The Hooley Dooleys

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The Hooley Dooleys
Members of the Hooley Dooleys with firefighters of Fire and Rescue NSW, 2007
Members of the Hooley Dooleys with firefighters of Fire and Rescue NSW, 2007
Background information
OriginSydney, New South Wales, Australia
GenresChildren's
Years active1996–2009
LabelsABC, ABC Music, EMI, Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros.
Past members
  • David Butts
  • Antoine Demarest
  • Bruce Thorburn

The Hooley Dooleys were an Australian children's music and performance act which began in 1996. Their material was aimed at children between the ages of two and seven.[1] They originally appeared on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), but then appeared on commercial television and as a live touring act. Early members of the group were David Butts, Antoine Demarest and Bruce Thorburn; director and producer was Jacqueline Cairns; and the early childhood advisor was Angela McLean.[2] By 1998 they were being directed and produced by Jane Davidson.[1] In November that year David Brearly of The Australian reported that there were hostilities between management and the entertainers regarding marketing and conflict of interests.[3]

At the ARIA Music Awards of 1999 their fourth studio album, Pop!, won the Best Children's Album trophy.[4] The group were nominated in the same category in seven other years.[5] By 2000 their producer and director was Colin Bromley,[6] and by 2004 Thorburn had left the group with Butts and Demarest set to continue.[7] In June 2006 they ended their association with the ABC, and entered into a new distribution deal with Warner Bros.[8]

For their 2006 material additional voices were provided by Kirsten Butts – wife of David Butts – and Mal Heap; they were produced by Jill Coleburn, and directed by Missy Stephens-Gaha.[9][10] In February 2007 The Australian's Michael Bodey and Jim Gaines described how The Hooley Dooleys had "broken free in contentious circumstances", the group had been restricted at the ABC to "merely bit players below the [network's] premier suite of money-spinners, The Wiggles, Bananas in Pyjamas and Play School".[8] The group planned to enhance their associated characters: Tickle the Doodat, to promote tolerance; Russell the Muscley Kangaroo, (health and fitness); Penelope Perfect (creativity); and Captain Catastrophe (safety).[8] By 2008 Butts was the only original member of the group which consisted of seven performers.[9] New characters were Lou Lou, Katie, Adam and Ginner, which joined Tickle, Russell and Captain.[11] The ensemble toured rural New South Wales in July 2009,[12] however The Hooley Dooleys disbanded later that year.

Cast[edit]

Original members
  • David Butts, (b. 6 August 1961) Blue – saxophone, keyboards, guitar, vocals, songwriter, producer (1996-2009)[7]
    • As of 6 August 2008, Butts 47th birthday, was married to his wife, Kirsten and the couple had four children.[9] Butts also had a daughter from a previous relationship.[9] He had studied at Sydney Conservatorium of Music and then worked as a music teacher before forming The Hooley Dooleys in 1996.[9]
  • Antoine Demarest, (b. 8 November 1972) Red – trombone, keyboards, guitar, vocals, songwriter, producer (1996-2006)[7]
    • As of April 2003, Demarest, aged 30, and his wife, Jane, had a daughter named Tara.
  • Bruce Thorburn, (b. 10 February 1960) Yellow – violin, keyboards, guitar, vocals, songwriter, producer (1996-2003)
    • As of April 2003, Thorburn, aged 43, and his wife, Mandy, had three children - twin daughters Ella and Ruby and son Oscar.
Other characters
  • Russell the Muscly Kangaroo – (1996-2009)
  • Tickle the Doodat – (1997-2009)
  • Poss the Possum – (2002-2005)
  • Captain Catastrophe – (2004-2009)
  • Penelope Perfect – (2004-2006)
  • Lou Lou – (2007-2008)
  • Katie – (2007-2008)
  • Adam – (2007-2008)
  • Ginner – (2007-2008)

Awards[edit]

ARIA Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominated works Award Result Lost to
1997 Splash Best Children's Album Nominated Play SchoolIn The Car
1998 Ready Set... Go! Nominated The WigglesToot, Toot!
1999 Pop! Won N/A
2001 Keep on Dancing Nominated Hi-5It's a Party
2002 Roll Up! Roll Up! Nominated Hi-5Boom Boom Beat
2004 Wonderful Nominated Hi-5Holiday
2005 Super Dooper Nominated The WigglesLive: Hot Potatoes
2006 Smile Nominated The WigglesRacing to the Rainbow

APRA Music Awards[edit]

Year Nominated works Award Result Lost to
1996 The Hooley Dooleys Most Performed Children's Work Nominated The Wiggles - Wake Up Jeff!
1999 Ooga Chuga (In The Jungle) Nominated The Wiggles - Captain Feathersword Fell Asleep On His Pirate Ship

Albums[edit]

  • The Hooley Dooleys (1996)
  • Splash (1997)
  • Ready, Set... Go! (1998)
  • Pop! (1999)
  • Keep on Dancing (2000)
  • Roll Up! Roll Up! (2001)
  • Oopsadazee (2002)
  • Wonderful (2003)
  • Super Dooper (2004)
  • Smile (2005)

Videography[edit]

  • The Hooley Dooleys (1997)
  • Ready, Set... Go (1998)
  • Pop! (1999)
  • Keep on Dancing (2000)
  • Roll Up! Roll Up! (2001)
  • The Hooley Dooleys to the Rescue (2002)
  • Oopsadazee (2002)
  • Wonderful (2003)
  • 2 in 1 Pack: The Hooley Dooleys & Ready, Set... Go (2003)
  • All Together Now (2004)
  • Super Dooper (2004)
  • At the Farm (2005)[13]
  • 2 in 1 Pack: Roll Up! Roll Up! & Pop (2005)
  • 2 in 1 Pack: Oopsadazee & Keep On Dancing (2006)
  • How 2 Exercise (2006)[10]
  • How 2 Go to School (2006)[14]
  • How 2 Give at Christmas (2006)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Davidson, Jane; The Hooley Dooleys (1998), The Hooley Dooleys, Ready, Set – Go!, ABC Video (Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)). National Library of Australia, retrieved 6 May 2014
  2. ^ Lumsden, Virginia; Cairns, Jacqueline; McLean, Angela; The Hooley Dooleys (1997), The Hooley Dooleys, ABC for Kids (Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)). National Library of Australia, retrieved 5 May 2014, Summary: In this their first video the Hooley Dooleys are joined by their furry friends, Russell the muscley Kangaroo and Tickle the doodat. Credits: Executive producer, Virginia Lumsden; Producer, director, Jacqueline Cairns; Writers, The Hooley Dooleys; Early childhood advisor, Angela McLean. Cast: The Hooley Dooleys are David Butts, Antoine Demarest and Bruce Thorburn.
  3. ^ Brearly, David (24 November 1998). "Rumpus in Aunty's Nursery". The Australian. News Corp Australia. p. 13. ISSN 1038-8761.
  4. ^ "ARIA Awards – History: Winners by Year 1999". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  5. ^ "ARIA Awards – Search Results 'Hooley'". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  6. ^ The Hooley Dooleys; Butts, David; Bromley, Colin; Demarest, Antoine; Thorburn, Bruce; Australian Broadcasting Corporation; Roadshow Entertainment (2000), Keep on Dancing, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC): Roadshow Entertainment. National Library of Australia, retrieved 6 May 2014
  7. ^ a b c The Hooley Dooleys; Butts, David; Demarest, Antoine (2004), Super Dooper, ABC Music (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). National Library of Australia, retrieved 6 May 2014
  8. ^ a b c Bodey, Michael; Gaines, Jim (22 February 2007). "Band Strikes Hooley Dooley of a Deal". The Australian. News Corp Australia. Archived from the original on 5 May 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  9. ^ a b c d e Clohesy, Bernadette (24 August 2008). "Expert in the Family". Sun Herald. Archived from the original on 6 May 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  10. ^ a b The Hooley Dooleys (2006), How 2 Exercise, Warner Bros. Entertainment Australia. National Library of Australia, retrieved 6 May 2014
  11. ^ "The Hooley Dooleys Now on Tour Around Australia". Entertainment Depot. 6 May 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Hooley Dooley!". The Bingara Advocate. Bingara, NSW. 1 July 2009. Archived from the original on 7 May 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  13. ^ The Hooley Dooleys; Butts, David; Demarest, Antoine (2005), Smile, The Hooley Dooleys Touring Company: ABC Music (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). National Library of Australia, retrieved 6 May 2014
  14. ^ The Hooley Dooleys (2006), Go to School, Warner Bros. Entertainment Australia. National Library of Australia, retrieved 6 May 2014