Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Brasss Monkey - and now they are SIX !

This from the news desk of Brass Monkey

"We've worked out that it's thirty years since the five of us first appeared under the name "Brass Monkey". Before that, there was a duo with Messrs Carthy & Kirkpatrick ranging around for a couple of years, which grew into a trio with trumpeter Howard Evans, which gradually grew into a quintet with Martin Brinsford and Roger Williams. For a while there would be a random selection of threes, fours, and fives from gig to gig, but once we'd hit on our glorious title, "Brass Monkey" always meant all five of us.
After the sad death of Howard Evans in 2006, we weren't sure whether we could carry on or not. We did a small number of forays as a four-piece, but quickly realised that this way madness lies. So in 2009, Roger's old pal Paul Archibald came in with his glorious trumpet playing to bring us back up to our full complement, and the world was our lobster.
When Paul's many commitments ( take a deep breath and look up his dazzling web-site - we are not worthy.....) caused an occasional absence, he sent along a former student of his - Shane Brennan. We all thought this would be a ghastly idea, until we saw how brilliantly and effortlessly Shane did the business.
And then there were 6!

Shane was the sole trumpeter at our appearance at Cheltenham Folk Festival on February 12th, but for our April tour, and the festivals we're doing during the summer, both Paul and Shane will be on stage to make Brass Monkey a six-piece band. There can be surely no better way to celebrate this milestone in the band's history. We'll be tickling up a few old hits, as well as re-vamping some of the current repertoire. Our approach might not be everybody's cup of tea, but at least it will be loud!"


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