American Trilogy’s fitting salute to Jim

Bo'ness and Carriden Brass Band
Bo'ness and Carriden Brass Band

Over the years, Bo’ness and Carriden Band’s annual concert has delighted the huge audiences that fill Bo’ness Town Hall.

Last Friday night was no exception.

From the moment compere Frank McGarry welcomed the huge following and introduced the players and conductor, Charlie Farren, onto the stage you just knew something special was in the offing.

Brass band concerts nearly always begin with a traditional march and Carriden band opened with a rousing ‘Star Lake’.

Although composed for the Bands of the Salvation Army, Carriden performed it brilliantly.

They then performed the hymn, ‘Ellacombie’ showing just why they had been awarded first prize at the Fife Charities Contest in the hymn tune section last month.

In fact the band had won every prize at that particular contest and the six trophies they were awarded were on show at the front of the stage.

And so the night carried on with wonderful music from the film world, traditional brass band and big band music etc.

Other highlights included big band piece ‘Valero’ and ‘I Will Follow Him’ from the film Sister Act.

Scott Cameron was joined by the band’s other euphonium player, Karen McLeod, to perform the duet “Softly as I Leave You”, the Matt Monro hit from the charts of the 60’s.

The final item of the evening was a really wonderful piece called Mansions of the Lord.

The audience called for an encore and what an encore!

Dedicated to the band’s secretary Jim Cameron, who died last year, American Trilogy by Elvis Presley, – which Jim loved the band playing – was a showstopper.