Hi, and welcome to The Battersby Duo's official website. We're a Musical Comedy Team for Children and Families. In fact, we're just a couple of ex teachers who love kids and who discovered 35 years ago that they tended to become more engaged if their teacher was fun and animated. We certainly fit the criteria, and so we started writing funny songs for our students. Incredibly enough, the kids liked the songs. And so The BatDuo was born. And we've never been happier..Thanks for your love and support
GRAMMY NOMINEES The Battersby Duo first broke onto the Children's music scene in 1983. Their backgrounds in English Literature, Early Childhood Development, Sociology and Philosophy helped them formulate ideas for writing songs for children that nurtured and helped young minds in the building block stages of their development. By 1989 the Battersby Duo were the hosts of Kids Place, the Emmy award winning TV show, then made guest appearances on Sesame Street and The Today Show on NBC. Fred Rogers of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood said of his friends "We will remember with pleasure that The Battersby's are a part of our neighborhood." 1992 heralded the dawn of classic BatDuo music with the release of "A Tail of Too Sillies." and songs like "I'm a Germ" "Pat your Hands," and "Elephant's Toenails" became classics with families around the USA. In 2011 The Battersby Duo were contributing Artists to the GRAMMY WINNING album All About Bullies Big and Small The Battersby Duo has performed 6 times for The President and First Lady at The White House. They have also performed at fundraisers, including the now historic "Our Children our Future" rally of 1993/4. They've appeared on PBS, CBS, ABC, UPN, Fox and NBC, influencing millions of Children over the past 3 decades with their wacky wisdom and innovative music. The Battersby Duo is endorsed by Taylor Guitars and in 2010 they celebrated their very first GRAMMY nomination for Sunny Days
NOTABLE QUOTABLES "A Banquet of Silliness designed to please the most refined of Juvenile Palates." The American Library Association “A Top Notch Duo”. SESAME STREET “Kids Go Bananas for “The Battersby Duo”.THE TAMPA TRIBUNE "Hip Folk-Rock for Kids." THE WASHINGTON POST WINNERS OF THE 2014 CD OF THE YEAR AWARD FROM CREATIVE CHILD MAGAZINE THE BATTERSBY DUO HAS APPEARED ON NBC'S TODAY SHOW AND PERFORMED 6 TIMES FOR THE PRESIDENT AT THE WHITE HOUSE
"The Battersby Duo is a National Treasure." Senator Bob Graham The 39th Governor of Florida "Clever lyrics, ample variety and impeccable diction, make this British/American Duo truly excellent." BOOKLIST
The BatDuo on the Red Carpet at The GRAMMY'S
Tim and Laura are The Battersby Duo, an award winning musical comedy team for Children and families. In 2010 they were nominated for a Grammy award for their "Sunny Days" album. The Battersby Duo was founded in 1983 by Laura, a sociologist, and Tim an English Literature graduate from the UK. They have performed at The White House 6 times for President Clinton, and have also appeared on NBC's Today Show. Winners of multiple awards The Bat Duo has produced 12 best selling Children's Albums. Celebrating their 40th year in the music business, The Battersby Duo are still as active as ever, staying on the road performing more than 250 days per year. When they are "off the road" they can be found enjoying life on the west coast of Florida near Tampa, watching the sun sink and the pelicans fly over the Gulf of Mexico.
The Battersby Duo's music or stage shows have been reviewed by: THE WASHINGTON POST, THE NEW YORK TIMES, USA TODAY, THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, THE LA TIMES, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, THE TAMPA TRIBUNE, THE ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, and have also appeared on NBC, PBS, ABC, FOX, and CBS. TV.
REVIEW OF THE BATTERSBY DUO'S STAGE SHOW; "The Battersby Duo started off with their dynamic partnership of fun. You can understand why these folks performed at The White House. They are that good. The sippy cup crowd was digging it. Throw in some bubbles, and these kids were enraptured. These Grammy nominees are dynamo. Children’s music is going places. Won’t you come along for the ride?" “Minivan Blues”