Headphones For Babies

 

A protective spectator ensure his baby is well prepared to withstand the music of an energetic Brass Bands.  This year’s annual Ribble Valley Jazz Festival at Clitheroe in Lancashire.

A Celebration

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My love of music covers all styles, including iconic performers. Over Christmas the BBC interviewed Dame Shirley Bassey and her remarkable career span.  It was also a special celebration in recognition of Shirley’s 80th Birthday in January.  Fabulous vocal longevity, and in her own words. “How do you keep the Music Playing”.

Brass Monkeys Festival

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On a Christmas shopping spree I got distracted by the sound of music everywhere.    This Band got my attention with dancers and children joining in with the music.  It’s the annual Winter event of the Brass Monkeys Festival  in Oldham.

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Costume and Culture

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Folk Festivals bring costume and culture together.  This Mexican dancer came alive with her traditional performance at one of the Holmfirth Festivals in Yorkshire.

Mexican Dancers

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Far from their native land in Mexico,  traditional Mexican Dancers brought lively rhythm and dance to the cold damp streets of Holmfirth.

Pub Art

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I thought this Pub’s piano keys stood out in the high street of Oldham. I wasn’t sure what the link was to the pub name however.  Maybe it’s a union of Karioki Pub Singers to traditional singalongs !! 

Grand and Classic

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A piano in a track arrangement can bring a touch of sophistication.  This grand piano takes prominence at Chatsworth Hall as an expensive Steinways, with invites for public playing. You could say its the Rolls Royce of all pianos.  Needless to say with a little encouragement, I couldn’t resist the luxury of this Rolls Royce

 

Myths and Tradition

 

Myths from traditional folklore continue from each generation.  My musical journies into Yorkhire, took me to another world to discover how each style of dance had its own story to tell.

Reggae Music

From the cool climates of Manchester England to the tropics of Jamaica – Homeland to Bob Marlow’s legendary music like “Is this Love” played where ever you go.

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(Photo taken aboard the Catamaran Cruise along the Caribbean Coast of Jamaica)

The Blues

“Blues America” revealed the history of the blues.  How those folks back in slavery years expressed themselves through their musical instruments.   With the likes of “Muddy Waters” being just one of many  to emerge.

The Blues(Photo taken through shop window at Clitheroe Festival)

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