Byron Shire News November 2010

By Jann Burmester

Echidna inspires new kids CD

An echidna living in a tree stump in Michael Turner’s backyard was the inspiration for the Byron Bay music teacher’s second children’s album. The Spikey and Friends “In My Backyard” CD will be launched at The Mullum Music Festival on Sunday, November 28 at noon at the The Drill Hall.

Michael, a music teacher & musical director at the Byron Community School, said the songs on the CD were based around the bush and his backyard. “I live in a cubby house in the back yard of a bush area and there are lots of animals,” he said. “The CD is like a story book with an album and there are different songs about animals and nature. “Kids are taken on an adventure and it’s lots of fun.” The self-produced album features performances by students from the community school.

Michael said the album had been a lot of fun to make and he had received a great response from children. The CD is targeted at children aged four to ten years and also introduces youngsters to “Old Man Bray” – an elder of the Bundjalung people.
“It’s a brilliant way of teaching children about the country and the animals, just as the indigenous people have always done it, mixing lessons with music and fun”, Michael said.