Just made available by producers Big Sky for free viewing, please explore and enjoy this lovely story in Scots from James Robertson read by Gerda Stevenson and accompanied by James Ross's inventive musical score and John McGeoch's animation. The Boy and the Bunnet is a brilliant way to introduce children (and adults) to the Scots language and Scottish traditional instruments.
You can also access the related teaching material here and have some educational fun during lockdown (all approved by the SQA). For every 250 views, Big Sky will donate a Boy and the Bunnet book or CD to an education authority to share in schools after lockdown - so spread the word! For brand new illustration and colouring in sheets visit the activities page.
In the story each of the characters is represented by a different musical instrument. It also introduces different styles of Scots traditional music, for example, a jig, a march and a reel. The Boy and the Bunnet is also performed as a live show, with a narrator guiding the audience through the story. A book and CD have been published, and educational material is available for teachers to introduce the story in schools.
The soundtrack features some of Scotland's very finest musicians including James Ross on piano, Corrina Hewat on clarsach, Fraser Fifield on pipes and whistle, Neil Johnstone on cello, Angus Lyon on accordion, Signy Jakobsdottir on percussion and Perth's own Patsy Reid on fiddle,