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Have you discovered the amazing family music scene yet?

Guest Post by Brady Rymer (Legendary Children’s Singer-Songwriter from America)

Songs Across The Pond by David Gibb & Brady Rymer

Songs Across The Pond by David Gibb & Brady Rymer

The American family music scene is cookin’ these days, serving up a heaping helping of love, excitement and positively groovin’ vibes with styles ranging from pop to hip hop, bluegrass to singer/songwriter and multilingual to punk. The musicianship and production of this current crop of music is top notch; the songs are creative, fresh, fun, educational and engaging. The scene is flourishing and supportive of newcomers.  I love being part of something so infectious and appreciated – bringing joy and happiness to so many kids and families.

At the time my rock band From Good Homes disbanded, following a long, adventurous and fruitful run in the 1990s, I was just starting a family. Steeped in new fatherhood, Continue reading

Music for All The Family… Some of the best music out there for children and grown ups alike

Guest Post by David Gibb

Teddy at the Disco by David Gibb

Teddy at the Disco by David Gibb

It’s quite likely that at some point you will have found yourself despairing at the music available for children and families. However, before you hurl your CD of ‘children’s favourites’ out of the car window, you might be interested to know that there’s a quiet revolution taking place in the world of family music. 

Particularly in the USA, but also in the UK, there is a burgeoning scene of songwriters and musicians turning their talents to making brilliant and engaging music for children. As someone lucky enough to be part of this trend, I’ve spent the last five years or so discovering what’s out there for families hungry for music that everyone can enjoy together. Here are a few of my favourites to get you started! Continue reading

Review: Climb That Tree – The new album from the family music genius David Gibb

The new album, Climb That Tree, from David Gibb

The new album, Climb That Tree, from David Gibb

Imagine going on a long car journey with your children in the back. Imagine that on that car journey you had to listen to children’s music. All. The. Way.

You’ve probably had this experience already.

I certainly have. Maaaany times. And it definitely wasn’t much fun for the grown ups in the car – especially when we were playing the same children’s songs on repeat over and over again.

We tried introducing the children to more grown up songs and things did get a bit better. But there was a lot of music that we wanted to listen to that they just didn’t enjoy. Cue arguments in the car.

What we really needed was some music that we could all enjoy – something that appealed to the young and the old(er) – and something we could all sing along with together to make those long car journeys feel shorter.

Honestly, I didn’t know if that was possible. But then, a couple of years ago, Continue reading