Concerteenies for Babies: Kate Griffin and Manon McCoy

Kate Griffin & Manon McCoy
  • Wednesday 13 March
    10.15 – 11.00am
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Kate Griffin (banjo and vocals) and Manon McCoy (harp and vocals) perform for pre-crawling babies and their grown-ups.

Kate Griffin is a clawhammer banjo player, singer and composer emerging on the UK folk and world scene. Described as “one of the top banjo players in the country” by virtuoso Dan Walsh, her innovative banjo style combines both traditional UK and American folk, whilst also placing the banjo in a contemporary setting. In 2018 Kate formed award winning global folk collective MISHRA, alongside musical partner Ford Collier, with their debut album released autumn 2019. As of 2021 she also performs as part of critically acclaimed transatlantic neo-folk band THE MAGPIES.

Manon McCoy is a Sheffield-based composer and harpist. Her work explores themes that arise from her own lived experiences such as body, gender, and phenomenological perceptions of time and space. She is particularly interested in the creation of spaces both musical and physical, often designing pieces that rework the performer-audience dynamic. Her writing draws on elements from her training in Western Classical and Contemporary Art Music, British Folk and Indian Classical music, bringing with it a strong sense of storytelling and sharing of space.

PLEASE NOTE: This concert is for residents of S2.

This block of concerts is a repeat of those recently held at Zest Community Centre

Concerteenies for Babies is designed to relax and reinvigorate parents and carers and create special bonding moments with their pre-crawling babies through specially tailored musical and sensory activities. Listen to high-quality live music in a calm, welcoming environment with buggy access, nappy changing facilities, cups of tea or coffee and breastfeeding is welcome. This Youth Music-funded project (2023-2024) enables us to work with four new community groups across the city and aims to interact with new, diverse and often underserved communities. This series is in partnership with Sheffield Family Hubs and Early Inclusion Team.


Each concert has the following structure:

  • 10:00 - doors open for the audience, please don't worry if you are running late! This is a good time for a quick nappy change if you need to.
  • 10:15-11:00 - concert
  • 11:00-11:30 - stay and play, chat and have a cuppa

Please don't worry if your baby is unsettled or asleep during the concert. There are nappy changing facilities and feel free to breastfeed. You are responsible for the safety of your own children and belongings.

There is free on-street parking on Harborough Avenue.

Free hot drinks are available at these events. Feel free to bring your own blanket and pillow.

Please book a ticket for all adults who will be attending. There's no need to print your tickets, just show your QR code on the door or give your name.

This venue is accessible for buggies and wheelchairs. Please contact us with any accessibility queries. Buggies can be left in the entrance area and we encourage you to put coats and bags to the side of the room.

There will be a University of Leeds researcher present at this concert. Together we are investigating the impact of our events so they will observe throughout the concert and we will ask for your feedback after sessions. Participation in the research is not compulsory. Please speak to a member of staff if you do not want to be included.


Kate Griffin (Banjo and Vocals) and Manon McCoy (Harp and Vocals)

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