"Grandma Sparrow"

Grandma Sparrow & His Piddletractor Birthday Party

Happy Piddletractor Day! It’s May 20th and that can mean only one thing: It’s time for a playdate with Grandma Sparrow at his Piddletractor Birthday Party. Each year on this day, we look back to when Grandma entered our lives and introduced us all to his world of Piddletractor. His Piddletractor Orchestra weaves a kaleidoscopic soundscape of a story about Grandma’s […]

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May 20, 2017

New Grandma Sparrow Video & Tour Dates

In May 2014, we released the debut album by multi-instrumentalist Joe Westerlund’s alter ego Grandma Sparrow, a weird and weirdly accessible children’s song cycle for adults. Critics called it “mind-blowing…and brilliant” (SPIN), “gloriously freaky” (Village Voice), and “a surreal, train-wreck masterpiece” (Style Weekly), and Grandma gave only a handful of transcendental performances on tour. We’re happy to […]

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January 23, 2015

Watch: Grandma Sparrow – “The Pigsmilk Candycane”

It’s the pigsmilk candycane, the hurdy gurdy understain, the marmaladed pony’s mane, dilapidated monkey brain, possums full of puzzle tears, and crows that grow dakota beards. It’s time to eat your food! Grandma Sparrow‘s new video for “The Pigsmilk Candycane” premiered today on Tiny Mix Tapes. The stop-motion video was created by Carson Efird and […]

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June 16, 2014

Grandma Sparrow featured in Indy Week

Grandma Sparrow is featured in the latest issue of Indy Week. Surrounding his shows at the Pinhook in Durham, NC, Joe Westerlund tells all about the inspiration for his Grandma Sparrow character and his lifelong development of the record’s story. The feature interview talks about the magic that happens when Westerlund dons his costume and […]

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June 11, 2014

Grandma Sparrow & his Piddletractor Orchestra Released Today

Oh great goosh, my grown-up children!!! Grrrandma is now ready to take his full epicentral flight to bring you the happy nothing messages of Piddletractor!!! Today is the day of existential mothersnakes and pigsmilk candycanes!!! Enjoy these magic words from your stereo turds! Eeee hee hee! Today marks the release of the very special, truly […]

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May 20, 2014