Spirited Second Line Revelry, Galloping Gypsy Czárdas, Soulful Jazz Funeral Marches, Pumping Brass Driven Funk!
Line-up: trumpets, Rob Smith, Jack Banjo Courtney, Rob Slater; trombones - Vij Prakash, Tom Green; sax - David Robinson; sousaphone - John Caddick; percussion - Fred Harper; drums - Harpal Mudhar
The Brass Funkeys are an 8-piece London-based Brass Band who draw on the traditions of New Orleans. Formed in 2011, they have played at major festivals including Glastonbury, Wilderness and the North Sea Jazz Festival as well as London venues including The O2 Brooklyn Bowl, Koko Camden, and Ronnie Scott’s. Whether performing a powerful amplified stage show or as a totally mobile marching band, the Brass Funkeys bring together some of the most talented musicians in London in an eclectic live show bursting at the seams with ideas and infectious energy.
After the cancellation of dozens of live dates in 2020, The Brass Funkeys are not taking lockdown lying down, instead embarking on an ambitious project to release four EPs of new material over the course of the year. “Live at Cambridge Junction” features their high-energy stage show while “Crunch” showcases original material continuing their exploration of a new genre: #ThrashBrass. Their latest EP release “Ruin” explores pumping, heavy, brass-led covers from girlband to heavy metal, marking the Brass Funkeys out as a trailblazer in the new generation of UK Brass Bands, while still holding true to the New Orleans sound.
“Brass has not been this good since that time Reel Big Fish covered A-Ha” – Noisey @ Glastonbury 2017
“Hugely enjoyable!” ** allaboutjazz.com “Rabble Rouser” review