Toe Jam Puppet Band

Toe Jam Puppet Band

 New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA
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Super fabulicious kids music that grown-ups enjoy too! Big kids Tom and Vinny bring smiles, giggles and dance to little ones with their unique combo of original and interactive songs and stories. Consistently performing over 250 shows per year, Toe Jam rocks New England and beyond!

Biography

The Toe Jam Puppet Band Story

Once upon a time in the year 2002, magic happened. Two big kids named Tom and Vinny decided to form a musical group called The Toe Jam Puppet Band. With diverse backgrounds spanning the areas of music, songwriting, scenic artistry and puppetry, it seemed like a natural fit for the two friends.

Tom Poitras is the plaid-suited songwriter and singer of the Toe Jam Puppet Band. He plays banjo, acoustic guitar and washboard tie. Tom says the inspiration for his songs comes from his family of 2 young boys, Hank & Jack, and his wife Donna. From throwing laundry around the house to squeakin’ like a mouse, Hank & Jack feed Tom new song ideas daily. Tom also draws from a wide variety of musical tastes in the writing of Toe Jam songs, including Jump Blues, Punk Rock, Reggae and Traditional Folk Music. Tom says, “Music is exploration and there’s a whole world of music out there to be turned on to and explored.”

Tom has been performing musically for over 25 years. Toe Jam is his first children’s music venture, which coincided with the birth of his first son. Tom has written hundreds of songs for Toe Jam and has just begun writing children’s picture book stories.

Every live show needs a live wire and for the Toe Jam Puppet Band it’s Mr. Vinny Lovegrove. Acting as emcee and resident silly man he can always be found right in the thick of it with the Kiddos. At each Toe Jam performance he directs the fun and activities with a big bag of puppet shows, storytelling, amateur acrobatics, improvisation, and well-timed shtick. Inspired by Tom’s homemade songs, Vinny, keeps the audience involved.

Vinny has 16 years of experience with children’s entertainment and education. He has been a co-founder and contributor to a number of continuing programs including: the Open Space Arts organization of Reisterstown, MD. , the New Bedford Art Museum’s “ Purple Bus “ Art Mobile program, and his own Miracle Fish Puppet Theater. Vinny has made puppets for, and performed with, The Caravan Stage Theater of St. Petersburg, FL., the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, MA. , the Zeiterion Theater of New Bedford, MA. and for the past eleven years - The King Richard’s Faire of Carver, MA. to name a few.

Toe Jam is frequently backed by an eclectic array of talented musicians on bass guitar, percussion, fiddle, washboard and saxophone.

Toe Jam has amassed an impressive following of little and big fans alike, with over 1500 e-newsletter fan subscribers. The band has independently sold over 5,000 CDs to date and has consistently booked over 250 live shows every year for the past 5 years, with no signs of slowing down!

Lyrics

A Dinosaur Song

Written By: Tom Poitras

A Dinosaur Song (words & music by tom poitras)

Some houses have dogs (ruff, ruff)
And some houses have cats (meow)
Some folks even have ferrets (ouha, ouha)
Or maybe a family of rats (squeek squeek)
But come on over to my house and you can see

(ch) I got a dinosaur in the kitchen
And a dinosaur in my bed
I got dinos in the living room
And a dinosaur on my head
I got one in the tub takin’ a bath, rub-a-dub-dub
I got a dino on the phone sippin’ a drink
And I don’t think he knows
That he’s extinct

Well there’s a cow in the pasture (mooo…)
And a horse in the barn (winnie)
There’s a pig in the pen (oink, oink)
And some people in a car (yackety yak)
But if you come on over to my house you can see

(ch) I got a dinosaur in the kitchen
And a dinosaur in my bed
I got dinos in the living room
And a dinosaur on my head
There’s a dino at the door, Knock! Knock! Knock!
A dino on the floor, Rock! Bedrock!
A dino in my car, Beep! Beep! Beep!
And I don’t think he knows
He’s extinct

© 2001 by Tom Poitras

Green Light a Go Go

Written By: Tom Poitras

Green light a-go-go(words & music by tom poitras)

I’m a big dump truck,
I’m a school bus too
I’m a putt-putt car,
I go vroom vroom vroom

(ch) Green light go,
green light a-go-go
Green light go, green light a-go-go
Yellow light slow down
Red light stop!
Green light go...

I’m a red fire engine,
I got a horn with a blast
I’m a police car,
Slow down you’re goin’ too fast (ch)

I’m a front loader, bulldozer,
wrecking ball crane
I’m an excavator
And a tow truck with a chain (ch)

© 2002 by Tom Poitras

Barn Dance

Written By: Tom Poitras

Barn Dance(words & music by tom poitras)

Raise your hands, clap once
Raise your hands, clap twice, clap thrice

(ch) Hold hands, spin round left
spin round, spin round, spin round left
Hold hands, spin round right
spin round, spin round, spin round right
Round and around and around round round...
Hands let go… all fall down… up up get on up

Lift your leg, stomp once
Lift your leg, stomp twice, stomp thrice(ch)

Find your voice, yell once (hey!)
Find your voice, yell twice (hey, hey!),
Yell thrice (hey, hey hey!) (ch)

© 2002 by Tom Poitras

The Wedgie Song

Written By: Tom Poitras

The Wedgie Song
Words & music by Tom Poitras ©?2006

Fruit! Veggies! Now what rhymes with veggie?
Wedgie! Wedgie!! Wedgie!!!

(ch) Fruit & Veggies, EAT YOUR
Fruit & Veggies, EAT YOUR
Fruit & Veggies, They won’t give you a Wedgie
Eat your Fruit & Veggies

I love a Cob of Corn, a Pod of Peas
A Spear of Broccoli, don’t throw it please
A Wedge of Watermelon, a Wedge of Mango
Bingo! Bango!
Yam, yam, yam … I love Yams!
Candied yams, yams in a jam
And I go Bananas for a Brussel Sprout
Here come a Cocoanut, Look Out! (ch)

Rutabaga, Rutabaga, Ru-ta-ba-ga
Arugula, Arugula, Ooga Oaga-rugula
Okra, Prunes, Sufferin’ Succotash
Potatoes, Baked/Mashed
Pom Pom Pomegranate, Rah-rah-rah!
Grape tomatoes and a cucumber
Boysenberry and Gooseberry!
They’re berry, berry, berry, berry good (ch)

The Wedgie Song ©?2006 Tom Poitras

Block Cheese Dance Party

Written By: Tom Poitras

Block Cheese Dance Party
Words & music by Tom Poitras ©?2002

I am a little mouse, I live in your house
And I like to eat cheese
Feda, chedda, mozzarella…

I am a little mouse, I live in your house
I invite a few friends over
We eat cheese and do a little dance

(ch) And have a
Block cheese dance party…squeak…

Feda (feda), chedder (chedder)
Feda, chedder, mozzarella….squeak

I am a little mouse, I live in your house
I see you at the top of the stairs, you run
Come on down and join the fun,

(ch) And have a
Block cheese dance party… squeak
block cheese dance party…

Block Cheese Dance Party ©?2002 Tom Poitras

Sunny and Share

Written By: Tom Poitras

Sunny & Share
Words & Music by Tom Poitras ©?2001

One little boy, he got a little toy
And one little girl, she want to play with that toy

(ch) Let’s share, share, share everybody
Smile, smile, smile everybody
Let your sun come out
Let’s be sunny and share

Sometimes it’s hard to give
That thing you love
But when you start to give
That’s when you begin to share

(ch) Let’s share, share, share everybody
Watch the clouds roll by, little honey
Let your sun come out
Let’s be sunny and share

I like you and you like me
And friends are just like family, in the family of man

(ch) Let’s share, share, share everybody
Smile, smile, smile everybody
Let your sun come out
Let’s be sunny and share

Let’s share all our toys
Let’s share all our joys
Shout so everyone can hear
Let’s share the peace, the love and the tears
Let’s share!

Sunny & Share ©?2001 Tom Poitras©?

Hot Dog Song

Written By: Tom Poitras

Hot Dog Song
Words & music by Tom Poitras ©? 2002

Mom likes quiche
Dad likes steak
I think that
They’re both great, but

(ch) My favorite food is hot dogs
Hot dogs, hot dogs, they’re great!

Hot dogs with ketchup
Hot dogs plain
Hot dogs in the sun
And hot dogs in the rain (ch)

Hot dogs on the grill
Hot dogs from the deli
Hot dogs on the stove
Hot dogs in my belly (ch)

Bun size, foot longs, bite size dogs!
Hot dogs, cold dogs, rah, rah, rah!
Mustard, relish, chili & cheese
Oh won’t you gimme a hot dog, please! (ch)

Hot Dog Song ©?2002 Tom Poitras

Baby It's You

Written By: Tom Poitras

Baby It’s You
Words & music by Tom Poitras ©?2002

(ch) Ou baby, ou baby, ou baby, ou, ou baby
My baby
Ou baby, ou baby, ou baby, ou, ou baby
Baby it’s you

(vs 1) Baby, baby, baby, it’s you, it’s you
It’s A-E-I-O-You
I’m under a spell.
Can I spell it for you?
It’s L-O-V-E, I love you (ch)

(vs 2) Baby, baby, baby, I’m crazy ‘bout you
C-R-A-Z-Y why why
Well I’ll tell you why.
Can I spell it for you
It’s L-O-V-E, I love you (ch)

Baby It’s You ©?2002 Tom Poitras

Discography

The First CD (2002)
Dance Party (2003)
Toe Jam in Outer Space (2008)

Set List

A typical setlist for a 1 hour show:

I Need a Car Wash
Bananna Splits Theme (cover)
I've Got Laundry Everywhere
Barn Dance
Green Light A Go-Go
Don't Scare the Aliens
Interactive StoryTime
Dinosaur Song
Up Down Round and Round
Go Ape in Outer Space
Do The Limbo
Toe Jam Theme Song