Artie inspires new generation of Singing Kettle fans

A familiar sight to many adults and an exciting introduction for the children, Artie takes to the stage with his singing kettles.

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By Colin Smeeton

A popular children’s show made a welcome return to Arran last weekend when Artie’s Singing Kettle Live enthralled children from across the island.

The Singing Kettle show, known and loved by generations of children since the 1980s, was a nostalgic trip down memory lane for the adults who introduced their children to the captivating and wholesome Scottish sing-along show.


Artie Trezise, the man behind the revived show – which ceased in 2015 but was revived in 2020 – followed his tried and trusted formula by bringing his original singing kettles which each contained a clue for the next song and where the famous chant ‘Spout, handle, lid of metal, What’s inside the singing kettle?’ is derived.

Speaking after the show, which had to be postponed last month due to Covid, Artie told the Banner: ‘There was a great atmosphere in the high school theatre. I got the feeling people were grateful I had made the journey over to the island. So many of the audience had seen the Singing Kettle in Glasgow or Ayr, but this was the first time they had seen it on their own patch.

‘When it came to doing the rhyme ‘Spout, handle, lid of metal, what’s inside the singing kettle?’ the adults knew it better than the children so there were definitely adults there for a bit of nostalgia.

‘I joked with the audience that our visit to the London Palladium had been less work than organising the show on Arran. There again, in London, all those years ago, we didn’t have to contend with Covid and ferries. As it turned out the work associated with rescheduling was worth it. I had a great time and the audience seemed to really enjoy themselves.


‘A great debt is owed by me and those who came and enjoyed the show to Jennifer Earle who had the idea of bringing me over. Months ago she told me on the phone ‘You seem to go everywhere else but never to Arran’. Well I listened and did as I was told!’

The show has been such a success Artie intends hosting another in Lamlash on Sunday September 18, at 1.30pm.

Tickets for the show are available at https://www.singingkettle.com/

Artie takes to the stage with his singing kettles. 01_B15singing01

The Arran audience participates in the show and sing along with the familiar songs. 01_B15singing02

Artie uses a number of props to provide visual clues for the various characters in his performance. 01_B15singing03

The Singing Kettle show uses musical recordings as well as live performances on the guitar. 01_B15singing04

Artie has a look inside one of his singing kettles while the audience belt out ‘Spout, handle, lid of metal, what’s inside the singing kettle?’ 01_B15singing05