An indispensable album by the master of folk music. With nothing but his warm voice and his 5-string banjo, Seeger breathes joy and life into these old Americana tunes.
Pete Seeger recorded two albums of children's songs back in 1955 for the Folkways label. This CD reissue combines Birds, Beasts, Bugs & Big Fishes and Birds, Beasts, Bugs & Little Fishes into one collection. Seeger's passion as a folk song collector and dedication to quality performances make this CD a timeless treasure.
Seeger presents familiar tunes like "Frog Went A-Courting," "Teency Weency Spider," "Skip to My Lou," and "I Know an Old Lady (Who Swallowed a Fly)," as well as lesser-known gems like "Fly Through My Window," "The Darby Ram," and "Old Gray Mule." The album also includes the best performance ever of the song/story "The Foolish Frog." A great family sing-along CD!
It can't be emphasized enough how important Seeger's contributions were to the field of children's music. Albums like Birds, Beasts, Bugs & Fishes, Little and Big brought old Americana tunes back into the lives of families, and children today still sing these songs thanks to Pete Seeger and his banjo.
Released originally in 1955, rereleased February 17, 1998; Smithsonian Folkways