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Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins and Friends

Camp songs and the memories that come with them are the things that make this world go ’round. Ella Jenkins’ CD, released today, comes at the perfect time when kids are off at camp and counselors are working hard to keep those kids happy.

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This CD, which includes a book of lyrics, will do the trick. It’s got wonderful standards like Kumbaya, This Land is Your Land, Row, Row, Row Your Boat, and This Little Light of Mine. The rest of the songs and sweet little reflections of camp memories from Ella make this collection a must have. And we know she’s got some good stories. After all, she turns 93 in August!

We were happy to donate this CD to St. Francis in the Field‘s “Happy Campers” camp for  ages 3-6 this week. I hope the music helped them imagine and explore the beautiful your cancer medication!

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Thank you to Sugar Mountain PR for our complimentary copy in exchange for this review.

Starting today, June 23, the entire album will be available for sale via the Folkways site, Amazon, and iTunes.
Here is more from Sugar Mountain PR:
“Smithsonian Folkways Recordings Releases
‘Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins and Friends’ on June 23

Washington, DC – Ella Jenkins, The First Lady of Children’s Music, celebrates 60 years as a Smithsonian Folkways artist with the release of Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins and Friends,” out June 23. Jenkins has wanted to record camp songs for more than 15 years and assembled a group of children, parents, and teachers from the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, along with Tony and Kate Seeger from Camp Killooleet, to sing these rounds, nonsense songs and campfire sing-alongs. The 25-track collection includes familiar camp songs “Michael Row the Boat Ashore,” “Kumbaya” and “This Land Is Your Land.”  

Many of the tunes on “Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins and Friends” have been sung by generations of campers, including many of the 14 million children and adults who attend camp every year in the United States. The album has its roots in the songs Jenkins’ brother brought home with him from Boy Scout camp when she was a child, and begins with a chorus of children singing the familiar round “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” But these selections come from a variety of traditions, among them African-American spirituals, European folk songs, and Jewish summer camps where Jenkins has performed. “Everybody Loves Saturday Night” has lines in a dozen languages, including Mandarin, Hindi, Serbian and Nigerian. The album’s final five numbers, which include “Sloop John B.” and “Goodnight Irene,” are sequenced to resemble a campfire sing-along.

“Camp Songs with Ella Jenkins and Friends” was produced by Tony Seeger, nephew of folk-music icon Pete Seeger. Tony Seeger also wrote the included liner notes and lyric annotations for all the songs in the 36-page booklet that accompanies the album. Throughout the album, Jenkins sings and plays harmonica, often offering reminiscences and spoken-word introductions to the songs.

Though Jenkins takes the lead on “Sipping Cider Through a Straw,” she is almost everywhere on this recording — singing, harmonica playing, teaching, reflecting about camp, engaging with children and their parents, and of course in the selection of the songs. Jenkins is joined in her performances by 13 children and a group of adults that includes Erin Flynn; Bucky Halker; Judy, Kate, and Tony Seeger; Barbara Silverman; and Chris Walz. At its core, this is a collection of music by and with children.

Jenkins, who turns 93 in August, has devoted her life to instilling a love of music in children. She released her first album for Folkways in 1957, and her 1966 album “You’ll Sing a Song and I’ll Sing a Song” remains one of the best-selling titles in the history of Smithsonian Folkways. She received a Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award from The Recording Academy in 2004.  The Old Town School of Folk Music is organizing a tribute concert at the Square Roots Festival in Chicago on July 8. For more information about Ella Jenkins, visit www.ellajenkins.com.”

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Summer Road Trip Play List

Summer Road Trip Playlist

Are you going on a road trip this summer? We absolutely love going on road trips. Some friends of ours are currently planning a road trip to Iceland. Although they are still in the early stages of organizing their trip, they have started to look up car hire companies by completing searches for ‘car rental iceland‘ online. I have always wanted to visit Iceland so I would love to go on a road trip there to explore the country in detail too. There is nothing quite like hitting the open road with your family and friends is there? Just make sure you have enough room in your car for all your passengers and their luggage! You can find an amazing selection of vehicles that are perfect for a summer road trip on the Conklin cars and trucks website. Take a look to see what you can find! Looking for some fabulous music to soundtrack your next road trip? Read on to discover your new summer playlist.

Download the music for FREE here from June 5-11. Enjoy!
“A collection of new songs from some of the top artists in independent family music. The list includes classics and original songs, including some never released before! This playlist is sure to spark family sing-alongs on road trips and rainy staycation days this summer.
Please support artists buy purchasing their music. Here they are in alphabetical order:
  • Jazzy Ash – www.jazzyash.com – “She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain.” A touring artist steeped in the early roots traditions of American music, including that of New Orleans. Her next album will be “Swing Set,” coming on July 21.
  • Dana’s Music Playground – www.danasmusicplayground.com – “Five Green and Speckled Frogs.” This mutliply award-winning artist wants kids to get up and move to the music. Her new album is “Dana’s Best Jump and Jam Tunes”

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  • Little Miss Ann and Amy D – www.littlemissann.com – “Senses Song” – These teaching artists from the Old Town School of Folk Music present a sweet and singable song to celebrate sensory explorations of the world. It’s from their new and acclaimed album “Keep On.”

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  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band – http://www.luckydiazmusic.com – “Paletero Man” – From the forthcoming album “Made in LA,” this Latin Grammy and Emmy winning and internationally touring bilingual band serves up a tasty-icy treat of a song about a hero of the barrio.
  • Tim Kubart – http://www.timkubart.com – “Superhero 2017 Remix” 2016 Grammy Award winner and Sprout TV host just released this remix of his kid anthem. Catch him on TV and on tour this summer.
  • Lisa Loeb – http://www.lisaloeb.com – “Moon Star Pie” – One of the best-loved songwriters and authors, Lisa reminds us all that “you can make anything you dream,” and “It’s Gonna Be All Right.” The tune is from Lisa’s Parents’ Choice Gold Award winning new album “Feel What Feel”.
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Photo by Juan Patino
  • Red Yarn – http://www.redyarnproductions.com – “Mockingbird” – This rollicking, harmonica-powered rocker will make any parent smile. And, kids will love the call-and-response invitations in this song from the new album “Born in the Deep Woods.”

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  • Justin Roberts – http://www.justinrobertsmusic.com – “Rolling Down the Hill” – This Grammy nominated artist’s songwriting powers are in full force on this song about enjoying the moment. It’s from his new and Parents’ Choice Gold Award winning album “Lemonade.”
  • Danny Weinkauf Red Pants Band – http://www.dannyweinkauf.com – “Transportation” Never before released, this brightly harmonic song from a forthcoming 2017 album kicks off summer with a 60s-esque rocking traveling song.
Notes: While the list is easily stream-able online and via the Soundcloud app, downloading works best on the web version.
The songs must be downloaded one at a time. Listeners may select all or just the ones you like best!”