Drumbeat: Bands take part in fundraising nights

Brookeborough on the march
Brookeborough on the march

A very busy weekend sees concerts and events take place right across Northern Ireland as bands seek to raise funds for the year ahead

The Brookeborough Musical Extravaganza is now a mainstay of the Ulster Band calendar, and once again the Fermanagh band has gathered together an excellent line-up for its 2015 event.

Guests this year include the Millar Memorial Flute Band, Ravara Pipe and Maguiresbridge Silver.

Millar Memorial Flute were formed in 1911, originally called Milltown Flute, and have had a long and successful existence.

They released their first LP in 1967, and have led the Belfast Twelfth every year since 1976. Ravara Pipe have been going since 1946, and after many competition achievements, entered Grade 1 in 1995 where they have featured in the prizes consistently.

Fermanagh band Maguiresbridge Silver has an excellent reputation in the silver band world across the British Isles, and the highlight of their 2014 was participating in the Hebden Bridge Brass Band competition in Yorkshire.

As always the hosts will finished the night’s proceedings. The night will signal another busy year for Brookeborough as they work towards their second appearance in the Belfast Tattoo.

The concert will take place in the Valley Hotel Fivemiletown this Saturday evening, with an 8pm sharp start.

In what is a very busy weekend, Friday night will see a poker night fundraiser for the Pride of the Hill Carnmoney Flute. The venue for the competition is Burnfield Golf Club, with a 7.30pm start.

On Saturday morning the Milltown Accordion have organised a coffee morning from 11am to 1pm in 3rd Portglenone Presbyterian Church hall, with everyone welcome to drop in.

Elsewhere on Saturday night the Pride of the Bann will bring no less than six bands to the Sperrin Club in Coleraine. Gortagilly Coronation, Burntollet Sons of Ulster, Ballyclare Protestant Boys, Ballyquin, Portrush Melody and Derryloran Boyne Defenders will all be on hand to entertain the crowds.

In Portadown Town Hall an 8pm kick off will see Pride of Ballinran Kilkeel and the Dunloy Orchestra Group perform for the Derrycarne Bible and Crown Defenders.

In Scarva Orange Hall Bessbrook True Blues will host a Night at the Races fundraiser, with the doors open at 7pm. In Lowquarter Orange Hall on the Ballinderry Road Lisburn, The Lisburn Young Defenders will be making a guest appearance for the Brookmount Cultural and Education Society.

Pride of the Raven Flute East Belfast have announced their annual charity collection on September 13, 2014 raised £1,142.32, with the cause benefiting Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIPD). The Raven would like to thank all who contributed.