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Created and led by Tara Franks
For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s)
This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes.
Poetry, comedy and live music, with consumate wordsmith John Hegley and a house band made up of three phenomenal musicians:
Alan Barnes - sax
Julia Doyle - double bass/violin
Daisy Palmer - drums
"Comedy's poet laureate" The Independent
Local man John Hegley's first public performance monies came from busking his songs, initially outside a shoeshop in Hull, in the late Seventies. He performed on the streets of London in the early Eighties, fronting the Popticians, with whom he also recorded two sessions for John Peel, and has since been a frequent performer of his words, sung and spoken, on both local and national radio.
He has produced ten books of verse and prose pieces, two CDs and one mug, but his largest source of income is from stages on his native island. An Edinburgh Festival regular, he is noted for his exploration of such diverse topics as dog hair, potatoes, handkerchieves and the misery of human existence. His latest book 'I am a Poetato: An A-Z of poems about people, pets and other creatures', is published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books.
Legendary reeds player Alan Barnes has performed with the BBC Big Band, Radio Orchestra and Concert Orchestra and has toured and recorded with big band leaders, Dick Walter, Kenny Baker, Bob Wilber, Mike Westbrook, Don Weller, Stan Tracey and John Dankworth.
Daisy has performed, toured and recorded with many reknown artists including Goldfrapp, Birdy, Beth Gibbons, Carl Barat, Lillian Boutte, Get the Blessing, Andy Sheppard, Pee Wee Ellis and Tinie Tempah. Daisy is currently working with Eyes on Film, Wolperdinger, and Kimbers.
Julia Doyle plays jazz, folk, world musics (currently including Argentinian tango and Klezmer) and any acoustic based (bass-ed) music.
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