This is Our Jam

The holidays mean we hit the road looking for cultural adventures farther afield. We have loads of trips planned in the Greater Dublin area, and a few Cork, Kilkenny and Galway journeys ahead. Here is the current hit-list in our car, to make the journeys bearable for mum and the boys. Would love to hear what gets your kids going in the car.
– The Speks: Singalong Songs From Glasses Island
A brilliant Irish compilation of nursery rhymes played trad style. The instrumental interludes are as big a hit as the familiar songs. I have gifted this CD dozens of times since I came across it earlier this year. The Speks have a live show which will be hitting the Pavilion in Dun Laoghaire in September and we are very excited.

Out The Door of the Ark

I picked up this CD by Nico Brown and Martin Brunsden randomly in the shop of The Ark. The songs are almost all animal-themed, but our favourite is Aye Aye Captain. The CD originated in a stage show, which we didn’t see,


but it remains hugely theatrical, and has my  boys joining in (unusual) in perfect time (a miracle).
The Barefoot Book of Giants, Ghosts and Goblins:


We picked this one up at the library and have had it on repeat-loan for a few months. The stories are drawn from the pantheon of world myth, and apart from the legendary conflict between Finn MacChumhail and Cu Chullain we hadn’t come across a single one of the tales before. The narration is by Jerry Nelson, a former member of Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock Team and it is brilliant. We will be seeking out more from this series. Now if only they would do a compilation of their terrific toddler songs, which are available on Youtube.

David Bowie: Space Oddity


Okay this one is my choice, but they happily go along with it. The music appeals to them, but it is the narrative thread of Major Tom that has the older boy in particular hooked. Major Tom itself is the anthem that finishes off many of our space games if Darth Vader hasn’t taken over.