The Brass Band Podcast brings you news, interviews and analysis from across the banding world. Dave Kinross and Martyn Ramsay also look to challenge thinking and stimulate respectful debate so that new ideas can come forward for the good of the movement.
Brass Band Podcast: Applying Science to Banding - Martin Gernon
Dave Kinross is joined by the Managing Director of the Centre Stage Group, Martin Gernon to discuss the potential risks of transmission and how some trials conducted in conjunction with Brass Bands England has led to his product Moisture Guard.
Brass Band Podcast - Time Capsule: Russell Gray
Martyn is back with his journey through the contesting archives. Russell Gray joins him this week to discuss a legendary Nationals win for Leyland on a piece that perfectly encapsulated the band’s story at the time and with a little bit of Roald Dahl thrown in for good measure!
Brass Band Podcast - Norway's Return to the Band Room
In this episode, Dave and Martyn are joined by Viggo Bjorge of the Eikanger Bjorsvik Band and a familiar voice, Kenny Crookston the CEO of Brass Bands England. In an incredibly revealing insight, Viggo discusses everything from social distancing in band, to how we can expect formations to look in the "new normal".
Brass Band Podcast - Time Capsule: Garry Cutt
Two weeks before the British Open in 2004, Garry Cutt was at home ignoring the debut of the X Factor and was anticipating a day’s listening and socialising instead of conducting. Here is the story of how he took on a job nine days before the biggest contest of the year and added a third Mortimer Trophy to his collection.
Brass Band Podcast - Time Capsule: Sandy Smith
1985 was a golden year for Black Dyke Mills, winning a clean sweep of contests including the Yorkshire Areas, Europeans, the Open and the Nationals. It is the final victory, on John McCabe’s masterpiece Cloudcatcher Fells, that Sandy Smith joins Martyn to discuss on this week’s Time Capsule.
(Note: apologies for Martyn’s sound in the opening 2 minutes, it does get fixed!)
Brass Band Podcast - Time Capsule: Sheona Wade
Martyn is joined by Sheona Wade to give retrospect on YBS's European Championship win of 2004. A huge 6 point winning margin between the set test of St Magnus and their own choice of Music of the Sphere's, cemented the contest firmly as one of the great band's finest moments.
A great podcast, but with a recent problem!
Always an enjoyable and informative listen, and I always look forward to each episode.
There is one issue that has occurred recently that causes me a problem - I listen to the podcast using headphones, and in recent episodes I’ve found that Dave and Kenny’s speech has been mixed so that one is heard exclusively in the left channel, and the other only in the right. I have hearing loss in one ear, so find myself only listening to one half of the conversation most of the time when the audio is presented his way!
If the audio mix can be easily fixed for future episodes then I’d be very grateful.
Where’s the music?
I appreciate that everyone is doing their best in these days of challenge, but is there some copyright issue that means this has to be al chat and no music? Loved Frank Renton: informative and knows when to let the music speak for itself. I’ll happily listen to an analysis of a great performance from yesteryear, but I’d like to hear it myself. If it’s just going to be chat why not name it Brass Chat? Thank you.
Bring Back Frank Renton
Sadly, this really is drier than a 6 month old loaf of Hovis.