Thursday, September 20, 2018

"Fireflies" - a musicwrap



Special Guests Charmaine Neville, Lucy Kalantari & Ruth Ungar

* Fireflies release date:  September 28, 2018
* Ages:  all ages especially enjoyed by ages 3-8
* Label: Coil Records

Fireflies available at iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon, and the Mister G website:
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"Irresistible ... pairs bluegrass and more with clever wordplay." 
- People Magazine

"Original tunes full of kid-friendly lyrics, singable melodies, tight harmonies, and just right arrangements."
- School Library Journal


Latin GRAMMY award winner and four-times Parents' Choice Gold Award recipient Mister G ( Ben Gundersheimer )  calls upon his musical roots to celebrate children's wonder for the natural world with the release of his ninth album for families, Fireflies, on September 28, 2018. 

Fireflies marks a return to Mister G's beginnings as a songwriter and musician.  Quintessentially American, the album draws from a rich tapestry of roots influences including folk, bluegrass, soul and vintage country. The music reflects the freedom and excitement of exploring the outdoors in summer, celebrating such iconic pleasures as eating s'mores by the campfire, 4th of July fireworks, paddling a canoe, and family cookouts.  Mister G's original songs also encourage children to see themselves as budding eco-activists who are connected to all beings on the planet. 

Co-produced, recorded, and mixed with Grammy-winner Dean Jones, Fireflies recalls a simpler, more optimistic era when children spent hours of unstructured time playing outdoors. Recorded with a small group of friends and collaborators, the album is a testament to the organic beauty of hand-played instruments, including fiddle, pedal steel, mandolin, banjo, upright bass, and acoustic guitar. One would be hard pressed to say whether this masterful collection of exquisitely rendered songs will be cherished more by kids or their parents. 

About the artist

A superstar in the children's music world, known for his eclectic musical tastes spanning genres from bluegrass to bossa nova, Mister G's dynamic, original music has won praise from The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-times, People magazine and more. 

As the recipient of the first songwriting scholarship in the history of Berklee College of Music, Mister G brings an elevated spirit of song-craft and production aesthetic to the children's genre.  Drawing on his previous career as an adult musician as well as his background as a teacher with a Master of Education degree, Mister G's songs are immediately engaging for children, instructors, and parents while seemingly melding lessons in ecology, creativity, literacy and multiculturalism.  

Of  tremendous importance to the world of Mister G are the contribution of Missus G ( Katherine Jamieson ), an award-winning author and former college professor who not only performs as part of the duo with her husband, but also manages the ever-widening scope of the act. 

Moving from the stage and recording studio to the printed page, Mister G recently signed a multi-book deal with Penguin Random House to transform several of his songs into children's picture books.  The first of these, SeΓ±orita Mariposa, illustrated by Marcos Almada Rivero will be published in early 2019. 

Fireflies Track List
Running time: 28 minutes

Sweet Summertime
Me and You
Big Old World
Four-Footed Friend
Together as One
Perfect Day

( for song lyrics, teaching guides, and more please visit Mister G's website at )

This album is highly recommended by Storywraps! 

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