Following Blackpool’s Puppet Up! Festival procession in March 1999, we decided that instead of having to bring a samba band from out of town to perform, we should form our own . . . so we did.
We have been in existence since March 2000, originally aiming to perform as part of the BBC Music Live event over May Bank Holiday weekend (which we did, playing at the top of Blackpool Tower and being broadcast live on BBC Radio Lancashire). We have performed in numerous carnival processions, at countless public events and galas, in many schools and youth clubs, and have regularly busked on the streets of several north-west towns and cities. We have given workshop sessions for hundreds of people to join in and feel the joy of playing samba rhythms, and have seen many, many band members (of all ages - from 6 to 86!) come and go. Most people who join the band have no previous musical experience. We like to think of ourselves as a ‘family’; new members have been regularly welcomed, and we bid fond farewells as people leave the band when their lives move on. We have learned and performed plenty of Brazilian-based samba rhythms (plus a few hybrids and attempts of our own!) and tried to keep our repertoire slowly evolving.
We still rehearse weekly (apart from December, and only fortnightly in January and February) and play gigs most weekends of the playing season (which usually ranges from somewhere around Easter to October / November).
For a more detailed insight into what being in the band is like, please read a personal account written by one of the band’s former performers and committee members (here).
Contact us for availability if you would like that special Poco Loco feeling at your event!