Renowned for attracting sell-out audiences wherever they appear, this toe-tapping, sing-a-long show is, once again, set to entertain and enthral the children of Co Clare.
It’s the final stop in a 3-day tour which will see the Speks also perform in Bray, Co Wicklow and Newbridge, Co Kildare. The group’s notoriety is gaining momentum as, having played in most counties throughout Ireland, they are now in demand for return performances.
As band leader Quince says: “We just love being asked back to venues we’ve already played in as we feel we are reconnecting with an audience we have met before, but we also get to meet new fans, many of whom are at an age where they are visiting a theatre for the first time. The noise level in the auditorium can be high, but that’s what our shows are about, entertaining children and encouraging them to actively participate and sing along to the nursery rhymes they know. That also applies to the parents and grandparents; they’re generally as participative as the children, which adds to the occasion, young and old in full voice.”
Comprising six members: Quince, Naymon, Tommo, Pete, Ed and Rafferty, the Speks hail from a mysterious island off the coast of Co Clare called Glasses Island where everybody wears glasses! The band members love singing and playing music for children.
Their 45-minute show comprises all-time favourite nursery rhymes like Humpty Dumpty, Twinke Twinkle Little Star, Incy Wincy Spider and many more family favourites, set to acoustic Irish traditional music, which educationally encompass the all-important areas of rhyme, rhythm and repetition, which are often the missing links for children learning to read.
Described as ‘Riverdance for toddlers’, they have won the prestigious Parents’ Choice music award in the US, and have received rave reviews from some of Ireland’s best known radio presenters.
Children who tune into RTE Junior will be familiar with The Speks as their music is played daily on the show. They also feature frequently on radio stations for children in the US.
The Speks live performance in Ennis is a not-to-be-missed musical treat. The children, and their parents, will be encouraged to clap, scream, sing and dance along as the Speks music and on-stage enthusiasm continually initiates active audience participation.
Their show in Glór, which will suit 2 – 7 year-olds, is set to be a sell-out.