Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Brass


I'm sure there's fat bloke with a burger on this somewhere (see yesterday if you don't know what I'm talking about!) but somehow the busy Festival scene looks better as a reflection.  There was a good turnout of brass, when those festival favourites, The Peace Artistes, performed outside the Victoria Hall.  I defy anyone not to be cheered up by their lively music. It's hard not to start jigging about, so infectious is the rhythm.  A street band of anything up to about 15 musicians, they play a lively blend of music drawing its origins from Africa, salsa, jazz, pop - in fact anything can creep in, especially when one of the band starts a solo passage in and amongst.  Usually eccentrically dressed and quite unpredictable, nevertheless they are fine musicians, with percussion, saxophones and of course the brass.

There's a Yorkshire saying: "Where there's muck, there's brass" (meaning there's money to be made in the jobs most don't want to do because they're unpleasant).  Well, there was plenty of brass but not too much muck in evidence in Saltaire at the weekend.

If you're interested, there's a write-up of the Saltaire Festival on our local newspaper's website - together with an odd little video of the Victoria Hall's Wurlitzer organ (see this 2009 post about the organ). (If you're overseas, the video may not work. Try it and see. Sorry if it doesn't.)

19 comments:

  1. Sounds like my sort of band.
    The answer to your problem: Go out intending to photograph "fat bloke with burger" - you won't see a single one. Guaranteed.

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  2. Certainly no muck on this gleaming instrument. Our daughter used to play baritone horn in a silver band. She was very fussy about keeping it clean.

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  3. The reflection shows a busy and crowdy place!

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  4. What a clever photograph, Jenny!

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  5. Love all the reflections in your picture !
    Brass is not so my thing ! I have heard such a lot these two weekends with all the festivals going on in Brussels !

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  6. What a creative capture Jenny - even the dents in the instrument add to the charm. And your accompanying descriptions always help us to feel as though we are there on the sidelines.

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  7. The local newspaper story is a little confusing as there is no mention of the Saltaire Wurlitzer in the article despite the video clip featuring it and 2 festival events using it - a concert afternoon and an informal Wurlitzer and Cafe Open Day for anyone to drop in at.

    Both events were well attended with many visitors experiencing live Theatre Organ Music for the first time. Several members of The Peace Artists came in for tea and cake inbetween their performances.

    The video features Cinema Organ Society member Keith Pounder, one of the members who performed during the open day.

    More information about the Saltaire Wurlitzer and events featuring it can be found at www.cosnorth.co.uk

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  8. I love brass bands. As teenagers we would put together brass ensembles to play at festivals, placing an upturned hat on the ground in front of us. The money collected would later be spent on hamburgers. Perhaps your "fat bloke" is one of my former buddies. Jim

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  9. That is such a cool shot that you thought of to take! So creative. ~Lili

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  10. I love brass bands, but only live. Somehow, they lose their sparkle in a recording.

    Beautiful shot :)

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  11. The fat bloke is a little distorted, but I see him! lol...

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  12. So disappointed I can't see your reflection in the brass!
    Looks like it was dropped and dented pretty badly!
    Nice girl. She maybe was a passerby; she doesn't seem to be blowing it!

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  13. Charming photo. The fat bloke just adds a bit of character to the shot.

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  14. What a great shot, Jenny! Love all the reflections.

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  15. What's a festival without a fat bloke with a burger? :-D Nice portrait shot with the reflection.

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