Andy Offutt Irwin | Andy's Wild Amphibian Show!

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Andy's Wild Amphibian Show!

by Andy Offutt Irwin

Think narrative style stand-up comedy for children with really thoughtful, fun songs: Bobby McFerrin meets the Marx Brothers meets Eudora Welty.
Genre: Kids/Family: Children's Storytelling
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1. I Have a Loose Tooth
17:09 album only
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2. Andy's Wild Amphibian Show!
29:20 album only
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3. The Light Went Away
3:16 album only
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4. I Love to Whistle (feat. Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer)
2:44 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Andy's Wild Amphibian Show!" is a Parents' Choice® Silver Honor Winner!

Here's the Parents' Choice® review:
"Until now, noted storyteller, singer, musician, and master whistler Andy Offutt Irwin hadn't turned his talents to a children's CD, despite his many years of work in schools and libraries. Here's hoping the first won't be his last. With zany sound effects, colorful character voices, and deftly integrated educational snippets, Georgia-based Irwin, 53, spins two tales that are mined, he says, from his "free-range, bicycle childhood" during "the before time," when "the telephone was tied to the kitchen wall" and Tonka Trucks were "made out of a material called metal." Performing live, Irwin warms up his giggling audience with the first track, "I Have a Loose Tooth," and then launches into the title story involving aquarium envy, a bucket full of tadpoles, the training of bullfrogs, sister trouble, and a brother's revenge. Without breaking humorous stride, Irwin acknowledges kids as worthy of respect, integrates life lessons, and chaffs the adults in the audience. Irwin rounds out the CD with a lovely, life-affirming lullaby, "The Light Went Away," and the jaunty "I Love to Whistle" (harmonies and yodeling by veteran folk and children's music duo Cathy Fink, who is also one of the album's producers, and Marcy Marxer)."

– Lynne Heffley ©2016 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.
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Children's author, musician, and Grammy® Winner, Bill Harley says...

"Listening to Andy Offutt Irwin's new recording is like getting the latest Mad magazine in the mailbox. Or listening to a combination of Shel Silverstein, Spike Jones (go find him), and your weird uncle, who you hope comes to visit you, bringing some kind of water balloon contraption. And the main thing is, kids know he’s on their side. It’s not even a matter of remembering – he knows what it feels like. Is there a higher compliment? Not in my book."
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A review from the kids' media site, Zooglooble:

"With a blurb from king of the kindie storytellers Bill Harley (and a figurative push from longtime occasional touring partner Cathy Fink), this was a pretty safe bet when I put the CD in and hit "play." Sure enough, the first kids CD from the Georgia-based storyteller hits the same pleasant storyteller notes as Harley -- the feeling that childhood is every bit as adventurous as adulthood, empowerment in small bites, and, of course, the occasional silly voice. Most of the album is taken up by two stories told in front of a live audience, "I Have a Loose Tooth" and the title track. It also features a live recording of the sweet sing-along lullaby (not an oxymoron) "The Light Went Away" and a studio rendition of "I Love To Whistle," which features Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer. (Did I mention that Irwin's a whistler? He's a really good whistler.)

Unlike Bill Harley's tales, in which many of them I've often felt a bit of wistfulness, these stories stick to a more triumphant tone. Which is also fine. Just a bit different. Irwin is just as engaging with the kids, regardless of whether it's through the occasional encouragement to repeat a loooong vocabulary word or just through his silly voices or compelling narrative. Worth a spin if you're looking to expand your family's storytelling collection. Recommended."
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"I’ve seen Andy Offutt Irwin work with students from rural Georgia and inner city New York – both were eating out of the palm of his hand! He has that extraordinarily remarkable ability to make people laugh and lose themselves in the moment of his performance. Andy Offutt Irwin and young people: A magical combination…”
~Jerry Ulrich , Director of Choral Studies, LaGuardia High School of Music, Art, and the Performing Arts (The ”Fame” school) – New York City

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A native of Covington, GA, Andy is a storyteller, humorist, singer, songwriter, musician, whistler, walking menagerie of sound effects and dialects, and so much more!

In storytelling circles, he is especially known for relating the adventures of his eighty-five-year-old-widowed-newly-minted-physician-aunt, Dr. Marguerite Van Camp, a woman who avoids curmudgeonship by keeping her finger on the pulse of… well herself, but also the changing world around her. She steps lively through it, loving as many people as she can.

As a result, many people love Andy. Irwin was awarded the 2013 National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Award, and all seven of his storytelling CDs (thus far) have won Storytelling Word Awards. He has appeared six times at the National Storytelling Festival, and is a favorite annually as a Teller in Residence at International Storytelling Center and he has been a Keynote Speaker/Performer at the Library of Congress-Virburnum Foundation Conference on Family Literacy.

Early in his career, Andy performed with the comedic troupe, SAK Theatre at Walt Disney World, 1984-1989. These days, he tours with Cathy Fink. He tours with the Kandinsky Trio. He tours with Bil Lepp and Kim Weitkamp as the “Uncalled for Tour.” And, of course, he tours alone with his one-man show extravaganza.

Andy's provides a host of educational programs and camps for children where he focuses on literacy, storytelling, music, and taking care of the environment … among other things.

“Andy’s animated performances delight and entertain in the best sense of the word, surpassing any zany teller you’ve heard before..” ~ The Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

"A fiendishly clever union of Tom Lehrer’s topicality... cut with Bobby McFerrin-style mouth music. Andy Offutt Irwin’s shows are good quirky fun!" ~ The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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