Popular children’s performers coming to town

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – The Morinville Community Cultural Centre will be filled with song and primary colours later this month when popular children’s performers Splash ‘N Boots take to the stage in their trademark yellow and blue `trimmings. The concert takes place Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.

Nick Adams, the Splash half of the act, said he and Boots, his wife and partner Taes Adams, are excited about coming to Morinville for the first time. Splash ‘N Boots have been regulars at the St. Albert Children’s Festival for several years and feel Morinville children and their parents will enjoy what they see at the upcoming show.

“The whole show is completely interactive and we write our own stuff,” Nick Adams said. “We just get everyone involved in the whole show.”

Not only does the show involve everyone; the group’s songs are concerned with pretty much everything. Adams said there is no particular subject matter they write about. “There’s not one particular theme that we try to do or there is not one genre,” he said. “It’s not like we’re going to teach kids about math or anything. There’s a pirate song. There’s a food song. It really varies on all topics and all genres as well.”

Adams said Splash ‘N Boots started as a university project roughly eight years ago. The couple have been performing full time for the past seven. The couple’s trademark yellow costuming extends back to their early days.

“One of our first shows we realized that we didn’t have an outfit at all,” Adams said. “We were just wearing our normal clothes. Taes’ mother came down, and having no money as we did being in university, she sewed us some outfits out of the ticking cloth that we had in our house, which was blue and yellow.”

Adams said the colour combo kind of made sense with the group’s name – the yellow symbolizing the rubber boots, the blue the splashing water. “The yellow and blue has stuck ever since,” he said.

Over the past seven years the group has travelled the road from impoverished university students to TV personalities. The couple has been getting some airplay on Treehouse TV with their music videos and recently completed a cross-country tour with Treehouse Live, and a 160-show summer tour.

In addition to their live performance successes, Splash ‘N Boots were named Canadian Children’s Group of the Year at the 2012 SiriusXM Indie Awards in March. They have recently completed their sixth studio album.
Although the music is geared for those eight and under, Adams said some of their early fans are now well into their teens. Regardless of age group, the duo believes their show is suitable for the whole family.

“The kids will rarely be in their seats during the show,” Adams said. “There are parts of the show where we come and be in the audience with them. The whole show is just about having fun and they’ll definitely walk away with something as well. We encourage pictures and stuff like that during the show. It’ll be a good time. ‘We can guarantee that.”

Tickets for the show, sponsored in part by Servus Credit Union, are $10 and available at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre box office.

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