BENNY TIME Podcast is hosted by kids singer, songwriter, performer, early childhood educator & Dad - BENNY!
BENNY is passionate about the things that impact kids and their parents & will be talking fun & issues with influential community figures
the wonderfully calculated chaos of Andrew and Polly
Meet Andrew and Polly. A musical Duo whose music is there to excite, challenge, expand, and introduce children to the complexities of musical arrangement while simultaneously presenting issues, problems and sheer joy in a language that places the understanding right into the laps of the children that are listening.
Its not easy to do but they make it look all to casual and fun, which is exactly what brings the children in. Their desire to bring in friends to help play their music is just another testament to their ability to have everyone feel involved and included and it is of no wonder they have been nominated for a Grammy to their most recent work.
So grab a cuppa sit back. Welcome to the brains of Andrew and Polly
The unmistakable tone of fun.
Today we talk to Lisa Mark and Charlie of the Funtones.
The Funtones are an act that epitomise their name as they strive to provide a place for children to simply do that… Have fun.
A concept easily understood but sometimes harder to achieve, they are a band who know what it means to learn through play and exactly what that playfulness means.
Waveney, a safe space for children
Today my guest might appear relatively new to the children’s music scene, however truth be told, once I began my research I soon found that actually, her love for performing for children has indeed almost expanded an entire decade.
Waveney and her colleague Alinta have created one of the most stunning albums for children in the past year and today we get to unpack its complexities and simplicities.
I give you Waveney Yasso.
Susie Tallman, Nestled between the new and the old
As Children’s performers. We often put our hearts and souls into the notion of being child inclusive. Its something we all strive for, but then occasionally, someone comes along which reminds us of what it actually really means. What it means to put children front and centre of what you do. This does not measn Lyrically or musically but physically, realising that the music you create needs to have children literally reflected back at them.
Todays guest acknowledged this right form the start of her career and has held true to this notion every since. The work slips and slides between standards, new work, listening moments and pure joy as she truly leans in on the notion, to be WITH the children, not in front.
I give you Susie Tallman
Tiptoeing with the mighty
Today On Benny Asking People Questions we speak to Meg, Lee and Vee of TIPTOE Giants. Specifically we talk about their new album, Small But Mighty, an album that exudes its very tital with the delicate touch enormity seen through gentleness.
It is an album that captures the heart from the immediate listen with pop like clarity, incomparable musicianship and an array of guests that would make the most of us blush.
I give you Meg, Lee and Vee. I hope you enjoy.
The Seriousness of Alex and Jack.
Today’s guest subtly hides her enormity behind a small ukulele. Singing gently behind wistful and wafting melodies and sharing her understanding with children in the hope that they will be able to find a more inclusive path in their lives. However, this subtleness is merely a outward facade for the person herself is a powerhouse of message, conviction, achievement, direction and a deep deep understanding of who she is and where she is headed.
I give you Alexander Rose Mongano, Children’s entertainer, Celiac advocate, and Jack the Silly yak.
I’d listen to Benny Time any time!
As a kid’s entertainer, this podcast has been an absolute treasure trove of knowledge for us to help navigate the world of children’s entertainment! Great to learn from the best of the best, and from the main man Benny himself! 😊😊😊
I can’t get enough of it! Bennys passion for children’s music shines in this podcast, with insightful questions, creative interpretations, clever observations, a sense of humour and a genuine interest in his guests work. The stories behind the songs and the artists are fascinating, making you want to look them up yourself once the interview finishes.
Benny has nailed this! We are hooked. So much time and passion goes into these podcast episodes and Benny understands Kids Entertainment inside out! We can’t wait for the next episode! Spread the word everyone! - Lauren and Anthony