The experience of choosing, arranging and especially singing these songs is the greatest of pleasures for me and I dearly hope that children and parents alike get a chance to hear and sing these songs together. It's through songs such as these that we create our own unique mythology that we carry with us for the rest of our lives!"
PAUL AUSTIN KELLY is the co-Director of Walking Oliver Productions Ltd and a world-renowned opera singer. But don't panic! Even Paul knows that most children's ears aren't yet ready for the intensity of the operatic style! Nevertheless, as a highly trained musician, he knows what quality music for kids should be, so he brings his formidable musical talents in both composition and voice to the Walking Oliver musical repertoire. As agile on guitar as keyboard, with a voice that maneuvers skillfully and playfully through a wide variety of musical styles, Paul brings the joy of music and the talent of musicianship to every Walking Oliver recording , making the music come alive for children who can't help but sing along!
In 2002, Paul Austin Kelly made it official. From country to folk, jazz to hip hop, rock to pop and even classical, Walking Oliver recordings would be imaginative, insightful musical journeys, always backed by quality musical performances, always delivering on the promise of quality music for kids.
Still, it has been with the collaboration of his artistic partners that Paul's original mission comes full circle. After having been in contact for more than three years via email and telephone, famed children's illustrator Korky Paul finally hopped aboard the Walking Oliver bandwagon and not only designed the irresistible WO logo, complete with a whistling, finger-snapping Oliver, but also joined the team as designer and illustrator of their CD mini-books and labels, giving Walking Oliver both a fun-loving canine mascot and fantastical full-colour fun to accompany children's listening experience. Because while Walking Oliver will always be first and foremost about quality music for kids, music is just the beginning. Through music, words and art, Walking Oliver is dedicated to creating those special moments of love and laughter for kids and their families.
Paul has performed leading roles with many of the world's most prestigious opera companies including the Royal Opera at Covent Garden, La Scala in Milan, the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Glyndebourne Festival.
He has made numerous guest appearances on BBC Radio. Mr. Kelly has also worked professionally as a jazz singer and is an accomplished guitarist and trumpet player. A native of upstate New York, Paul Austin Kelly lives with his wife Carol, son Zack and, of course, Oliver Himself, at their home in Lewes, East Sussex, England.
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1. Jenny Jenkins
2. Animal Fair
3. She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain
4. James James Morrison Morrison
5. There Was A Crooked Man
6. The Farmer in the Dell
7. Old MacDonald
8. Put Your Finger in the Air
9. Billy Barlow
10. The Ugly Bug Ball
11. If I Had A Hammer
12. Walk in Jerusalem (Just LIke John)
13. Rock-A My Soul
14. On Top of Spaghetti
16. Grandma's in the Cellar
17. Dem Dry Bones
18. The Man on the Flying Trapeze
19. All through the Night