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Moods: Mood: Fun Folk: Children's Folk Kids/Family: Sing-Along/Interactive Kids/Family: General Children's Music

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CANADA - Alberta

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Rattle and Strum

The recipe for fun? We take a scoop of toe-tapping tunes, add a dash of silliness, then rattle and strum until we’re ready to fall over. “Rattle and Strum” gets kids of all ages dancing, clapping, singing, and playing. With Heather on guitar, Steve on drums, you on percussion, and everybody singing, this highly interactive band leaves nobody out, and is known for original music that parents enjoy too.

Heather Blush (aka “Strum”) has years of experience working with young children. Trained as a music therapist, she often teaches music to up to 800 children a week. An experienced songwriter and leader of the ‘adult’ band Heather Blush and The Uppercuts, she has enjoyed focusing her songwriting skills on tunes for the younger crowd. She likes to write silly songs that are just plain fun, and often sneaks in an educational component. Kids love the songs and are always requesting favourites such as “The Peanut Butter Song”, and “Sneakaroo”.

Steve Hazlett (aka “Rattle”) has been playing the drums since he could pick up sticks – he has played with countless bands, and has been teaching drums to youngsters for years. With a vast collection of percussion instruments, he enjoys introducing a wide variety of interesting noisemakers to audiences, and he does so with flair! His infectious grooves keep everyone dancing and smiling long past the end of the show.

Together, Rattle & Strum are an irresistible combination, having so much fun with each other on stage that it spills out into the audience. Their long-awaited first children’s album was released in August 2013, with much-appreciated help from a grant through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts to complete it. Performances have included the City of Calgary’s Canada Day celebrations in Prince’s Island Park (Calgary, Alberta), Live From the Rock! Folk Fest in Red Rock, Ontario, and many schools and daycares. Armed with catchy tunes, great grooves, visual props, extra instruments for the audience members, and a great sense of fun, Rattle & Strum provide a show that no one will forget soon!