MP Michael Dugher is an unexpected addition to the LIVE in Barnsley music festival.

The MP's an avid musician and he's been playing the guitar for over 20 years. He can also play bass, banjo, and the piano.

Along with fellow local MPs Dan Jarvis, John Healey and Angela Smith, they demonstrated their love of music recently when they wrote a joint letter to the Minister for Culture, Ed Vaizey, calling for an urgent meeting to discuss “funding and the very future of brass bands in the UK”.

The letter followed the reports that Grimethorpe Colliery Band could be forced to stop playing due to a lack of funding.

In the letter, the MPs stated that “the current plight of this world famous brass band emphasises the very real financial pressures facing many brass bands across the UK and the ongoing inequalities in funding between different musical art forms”.

Michael said: “It’s great to be playing the festival and I’m really looking forward to it. I think LIVE in Barnsley is a great idea and will hopefully show the world a positive image of Barnsley and how much energy and talent there is in the town.”