The morning after their incredibly successful concert at Melbourne's vast Hamer Hall, and a subsequent night out in Melbourne city centre. several musicians from the Grimethorpe Colliery Band spent the morning in the city's jail...
The Melbourne Gaol is one the city's leading tourist attractions, and a sizeable party from the band decided to visit the spot where Ned Kelly and others were executed for their crimes against Australia. No danger of any crimes against the state for the band however, as Grimethorpe continue to delight large audiences throughout their concert tour, playing to over 1500 at Hamer Hall.
As part of their day of Melbourne touring, a number of the band linked up with former Grimethorpe bass trombonist Andy Snell. Andy played with the band for several years in the 1990's, including the historic 1992 National Championships win, the year that Grimethorpe Colliery closed. Andy is now Managing Director of the Victorian Opera and conductor of the Kew Brass Band. The band members visited the David Bowie exhibition, the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground), St Kilda beach and of course the Ramsey Street Neighbours set.
In the evening Grimethorpe played another rapturously received concert at the Frankston Arts Centre. Tomorrow morning the band will fly to the far south of Australia, departing the mainland for Hobart on the island of Tasmania