Little Ripples is a heartfelt, kindie folk band that has been making music for children and their families in Aotearoa since 2012. Dreamed up amidst family life in coastal Northland by parents, teachers and co-creators Emily and Sam Benge. Sweet harmonies paired with the ukulele, guitar and double bass form the foundation of their songs and these warm organic tones are how Little Ripples have been able to create a sound that both adults and children love.
Recent accomplishments include being selected as finalists for the APRA Children’s music awards 2020 for best music video. The past two years families have enjoyed seeing them perform at a variety of venues ranging from The Auckland Folk Festival, Auckland’s Zoo, public libraries, kindergartens and community halls. Their appeal to the tastes of adults has seen them also supporting artists such as The Lonely Heart String Band(USA), Mark Mazengarb (NZ/USA) and Erin Cole-Baker (USA/NZ). Long term collaborators and dear friends with Erin Cole-Baker their musical journeys have been intertwined. The duo were set to join Erin Cole-Baker for a split bill tour in America this June 2020 but these plans are on hold due to Covid.
The duo have been riding a wave of musical inspiration producing 2 albums in the past 2 years and are currently in the studio working on number three. Emily has a gift for writing beautifully crafted songs that see through the eyes, hearts and minds of children as well as reflecting on the experience of the adults raising them. It is a family folk sound that Little Ripples have an affinity for, drawing inspiration from artists such as Elizabeth Mitchell, Neil Young, The Brushfoot Migration, and Mountain Man.
Collaborating with talented friends Alex Selman and Andrew Hodgins of Anzac Road - Analog Recording studio has been a key factor in the development of the Little Ripples sound. This unique studio situated in the heart of Whangārei is home to an array of vintage analog recording equipment that has a great capacity to capture the warmth and magic of music. A fundamental aspiration of Little Ripples is to offer children music that is not auto tuned, or synthetic but sounds as true and natural as the sound when we play acoustically in our living room.
With the resurgence of Vinyl as a medium, and Auckland’s new record pressing plant, Holiday Records, Little Ripple’s are taking the plunge and getting their upcoming third album pressed to Vinyl. Vinyl is a growing niche market. Little Ripples see this as an opportunity to connect with avid vinyl collecting parents to share the magic of putting on an album and enjoying the warmth of the sound that is unique to this format with their children.
Little Ripples music is available to stream on Apple Music, Youtube and Spotify. Albums can be purchased from littleripples.bandcamp.com or from their website: www.littleripples.co.nz. Make sure you are following on all social media to keep up to date on all things Little Ripples, and check out their award nominated video ‘Read to Me’.
Praise for Little Ripples:
"When I listen to Little Ripples I get a sense of peace and relief. They are putting great songwriting and highly skilled musicianship into their productions and helping grow young minds and bodies through exposure to quality heartfelt music.”
Levity Beet, Award winning maker of Children’s music in NZ
"Listening to Little Ripples' sweet harmonies is like being rocked in a hammock on a warm and breezy afternoon. Their fresh, rootsy sound tickles my soul. Each song a gorgeous message for children - and a comfort to the elders' inner child!”
Robin Grille, psychologist, author of: "Parenting for a Peaceful World", "Heart to Heart Parenting" and "Inner Child Journeys".