HD video, 24 mins


'Underground Music' is a short documentary about the past, present and future of the Creswell Colliery Band and the community surrounding it. Creswell is a small former mining village on the border of Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. The Bolsover Mining Company sunk the pit in 1896 and the band was formed shortly after by all accounts.

The film is a collaboration between filmmaker and band and looks at the idiosyncratic culture of brassbanding at least 20 years after most of the pits serving the bands closed for good. It examines ideas of individuality, collectivism and community through the eyes of band members.

'Underground Music' is the result of a commission by Junction Arts and Limestone Journeys and was made in late summer/autumn 2012. It was shown alongside Bill Morrison's 'The Miners' Hymns' at Sensoria Festival 2013.

The film can be viewed here.

Image credit: www.intwodimensions.co.uk