About the band

Animal Farm is a group of musician-educators who perform original songs and sketches for children and families. Inspired by the challenges and triumphs of the children they have taught, David Ladon (Farmer Dave) and Seth Adams write songs exploring themes of social and emotional learning, community, and self-expression through the eyes of our furry, feathered, scaly, and shell-dwelling friends. Blending music, educational comedy, and audience participation, they have shared their high energy performances with tens of thousands of children and families at parks, libraries, schools, birthday parties, festivals, and museums. Farmer Dave and The Sheriff are often joined on stage by Thor Bremer (Drums) and Stephanie "Sly" Young (Violin).

Drawing from a range of influences, including rock, jazz, folk, Klezmer, Afro-pop, Latin, and Tin Pan Alley, their songs are layered, both musically and lyrically, for audiences of all ages. According to Take Effect "The music is very mature, well thought out, and easily stands out in the growing genre of kindie-rock."  In August 2018, Animal Farm released their award-winning sophomore album, We Are One, a 14-track rollercoaster trip of “genre-jumping brand of kid’s music" (geekdad.com), launching them onto the national stage.  Their original songs have been played on children and family radio programs from coast to coast!

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Awards and Honors

  • 2015 Illinois Suburban Parks and Recreation Association Talent Showcase Performer

  • 2016 Illinois Library Association Reaching Forward Conference Showcase Performer

  • 2018 Chicago DCASE Individual Artist Program Grant

  • National Parenting Product Award (We Are One)

  • Parents' Choice Recommended Award (We Are One)

  • Mom's Choice Gold Award (We Are One)

  • Coalition for Quality Children's Media Kids First Endorsed (We Are One)

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© 2019 by Animal Farm

Character illustrations by Matt Durso