Rani Arbo &
daisy mayhem

Family Show

Take a rollicking, first-class ride through American roots music! Based on the band’s award-winning* 2010 CD, Ranky Tanky, this musical journey stops at the Georgia Sea Islands, the Appalachians, a Mississippi blues joint, a Texas dance hall, and a New Orleans parade, and more, as kids soak up the sounds of fiddle, guitar, bass, percussion and four voices in harmony.

During a Ranky Tanky show, children are invited to sing, clap, dance, suggest ideas, and answer questions about what they see on stage. Between songs, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem talk about the songs, instruments, and styles they play, but it’s no lecture — it’s more like four cooks crowing over ingredients for a favorite musical stew. And, as they’re grooving a capella on a pop tune from the Bahamas, showing off the drummer’s 100% recycled drum set, or serenading a birthday boy with a turkey-baster whistle, they also like to show kids that you don’t need fancy stuff to make great music.

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RAdm Band Portrait by Brendan


The Ranky Tanky show is best suited to children aged pre-K through 3rd grade, but can be adapted to assemblies for grades K-6.  For audiences of older children, the band tailors a different repertoire, with more in-depth conversation about instruments, musical influences, what it means to be a band, and more.

To extend the children’s show experience, percussionist and veteran teacher Scott Kessel also offers the Recycled Rhythms Workshop. In this 45-90 minute program, suitable for grades K-12, kids make a wooden harmonica and a small recycled drumset, then learn rhythms from around the globe.

For more information on the family show, please visit the Promoters’ Toolkit.

Praise for the family show and CD

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Thank you for such a beautiful and engaging performance.  We loved your music and your interaction with the audience, and we were thrilled with the recycled instruments!
Diane Dickerson, Wolf Trap Children’s Theater-in-the-Woods

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem were truly a joy to work with — so completely in the moment, not only with their audiences and engagement partners, but with our staff as well.  They express a remarkable level of sensitivity and cohesion that informs not only their music-making, but also all of their interactions with people. They approach their art with an incredible generosity, bringing the audience into the spontaneity and joy of a live performance. I’m a fan!
Emily Laugesen, Youth Series Coordinator, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem’s Ranky Tanky is barefoot, front-porch, tap-your-feet folk music for families!
USA Today
Great, organic Americana music for the whole family.
About.com Kids’ Music

Listen to tracks from Ranky Tanky

* Ranky Tanky won lots of awards!

  • Parents’ Choice Foundation Gold Award, 2010
  • National Association of Parenting Publications Gold Award, 2010
  • American Library Association Notable Recording, 2010
  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, 2010
  • Boston Children’s Music Award 2010