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About Us

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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, museums and other cultural institutions.

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" (, 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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Colorado Parent Magazine 2023 Family Favorites 
Favorite Entertainer
Farmer Dave

​   Awards & 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)

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

  • 2019 Creative Child Magazine "Album of the Year" for Social and Emotional Learning Category.

  • 2021 Recipient of the Denver Music Advancement Fund grant for PBS Series Farmer Dave and Friends.

  • 2021 Marcellus Mini Movie Family Film Festival - Official Selection for "It Always Could Be Worse" music video

  • 2021 Guam International Film Festival - Official Selection for "It Always Could Be Worse" music video

  • 2022 Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival - Official Selection for "It Always Could Be Worse" Music Video​

  • 2022 San Antonio Film Festival- Official Selection for "It Always Could Be Worse" music video

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