Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Classic Songs & Traditional Tunes

Classic Songs & Traditional Tunes

Fall 2015 Music
Ages: 3 & Up
Producer: Andyland Music
CD Price: $14.98

The folk music tradition has always been a staple of children's music, and veteran children's artist Andy Z shows why in his winning compilation of classics ("Oh, Susanna,"; "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain," "Turkey in the Straw," among them), along with other tuneful originals offered with the warmth of easy familiarity: Raffi's "Shake My Sillies Out" and Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land," for instance, and the cowboy songs "Don't Fence Me In," "Happy Trails" and "Ghost Riders in the Sky"). This is fresh, tradition-honoring take on 15 inviting sing-along tunes and it zings with the inclusion of some seldom-heard verses, fine acoustic instrumentals and the infectious ebullience of Andy Z's vocal delivery.

Lynne Heffley   ©2015 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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