March 24, 2021
In the second episode of Earthy Chats, co-hosts Jade Harvey-Berrill and Ian Shanahan chatted with the Envirosongsters, Peter Lenton (aka Peter Puffin) and Remy Rodden! Here's a sneak-peek at what was discussed:
*the birth of the Envirosongsters collaboration
*Peter and Remy's process for creating EE songs for kids
*the role of storytelling in crafting a live concert
*the cross-curricular benefits of using song and theatre in education
*harnessing the inherent creativity of children
*the global Songs for Environmental Education network
*Peter and Remy's best (live) blooper stories!
A bit about Peter and Remy from the Envirosongsters website:
Guitar-slinger / songwriter Peter Lenton, aka Peter Puffins Whale Tales, has become a legendary addition to the Childrens Entertainer category around kids concert series and Festival circuits. He was awarded a Juno for the Best Children's Album in 2011.
The Alberta-based Lenton was originally a decorated teacher and curriculum specialist. His students responded to his incredible energy with such enthusiasm, that he was inspired to take his singing and guitar playing to the stage full-time and never looked back. Some 15 years later, he is always evolving his storytelling skills, passion for the environment, and unflagging belief in children merging it all together into something fresh and inviting. www.puffin.ca
Eco-singer Remy Rodden — a bilingual, rich-voiced teacher and biologist — is committed to helping children learn about nature. He's a clever songwriter, deeply concerned about the environment, and his wholly entertaining show ignites both the young and the young at heart. Remy’s target is to inspire wonder and foster responsible action with his fun and poignant curriculum-connected songs.
Remy’s many years as an adventurer, camp leader, educator and entertainer uniquely position him to delight family audiences. He draws on his experience of countless school presentations, travels and performances in all continents (yes, even Antarctica) and a wilderness life in Canada’s Yukon Territory. He has degrees in biology and environmental, outdoor, and experiential education and puts them to full use in his music! www.remyrodden.com
Featured song excerpts:
World Without Fish by Remy Rodden
Kid Hearts by Peter Lenton
What's That, Habitat? by Remy Rodden
Green Kids on the Loose! by Peter Lenton