Brass Monkey

Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


This folk band was formed in 1981 by John Kirkpatrick (8 August 1947, Chiswick, London, England; anglo-concertina, melodeon, accordion, vocals), Roger Williams (b. 30 July 1954, Cottingham, Yorkshire, England; trombone), Howard Evans (b. 29 February 1944, Chard, Somerset, England; trumpet, flügelhorn), Martin Brinsford (b. 17 August 1944, Gloucester, England; saxophone, mouth organ, percussion) and Martin Carthy (b. 21 May 1941, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England; guitar, mandolin, vocals). Brinsford had earlier been a member of the Old Swan Band. Meanwhile, another band, Home Service, still included Evans and Williams as members. Williams was replaced in 1984 by Richard Cheetham (b. 29 January 1957, Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester, England; trombone). Brass Monkey proved something of an eyebrow-raiser when a combination of traditional folk instruments was played alongside brass instruments. The combination of folk stalwarts Carthy and Kirkpatrick and classically...

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