Hello and welcome to the website of the Brigstowe Village Band. We are an acoustic band modelled on the village band of Thomas Hardy’s day, when local musicians would play at all the local gatherings – weddings, May Day celebrations fetes , etc. We have some 20 people in the band playing fiddle, flute, accordion, guitar , banjo, autoharp,melodeon, trombone, trumpet , horn and tuba.
We run the band as democratically as possible and Matt Norman is our musical leader , arranges music for us and runs rehearsals
We play lively upbeat dances and songs of the British Isles and also have a programme of words based on the journey from Bristol to Bath in the late 1800’s.
In period dress we have performed in lunchtime concerts , fairs and fetes, dances most recently Buskathon’s at Southmead Hospital and St Stephen’s Church – come and see us play in any of these spaces.
We are a friendly and inclusive group welcoming all acoustic instruments, there are no auditions and music is provided in advance for those who are not such confident readers.
If you want to see scores for the music we play please click here.