Tell Us A Tale Tunes

10 April 2011

Theme: Traditional American Tunes (and some that are not but thought of that way)

[Format: Song, Artist, CD, Label]

Mister Rabbit (Trad.), Mike and Peggy Seeger, Animal Folk Songs For Children, Rounder

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (Trad.), Little Mo Mc’Coury, Little Mo’ McCoury, McCoury Music

Freight Train (Elizabeth “Libbe” Cotten), Jerry Garcia and David Grisman, Not For Kids Only, Acoustic Disc

Ruben’s Train (Trad.), Jonny and the Jambusters, It Takes One To Know One, Jon Lohman

Jimmy Brown the Newsboy (Trad./AP Carter), Little Mo Mc’Coury, Little Mo’ McCoury, McCoury Music

Grandma’s Feather Bed (Jim Conner), Brenda Lee, Celebration of Country, Music For Little People

Cluck Old Hen (Trad.)/Old Bell Cow (Trad.), Kim and Jimbo Cary, Animal Friends, Green Hills Music

The Green Grass Grows All Around (Trad.), Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, Ranky Tanky, Signature Sounds

Erie Canal (Trad.), Ben Rudnick, A Frog Named Sam, Bartlett Ave. Records

Shenandoah (Trad.), Dan Zanes, Sea Music, Festival Five Records

Grandfather’s Clock (Henry Clay Work), Doc Watson, Family Folk Festival, Music For Little People

Shady Grove (Trad.), Jan Smith, Jeff Vogelgesang, Tom Proutt, Live on Tell Us A Tale 2005

Little Birdie (Trad.), Mike and Peggy Seeger, Fly Down Little Bird, Appleseed Recordings

Skip To My Lou (Trad.), Tom Glazer, …Sings Honk-Hiss-Tweet-GGGGGGGGGG and Other Children’s Favorites, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Old Joe Clark (Trad.), The Mountain Ramblers, Songs of the South: American Folk Songs For Children, Vol. 4, Atlantic/Wea

Little Brown Dog (Trad.), Taj Mahal, Songs For the Young at Heart, Music For Little People

Wolves-A-Howling (Trad.), Mike and Peggy Seeger, Animal Folk Songs For Children, Rounder


To hear the stories below, visit the Tell Us A Tale Past Stories Page, where they will be available in RealAudio through Saturday, 16 April, 2011.

Theme: North American Tales…

How Jackrabbit Got His Very Long Ears, a Native American tale
Author: Heather Irbinskas (retold by)
Illustrator: Ken Spengler
Publisher: Northland; ISBN 0-873-58566-6

Musical Bed: R. Carlos Nakai, Desert Dance

Jack the Giant Chaser, an Appalachian tale
Authors: Kenn and Joanne Compton (retold by)
Illustrator: Kenn Compton
Publisher: Holiday House; ISBN 0-823-40998-8

Song: Hey Jack, What’s in the Sack?
Artist: Barry Louis Polisar
CD: Naughty Songs for Boys and Girls

How the Stars Fell Into the Sky, a Navajo legend
Author: Jerrie Oughton (retold by)
Illustrator: Lisa Desimini
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin; ISBN 0-395-58798-0

Musical Bed: R. Carlos Nakai, Desert Dance

Sody Sallyratus, an Appalachian tale
Author: Teri Sloat (retold by)
Illustrator: Teri Sloat
Publisher: Dutton Children’s Books; ISBN 0-525-45609-0

Song: Biscuit Blues
Artists: Riders in the Sky
CD: Saddle Pals

Coyote: a trickster tale from the American Southwest
Author: Gerald McDermott
Illustrator: Gerald McDermott
Publisher: Harcourt; ISBN 0-152-00811-X

Song: Shake It Off
Artists: Buck Howdy and BB
CD: Chickens

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