In 2005 Harriette Ashcroft became the founding member of the Sing-along Band. Based in Exmouth Market, London EC1, her mission was to provide free, quality music drop-in's for children and their carers. Through that group, she met musician Ted Barnes in 2010 and they began to assemble the cast of 'The Sing-along Band'.
While still maintaining Exmouth Market Centre as their home, the band have been able to reach out to further audiences by touring with Arts Council support. This has included performances in schools, libraries, elderly support centres and community centres as well as appearances at summer festivals and arts centres.
This culminated in 2015 with three sell out shows at The Union Chapel, London.
"Sing-along is always a powerful reminder that life can be full of joy even in the hardest of time."
Sasha Wares, The Royal Court Theatre
"Somewhere between the lands of music and theatre, blended together with a large portion of audience involvement, Mrs H and the Sing-along Band cook up a euphoric communal experience that needs to be dived into."
Helen Thorn, Scummie Mummy podcast.
We create music that reintroduces our audiences to the joy of the 'sing-along'. Bringing together elements of Folk, Soul, Afro, Latin and Dub, we create music that unites generations and is truly for the whole family.
No Time to Lose No Time To Lose is a celebration of the band coming together for the first time on an album. It was written and recorded as a direct result of the 'Sing-along' live sessions at their home in Exmouth market, London and captures their energy and warmth.
The album features the energetic classics of "Get on the train' and "Roll so slowly" alongside the beauty of the sing-along with tracks like "Song that I sing" and "Curly Locks". It was recorded at the LSO and band member's studios, and mixed by Robin Morrison. Featured guest artist Sam Amidon and artwork by Sophie Charalambous.
Dance Away With Me Hot off the press is Mrs H and the Sing-along Bands latest album, 'Dance Away With Me'. Featuring 16 songs of fun and frolics etc, the album is a fitting statement to the musical strength of the present line up. Bringing together elements of Folk, Soul, Afro, Latin and Dub, the album reflects the band members various influences, as well as the multiculturalism of their home city, London.
The album comprises recently written, original songs alongside interpretations of traditional compositions performed on a plethora of instruments. From the all action Coming Down to the melancholic Ladybird, all the songs are filled with heart. The album was recorded in London 2014 after a successful kick-starter campaign. It was produced by Ted and Ali from the band and mixed by Robin Morrison with guest appearances by Emily Loizeau, Sam Amidon and Anita Lipniska.
Artwork by Jo Lamb.www.jolamb-art.com
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Featuring the beautiful artwork of Jo Lamb,
we have been able to produce a limited run of childrens T-shirts.
They come in two sizes; 1 to 2 and 3 to 4.
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