Giggle Spin Productions
present
MOUNTAIN EARS
Below are photos of our most recent kid's show which we performed as part of Orkney Folk Festival 2017.

Have you ever heard a mountain sing?

 

Three colourful friends Razz, Pazz and Boing decide to head off on an adventure to find a mysterious musical mountain.

 

Like all the best stories they go to a land far far away, but when they arrive things don’t turn out quite how they expected. In fact, some very mysteriously musical things happen during their epic climb. 

 

Mountain Ears is a magically engaging show for children and adults alike exploring and revealing the complexities of music, friendship, and aspiration.   

As well as co-writing the script and music and acting in the production, I also designed and painted the scrolling background giant crankie.

BISCUITS GALORE - A modern trowie tale from Hoy, Orkney

Created for Hoy Hoolie Festival 2016, a workshop and performance with the children using a crankie to help tell the story, using local landmarks and borrowing from local folklore.

Many years ago I went out in my boat pulling creels when I pulled up a very unusual catch……my creel was full of biscuits. Biscuits of every different kind. 

“Oooh” I said to myself “these biscuits will bring me in more money than those lobsters.”

I headed for shore a happy man that my day’s work was done. Getting back to my hut I hid the biscuits underneath my old upturned yole and went to bed.

 

That night I dreamt a terrible dream…...  I’m out in my boat fishing and I pull up my lobster creel and inside is a furry lobster. At that moment the wind picks up and suddenly there is a whirlwind above the boat. And the whirlwind is totally made up of biscuits. I row for shore as fast as my arms can pull the oars, but the whirlwind follows and just as I get to the beach I look over my shoulder and see that the whirlwind has sharp teeth and a long shiny tail. 

Then I wake up.

 

Stumbling out of bed I go to the bathroom and splash water on my face. 

Looking in the broken mirror I say to myself “Was my catch of biscuits real or did I just imagine it?”

I go to the upturned yole to check on my hoard of biscuits. When I get to the yole there are no biscuits anywhere to be seen, not one crumb. 

I stride back to my hut put on my oilskins, grab a dry bannock, jump in my boat and row out to my lobster creels once more.

Just as I am pulling up the first creel, I hear very high pitched voices shrieking and yelling, the thumping of bass beats and the splashing of symbols and a strange high pitched wail undulating across the water.

I let go of my rope and grab my binoculars.

What I see next I can hardly believe….. a hundred small, hairy creatures dancing on the beach. As I look closer I can see that every one of these creatures has a biscuit in their hand. I put down the binoculars. “My biscuits!” I say, and I row for shore as fast as my arms can pull the oars.

But when I get to the shore there is nothing to be seen, nothing to be heard, and not one biscuit crumb on the sand.

I shake my head, get back in my boat and row back to my creels. Once more I hear the partying creatures on the shore and once more raise my binoculars to my eyes. “Dwarfies!”.

 Every creature has a biscuit in each hand and a mouth stuffed to overflowing.

I slowly pulled up a creel wondering if it will hold a lobster, or maybe even a furry lobster! But when the creel comes to the surface it is jam packed with a huge variety of biscuits.

A smile crept across my face. “HA HA HA HA. BISCUITS GALORE”. I pulled up another creel. More biscuits. Another, and another, and another. More and more and more biscuits. 

 

Biscuit Rap

 

Any crumb is number one

Custard cream, caramel wafer, shortbread 

Any crumb is number one

Wagon wheel, ginger snap, bourbon

Any crumb is number one as long as it’s a biscuit.

Any crumb is number one as long as it’s a biscuit.

Any crumb is number one as long as it’s a biscuit, 

 a biscuit, a biscuit, 

biscuit biscuit biscuit biscuit

Ha ha ha ha h a ha ha,biscuits galore.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, more and more and more.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, two million and four.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, take them back to shore......................................  

And so... the story continues...........

words©Sarah McFadyen & Joel Sanderson

Frecky Folk
 

These images are from a series of greetings cards that I made for friends. It started from an idea from my husband Joey- to make furry badges (as I have a badge maker). So I made a pile of different badge heads with eyes and the characters came from there. I am currently writing some Frecky stories which have sprouted from these furry headed people.


 

ACCORDION GARDEN

THE PILGRIMAGE

CONGRATULATIONS

YOU DID IT!!

HI AYE

BARRY'S BIKE

Freck TV


 

A theatre performance about Stacey Story, the TV news reporter, trying to solve the mystery of the missing animal sounds around the World. Starring Dr Cacophony. With mechanical props, puppets and live music.
This show was performed at Imaginate Chidren's Theatre Festival Fringe 2013 at The Festival Theatre.

The Lullaby Tent
 
 

The Lullaby Collective are a group of artists and musicians who happen to be parents of young children, and who like to go to festivals.

We offer a chill-out zone for children and their parents in amongst the busyness of a festival environment. In this space we sing a mixture of up-beat and lullaby songs, we tell stories, and we have baby bath time.

This idea was born from Juliana Capes while looking for a place to bath her baby at a festival.

 
 


 

Lyrics to some original songs for children

DOWN ON THE FARM

 

Chorus

Down on the farm where all the animals are crazy

Down on the farm where all the animals are really nutty

Down on the farm where all the animals are crazy

Down on the farm where all the animals are mad!

 

Verse1

The cows are swimming

Swimming in the duck pond

Laying eggs and going

Quack Quack Quack

They’re turning yellow

And waddling through the farm yard

Something’s not right

The farmer’s tractor’s upside down.

 

Verse2

The horse is crowing

Crowing on the farm house

Sits on the chimney going

Cock A Doodle Doo

Is that a feather?

That horse is very clever

Something’s not right

The farmer’s tractor’s upside down.

 

Verse3

The sheep are rolling

Rolling in the pig sty

They’re covered in mud and going

Oink Oink Oink

They’re really stinking

And some of them are pinking

Something’s not right

The farmer’s tractor’s upside down.

 

Verse4

The farmer’s wife is running

Running across the field

Her tongue is out and she goes

Woof Woof Woof

She’s chasing her tail

And running around in circles

Something’s not right

The farmer’s tractor’s upside down.

words©Sarah McFadyen & Joel Sanderson

The Little House Of La

GIGGLE SPIN BOOGIE

 

We went to the dance on a Saturday night

The kids were turning on their toes round and round and round and round

Giggling and laughing and making some noise!

They are as sound as a merry-go-round.

 

Then! Old Granny Grumps comes a walking through the door

Coughing and a cursing she marches down the floor

She tells the band to “SHUT UP!!!!’

Which, of course, is what they did

Then Old Granny Grumps completely flipped her lid!

 

And she went…..

“Oi, stop that Giggle Spin Boogie!”

(kids says) Hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee Weeeeeeeeeee !

“Oi, stop that Giggle Spin Boogie!”

(kids says) Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Happy.

“Oi, stop that Giggle Spin Boogie!”

(kids says) Hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee Weeeeeeeeeee !

“You’re giggling and laughing and making some noise!”

(kids says) Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Happy.

 

Bawling and a wailing

All the kids ran to their mammies

Except Wee Curly Annie who stood up to face her Granny

Saying “Come and dance with me!”

And she grabbed her by the wrists

“And soon you’ll see your knickers won’t be in such a twist.”

 

But she went……

“Oi, stop that Giggle Spin Boogie!”

(kids says) Hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee Weeeeeeeeeee !

“Oi, stop that Giggle Spin Boogie!”

(kids says) Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Happy.

“Oi, stop that Giggle Spin Boogie!”

(kids says) Hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee Weeeeeeeeeee !

“You’re giggling and laughing and making some noise!”

(kids says) Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Happy.

 

Well…

The band were getting bored of all the moaning and the mumping

And Freddie on the fiddle he started playing something……

The kids they got bold

And they started jumping

And dancing in a circle around Old Granny Grumping.

 

Still a ranting and a raving at the kids and Freddie Fiddle

Old Granny was surprised

As her bum had begun to wiggle…. boom boom boom

She had the urge to dance and smile

It was the first time in a while…

And now they call Old Granny Grumps

Old Granny Giggle!!!!

 

And everybody goes……

“Oi, Wiggle, Giggle Spin Boogie!”

Hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee Weeeeeeeeeee !

“Oi, Wiggle, Giggle Spin Boogie!”

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Happy.

“Oi, Wiggle, Giggle Spin Boogie!”

Hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee hee Weeeeeeeeeee !

“You’re giggling and laughing and making some noise!”

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Happy.

©Sarah McFadyen

ABC Early Years

I work freelance for ABC Music doing teacher support for the early years musicality resource. This involves visits to nurseries to demonstrate resource activities with the children, while gently supporting and empowering the nursery staff to feel confident about carrying out musicality activities.

© 2015 by Sissy Thistle

    STACEY STORY PLAYS HER GUITAR

    Dr Cacophony performed at Imaginate Fringe Festival 2012