Hackney Colliery Band set to raise roof at Ropery Hall

They played a 40 minute set to 80,000 people at the pre-show of the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony and now the Hackney Colliery Band will be bringing its unique take on the brass band to Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall.

The band dates back to 2008 when it was formed with a desire to play music that appealed as much to the feet as the ears and features trumpets, trombones, saxophones, sousaphone and marching percussion.

Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk said she was delighted to have the opportunity to bring the band to Barton.

“Although they are totally acoustic they are able to blow the roof off any room,” she said.

“Inspired by New Orleans marching bands, Balkan beats, contemporary hip-hop, dubstep and R&B, sizzling Latin brass, African polyrhythms and high-octane rock, the Hackney Colliery Band bring the UK colliery brass band tradition bang up to date,” she went on.

“Expect brass-heavy covers of artists including Prodigy, Goldie, Adele, Alicia Keys, Blackstreet, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Kanye West, Beady Belle and even Toto, alongside an eclectic range of original music by the band’s many talented composers.

“The set list is as diverse as the London borough that gave them their name and stays true to its roots by bringing the tradition of mobile marching bands firmly into the 21st Century and you know that every gig’s sure to be unique.”

Hackney Colliery Band’s members have hugely diverse musical backgrounds, ranging from work with cutting edge jazz groups to the Royal Opera House and from Jarvis Cocker to major international orchestras.

“This breadth of musical talent is clearly on display in their eclectic repertoire, mining nuggets of funk, hip-hop and high-octane rock from the musical coalface and throwing in a few chunks of Balkan brass, electronica, and contemporary jazz for good measure,” Liz continued.

The band’s first gig was part of the Spitalfields Festival in 2008 and since then it has rapidly established themselves as one of the most exciting live bands in the UK, performing at countless festivals, clubs, and private events across the country.

The band has played sold-out headline shows at the Jazz Café (including a memorable impromptu jam with Amy Winehouse), Scala, The Garage, Hootenanny and many more top London venues; supported US brass megastars the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble on a recent London date; and toured extensively in the UK, as well as performing at international music festivals in Holland and Ireland.

The band will be making music at Ropery Hall in a standing gig on Saturday, May 9 starting at 8pm.  Tickets cost £13 in advance or £15 on the door and can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person at the Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.




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