Review: Be You Young Folkies Album - Folk Music for Babies and Toddlers

Young children love music and it’s great for their development too, but if you are looking for something a little different to the normal nursery rhymes how about some folk music? Young Folkies released an album called "Be You" this year full of classic nursery rhymes and original songs played in a folky, acoustic style.

Young Folkies Be You Album on CD being held in a hand
Original acoustic folk music for babies and toddlers

The nursery rhymes are familiar, but with a distinctive style that breathes new life into them. On the album you can hear: “Baa Black sheep”, “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”, “If You’re Happy and You Know It”, “1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive” and “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”.

As well as hello and goodbye songs (“Hello, Hi, Hey” and “Bye, Bye”) which are played at the live sessions there are 6 original songs of which my favourite is probably “Good Night”. The original songs tend to have a message like “If I Grow Up To Be President” where they list all the things that they would do in an ideal world if they were in charge. While I think the lyrics will go over the children's heads at time, the messages in them are positive ones for children with a gentle melody. There is also a song about not being scared about what’s under the bed and how it is ok to be shy. 

There are 13 songs on the album and it has a run time of 20 minutes. You can buy the Young Folkies album as a digital download from Amazon (affiliate link),  iTunes and other places (full list here) costing around £8. You can also pick up a physical copy of the album at her live sessions.

The CD packaging for Young Folkies debut folk album aimed at babies and toddlers

Young Folkies Music Sessions

Young Folkies runs regular live music sessions in East London which are worth checking out if you are local. They include sing-along fun, puppets and toys to entertained babies and toddlers. They often sell out so get in quick. If you love the sound of Young Folkies why not listen to the album online or check Marisa out on Instagram, Facebook or their website.

***Disclosure: I was sent a copy of the album for review***

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