This is Go Kid Music. We are a ground-breaking production company specialising in children’s music. Not just any old children’s music – we are talking carefully crafted songwriting combined with proper, music-lovers music, played on real instruments, by talented musicians, and produced in multi-formats for families like yours, because you have to listen to it too!
Our aim is to raise the quality & choice of children’s music, particularly in the UK. People instantly think of The Wheels on the Bus when we talk about children’s music; and there needs to be something to fill the gap between nursery rhymes and rap – it’s Go Kid Music!!
Take a look at our About section to watch our film of our story and what makes us worth singing about! If you’re already convinced, we recommend ‘Excellent Songs for Children Vol 1’ in our Shop section to start your Go Kid Music collection! (You may realise your child already knows some of the songs as we’re really popular in schools right across the UK!)
I also write songs about school topics – Our Schools section has details about our Teacher’s Resource Packs which help teachers deliver amazing music lessons & assemblies with next to no effort (I have done all the hard work for you!) They include split-screen videos showing the different music parts, lyrics and Makaton signs – just plug and play! Children LOVE to sing these songs! They are all tried and tested and will give your topic a magic ingredient!
Signing is a big part of Go Kid Music. I use Makaton and British Sign Language. It provides an inclusive and entertaining way to engage with our songs that helps develop communication skills and means that everyone can join in. Children learn better kinaesthetically, and that, my friend is a long word!We have loads of videos for you to watch and learn a wide vocabulary of signs.
I LOVE to play live and I am lucky to play with some seriously good musicians. We put on riotous gigs and music events for families like yours! Go to the Events section to find out what we’re up to next…it’ll be lots of fun!
Founder and Creative Director Al Start has studied music and written songs, toured and recorded albums for many years. At the same time she worked with children in After School Clubs, playschemes, projects, and even used to drive the Brighton Playbus. (True!)
When the two worlds collided (completely by mistake) Al discovered she was on to something! Her children’s songs were so popular she made them into CDs which flew off the shelf, she gathered her band and did a show which sold out – four times over!! There was a BIG demand!
To cut a long-ish (but pretty exciting) story short, after 3 years building her audience and repertoire she joined forces with fellow songwriter and performer Nicola Bloom for fun and new projects, and the pair wrote their first big, children’s musical theatre show – A Pirate Adventure.
Third show needed to be different so Al studied puppet making at Brighton Puppetry School. Three Excellent Little Pigs started small then scaled up to be the biggest selling children’s show in the Brighton Fringe 2015. This paved the way to welcoming GKM’s third member – talented puppeteer, maker and writer Fran Malone jumped on board the Crazy Bus!
Following the success of the Piggies the power trio embarked on a fourth show for Brighton Festival 2016, and being somewhat obsessed with the number 3, Al went for the story of The Three Bears and their show “Just Right” was truly porridge-tastic! Another record-breaking sell-out! New puppets, new set, new songs – great fun for all!
So with all this success, Al though she had better get serious! An 18 month “Business Accelerator” course later (huge thanks Entrepreneurial Spark!) and a seriously cool new company Go Kid Music was born.
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Time to Grow…
2016 was a transformative year for us, we really grew up! Now a fully-fledged company with big dreams we needed the dream team to make the dream happen, so it was time to take on our first employees. Answering the call of the internship…
Meet Phoebe, Maddie, Rachael and Lene…
My new team really gave Go Kid Music a great power boost, and we got busy spreading the word – I mean the music! The internships came to an end and my lovely gang went their exciting ways into the big, real world…but luckily for me one super-star decided to stay! Enter my new right-hand woman – Phoebe Bazzard, Marketing & Production Assistant!
Nicola and Fran are busy making their own creations, Nicola teaches ukulele and Fran makes amazing shows, animation and and puppets. They may come back for GKM shows from time-to-time but right now Phoebe and Al are taking Go Kid Music to new heights with exciting new projects. Our brand new Go Kid Club launches this summer, a publishing deal for Al’s songs in two great new songbooks, writing for amazing new theatre shows, and children’s animations for TV are in the pipeline. So watch this space!
Our Mission [Recap!]
At Go Kid Music we have two clear aims –
To give children and their families the most excellent songs, music & live shows.
To raise awareness and the quality of children’s music. (Because, we don’t need to tell you, there just isn’t enough out there.)
It is time the UK children’s music scene stood up to the US powerhouse of Disney film soundtracks and plastic kiddie pop. The gauntlet has been thrown down and we are rolling up our carefully ironed little shirt sleeves!
This is where you get your ticket for the Crazy Bus! Join us by spreading the word – the MUSIC – sign up for our newsletter, and buy some of the fantastic music we have made just for you and your children. All our songs are tried and tested on a tough, straight-talkin’ audience of 4-7 year olds, and (believe me) if it doesn’t pass the test with them, it doesn’t make it to your ears! Please help us in our mission and share our website, facebook page and music so we can spread that good stuff all over the world! Links below.
“Al has a fine voice, is charismatic, compelling to watch and her relaxed rapport with children keeps them giggling” The Latest Review I have been writing children songs and playing music in schools for about 10 years now. I run singing assemblies in schools around Brighton & Hove, where the children sing songs that I have have written … Continued
Phoebe Bazzard – Marketing & Production
Phoebe joined Go Kid Music as an intern in December. She was a winner from the start as her resumé was themed with Go Kid Music colours and logos, full of pictures of her children’s music party-themed afternoons and full of Phoebe’s fun-loving cheeky character! Following 3 months of internship we could not part with … Continued
Nicola Bloom – Co-Writer, Performer, Singer
Many years ago, Nov 10th 1979 to be precise, I watched as hundreds of people queued around and around the block again for a ticket to see Abba at Wembley Arena. Abba were a phenomenon. Their songs could make me laugh, dance and cry and I can remember the lyrics to all their songs to … Continued
Fran Malone – Maker, Puppeteer, Co-Writer
Hello, I’m Fran! I love making things. Always have. Especially tiny things and little people, and making up stories about them. I also love doing funny voices and accents. A lot. After spending 11 years being a Primary School teacher in various different roles, I wanted a big change! Now I’m a puppeteer, puppet maker … Continued
Meet the Beastie Band!
Al is lucky to play with a great bunch of musicians...but who are they and what do they play? Let’s introduce you to everyone...
Carol Levi -Guitars, Banjo
Carol plays anything with strings! Acoustic and electric guitars, banjo and bouzouki! She plays every style of music I can think of…rockabilly, bluegrass, folk – you name it! Carol has played in some really well known folk bands and toured around the world. She is so clever she even makes guitars by hand! So far … Continued
Deborah Shurvell – Mandolin
Deb plays the mandolin in the band. The mandolin is a tiny, light sounding instrument that is tuned the same way as a violin. Deb can also play the violin, guitar and ukulele and is a great songwriter with her own album. We have been great friends and played in bands together since 1988 – … Continued
Emily Johnson – Bass
Emily is new to the Beastie Band. She plays the bass guitar and sings brilliant harmonies. Emily is Carol’s daughter so music runs in the family – she can play just about anything! Emily loves traveling like her mum, and has picked up musical styles from all around the world. She also plays in a … Continued
Michèle Allardyce – Percussion, Drums
Michèle plays the drums and all kinds of percussion – congas, cajon, shakers, even the spoons! She can play all kinds of different rhythms and studied percussion at music college. She plays in a Samba band too. You won’t get Michèle to sing anything, but boy, does she belt out the funny shouty bits in … Continued
Bill Melis – Drums
Bill plays the drums! Bill has been my friend for many years and we have worked together as playworkers, taken our families on camping trips together and played guitar and drums in his man-cave! Bill is a great talent, he is solid and loud (and his drum-playing ain’t bad either!) Bill will feature more and … Continued
Seffy – Management
The sixth and the most secret member of the Beastie Band! Seffy has supported all my musical endeavours since she founded Lone Coyote Records in the 90’s (my first label). Her endless skills include designing and running the website, creating fab posters and CD covers, taking great photos, organising gigs and events, advising and managing … Continued