New kids on the block at music store

Tiny Tweeties, Chris and Rachael Hair, front, with their five year old daughter Eva, and members of Frankie and the Heartstrings, left to right; Steven Dennis, Frankie Francis, Michael McKnight and Dave Harper with his seven month old son Sonny.

Tiny Tweeties, Chris and Rachael Hair, front, with their five year old daughter Eva, and members of Frankie and the Heartstrings, left to right; Steven Dennis, Frankie Francis, Michael McKnight and Dave Harper with his seven month old son Sonny.

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SUNDERLAND’S latest gig venue is used to hosting nationally-celebrated artists – now it’s the turn of young music-makers.

Pop Recs Ltd – Frankie & the Heartstrings’ record shop and gig space – has teamed up with the Tiny Tweeties music workshops for under-fives.

In a bid to help parents and kids enjoy music together, monthly sessions will be held at the store in Fawcett Street.

The price for the group has been halved to reach out to as many families as possible.

Chris Hair, who established Tiny Tweeties with wife Rachael, said: “Tiny Tweeties is for families with young children, whether that be parents, grandparents or carers. They’re musical sessions where children and adults can play musical instruments together to stimulate imagination.

“We change the themes regularly but we base it around the early years curriculum. Rachael is a teacher so it’s based around what’s done in schools, from dinosaurs to space.”

As well as running sessions in schools, Tiny Tweeties run classes at St John’s Church in Ashbrooke and Adventure Sunderland in Roker, but this will be their first weekend session, for families who can’t make weekday sessions.

The first workshop at Pop Recs Ltd will take place at 10.30am on July 13, priced £2.50.

Chris said: “We think what the guys are doing with the shop is great, and hopefully this will be a stimulus for more people to come into the city centre and stay for the rest of the day.”

It’s the latest event being hosted by Pop Recs Ltd, which has staged a series of free gigs, including Edwyn Collins and Badly Drawn Boy.

Drummer Dave Harper said the collaboration with Tiny Tweeties is a great way to show that Pop Recs Ltd, which also offers local art and independent coffee, is inclusive.

“We recognised that not everyone could attend or afford the sessions, which is why we’ve come up with this idea,” said Dave.

“I take my son Sonny to the classes and they offer great educational songs for kids, which we want as many people as possible to enjoy.

“We want the shop to be used by everyone, not just people coming to gigs.”

•There are 25 places on the Tiny Tweeties workshop available on a first come, first served basis.