The BatDuo at a glance
The Battersby Duo was awarded a GRAMMY NOMINATION in 2011
Laura Battersby is one half of The Battersby Duo She graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Sociology. Laura is a prolific writer and has written over 50 songs and poems that can be found peppered throughout the albums the Duo has released over the years. Laura was raised in Virginia. She met her husband and partner Tim at a restaurant in Virginia where they were both working. His earlier folk career became the perfect backdrop to launch The Battersby Duo. "It was love at first sight and a year-and-a-half later we were married," Tim said. Their achievements include a 2010 Grammy® nomination, a 1993 Cable Ace Award, and five nominations between 1989 and '91 for their work on the cable television show Kid's Place. In 1991 they won the National Federation of Cable Programmers Award and were nominated for a cable Emmy Award for Best Children's Special.
Tim and Laura, are known professionally as The Battersby Duo (kids tend to refer to us as the BatDuo, because it's easier to pronounce!!) and are a musical comedy team for children and families. Laura has a degree in sociology with an emphasis on early childhood development, while Tim has a degree in English literature. They first met in the early 1980s auditioning for the Wayside Theatre where they joined a troupe of actors that put on shows for schoolchildren in Virginia. 2 years later they decided to strike out on their own and within a few years, were playing in Elementary schools all across the USA. As time passed Tim and Laura began to write more and more songs for young children, embracing the very tenets of early childhood development. Love, nature, counting, food, animals, and reading became the main themes of many Battersby Duo songs. Coupled with Tim's quick wit and Laura's more sensible approach to life, after an appearance on Sesame Street the creators explained Tim and Laura's onstage antics as "Monty Python meets Mary Poppins," a moniker that stuck with them for their whole career. In 2010 they produced a children's album called Sunny Days that was submitted to Grammy®. Three months later Tim and Laura were awarded a Grammy® nomination for the album. During their 30-year career, The Battersby Duo has garnered much praise from music critics and presenters alike. “A banquet of silliness designed to please the most refined of juvenile palates." THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION. “We will remember with pleasure that The Battersby Duo is a part of our neighborhood." FRED ROGERS. MR. ROGERS NEIGHBORHOOD. "The Battersby Duo is a top-notch Duo." SESAME STREET. "The Battersby Duo is a National Treasure." SENATOR BOB GRAHAM (D) FL. "Kids go bananas for The Battersby Duo." THE TAMPA TRIBUNE. Tim and Laura have appeared in 48 States in addition to appearing at theaters and venues across Canada. They have appeared at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC and multiple Performing Arts Centers, festivals, and schools throughout the USA in addition to performing 6 times at The White House for the President and the First Lady.
Tim Battersby is currently writing his 16th novel. All of his work can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/Tim-Battersby/e/B07PR6WZ3D