Putumayo Kids Presents: Australian Playground
Putumayo World Music/Ode
The “Playground” albums from the Putumayo Kids Presents series have been a highlight of Putumayo’s releases for our family since, well, since we started a family…my son Oscar has received them as birthday presents from friends and found some of my samples (before I’ve finished with them). We’ve supplied copies to his daycare – in short they’ve been a hit. And Australian Playground looks set to be the new favourite – it’s also a better indication of Australia/Australian music than the Aussie album from the “Adults” series within the Putumayo range. Where that felt cobbled together this flows through bush ukulele workouts (Seaman Dan’s Mango Rain) to fun folkie staples (Bob Brown’s Give Me A Home Among The Gumtrees) always with the aim of a bit of a romping good time (The Band of the South Australia Police’s The Road To Gundagai).
We get to hear from Garrangali twice – giving the indigenous voice a crucial presence here and Don Spencer (a famous TV presenter and songwriter) offers up an ode to the Kangaroo.
It concludes – of course – with a version of Waltzing Matilda (by Lazy Harry).
It’s a bit of fun for the whole family and there’s some great songs here, balladry (Rosie Burgess’ Random Acts, Kamerunga’s Seisia) and the aforementioned knees-up follies.