Peggy
    Dimensions 0

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