The Sandhouse Stompers Coast to Coast Stomp

Favela Brass is not the most conventionally funded charity in history. From our triple carnival party (Rio, New Orleans and Caribbean) at Liberty Grill in Doncaster, to our ongoing weekly curry club in the middle of a Brazilian favela – we like to do things a bit differently. Following on in this tradition, then, is the Sandhouse Stompers Coast to Coast Stomp.

Ever since a fundraising event at Doncaster Brewery, where the brewery kindly donated the proceeds of sales of their delicious Sand House beer to the project, our dixieland jazz band has become the Sand House Stompers. For 9 days in July next year this group of 6 musicians will be walking across the breadth of the North of the UK, from Morecambe to Whitby (170km), playing dixieland jazz at various points along the way, in order to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Favela Brass.

Without further adieu, here’s the description from the event’s Facebook page:

“On 21st July 2015, 6 intrepid explorers, musicians, friends, aka The Sandhouse Stompers will be embarking upon an epic journey. From West coast to East coast, Morecambe to Whitby, over 9 days, this musical troupe will be walking, busking, grumbling, serenading, eating and drinking their way across the country. Why? Many reasons, but here’s the most important 2:

The Favela Brass Project and

MacMillan Cancer Support

We hope to raise as much money as possible for these two fantastic charities through sponsorship, musical performances and impromptu busking en-route, but we need your help! If you have any ideas of where we can perform (pubs, halls, galas, village greens, Bar Mitzvahs), can offer us a field to pitch our tents, can provide us with pies or frosty libations, we would love to hear from you. If you want to walk with us, play with us (stop sniggering Stretton!) or rattle some collection boxes for us you are more than welcome to join us.

Here is our planned route:

Tues 21st Morecambe

Wed 22nd Bentham

Thurs 23rd Settle

Fri 24th Grassington

Sat 25th Patley Bridge

Sun 26th Masham

Mon 27th Thirsk

Tues 28th Helmsley

Wed 29th Rosedale Abbey

Thurs 30th Whitby”

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Bindu Mathur

Bindu Mathur was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada and worked for 10 years in London as a TV producer/director, making science and history documentaries for the BBC, Discovery and Channel 4. She also made videos for international NGOs and has filmed in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and South America. Resident in Rio de Janeiro since 2007 she is the owner of the award-winning Casa Beleza B&B in Santa Teresa, where she lives with her husband and two children. She is a long-time collaborator with Favela Brass including making films for the project. Her children also studied at the project.

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