Recording the Music of Sprog Rock

Artist Kim Donohoe is one of the brilliant members of the Sprog Rock band who recently toured all across Scotland writing brand new music with local children. The band have just finished the tour, and are now working together with videographer Jassy Earl, to create a tour film and record some of the music. Here, Kim takes us behind the scenes at the recording studio.

Creative Kin in Moray – It’s here!

Heather Fulton is Artistic Director of Frozen Charlotte Productions and a Starcatchers Associate Artist. As part of the Creative Kin project she is leading the sessions that we recently began in Moray. In this blog Heather breaks down why the shared creative experience between a child and the adult who cares for them is the most invaluable experience for every family.

Ellie’s Egg Part One | Expecting Something

Lead Artist in Lochgelly – and Starcatchers Associate Artist – Hazel Darwin-Clements writes this week about the Lochgelly group’s adventures so far in creating their own artistic project.

We’ll be the Same . . . But Different . . . | Final Sprog Blog

We’ve been reminiscing about Sprog Rock ever since the last gig on Saturday 4 November at Lyra, and we’re not the only ones! Sprog Rock have been too – and we’re delighted to share this final blog by band member Pete Lannon about some of his most memorable moments . . .

Becoming | Expecting Something

Scottish writer and illustrator Debi Gliori visited Expecting Something in Lochgelly last week. The group in Lochgelly are working towards creating their own story for babies and their adults, all about the experience of being a new parent, welcoming in a new person. Together – through all the chaos and energy of young children – they explored children’s books and stories for wee ones. Afterwards, Debi wrote about her session and the ways in which the challenges we think we can never overcome, may be opportunities in disguise.

How It Works | Creative Kin

Fraser Stone joined Starcatchers as the project coordinator for Creative Kin. He’s the man behind the operation, liaising with the artists who facilitate the sessions, the families taking part, and our project partners Children 1st. Tomorrow is the first block of sessions taking place in Moray, and in his first blog (hopefully of many!) Fraser shares his insights into Creative Kin, and what he’s working towards achieving with it.

Dizzy Crabs and Thinking about Numbers | Sprog Blog

Greg Sinclair is a composer, performer, musician and one of Starcatchers’ Associate Artists. He’s worked with us across all areas of our work, including recently as composer/performer in MamaBabaMe; delivering Creative Skills music sessions, and bringing music to the babies at Expecting Something. Greg’s also a member of Sprog Rock and right now, he’s preparing for the final two gigs at LYRA this weekend. In this blog he gives a wee behind the scenes tour of the Sprog Rock workshops, and his favourite moments.

Sprogs I ‘Never-Thought-I-Could-Even-Imagine’

Artist Liam Chapman is one of the Sprog Rock band members working across four local authorities to create brand new music with children in different nurseries. In his project blog he talks about his favourite moments of creative genius from the children he’s been working with, and how the kids engage with new music and instruments in their own unique ways.

What Happens Next

Naomi is our lead artist in North Ayrshire. She facilitates the sessions with creative kinship carers and the children they look after, enabling and empowering familial relationships through creative activities. In this blog, she reflects on how the project has developed during its first block of sessions.

Creating the space to Empower

Rosie Sunshine is a movement and performance artist, who worked with the Lochgelly group for five weeks as part of our Emerging Artist Bursary programme. In this blog she reflects on her experience of developing the idea of a circus theatre piece for babies and their adults with the group, and witnesses the real power of collaboration in creating new ideas.