If there’s a demographic that can be crazy ambitious and efficient with its time, it’s mothers. Many spend their maternity leave embarking on an incredible business venture, and others spend it being creative. Angie Who is one such ambitious mum, and she’s just released Little Folk, her album for kids.
Little Folk is a lovely little folk album with 10 original songs and six covers of familiar songs. It has none of the frantic pace of a usual kids album, which – let’s be honest – is so nice for grown-ups. Little Folk is for chilling out under a warm blanket at the end of a winter day, with cups of warm apple cider for little people, and mulled wine for big ones.
Angie Who’s tunes have the mellowness of Jack Johnson, and her voice has a comforting, warm timbre. Vocals are accompanied by a gang of five musicians, each playing an interesting assortment of instruments. Banjo, glockenspiel, fiddle and accordion provide accompaniment to the usual guitar, bass and drums.
Many of the songs are the kinds of quiet songs a mum or dad could sing at bedtime, and they’re interspersed with energetic tracks like Shortenin’ Bread. The original songs are sweet and heartfelt. As a mum who’s mentally preparing to send her eldest to school next year, the chorus of Travelling Band – “Someday you’ll be too big to hold / someday, my baby, I’ll be pretty old” – really got to me. *sniff*
I couldn’t stop examining Steph Tsai’s artwork on the album cover and insert. It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down with a physical CD and read the liner notes, and the experience was nostalgic and really enjoyable. Like the music, Tsai’s drawings draw you in.
Little Folk is available online and stocked at kids’ and book stores in New South Wales.