Hackney Colliery Band have had a simply phenomenal few years. From playing a 45 minute set at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics and sets at the MOBO, Brit and Mercury Awards to live sessions on BBC Two, Sky Arts, BBC Radio 2, Jazz FM and worldwide airplay from many more, from performances with the likes of Amy Winehouse and Madness to headline shows at London’s KOKO, and a tour schedule even taking in the Faroe Islands, these east London musicians haven’t stopped.
Part of the great appeal lies in their set list, which is as diverse as the London borough that gave them their name. With influences as much from the world of contemporary rock and electronica as from jazz and global brass, they stand out in a music landscape increasingly populated by brass bands. A New Orleans-style line up of trumpets, trombones, saxes, sousaphone and two drummers is augmented with a smattering of electronics, and a name which pays homage to the great British brass heritage yet nods to one of London’s most musically dynamic boroughs demonstrate that Hackney Colliery Band are rooted in tradition, yet sound thoroughly modern.