Tell Us A Tale Tunes

18 September 2011

September 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, so it seemed a good time to play a few tunes that make you go argh.  And with fall just around the corner, we figured it was time to celebrate autumn with some tales and tunes of nature.

Theme: Pirates & Woodland Creatures (Big & Small)

[Format: Song, Artist, CD, Label]

Don’t Shake Hands With a One-Eyed Pirate, Gunnar Madsen, Ants in My Pants, G-Spot (City Hall)

I’m a Singin’ Pirate, Captain Bogg and Salty, That’s What Little Boys Are Made Of, Music For Little People

Drunken Sailor/Fiddle Tunes, Paul Kelly & Richard Durrant, Oliver Unleashed on British Isles, Walking Oliver

Yo, Ho (A Pirate’s Life For Me), Music of Disney: Legacy in Song, Walt Disney

The Pirate Boy, Larry Kirwan, Keltic Kids, Pirate Moon Records


Snake Baked a Hoecake, Kim & Jimbo Cary, Animal Friends, Green Hills Music

Little White Duck, Burl Ives, … Sings Little White Duck, Columbia

Old Lady Goose, Mike, Peggy, Barbara and Penny Seeger, Animal Folk Songs For Children (CD One), Rounder

There Was an Old Frog, Peggy, Barbara and Penny Seeger, Animal Folk Songs For Children (CD One), Rounder

Bear Creek, Reeltime Travelers, Livin Reeltime Thinkin Old-Time, Sci Fidelity Records

The Three Bears, Gary Rosen, Animal Playground, Putumayo Kids

Teddy Bears’ Picnic, The Persuasions, On the Good Ship Lollipop, Music For Little People

Ole Slewfoot, Jan Smith, Jeff Vogelgesang, Tom Proutt and Fred Boyce, LIVE on Tell Us A Tale, Nov. 2001

The Cuckoo, Ella Jenkins, African American Legacy Series: A Life of Song, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Red Bird, Lead Belly, ...Sings For Children, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Mockingbird Hill, Maria Muldaur, On the Sunny Side, Music For Little People

The Ugly Duckling, Danny Kaye, A Child’s Celebration of Song, Music For Little People

Fox and the Goose, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Family, Go Waggaloo, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Grey Goose, Dan Zanes with the Kronos Quartet, Catch That Train, Festival Five Records


To hear the stories below, visit the Tell Us A Tale Past Stories Page, where they will be available in RealAudio through Saturday, 17 September, 2011.

Author: Leo Lionni
Illustrator: Leo Lionni
Publisher: Knopf; ISBN 0-394-81040-6

Song: Harvest (live on Tell Us A Tale)
Artists: Jan Smith, Jeff Vogelgesang, Tom Proutt and Gerald Seriano

The Ants and the Grasshopper, an Aesop fable
Storyteller: Peter Jones
Musicians: Tom Proutt, Jeff Vogelgesang, Gerald Soriano

Song: The Ant and the Grasshopper (What They Didn’t Tell You)
Artist Barry Louis Polisar
CD: Old Enough To Know Better

Round Robin
Author: Jack Kent
Illustrator: Jack Kent
Publisher: Prentice-Hall; ISBN 0-137-83332-6

Song: Rockin’ Robin (live on Tell Us A Tale)
Artists: Jan Smith, Jeff Vogelgesang and Tom Proutt

The Crane Wife, a Japanese tale
Author: Odds Bodkin (retold by)
Illustrator: Gennady Spirin
Publisher: Harcourt Brace; ISBN 0-152-01407-1

Musical Bed: Kohachiro Miyata, Shakukachi Flute

Bearhead, a Russian Folktale
Author: Eric A. Kimmel (retold by)
Illustrator: Charles Mikolaycak
Publisher: Holiday House; ISBN 0-823-40902-3

Song: The Happy Wanderer
Artist: Bill Staines
CD: The Happy Wanderer

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