A final pour from the Kettle ...

The Singing Kettle - and guest!
The Singing Kettle - and guest!

Being the age I am, it would have been impossible to have grown up in Scotland without being exposed to what has become something of a Scottish institution - The Singing Kettle.

The kettles have been entertaining young audiences for the last 32 years and this week will see Rothes Halls in Glenrothes ring out with the famous words ‘Spout, handle, lid of metal, what’s inside the Singing Kettle’ for the last time.

Cilla and Artie, the creators of the brand, retired a few years back, but The Singing Kettle continued with Anya - an avid fan when she was a little girl - joining Gary and Kevin.

Now though the trio are preparing to hang up the kettle following their current tour.

Theywill be calling it a day at the end of their current tour, which ends in Aberdeen in February.

But, before they go, it’s business as usual and the popular children’s entertainers are ready for one last party - a big Christmas one - and it comes to Glenrothes from today (Thursday).

The show runs until Sunday, however don’t panic, if you can’t make it there will be one last chance to see The Singing Kettle in Fife before the end of an era arrives.

They will also be performing at the Alhambra Theatre in Dunfermline on January 3 for their last ever show in the Kingdom.

Speaking this week, Kevin Macleod said: “It’s kind of emotional, it’s one of those things I think that hits you unexpectedly.

“You think beforehand that certain shows will be sad, but it actually hits you at a different time.

“There’s a lot of kids coming today whose parents came when they were young.

“When you look out into the audience you see a lot of adults enjoying themselves too, it’s a bit of a nostalgia fest.”

The Big Christmas Party tour has not been going for too long yet, but Kevin said it had started off well.

He explained: “We’re on to our second venue now and it’s going so far very well.

“The response has been good and we’re having good fun doing it.”

So what can people expect from the latest - and final - offering?

“The new show is jam packed with songs and actions to join in with and loads of Christmassy surprises to get everyone in the festive spirit,” he said.

“In a way, it’s a wee bit of a look back and in some cases it’s a bit of a greatest hits.

“There’s lots of favourite songs, like ‘Ye cannae shove yer granny’, ‘Bunny Fou Fou’, ‘Jelly Belly’, lots of standards for the show, but at the same time it’s all new in a sense as Anya’s not done those songs before, and also it’s new to a lot of the audience. The audience regenerates every couple of years.”

Over the year’s what have been the highlights for Kevin?

He told the Press: “My first show was in 1992, it’s going back a long time. There’s been a few surreal moments and a few painful ones.

“I fell off the stage in *Largs when I was dressed as a pelican and broke my collar bone.

“I found myself doing a show for the King and Queen of Jordan. It was for their four year old daughter’s birthday.

“I was bouncing on a trampoline with princes and princesses doing a Scooby Doo impression - it wasn’t really something I’d imagined ever doing before.

“Another painful one was when my knee went when we were doing a show in Aberdeen. I was sad to have to miss two and a half shows because of it.

‘‘But it’s all been good being part of The Singing Kettle.

‘‘They pay me to act like a seven year old.”

And what’s the best thing about being part of The Singing Kettle?

“The kids,” he said.
 “For kids you are sort of a friend. They watch the live shows and the DVDs and sing along in the car, then when they come along to the shows and you speak to the kids they tell you what they’ve been doing that day.

“It’s great to be able to interact with the children and families.

“Everyone wants a picture. We rarely get asked for an autograph these days, everyone wants the picture or the selfie for Facebook.

“It’s wonderful that complete innocence that children have.

“They don’t tell you what you want to hear, they are in some ways the harshest critics. If they don’t like it you’ll know soon enough. They are a great barometer of how the show is going.”

But with the end of an era drawing closer, what will Kevin miss most?

He said:“I suppose the actual icon of the kettle.

“It’s a weird thing, it’s a wee bit like the Tardis in Dr Who in that it was an every day item on the streets in the 1950s but people don’t think of it like that now.

“The kettle is like that too and kettle shapes have changed so kids don’t think of it as being like the everyday item.

“We’re setting up our own company in the spring next year called Fun Box and starting a fresh. We’re hoping that people will come with us and stick with us.”