Queen's Call for the Top Brass

University's School of Creative Arts appeals for antique materials to help form Ireland's most comprehensive music archive

Queen’s University Belfast is asking the public to search their photo albums, roof spaces and garages for any information or memorabilia relating to brass bands in Ireland.

A new research project, led by the School of Creative Arts at Queen’s, is gathering instruments, music, uniforms, photographs, cine film, video and audio recordings that will be used to document the history of the 200 plus brass bands that existed in Ireland between 1850 and 1970.

The information will help form one of the most comprehensive archives available in any field of amateur music-making in Ireland, to include a major museum exhibition of materials, a permanent digital archive of resources, and an oral history project focusing on older generation musicians.

With the exception of brief references in key text books, very little is recorded about the history of banding in Ireland North and South compared to the rest of Great Britain, according to the project's website.

The University is keen to involve as many people in the wider community as possible to reflect the roots of the bands, with a role for amateur historians, musicians and families of band musicians.

For further information or if you have anthing which you think might be relevant then register it here.