Cilla and Artie – The Singing Kettle
Cilla Fisher and Artie Trezise are much loved by two generations of children as the Singing Kettle.
From their early beginnings as a musical duo playing folk clubs and festivals all over the world they opted to escape the rigours of touring in a second career as children’s entertainers. Ironically it was even more successful than their first and they landed up spending even more time on the road with a show named after their home village of Kingskettle in Fife.
Originally their material drew on the folk tradition but Cilla soon took to writing and penned more than 300 songs for their show. They were joined by Gary Coupland, their daughter Jane and Kevin Macleod in line-ups that drew massive crowds wherever they played, from the London Palladium to the King’s Theatres in Edinburgh and Glasgow. The Singing Kettle played to more than 5 million children, parents and helpers in its thirty years existence! TV audiences enjoyed them too with 4 series for BBC and 5 for ITV.
As founder members Cilla and Artie were awarded the MBE in 1999, they have a road safety award from Prince Michael of Kent and for many years they held the box office record at the SECC in Glasgow. An unexpected trip to Jordan saw them performing for the Royal Family at their palace in Amman.
Their Singing Kettles are now retired and they were delighted to be honoured with two Singing Kettle exhibitions in Fife and an induction into the Traditional Music Hall of Fame last year.
It is believed that their trademark rhyme “Spout, handle, lid of metal, what’s inside the Singing Kettle” was chanted more than 46.000 times during their long career!
Artie has a new one man storytelling show titled “Artie’s Tartan Tales” but the couple are really looking forward to a very rare stage appearance together, treading the boards as Dougie’s guests.