Marc Gunn | St. Patrick's Day Songs for Kids

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St. Patrick's Day Songs for Kids

by Marc Gunn

Celebrate St Patrick's Day with your little leprechauns. Your kids will love this collection of fun and funny St. Patrick's Day songs. It's Celtic music for kids and the whole family!
Genre: Kids/Family: General Children's Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I'll Tell My Ma
1:27 $0.99
2. Irish Lilting
3:22 $0.99
3. Red-Haired Boy Lilting
1:41 $0.99
4. Happily Ever After
2:38 $0.99
5. Gypsy Rover
2:57 $0.99
6. Rising of the Moon
1:52 $0.99
7. The Sick Note
2:00 $0.99
8. Lord of the Pounce
2:28 $0.99
9. I Love Crunching Nuts
1:17 $0.99
10. Loch Lomond
2:55 $0.99
11. Wherever I May Roam
2:44 $0.99
12. The Mermaid Song
4:01 $0.99
13. The Leprechaun
3:18 $0.99
14. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
1:58 $0.99
15. Rattlin' Bog
2:46 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Ever since I had my own daughter I've been thinking about releasing an album of St. Patrick's Day music for kids. But how do you pick such songs Sure, there are a whole bunch of famous Irish kids songs that you may've heard from The Clancy Brothers. They're fun albums, but most of the songs I've never heard of, and my daughter didn't listen twice.

It seems to me that if you're gonna make an album of Celtic kids songs, you should go to the source. Play the songs for kids. That's what I did. Over the past four years, I've played these songs repeatedly for kids at festivals, conventions, and even in my own car. I played them for my daughter. I kept the songs that she thought were fun to sing and dance to. I wrote a couple new ones. When she started singing along, I knew I was on to something.

Thus was born ST. PATRICK'S DAY SONGS FOR KIDS. This album was designed for the wee ones to make them smile and laugh. I also added songs that kids could interact while parents were driving around. Best of all, I picked songs that PARENTS won't get annoyed by. Yes, these are not just kid-favorites, they're also for parents.

So buy an album and hit play. Then watch the smiles grow large on the faces of everyone in your family!

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Mathew D. Rhjys

A fun Album for All Ages
As I sat down this evening to put the finishing touches on my column 'QuarterBin Follies' for the comic-book entertainment website idealcomics.net, I hit 'play' Marc Gunn's 'St. Patrick's Day Songs for Kids' and gave it a good listen through. This has been about my 6th listen through the album, and I can honestly say I find more to like about the disc with every listen.

The album is, as the title suggests, a collection of Irish songs for children with a few Scottish, English, and sailor songs thrown together with decent chunk of original material. As with the first time I heard it, the fist thing I that instantly hit me was Gunn's clear, melodic voice. There is a clarity and confidence in his tone, and a skill in his presentation that perfectly demonstrates a career as a live performer. It is more than obvious that a Marc Gunn show is a show to see!

The second distinct aspect of Gunn's singing and playing is an almost 'jazzy' approach to traditional music. Instead of a slavish devotion to time and meter, Gunn plays and sings with the easy, rolling rhythms that are so much a part of American musical culture. Interestingly, this does not make his music seem less 'traditional', but rather plays tribute to the several traditions that contribute to the American folk and trad music scene.

Gunn leads off this compilation with a fun rendition of the school-yard tune 'I'll Tell My Ma', before leading into pair of tunes dedicated to the Irish mouth-music called 'lilting' or 'diddling', with his version of 'Red-Haired Boy' is the stand out. Other tracks that 'caught my ear' include 'Gypsy Rover', 'The Sick Note' (a fun a Capella number), 'I Love Crunching Nuts', 'Loch Lomand', and 'Wherever I Roam'; and Gunn plays most engaging rendition of 'When Irish Eyes are Smiling' I have ever heard.

I should say that, to be fair, I am not a huge fan of the autoharp, Gunn's instrument of choice. I find it a shade to easy for the tone of the instrument to cloud out the melody with a sound I can only describe as hemoraging. This does not describe Gunn's playing, as there are a great number of places where Gunn makes his 'harp sit up and sing. Nevertheless, there are certain songs that didn't thrill me. However, this 15 track album accomplishes a major feat, gathering songs both fun and appropriate for an all-ages audience.
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