“He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.“
Quote from Albert Einstein.
It was from the above quote that The Joyful March, a band formed in 2012 in northern England, took their name. Tied by no particular genre, they play a variety of styles for a variety of venues across Teesside and the larger regional area, gaining fans wherever they play. The band, currently a foursome, is led by Iain Hall who sings and plays lead guitar, who is backed by Michael Hart on rhythm guitar and keyboards, Michael Sirs on bass and Leigh Ramshaw on drums. Playing an eclectic mix of rock standards peppered with modern classics, The Joyful March are also gaining confidence in writing their own material having produced various recordings, some of which are available to listen to on Soundcloud.
Having had the pleasure of watching them perform at a number of gigs, I am still thrilled when they take to the stage and perform knowing that Iain can produce blistering solos with passion whilst having a solid rhythm section supporting him. Although a long time friend to the members, I can heartily say that when they are on the top of their game they produce music that profoundly moves me. In particular it is their own songs that I love watching them perform, especially as they write their original songs as a band, building each section together and respecting each other’s artistic input. I recently had the chance to watch them rehearsal and I took my camera along to take a few shots….*
To get in touch with the band or to book them for a gig, please get in touch with them at The Joyful March Facebook page.
* Unfortunately the black and white film roll on my other camera did not develop, meaning the shots of the band as a whole did not come out. All photographs taken with a Pentax S1a camera with colour film by the author (If reproduced please credit and use CC).