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Songs to Edward Lear by Sjef Frenken

“This simply delightful CD of Lear songs has just been sent to the Society. It is an hour long with 16 Lear poems and Limericks. The music is composed and sung by David Simmons and Sjef Frenken and highly recommended for children. That said, I enjoyed it whilst driving north on the M1 and did not fall asleep, it is so well composed and hardly unchanged from the original words to conform to melodic requirements” Derek Johns

This digipak album offers sixteen of Edward Lear’s longer verses, including Calico Pie, The Owl and The Pussy-Cat, The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bò, and The Dong with the Luminous Nose. The 36-page insert contains all the lyrics as well as 16 beautiful and imaginative illustrations by Australian artist M.M.J Lee. The musicians are members of the Aomezeyck Ensemble. Arranger Greg Geeves substitutes at the piano in two of the songs. The composer is once again singing the songs himself, with a little help here and there from Ottawa singer-songwriter Amanda Bon.

You can listen to some samples following the link: