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Did You Hear That?

by Fox and Branch

Winner of a 2007 Parents' Choice Award - family folk music that's fun for all ages.
Genre: Kids/Family: General Children's Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Did You Hear That?
2:27 $0.99
2. Instrument Intro
3:56 $0.99
3. Animal Fair
3:52 $0.99
4. Bling Blang
4:34 $0.99
5. Follow the Drinkin' Gourd
4:28 $0.99
6. Froggie Went a Courtin'
3:00 $0.99
7. The Green Grass Grows All Around
5:02 $0.99
8. Georgia Camp Meeting
4:03 $0.99
9. Skye Boat Song
3:18 $0.99
10. Hambone
1:48 $0.99
11. Ain't No Bugs On Me
2:15 $0.99
12. Bought Me a Cat
3:56 $0.99
13. There Was a Man and He Was Mad
2:14 $0.99
14. Rock Island Line
2:39 $0.99
15. Farewell, My Friend
3:26 $0.99
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Album Notes
Dave Fox and Will Branch's second disc of folk music for families was honored with a 2007 Parents' Choice Recommended Award. The national award is only given to a small sample of the many entries the organization receives each year. The review on the Parents' Choice website reads,“Woody Guthrie is represented in this collection of folk songs by his 'Bling Blang' song, and seems to be the guiding spirit throughout as Dave Fox and Will Branch introduce listeners to the pleasures of traditional and original folk tunes with notable musicianship, homespun warmth and heart."

“Did You Hear That?,” is a musical version of the popular “Where's Waldo?” books - children can try to find 15 different musical sounds that are scattered throughout the CD.

These sounds – the sounds of 15 musical instruments, some more common than others – are each named and demonstrated individually early on in the track order. The sounds are then used as the components of the remaining songs on the recording. The CD insert includes an illustration of the instruments being played, as well as a listing of which instruments are being played on each song.

The songs on “Did You Hear That?” are predominantly from the body of traditional folk music, with a few exceptions. The title track is a Fox and Branch original, inspired in equal parts by Woody Guthrie and Jimmie Rodgers. The two centerpiece fiddle tunes, “Georgia Camp Meeting” and “Skye Boat Song,” are not well-known as children's material. Finally, in the spirit of improvisation that Fox and Branch hope to impart to children, liberties have been taken with several songs – new words made up, with the implication to listeners that there's room for more contributions and alterations to be made.

To help them achieve their goal of providing listeners with a rich and varied landscape of sounds, Fox and Branch recruited some of the best musicians in the Midwest. Jahmes Tony Finlayson contributes a range of percussion instruments – djembe, slit drum, shaker – as well as soloing on the berimbau, a single-stringed African instrument. Guy Fiorentini, a well-respected and accomplished musician and member of the popular bluegrass band Salt Creek, supplies upright bass lines to a handful of songs. Two members of the Madison-based, New Orleans style group, Mama Digdown's Brass Band, provided the horn section for the CD: Ian Melrose played sousaphone and Jeff Maddern played trumpet. Susan and John Nicholson, better known in the Midwest as the duo Frogwater, contributed fiddle, banjo, and mandolin to the project. Eric Noden, one of the best-known acoustic blues musicians in the region, played all of the harmonica on the CD. Toby Potter, an old friend of Dave Fox's from their high school jug band days, dusted off an old ceramic jug for the Leadbelly classic, “Rock Island Line.” Vocalist Alison Gima, formerly with the Bach Chamber Choir of Milwaukee, joined the other musicians in a chorus of voices on several tracks, including the closing song, “Farewell, My Friend.” Finally, Jonathon Leubner stepped from behind the recording console to add his voice to the choir and to play bass on “Ain't No Bugs On Me.”

“Did You Hear That?” was a lot of fun to make for all involved. Fox and Branch hope that listeners - children and parents alike - will feel the same enjoyment and excitement that went into its creation. Fox and Branch will be touring throughout 2007, performing concerts at libraries, festivals and other venues.



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Lisa S.

Great kids music
My children and I loved Fox & Branch's "Mama Don't Allow" so we were excited when their new CD, "Did You Hear That?" came out. While it hasn't replaced MDA in our favorites rotation, DYHT has more complex musical arrangements that all of us enjoy listening to. Sometimes the kids don't understand the words (i.e., the song "Drinkin' Gourd" was sung as "Drink, You Goat!") but this leads to laughter and learning moments -- what IS a gourd? -- so it's all good.


Great introduction to folk music and instruments
I ordered the CD based on "Animal Fair" and how it introduces different instruments. The rest of the CD is equally good; it reminds me of how much fun it can be to sing along with family and friends.