Brass bands of Ireland


A collection of information about brass bands in the island of Ireland over the last 200 years.

Following the suggestion of a friend, whose great-grandfather had played in a brass band in Eire in the early 1900s, I have extracted a subset of my earlier “Brass Bands of the British Isles – a Historical Directory” (2018). Over 1,370 bands are recorded here (93 currently active), with some 356 additional cross references for alternative or previous names.

bboi1This covers both Northern Ireland and Eire. It excludes (as does its parent volume) fife/drum bands or bugle bands, but it does include some brass/reed bands, particularly from the earlier years when instrumentation was much more variable. There are also a greater number of bands which had political affiliations – something that was rare in Britain.


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