Acid Brass show to hit Preston for one-off performance

As music genres go they are about as far apart as rock and roll and opera.

Monday, 3rd April 2017, 7:46 am
Updated Saturday, 8th April 2017, 10:22 pm
The Fairey Band

But acid house meets brass band in Preston later this month in a free show staged by the Harris Museum and Library.

Acid Brass, a fusion of acid house anthems with the sound of a traditional brass band, will hit the city for a one-off performance.

The Williams Fairey Brass Band from Stockport have embraced the concept and have taken the music to Paris (The Louvre), Berlin and have played at numerous festivals across Europe and throughout Britain including the Tate Modern.

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The Preston gig will be on Friday, April 28 between 7pm and 9pm. It is part of the Harris’s Dance First, Think Later programme of contemporary art. The invitation is for anyone to come along to the Flag Market and enjoy an unusual, yet wonderful sound.

Acid Brass is the brainchild of Turner Prize winning artist Jeremy Deller.

Deller imagined and devised the concept of acid house music played by a brass band 20 years ago in a flow chart entitled “The History of the World (1997).”

The idea was grasped by the Fairey Band who have since achieved fame in modern music circles by playing acid brass concerts in addition to their traditional performances.

The band, formed in 1937, still perform “real” brass and came second in the National Championships of Great Britain in October. Over the years they have won nine GB titles, 15 British Opens, one English championship and become European champions once.

Brass and acid house are said to share links through their social and political roots.