Jake Roff of Alstonville is a finalist in the country section of this year’s Dolphin Awards with The Crocodiles Are Crying and Gibson The Gorilla in the children’s song section. Inset is Steve Irwin feeding a croc at Australia Zoo.
Jake Roff of Alstonville is a finalist in the country section of this year’s Dolphin Awards with The Crocodiles Are Crying and Gibson The Gorilla in the children’s song section. Inset is Steve Irwin feeding a croc at Australia Zoo. Doug Eaton

Jake croons for the kids

HE'S got a song about a crocodile and another about a gorilla that have been nominated for Dolphin Awards. Alstonville's Jake Roff is in animal heaven.

Jake has collaborated with celebrated Australian bush poet Rupert McCall on an album called Roffy and Rupert.

One of the songs, The Crocodiles are Crying was written as a poem soon after the death of crocodile hunter Steve Irwin and was read at the memorial service by actor David Wenham.

Jake has now set it to music and the song is a finalist in the country category at next month's Dolphin Awards.

There are eight songs and one spoken-word poem on the album and the themes range from a tribute to cricketer David Boon to the Anzacs, Black Caviar and dodgy car salesmen.

Jake said part of the album was recorded by his cousin in Sydney, with other parts added by file sharing with other musicians.

The other song that has made the finals is a song he wrote with the director of his kids' preschool about a soft toy gorilla called Gibson.

Jake's kids Maisie and Lachlan both attended the Parish Preschool in Lismore where they used to have a mascot called Gilbert that kids would take home.

But Gilbert got too old and was replaced by Gibson.

"The director Pam Briggs wrote the lyrics and I set it to music and played it at the preschool. The kids all jumped around and enjoyed it," he said.

Gilbert the Gorilla was recorded at St John's College, Woodlawn where Jake works as a PE teacher.

This is the first time he has entered the Dolphin Awards, although he went along last year with members of the cover band he plays in, Band 6.

(Apparently they are all teachers and Band 6 is a reference to the highest score you can get in the HSC).

"It was a top night with fantastic musos," Jake said.

"I guess last year inspired me to want to do something this year. It's exciting to be a part of it."

The awards will be presented at the Star Court Theatre on September 3.



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