For a while, maybe a year, I’d been toying with the idea of playing children’s music. I’d played some songs for Jasper, friends and relatives and a volunteer show at a local childcare centre but hadn’t started pursuing gigs properly. It would be a big step. I was working at an office, hadn’t been doing many gigs- they take time for not much money…
Then Shiree Pilkinton was at arts in the park & asked a random bunch of kickers she was sitting with who, if anyone, would make a good Mad Hatter for the begonia festival. Liv Kramer (thanks so much) suggested me. Kat Pengali backed her up on the suggestion. Shiree called me up & we had a meeting two days after. I’d already written a theme song for the show.
The casting was a bit like getting Robert Downey Jnr to play Tony Stark. We’re a 16 teapots household & I’d actually had a tea tasting for my 31st birthday. I’m often a bit too energetic and odd. So being the Hatter for my first ever proper kids gig was both amazing fun and naturally easy! (While still being nerve wracking, of course).
So, in no way discounting the support and encouragement from my wife Rachel (I love you babe), the decision to give kids music a proper go was in a way made for me.
That was 18 months ago. Welcome to my tea party.