Friends and family
Colin McCaffrey appears on Mother Goose’s Never-Ending Tea Party and WHAT IS IT? Musical Math & Science, and enjoy his behind-the-scenes technical work on Oldies for a Cool Christmas, Mother Goose’s Never-Ending Tea Party and WHAT IS IT? Musical Math & Science. Colin James McCaffrey started playing piano, guitar and violin at a young age; performing music with his family throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. He graduated from Kimball Union Academy in 1986 and went on to complete a BA in music composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston. After graduating with honors in 1990, Colin moved back to Vermont. He stays busy as a performer, songwriter, composer and arranger, studio musician, sound engineer, producer, and teacher. Colin lives beside the picturesque Winooski River on a farm in East Montpelier, Vt. with his wife, author Laura Williams McCaffrey, his daughters Cerridwyn and Magdalene, their dog Rosie, and their cat Blackjack. www.colinjamesmccaffrey.com
Patti Casey can be heard on WHAT IS IT? Musical Math & Science. A prolific songwriter, she has perfected her own New England-flavored bluegrassy style, one that combines a familiar bluegrass sound with Celtic, folk, and blues influences. Gifted with a one-in-a-million voice and the ability to “weave a moody spell of poetic enticement” (Boston Herald), Patti is a rising star on the national acoustic music scene, having established an impressive record of contest wins including A Prairie Home Companion’s Talent From Towns Under Two Thousand Contest, the Kerrville 2000 Songwriter’s Contest, the Chris Austin Songwriter’s Contest, and the South Florida Folk Festival Songwriting Contest finals. www.patticasey.com
can be heard on Mother Goose’s Never-Ending
Tea Party and WHAT IS IT? Musical Math & Science. Michael's
has been a member of some of the premier progressive jazz and blues
ensembles in the Washington, D.C. area and, more recently in Vermont.
Originally hailing from Maryland, he has worked extensively along
the East Coast, playing jazz, R&B and pop. His skills on piano,
electric piano, organ, and synthesizer have kept him in demand
for work in nightclubs, concerts, special events, television, and recording
sessions. Career highlights include a two-year stint with blues guitarist
Tom Principato and two years with saxophonist Tim Eyermann's East
Coast Offering. Michael was also a founding member of the legendary
D.C. progressive jazz group Rush Hour and has appeared with many
D.C. area notables including the late great guitarist Danny Gatton.
After moving to Vermont in the fall of 1996, Michael began working
with R&B diva Sandra Wright. www.michaelsucher.com
Sandra Wright can be heard on Motor City Music for Minors,
Dogs of Our Lives, Mother Goose’s Never-Ending Tea Party,
WHAT IS IT? Musical Math & Science, and Even Kids Get The
Blues. Sandra Wright began singing at age four and continued
through school and church, eventually training to be an opera singer
at Tennessee State University. Born and raised in Memphis,
Tennessee, Sandra remembers the blues and barbecue of Beale Street.
Her first cousin was blues legend Memphis Slim. Sandra released
Wounded Woman for Stax/Truth records in 1974. After Stax folded,
Sandra sang at the New Modern Era club in Nashville for seventeen
years. In late 1989, she returned to Nashville, and with
B-3 master Moe Denham, bass player John Harris, drummer Lloyd
Hermann, and guitarist Pete Marriott, started the Sandra Wright
Band. Sandra and the band moved to Vermont in 1992. It now includes
John, Dave Nerback on guitar and vocals, Matthew Nerback on drums
and vocals, and keyboardist/composer Michael Sucher. www.sandrawrightband.com
Pam McCann Manning was born to
Re-Bop! Pam has been singing since babyhood and drumming and songwriting
since the age of seven. Her first foray into children's music was as part
of the Regular Einsteins on The Re-Bops' Oldies for Cool Christmas album.
Pam has been a featured performer on nearly every Re-Bop CD since, as well
as co-producer for Mother Goose's Never-Ending Tea Party. And now we proclaim
Pam new Ruler of Mommydom, with the arrival of her son, 2-year-old Uttam
from India (means 'Best')!
Bonnie Raitt makes a cameo appearance on Even Kids Get The Blues. Nine-time Grammy winner Bonnie Raitt has sold more than 15 million albums during her career, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. Her most recent release is The Best of Bonnie Raitt On Capitol 1989-2003, released in September 2003. As the daughter of celebrated Broadway singer John Raitt (Carousel, Oklahoma!, The Pajama Game) and accomplished pianist/singer Marge Goddard, she was raised with a respect for the arts, Quaker traditions, and a commitment to social activism. At the age of eight, Bonnie received a Stella guitar as a Christmas present, sparking her passion for music. Bonnie continues to use her growing influence to affect the way music is perceived and appreciated in the world. In 1988, she co-founded the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, which works to improve royalties, financial conditions and recognition for a whole generation of R&B pioneers to whom she feels we owe so much. In 1995, she initiated the Bonnie Raitt Guitar Project with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, currently running 200 clubs around the world, to encourage underprivileged youth to play music as budgets for music instruction in the schools run dry. www.bonnieraitt.com
Thacher Hurd created the distinctive artwork for the cover and liner
notes of "Even Kids Get The Blues." He has written and illustrated
over 25 books, among them "Mama Don’t Allow," which won the Boston Globe
Horn Book Award, and "Zoom City," which was chosen a New York Times Best
Illustrated Book in 1998. Other books of his include "Art Dog," "Mystery
on the Docks," "Cat’s Pajamas," and "Moo Cow Kaboom." With John Cassidy he
created "Watercolor for the Artistically Undiscovered," published by Klutz
Press. Tom Chapin’s recording of "Mama Don’t Allow" won a Grammy in 2003,
and a musical based on the book, which he created with the composer Julie
Shearer, had its premiere at the Aurora Theater in Berkeley last October.
Thacher was born in Vermont in 1949, the son of the late Edith Thacher Hurd
and Clement Hurd, who together created many beloved children’s books. His
family moved to California when he was 5, and he grew up in Mill Valley.
Sarah-Lee Terrat is a fabulous illustrator whose career has included stints as graphic designer and illustrator at Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream and more than a few tours as resident upright-bass player in the infamous Woody Woodchuck productions. Her work can be seen on Dogs Of Our Lives. www.yelodogdesign.com
Dana Whittle is o wner of creative production firm Vizou
and developer and designer of the Re-Bop website. Founder
and president of l’Association Folquébec, a not-for-profit
devoted to promoting Québec-made folk music, she has
also served as a Juno juror (Canadian Grammys) for traditional/roots
music. Specializing in cultural promotion, she has designed
countless album covers and is an award-winning web designer, creating
the look, functionality and content for many artist and cultural
websites. She also runs "Vizou Promo Camp," a unique course designed
to help musicians, artists and cultural organizations develop effective
print and online marketing tools. Married to traditional Québecois
fiddler Claude Méthé, she has performed all
over North America as a member of trad groups Jeter le Pont
and Dent-de-lion. Dana works from her studio in Ste-Béatrix,
Tim Newcomb's illustrations can be seen on the cover of the Re-Bops Jukebox album.
John and Wendy's artwork appears on the cover of Motor City Music For Minors. www.johnandwendy.com
Special thanks go to our incredibly creative and astute kid consultants Jesse Leibman, Aimé Méthé, Béatrix Méthé and Henry Myers for their valuable aid in developing the Kids Only portion of the Re-Bop website.