Children in the Borders are in for a real treat next month, for Molly and Mac are off to the Olympic Games, but before they go they have organised some summer singalongs so local children can cheer them on their way.
The show – for children aged two to six years – will be touring the region, visiting Duns, Galashiels, Peebles, Jedburgh and Lauder. And as usual there will be lots of laughs and participation for all young Sticky Kids, with songs from the hugely popular Sticky Kids range, including the new Go For Gold CD.
But while the show itself is sure to be a treat, Molly and Mac have something extra special in store. For Molly (aka Anne Butler) has created an Olympic anthem for nursery youngsters after being asked by the Scottish Book Trust to write a song to celebrate the Olympic torch’s journey through Scotland, including the Borders. And youngsters will now get the chance to learn the song at the Sticky Kids shows, which they can then sing as the torch makes its journey through the region.
Anne was commissioned to write a song for Bookbug week (June 8-15) which could be sung by under-fives at their Bookbug sessions in local libraries. The regular events offer parents and youngsters the chance to get together to sing rhymes and songs.
She said:”The commission specified three verses on unity, friendship and peace, on the theme of the Olympic Torch; it had to have a hook line that two-year-olds could manage, and it had to have actions.
“It was a bit of a challenge. The main thing was finding a hook line that young children could say and remember.”
So she came up with the idea of basing the composition on the traditional tune, Camptown Races, and she used her 18-month-old granddaughter Sylvie as her sounding board ... and it worked. The toddler picked up the words in no time and obviously found them fun, with the song encouraging children not only to sing but to hold hands, clap and wave along to the three different verses.
The song, The Torch Is On Its Way, sung by Scottish folk singer Emily Smith, will be sung at all the Sticky kids shows and at all the Bookbug events celebrating the torch as it travels around the country.
Anyone can download this song for free at www.scottishbooktrust.com/babies-early-years/the-torch-is-on-its-way-vocal-and-guitar, and a special YouTube video with all the actions is available from the Scottish Book Trust website. The words are also printed on Bookbug mats which have gone to all groups across the country.
The Sticky Kids Summer Singalong, in association with Scottish Borders Council, starts off in the Volunteer Hall, St Johns Street, Galashiels on June 12, visiting the Burgh Hall, High Street, Peebles on June 13; Jedburgh Town Hall, Abbey Place, on June 14; Lauder Public Hall, The Avenue on June 19; and the Volunteer Hall, Langtongate, Duns on June 20.
All shows run from 10-11.10am. Tickets are priced £5, with group discount £4 for groups of 10+ and teachers. For tickets call the box office on 0141 416 1846 or book online at www.stickykidslive.co.uk