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They’re dubbed the finest New Orleans Brass Band in North East England, and Northern Monkey Brass Band will be bringing their typically Louisiana sound to Byker’s Old Coal Yard on Friday 28th June to coincide with the release of their new album, Northern Monkey Business. The venue is one of the many excellent microbreweries in the area, tucked away in one of Byker’s most unassuming spots.

The band have previously worked with Kathryn Williams, Jimmy Nail and The Unthanks, with recognition coming from punters and artists alike and reviews of their live performances wax lyrical about five star performances from a band of superb musicians. Led by Graham Hardy, who has assembled an eight-piece collective which is equal parts drums, rhythm and bass, trombone solos are delivered with a flourish and their gigs draw together the fun and spontaneity afforded by such a wide range of instruments. The album’s 10 tracks pay homage to New Orleans through a handful of classic tunes which sit comfortably alongside funky originals and a special cover of Water of Tyne by North Eastern folk royalty, George Welch.

The album launch show is completely free, so if the effusive testimonies aren’t enough to tempt you along, then it’s definitely worth taking a punt on a gift of a performance from one of the most innovative and unique outfits in the region.


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