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Head of Steam

Academic journal article Notes

Head of Steam

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Brass Monkey. Head of Steam. Topic TSCD575, 2009.

If the trumpet, saxophone, trombone and euphonium are not associated in the popular mind with English folk music, that is due less to musical-historical reality than to a popular prejudice in favor of fiddles and guitars stemming from the folk revival of the 1950s and 1960s. In fact, amateur brass bands are as deeply rooted in the musical traditions of the British working class as the pub song and the fiddle tune, and for over twenty-five years Brass Monkey has been slowly, steadily bringing an awareness of this rich tradition back to the folk scene. That the quintet is able to command attention at all is probably due to the fact that it is led by two leading lights of the ongoing folk movement: guitarist and singer Martin Carthy and accordionist John Kirkpatrick, both of whom (Carthy in particular) are household names in English musical circles. …

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