Songmaking and cultural placemaking projects
Curriculum-enhancing, deeply enriching; Christine cannily blends enormous fun with hard work and trusted the children with ownership of their project…
Jerry Randalls, Music Support Officer, Angus Council (2011)
Curated by Christine Kydd, one of Scotland’s most respected and experienced freelance educators in culture, tradition and song, Ceilidhmakers bespoke projects now have a reputation for professionally delivered projects which are continually developing.
Fun, creative and curriculum-enhancing, Songmaking in Schools involves pupils participating together to create and develop songs on any topic, exploring language in English and Scots. Singing, recording and performing the songs they have written, children fulfill the experiences and outcomes targets in curriculum areas including the new emphasis on Studying Scotland.
I never sang in class to, or with the kids, but I do now.
It was fun and easy to make up our own songs because we had lots of help.
Recent projects in Highland, Perth/Kinross, Aberdeenshire, Angus and Orkney include ‘On the Hoof’, Horsecross; ‘The Boy’s Ploughing Match’; Strathmore Scots SongBook (2011), ‘Olympic Procession’ (2012); and a five-week, nine-school local history and culture project for The Huntly Rural Cluster (2012). Since 2013 and into 2016/17, Ceilidhmakers have been contractors delivering YMI projects for Aberdeenshire Council, website outcomes detailed below.
Christine Kydd is a fine singer but an even finer teacher. She achieved a remarkable standard in a mixed group of visitors and islanders
Island of Muck All singing all Dancing Weekend 2007
Jointly, Christine Kydd and Ewan McVicar have worked together delivering several projects on Scotland’s traditional arts, particularly in Aberdeenshire, West Lothian, Angus, the Isle of Mull, and the Russian Urals. They have performed together around the country, including several bespoke themed shows for the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish Storytelling Festival. Ewan, 2015 recipient of the Na Trads Hamish Henderson Services to Traditional Music Award features highly in Ceilidhmakers projects and in the training, mentoring and CPD now featuring in most projects.
Recordings of new songs, illustrations, researched background material, (largely YMI funded) are at: