Shoofly Audio for Children is a unique children's audio publication designed to delight kids ages 3 to 7. Each issue (45 to 60 min in length) is a fun-filled, engaging collection of children's music, stories, storytelling, and poetry.
2008 Seal of Excellence
Creative Child Magazine Award
2008 iParenting Media Award
Sure, we’re all familiar with the dubious classic ballad “One Meatball,” but in this issue we present the only known recorded version of its musical antecedent, the infamous “One Fishball” (or simply, “Fishball,” as we like to call it). Chris Frank (a member of the Red Clay Ramblers band since 1987, and Broadway and film veteran) uncovers this musical artifact, dusts it off, and serves up a strangely appetizing dish that will have all the kids dancing around the dinner table (more on Chris below).
Literary highlights of this issue include Rita Murphy’s “The Boondocks,” a mystical swamp yarn featuring Mango Shane, a boy adventurer renowned for his pluck, his ingenuity, and his “amazing red hair.” Alethea Eason’s “Turtle Soup” is the beautiful tale of a young girl’s struggle to save a sea turtle from becoming the main course of her village’s upcoming feast. Ruth Adams’ “Crow Brings the Sun” is an illuminating retelling of a Native American legend; and Katherine Mellor’s “Buster’s Great Flight” introduces us to a calf with lofty aspirations. This issue is bursting with fun new poems as well, including Lisa Bast’s “Chiggetty, Whoosh,” a rollercoaster ride that will take your breath away.
And yes, Shoofly is very proud to welcome our featured musical guest and fellow Carrborean, Chris Frank. Chris performs four great songs on this recording, including a toe-tappin’ “Polly Wolly Doodle” and the aforementioned, destined hit single, “Fishball.” Chris is joined by long-time musical cohorts vocalist Lynn Davis and Jack Herrick on bass, trumpet and pennywhistle. Lynn is a former member of the Shady Grove Band; Jack is a composer and multi-instrumentalist with the Red Clay Ramblers.
c o n t e n t s :
Shoofly Theme performed by Chris Frank with accompaniment by Jack Herrick and Lynn Davis (vocals)
Chiggetty, Whoosh by Lisa Bast. Performed by Lisa Bast. Directed by Sarah Froeber
The Boondocks by Rita Murphy. Performed by Julie Fishell, Crissie Cabrera, and Chris Qualls. Directed by Julie Fishell
Again by Billie English Lieberman. Performed by Mary Ruth. Directed by Sarah Froeber
Fishball performed by Chris Frank with accompaniment by Jack Herrick and Lynn Davis (vocal)
Sleepyheads by Anastasia Suen. Performed by Jenny Chapman. Directed by Sarah Froeber
Hare’s Hiccups by Marilyn Helmer. Performed Lucy Grey Wilson, Jason Vail, and Chris Qualls. Directed by Julie Fishell
A Spider Named Louie by Sherry Dawn. Performed by Solomon Gibson III. Directed by Sarah Froeber
Polly Wolly Doodle performed by Chris Frank with vocal accompaniment by Lynn Davis
Fly Away by Anastasia Suen. Performed by Jenny Chapman. Directed by Sarah Froeber
Turtle Soup by Alethea Eason. Performed by Mary Ruth, Sarah Froeber, and Rafael López-Barrantes. Directed by Sarah Froeber
Buster’s Great Flight by Katherine S. Mellor. Performed by Byron Woods. Directed by Sarah Froeber
Fox performed by Chris Frank
Rascal Rhyme by Billie English Lieberman. Performed by Jane Hallstrom. Directed by Sarah Froeber
Crow Brings the Sun by Ruth Adams. Performed by Anna Weinstein, Crissie Cabrera, and Chris Qualls. Directed by Julie Fishell
Swan Lights of the Moon Dark (How the Sky Swans Bring Light to the Moon) by Carol F. Peck (Title by Victoria Webster). Performed by Jacquelin Robbins. Directed by Sarah Froeber
The King’s Daughter performed by Chris Frank with Jack Herrick on pennywhistle
The Shoofly Players: Lisa Bast, Crissie Cabrera, Jenny Chapman, Julie Fishell, Solomon Gibson III, Jane Hallstrom, Rafael López-Barrantes, Chris Qualls, Jacquelin Robbins, Mary Ruth, Jason Vail, Anna Weinstein, Lucy Grey Wilson, Byron Woods
Shoofly Theme: Chris Frank (vocals, guitar and snare drum), Jack Herrick (bass), Lynn Davis (vocals)
Cover Concept & Design: Kathleen Nestor
Cover Art: Hayley Nestor, age 10 (2005, Carrboro, NC)
Recorded by: Randy Friel, SoundWave Audio, Chapel Hill; and Jerry Brown, The Rubber Room, Chapel Hill. Incidental music composed and arranged by Randy Friel; Shoofly variations by Bill Newton and Randy Friel, and Chip Crawford and Randy Friel. Final mix by Jerry Brown, The Rubber Room