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Winner of a 2003 Parents' Choice Award!

Come dance, sing and play along with Gayle Schmitt and the Toodala Ramblers in this collection of traditional music for kids. Bluegrass, mountain and folk styles are represented throughout and are sure to keep your toe a-tapping! These are front porch favorites you'll be humming for years to come.

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Tom Drohan - Bass (Belle Monroe, Shut-Ins)
Jordan Klein - Banjo - (Ho'Down Quartet, Belle Monroe)
Chad Manning - Fiddle (Lost Weekend, David Grisman)
Elise Engelberg - Fiddle (Von Trout Family Singers)
Debbie Berne - Old-time Banjo
Charley Casey - Dobro (Chazz Cats)
Ted Silverman - Mandolin (Belle Monroe, Chazz Cats, Gail Weisman & Friends)
Rick Hendricks - Dobro (Belle Monroe, The Shut-Ins)
John Kornhauser - vocal harmony (Dark Hollow)
Scott Young - vocal harmony (Red Meat)

A note from Gayle about the music...
Traditional folk/oldtime/bluegrass music has always sung true for me. This is a collection of some of my favorite traditional songs I have learned from artists such as Jean Ritchie, Burl Ives, Woody Guthrie, the Seegers and the Freight Hoppers, as well as friends who have shared a song or two with me on the porch through the years. Most of these songs were written so long ago nobody knows for sure who first wrote them. Folklorist and educator Ruth Crawford Seeger transcribed many songs from the Library of Congress field recordings of the 1920s and 30s and compiled the ones she felt suitable for children into two books. she went on to use them with preschoolers and to write about the importance of sharing traditional songs and their stories with children. Recordings of these song collections by her own children (Mike, Peggy and stepson Pete Seeger) were my first inspiration for using traditional music in my classes. It's hard to believe how long ago these songs were first played and sung, yet they are still loved today. Singing or playing an old song (in your own way!) is like retelling an old story, keeping it alive for generations to come.

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