Andrew and Polly

10th Annual Children’s Music Album Nominee
10th Annual Children’s Music Song Nominee

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Home Base: Santa Monica, CA

Genre: Music for children and the adults who love them.

Categories Entered: Children’s Album; Children’s Song

Work Submitted: Up & At ‘Em!; “When You’re a Dog”

Artists Featured: Andrew Barkan and Polly Hall.

Label: Ampersand and Ampersand


Influences: The Beatles, Joe Wise, The Electric Company, The Muppets

Describe your nominated work: Up & At ‘Em is a silly soundtrack for an awesome day!

Why did you choose to submit this work to The 10th IMA’s? Because we wanted to share our album with new friends.

Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording? Mandolin & accordion are our backbone, but we like to use our voices to make crazy sounds like Mouth Trumpet and Teeth Hi-Hats!

Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned? Our dog, who likes to sing, made it into a couple of recordings…

Did fans help you fund this project? Newp.

Who’s sitting in your audience? 4-year old back-up dancers.

What makes your fans unique? They believe in Tall Tales.

Are there any songs you wish you wrote? “When You Wish Upon a Star”

What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans? Thomas Newman.

What is your dream show lineup? Harry Nilson, 8-Month Olds With Instruments

What are your guilty pleasures on the road? Cheese & Crackers!

Any close calls or mishaps while on tour? Andrew is always running into things and falling asleep in the middle of songs.

Do you have any rituals before you go on stage? Practicing.

Should music be free? Yes, but people should give us lots of money to make it.

How has digital affected your career? It’s easier to share than ever before.

Are digital singles vs. full albums the future of music? You bet.

Finish this sentence: The music industry is… not an industry, it’s a bunch of hopeful people.