Heavy metal with heavy metal instruments? Why not? Piece: Welcome to the Jungle; Composer: Axl Rose; Arranger: Paul Murtha. Who needs electric guitars for an heavy metal group? Stalybridge has had a heavy metal group since 1809 – the oldest brass band in the world, no less in Stalybridge Old Band. For our second door, […]Read More Brass Banding Goes Pop: EM60’s 2020 Advent Calendar: 2. Welcome To The Jungle
Lionel Richie’s classic ’80s tune, played by a Macclesfield band Before we start, the fire doors are the way you came in, beside the trombone section, and the back door which leads to where the Christmas tree was last year… Piece: All Night Long (All Night); Composer: Lionel Richie; Arranger: Leigh Baker. For this year’s […]Read More Brass Banding Goes Pop: EM60’s 2020 Advent Calendar: 1. All Night Long (All Night)
East of the M60’s 2020 Advent Calendar explores the poppier side of brass band music One of the greatest things about brass band music is its ability to inspire audiences of any age and taste. Whether classical works or popular music, a great brass band arrangement can equal or surpass the original work. That’s in […]Read More Introducing Brass Banding Goes Pop: EM60’s 2020 Advent Calendar
What do you get if you cross an extremely talented musician with a pretty good blogger and dancer (!) on a Friday afternoon? Make no mistake: this sub-headline isn’t a dad joke, though a fast-paced mixture of dad jokes, dad dancing and mad music is behind one of Future Directions CIC’s most notable projects. Known […]Read More A Mission to Entertain: Future Directions’ Fun Time Friday
Do you remember when background music on buses was a thing? In the last 40 years, bus operators across the UK have tried to find creative ways of making local bus routes pay. Route branding with dedicated liveries is one answer, positioning everyday bus routes as product lines in their own right. Another answer is […]Read More Bus Boarding Beats: A Brief Look at Sounds In Motion
What makes a great children’s television theme tune? What we watch in our formative years shapes the way we think in later life. It is the same with any good book, film, or theatrical production. The programme I have contributed to as a co-writer, Pablo, is making the same impression with children and parents on […]Read More Zen and the Art of Children’s Television Theme Tunes
Our semi-definitive guide to the greatest 12″ singles of the 1980s Sometimes, the radio edit of a chart single may lack that extra something which the 12″ version has. At the other end, some singles are better suited to the traditional two to four minutes of a seven inch 45. The long single (in excess […]Read More Twice the Pleasure: Our Top 1980s 12″ Tunes: The Not So Perfect Ten
East of the M60 asks, “Is Town not big enough for both of them?” Manchester’s credentials as a musical centre of the universe is unimpeachable, though it is a claim that could be disputed by our friends in Liverpool. For many listeners, Liverpool is associated with The Beatles, the muse for Burnage’s finest musical export. […]Read More Is Manchester Ready for Two Indoor Arenas?
East of the M60 hopes brass band music isn’t forgotten by HM Government funding pledge On a normal Monday night, I would be writing a review of the previous night’s concert at Boarshurst Band Club. Since lockdown, The Mecca of Brass Banding has been quiet, leaving a significant cultural void in the hearts of brass […]Read More Don’t Forget our Brass Bands!
A beginners’ guide to the NME Charts, the UK’s original Hit Parade The UK’s first singles chart, like its American pioneer owes its existence to an iconic music magazine. On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, it is the Billboard Singles Chart that was (and remains to this day) compiled by Billboard Magazine. In […]Read More The Other UK Singles Chart: 2. The New Musical Express Singles Charts