CHILD’S PLAY

LAH-LAH AND HER BIG LIVE BAND TO BRIGHTEN UP BROAD­BEACH JAZZ FES­TI­VAL THIS WEEK­END

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE -

Tod­dlers will be throw­ing all kinds of shapes on the dance floor on the Gold Coast this week­end when Lah-Lah and her Big Live Band take to the stage.

Squeezy Sneezy on the pi­ano ac­cor­dion, Tom Tom on drums, Buzz the Band Leader, Mis­ter Sax­o­phone and singer Lah-Lah are part of the lineup for Broad­beach Jazz Fes­ti­val.

Lah-Lah and her Big Live Band have a big fol­low­ing on the Coast thanks to daily episodes of their TV show on ABC4Kids.

Tina Harris, aka Lah-Lah, says it usu­ally takes “about 20 sec­onds” for young and old to take the floor at their gigs.

Her hus­band Mark Harris is Buzz the Band Leader and dou­ble bass player.

The band aims to in­tro­duce chil­dren to mu­sic and mu­si­cal in­stru­ments. Af­ter ev­ery gig, they let the kids check out the in­stru­ments. “It’s not a show with back­ing tracks,” says Tina.

“Ev­ery­thing is live and it’s all be­ing done to a re­ally high stan­dard.”

Tina was en­joy­ing a suc­cess­ful ca­reer with Opera Aus­tralia but af­ter hav­ing their two daugh­ters, Lily and Emily, her pri­or­i­ties shifted and she switched ca­reers in search of a bet­ter work/life bal­ance. Six years ago the idea for Lah Lah was born.

But as Tina’s quick to point out: “It takes a long time to be an overnight suc­cess”.

Their first sea­son was a fi­nan­cial dis­as­ter but a ca­reer suc­cess, with the Enmore Theatre, Nick­elodeon and Syd­ney Opera House, who they in­vited to the shows, all sign­ing the band.

Fast for­ward to 2015 and the band are a big suc­cess in the world of kid’s en­ter­tain­ment, with their Lah Lah TV show screen­ing on both ABC4Kids and the BBC’s Cbee­bies.

Lah-Lah and her Big Live Band, Broad­beach Jazz Fes­ti­val, Satur­day and Sun­day

Pic­ture: DAVID BURGESS

Mu­si­cal mar­riage: hus­band and wife duo Tina and Mark Harris.

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