2016's BBC Music Day saw the Band taken once again to Sheffield's hearts in a performance with much-loved - and particularly unique- Sheffield band, The Everly Pregnant Brothers.
As the headliners of an imaginative and eclectic day of some 22 acts in as many different locations across the city, the performance in Sheffield’s Peace Gardens caused a social media storm as fans old and new of both groups posted the short concert online.
The Everly Pregnant Brothers, a charismatic mix of ukuleles, string bass, drummer and front man are “a bunch of disparate chaps [with] three things in common, the love of beer, ukuleles and having a laugh.” They have carved a creative niche by taking well-known classic pop songs and “tampering” with the lyrics to produce musical art that celebrates Sheffield and takes a humorous squint at life. They are cherished by locals and enjoyed far further afield. Note: Songs do come with a “parental advisory” notice – not for the faint-hearted or easily offended!
The collaboration came about as part of BBC Music Day, when Brass Bands England Liaison Officer Rachel Veitch-Straw was approached by the Sheffield Makes Music team to work on a shared performance between the Brothers and Unite the Union Brass Band. The connection was made as part of an earlier Brass Bands England project, Brass With Beethoven, in May this year, which some of the Band's members were also involved in.
The Band's Composer and Arranger in Residence, Mike Kilmartin, rose to the challenge, taking the Brothers’ versions of popular tunes and creating backing arrangements for the band which skilfully interweave the brass band sounds with the Everly Pregnant Brothers’ driving Ukelele chords.
The Band would like to extend thanks to The Everly Pregnant Brothers, Brass Bands England and liaison officer, Rachel Straw, for making the event possible.