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Pickin' & Grinnin': Great Folk Songs for Kids

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A fun and lively set of folk songs for kids, this collection features John McCutcheon’s sprightly banjo version of “Skip to My Lou,” Doc Watson’s warm and stately “Grandfather’s Clock,” Taj Mahal’s “Fishin’ Blues” (one could argue whether this one is really for kids, since it certainly isn’t about fishing in the normal sense), and Woody Guthrie’s bouncy, never-goes-out-of-style “Riding in My Car,” among others. It’s all lively and loose, but the playing is impeccable, and this playlist is a good one whatever the focus audience might be.

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