The original Hampson Book which records the early years of Besses o’th; Barn Band is now available via the web
Please see http://www.lulu.com/product/15910220
The book traces the early years of Brass Banding 1818 – 1892 and is a must for all Brass Band enthusiasts
It records the exploits of Besses o’th; Barn Band and all its rivals of the era including those that are still with us such as Black Dyke and Stalybridge along with many that have long since departed such as Leeds Forge and Oldham Rifles
“Shall contests come, and contests go,
And the prizes forever leave us?
No: no! we cry, it shall not be so,
Our honour is roused, believe us.
No contest more shall come and go,
Without we have a try,
Or twice ten thousand Bandsmen,
Shall know the reason why”.