I got together with my buddies Chris "Critter" Eldridge and Kristin Andreassen a couple weeks ago to record our favorite holiday song for The Bluegrass Situation. Our version of "Children Go Where I Send Thee" is inspired by "mother of folk" Jean Ritchie.
Jean Ritchie got this song from her sister Pauline who learned it from a "visiting game-teacher" named Opal Payne from Hindman, Kentucky. Payne's source? A group of school children. Apparently the kids would line up girls on one side facing the boys on the other and sing "Children Go" in a call and response fashion. Ritchie wrote that when Payne brought the song back to the school she worked at, it "spread like brushfire."