Toddlepott travels with his puppet Grr in a bag on a trolley that also contains some of his special boxes/presents, a guitar, the accordion, a hand mirror, spoons, whistle, chime bars etc. In a show that blends music, story telling and puppetry Toddlepott and Grr’s show is action packed and caters to the children’s love of variety and surprise. Toddlepott is the work of Melbourne based performer Malcolm Hansford whose musical and entertainment skills, plus his wonderful people rapport, leaves the audience with a memorable and unique performance.
Children's Musical Acts
Canya Dantz is singer/songwriter Barry Peters, in a dynamic performance that engages and involves the audience with music, movement and imagination. Barry plays several instruments and is a master showman.
Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky is a well-travelled Australian, with a suitcase full of souvenirs and treasures, and a song or a story to go with each. A giant conch shell leads into the story of the origin of fire; a piece of quartz rock inspires a gold rush song; and a billy is for a short pantomime about the bushman who gets into trouble in the big city. And so on. The audience is invited to choose the next item, and to join in with Jan - singing, playing instruments, and taking part in the drama – with Jan on 5-string banjo, harmonica, ukulele, spoons, bones and bodhran. It’s a Cook’s tour around Australia, and you never know where it will go next with one of Australia’s great storytellers and folk musicians.
Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky is a package: storytelling and music, characters with great yarns from Australian history, traditional and original music and tales, with lashings of humour and a dash of pathos, who can hold adults and children spellbound, playing 5-string banjo, harmonica, ukulele and unusual instruments such as the spoons and bones. And because he’s also a writer, radio broadcaster and producer of shows, Jan knows how to string an event together, using story and song, and so instead of the usual comedian why not get Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky, storyteller, to MC your next function?
"Ripping yarns and vibrant music." (AGE)
"..the ultimate yarn spinner: a singer, musician and writer who can hold audiences spellbound." (THE AUSTRALIAN)
"He has a fine sense of rhythm and comedy but also varies the pace and mood according to the material." (MELBOURNE TIMES)
JAN ’YARN’ WOSITZKY’S FAMILY SHOW is a free-wheeling hour of entertainment from one of Australia’s great storytellers and folk musicians – founding Bushwacker, Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky. In this show for all ages Jan gets is all moving on the 5-string banjo, mouth organ, spoons, ukulele and bones (yes, bones!), gets tricky as he becomes the World’s Best Violin Player (Vile Din), delights with some hushed storytelling and a short play, and kicks up the dust with stick-puppet Jack the Dancer, sing-alongs and spoon dancing, with the kids becoming part of the action.
“Jan ‘Yarn’ Wositzky’s Family Show is a joyful and intriguing hour of music, storytelling and history.
Jan draws the audience in with his warmth and humour, delighting adults and children alike with arcane skills such as spoon-playing and stick puppetry. No-one even notices they’ve been learning something about Australia’s culture while they’re itching to have a go up on stage in Jan’s spontaneous band.”
Jennifer Andersen, La Mama for Kids coordinator, 2007-2010