JUNO-nominated and multi-award winning folk singer Jeremy Fisher brings his catchy songwriting to circle time with his very first collection of music aimed at young listeners, Jeremy Fisher Junior - Highway To Spell.
Songs such as Turtle & Guy, I Lost My Shoe and Bizzy Bee come alive with vivid imagery, instantly singable melodies and grooves that inspire kids to dance like nobody’s watching. His trademark wit and penchant for storytelling add dimension to the simple tunes and make sure there’s a little something in there for the whole family.
The folky acoustic instrumentation, punctuated by whimsical horn arrangements and DIY percussion recalls the work of classic children’s entertainers such as Raffi, Fred Penner and Sharon, Lois and Bram.
Fisher became a first-time father in early 2016, and the child-sized guitar that hangs in his kitchen became a go-to for soothing a fussy baby or entertaining a bunch of kids on a play date. Soon this grew into turning everyday events into musical adventures.
“There is a constant soundtrack going on in my head, it’s been that way since I was a kid,” says Fisher, “and when I found myself spending long days with my young daughter before she could speak I started to vocalize these sounds to narrate what we were doing.”
“The days would start with a traditional song, Good Morning, my partner’s mother sang to her as a baby. Then as we’d go trundling off to the library and I’d ask her in song what she thought we’d find Down At The Library. By lunchtime I’d be pulling bread out of the toaster singing Peanut Butter Sandwiches, a song I learned at summer camp as a kid. Then of course when we were winding down at the End Of The Day, I’d starting singing about Bath Time on the way up the stairs to hit the suds.”
The album came together naturally in Fisher’s studio, The Sugar Shack, located steps from the back door of his home in Ottawa. He recorded many of the instruments himself, bringing in guests such as Catriona Sturton on vocals and harmonica, Petr Cancura on sax, clarinet and flute and recorded a chorus of 16 young singers to back him up on the sing-along choruses.
Jeremy Fisher Junior - Highway To Spell, out on Hidden Pony Records March 9th, 2018.