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Along Came a Giant

by Adam Miller

Highly entertaining traditional (and not so traditional) American folk songs for young folks. Humorous and historic sing-along songs that make car rides and bedtimes all the more pleasant for both parents and children.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. When I Was a Little Boy
2:08 $0.99
2. Who Were the Witches?
2:10 $0.99
3. Twenty Froggies
1:37 $0.99
4. I'm Not Scared
2:42 $0.99
5. Old Bill Pickett
3:39 $0.99
6. The Three Foolish Piglets
1:18 $0.99
7. Talking Nautical
2:52 $0.99
8. The Brandy Tree
2:19 $0.99
9. Froggie Went a-Courtin'
4:12 $0.99
10. Simple Gifts
2:06 $0.99
11. Hi Ho Jerum
2:10 $0.99
12. Little Old Woman All Skin and Bones
1:14 $0.99
13. To the Gray Whale Ranch
3:39 $0.99
14. The Coast of High Barbary
2:40 $0.99
15. A Horse Named Bill
1:55 $0.99
16. I Had a Little Nut Tree
1:25 $0.99
17. The Farmer and the Crow
2:24 $0.99
18. Michael Finnegan
1:15 $0.99
19. Old Bangum
2:39 $0.99
20. the Frog Song
3:51 $0.99
21. When the Rain Comes Down
2:59 $0.99
22. Wynken, Blinken and Nod
2:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
Adam Miller is one of the premier autoharpists in the world and a natural-born American folksinger and storyteller. He is renowned for his extensive repertoire of over 2,500 traditional and contemporary folksongs. His highly entertaining performances at festivals and concert halls across the United States have won him fans of all ages. A masterful entertainer who never fails to get his audience singing along, he has distinguished himself as one of the great interpreters of American folktales and folksongs.

"Along Came a Giant - Traditional American Folk Songs for Young Folks" is both educational and entertaining, featuring sing-along folk songs arranged with traditional American acoustic instruments (autoharp, guitar, banjo, mandolin, concertina, and bass), as well as highly informative and detailed liner notes about the history of each song.

Miller is a familiar face to hundreds of thousands of parents and children who have attended his acclaimed “Singing Through History” folk music programs. These programs aid in the development of cultural and historical literacy, emphasizing the importance of history as a story well told.

A native of Northern California, Adam grew up a few blocks from historic Cannery Row on the Monterey Bay. As a child he listened to the recordings of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Oscar Brand, Cisco Houston, Marais and Miranda, and the Weavers.

When he was eleven years old, his parents took him to hear folksinger Sam Hinton perform at the Grange Hall in Big Sur. He credits Hinton as his mentor and his greatest inspiration. Hinton says of Miller, "Since I've stopped performing, I've thought more and more highly of you and your work, and I feel that the traditions I have followed are in good hands."

A nationally recognized presenter of folklore and folk music programs, Adam has been a featured performer, master of ceremonies and workshop leader at many American folk festivals. He is a captivating storyteller and gifted instrumentalist, and is recognized for his ability to interpret traditional American folksongs with warmth, humor and remarkable scholarship.

Miller performs nearly 300 concerts a year at folk festivals, theaters, schools, libraries, and museums, from the Everglades to the Arctic Circle.

He accompanies his baritone voice with lively fingerpicking acoustic guitar, and stunningly beautiful diatonic and chromatic autoharp, using only his fingernails for picks. (His custom-built autoharps are manufactured by Fladmark Woodworks, Orthey Instruments and the Oscar Schmidt Company.)

Miller has recorded four CDs. His albums receive airplay all over North America and Europe.

Frank Hamilton, a former member of The Weavers, is a fan of Miller’s work. “You are doing a real service for folk music,” says Hamilton. George Winston calls Miller, “one of the great autoharpists and folksingers of our times.” The San Francisco folknik describes Miller’s autoharp playing as, “…superb and imaginative.” Maine Public Radio has called him, “…a master of the autoharp.”



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Association of Children\'s Librarians of Northern California

Easy to Sing Along
Bay Area resident Adam Miller sings, plays the guitar and autoharp, and is a folksong historian. He brings all those talents to this CD of traditional (and some newer) folk songs, that will appeal to kids and parents. Even those without children who like folk music will enjoy this! Backed by traditional instruments, including banjo, mandolin, concertina, and acoustic bass, listeners experience the type of music that was heard in the United States over a hundred years ago.

Traditional songs include “Michael Finnegan,” “Simple Gifts,” “Froggie Went A ‘Courtin,” “Twenty Froggies” and others that many listeners will know, and will be inspired to sing-along. Other traditional songs that were unfamiliar to me, but were equally enjoyable, are “When I Was a Little Boy,” “Three Foolish Piglets,” “Hi Ho Jerum,” and “Little Old Woman All Skin and Bones.” The background vocals match well with Miller’s lead, and are done in a key that is easy to sing along to.

Newer songs, done in the same style as the traditional numbers, include a few by Miller’s mentor Sam Hinton: “Talking Nautical” and the story-song “The Frog Song.” Miller also brings a jaunty energy to Bonnie Lockhart’s “Who Were the Witches?” “Old Bill Pickett” by Mark Ross describes the real-life African-American cowboy.

The CD liner notes contains a brief history on each song, making it very useful for classrooms. Miller is also available for visits to schools, libraries, museums, and special events.

Midwest Book Review

The Perfect Choice for Car Trips!
In "Along Came a Giant" (53 min. 50 sec.), folksinger, storyteller, and autoharp virtuoso Adam Miller adapts traditional American folk songs for young people. The result is a lively, adventurous collection of tales (most of which are grounded in traditional tales, although a few have credits given to various authors) intended for listeners age 4 - 12, but sure to entertain all ages. These brief but amazing legends set to music are the perfect choice for car trips!

Kevin Roth

Wonderful songs!
I just saw Adam Miller- auto harp player at a school the other day..and he gave me his CD -Along Came A Giant- one of his kids cd's. Wonderful songs! Just like old Folkway records...simple music, great lyrics.....Not over produced....Just wonderful....I've actually listened to it 9 times...and that's amazing for me!!!