The Kerplunks started playing music together 13 years ago, when they recognized that something was lacking in the Canadian children’s music industry.
“There were a lot of people playing to backing tracks,” says Dinah D, a founding member of the band. “Which is sort of, in effect, just having recorded music and singing along to it. I was a little bit put off by that, and I wanted families to see that you could have a career in music.”
The Kerplunks play their own instruments and do everything live. And they love when kids (and parents) get up and move during the show. Dinah says the best way to see if a kid is enjoying the show, is to see them dance along and having fun.
Now, the Kerplunks have had two of their albums shortlisted for the GRAMMYs, been nominated for three JUNO awards for best children’s album, and won two Canada Folk Music Awards. Dinah says the awards and nominations don’t focus on just one or two albums, either, but that different albums have been nominated for different awards.
They are also in the process of releasing their fifth album, Lullabies for Big Eyes.
The band will be playing in Quesnel at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at the Chuck Mobley Theatre at Correlieu. Anyone who comes to the Quesnel show is encouraged to wear their pyjamas and swing by early for a slice of pizza beforehand. The doors open at 5 p.m. and tickets are available at the door.
The band will also be selling advanced copies of their new album at the show.