Westhoughton’s two musical legends, the enduringly popular folk group, The Houghton Weavers, and the internationally renowned Wingates Band, will be joining forces once again later this month, to perform the latest in a series of long-established and much-loved concerts at the historic and atmospheric venue of Rivington Hall Barn. The two groups will stage the 28th concert in the ‘Folk and Brass’ series on Wednesday, 16 September, commencing at 7:30pm. These concerts always attract large audiences, in the knowledge they are guaranteed a great combination of first-class musical entertainment, coupled with a liberal spice of humour – and often a surprise or two thrown in.
Both groups are currently celebrating special anniversaries, with the Weavers experiencing arguably their busiest-ever schedule, as they celebrate their 40th year, having started life in Westhoughton in the humblest of fashion in 1975. Wingates Band – now in its 143rd year – is celebrating a particularly noteworthy milestone on its long and colourful journey, as 2015 sees the 100th anniversary of the band’s first gramophone records, which were made during 1915, in the early months of World War I. Only three brass bands in the world have a longer recording pedigree than Wingates, and this remarkable achievement is to be celebrated in various ways via a project the band has labelled ‘Sounds of a Century’, which will see the release of a commemorative souvenir CD album, an illustrated booklet/discography profiling the band’s fascinating recording history, and a celebratory concert at Westhoughton’s St Bartholomew’s Parish Church on Saturday, 24th October (7:30pm)
Tickets for the Rivington Barn event, as well as further details of the band’s recording centenary project, can be obtained by calling 01204 696984 or 07970 131460.