Storytelling Through Songs: The Wee Kirkcudbright Centipede

Our Burns Night bedtime story, ‘The Belties of Curleywee Farm’, reminded me of another song from my childhood, which I sing with Babybear: ‘The Wee Kirkcudbright Centipede’. Kirkcudbright is a town on the Galloway coast in Scotland: the same area as where Curleywee Farm is set. It is one of many songs that were written by Glasgow born folk singer Matt McGinn, however, like ‘The Jeelie Piece Song’, which I previously blogged about, as a wee girl it was a song I originally knew  from my beloved Singing Kettle video.

It tells the story of the Wee Kirkcudbright Centipede whose dancing skills get her in a right muddle when she tries to explain her dancing moves instead of just not thinking it over and just going with her instincts.  An upbeat, traditional Scottish song for you to sing and dance around with your wee one!

There’s an excellent ‘Wee Kirkcudbright Centipede’ resource from Education Scotland where you can find the lyrics and a recording of the song so that you can hear the tune. In fact, the whole of their ‘Scotland’s Songs’ section is brilliant if you are interested in traditional Scottish songs and especially for ideas of songs to share with wee ones.


Burns Night Bedtime Story: The Belties of Curleywee Farm

In honour of Burns Night, Babybear’s bedtime story tonight was ‘The Belties of Curleywee Farm’ written by Jayne Baldwin and illustrated by Pauline James. With the story being about Belted Galloway calves Finlay and Flora on a farm in the Galloway countryside, it felt like an excellent Scottish themed choice.



‘The Belties of Curleywee Farm’ is a very sweet tale of Finlay waking to find his sister gone from the barn and him tentatively venturing out into the noisy and unfamiliar farm to find her. There are large, clear illustrations of each scene in the story and I love that they really bring across how nervous wee Finlay is when he ventures out on his own and the joyfulness of him finding his sister again.

Babybear delighted in pointing out the ‘moo moo’ and ‘twoo twoo’; that’s the cows and owl, of course.


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