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MP3 C. Shells - Cool Cats

Children''s music for kids of all ages. From rockin'' country to hip jazz, cool Caribbean to funky folk, Cool Cats will have everyone dancing in the streets...or at least jumping on the bed.

15 MP3 Songs
KIDS/FAMILY: Children''s Pop, KIDS/FAMILY: General Children''s Music

C. Shells
Family Funtime Music

C. Shells is a children''s musical duo comprised of Cindy Kays and Shelly Craig Potter. Together Cindy and Shelly have over 40 years of musical experience. Shelly, a Hampton Roads native, has been a featured solo performer at many local clubs. An accomplished guitarist and teacher, Shelly performs a diverse variety of music from blues to bluegrass. A native of Lancaster, PA, Cindy has performed folk and Celtic music at colleges and pubs in Virginia, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
Shelly and Cindy have performed together for the past 13 years as a children''s duo. A talented songwriter, Shelly writes much of the group''s material. The mother of two daughters, Shelly swears that everything she writes about is true! Using stringed instruments such as the guitar, banjo, Dobro and mandolin, as well as various percussion instruments, puppets and entertainment props, Cindy and Shelly encourage the children (and adults, too!) to participate with hand motions and singing. Their song repertoire ranges from traditional and contemporary folk songs to Disney tunes and original songs.
The duo are regulars at many festivals and libraries throughout the mid-Atlantic states. They have been on the roster of Young Audiences of Virginia for the past 10 years. They are also visiting guest artists with Young Audiences of Maryland as well as Young Audiences of Eastern Pennsylvania. Performing as "Cindy and Shelly," they present their educational programs in pre-schools and elementary schools throughout Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Cindy and Shelly released their debut album, self-titled, "C. Shells," on the Southern Branch Music label, in 1995. Fun for all ages, the album features 10 original songs and two cover songs. "C. Shells" was awarded a Parents'' Choice Silver Honor in July 1998 for excellence in children''s music. In March of 1998, they released their second album on Southern Branch Music titled, "Animal Tails," a fun-filled journey of songs about some of the animals in the world we live. In October 1998, "Animal Tails" was awarded a Parents'' Choice Approval Seal. Their third album, “Just for Fun!” released in October 2001, features all new songs as well as some old favorites. In March 2002 “Just for Fun!” earned a Parents’ Choice Recommended Seal. “Just for Fun!” was also awarded an iParenting Media Award in 2003. iParenting is the “leading producer of quality parenting content in magazines, newspaper, radio and the Internet.” Their newest CD “Cool Cats” was released in December 2006.
With a delightful mix of songs and musical styles, "C. Shells" will have children of all ages laughing, smiling and stamping their feet. From rock ''n'' roll to Cajun, waltzes to ragtime, blues to bluegrass, Cindy and Shelly want everyone to have fun at their concerts, so check your repertoire of dog barks and duck quacks and bring them to the show!
For more information on C. Shells please contact:
Cindy Kays
P.O. Box 12402 Norfolk, VA 23541
(757) 285-1751

C. Shells appearances include:

An Occasion for the Arts* – Williamsburg, VA
Blackbeard Pirate Festival – Hampton, VA
The Chautaugua Festival* - Wytheville, VA
Chesapeake Jubilee* - Chesapeake, VA
Child Fair, Hampton Coliseum – Hampton, VA
Children’s Festival – Mt. Pleasant, SC
Country Comeback Days – Bluebird Gap Farm – Hampton, VA
Daffodil Festival* – Gloucester, VA
The Dwelling Place Annual Halloween Costume Walk-a-thon* – Norfolk, VA
Earth Day* - Newport News, VA
Earth Fest 2000, 2001* – Martinsville, VA
Easter Celebration* – Winterthur Gardens & Museum – Wilmington, DE
Falls Church Fall Festival – Falls Church, VA
Falls Church Memorial Day Festival – Falls Church, VA
Family Fun Day at Mount Trashmore - Va. Beach, VA
Farm Fresh Extravaganza, Hampton Coliseum* – Hampton, VA
Farm Fresh Extravaganza, Scope Coliseum – Norfolk, VA
First Night Harrisonburg – Harrisonburg, VA
First Night Williamsburg* – Williamsburg, VA
Galax Leaf & Strings Festival – Galax, VA
Galax Street Festival – Galax, VA
Ghent Art Show - Norfolk, VA
Hampton Bay Days* - Hampton, VA
Hampton Roads Highland Games* - Chesapeake, VA
The Herndon Festival* - Herndon, VA
Ida Lee Park – Leesburg, VA
Isle of Wight County Fair - Isle of Wight, VA
Jubilee on the James - Newport News, VA
KidFest* – Martinsville, VA
LancasterFest* – Lancaster, PA
L.A.U.G.H.S. Storytelling Festival* – Loudoun County, VA
Leesburg Flower & Garden Festival – Leesburg, VA
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens* – Richmond, VA
The Neptune Festival* - Va. Beach, VA
Newport News Children''s Festival of Friends* - Newport News, VA
Newport News Fall Festival of Folklife*- Newport News, VA
Norfolk Botanical Gardens* – Norfolk, VA
Old Time Country Music Festival* - Murfeesboro, NC
OpSail 2000 Events – Norfolk, VA
Poquoson Seafood Festival* – Poquoson, VA
Portsmouth Olde Towne Music Festival - Portsmouth, VA
Portsmouth Seawall Festival* - Portsmouth, VA
The Princess Anne Folk Arts Festival* - Va. Beach, VA
Pumpkin Days* – Tyler Arboretum – Media, PA
Relay for Life* – Va. Beach, VA
The River & Ribs Festival - Norfolk, VA
Sandler Family Campus, Grand Opening – Va. Beach, VA
The Stockley Gardens Arts Festival* - Norfolk, VA
Suffolk Peanut Festival* - Suffolk, VA
Suffolk Spring Spectacular - Suffolk, VA
Tidewater Traditional Arts Festival* - Hampton, VA

*Multiple appearances

Abingdon Library – Abingdon, VA
Appoquinimink Community Library – Middletown, DE
Ashland Public Library* – Ashland, VA
Bear Public Library – Bear, DE
Bennett’s Creek Library – Suffolk, VA
Blueridge Regional Library* – Martinsville, VA
Bridgeville Public Library – Bridgeville, DE
Brunswick County Library* – Lawrenceville & Emporia, VA
Buchanan County Public Library* – Grundy, VA
Bull Run Regional Library* – Manassas, VA
Carrollton Public Library* – Carrollton, VA
Central Community Library* – Manassas, VA
Chesapeake Public Libraries* - Chesapeake, VA
Chesterfield County Public Library* – Chester, Richmond, Petersburg, Midlothian, VA
Chinn Park Regional Library* – Woodbridge, VA
Chuckatuck Public Library* – Suffolk, VA
Claymont Public Library – Claymont, DE
Concord Pike Public Library – Wilmington, DE
Corbit-Calloway Memorial Library* – Odessa, DE
Craddock Library – Portsmouth, VA
Delaware City Public Library – Delaware City, DE
Delmar Public Library – Delmar, DE
Dover Public Library* – Dover, DE
Elsmere Public Library – Elsmere, DE
Fairfax County Public Library – Fairfax, Herndon, Reston, Centerville, Annandale,
Burke, Alexandria, McLean, Vienna, Falls Church, Springfield, Chantilly, Great Falls, VA
Frankford Public Library – Frankford, DE
Galax-Carroll County Regional Library – Galax & Hillsville, VA
Geauga County Library – Chardon, OH
Georgetown Public Library – Georgetown, DE
Gloucester Public Library* – Gloucester, VA
Greenwood Public Library – Greenwood, DE
Hampton Public Libraries(4 branches)* - Hampton, VA
Handley Regional Library* – Winchester, Stephens City, VA
Harrington Public Library – Harrington, DE
Henrico County Public Libraries* – Richmond, VA
Heritage Public Library – Providence Forge, VA
Hockessin Public Library – Hockessin, DE
Jefferson - Madison Regional Libraries* - Charlottesville, Stanardsville, Scottsville, & Louisa, VA
John Marshall Library* – Alexandria, VA
Kent County Dept. of Libraries – Dover, DE
King’s Park Public Library – Burke, VA
Kirkwood Highway Public Library – Wilmington, DE
La Biblioteca del Pueblo – Wilmington, DE
Laurel Public Library – Laurel, DE
L.E. Smoot Memorial Library – King George, VA
Lewes Public Library – Lewes, DE
Louden County Public Libraries* – Leesburg, Purcellville, Middleburg, Lovettsville &
Sterling, VA
Lynchburg Public Library* – Lynchburg, VA
Mary Riley Styles Public Library – Falls Church, VA
Massanutten Regional Libraries* – Luray, Shenandoah, Grottoes, Bridgewater,
Harrisonburg, & Broadway, VA
Milford Public Library – Milford, DE
Millsboro Public Library – Millsboro, DE
Milton Public Library – Milton, DE
Morgan Memorial Library* – Suffolk, VA
New Castle Public Library – New Castle, DE
Newark Free Library – Newark, DE
Newport News Public Libraries (4 branches)* - Newport News, VA
Norfolk Public Libraries - Norfolk, VA
North Wilmington Branch Library – Wilmington, DE
Pamunkey Regional Libraries – Midlothian, Ashland, Richmond, Hanover, VA
Perry Hall Library – Baltimore, MD
Pikesville Library – Reisterstown, MD
Poquoson Public Library - Poquoson, VA
Portsmouth Public Library – Portsmouth, VA
Potomac Community Library* – Woodbridge, VA
Powhatan Public Library – Powhatan, VA
Pulaski Public Library – Pulaski, VA
Radford Public Library* – Radford, VA
Rehoboth Beach Public Library – Rehoboth Beach, DE
Roanoke Public Library – Roanoke, VA
Ruth Camp Campbell Memorial Library* – Franklin, VA
Salem Public Library* – Salem, VA
Seaford District Library – Seaford, DE
Selbyville Public Library – Selbyville, DE
Shendandoah County Library – Mt. Jackson & Edinburg, VA
Smyrna Public Library – Smyrna, DE
South Coastal Library – Bethany Beach, DE
Staunton Public Library* – Staunton, VA
Suffolk Library* – Suffolk, VA
Tazewell County Public Libraries – Tazewell, Richlands, & Bluefield, VA
Varina Public Library* – Varina, VA
Virginia Beach Public Libraries* – all branches – Va. Beach, VA
Walter C. Rawles Library* - Courtland, VA
West End Library – Richmond, VA
White Marsh Library* – Baltimore, MD
Williamsburg Regional Library* – Williamsburg & Norge, VA
Wilmington Library – Wilmington, DE
Windsor Public Library – Windsor, VA
Woodlawn Public Library – Wilmington, DE
Wythe – Grayson Public Library* – Wytheville, Rural Retreat & Independence, VA
York County Public Library* – Yorktown & Tabb, VA

The Chrysler Museum* - Norfolk, VA
The Mariner''s Museum* - Newport News, VA
Richmond Children’s Museum* – Richmond, VA
Virginia Children''s Museum* - Portsmouth, VA
Virginia Living Museum - Newport News, VA
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Museum* - Va. Beach, VA
Winterthur Museum* – Wilmington, DE

Borders Books and Music Stores* - Delaware - Newark, Wilmington
North Carolina - Raleigh*, Greensboro, Winston- Salem*
Pennsylvania - Bryn Mawr, Lancaster, York, Philadelphia, Springfield, Montgomery
Virginia - Richmond, Fredericksburg*, Springfield
Va. Beach*, Woodbridge
(*Grand Opening appearances)
Military Circle Mall* - Norfolk, VA Family Fun Night, Baby Festival
Newmarket Fair Mall* - Newport News, VA Week of the Young Child, Easter
Bunny appearance
Pembroke Mall - Va. Beach, VA Easter Bunny appearance, Kid''s Club, Santa Claus appearance
Planet Music* - Va. Beach, VA Saturday morning kid''s club
Pottery Barn Kids – Tyson’s Corner, VA Summer Music Concert
Waterside Festival Marketplace* - Norfolk, VA Center stage

WTKR - TV (CBS affiliate)-Norfolk, VA Morning Break with Kurt & Jane
WHRV - FM (89.5)-Norfolk, VA In the Folk Tradition
WHRV - FM (89.5)-Norfolk, VA Off the Shelf with Barry Graham
WXPN - FM (88.5)-Philadelphia, PA KidsCorner with Kathy O’Connell

Ballston Child Care Grand Opening - Arlington, VA
Fort Hunt Concert Series, George Washington Memorial Parkway* – Alexandria, VA
Jam Locker Music/Album Release Party - Va. Beach, VA
Mount Pleasant Parks & Recreation – Mt. Pleasant, SC
Multi-Cultural Concert, Thomas Nelson Community College - Hampton, VA
Norfolk Infant Development Program – Norfolk, VA
Ramblin'' Conrad''s - Norfolk, VA
Rural Infant Services Program* – Saluda, VA
Week of the Young Child – Suffolk, VA
Week of the Young Child, Thomas Nelson Community College - Hampton, VA
Hampton Parks & Recreation* – “Storytelling in the Park” series

Borders Books and Music
8825 N. Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27615 919.845.1154

December 14, 1998

Ms. Cindy Kays
Virginia Beach, VA

Dear Cindy,

First, please accept my apologies for not writing sooner following your show at our store in November. ‘Tis the season to be busy!

Cindy, each time I have had the good fortune to have C. Shells perform at my stores, I’m amazed. Where do you and Shelly find all the energy & devotion to put on the show that you two do?

Your performances are frolicking fast-paced fun for the entire family! Over my many years of having performers come into various venues, I have frankly been accustomed to disappointment…someone who was good once, later isn’t…the show might be inconsistent…or some other letdown. That has never happened with https://www.tradebit.comlls. Rather, just the opposite. Each time, your material & performance improves…and it was very good to start with!

I guess the most exciting thing for me is that truly the whole family can enjoy your shows. I have booked other artists that claim they will be of interest to everyone in the family, only to find out that’s true…only if the whole family ranges between 5 & 7 years of age! In your shows, Mom, Dad, the kids and EVERYONE is involved. With your great use of audience participation, even those who are, shall we say “musically challenged” are cheerfully involved and are enriched by the experience. I have to tell you that I myself was “clicking my claws” with Sandy Claws during that number.

Besides the wonderfully energetic performance, the content of the songs is quite good. While some children’s performers don’t use the opportunity to teach anything, you do, and thank you! I was impressed that you could weave a “save the bay” ecological theme into a catchy song and really have the kids (and parents!) understand and enjoy hearing the message. As a former music educator too, your use of native & international folk instruments, and letting the children play them, is impressive.

This is all to say, “thanks!” Your shows are always a delight and I look forward to the next one…soon!


Vince DeLap
Community Relations Coordinator
Borders: Raleigh, NC/via: email

My name is Abbey. I am 6 years old. I love your music. I have the "Animal Talks" and "Singing with C Shells" tapes. Are there any others? Plan 9 in Charlottesville only has these 2. My mom and dad are sick of the same 2 tapes playing in the car since we heard you at the Library in Charlottesville in July. We listened to these 2 tapes all the way to Disneyworld and back in the car this summer and mom and dad know most of the songs now too! I know all the songs and my favorite is Cyril the Skunk and the State Laugh Song. Please let us know if and how we can get more
tapes. If you don''t have more, please record a new one! Hope to see you in Charlottesville soon. I would love you to come to my school, Woodbrook Elementary, in Charlottesville!

Your fan and friend,
Abbey Andrews

Subj: Your performance in Greene Co.
Date: 99-06-29 15:58:42 EDT
From: tlc29@https://www.tradebit.com (t c)
To: TiggerCar@https://www.tradebit.com

Dear C Shells:

Thank you SO much for coming way out to Greene County for today''s performance at the library. It was absolutely delightful and the grownups enjoyed it just as much, if not more, than the kids! Because we are so rural in the mountains, it''s really such a rare treat for us to enjoy such talent as yours. You guys are so Fantastic! We wish you all good luck on your summer tour and hope you can come back again real soon. Thank you so much and God bless.

Terry Benshoff

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