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The Christmas carol "Deck the Hall" originally comes from the Welsh New Year’s Carol called Nos Galan ("New Year’s Eve"). Nos Galan is about spending New Year’s Eve with friends. It’s also about not spending more than you can afford for the [...]
"The Little Blue Bus is the debut album from Michael O'Halloran, celebrated Australian singer/songwriter (and former primary school teacher). It's a 14 track collection of folk songs filled with gorgeous harmonies, lilting fiddle, washes of dobro (a resonator guitar), sweet mandolin [...]
Mrs. Mulligatawny is a poem by Arthur Macy about the value of thinking for yourself. Macy’s style reminds me of the writing of the American children’s author, Dr. Seuss. Both have fun making fun of human foibles! You can listen to a wonderful recording of the poem below and [...]
Do you remember doing the Bunny Hop? I learnt it as a kid in the early ’70’s in dance class. The Bunny Hop and the Finnish Folk Dance called "Letkajenkka" (aka Letkis) are nearly identical. Both became a dance craze around the world. The Bunny Hop became popular in [...]
Fairies a magical creatures that all kids should hear about! Here’s a poem about them called, Oh! Where Do Fairies Hide Their Heads? It was written by English poet, Thomas Haynes Bayly (1797-1839). You can hear the poem sung below. It sounds like a lullaby. MP3 Recording of Oh! [...]
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