Tuesday, 20 September 2011
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.)