The Relative Minors are a Children’s band based in Cambridge, Ontario.
The project was the first-born child of Matt and Kiersten Robertshaw—a couple of fun-loving musicians and educators. Kiersten is a classically trained pianist and elementary music teacher. Matt played the drums in various ska and folk-rock bands for many years before pursuing a career in academia. Matt and Kiersten began writing creative and catchy children’s songs in 2008 for their niece and went on to stage numerous performances at libraries, schools, summer camps, birthday parties, music festivals and other community events in their hometown and surrounding area.
In its current format, The Relative Minors is a six-piece, electric guitar- and piano-driven rock n’ roll band which performs energetic and witty songs for kids of all ages.
They have also been working toward reaching a wider audience by producing a series of child-oriented music videos and a full-length studio album. Their debut album Play Music, released in October 2020, contains songs about espionage, guitar-playing dinosaurs and a magical grocery store, and features a rap verse from guest emcee VelociRapper, saxophone solos, an Omnichord and an endless array of laughs, grooves and singalong choruses. Their songs have been featured on several Children’s Music radio shows and websites including Radio Active Kids, Goober Kids Radio, Kinderling Kids Radio, The Children’s Hour and Playtime Playlists.
Drawing inspiration from everything from The Beatles to The Muppets to The Wiggles, The Relative Minors offer a fresh take on the Children’s Music genre by combining catchy and clever lyrics with sophisticated instrumentation and an enduring respect for their audience. The Relative Minors believe in the power of play and imagination, and they hope to inspire a generation of young people to keep learning, keep playing and keep those toes tapping.