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Do the “Puppy Dog Jig”

with Owen Duggan

in October

shows in IN, WI, MN, TN

 

Oct 15, 2013 Tuesday 10:30 AM Rhythm Discovery Center Indianapolis, IN, US
110 W. Washington Street, Suite A (Lower Level). www.rhythmdiscoverycenter.org.Admission to the Center required: $9 adults, $6 students, children under 5 free
Oct 16, 2013 Wednesday 1:00 PM Betty Brinn Children’s Museumwww.bbcmkids.org Milwaukee, WI, US
Performing in the Marcus Children’s Theater 929 E. Wisconsin Ave. Admission to the museum required: $8 adults, $7 seniors, $1 infants under 1.
Oct 18, 2013 Friday 11:00 AM Minnesota Children’s Museum, 10 West Seventh Street, P: 651-225-6000 St. Paul, MN, US
Two performances: 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM in the Atrium. Admission to the museum required: $9.50, infants under 1 are free. www.mcm.org
Oct 20, 2013 Sunday 1:00 PM Children’s Museum of Memphis, www.cmom.com Memphis, TN, US
2525 Central Ave. In the Atrium. Admission to the museum required. $12. Infants under 1 are free.

Award-winning children’s artist Owen Duggan writes the kind of heartwarming music that brings families together.

Puppy Dog Jig, soon to be heard on Pandora Radio, was co-produced and engineered at Keith Harter Studios in San Antonio and mastered by Fred Remmert of Shawn Colvin and Dixie Chicks fame in Austin. This adorable release builds on the award-winning success of Duggan’s debut album, An Elephant Never Forgets.

Like its predecessor, Puppy Dog Jig explores a wide range of styles and themes. Duggan’s debut, An Elephant Never Forgets, released back in 2008, won a handful of awards, including National Parenting Publications (gold), Parents’ Choice Foundation (silver), Austin Songwriters Group (“Best Children’s Song”) and the International Association of Independent Recording Artists (certified top ten hit for the title track based on worldwide radio play).

Duggan’s 11-year-old son, Donny, diagnosed with leukemia at the age of five, plays his part in the project by singing the lead vocals on “Toes for Breakfast,” a sweet, silly song about a boy who loves to play with his baby sister’s toes. Owen is pledging a portion of the CD sales to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

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“Recommended” ~ there’s a whole new preschool-aged crowd who can be introduced to Duggan’s sweet, gentle voice and song selections ~ no sly humor targeted at the parents here, just child-focused folk music with touches of bluegrass, Celtic, and jazz.” Stefan Shepherd, Zooglobble.com, NPR children’s music reviewer, August 2013

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Looking to have some great holiday fun?

Let’s all do the “Puppy Dog Jig”!

 

Award-winning children’s artist Owen Duggan writes the kind of heartwarming music that brings families together

 

“I want my music to be something that kids will want to listen to over and over again, without driving the parents nuts,” says Duggan, father of two.

 

Puppy Dog Jig, co-produced and engineered at Keith Harter Studios in San Antonio and mastered by Fred Remmert of Shawn Colvin and Dixie Chicks fame in Austin, builds on the award-winning success of Duggan’s debut, An Elephant Never Forgets. A capable musician and a successful folksinger in his native Canada, Duggan holds advanced music degrees from North Texas University and UT Austin, and his formal music background enables him to couple intricate, adult-oriented arrangements to go along with his lovable kid-friendly lyrics. In addition to his activity as an entertainer, Duggan currently serves as the director of two boys choirs.

 

Like its predecessor, Puppy Dog Jig explores a wide range of styles and themes. The title track, a bouncy tune that describes the antics of a dog, cat, gerbil and fish, was co-written by Duggan and Chicago children’s author Lorijo Metz. The bluesy, Lyle Lovett-inspired “Rhino Song” and the be-bopping title track will have children and their caregivers alike singing to catchy new tunes, as will satisfying remakes of chestnuts like “Puff the Magic Dragon” and “The Garden Song.” Fans of the work of Sandra Boynton will recognize the lyrics in Duggan’s Beat stylings on “Pajama Time.”

 

Duggan’s debut, An Elephant Never Forgets, released back in 2008, won a handful of awards, including National Parenting Publications (gold), Parents’ Choice Foundation (silver), Austin Songwriters Group (“Best Children’s Song”) and the International Association of Independent Recording Artists (certified top ten hit for the title track based on worldwide radio play).

 

Duggan’s 11-year-old son, Donny, diagnosed with leukemia at the age of five, plays his part in the project by singing the lead vocals on “Toes for Breakfast,” a sweet, silly song about a boy who loves to play with his baby sister’s toes. Owen is pledging a portion of the CD sales to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

 

Enjoy!

 

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Doing the  “Puppy Dog Jig” 

Award Winning Children’s Artist Owen Duggan Releases Second CD

“Music should bring families together,” Owen Duggan, Musician

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Young, and young at heart, will all be kicking up their heels and dancing a jig on Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m., on the grounds of Landa Library. The party, which is free and open to the public, is a celebration of the upcoming release of award-winning children’s artist, Owen Duggan’s second CD, Puppy Dog Jig.

Duggan’s latest musical effort is filled with the same exuberance and catchy tunes as his debut CD, An Elephant Never Forgets. From the be-bopping sounds of the title track, to the bluesy, Lyle Lovett inspired “Rhino Song,” this is a musical mix that will have both children, and their parents, singing along to catchy new tunes, and clever re-dos of old favorites.

“I want my music to be something that kids will want to listen to over and over again, without driving the parents nuts,” laughs Duggan, himself a father of two. “Music has a way of bringing families together.”

The Words

An Elephant Never Forgets was released nationally in 2008 and distributed by RED/SONY. It has won numerous awards including National Parenting Publications (gold award), Parents’ Choice Foundation (silver medal), Austin Songwriters Group (best children’s song) and the International Association of Independent Recording Artists (certified top ten hit for the title track based on worldwide radio play).

Puppy Dog Jig promises to be just as award-worthy, and finds the creative Duggan exploring a wide range of styles and themes. The title track, a bouncy tune that describes the antics of a dog, cat, gerbil and fish, was co-written by Duggan and Chicago children’s author Lorijo Metz. Metz isn’t the only writer to be paid homage to on the CD. Fans of the work of Sandra Boynton, will recognize the lyrics in the groovy, beat-poet rendition of “Pajama Time.”

The light reggae rhythms of “Little Bitty Ball” will get kids grooving, while they learn the importance of taking care of the planet. This tune was originally written for the legendary Burl Ives by the west coast songwriter, and personal friend of Duggan’s, Marty Cooper. “I really love the timely message of the song,” says Duggan. “When you put an idea like this to music, it resonates with people on many levels.”

Parents will recognize covers of children’s classics including “Garden Song,” made famous by John Denver, and “Puff the Magic Dragon” by Peter Yarrow, with an added verse ad-libbed by Duggan himself.

The Music

Adding to his lilting, kid-friendly vocals, the multi-talented Duggan plays guitar, ukulele and Irish penny whistle on his latest CD. Accompanying him are other well-known San Antonio musicians including members of the Jazz Protagonists, pianist Barry Brake, who serves as co-producer,  Greg Norris, bassist and drummer Darren Kuper, as well as Jill Cooper, Kristin Rogers and Isabelle Chappell on vocals, Bill King on saxophone, and Kenny Grohman on slide guitar.

San Antonio Symphony members Ken Freudigman and Beth Johnson are featured as string players on a new piece that uses a poem by Rudyard Kipling called “Seal Lullaby.” Duggan created the lush musical arrangement, basing it on the melody from a Canadian folk song. “My goal was to create a soothing Celtic lullaby, and it was made even more lovely by these two exceptional musicians,” describes Duggan.

Puppy Dog Jig was co-produced and engineered at Keith Harter Studios in San Antonio and mastered by Fred Remmert of Shawn Colvin and Dixie Chicks fame in Austin.

Liner Notes

Duggan has been performing since the age of five. He appeared as a folk singer in Canada and Europe, and he was often seen on Canadian television in musical programs for both children and adults. His Canadian roots have inspired Duggan musically. He has drawn from the folk music of Canada, the British Isles and southern U.S., and he is a keen proponent of jazz, classical and world music. San Antonio Express-News critic, Hector Saldaña, described the folky side of Duggan’s music as “reminiscent of the best of Burl Ives, Tom Paxton and Pete Seeger.”

Duggan holds advanced music degrees from North Texas University and UT Austin, which enables him to create the elaborate arrangements that augment his songwriting skills. In addition to his activity as an entertainer, Duggan works in church and classical music in San Antonio, and he is the director of two local boys’ choirs.

In honor of his 11-year-old son, Donny Duggan, who was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of five, Owen is pledging a portion of the CD sales to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. Donny plays his part in the project by singing the lead vocals on “Toes for Breakfast,” a sweet, silly song about a boy who loves to play with his baby sister’s toes.

For more information visit www.owenduggan.com.

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