Tag Archives: UK

Interview: Tom Haxell – IRL, Independent Record Ltd (January 2017)

Interview: Tom Haxell – IRL, Independent Record Ltd (January 2017)

There was a time, not long ago, when ‘independent’ was the new hype. During the late-1990s/early 2000s, everything needed to be independent or indie to be cool, almost hipster. Labels, bands and venues competed to be or look like as independent as possible. Unfortunately, very few of those (so-called) independent...
Album Review: Hackney Colliery Band – Sharpener [Veki UK, 22nd July 2016]
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Album Review: Hackney Colliery Band – Sharpener [Veki UK, 22nd July 2016]

Building on a quintessentially British tradition of colliery brass bands, the 8-year old Hackney Colliery Band has ingeniously transformed what used to be a coal-mining community music tradition into a dynamic and dance-inducing response to today’s cosmopolitan London. The nine-piece brass and marching percussion band from East London, fronted by trumpeter...
Preview: Owiny Sigoma Band U.K. Tour (U.K. Wide, 22nd to 29th May 2016)

Preview: Owiny Sigoma Band U.K. Tour (U.K. Wide, 22nd to 29th May 2016)

It is said that difficulties break some men but make others…as a matter of fact, Owiny Sigoma Band musicians have definitely become stronger people after their recently troubled months. The death of an important band member like Charles Owoko would have turned upside down and put through the wringer every ensemble, but the...
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