Mil's Trills Music and Stories (4 stars)

This article is from 2012

Mil's Trills Music and Stories

Merrily chaotic exploration of musical instruments

Never mind the kids. If you’re brave enough to lay out a big pile of shakers, tambourines and ukuleles in the front row of a Fringe space, it’s the grown-ups you’ll need to hold back. A happy rhythmic jangle is already well-established before Amelia Robinson, an amiable singer-songwriter and uke player from Brooklyn, takes to the stage to perform some lively interactive numbers, that invite us to reach for the stars and boogie on down. A merrily chaotic atmosphere ensues.

While some of the songs open with a bit of background to the instruments (including on this occasion, the cajón, a kind of crate-shaped percussion instrument) and there are songs involving counting and naming parts of the body, the show never feels didactic and Robinson’s rapport with the audience is warm and big sisterly rather than condescending. It’s worth bearing in mind, though, that the 10.30am show is pitched at tinies (0–2) while 3-5s can get down in a slightly more sophisticated way at 11.45am.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 12 Aug, 10.30am (0–2 yrs), 11.45am (3–5 yrs), £5 (£3).

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Mil's Trills Music and Stories

  • 4 stars

Discover the world of instruments through interactive music experiences for families with young children. Led by native New Yorker, Amelia Robinson (Michael Nyman, Broadway, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center), playing original, quirky and whimsical songs on her electric ukulele for the whole family to enjoy. Each show is…

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