Al Start

Al Start

 Brighton, England, GBR
BandFolkAcoustic

*If kd Lang and the Beatles sang kid's songs they'd sound like this!* Children's singer/songwriter from Brighton, UK. Al Start writes catchy, funny and -most of all- proper songs for kids! Selling out venues, onto her 4th children's album, big shows for the whole family, watch out Wiggles...!

Biography

Al Start burst on to the UK acoustic music scene in 2004! Her style is as striking as she looks! She writes quirky songs about quirky things...life, stories and hidden histories.
Al’s melodies are sweet, soulful and incredibly catchy, her strong guitar style provides the perfect balance.

Al has recently branched into writing and performing children's songs. She works in schools teaching singing, guitar, ukulele, djembe, composition and songwriting. Her latest releases "Excellent Songs For Children" are collections of catchy children's songs aimed at the 4-11 age bracket. So far they have gone down a storm!

Al's mission is to write record and produce high quality children's music. There are no nursery rhymes here, the lyrics are clever and witty, the melodies strong and catchy.
"Adults have to listen to their children's music too, so my songs are for the whole family"

www.alstart.co.uk email….. al@alstart.co.uk
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***BRAND NEW ALBUM OUT NOW***

Lyrics

Stickleback (Harriet by Night)

Written By: Al Start

1
We're sitting on the
front porch there
Waiting for something
Hiding from the sun.
'74 yeah,
It was a scorcher
Couldn't run barefoot
It was pure torture.

The sun beating down
on the baking ground,
While all around
Cracks that could swallow you whole.
The blistering heat on the soles of your feet
Making us
Hop, jump, rattle and roll!

CH:
I wish I had known ya
I would have shown ya
All of the secret places I know.
Like the end of the track,
Catch a Stickleback,
Once you look at it
You just have to let it go
Have to let it go.

2
Our creepy neighbour
He put up a fence, yeah
We couldn't see over
We didn't know why.
So we made it our mission
To watch and to listen
To Harold in his Herald
And his suit and tie.

We'd never have known
If he hadn't have blown it
By building our bate over 6 feet high.
In twin-set and pearls,
He was one of the girls;
Harold by day, Harriet by night!

CH
I wish I had known ya
I would have shown ya
All of the secret places I know.
Like the end of the track,
Catch a Stickleback,
Once you look at it
You just have to let it go
Have to let it go.

M8:
Your Honour, this is our defence
We acted out of innocence
We never could resist a fence
So how were we to know?
Curiosity killed no cat
And we always throw our fishes back;
Won't you cut us loose if we cut the crap,
You've got to let it go!

Ch:
I wish I had known ya
I would have shown ya
All of the secret places I know.
Like the end of the track,
Catch a Stickleback,
Once you look at it
You just have to let it go
Have to let it go.

4 Grey Cats

Written By: Al Start

1
4 grey cats go flying by
Like angels with their wings on fire
Reminds me of a silly dream
A beast I made in Plasticine.
Shiney horns and razor teeth
Spikes above and beneath
And in my dream it's left to me;
Am I the hero I have to be?
4 grey cats go flying by
Like angels with their wings of fire.
2
A small grey strip of sea,
Silently it beckons me,
Those silver fish are flipping high
The cats swoop down and it's bye-bye
Bye, bye-bye!
3
Cries Neptune,
"My children are gone!"
"My Trident, my memory, my song!"
"Be sorry, be silent, be gone"
And it's bye-bye
Bye, bye-bye.

Little Green Men from Outer Space

Written By: Al Start

Little green men from outer space
Came to say hi to the human race
They landed on my roof last night
So I put them in the shed to keep them out of sight

Those little green men are in my garden
Whoops-a-daisy! I beg your pardon!
I must get through and keep them safe
Or they’ll never get back to outer space

CH
Those little green men
Are my little green friends
Those little green men
Are my little green friends
Friends to the end!

2
Little green men from outer space
Are hiding in the silliest place
They’re in my lunchbox eating cake
If the teacher sees it’s a big mistake

So I’m talking loud to cover the noise
Laughing, singing, banging toys
Here she comes, now I’m in trouble
But those little green men make a great big bubble!

3
Little green men from outer space
Scooped me up and we escaped
We’re floating high above the school
Inside this spaceship’s really cool!

They took me out for lunch in China
Chicken noodles in a Chinese diner
I made it home in time for tea
How did they do it?
Don’t ask me!

Discography

"Lammas" (2000) - Released on Lone Coyote Records, UK. LP

"Sea of Stars" (2003) - Released on Lone Coyote Records, UK. EP

"GO" (2005) - Released on lone Coyote Records, UK. LP
Featuring : Stickleback, 4 Grey Cats, Tongue Tied all receiving air play on UK radio.

"4 GREY CATS" (2006) Lone Coyote Records - Single

"I HEART HISTORY" (2008) Lone Coyote Records- LP
Ten songs telling the true tales of Brighton's history as the town where anything goes! Love/betrayal/murder/deceit...it's got it all!

"EXCELLENT SONGS FOR CHILDREN" (2009) Lone Coyote Records - LP
Aimed at 4-11yrs..great fun, catchy songs for kids and their grown ups! Listen online at www.alstart.co.uk

"EXCELLENT SONGS 2" (2010) Lone Coyote Records - LP
More great kids' songs

"EXCELLENT ROCK 'n' ROLL FOR KIDS" (2011) Lone Coyote Records -LP
A rockabilly spooky-themed album with full band, great for Halloween!

Set List

Set lists vary according to the venue and length required.
I have enough original material for 2/3 hrs
I have enough cover versions for 2 hrs
I also now offer a talk with visuals and live music, on the album "I Heart History" and all the stories behind the songs
**NEW**Family and children's events - fun songs with lots of audience participation and actions

I generally play original material, but can throw in covers to suit the event.