Laughing Bird Letters of Recommendation

TEXAS Musical DramaHolland America Cruise Line's OnStage Alaska
Lakeside Little Theatre (Mexico)Blanceneaux Lodge (Belize)
Colleges and UniversitiesAlaska Show
Costa Azul Adventure Resort (Mexico)CoCo View Scuba Resort (Honduras)

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To Whom it may concern:

Janey and Tupe Kenyon, who together comprise the duo Laughing Bird entertained audiences at the internationally acclaimed musical drama “TEXAS” throughout the summer. This outstanding musical team was the perfect warm-up act for the nation’s best attended outdoor drama.

“TEXAS” plays to almost 100,000 people each summer, who come from every state and almost 100 foreign countries. The show has a reputation for family fare at its finest. It was important to our organization that any acts engaged ascribe to the same high ideals and principles of good taste. Laughing Bird both met and exceeded our expectations.

Their assignment, covering Monday through Thursday evenings, was not always easy. Working in an outdoor setting presents considerable challenges: blazing sunshine, wind, grit, rain, and a host of random distractions.

Folks who attend during the week also tend to be in a less festive mood than their weekend counterparts. Visitors often arrive at the show tired from a long drive, or a long day at the office. Laughing Bird faithfully and enthusiastically brought relaxed smiles to a sea of faces each evening.

According to our statistics, more than 60 percent of our audience is made up of people 55 years of age and older. Another sizable chunk of our spectators is comprised of families with young children. The lively music, wholesome humor and thought-provoking lyrics delivered by Laughing Bird offered something for every age and taste. Haunting melodies, proficiency on a wide array of unusual instruments, and an open approach that encouraged audience participation made Janey and Tupe favorites with our visitors.

I highly recommend Laughing Bird. Their professionalism and personal approach are a perfect balance to their brilliant musical style.


Kathie Greer
Publicist for “TEXAS”


To Whom It May Concern:

Tupelo and Janey Kenyon of Laughing Bird performed on the pre-show stage at the “TEXAS” musical, June through August from 6 to 8 P.M. At the Pioneer Amphitheater in Palo Duro Canyon State Park near Amarillo, Texas.

Tupe and Janey’s performance appealed to all ages from seniors to small children. Their knowledge of music and ability to play a wide variety of instruments help the attention of our tired travelers and improved their moods.

I would highly recommend Laughing Bird in performance and on recordings.


Patty A. Bryant
President, “TEXAS”


c/o Holland America Tours
300 Elliott Avenue West • Seattle, WA 98119
1-800-628-0484 • Fax (206) 298-3885

It is with pleasure that I recommend Tupe and Janey Kenyon. I have contracted them for the past three seasons to perform in Holland America’s On Stage Alaska, a live performance and multi-media presentation that promotes our cruisetours business to Alaska. Their vast talent as performers and savvy business people is a great asset to the success of the program.

Here are some comments from travel agents and our associates about working with Tupe and Janey:

“Extremely informative and willing to work with us. They were just wonderful. Very good at what they do and were able to get the crowd involved. I enjoyed the show tremendously. This was my first show and it was wonderful.”

“Janey and Tupe know what they are doing. Their performance is a nice balance of music and story telling. I am very happy with the results and would like to schedule the performance for next year.”

Thank you Tupe and Janey. It has been an honor to work with you and I look forward to working with you in the future.

Marie Ruzicka

Marie Ruzicka
National Coordinator
On Stage Alaska
Holland America


To Whom it May Concern:

It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of recommendation for Tupe and Janey Kenyon. The writer is the President of the Lakeside Little Theatre, which is considered to be the largest English speaking theatre in Mexico.

Several months ago, I met Tupe and Janey (Laughing Bird) and after hearing one of their CDs and speaking with them, I hired them to do a concert to honor some of our theatre greats.

The concert was a great success, and it was due primarily to the marvelous talents of the Kenyons. They have great stage presence, but also exhibit a certain type of charisma that charms the audience. They also have excellent voices and material, and are adaptable to the varying circumstances that exist in a theatre.

I would not hesitate to have them entertain at our theatre again, and so kind reader, if you decide to hire them, you will compliment yourself later on having made a very wise decision.


Dr. Donald Chanoler
President, Lakeside Little Theatre


To Whom It May Concern -,

Janey and Tupelo Kenyon of Laughing Bird performed at Blancaneaux Lodge for over a month and were very well received.

Francis Ford Coppola’s Blancaneaux Lodge is the premier mountain lodge in Belize, and attracts a diverse international clientele. Janey and Tupe immediately established an instant rapport with the guests as a result of their interaction and understanding of each audience. Their enthusiasm is infectious and the resulting performance always drew positive comments from guests and visitors. Laughing Bird’s concerts at Blancaneaux Lodge were a definite enhancement to each guest’s stay,

Mr. Coppola also enjoyed the show and made a point of
complementing Tupe and Janey on a job well done.
(And, he complemented us for hiring them!)

We are sorry to lose Janey and Tupe, but understand their intention to travel further - they sure do get around!

We are pleased to recommend Laughing Bird for any engagement.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, should you wish further information. (Tel: 501-92-3878 or Fax: 501-92-3919).

Yours sincerely,,

Colin & Anne Wood
General Managers, Blancaneaux Lodge


A Few of Laughing Bird's Campus Performances:

(The following quotes were taken directly from letters of recommendation
from the indicated college or university.)

“Laughing Bird” did a wonderful job performing on both campuses at Amarillo College . . . Their wide range of musical styles appealed to the entire audiences. Tupelo and Janey Kenyon are very talented musicians, and we look forward to having them perform again at Amarillo College.” - Amarillo College

“Tupe and Janey, as well as being talented musicians, are very easy to work with. Crowd response to the act has been favorable as both Tupe and Janey communicate well with the audience, thus contributing to a lively and attentive atmosphere. Their varied selection of tunes allows for adaptability to different atmospheres and crowds. Rapport with the college audience has been excellent, and based on past response, I plan to book Laughing Bird several times. Between the music and easy-going attitudes of Tupe and Janey, I’m sure they can fit well into most performing situations.” - Colorado College

“They showed professionalism and musical talent in their presentation. Their variety of style created an atmosphere conductive to audience participation and enthusiasm. Laughing Bird’s concert was the highlight of ‘Richland Sounds’. We recommend this duo to anyone who enjoys diversified entertainment. Janey and Tupelo were a pleasure to work with, and we hope to be fortunate enough to have them perform for us again in the very near future.” - Richland College

“The response of the students was very favorable. The variety of instruments which are not often played was especially interesting to the musical faculty. Tupe and Janey’s performance was considered to be good, wholesome, family type entertainment. I would highly recommend LAUGHING BIRD.” - Wayland Baptist University

“We enjoyed your performance. Faculty and students have told me you were wonderful and we should have you back next year. Thank you for brightening our day!” - San Jacinto College
University of Texas
Odessa College
Amarillo College
San Antonio College
Clarendon Junior College
Lousiana State University
Trinity College
NSU - Oklahoma
Sam Houston State University
Sheridan Jr. College - Wyoming
Colorado College
Eastern Montana College
Montana State University
Kenai College - Alaska
University of Alaska - Fairbanks
Baylor University
Temple Junior College
Sul Ross State University
Univ. of SW Louisiana
Richland College
Garland University
Stephen F. Austin State Univ.
St. Edwards University
DeVry Tech University
Southwestern Univ. of Texas
Univ. of Texas, San Antonio
Alvin Community College
Wayland Baptist University
Texas Tech University
Tulsa Jr, College -N.E. & Metro
Tulsa University
Harding University
North Texas State University
San Jacinto College
Lamar University
Brazosport College

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a letter of recommendation for two of the best and most professional entertainers we have ever had the pleasure to work with.

Tupe and Janey Kenyon, LAUGHING BIRD, performed “JoAnn & Monte’s Alaska Show” throughout the entire season here in Anchorage, Alaska. Performing for people of all ages, from every walk of life, and literally from every corner of the world, this dynamic duo received rave reviews.

Their expertise on stage, in business, and technically is unsurpassed, and truly makes all dealings with them a pleasure.

Hire them! They made us smile and made us money!


JoAnne Molloy and Monte Davis
JoAnne & Monte’s Alaska Show

P.O. Box 92499, Anchorage, Alaska 99509 (907) 278-8313


A quien corresponda:

Por esto medio deseo manifestar que los portadores de la presente Tupe and Janey Kenyon, LAUGHING BIRD. Originarios de Alaska, vienen exponiendo su show con buenos resultados dentro de nuestro Resort; razon por lo que me es grato presentarlos a ustedes, como personas Honorables y con buena disposicion.


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To Whom It May Concern:

By this letter, I highly recommend to you Tupe and Janey Kenyon, LAUGHING BIRD from Alaska. While performing their show at our resort with good results, they’ve had excellent response from our guests. They are honorable people, and have good personalities. Therefore, it’s a pleasure for me to introduce them to you.



To Whom It May Concern,

Tupe and Janey Kenyon, known as “Laughing Bird” entertained guests at our resort January thru April of 1998, and again in December of 2000 and January of 2001. Their bi-weekly happy-hour concerts were ideal for our unique clientele.

CoCo View Resort was rated in the Top Ten by Scuba Diving Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards for “World’s Most Popular Resorts” and the “World’s Best Dive Operators”. For over 18 years, we have built a reputation as a premier vacation destination, and we feel that Laughing Bird’s show complimented our high standards of quality very well.

Besides being accomplished musicians, songwriters, and entertainers, Tupe and Janey impressed us as being out-going and friendly. They made friends easily and mixed well with our guests, who are from all walks of life, and in all age groups. Each week, as a new group of guests arrived, Tupe and Janey were able to “read” their new audience, and rely on their many years of stage experience to make people feel welcome and at ease.

“Laughing Bird” consistently demonstrated all the things you’d expect from dedicated professional entertainers: quality presentation, neat and attractive appearance, promptness and friendly personalities. Their show is genuinely entertaining with a thoughtful mix of humor, and sincerity. Besides their obvious professionalism, we were most impressed at how our guests were quickly and easily on a first-name basis with Tupe and Janey.

At the end of the week, our guests fill out a comment sheet to provide us with feedback on our operation. Every single week, without fail, “Laughing Bird” was mentioned. Here are just a few of the dozens of written comments we received:

“Janey and Tupe were a wonderful bonus for both their musical talent and friendliness, who also impressed us as excellent ambassadors for the resort.” - Robert Wolanski and Lee Anne

“Enjoyed the entertainment - Laughing Bird . . . it was just the right touch, just enough and very good!” - Alice and Mike Megna

“Laughing Bird - Terrific! Lots of fun and a refreshing change of pace. Great entertainment.” - Risa Leonard

“I enjoyed seeing Tupe and Janey play their music. They were also very friendly with the guests.” - Will Kidd

“Getting to know Laughing Bird was a great treat. Janey and Tupe were great entertainment.” - Shannon and Elinore Curtis

“We loved your musical sensations, Tupe and Janey! They took me out on my first night dive - they are so nice and friendly (not to mention great entertainment!) They are great additions to your resort and wonderful company to the guests!” - Stephanie and Jon King (honeymooners)

After seeing “Laughing Bird” in action for four months, we highly recommend Tupe and Janey Kenyon. They were professional and flexible with our unique schedules, and always eager to please our guests. They clearly love what they do, and their relaxed, genuine personal approach to entertainment never failed to spread smiles around the room. You will be smiling too, and you’ll be glad you hired them! (Our number in Roatan, Honduras is 504-455-5502).

Lauray Walsh (Activities Director)

Bill & Evelyn Evans (Owners)

U.S. Office: P.O. Box 877, San Antonio, Florida 33576-0877
1-800-282-8932 • (904) 588-4131 • FAX: (904) 588-4158


Tupelo and Janey Kenyon . . . Laughing Bird
Riversong Studio, PO Box 25, Story WY, 82842, (307) 683-3451

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