#5 Stuff I Like You Might Like Too: Brady Rymer - Under The Big Umbrella

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Ok so this one’s a little cheeky, as I technically have an invested interest. However, my good friend from the USA Brady Rymer has released his new album, and it’s really rather good.

Brady and me seeing the sights in Oxford.

Brady and me seeing the sights in Oxford.

Even before I became pals with Brady he was one of my favourite songwriters - he’s got such an amazing gift when it comes to melody and song, underlaid with an inherent sense of rock ‘n’ roll. His new album, Under The Big Umbrella, is a beautiful record all about kindness, sharing, respect and, of course, having a good time!

Brady very kindly joined me on my last album Climb That Tree to add some guest vocals on my song Rain Rain (You Can Stay) and I was thrilled when last year he asked me to return the favour and sing on his version of The Beatles’ A Little Help From My Friends. The perfect song for a UK - USA collaboration!

So here’s the title track from album. Make sure you order your copy now, and enjoy some of the best family music you’ll ever hear!

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5 Reasons Why You Should Start Making Music For Families...

To any fellow musicians out there feeling a bit disenchanted with the rat race, here’s 5 reasons why you should start making music for families.

1. It's liberating!

Kids don’t have any real concept of genre. They don’t care if it’s punk rock, gypsy jazz or hip hop. This means that as a songwriter you can write in any genre and any style you want without someone saying “but I thought you were an ‘insert genre here’ artist?

2. Your audience will always be honest.

If children like your songs they’ll tell you by dancing like crazy, or sitting at the front and singing along to every single word. They haven’t learnt all the rubbish stuff about being cool which goes with ‘grown up’ music.

3. Your music will have a lasting impact!

Know that warm fuzzy feeling you get when as an adult you revisit your favourite book as a child? That’s the same feeling children will have when they hear your songs as an adult and, if you’re lucky play them to their own children too.

4. Your fans will be grateful.

I’ve lost count of the amount of times parents have said that my albums have saved them on a long a car journey! In the UK there’s really not much children’s music out there but there is a huge appetite for quality music for families.

5. It’s inspiring.

So many of my songs have come from things that children have said to me in workshops and gigs (such as this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KZroKtezdk). Children’s minds lack that boring grown-up filter we all acquire and I regularly feel humbled to be able to make music for an audience with such a huge imagination and inspiring outlook on the world.


So there you are. If you’re looking for great music for families I’d highly recommend (and this is just scratching the surface!) Brady Rymer and the Little Band That CouldThe Okee Dokee BrothersDog on Fleas,Andrew & Polly and in the UK nick copeMrs H and the Sing-along Band and Johnny and the Raindrops.

New video: TIFFY TAFFY TOFFEE

I’m delighted to reveal a brand new music video! I’ve always been a huge fan of poet, author and all round smarty pants Michael Rosen, so I was delighted when he gave me permission to turn one of his brilliant poems into a song!

The poem is called Tiffy Taffy Toffee and is a wonderful bit of nonsense word play to get your tongue around. We had a lot of fun making the video and finding all sorts of strange things to appear behind me whilst I performed the song.

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