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.
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.