Live improv performance with dancers

Live improv performance with dancers

Really proud to have been part of this dance project with my band Strings Attached back in October – here are some extracts from it.

We took turns to accompany dancers in different combinations, then everyone danced/played together (about 6 mins into the clip). All improvised more or less on the spot!

I wrote a song for a puppet dog to sing to a real dog

I wrote a song for a puppet dog to sing to a real dog

Let me explain. Hacker the Dog is one of CBBC’s most famous faces. Iggy is the Blue Peter guide dog. In celebration of Iggy’s first anniversary working on Blue Peter, it was decided that Hacker would serenade her to the tune of Mandy by Barry Manilow. And naturally, as the token music graduate on the Blue Peter team, I was asked to make it happen.

Fortunately I love writing parody lyrics, the copyright holders were happy to give permission, and Mandy is an all-time favourite of Hacker’s puppeteer, Phil Fletcher. The amazing CBBC Presentation team (who make all the continuity links with Hacker and his pals) were able to fit in a slot for Hacker to perform it, as well as for him to come into the Blue Peter studio so we could get some shots of him cuddling Iggy. The result is a funny and surprisingly touching piece of content, which sits just as well online as it did in Iggy’s special anniversary edition of the show.

Summer 2015 sport highlights poster

Summer 2015 sport highlights poster

I designed this little number as a collaboration between Blue Peter and new kids’ sport show Kickabout+. It’s an A2 poster as standard, but the four A4 sheets can also be positioned in a vertical or horizontal line, or assembled into a booklet.

You can see the full thing here or, as four separate sheets here.

Andy Murray with the Blue Peter / Kickabout+ summer 2015 sport highlights poster
Andy Murray ran out of colour ink and is pretty upset about it...