Tomorrow's Children

Tomorrow's Children

by Rivertown KidsRivertown Kids


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Pete Seeger has been making children's records for over 50 years, but he has never made one like this, a full-scale collaboration with a group dubbed the Rivertown Kids who were, when he started working with them, fourth graders at the Forrestal School in Beacon, NY, where he lives. (At the time of the release of this album, they would be on summer vacation after finishing sixth grade.) The album's third credit, to "friends," includes a batch of other folk singers, some of whom sit in to take lead vocals on songs they wrote. Indeed, while Seeger is heard throughout the disc in one capacity or another, he can be considered something of a master of ceremonies, speaking or singing lead here, playing a banjo part there. While it is reasonable to classify the album as children's music, "educational" music might be a better tag, since the songs, written not only by folk singers, but also in some cases featuring lyrics contributed by the children, touch on familiar topics for Seeger, including political issues such as environmentalism and civil rights, as well as enough references to the Hudson River to make it a concept album about the waterway Seeger has devoted decades to trying to clean up. The children are not professional singers, of course, but their unison vocals remain in key and comprehensible for the most part, and they take turns singing lead on, for example, their own verses to "We Shall Not Be Moved," otherwise stepping back to allow Bob Killian to sing his composition "There'll Come a Day" or David Bernz to sing his "Solartopia," with Dar Williams taking a verse. Other singers who get lead vocals include Rick Nestler (on his song "The River That Flows Both Ways"), Travis Jeffrey (on "It's a Long Haul," which he and Seeger adapted from an old folk song), Dan Einbender (on his song "It Really Isn't Garbage"), and Sarah Underhill (on Bill Staines' "River"). Seeger, meanwhile, who demonstrated a remarkable vigor for his age at his 90th birthday concert at Madison Square Garden in 2009, here continues his late-in-life renaissance, following the same interests he's had throughout his life, and carefully transferring them to people young enough to be his great-grandchildren.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/27/2010
Label: Appleseed Records
UPC: 0611587112323
catalogNumber: 1123
Rank: 125768

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rivertown Kids   Primary Artist
Pete Seeger   Banjo,Vocals,12-string Guitar
David Amram   Percussion,Penny Whistle,Native American Flute
Karen Brooks   Vocals
Dar Williams   Vocals
Jeff Haynes   Percussion,Steel Pan
Chris Richards   Vocals
Linda Richards   Vocals
Peter Siegel   Mandolin
Travis Jeffrey   Banjo,Vocals
C. Lanzbom   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Steve Stanne   Dobro
Doug Weiss   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Grégoire Maret   Harmonica
Sue Altkin   Vocals
David Bernz   Banjo,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Mark Murphy   Upright Bass
Franklin Thompson   Vocals
Samantha Springer   Hand Drums
Victorio Roland Mousaa   Vocals,Animal Sounds
Declan Costello   Hand Drums
Danny Einbender   Vocals,12-string Guitar
Rick Nestler   Vocals,12-string Guitar
Allyson Hockler   Vocals
A.J. Lukan   Vocals
Brian Dolman   Vocals
Bob Killian   Guitar,Vocals
Kendyll Gaster   Hand Drums
Justin Warner   Hand Drums
Julia Barnett   Vocals
Joseph Borrello   Hand Drums
John Sgorbissa   Vocals
Jacob Bernz   Vocals
Isaac Otero   Hand Drums
Imani Washington   Vocals
Hope Horan   Hand Drums
Gabriella Lucas   Vocals
Gabe O'Reilly   Vocals
Elyse Fox   Vocals
Diana Barriga   Vocals
Curt Jorgensen   Hand Drums
Claire Emmett   Vocals
Yania Stafford   Hand Drums
Tyrese Collins   Vocals
Trevion Belton   Vocals
Sofia Olmo   Hand Drums
Sarah Underhill   Vocals
Sarah Armour   Vocals
Samantha Medina   Vocals
Sahar Moshret   Hand Drums
Rebe Underhill   Vocals
Monique Boone   Hand Drums
Michael Borrello   Hand Drums
Melissa Ortquist   Vocals
Mark Luchs   Vocals
Lucas Davison   Vocals
Lilian Lewis   Vocals
Kyra Johnston   Hand Drums
Kirsten Lutley   Vocals

Technical Credits

Tom Paxton   Composer
Pete Seeger   Composer,Song Notes
Bill Staines   Composer
Richard Lederer   Composer
Alan Lomax   Composer
Jeff Haynes   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Josh White   Composer
Alan Edwards   Packaging
Travis Jeffrey   Composer
C. Lanzbom   Composer
Jim Musselman   Executive Producer
Traditional   Composer
Sonya Cohen Cramer   Layout
David Bernz   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Song Notes
Danny Einbender   Composer,Producer,Song Notes
Rick Nestler   Composer
Walter Lowenfels   Composer
Rivertown Kids   Composer,Song Notes
Bob Killian   Composer
Jean Valla-McAvoy   Composer
Harvey Wasserman   Composer
Dio Cramer   Illustrations
Toshi Seeger   Composer

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