The autobiographical Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder are rich in references to music, with 127 songs embedded in the stories. In fact, there may be no books of comparable standing that document frontier America family music-making so thoroughly. The source of most of the music was Charles “Pa” Ingalls, a born entertainer who missed few occasions to sing and play his fiddle, an instrument that accompanied the Ingalls family through times good and bad and came to symbolize the endurance of the family unit in a threatening frontier world. In 2004, Pa’s Fiddle Recordings was established to produce recordings of Pa Ingalls’ great music. To date, three CDs have been released. On this CD are the recordings that inspired the PBS con cert program celebrated here.
Songs on this CD: Yellow Heifer, The Blue Juniata , Green Grows the Laurel, Irish Washerwoman, Roll on Silver Moon, Captain Jinks, The Campbells are Coming/Haste to the Wedding, Happy Land, The Monkey’s Wedding, Barbara Allen