After Hackney Colliery Band played for the Craig Charles Funk and Soul show in November, we knew we had to bring them back, and quickly. So we did! They’re back for one of our first shows of the new year.
Hackney Colliery Band is East London’s unique take on the brass band. Featuring trumpets, trombones, saxes, sousaphone and marching percussion, the band are totally acoustic and yet able to blow the roof off any room. Hackney Colliery Band’s members have hugely diverse musical backgrounds, ranging from work with cutting edge jazz groups to the Royal Opera House, and from Jarvis Cocker to major international orchestras.
They’ve just recorded a cover of Adele’s Rolling Deep which is great and available as a free download here.
This breadth of musical talent is clearly on display in their eclectic repertoire. Mining nuggets of funk, hip-hop and high-octane rock from the musical coalface and throwing in a few chunks of Balkan brass, ska and contemporary jazz for good measure, the Hackney Colliery Band’s setlist is as diverse as the London borough that gave them their name. Add the fact that the band stays true to its roots by bringing the tradition of mobile marching bands firmly into the 21st Century and you know that every gig’s sure to be unique.
Whether playing to a global audience of hundreds of millions at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics or to a few hundred at Band on the Wall, you can be certain of one thing: this is high-energy, good-time music that’ll make you want move your feet.