On a blue sky day, while the tiny urn is being used as a Lilliputian prop by the captains of England (& Wales) and Australia to motivate their Ashes heroes the unfortunate troops at Trent Bridge today will be missing their musical talisman.
Billy Cooper, the Barmy Army's trumpeter, has been banned by officials at the Nottinghamshire ground and the terraces will be silent.
|Simon Little - Bass|
It is easy to be swept away by the lyrics of this intelligent group but it was the musicality and undercurrents of sentiment that caught me at deep-backward-square rather than tickle my silly-mid-off. Tosh Flood played beautifully on 'The Nightwatchman', a lament for the last man standing, and they play it as though we watched a man on the battlements rather than at the crease. 'Out in the middle' tugs your heart with its floating 1970's melodies and 'Line and Length' were both 'jaffers', the latter was a chance for Hannon to rise above us once again on guitar.
|DLM fans Lol and Emma Dyer|