This event series is produced by Creative Collective LLC Matt Heaton believes music for kids can be entertaining for both children AND parents. His songs are a mix of rockabilly, surf, American roots, and Irish traditional music, delivered with a wry sense of humor and a sincere sense of fun. Children and adults respond to his musicianship and variety.The adults in the room particularly appreciate the Muppet-esque touches ofhumor and observations of kid behavior. Whether you call it children’s music, family music, indie or toddlerbilly it’s sure to please listeners of all ages. Bio Music for kids can be entertaining and enjoyable for bothchildren and their parents. This is the mandate behind Matt Heaton’s kid music, a style he calls “toddlerbilly.” His songs are a mix of Rockabilly, Surf, American Roots, and Irish traditional music, delivered with a wry sense of humor and a serious sense of fun. Matt performs solo and alsowith his band, The Outside Toys. Audiences of all ages respond to his musicianship and variety. And parents and caregivers love his Muppet-esque humor and observations of kid behavior. Matt’s musical portfolio includes 20+ years as a touring Irish guitarist (with Matt & Shannon Heaton Duo and other acclaimed Irish acts) and a Master’s degree in classical guitar from Northwestern Universit. He has played with surf rock bands in Chicagoand Boston, including the currently active Electric Heaters. When his sonwas born, Matt began attending sing-alongs at local libraries. Inspiredto give it a try himself, he soon discovered that he truly enjoyed connecting with kids musically. “Growing up, the main children’s music I listened to was ‘Free to Be You & Me,’ ‘Sesame Street,’ and of course, ‘The Muppets,'” he says of his own childhood. “The amazing thing about allthose projects is how listenable they are today. In particular, The Muppet albums are full of great songs and musicianship with jokes aimed at adults. I try to bring some of those elements into my own music.” Matt performs on a big orange hollowbody electric guitar, and occasional tenor banjo.A favorite on the Boston sing-along circuit, he appears with The OutsideToys for bigger shows and outdoor festivals. Adding bass, fiddle and drums rounds out the “Toddlerbilly” sound, with twangy guitar and fiddle over rock-solid bass lines and surf drum grooves. Matt’s beautifully producedCDs brim with fun and clever songs, expert playing and arranging, and just a touch of Retro rock attitude. Call it children’s music, family music, Kindie, or toddlerbilly–Matt Heaton is sure to please listeners of all ages.
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