‘Ok Kay’ - P7 pupils song more than okay!
PUPILS from a Kirkcaldy primary school have written and recorded a song inspired by the life and times of a town councillor.
The 33 P7 pupils from Sinclairtown Primary produced their track ‘Oh Kay’, about Councillor Kay Carrington, as part of a project with Kirkcaldy YMCA.
Talkinaboot-oorgener-ayshun is an inter-generational music project run by the YMCA in conjunction with the town’s schools, led by youth music practitioners Mark Burdett and Martin Inches and recorded at the YM’s youth music studio by Alan Ramsay.
The youngsters adapted Kay’s spoken word into a tale of life in Fife and love of all things, including the councillor’s obsession with The White Stripes.
Gary Hughes, from the YMCA, explained: “We’ve been doing the project for a while now and we’ve done it in a few schools.
“It was based on an ‘elders wisdom project’ that had been done in the States.
“The idea is we invite a story teller in from the community.
“Speaking to the teachers about who to ask, they immediately thought of Kay.
“She was happy to get involved as she’s heard a couple of the ones we’ve done in the past.
“She spoke to the pupils and told some great stories about her life, living in Fife and her love for the White Stripes.
“We ask the storytellers if they have got a message to pass on to the younger generation, one thing Kay said was about being proud of who you are and where you’re from.
“In the weeks after we split the class up with half working on the music and the others on the lyrics.
“It was an eight week process, doing an hour a week.
“In between they rehearsed with their teachers and at the end of it they came to the YM and recorded it in our studio.”
Class teachers Lindsay Scott and Kirsty Muir said the children loved the experience from beginning to end.
They said: “The input from Councillor Carrington and the YMCA was fantastic.
“We are thrilled with the song and very proud of what the children produced.”
Councillor Carrington said this week she’s delighted with the pupils’ song.
She told the Press: “I’m gobsmacked, absolutely gobsmacked.
“It’s wonderful how they have sung it, listening to what I told them and putting it into the song.
“It’s such a positive message from the kids about Fife.
“Our kids are wonderful and I’m totally astonished.
“There’s not many people who get a song written about them. It’s absolutely fantastic.”
To hear the track visit www.mixcloud.com/talkinabootoorgenerayshun /oh-kay/
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