the wonderfully calculated chaos of Andrew and Polly

February 15, 2024 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: BENNY'S Favourites, Podcasts

Meet Andrew and Polly. A musical Duo whose music is there to excite, challenge, expand, and introduce children to the complexities of musical arrangement while simultaneously presenting issues, problems and sheer joy in a language that places the understanding right into the laps of the children that are listening.

Its not easy to do but they make it look all to casual and fun, which is exactly what brings the children in. Their desire to bring in friends to help play their music is just another testament to their ability to have everyone feel involved and included and it is of no wonder they have been nominated for a Grammy to their most recent work.

So grab a cuppa sit back. Welcome to the brains of Andrew and Polly

The unmistakable tone of fun.

February 12, 2024 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: Podcasts

Today we talk to Lisa Mark and Charlie of the Funtones.

The Funtones are an act that epitomise their name as they strive to  provide a place for children to simply do that… Have fun.

A concept easily understood but sometimes harder to achieve, they are a band who know what it means to learn through play and exactly what that playfulness means.

Waveney, a safe space for children

January 17, 2024 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: BENNY'S Favourites, Podcasts

Today my guest might appear relatively new to the children’s music scene, however truth be told, once I began my research I soon found that actually, her love for performing for children has indeed almost expanded an entire decade.

Waveney and her colleague Alinta have created one of the most stunning albums for children in the past year and today we get to unpack its complexities and simplicities.

I give you Waveney Yasso.

Susie Tallman, Nestled between the new and the old

November 7, 2023 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: Podcasts

As Children’s performers. We often put our hearts and souls into the notion of being child inclusive. Its something we all strive for, but then occasionally, someone comes along which reminds us of what it actually really means. What it means to put children front and centre of what you do. This does not measn Lyrically or musically but physically, realising that the music you create needs to have children literally reflected back at them.

Todays guest acknowledged this right form the start of her career and has held true to this notion every since. The work slips and slides between standards, new work, listening moments and pure joy as she truly leans in on the notion, to be WITH the children, not in front.

I give you Susie Tallman

Tiptoeing with the mighty

November 2, 2023 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: Podcasts

Today On Benny Asking People Questions we speak to Meg, Lee and Vee of TIPTOE Giants. Specifically we talk about their new album, Small But Mighty, an album that exudes its very tital with the delicate touch enormity seen through gentleness.

It is an album that captures the heart from the immediate listen with pop like clarity, incomparable musicianship and an array of guests that would make the most of us blush.

I give you Meg, Lee and Vee. I hope you enjoy.

The Seriousness of Alex and Jack.

October 30, 2023 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: Podcasts

Today’s guest subtly hides her enormity behind a small ukulele. Singing gently behind wistful and wafting melodies and sharing her understanding with children in the hope that they will be able to find a more inclusive path in their lives. However, this subtleness is merely a outward facade for the person herself is a powerhouse of message, conviction, achievement, direction and a deep deep understanding of who she is and where she is headed.

I give you Alexander Rose Mongano, Children’s entertainer, Celiac advocate, and Jack the Silly yak.

Sprinkling the Magic with the Wizard

October 28, 2023 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: Podcasts

There is no way of really measuring the worth of todays Artist. With several ARIA nominations, A MMMA win, a POdcast win and many a many accolade his contribution to the music for children sector is enormous.

Yet you can be forgiven to not know who he is. For similar to a foundation block, he sits dutifully with his keyboard, dressed as a wizard, tot he back of stage as Mim, Laura and Michael Beanie take centre stage. But today we bring him into the light and talk all things Beanies and potentially an album entirely about toileting.

We give you James Court.

Best foot forward with Lucas Proudfoot

September 22, 2023 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: Podcasts

Lucas Proudfoot is one of Australia’s most prolific performers and he’s hitting the road with a brand  ew show filled with wonderful characters and whole swag of new tunes. 

Today on ‘Benny asking people questions’ we get to the heart of Lucas’ music, its nostalgia, how to earn a peso and  why Pelican bay may have Australia’s best breaks according to this ex pro surfer

Welcome, Whistle and Trick

August 26, 2023 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: Podcasts

Whistle and Trick are new to the scene, but my goodness what a way to introduce yourself. 

Their new album is an album so rich of diversity and instinct, it’s hard to believe it’s their first time round. 

In todays episode we talk about their process, their journey and why, despite high admirations, actually never spoke to one and other. 


Power to the children with Riot Baby

August 17, 2023 0 Comments AUTHOR: Benny CATEGORIES: Podcasts

Today on Benny Asking people questions we cant to John and Cat from Riot Baby. 

Riot Baby is a children’s act that believes in the art of play. The art of experimenting, and giving everyone a voice. Their shows filled with the energy from any punk experience reminding us all again, how capable children are, and how eclectic, and open. 

Enjoy Riot Baby