Donna & Andy
Juno nominees Donna Rhodenizer and Andy Duinker are the world-class, international performing duo, Donna & Andy. Their musical excellence has been recognized with a Juno nomination and multiple ECMA awards. Since 1996, Donna & Andy have performed for over 600,000 audience members at schools, festivals and stages throughout Canada and overseas, entertaining children and families with an interactive musical performance using violin/fiddle, accordion, keyboard, guitar and even a Newfoundland Ugly stick. Their signature vocals, instrumental diversity, comedy, and lots of audience participation guarantee an enjoyable performance for all.
Children are delighted with the songs, and teachers embrace the original song material and educational
resources that provide a top-quality music experience for their students. Donna Rhodenizer’s educational music resources are used in schools throughout North America as well as Trinidad & Tobago, Hong Kong, England, Ireland, Sierra Leone and Australia.
Donna & Andy made their international performing debut as Artists in Residence at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong for four weeks in April-May 2014. Their residency included performances for the students, daily classes with the students, presenting their own original music and music of the East Coast, workshops for teachers and preparing a concert presentation for the school’s Arts Festival. Some of the songs from “Dinosaurs, Dragons and Me” were used in the final concert presentation to a capacity audience of delighted parents and teachers.
The songs on the " Dinosaurs, Dragons and Me " CD are in a variety of musical styles and instrumental arrangements, creating dynamic music for both listening and performing. The 12 songs on this CD are presented in two versions: full performance tracks, as well as instrumental sing-along tracks. The instrumental tracks are recorded with live, top-quality studio musicians creating a professional track that is a great asset for song presentations in school concerts and assemblies. At home, children can sing their favourite songs for admiring family and friends.
In addition to “Dinosaurs, Dragons and Me”, Donna & Andy have five other children’s recordings (two in French), all of which have received nominations and/or awards for their musical excellence. Donna has been recognized for her outstanding compositions and educational resources, receiving four nominations for Music Nova Scotia's Educator of the Year. Donna also was acknowledged for her outstanding contribution to music education in Canada, receiving the 2009 Nova Scotia Music Educator's Association Musica Viva Award, as well as the Canadian Music Educators Association Jubilate Award of Merit in 2011.
In addition to their award-winning children’s CDs, this duo has also released three recordings for adult listeners:
Fine Company (featuring Andy’s vocals in easy listening, Maritime selections)
Musically Yours (Donna’s original fiddle, violin and piano works)
Come Dance with Me (4-song EP featuring Andy’s vocals backed by a 17-piece big band)
Donna & Andy are consummate performers, musicians, recording artists and educators devoted to the presentation of top-quality music.
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Our CDs are also available with a Songbook or Teacher's Resourse for the regular classroom. Please contact us for details.
"Ed the Invisible Dragon"
is the tale of an imaginary creature who is the cause of mishaps and messes in the household that cannot seem to be explained. With saucy sax riffs and the addition of B3 Hammond organ, this tune is the right combination of secret service stealth and mischief.
"The Most Important Person"
showcases Andy’s vocal talents. Andy provides a different voice for five distinct characters, each who believes he is the most important person on the ship. It is a bit of a verbal battle, but the Captain wins out in the end!
"I Need a Home for my Dinosaur"
explores the dilemma of having a pet that eats more than he should and must be given away. The addition of tuba and banjo create a good-natured accompaniment that complements and supports the lyrics of this delightful children’s song. I Need a Home for my Dinosaur is one of Donna’s earliest songs for children, and it has become a favourite of many fans, young and old.
follows Gramma’s problems with her lacy pink pajamas. With too much giggling and not enough sleep, Gramma is tired and ready to try almost anything (except giving up her “jammies”) to get some rest. The fiddling of Gordon Stobbe and the solid bluegrass guitar and banjo stylings of Greg Simm bring this tune to life and will ensure a special spot in the “favourites list” for this tune.
"The Best One for the Job"
focuses on all the things a person enjoys as a unique individual. The lyrics promote self-esteem and the message to “be happy with yourself”. Authentic accordion accompaniment adds a great flavour to this tune.
is a blues tune with attitude. Over the standard I-IV-V-I blues changes, Andy narrates the story of a man and his cat, both known as “Cool Bob” who have learned how to make a living on the street as jazz musicians. If you can snap your fingers, get them ready, you will want to use them on this song.
The "Can’t Wait ‘til I’m Older" Blues
takes a second look at some of the pitfalls that might occur in the future once we procure those things we all think we want – a car, a great job and a place of our own. The sax takes its turn at wailing the blues during the instrumental third verse.
"No More School for Me!"
is a celebration of those unexpected holidays when snow limits one’s ability to leave the house and when staying in bed is the only logical option. Written in a style that could be described as “Leroy Anderson meets mall music” this song is catchy and as delightful as a winter sleigh ride.
is written from the perspective of a child who has been sent to bed, but who can think of too many fun things to do instead of going to sleep. Juxtaposing a lullaby with a tango, this song will either help you sleep or send you searching for a rose to clamp in your teeth as you tango behind closed doors.
"Sleep Gently Tiny Child"
features the voices of children from Donna’s extended family (The Relative Minors) accompanied by harp (played by Jennifer Wyatt) and four-part vocal harmony by Donna & Andy. The combination creates a lovely lullaby, and a quiet gem tucked in amongst the more lively songs in this collection.
"Just Passing By"
was written for a group of Donna’s students who were graduating. The words are thoughtful, inspiring and
contain a great message for anyone facing change in his or her life. Andy’s mellow baritone lead voice is supported by Donna and the “Relative Minors” creating a pop hit.
"Raise Up Your Voices"
celebrates the joy of sharing music with others. With driving percussion, funky bass and even a wa wa guitar, this rhythmic celebration of singing is a great finale song for this collection.