Our Story

The idea behind our music

Nursery Rhymes 123 began in 2010 as collaboration between BAFTA award winning director and father-of-two Dan Smith, and UK based songwriter Martha Bean. Having been frustrated at the lack of good-quality Nursery Rhymes available online, they created some beautiful animations for YouTube with music which parents could bear listening to on repeat! Martha’s sister – artist and illustrator Miriam Bean – created 15 of the colourful album covers, from 2016’s Lullaby Baby to 2021’s Top 50 Nursery Rhymes. Miriam also turned to animation, producing original videos for the Nursery Rhymes 123 YouTube channel.

Recording albums

A singer and multi-instrumentalist, Martha plays a wide range of different instruments including piano, double bass, cello, banjo, guitars, ukuleles, recorders, autoharp, mandolin, melodica and percussion. The first album 11 Nursery Rhymes and Songs was released in 2013. For parents who’ve had to endure countless hours of children’s music made with cheap sounding keyboards and synthesisers, the variety of instruments on these records – and the focus on real sounds – will come as a breath of fresh air.

Our Story

The idea behind our music

Nursery Rhymes 123 began in 2010 as collaboration between BAFTA award winning director and father-of-two Dan Smith, and UK based songwriter Martha Bean. Having been frustrated at the lack of good-quality Nursery Rhymes available online, they created some beautiful animations for YouTube with music which parents could bear listening to on repeat! Martha’s sister – artist and illustrator Miriam Bean – created 15 of the colourful album covers, from 2016’s Lullaby Baby to 2021’s Top 50 Nursery Rhymes. Miriam also turned to animation, producing original videos for the Nursery Rhymes 123 YouTube channel.

Recording albums

A singer and multi-instrumentalist, Martha plays a wide range of different instruments including piano, double bass, cello, banjo, guitars, ukuleles, recorders, autoharp, mandolin, melodica and percussion. The first album 11 Nursery Rhymes and Songs was released in 2013. For parents who’ve had to endure countless hours of children’s music made with cheap sounding keyboards and synthesisers, the variety of instruments on these records – and the focus on real sounds – will come as a breath of fresh air.

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