Category: Musical Notes

Almost famous

Our band recently played at a really interesting event in the village of Ruddington. It turns out that a survivor of the famous battle of Rorke’s Drift is buried in Ruddington and our band were..

Whit Friday Marches 2008

I spent the best part of last Friday in the lovely Lancashire area of Tameside, where our band were taking part in the traditional Whit Friday Marches contest. For the uninitiated this happens every year..

Mahler Six – a triumph not a tragedy

My girlfriend is simply the best. She knows what I like and she knows that I love Mahler, so she paid for a couple of seats for us at the Royal Centre in Nottingham last..

I’m a soppy old sod sometimes

I can’t but help loving this song. Time to do some immediate soppy song offsetting – perhaps some Slayer will do the trick.


I was reading a post over at Bad Astronomy about Brian May and the comments there discussed a number of his collaborations. I’ve always liked Queen and some of his solo stuff has been OK..

The kicking of shins

I’ve got quite an eclectic mix of musical tastes but my most listened-to music often uses that most iconic of instruments – the guitar. I just love those hefty, gritty chords ripped out by some..

Updating the band site

It seems that I’m in the process of combining two of my favourite activities: brass banding and farting about on the internet. After some sterling work over the years by our old PR man Ray,..

James Cook – Circumnavigator

Every year us Brass-banders head off to various locations in the UK to compete in “The Areas” – a regular, graded competition much loved/hated by the brass band community. This year we’re off to Bedworth..


I know that I’m afflicted with a love for Brass Bands but most of my listening time is spent listening to Rock and Metal. Naturally, when the other half is around I’m subjected to Snow..

Last Jazz Night in The Cow, Beeston

Last Jazz Night in The Cow, Beeston Originally uploaded by rutty. Tesco’s are killing The Cow in Beeston, Nottingham. They’re having the old pub torn down and replaced by cheap petrol. The bastards! Tonight was..

While my cornet gently weeps

I love my cornet a bit too much – Day 29 Originally uploaded by rutty. Things have been very quiet on here for a while. I’ve had loads of stuff going on, mostly related to..