Friendly Rich and The Lollipop People: 'Alberta Wedding Song' From Canada, Rich Marsella heads The Lollipop People under the name Friendly Rich. Their performances include puppetry, cartoons and crank calls. "Alberta Wedding Song" shows Marsella's theatrical flair.

Friendly Rich and The Lollipop People: 'Alberta Wedding Song'

Friendly Rich (Rich Marsella) stands in front of his backup band, The Lollipop People. hide caption

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Friendly Rich (Rich Marsella) stands in front of his backup band, The Lollipop People.

A composer from Toronto, Canada, who spent three seasons writing songs for MTV's The Tom Green Show, Rich Marsella recently started his own program, The Friendly Rich Show. Under the name Friendly Rich, Marsella heads The Lollipop People in their performance including puppetry, cartoons and crank calls. "Alberta Wedding Song," from the band's newest album, The Friendly Rich Show, shows the theatrical flair of Marsella's vocals backed by the thumping bass, twanging banjo and humming accordion of The Lollipop People's 10-piece ensemble.

Marsella got his Masters in music at The University of Toronto, concentrating on mechanical music and musical instrument construction. Since 1994, he has recorded exclusively for his own record label, The Pumpkin Pie Corporation, and, since 2000, he has directed the Brampton Indie Arts Festival, an annual event that promotes underground artists. The Lollipop People include classical harpist Kristen Theriault, banjo player Nichol Robertson, Gregory Oh on harpsichord, bass guitarist Brandi Disterheft, cellists Mike Olsen and Hector Moreno, bass trombonist Scott Good, trombonist Scott Thomson, Jeff Burke on bassoon, junk percussionist Sly Juhas and Kimberley Pritchard on accordion.

Later this year, We Need a New F-Word will be released in Europe by Hazelwood Records. The band will tour Germany in January 2007 to support the album.