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Deep Woods Music from Red Yarn

deep woodsWhat could be sweeter than a daddy singing ‘Little Baby Born Today’ about his own child? Portland’s Andy Furgeson does this in his new collection, Born in the Deep Woods. He describes how the ‘birds all hushed’ and the ‘mama jay spread the word through the woods today’.
Then the tempo picks up in Mockingbird when big brother joins in on a few of the lyrics with his sweet, yet excited voice. The young tyke expertly repeats his daddy’s lyrics like, “Baby, howdy-do!”
This is a family affair designed to invite all other young families to join in song, dance, and lots of fun!
Born in the Deep Woods is available now and you can win it by entering my giveaway!
Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for our complimentary copies in exchange for this review and giveaway. We love sharing music with our friends!

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Here’s more from Sugar Mountain PR:

“Portland, February 28, 2017 ~ Red Yarn, Portland’s acclaimed family folksinger and puppeteer, releases a new album called Born in the Deep Woods on March 10. The album completes his Deep Woods trilogy, an epic song cycle exploring the roots and branches of American folk music. With his full band and puppet troupe, Red Yarn will celebrate the release with shows around the Pacific Northwest this spring, at SXSW in March, and on an east coast tour this summer.

Seven years ago, Texas-born artist and educator Andy Furgeson began a deep exploration of American folk music, adapting dozens of songs and posting rough recordings under the name Red Yarn. He dreamed up a forest called the Deep Woods to contain the strange animal tales he found. He created a cast of “critter” puppets to bring the characters to life. His homespun aesthetic caught on in Portland, where he built a successful career performing these songs and stories for thousands of families. Three award-winning albums and many music videos later, Red Yarn culminates his Deep Woods project with Born in the Deep Woods, his boldest musical statement yet.

Recorded at Portland’s Type Foundry Studio with celebrated producer Adam Selzer, Born in the Deep Woods explores the genres that grew out of American folk music. From bluegrass to heartland rock, the album traces the evolution of our national musical vernacular.

At the heart of the album are Furgeson’s harmonies with his wife Jessie Eller-Isaacs. Recorded while she was expecting their second child, many songs channel the joys and fears of bringing new life into the world.”

Learn more about Born in the Deep Woods and Red Yarn at www.redyarnproductions.com, and at this link.

See Red Yarn, Ms. Jessie, their full band and critter pals LIVE:

SXSW Week: March 14 – 18 – various performances (with LiveMom, Do512, Children’s Cancer Association, and Spare the Rock Radio) in Austin, TX 

Saturday,  April 22 – The Fambly Ramble returns with special guest two-time Grammy Award nominee Justin Roberts, at Mission Theater and Pub, Portland, OR

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Sweet Sounds with Little Miss Ann

Sweet as sweet can be! This collection called Keep On, by Little Miss Ann, is just downright adorable! We feel like we’re sitting right there with Ann and Amy D. in a circle with instruments and snapping fingers, just like in music class! Their voices are friendly, loving, and happy, creating a beautiful experience for children and their families. We especially love Where is Thumbkin? and it’s unique arrangement of verses and bridges. But the one that caught my heart for sure is L.O.V.E., a catchy, harmonious tune that reminds us of all the wonderful ways we can love each other! Certainly an excellent reminder, no matter who you are.

And you know what else? They’re from Chicago so they’ve got to be good people!

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Keep On is available TODAY on Amazon and iTunes. Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for our complimentary copy in exchange for this review.

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More from Sugar Mountain PR:

“Chicago, February 1 ~ Little Miss Ann has enjoyed national acclaim and a fervent following for her upbeat, down-to-earth and interactive folksy music. Her fifth album of hopeful and happy songs, Keep On, is the result of a collaboration with children’s music newcomer Amy D. Keep On will be available from various music retailers and from littlemissann.com on February 17.

Recorded in the Hudson Valley of New York with Grammy-winning producer Dean Jones, Keep On ranges in musical styles. Grownups will appreciate the 50’s doo-wop sounding song, “L.O.V.E.,” the Andrew Bird-meets-Liz Phair ode to Chicago “The 606,” as well as re-imagined traditional favorites like the Johnny Cash-esque “Where Is Thumbkin?” and a spirited Calypso song that originated in Jamaica called “Hill and Gully Rider.” There’s even a springy-swingy rendition of “Tiptoe Through the Tulips,” blending sweet harmonies, mandolin, and a toy piano. As Jones says, “These two complement each other perfectly. If it sounds like we were having fun it’s because we were. These songs come straight from the heart!”

Guest artists include Latin Grammy winner 123 Andrés and Tim Sutton from Ratboy Jr.

New to the independent family music scene and originally hailing from Nashville, Amy D sings and plays violin, mandolin, melodica, and piano. After meeting at a kids’ music class in Chicago, Ann and Amy discovered that they had many things in common, musically and culturally.  Amy D joined Little Miss Ann’s band in 2015, and the musical connection led to the process of writing and recording the songs of Keep On. Ann and Amy provide a fresh take on the tradition of sing-along, call-and-response style of trailblazers like Chicago-based Ella Jenkins, Raffi, Elizabeth Mitchell, and other enduring artists of the genre. 

Indeed, the songs grew out of both artists’ experiences in working with families: Ann in education (including Chicago’s historic Old Town School of Folk Music) and Amy in social work. Their common Filipino backgrounds inspired two of their original songs: “Ube,” about a cherished Filipino staple, the purple yam, and “The Senses Song,” which mentions halo-halo and lychee, sweet treats from Filipino cuisine. Other songs on the album, like “The 606,” are firmly rooted in Chicago’s vibrant scene.

See the Little Miss Ann Band, featuring Amy D,
in concert on February 26 at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago!

Little Miss Ann will also perform a show with Suzi Shelton at Jalopy in Brooklyn, NY, on March 26.” 

Junie B Jones

Junie B. Jones The Musical Takes Me Back

Junie B. Jones The Musical takes me back to my musical production days and I love the memories! Working with young singers, dancers, and actors to produce amazing shows like this is so fun and rewarding! I can so easily imagine the kids on stage as I listen to this CD. The CD, sheet music, and show package all come out TODAY!

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Heisler and Goldrich portray the life and times of Junie so well with songs like You Need Glasses, Kickball Tournament, Show and Tell, and Writing Down the Story of My Life. My daughter temporarily needed glasses at the age of three for a minor discrepancy. I was so worried she would totally reject the idea, but I was wrong to worry. She chose a pair of striped purple glasses and was showered with compliments everywhere she went! She was proud to wear those glasses and they did the trick in such a short time.

Thank you to Waldmania PR for our complimentary CD in exchange for this review. Go to Goldrich and Heisler’s website to find out more.

You can download it, stream it, buy the sheet music, or do the show!

Here’s more from Music Theatre International:

Created by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, the team that brought you Dear Edwina, comes Junie B. Jones, The Musical – a delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park’s best-selling books, brought to life in a genuinely comical (and not strictly-for-kids) musical developed by TheatreworksUSA. Awaken a young person’s desire to read with the sassy little diva, Junie B. Jones, and her adventures in first grade.

It’s Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, doesn’t want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting.

Featuring a tremendously loveable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones will capture your audience members’ hearts just as the books captivated an entire generation of students. The small cast, minimal design needs and performance accompaniment CD make this an ideal show for theatres looking to tour schools or with strong education programs.

For more about the Junie B. Jones books, visit www.juniebjones.com or a bookstore near you!

 

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Fireworks in December with Rolie Polie Guacamole

Rolie Polie Guacamole probably made their own fireworks in concert this year on Independence Day! Wow, these guys are a hoot! This CD, full of the classics and recorded live, takes on its own quirky twists with Frank and Andrew. They sing fast and slow. They get loud, they whisper. They even growl like bears. You name it, they do it.

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Our favorites are Row Your Boat and Upside Down. My daughter just started flipping upside down on the monkey bars at the playground. She thinks it’s pretty cool. She’s happy that Rolie Polie Guacamole thinks it’s cool too.

Thank you to Waldmania PR for our complimentary copy in exchange for this review. And thank you to Elizabeth Waldman for her patience while I took a break from doing reviews to publish my book. It’s nice to be back!

Lots more from Waldmania PR:

BROOKLYN, NY — Holy Guacamole!  Brooklyn’s award-winning titans of kindie music are back, bringing a taste of July to this Christmas!  Rolie Polie Guacamole is set to warm up the season for families everywhere with the December 23 release of their sixth studio album, Live on the Fourth of July.

Winner of the prestigious Parents’ Choice® and NAPPA Awards, Rolie Polie Guacamole has, through the years, developed a smart musical style that dresses up original tunes and classic covers with vibrant harmonies and deft instrumental layers that sparkle with a kid-and-parent-friendlhy vibe.

In addition to bringing their rocking, upbeat, high-energy shows to music festivals and performing arts centers, Frank Gallo and Andrew Tuzhilin take special joy in the informality and “up close and personal” feel of the numerous sing-along preschool and library shows they perform that have a focus on familiar children’s songs.

On July 4, 2016, responding to ongoing requests from families for a recording of Rolie Polie Guacamole sing-along favorites, Frank Gallo and Andrew Tuzhilin headed to Rutherford, New Jersey to make a live acoustic album with longtime friend, engineer/producer Max Caselnova.  Celebrating an unforgettable Fourth of July, they laid down fourteen classic children’s songs that revel in a true-to-life setting with very few overdubs or added tracks.  The result:  Live on the Fourth of July!

Live on the Fourth of July speaks to younger Rolie Polie Guacamole fans with sing-along gems like “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” “Mr. Sun,” and “Muffin Man/Pizza Man,” while offering older kids some of the band’s signature cover songs, such as “Fire Truck,” “Subway Train,” and “This Little Light of Mine.”

Enthuses Frank Gallo, “After years of being urged by our fans to record our sing-along set, I’m so glad we finally took the time to do it!  It was a blast to spend last Fourth of July going back to our acoustic duo roots and working with our good friend Max!  We hope to bring some of that summertime warmth to the colder months of the year with Live on the Fourth of July.”

Rolie Polie Guacamole lays claim to being one of the hardest working bands in kids’ music, and that just might be true.  They’ve released five albums and played well over 1,500 shows nationwide since hitting the boards with their first performance in 2007, receiving top picks from Boston.com, Time Out NY Kids, and Time Out Chicago.

To herald the release of Live on the Fourth of July, Rolie PolieGuacamole has launched an animated sing-along video series on YouTube, kicking off with “Mr. Sun,” illustrated by Alexandra Narvaez and animated by Teddy Gage, HERE.

Previous Rolie Polie Guacamole releases include Chips and Salsa (2015, Parents’ Choice® Recommended Award), Triathlon (2014, Parents’ Choice® Fun Stuff Award), Houses of The Moly (2012, Parents’ Choice® Silver Honor Award, NAPPA Honors Award), Time For Hummus (2010), and Rolie Polie Guacamole (2008).

Live on the Fourth of July will be available on the Rolie PolieGuacamole website and iTunes.  Pre-orders may be placed now at both sites.

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CD Details:  Live on the Fourth of July
Release Date:  December 23, 2016
For ages 0 – 4
Label:  RPG Records
SRP:   $15.00 for CD.  $10.00 for digital download.
Running time:  34 minutes
 

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Rolie Polie Guacamole Performance Highlights
Dec. 2016 – Jan. 2017

Dec. 29 – Jamtime, Natick, MA – New Year’s Eve Bash!

Dec. 29 – Joshua Hyde Public Library, Sturbridge, MA

Dec. 30 – Groton Public Library, Groton, MA

Dec. 30 – E. Longmeadow Library, E. Longmeadow, MA – Family Dance Party!

Jan. 14 – ShapeShifter Lab, Brooklyn, NY – Album Release Party!

Jan. 27 – Gullford Free Library, Guilford, CT

Jan. 29 – Jalopy Theatre, Brooklyn, NY
 

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Visit the Rolie Polie Guacamole website HERE.
Rolie Polie Guacamole on Facebook.

Rolie Polie Guacamole on Twitter.

Rolie Polie Guacamole on YouTube.

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Cricket Media Offers Variety and Fun!

We really felt like it was Christmas when our Cricket Media package arrived. What a collection of stories, activities, magazines, and poetry, all with such colorful and exciting illustrations! We have slowly started to make our way through all of our samples. Sometimes we have bedtime stories. Sometimes, we just browse through the magazines to see what all there is to do. My daughter, who is almost five and is starting to use inventive spelling and reading looked at the magazine with the lollipop, and made up her own title: “How do you eat a lollipop?” I loved that!

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Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for our samples in exchange for this review. And here
is great information from Cricket Media:

About Us

At Cricket Media, we believe that challenging children’s minds and connecting kids to learn together does wonders for their confidence, creativity and curiosity. That’s why we are dedicated to providing award-winning media on a safe and secure learning network to engage, enlighten and educate children everywhere.

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For Families

We offer eleven award-winning magazines for kids ages toddler to teen, including BABYBUG®, LADYBUG®, CRICKET®, MUSE®, COBBLESTONE, FACES, DIG INTO HISTORY®, CLICK®, CICADA®, ASK®, and  SPIDER®. Our popular reading bundle packages our printed magazines with digital companions that can be read on all devices.  We also celebrate the creativity of our young readers with regular challenges and contests featuring their extraordinary work.  Our latest digital app, Story Bug, allows children and their loved ones to “read together even when you’re apart®”.  Through our partnership with Neumedias in China (a division of China’s largest IT services company, Neusoft), we offer dual English-Mandarin language versions of Cricket Media brands for toddlers and young children on smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.

 

For Educators

Our ePals Global Community® pairs educators and students around the world in exciting project-based learning for language learning practice and cultural exchange.  Our global challenges bring together learners to apply important concepts, from STEM to cultural studies, through events such as the Smithsonian Invent It! and Folklife challenges. Our acclaimed In2Books® program matches mentors and students to build reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Through these programs, we connect millions of students, parents and teachers in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide to learn together—and from one another.

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For Companies

Cricket Media licenses our award-winning content to partners for Pre-K-12 curricula, assessments and educational products. Our content is unsurpassed in quality and breadth, relevant across cultures and adaptable to multiple standards and pedagogies.  We also offer corporate partners access to our platform and community, powering language learning practice and cultural exchange experiences in their own products. We offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities, from supporting your company launching a global educational challenge to our international community.