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World Music CD Reviews Europe

VARIOUS ARTISTS

By NATHAN GILBERT
Published January 25, 2006

SINGING IN THE STREETS: SCOTTISH CHILDREN’S SONGS
Rounder CD

London Bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down, London Bridge is falling down, my fair lady.” This line should trigger memories and a bit of nostalgia, like so many other half-remembered childhood songs. Children’s folklore is a rich and unique tradition in which children learn songs from other children and pass them on to younger children all before they reach puberty. By the time they reach teenage years the songs are forgotten or no longer appropriate for their more mature activities. From 1951 to 1957 legendary ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax recorded many of these same children’s songs in Scotland. The songs are humorous rhymes, short musical tales and playground songs, which accompany skipping games, rope games and others. Singing In The Streets collects of all Lomax’s original field recordings, now digitally remastered. The series includes many children’s songs, along with interviews with the children explaining the games and how they learned them.