Wiggleworms Love You

Wiggleworms Love You

     
 
"Wiggleworms" is a educational program created in 1985 by Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music to introduce children to music, with classes for kids as young as six months. Wiggleworms was designed to show kids how much fun music can be, and Wiggleworms Love You is a collection of 42 folk songs suitable for youngsters which manages to generate a very high

Overview

"Wiggleworms" is a educational program created in 1985 by Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music to introduce children to music, with classes for kids as young as six months. Wiggleworms was designed to show kids how much fun music can be, and Wiggleworms Love You is a collection of 42 folk songs suitable for youngsters which manages to generate a very high smile factor. Most of the songs on Wiggleworms Love You will be familiar to the average parent (in the manner of "Wheels on the Bus," "Peas Porridge Hot," and "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"), though there are a handful of lesser-known numbers thrown in for the sake of variety (among them two Woody Guthrie numbers), as well as few numbers in French, Spanish, and African. The many vocalists on board (most of whom have been involved in the Wiggleworms program for years) manage the not-inconsiderable feat of pitching their performances to a young audience without singing down to them, and the lively acoustic-based accompanists keep the music simple and straightforward, putting the melodies up front while adding playful accents throughout. And the folks behind Wiggleworms have the compassion and good sense to realize parents are going to have to listen to this stuff too, and prevent the performances from getting too sweet while throwing a few jokes to the grown-ups (the best is in "When Cats Get Up": "Moms and Dads get up in the morning/This is what they say/'Shhhh!/Go back to sleep!'"). Wiggleworms Love You is a superb introduction to folk music for small fry, and it's assembled and performed with enough skill and genuine enthusiasm that some moms and dads might actually listen to it for pleasure -- it's a reminder of the simple joy of making music that speaks to all ages.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/08/2005
Label:
Old Town School
UPC:
0744302050027
catalogNumber:
1
Rank:
56056

Tracks

  1. Hello & How Are You?
  2. Little Red Wagon
  3. When Cats Get Up
  4. Little Red Caboose
  5. Clap Your Hands
  6. Very, Very Tall
  7. Riding in My Car
  8. Over in the Meadow
  9. Ladies Ride
  10. Peas Porridge Hot
  11. Wheels on the Bus
  12. What Shall We Do?
  13. Mary Had a Little Lamb
  14. Los Elefantes
  15. Looby Loo
  16. Fiddle-I-Fee
  17. Oh Susannah
  18. Rain Rain Go Away
  19. Take Me Out to the Ballgame
  20. You Are My Sunshine
  21. María Isabel
  22. Bling Blang
  23. I Can Sing a Rainbow
  24. Mon Corps
  25. Pop Goes the Weasel
  26. Mama Don't Allow
  27. Aiken Drum
  28. If I Was a Bird
  29. Peek-A-Boo
  30. I Love My Little Hat
  31. Hush Little Baby
  32. Polly Wolly Doodle
  33. Skidamarink
  34. Los Pollitos
  35. Humpty Dumpty
  36. Crawdad Song
  37. Brilla, Brilla, Estrellita
  38. Bingo
  39. I'm a Little Teapot
  40. Speckled Frogs
  41. Miss Mary Mack
  42. Sobunana Kusasa

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Hamilton   Vocals
John E. Abbey   Upright Bass
Colby Maddox   Fiddle
Rob Newhouse   Guitar,Vocals,Train Whistle
Steve Rosen   Banjo,Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Marshall Greenhouse   Percussion
Juan Díes   Guitarron,Requinto,Vocal Harmony
Chuck Cheesman   Vocals
Richard Allen Rankin   Percussion,Human Whistle,Vocal Harmony
Catarina VanEpps   Cello
Karen Banks Lubicz   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Neil Bartoleit   Vocals,Jaw Harp
Tisa Batchelder   Vocals
Scott Besaw   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Stacy Buehler   Vocals
Lisa DeRosia   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Laura Doherty   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Slide Whistle,Vocal Harmony
Ari Frede   Harmonica
Charlotte Geise   Vocal Harmony
Julie Helenius   Vocals
Rita Jefferson   Vocal Harmony
Ya Ya Kabo   Djembe
Tim Knuth   Ukulele,Vocals
Matt Lewis   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Sandy Lucas   Vocals
Alberto Martínez   Harmonica
Sheila McIntosh   Vocal Harmony
Elaine Moore   Vocals
Rose Nadolsky   Vocals
Susanna Pineda   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Brenda Rivera   Vocal Harmony
Linda Robertson   Vocals
Abby Rowold   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Karen Schuch   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Tricia Sebastian   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Kerry Sheehan   Accordion,Rhythm Guitar
Barb Silverman   Washboard
Jenny Stallard   Vocal Harmony
Students From Old Town School's Coro DeLas Americas Class   Background Vocals
Ann Torralba   Vocals
Carol Weston   Vocals

Technical Credits

Stephen Foster   Composer
Jimmie Davis   Composer
Woody Guthrie   Composer
Ella Jenkins   Composer
Lee Hays   Composer
Doris Kaplan   Composer
Alf Clausen   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Chuck Cheesman   Composer
Richard Allen Rankin   Producer,Engineer
Laura Doherty   Producer
Bob Medich   Executive Producer
Kerry Sheehan   Executive Producer

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