The band is Bare Brass, and they have an EP of music with Christmas in mind and a good cause at its heart. The EP is called Brandy Snaps and the charity it supports is Water Aid.
The brains behind the project is Tom Harris, who is currently a second year student on Birmingham Conservatoire’s jazz course.
The story behind the EP is basically that we put on a gig last year in Manchester at Christmas to raise money for Water Aid and the music went down really well so I thought it would be cool to record it all and try to make some more money as it’s such a great charity!
The line-up for two tracks on the album (Carol of the Bells and O Holy Night) is: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bari, Bari, Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Sousaphone, Drums, Percussion.
And then there’s one tune (God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen) with a more conventional funk line-up: Male Vocal (Joe Spinoza), Alto, Alto, Tenor, Bari, Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Sousaphone, Electric Guitar, Piano, Electric Bass, Drums, Percussion
Finally, the album finishes with a short spoken-word piece: Spoken Word (Matt Harris), Piano, Drums, Chorus
All of the arrangements were done by me except for O Holy Night which was done by the sax player Caitlin Laing. The whole thing was mixed by the drummer Alex Temple-Heald.
Here is a little teaser:
- You can find out more at the band’s Facebook page which is HERE.
- And you can buy Bare Brass’s Brandy Snaps and so support Water Aid HERE.