An Irish Blessing as delivered by wonderful Maghull Wind Orchestra

Today saw the marvelous Maghull Wind Orchestra perform at the Palm House in Liverpool’s Sefton Park, a repeat of their performance there almost exactly a year ago.

Maghull Wind Orchestra in the wonderful setting of Sefton Park Palm House

Maghull Wind Orchestra in the wonderful setting of Sefton Park Palm House

This 74 piece band (of today) which has the ability to have over 100 members playing at any one time is a delight and I say that not just because Jen Robertson is a member. It is a unique community band which takes anyone who can play a wind instrument (although they do have a percussion section and a double bass) to whatever standard and they don’t have a membership fee.

Phil Shotton the MWO Conductor

Phil Shotton the MWO Conductor

My favorite tune that they play is called An Irish Blessing which was written for a brass or silver band to play. However so talented are MWO that one of their number has arranged it for for them and what a haunting tune it is that sends shivers down your spine.

The Top Brass, well those on the stage with many other below them and just as good too.

The Top Brass, well those on the stage with many others below them and just as good too.

I am not aware of a recording of An Irish Blessing on the internet from MWO so here is a silver band version. Bet it will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb5TKfS-bcA

28th April 2015 – STOP PRESS:-

A MWO version is now available on youtube – see link below

www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_NEG9x3gsM#t=21

The 3 photos are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/