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Brass Banding Goes Pop: EM60’s 2020 Advent Calendar: 18. Delilah

Why, why, why… More Tom Jones?

  • Piece: Delilah;
  • Composers: Barry Mason/Les Reed.

What links Glasgow with Hyde, Pontypridd and Stoke-on-Trent? It is this song, covered by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and Biggles Wartime Band, originally sung by PJ Proby, though more famously by Tom Jones. As for the Stoke-on-Trent connection, it is a long time chant beloved of Stoke City fans.

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Cornish Pasty by David Johnson, 2007.

Brass Banding Goes Pop: EM60’s 2020 Advent Calendar: 12. The Floral Dance

That rare beast of a pop music and brass band crossover hit!

  • Piece: The Floral Dance
  • Composer: Katie Moss (lyrics);
  • Arranger: Derek Broadbent.

If it wasn’t for Paul McCartney’s Mull of Kintyre, this tune would have been 1977’s Christmas Number One. Brighouse and Rastrick’s The Floral Dance peaked at Number Two and introduced many new converts to brass banding. So much so that Derek Broadbent’s tune could be both a godsend and an albatross.

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Another Brass Band Advent Calendar: 2. A Short Ride in a Brass Machine

A bespoke piece written for Briggus

  • Piece: A Short Ride in a Brass Machine;
  • Composer and Arranger: Andrew Baker.

Our second piece is a lively number by Andrew Baker, which was written for Brighouse and Rastrick Band’s 140th year in 2006. Which, incredibly, was also the year when East of the M60 began.

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Another Brass Band Advent Calendar: 1. The Crazy Brass Machine

“Welcome, my son, welcome to the machine…”

Before we start, the fire doors are the way you came in, beside the trombone section, and the back door which leads to our village’s apology of a Christmas tree…

  • Piece: The Crazy Brass Machine;
  • Composer: Mark Taylor;
  • Arranger: Sandy Smith.

For this year’s Brass Band Advent Calendar opens with Brighouse and Rastrick Band’s performance of The Crazy Brass Machine. Our clip is from the Obrasso Records release Our Town (2014).

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A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 16. Jenny Jones

Another vintage solo from The Mighty Briggus

In this recording we feature two brass band icons: our euphonium soloist Lyndon Baglin and William Rimmer, the Southport born composer of this piece.

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A Brass Band Advent Calendar: 13. Knight Templar

George Allan’s evergreen contest march

For many listeners of brass band music, some brass bands are recognisable by their choice of contest march. You could be sure that Fodens Band will be playing The President on Whit Friday. Brighouse and Rastrick for some listeners is shorthand for Ravenswood in that department. As for Black Dyke Band, there is only one answer. Yes, it is George Allan’s most recognisable contest march.

What do we have here? In our video clip isn’t Queensbury’s finest musical export. Even Mr Magoo could fathom that one out.

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