WHEN he was frontman of the Candyskins, Nick Cope had hoards of young fans.

Now, he is writing music for their children.

Mr Cope, 49, of Hurst Street, Oxford, has just finished his fourth album of children’s songs, The Pirate’s Breakfast.

Where his previous albums have been light-hearted and silly, The Pirate’s Breakfast tackles more serious family issues.

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The father-of-three said: “I came up with the idea because a child at a nursery I was playing at told me he was going to visit ‘Nana Noodles’ at the weekend.”

Title track The Pirate’s Breakfast is about a pirate whose mum is always nagging him to be less messy and more like his friend, Pirate Pete.

To give the album realism, Mr Cope recruited friends’ children to sing on some of the songs.

He made the CD with friends from Oxford folk band Stornoway, recording at guitarist Oli Steadman’s home studio in Stone Street.

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Keyboard player Jon Ouin laid down some cello on the album, which he has finished mixing in the last few days.

It will be launched with a party at Oxford’s Story Museum, in Pembroke Street, on November 22.

Mr Cope, partner to Amanda Knight, toured the world with The Candyskins from 1989 1998, but he sees his career as a children’s songwriter more successful.

The new album will cost £10 and be available from nickcope.co.uk


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