Singing Down the Road



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Singing Down the Road is an educational children's musical show from the 70s, hosted by Boston folk singer and teacher Tony Saletan. Saletan was the first to host many early educational and musical variety programs for children, and he is considered a pioneer of public media. He played a key role in the American folk music revival of the 60s and 70s, having taught folk classics such as Michael Row the Boat Ashore and Kumbaya to folk artists such as Pete Seeger, the Weavers, and the Highwaymen. Singing Down the Road presents a series of songs that tell the story of colourful events in American history, such as settling the new world, westward migrations, the gold rush, the railroads, and early pioneer life. When the show first aired it was accompanied by the publication of a teacher's manual, since the program was originally intended to be viewed in schools to assist teachers in encouraging children to learn and sing folk songs and ballads.