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MP To Play At Town's Music Festival

Friday March 1 2013

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.”

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Reply Posted by mick on Friday March 1 2013 at 20:31
Its nice to see an MP joining in with local events . Better than the other " SO CALLED" Barnsley MP .Who lives in Hampshire.Not much he can do from there !!!!

Reply Posted by rainbow on Tuesday March 5 2013 at 09:16
The so called 'OTHER MP' I presume must be Dan Jarvis, didn't take him long to get parachuted back down south then.??? Still looking at the state of Barnsley these days, 'who can blame him'.

Reply Posted by Aunt Hilder on Saturday March 2 2013 at 09:56
An MP that plays the guitar! I would have thought a fiddle would be the appropriate instrument...............