Stalybridge Old Band at The Den: The 200th Anniversary of Peterloo Concert

How Stalybridge Old Band wowed a full house at the Royal Exchange’s pop-up theatre In the last few days, the Royal Exchange’s Den pop-up theatre has taken up residence in Stalybridge Civic Hall. It has played host to a number of original productions which reflect the borough’s rich history with encouraging support. There has been…

(Do You Remember) Needle Time?

Past of the M60 looks at the long forgotten practice of needle time If you have a few records, CDs and cassettes in your collection, you may have come across this notice: “Unauthorised public performance or broadcasting of this record is strictly prohibited.” Today, this notice or the like refers to the public performance of…

Freckleton Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (07 July 2019)

Was Matthew Shaw’s first assignment as Freckleton Band’s MD a success? We thought so. Few people outside of Lancashire have heard of Freckleton. In recent times, its locals have protested against the sight of fracking drills off Preston New Road. Before the M55 motorway opened, you would pass Freckleton on the coach to Blackpool prior…

Diggle Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (30 June 2019)

A fantastic concert with four great soloists and a selection of golden oldies With march and hymn contests and (in most cases) Whit Friday coming to the fore, ‘Flaming June’ is a joyous month for lovers of brass band music. This year, June has given Boarshurst Band Club a selection of fantastic Sunday Brass Nights –…

Mossley Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (23 June 2019)

Mossley Band impress in glorious concert with lively atmosphere In the last three years, The Mecca of Brass Banding has played host to more appearances from St. John’s (Mossley) Band than other two Mossley bands. Long overdue was the Mossley Band’s visit to Boarshurst Band Club. Being as it had been several years since their…

Whit Friday 2019 Results: Saddleworth Contests

East of the M60’s classified check on the Oldham and Saddleworth Area Whit Friday Brass Band Contest Results. Brighouse and Rastrick Band maintain top spot in Saddleworth Whereas Foden’s Band continue their stunning run in Tameside, Brighouse and Rastrick Band remain top dog in the Saddleworth contests. This year there was some stiff competition from…

Whit Friday 2019 Results: Tameside Contests

East of the M60’s classified check on Tameside’s Whit Friday Brass Band Contests The showery weather threatened to spoil Whit Friday 2019, but it was a case of ‘business as usual’ for Tameside’s Whit Friday contests. Both Dukinfield contests had the highest number of bands with 48 at Tame Valley and 44 at the Albion Hotel….

Bodmin Town Band: A Special Post-Whit Friday Concert

Boarshurst Band Club, Saturday 15 June 2019 With the torpor from Whit Friday kicking in, the first thing many brass band players would need is a lie-in. Whether you’ve travelled from Road End or Pound Lane for your brass banding fix, the Saturday afterwards is a time to chill out. For well over two decades,…

Flixton Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (16 June 2019)

Over a year on from Matt Ryan’s arrival, another superb concert There was a slightly familiar air to last night’s concert. One, most obviously was the band. The other was last night’s weather: colder and wetter than a typical June for Saddleworth. Back then, Matt Ryan made his concert debut as Musical Director for Flixton…

TV Review: Our Lives: Battle of the Bands

East of the M60‘s review of BBC One’s documentary on brass banding Our Lives: Battle of the Bands: BBC One, 27 May 2019, 7.30pm Presenter: Ruth Madoc; Musical Director (Tredegar Town Band): Ian Porthouse; Musical Director (Cory Band): Philip Harper; Executive Producer (BBC Wales): Christina Macaulay; Executive Producer (Yeti Media Ltd): Siân Price; Producer and…