Mama Don't Allow
'Fox and Branch are the best kind of musicians - making everything they play their own, while acknowledging the tradition from which the music comes. A folk duo from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, they perform a light-hearted mix of early jazz, country blues, jug band and dance music usually targeted to adults. Here the focus is on folk-derived children's songs that have been extensively tested at shows in public libraries and day care centers all over Greater Milwaukee. From sing-a-longs such as the timeless title tune and 'Bingo' to riddlers ('Arkansas Traveler'), folk classics (Elizabeth Cotten's 'Freight Train') and conversational cut-ups like 'Comin' 'Round the Mountain,' with it's vegetarian pizza and licorice, and an expansive 'Erie Canal,' the dedicated duo offer a spirited blueprint on how to put together an effective kids-oriented album. Will Branch's lead vocals seem naturally expressive, while Dave Fox's fiddle skills gleam on songs like the accelerative 'Crooked Stovepipe' and 'Bill Grogan's Goat.' For children of all ages.' Sing Out! Magazine Winter 2003.