The Second Hand Marching Band was a band of many people from Glasgow and Edinburgh and thereabouts who played untraditional big band folk music with brass, woodwind, guitars, mandolins, ukuleles and accordions. The ensemble formed in 2007 and were around until 2016, although there was a coming together for one night only and a final gig in December 2018. Over the years, the best part of 30 musicians passed through the ranks, almost all of whom were part of one band or another in the Scottish indie/folk scene.
During their time, there were a total of eight releases as singles, EPs, albums or compilations. I’ve two of the EPs in the collection that I’m sure I picked up out of curiosity more than anything after seeing them play live as part of one of those evenings where musicians raise monies for a good cause. This is the title track from one of them:-
mp3: The Second Hand Marching Band – A Dance To Half Death
I know they won’t be to everyone’s taste, but here’s something you might want to look into.
The band has made its entire digital discography back catalogue available at bandcamp for the ridiculously low price of £1.55. I think the plan had been to make it completely free, but I think there has to be something charged to support hosting and admin fees. Eight releases, with some seventy or so pieces of music including demos, live recordings, session versions as well as the tracks recorded professionally in a studio, for a bargain price. Click here for more info.