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Apprentice Boys of Derry – St. Patricks Day 2006
This year the Millar Memorial Flute band were honored to be invited to Londonderry for an alternative Ulster-Scots St. Patricks day event ran by the Maiden City Festival in the Memorial Hall.
The event ran all afternoon with various performances from Scottish dancers and the fantastic Churhill Flute Band, whose set clearly shows that they are still at the top of their game with a collection of traditional Orange tunes and also a brilliant rendition of the Glen Campbell classic “Rhinestone Cowboy”
We went on a tour of the walls and St Columbs Cathedral was was very interesting and informative.
In the evening, the entertainment moved upstairs and first up to play were the Pride of Norris Green Memorial Accordian Band from Liverpool who played a combination of orange tunes and pop songs including “Yellow Submarine” by the Beatles. They were soon followed by Bready Junior Pipe Band and the Solus Higland Dancers who put on a brilliant display of dancing and top quality piping. Their young drum soloist put on a great display of drumming complete with flashing drumsticks – the high level of musicianship would make some older percussionists blush.
Finally we took to the floor at about 11pm with a band of 12 Flautists and 6 Percussionists. We started our set with the march Imperial Echoes. We then played our newest piece – a medly called Songs of Ireland – quite an apt choice for the day. For around 10 minutes after that we played a selection of Jigs before playing our final march which was Colonel Bogey. The final tune we played was Johnnie Scobie (also known as No Aw’Ta Bad Awa). Overall, I felt that our set went down very well with a lot of the crowd singing along and enjoying themselves.
In all, the day was very enjoyable and very well organised. The Millar Memorial Flute Band were honored to be invited to play at this event and would like to thank the people of the Maiden city for their warm welcome to the band.