Booka Brass Band

County Dublin

Booka Brass Band are Ireland's first (and currently only) New Orleans style Brass Band.

Formed in November 2012, since then they have quickly gone from strength to strength on the live music scene in Ireland. With regular shows in venues all over Dublin including The Sugar Club, Whelan’s and Twisted Pepper, alongside stomping sets to festival crowds at Electric Picnic, Sea Sessions and Longitude, their unique offering and incredible live energy has brought them an unusual level of success in their first year together.

Booka Brass Band have developed their sound and set up over the last twelve months through a succession of great opportunities, all well deserved and well executed. They have also grown in size, now containing seven members consisting of two trumpets, two trombones, saxophone, sousaphone and drums. With six band members still full-time students, they also stretch the length and breadth of the country coming from Cork all the way to Belfast, studying everything from medicine to law. Classically trained, the band also brings a great understanding of classical harmony which can be heard behind the beats of their original tunes.

In the past few months they have opened shows for New Orleans own Hot 8 Brass Band and the critically acclaimed Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. They've also collaborated with some of Ireland's biggest acts including Jerry Fish and Lisa Hannigan on the back of their eleventh hour set at Turning Pirate's New Year’s Eve Mixtape at Vicar Street. In their first year they have also entered and won two competitions, seeing them become special guests to the Sea Sessions Unsigned and also selected from over 450 bands to perform at last year’s Electric Picnic. They have also been spending time over the last two months writing the material for their first EP which is being recorded in the coming months.

Booka have big plans for the next 12 months and if the first 12 were anything to go by, they are ones to watch.

Twitter: @bookabrass

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