STRIKE UP THE BAND
In the coming weeks www.longkeshinsideout.co.uk will be presenting a new feature were we will be looking at some of the bands from around the province and indeed from further afield. We hope to have new guest contributors to present short histories of their own chosen bands. Marching bands—be they flute—accordion—silver or pipe form a huge part of our cultural identity and all too often are portrayed in the wrong light or given bad press for the most dubious of reasons.
The Protestant band culture go’s back a long, long way—Churchill from Londonderry can trace their origins back to the 1830’s—and there are many fascinating stories behind the formation of some. We hope that this short series will inspire others to relate the history of “their” band. All future entries will be welcomed. The difficult task is to whittle a very long list down to a manageable short one…but we have to start somewhere!! The series will contain historical précis’ of twelve bands—most of them household names. Don’t be offended if your own particular favourite doesn’t appear—it may well do in the future.