Since I left off, I was telling you about the birth and progress of our group, as we began to get noticed more and more locally. Shows from that point have been pulling us all over the state, and even into some neighboring areas. There’s an unfortunate lack of children’s entertainment, or venues directed at kids. I suppose the powers that be don’t see any profit in smashing piggy banks, but for us, it’s never been about the money. Even setting our rates pretty low, we have managed to make pretty good money off of what we do, enough that we can dedicate ourselves to it without having to worry about finances. We turn a lot of our profits around in these cases to benefit the groups we work with, or work for.

For instance, when we worked the show at the children’s hospital, it was at no charge, and our weekend performance after it saw 50% of our proceeds go back tot hat hospital to help with some of their expenses. We have had some great fortune in our lives, and in our group to be able to turn around and give it back to causes that help the kids on which our “empire” was built, is a true blessing. We have actively participated in more than thirty local and regional charities, and always take the time out to perform for those who need it most.

No matter the location or the venue we wind up playing in though, the magic of our show bring able to bring out the best and excitement in the kids we perform for is what drives us in everything we do. We don’t have ambition to be world wide performers. We love the idea of being relatively local, and knowing the people we’re affecting. These are individuals that we will know, and can watch grow through their lives. We will be a part of the tale that shapes their whole existence. You never know, we could influence someone who in turn follows in our footsteps and influences someone else. Whereas most performers dream of wealth and fame, these are the dreams that we have, and may be a little out there, but still it’s a good thought for us.

Whatever the future brings for us, we will know that in some small part we have touched the lives of thousands of people in the area. From the kids who love our shows, to the parents who love watching their kids have a great time. It’s a choice in life that we all live with happily. We continue on our path of entertainment, and wait for new and exciting opportunities to come up, like this one. We will always be ready with a song and a smile for whoever wants to listen. Young and old alike are the targets of our feel good message, which is to say, be happy with what you do and who you are, and you will make those around you happy as well.

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            After that introductory performance, we were hooked. The energy that it brought out of us, the energy we saw in return from the kids, it was amazing. The two of us in bands quit that night, and an offer from a parent who had seen our performance the day earlier came in. We immediately agreed, and decided that it was formally time for us to come up with a name. We wanted something that sounded funny, and wouldn’t be taken to seriously, but that kids could actually pronounce. It took a surprisingly long time for us to decide on the Lingonberries. It was a random suggestion that made all of us adults laugh, we knew it was perfect.

Our next performance as a group was much more polished than our first one, and had us coming up with whole skits. We began to really formulate an entire show out of our songs. We would get the kids to sing along, to pantomime the movements of our music. It was a group of about thirty children, and anyone who has had a group of kids like that together knows that the chances of pandemonium are high. We had their attention from the moment we stepped out into the backyard makeshift stage. It was such an incredible experience that the second show topped our first. We were so nervous the first time out that it would be so difficult for us serious musicians to be taken seriously by either kids or adults, and yet the second one we walked out with confidence.

You may think that it’s a lot of hype for performing for a bunch of toddlers and preschool kids, but let me tell you. When an adult dislikes your show, they just ignore it, or get up and walk out. When a child hates your show…they start a revolt, and soon all children follow suit. We have had shows that have gone very badly. As any performer has during their times of growth, and even in the stages of fame they hit. There are some shows that just go really badly. For the most part though, we have been fortunate. I don’t know if it’s us personally, or our jokes, or the songs we pick, but kids just love the shows.

We began to perform more and more locally, and soon had kids requesting us by name for school events, birthday parties, and festivals directed towards the youth. We have had the chance to perform in hospitals, to sick kids in need of some entertainment, and those are the shows that really touch your heart. To see the faces that probably haven’t smiled much in the past little while just light up. To see them using the effort to pantomime, to sing along, it made us all a little misty even as we were performing. There’s something about making a child laugh, to have them enjoy your performance, it’s something we never got out of the adult crowds.

Through the Vine            

Greetings, and welcome to the home of the Lingonberries, we are a group of performers who love to bring smiles to the faces of children. We have been following in the footsteps of group performers for many years now, and have enjoyed success as a group dedicated to making kids lives a little brighter. We have been performing together for around ten years now, and have decided that it was time that we shared a little of our story. We’re glad that you managed to find our page, and hopefully over time will grow to understand and appreciate the efforts we put into bringing happiness to kids of all ages.

I suppose I should start from the start and where we got together. Personally, I had been a musician for quite some time, playing in small bands, making the rounds of the usual venues, schools, bars, little town events. I never really hit the big time like I thought I would when I was younger, but the experience of being able to play in front of so many people was one that I enjoyed. I had always been pretty extroverted, and enjoyed meeting new people, so it was a great way for me to get into the groove of being a performer.

It was at a show one night that I met one of my partners in the Lingonberries. He was playing in the opening act, and our band was closing. After the show the two of us wound up talking about the various musical outings that had led us to that point, and struck a friendship pretty quickly with one another. The both of us enjoyed singing, but we’re playing instruments in bands that we knew wouldn’t go anywhere. We wound up talking of future choices that would lead us to fame and riches, or at least playing to crowds larger than 50 or so on a Thursday night.

We maintained contact for a while after that, as we seemed to have pretty similar interests as one another. Through our friendship we met the third and final member of our group. The three of us wound up having a lot of conversations about things over the next few months, and when one of their nieces was having a birthday party, the sister asked if our “little group” could sing or plays some children’s songs for her party. None of us had done anything of the sort, but we thought it was a pretty good idea, and got together practicing kids songs for the next few weeks.

We performed at the party for about half an hour, but what a rush it was. The kids were so into every little thing we did, and as natural outgoing people, we were laughing and making pantomime jokes with the lyrics of the song. It was a rush that none of us had felt before, and it all came from a group of kids whom we thought would barely pay attention.