A Hidden Fanfare is the story of St. James’s Brass and Reed Band, a band that has been playing music in Ireland for over two centuries. They have been present at key points in Ireland’s history but their own story has lain hidden, until now.
St. James’s Brass and Reed Band is the oldest band in Ireland and they still play. The secret of the band’s unbroken tradition and survival is entirely due to service of its members. At its core is a group of people who are passionate about their music, who play as a family, and who have lovingly kept the tradition on through generations. This is the story of a band that has marched through the history of modern Ireland, and continues to play on.
First Broadcast: 19th May, 2019