Today on ‘Benny asking people questions’ we chat to Jo from ukubele about her truly incredible new jazz album for children, Watermelon Jazz, an album that traverses the globe and brings new meaning to family collaboration.
Todays guests are one of those beautiful stories that involve a certain success that has been derived from commitment, hard work, longevity, consistency, a total lack of any juvenile moral compass and a complete utter respect and adoration for their audience.
They are an act that through their theatre, their albums, their books, their podcast and their television program have really been able to grab hold of what it means to be a child of a certain age, wanting to grow up but not quite ready to give up on being a child. I feel they are a national treasure and I think the entertainment for children created in this country has been shifted on a much richer dialogue due to their input.
They are Matt Kelly and Richard Higgins of The Listies and they take their silliness very serious.
Today on Benny asking People questions we chat to Nic Dalton, brain child behind the punk rock children’s act The Sticker Club, out of Sydney Australia
As a member of the Lemon Heads, Nic is no stranger to the music scene and yet even with a history such as his, he still feel the Sticker Club is the best music he’s ever written.
From Punk rock to Bubble gum Pop, Nic tells all.
Today on Benny asking people questions, we chat to Americas Esther Crow.
Esther found her roots in New Yorks punk scene and has brought the same honesty and power to her music for children.
In an album dripping with variety and message, Esther has managed two create an album as diverse as her own life, and does it with charm, humour, and a cut through narrative true to her punk roots.
On todays episode we speak with one or Australia’s most successful children’s performers, Charlie McGee, front man for Formidable Vegetable. A band that has toured the world over, is promoted by the UN and a Glastonbury return visitor. And its easy to see why.
Charlie and his formidable team, exist entirely in their appreciation, belief and deep love for community. A place where all things are possible and where all the power exists. A belief that permeates heavily through not only their music, but their messaging, their lives and their approach to artistic creation.
I give you Charlie, and he invites you to come and spend some time.
Poppy Galactic and the Beat are a children’s band hailing from the central east coast of Australia and a band that in some respects have reinvented what it means to create a live experience.
With music that appears to effortless flow from track to track, accompanied by easily accessible and sung along to lyrics, they are an act of true invention and the ultimate dance party.
On todays episode we get to sit down with Tiffany Richmond to talk about their slow burn to popularity and what to now means for an act with a whole new world to offer.
Today On ‘Benny Asking People Questions’ we continue on with our deeper look into the children’s Music of New Zealand with our interview with Rainbow Rosalind.
Described as the ‘go to’ for classical arrangement and a TV star in her own right, Roslalind’s career has been the summary of a life of deep belief and constant preparation for the moments life hands her.
Her career is inspirational and a good reminder that, for all of us, its always just around the corner
Levity Beet is one of New Zealand’s most unique children’s performers. Not least for his passion for creating and playing his own instruments, but also the reassurance he takes that he is doing what he is meant to be doing.
Today on Benny Asking People Questions we get the chance to talk about his early inspirations but also the journey he took to get to the place of calm and contentedness he finds himself today.
Gordie MacKeeman is a folk musician in Canada and has recently turned his hand to wiring an album for children. An album, it would inadvertently appear strikes at the very heart of what it means to be surrounded by love and loved ones.
In todays interview, Gordie talks about his love for folk. But not just the musical aspects, but rather the feelings this most humble of music generates as it gathers friends and family around its epicentre of fun and dancing.
Today on Benny Asking People Questions we talk to New Zealand’s Kath Bee about her extraordinary upcoming release ‘Children: Our voices Intertwined’. An album produced by Doug Stenhouse.
This album address’ some fo the more abstract observations of lockdown told directly through the voices of children living the moment.
It is a true testament to their voices and an album of extraordinary poignancy, heart and beautiful music.