The Great American Folksong

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
What you get here is not a traditional album of children singing famous American folk songs the Michigan State University Children's Choir has issued one of those, if that's what you're looking for, but it may be something better. The Children's Chorus of Washington under director Joan Gregoryk maintains smooth intonation, but the news here is the repertory, devised with a multicultural group of collaborators and encompassing a good deal of contemporary material. The collaborators -- Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer from the bluegrass/Appalachian side, and Kim and Reggie Harris from the realm of traditional African-American music -- contribute arrangements, vocals, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
What you get here is not a traditional album of children singing famous American folk songs the Michigan State University Children's Choir has issued one of those, if that's what you're looking for, but it may be something better. The Children's Chorus of Washington under director Joan Gregoryk maintains smooth intonation, but the news here is the repertory, devised with a multicultural group of collaborators and encompassing a good deal of contemporary material. The collaborators -- Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer from the bluegrass/Appalachian side, and Kim and Reggie Harris from the realm of traditional African-American music -- contribute arrangements, vocals, and instrumental support. The basic accompaniment comes not from a piano although one is present in the jazzy "A Tisket, a Tasket," track 9, but from a string ensemble, which varies from banjo and mandolin to the bass that backs up several African-American spirituals. From both these traditions come more contemporary pieces Ola Belle Reed's "High on a Mountain" from bluegrass, and "Up Over My Head," made famous by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, from gospel, as well as pieces that would generally be considered folk songs, and they're mixed in with music from Mexico, Israel, French Louisiana, and a few bona fide old American folk songs. The whole thing hangs together very nicely, and the youthful choristers seem to be having a good time performing the program. Dorian's engineering keeps their voices intelligible and is in general all that could be desired. This can be recommended to those who enjoy children's choral singing in general, and is specifically urged on those who work with children's choirs themselves because it offers numerous fresh ideas.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2011
  • Label: Dorian Recordings
  • UPC: 053479212429
  • Catalog Number: 92124
  • Sales rank: 374,009

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Children's Chorus of Washington Primary Artist
Cathy Fink Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Marcy Marxer Mandolin, Vocals
Ralph Gordon Bass
Reggie Harris Guitar, Vocals
Kim Harris Vocals
Christina Wheeler Fiddle
Joan Gregoryk Conductor
Technical Credits
Stephen Foster Composer
Guy Carawan Composer
Cathy Fink Arranger, Composer, Producer
Ella Fitzgerald Composer
Marcy Marxer Arranger, Producer
Ola Belle Reed Composer
Lorre Wyatt Arranger, Composer
Reggie Harris Arranger
Nick Page Arranger
Bill Vanaver Arranger
Moses Hogan Arranger
Kim Harris Arranger
David Elliott Arranger
Daniel Shores Producer, Engineer
Judith Cook Tucker Arranger
Sarah Carter Bayes Composer
Al Feldman Composer
Unspecified Composer
Emanuel Amiran Composer
Valerie Shields Arranger
Michael Scott Arranger
M. Roger II Holland Arranger
Mark Weston Arranger
Brandon Bloodworth Art Direction
Maxine Pagliano Concert Manager
Joan Gregoryk Artistic Director
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