Where can I find interesting versions of traditional children nursery rhymes/folk songs?
April 25, 2010 7:56 PM   Subscribe

Where can I find interesting versions (i.e. opera, acoustic, rock, etc.) of traditional children nursery rhymes/folk songs? Any language is fine.

Where can I find interesting versions (i.e. opera, acoustic, rock, etc.) of traditional children nursery rhymes/folk songs?
I'm especially looking for Little Miss Muffet and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star but anything else is fine.
Foreign languages are fine too, especially French or Japanese.
posted by ad4pt to Society & Culture (11 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
The Swingle Singers did a jazzy vocal version of Twinkle Twinkle.
posted by CrunchyFrog at 8:30 PM on April 25, 2010


Miss Muffet in the style of Benjamin Britten.
posted by CrunchyFrog at 8:37 PM on April 25, 2010 [1 favorite]


Start Over (mp3 link) - MC Frontalot is a sort-of retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.

Granted, it's not originally a poem or song, but it is a children's story.
posted by papayaninja at 8:38 PM on April 25, 2010


Blues legend Leadbelly sings Skip to My Lou.
posted by CrunchyFrog at 8:44 PM on April 25, 2010


Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

That was originally done by Mozart, right?
posted by ovvl at 8:51 PM on April 25, 2010


Mother Goose, by Anomoanon (a Will Oldham [Palace Songs, Bonnie Prince Billy] side project in which he backs his brother, Ned)
posted by BitterOldPunk at 8:53 PM on April 25, 2010


Enjoy Mother Goose Rocks!
posted by divabat at 9:32 PM on April 25, 2010


Jewel has a lullaby album
posted by acidic at 11:09 PM on April 25, 2010


Believe it or not, Disney Babies Lullabies is awesome.
posted by SLC Mom at 11:19 PM on April 25, 2010


Kristin Hersh from Throwing Muses released a solo album of gothic folk songs from her Appalachian childhood called Murder, Misery and Then Goodnight. While not as well-known as traditional nursery rhymes and folk songs, they're most definitely interesting ... and I can tell you from experience, there's nothing more wryly amusing than watching a four year old sing What'll We Do With The Baby-o while jumping rope.
posted by LuckySeven~ at 7:08 AM on April 26, 2010


Mozart: Variations on "Ah, vous dirai-je, maman"

And, for certain definitions of "interesting," there's the refrain of Nelly's "Country Grammar" :)
posted by sleepingcbw at 1:37 PM on April 26, 2010


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