Hello .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 fetes, gatherings – weddings, seasonal celebrations fetes , etc. We have some 20 people in the band playing fiddle, accordion, guitar , banjo, autoharp,melodeon, trombone, trumpet , horn , bassoon and tuba.
We would especially welcome some flutes and clarinets !
We run the band as co-operatively as possible with professional musician Matt Norman as our musical leader and arranger. Matt runs monthly rehearsal every 3rd Sunday 2-4pm rehearsals. We pay a month ‘sub’ to cover costs – however you can come along for the first time to see if you like us and the music !
We play lively upbeat dances and songs of the British Isles and also have programmes of words to match with our music .
In period dress we have performed in lunchtime concerts , fairs and street parties and dances ( we have a caller Anne , who will tell you what to do Most recently Buskathon’s at Southmead Hospital and St Stephen’s Church – and this summer see us play at street parties ; Party in the Park and Peaceful Portway ( both in Bristol ).
We are a friendly and inclusive group welcoming all acoustic instruments, there are no auditions and most music is provided on line- some people read some play by ear . .