Sing Folk Songs

Sing Folk Songs
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  • Released: January 13, 2009
  • Originally Released: 2009
  • Label: Collector's Choice

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Like his Elektra debut, 'Here We Go Again', 'Sing Folk Songs' features such stellar backing musicians as Fred Hellerman of the Weavers on guitar and Erik Darling of the Rooftop Singers on banjo! And that's not even mentioning Glenn's duet partner Marilyn Child, who was a fixture on the folk scene after getting her start hosting a weekly radio show on KPFA in Berkeley. It's a diverse program of English and American folk songs that the two tackle on this 1957 release.


  • 1.We Came To Sing
  • 2.Wee Cooper O' Fife
  • 3.Lilli-I-O
  • 4.Bound for the Promised Land
  • 5.Weel Man the Keel Row
  • 6.Wayfaring Stranger
  • 7.Nickety Nack
  • 8.Three Jolly Sailor Boys
  • 9.Gently Johnny, My Jingalo
  • 10.Mary Had a Baby
  • 11.New York Girls
  • 12.Red River Valley
  • 13.An Irish Fragment
  • 14.Buffalo Boy
  • 15.Who Killed Cock Robin?
  • 16.Now, Let Me Fly
  • 17.Everywhere I Look This Morning

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For Glenn Yarbrough's second album for Jac Holzman's fledgling Elektra Records, Holzman paired him with folk singer Marilyn Child for 1958's Marilyn Child and Glenn Yarbrough Sing Folk Songs, and sing folk songs is exactly what they do, accompanied by Fred Hellerman on acoustic guitar (Erik Darling contributes banjo to three songs as well). The whole set was recorded live and it sounds pretty much like a typical coffee house performance from the early days of the Folk Revival, with traditional material getting the rough edges knocked off until it all shines with a kind of pretty afterglow. This is pre-Limeliters Yarbrough, but his high, clear, and mannered tenor is intact, and Child's voice matches up well with his, and it's obvious they both know how to work this side of the street. Not much really leaps out, though, except for the lively and spirited "Lilli-I-O," the earnest and lovely "Everywhere I Look This Morning," and the nursery song "Who Killed Cock Robin?," which hints at mysterious political betrayals although Child and Yarbrough render it fairly harmless here. The whole set is pleasant if not exactly stirring. Better things would come for Yarbrough down the road. ~ Steve Leggett

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  • UPC: 617742097726
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