Welcome to the website of the Brigstowe Village Band.
We are modelled on the village bands of Thomas Hardy’s day when local musicians played for all the local gatherings and celebrations.
We play lively upbeat traditional tunes of the British Isles and include songs, words and dances to reflect the origins of the music.
We perform at events such as fairs, street parties, harvest festivals and concerts.
Professional musician Laurel Swift arranges most of our music and leads monthly rehearsals.
The band is run as cooperatively as possible with members taking on organisational roles such as gaffer, bagman, scrivener and victualer.
We are a friendly and inclusive group welcoming all acoustic instruments, there are no auditions and music is provided online – reading music is an advantage but some members play by ear.
Come along and join us at one of our friendly rehearsals. We currently are particularly looking for woodwind players.
For more information about joining the band or booking us for an event please email BVB.firstname.lastname@example.org.
“A highly professional mix of authentic tunes, songs, dances and readings. Brigstowe Village Band is the real deal and transfixed a toe-tapping audience with their re-creation of 19th century West Country festivities.” – Portishead Senior Forum, May 2019.