Classic Folk Songs for Kids from Smithsonian Folkways

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In Classic Folk Songs for Kids, curator Jeff Place culls a cross-section of 26 classics from the Smithsonian Folkways vaults to tell an intriguing story of American signature sing-alongs.  The songs’ origins are as fascinating as the songs are fun: centuries-old European ballads, an American Revolutionary tune, 19th-century American folksongs, African-derived game songs, a sea chantey, a railroad jingle, camp songs, and even an opera song! And the singers themselves are a who’s who of American folk music artistry—Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Cisco Houston, Suni Paz, Tom Glazer, Lord Invader, and many more. 56 minutes, 40-page booklet with lyrics.

This is the 25th release in the Smithsonian Folkways Classic Series. Click here to learn more about this enjoyable introduction to the diverse repertoire of American music.

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Year Released 2016
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2016 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) American Folk; Children's

Download Liner Notes

101 Froggie Went a-Courtin’ Elizabeth Mitchell 3:49
102 Polly Wolly Doodle Pete Seeger, Bess Hawes, and Tom Glazer 1:51
103 Skip to My Lou Lead Belly 2:15
104 I’ve Been Working on the Railroad Ella Jenkins 1:27
105 She’ll Be Comin’ ’Round the Mountain Sarah Lee Guthrie and Family 2:44
106 John Henry Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry 4:08
107 Brown Girl in the Ring Lord Invader 1:49
108 Old King Cole Jean Ritchie 1:11
109 Green Grass Grows All Around Sam Hinton 2:25
110 La rana (The Frog) Suni Paz 2:05
111 I Had a Rooster Pete Seeger 3:55
112 Go Tell Aunt Rhody The Ritchie Family 1:45
113 Miss Mary Mack Ella Jenkins 1:59
114 Yankee Doodle Pete Seeger 1:41
115 Rock Island Line Snooks Eaglin 2:06
116 Big Rock Candy Mountain Tom Glazer 3:10
117 On Top of Old Smoky Pete Seeger 2:19
118 Crawdad Hole Cisco Houston 2:17
119 Oh Susannah Pete Seeger 1:18
120 Goober Peas Tom Glazer 2:03
121 Arroz con leche (Rice and Milk) Young Mexican girls 0:37
122 Riding in My Car Elizabeth Mitchell 2:49
123 Whoopie Ti-Yi-Yo, Get Along Little Dogies Cisco Houston 2:05
124 Home on the Range Pete Seeger 1:51
125 Shenandoah Alan Mills 2:45
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