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…

Mass Brass 3: Saddleworth’s Brass Banding Bonanza

Why Dobcross Youth, Delph, Diggle, and Boarshurst Silver bands gave us 120 reasons to enjoy Saddleworth’s biggest night in brass band music At Saddleworth Civic Hall, brass banding nights seldom get any bigger than the annual Mass Brass concert in Uppermill. Apart from any of Saddleworth’s bands hiring The Roly Polys as a support act,…

Elland Silver Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 24 March 2019

Elland Silver Band shine in sensational concert two weeks after Yorkshire Regional Finals Was it really six months ago when Elland Silver Band played their last gig at Boarshurst Band Club? Was the Yorkshire Regional Finals in Huddersfield really a fortnight ago? After preparing for the latter, Elland Silver Band gave us all a fantastic…

Slaithwaite Band, 17 March 2019: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club

A splendid traditional style brass band concert with five stunning solo performances In the cosy surroundings of Boarshurst Band Club, Ryan Watkins’ Slaithwaite Band served up a delightful concert with traditional fare and a superb selection of solo performances. One of the five – the band’s youngest soloist – stole the show.

Boarshurst Silver Band’s Remembrance Day Concert (11 November 2018)

How Boarshurst Silver Band remembered the fallen in a slickly produced concert More than anything, this year’s Remembrance Sunday had an added dimension. Not only did it fall on the 11 November (which is Armistice Day). This year also marks the centenary of the signing of the Armistice between allied forces and Germany.

Hebden Bridge Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club (October 2018)

Another great night with Moore fantastic music As the clocks went back in tandem with the dark cold nights, a warm reception was in order at Boarshurst Band Club’s latest concert. Last night, Hebden Bridge Band made a modest journey to Greenfield’s most iconic live music venue. With Grenville Moore standing in for David Hamilton,…

Ashton-under-Lyne Band: Sunday Brass at the Boarshurst Band Club, 07 October 2018

Chalk and Co’s deliver a concert to remember There are two reasons why your favourite divine being gave us brass bands. One was to entertain the masses. Another one was to bring cultural enrichment to the masses. In other words, the joys of introducing classical music to the provinces. Whilst finding room for entertainment value.

Last Bus from Ashton: The Night I Saw Jeff Lynne’s ELO

The Mother of All Memorable Concerts at Manchester Arena, 10 April 2016 The rave reviews of their Manchester gig were well deserved. Surpassing my previous all time #1 gig (Roger Hodgson, 29 May 2013, Bridgewater Hall) and my last trip to Manchester Arena (Peter Kay’s Comic Relief gig), Jeff Lynne and Co. more than exceeded my expectations….

Gig Review: Half Man Half Biscuit, 17 February 2011

The Plug, Matilda Street, Sheffield “We were going to have ourselves a beautiful evening. Everything was in order…” as me and a couple of fellow HMHB fans headed to Plug for our second gig on the other side of the Pennines.