Let’s face the music!


On Friday 20th May, Richard Scott and Rod McFarlane from Doyen Music visited us for the weekend to produce the band’s 40th Anniversary celebration CD – Lets Face the Music. What followed was one of the most intense 3 days the band has experienced, as we recorded not one but two CDs to be released during this, our anniversary year.

We arrived at Murrays Road School where the recording was to take place (also the venue of our last recording – The Bands Played On) and after set up of the recording studio (school hall) and the production suite (Headmasters office) we were ready for our first take.

Manx Concert Brass were first to record and got off to a flyer, and by 9.00pm had laid down our first 5 tracks, so called it a night.

Things continued well on Saturday morning when the Manx Youth Band began their session. By 12.30pm they had completed 4 tracks and a combined piece featuring over 60 players from the organisation had also been recorded.

Saturday also happened to be the warmest day of the year so far, and with over 60 people, plus the effect of the huge windows in the hall and all the recording equipment, our studio had turned into an oven!

By the end of Saturday afternoon’s session we had recorded 14 tracks, well over an hour of music. Things were going so well we made a team decision that we would attempt to record the second CD of our ambitious plan.

And so, when Saturday evening’s session started, we sat with shorts, t-shirts and sunglasses on, in the baking heat with the sun shining down upon us and recorded the first track of our Christmas CD. We spent the remainder of the hottest weekend of the year recording classics like Jingle Bells, White Christmas and The Christmas Song.

The first of our CDs is released tonight and is available to purchase right here this evening.

The Christmas CD will be launched at a separate concert later this year.

A big thank you goes to the Headmaster Steve Taylor and all at Murrays Road School, especially Ray Dallimore.