If you went to the Greater Dandenong's Little Day Out on 30 September you may or may not have noticed a little band that played at about noon. They were called The Mudcakes, I soon found out, comprising Australian duo (and parents of two) Sherrie Rich and Rick Plant.
It has been a long time since I've heard any good music as the tunes I listen to these days; and in fact, have trouble extricating from my head are from the local library.
Songs like Open and Shut 'Em and Wheels of the Bus currently inhabit the top ten, so the Mudcakes were a welcome change. Sherrie had great presence. There was a nice rock riff going. It felt just like the Big Day Out – until my son dragged me to the Bubble Station.
Sherrie, with heart-shaped glasses, and Rick in a bright orange jacket, looked like a stage set for fun. And fun they did deliver with their quirky mix of garage rock, reggae and folk. Notable songs included 'Hug' and 'Teeth,' and something else that reminded me of dancing on a beach.
The Mudcakes seem pretty well-known, just back from a successful tour in New Zealand and prominent venues around Melbourne, including the La Mama Courthouse Theatre and the Immigration Museum.
It was surprising to see such a small audience but the two children hopping up front seemed to be having a phenomenal time. Sherrie and Rick have a quiet yet engaging rapport with the audience. Besides the great music, they invited children to participate on stage and introduced some wacky instruments like the kazoo.
Having fun with the kazoo
The next big thing? The Mudcakes put an indie spin to children's music. To me, they could be the next Wiggles sensation though my two-year-old daughter would enormously disagree.
The Mudcakes' debut album, Songs for Little Monkeys was voted Top Ten Children's CD by the New York Post and they have recently released their first DVD called 'Music videos for Little Monkeys' which you can buy here.
If you feel like something both you and your kids might enjoy, The Mudcakes will be performing at the following venues: Harvest 'n Graze Festival, Morning Star Estate (7 Oct)
Scienceworks Museum (22 Oct)
The Newport Substation (28 Oct)