Category Archives: Brass action

The annual Glastonbury review (part 1)

Once again I’m writing this on the saddest, snivelliest day since returning from that muddy old homestead known as Worthy Farm. This evening saw me leap on completely the wrong bus because my eyes were full of tears brought on by … Continue reading

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Glastonbury countdown – 13 days to go: Melt Yourself Down

The Spaceport Sat, West Holts Sun Being ever so slightly obsessed with this impending festival, I’ve spent the past couple of weeks obsessively pouring over the line-up and clicking through the links so helpfully provided by the good people of … Continue reading

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Glastonbury countdown – 21 days to go: New York Brass Band

Playing: Heaven Stage daily, Rocket Stage Wed, Greenpeace Stage Thur, Toad Hall Fri, Outside Circus Stage Fri-Sun, The Gateway Fri-Sun My love for brass bands knows no bounds. Luckily there’s no shortage of brass action to catch this year, with … Continue reading

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Fairey Band, What Time Is Love

I’ve already raved on these pages about the wondrous Fairey Band and their Acid Brass. Londoners are in for a treat tomorrow as the Fairey Band and Jeremy Deller bring Acid Brass to the old Olympic Park for the Open … Continue reading

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Williams Fairey Brass Band – Acid Brass

Today’s discovery (several years late) – the Williams Fairey Brass Band. Acid house and a brass band – together at last. Utterly preposterous. Continue reading

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Brassroots, Good Life

I didn’t think the original Good Life could be beat… but I cannot wait to bust this Brassroots beauty out at the Chap’s Mardi Gras-themed birthday party in a couple of weekends’ time. HOT DAMN! Follow this up with Hot 8 Brass Band’s Sexual Heali… Continue reading

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Serious SXSW envy!

All this – AND A SECOND LINE PARADE!!! Sob. (Hat tip @radiowammo) Continue reading

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MARDI GRAS SPECIAL – Bo Dollis And The Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indian Band, Handa Wanda

If you haven’t seen the excellent Treme yet (which is very likely if you’re reading this in New Zealand, as it hasn’t screened on NZ TV channels yet), you’re missing out. While it’s no Wire (yet), it has its own special merits, not the least of wh… Continue reading

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MARDI GRAS SPECIAL – The Meters, Look-Ka Py Py, Jungle Man

Mark the date in your diaries – Wednesday 20 April. No, not because it’s Hitler’s birthday (I only know that because my mum and dad share a birthday on the 21st April, I’m not some secret sympathiser) – but because the Funky Meters are coming to t… Continue reading

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MARDI GRAS SPECIAL – Hot 8 Brass Band, Fly Away

It’s been a rough week here in New Zealand, with the Christchurch earthquake last Tuesday claiming 147 lives at last count and destroying the homes and livelihoods of many more. But as devastating as it has been, it’s worth taking a little comfort… Continue reading

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