Fox, Bird, River, Sing!
Fox, Bird, River, Sing! A Radio Play for Children as part of Cruinniú na nÓg 2021
This play will be broadcast on RTÉ Junior on Saturday June 12th at 12 midday and again at 5 pm
Ireland is the first and only country in the world to have a national day of free creativity for children and young people under 18. Cruinniú na nÓg is a flagship initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme’s Creative Youth Plan to enable the artistic potential of children and young people. The inaugural Cruinniú na nÓg took place on 23rd June 2018 and for the past number of years, including under exceptional circumstances in 2020, young people and families have come together to enjoy, a wide range of creative activities including workshops and tutorials to recitals and readings in every city, town and village across the country. Delivered in partnership with the 31 Local Authorities and supported by RTÉ, Fingal Council's Arts office has commissioned a beautiful audio adventure for families of all ages called 'Fox, Bird, River, Sing!
Orla Kelly of Early Childhood Creativity and Thomas Johnston of Ceol Connected have developed this beautiful piece of work for a childhood audience, perfect for families complementing the wider Fingal Cruinniú na nÓg Programme. Fox, Bird, River Sing! is a whole family audio adventure that transports listeners from the sea to the singing forest on an epic, interactive, musical journey of dancing and singing. Turn on your imagination, tune in the radio or download the audio link and travel through rich soundscapes and beautiful music in the world of Fox, Bird, River, Sing! Produced by Early Childhood Creativity and Ceol Connected's Thomas Johnston, the piece will be broadcast on RTÉ Junior on Saturday June 12th at 12 pm and again at 5pm. "Where the land meets the salty water you stand, barefoot. The sea laps upon your feet and in-between your toes. It’s dawn and the birds are wakening the land and as you lift your eyes, you see the sun peep over the blue horizon. It all looks mysterious today. You curl your hands to your eyes to make magic binoculars and as you scan the horizon you see appearing far away, where the sky meets the sea, a red fur-bodied, big-eared, white-chested creature sitting proudly on a floating log, the wise Red Fox"
Produced by Early Childhood Creativity and Ceol Connected
Concept and story by Thomas Johnston and Orla Kelly
Narrated by Eimear Morrissey
Sound design & arrangements by Stephen Markham
Music and songs by Thomas Johnston
Sound effects by Orla Kelly
Recording engineer is Trevor Hutchinson
Ceol Connected and Early Childhood Creativity present Fox, River, Bird, Sing!
Created by Orla Kelly and Thomas Johnston. Commissioned by Fingal Arts Office on the occasion of Cruinniú na nOg 2021. Funded by Creative Ireland.