Listening to the new children’s album Singsong Pennywhistle, it’s almost impossible to believe it was recorded in just two days, and with only two days of practicing in advance. But that’s the kind of magic that happens when Emma and Cecilia Black are at the microphone.
The sisters grew up in Michigan in a homeschooling family of seven children and attended Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts. Despite no formal musical training, the sisters had many opportunities to hone their talents, thanks to the strong culture of folk music in their family.
“It’s wonderful to have a song to suit any occasion,” especially for passing the time during long car rides or chores, Cecilia said, “and much of family life is bound up in these daily tasks!”
They met their accompanist, Ben-David Warner, at a Christmas caroling party some years ago. Together, their musical group is called Roundabout. Because he lives 13 hours away from them, in Virginia, the trio had to move at lightning speed to record the album.
“We hit it off because of our similar folk music culture within our families,” Emma said. “It seemed only natural to ask him to accompany us on our album and we were so excited when he agreed to it!”
Music and singing are integral parts of building a strong family culture, the sisters said.