US country star helps with school’s first album

Y5 and Y6 pupils at the Kirk Sandall Junior school who are to make a CD with American country singer Kathy Stewart have a practice  with Savash Keskekoglu on the guitar.
Y5 and Y6 pupils at the Kirk Sandall Junior school who are to make a CD with American country singer Kathy Stewart have a practice with Savash Keskekoglu on the guitar.
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Excited children from a Doncaster school head north to Scotland tomorrow - to record their own album with a country singing star.

The 23 pupils from Years 5 and 6 will be leaving their classrooms at Kirk Sandall Junior School for a three day trip to Edinburgh where they will be laying down some tracks with American singer-songwriter Kathy Stewart.

The school’s links with Ms Stewart have a poignant background, having been built up a few years ago by former teacher Al Moir, who has since died.

Mr Moir was a keen country songwriter himself and when he wrote the lyrics for The Broomstick Waltz, to mark the school’s 50th anniversary, he persuaded her to compose the music.

Their partnership developed when she invited some of the Kirk Sandall youngsters to perform it with her at a huge Americian music festival held at Newark, Nottinghamshire, in 2009.

Joanne Addy, deputy head at Kirk Sandall, said: “They sang it in front of hundreds of pupils with Al there and they were really excited.

“Sadly Al passed away suddenly last December. He had touched so many people’s lives that we did a memorial concert that Kathy came to with George Hamilton IV and the children reminded her about her suggestion The Broomstick Waltz should be recorded.”

Ms Stewart suggested they travel to the Edinburgh studio she uses, and that was the cue for parents and staff to swing into action and raise the £1,500 needed to take the party to Scotland by train and stay for a couple of nights.

“There will be two whole days of recording for the 19 girls and four boys and we should have a CD with six songs on it, which we hope to sell for school funds and to keep as a memorial to Al. We are really thankful for all the parents’ efforts - the kids are so excited because it’s all new to us,” said Joanne.