SURREY â€” For 24 years, the kiddie, Australian version of the Fab Four has been entertaining tykes with their rockin’, kid-friendly tunes. But why should those "Down Under" have all the fun?
The Wiggles, a quartet of kids entertainers in a nursery-rhyme rock band, are wiggling their way right into our own city, at Surreyâ€™s Bell Performing Arts Centre this Saturday (Oct. 18).
Lachlan â€œLachyâ€ Gillespie, known as the Purple Wiggle, is the newest member of the traveling troupe of kids entertainers, and is excited to hit the stage in Surrey this weekend on the groupâ€™s â€œReady, Steady, Wiggleâ€ tour in support of their Apples and Bananas album and DVD.
And, as tired as the Wiggles may get after months on the road, Lachy said that the performances energize them day after day.
â€œWeâ€™re basically on the road about eight months a year. Weâ€™ve seen so much of the world, itâ€™s quite extraordinary how many places weâ€™ve been to,â€ Lachy told the Now.
â€œThe shows definitely energize you. As soon as you run out, you forget about everything. You forget about where you are or how tired you are because thereâ€™s just the most electric crowds but I do think the touring gets exhausting, but weâ€™re all healthy, fit young people.â€
A songwriter and piano composer in his spare time, Lachy is able to bring his talents to the table in his job as a full-time Wiggle.
â€œWhen we started, we did a lot of the original Wiggles songs, but then (Anthony Field, founding member of The Wiggles) encouraged us to start writing songs for the group,â€ Lachy said.
â€œI love sitting down on the piano and writing songs, and its just a different mindset now to write childrenâ€™s music. It can be a lot simpler, the melodies can be a lot simpler and they can still be just as fun.â€
In fact, Lachy has penned more than a few original songs for the best-selling CDs, including composing â€œSkeleton Skatâ€ and â€œFull Moon Melodyâ€ on the upcoming Halloween album.
In the end, however, The Wiggles maintain that their most important message is to have fun and keep dancing.
â€œThe only thing is that we encourage everyone, if they can, to sing along, to dance along, to really have a great time,â€ Lachy said. â€œYou (even) see babies just move as soon as the music starts and they donâ€™t know what theyâ€™re doing but they start to clap their hands and wiggle their legs, shaking their head and, you know, thatâ€™s all we really do. We keep our songs about healthy messages and exercise.â€
The Wiggles perform at Surreyâ€™s Bell Performing Arts Centre on Saturday (Oct. 18) at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $60 and can be purchased by calling 604-507-6355.