Meet the Little Ditties

We are The Little Ditties! A group of musicians and friends who make music for and with kids!

Woohoo!

The Little Ditties’ debut album won an East Coast Music Award for Children’s Recording of the Year in 2014.

Our shows for kids

Every performance brings a little bit more joy, thoughtfulness and fun to each and every person in attendance.

Music

Paddywhack Drawer

What’s a Paddywhack Drawer, you ask? Why, it’s where you keep all your knickknacks of course! The Little Ditties opened up our paddywhack drawer and dusted off this big jumble of fun old jams, until our next full studio album drops! Paddywhack Drawer is available for purchase at all fine online retailers, including iTunesCD BabyAmazon, and anywhere else you get your digital music.

Are you into the Apple? Buy at iTunes!

The Little Ditties

The Little Ditties’ debut album won an East Coast Music Award for Children’s Recording of the Year in 2014. It is available for purchase at all fine online retailers, including iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Bandcamp, and anywhere else you get your digital music. The album was co-produced, recorded and mixed by TimJim Baker (Matt Mays & El Torpedo, The Carletones), who also added keys and percussion. Extra help on guitars was provided by Adam Baldwin (Matt Mays). You’ll smile and clap along with songs like “The Cow Goes Moo”, “Honey on My Toast”, “A Hug”, and the preschool punk jam, “Attack of the Snacks” – and most likely have them stuck in your head for days.


For the Apple lovers:

Videos

The Little Ditties love to make fun and funny videos that both kids and adults can enjoy!  Check us out on YouTube.

Little Ditties music videos

Jeremy performs acoustic versions of new songs and old hits from the comfort of his living room. And kitchen. And sometimes the back deck, depending on the weather…


Be sure to subscribe to the Little Ditties YouTube channel for our latest songs and skits.

The Little Ditties Squad

Jeremy Holmes is the founder and leader of The Little Ditties, and the main creative force behind the group. Since the release of the his award wining debut children’s album (The Little Ditties) he has launched a new initiative in collaborative music-making called Squad Rock.

The ability to express oneself through music – whether it’s writing lyrics, melodies, or just rocking out on drums – is vital to one’s intellectual and emotional development. With this in mind, Jeremy has been active in the community engaging both kids and adults in collaborative songwriting efforts throughout his home province of Nova Scotia. Jeremy visits classrooms and schools, working with kids to write songs about topics and issues important to them. He also meets with kids one-on-one in his studio for songwriting workshops, and has just begun  music workshops for adults with intellectual disabilities. All of the people Jeremy meets and sings with become part of the Little Ditties Squad, and some of the songs created with Squad members end up being recorded and released on the Little Ditties YouTube channel, and on Little Ditties albums.

Little Ditties live performances are where everyone gets the chance to see Squad Rock in action. Audience members get the chance to see Jeremy and his band create brand new music during the show, with audience members helping to write lyrics, melodies, and even get up on stage to jam with the band. This is the essence of Squad Rock: music should be fun, accessible, and something that everyone can and should be part of.

Jeremy has collaborated with a stellar lineup of  professional musicians and friends over the years in order to create his music. Here’s info on past and present Squad Members who have collaborated with Jeremy:

Jeremy Holmes

Jeremy Holmes

Jeremy Holmes is the author/illustrator of  Pun, Pun Rudolph, and is the founding member of the East Coast Music Award winning children’s group The Little Ditties. Jeremy was a full time carpenter – until his two daughters came into the world. He started writing songs for them and hasn’t stopped. He provides music therapy to children and adults through his CRIKIT Music Program, and runs a non-profit musical instrument recycling organization with his wife Jenn (and their friends) called RockTumbler.

Dave Pashley

Dave Pashley

Shane Kerr

Shane Kerr

Paul Tynan

Paul Tynan

Paul is presently a Professor of music at St. Francis Xavier University where he teaches jazz trumpet, jazz history, and arranging. He also co-leads the “BiCoastal Collective”, with Grammy winning saxophonist Aaron Lington. Jeremy affectionately refers to Paul as  “Professor Toots”.

Justin Gregg

Justin Gregg

Justin Gregg is a writer and dolphin researcher by day, and children’s songwriter by night.  Look for him on the next wave of Little Ditties ditties coming out in 2017!

Mike Holmes

Mike Holmes

Mike Holmes is a storyteller and illustrator who has drawn for the comics series Bravest Warriors, Adventure Time, and he is the creator of the viral art project Mikenesses. His books include Secret Coders (written by Gene Luen Yang), Animal Crackers, the True Story collection, and This American Drive. He’s performed as a puppeteer on the CBC series The Mighty Jungle, and was the creative consultant for the CBC art series Artzooka. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Meredith, Heidi the dog, and Ella the cat.He’s also Jeremy’s big brother.

Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin is a Dartmouth, Nova Scotia based musician and songwriter, perhaps best known as a member of Matt Mays’ band since 2008. His self-titled EP, released in 2013, won the Nova Scotia Music Week award for Male Artist Recording of the Year and he was named Musician of the Year in 2014. Check out

Jake Hanlon

Jake Hanlon

Guitarist Jake Hanlon has imprinted himself on the East Coast Canadian Jazz scene as a composer, performer and educator. Born into a family that prides itself on its Musical talent and the ties that bind people together through Art and creative expression. Hanlon has studied and performed in Canada and the United States. Hanlon has earned 2 nominations by the ECMA on projects for Jazz Recording of the Year for his albums as a leader, Follow in 2012 andAutumn Song in 2015.

As an Educator Hanlon was the Jazz Guitar Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas in 2007-2008.  Since completing his Masters Degree Hanlon has been on faculty at Saint Francis Xavier University.  Hanlon also has been an active clinician and adjudicator in the Maritime Region working with music camps, festivals and frequently performs with the top talent in the Maritimes backing up prominent National and International Jazz Artists.

Hanlon is an alumni of the University of North Texas (Masters in Music) and Saint Francis Xavier University (Bachelor in Music). Hanlon also is an Alumni of the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead composition residency in Washington DC (2007).

Recordings: available on iTunes:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/jake-hanlon/id406062014

Gabby

Gabby

Jeremy’s youngest daughter Gabby is one cool cat who sings, dances, and writes melodies and lyrics that have inspired many a little ditty.

Ruby

Ruby

Jeremy’s eldest daughter Ruby is a fearsome melody maker who has dipped her talons into many a Little Ditties ditty.

Richard Lann

Richard Lann

Richard Lann is an ECMA nominated Photographer, who once performed a jig to the tune of “I’s the b’y” on Open Mike with Mike Bullard’s warm up show. Check out his website.

Kevin the Kitten

Kevin the Kitten

TimJim Baker

TimJim Baker

CRIKIT Music Program

In recent years Jeremy Holmes, founding member of the The Little Ditties, has been working with local schools and health care organizations to provide music therapy and songwriting workshops to children in Nova Scotia as part of his CRIKIT Music Program. Jeremy visits schools to engage students in collective songwriting, as well as hosts music writing workshops in his home studio. He also runs a non-profit musical instrument recycling organization with his wife Jenn (and their friends) called RockTumbler.

“It’s so important for kids to have access to the arts. It’s one of the building blocks of community, and it’s certainly one of the building blocks of an individual’s mental health. It’s just so important.” – Jeremy

Check out these interviews with Jeremy about his work with music therapy and songwriting that appeared in The Highland Heart,  Arts Health Antigonish, and the The Casket.  Also, check out this video of Jeremy performing with friends at the Play Along with Arts Health Antigonish (AHA!) afternoon November 14, 2015  at St James Church hall in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

Contact

Want to book The Little Ditties for a gig? Email us at thelittleditties@gmail.com

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