The "Mousekemusic Classroom" was first presented with this second season Fun with Music Day skit. It would become an introductary device for a number of musical destinations. Here it serves as a gateway to a fantasyland Irish village, a nod to both Walt Disney's ancestry and the Darby O'Gill stories, the film rights to which the studio owned. Jimmie Dodd calls the class to attention before having Cheryl Holdridge (in a rare solo) read the lesson on the music of Ireland. It's a far cry from the works of Carolan to the blarney presented here, but the appeal of the Mouseketeers overcomes the schmalz of overseas Irish sentimentality. Darlene sings The Leprechaun with the Flute (Miller/Adair) in honor of Bobby Burgess' oversized sidhe. The best part of the skit is the dancing by Sharon, Lonnie, Annette, Larry, Doreen and Jay-Jay. Erin, Dear Erin, a 19th Century ballad by Irish-Australian W. R. Furlong is sung by Tommy Cole. (Rick from Dallas notes the musical notation on the classroom blackboard is from the first song).
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