D. CARRIE TARRANT BAILEY , JNR. (banjo)
The Cardiff Corporation Transport Band originally belonged to the St. Mark's Tramways Brotherhood Band which was formed in 1909. After the War, many of the instruments needed renewing and there were no funds for the purpose. In 1931 the Secretary, W. Francis, had ballot forms printed asking the tramwaymen if they would consent to having a 1d. per week stopped out of their wages to purchase a new set of instruments. Nearly 500 men consented and on the strength of this support the instruments were ordered, payment being spread over a period of years.
The band visited London in 1931 to lead Wales in the British Legion Rally. Needless to say, they played the ' Men of Harlech.'
Tarrant Bailey returned from a trip abroad at the end of March. Whilst abroad he wrote one of the numbers he will play in this programme, namely, ' Jazzbo. in Banjoland '.
He was interested to find out how the banjo would be received by an Oriental audience and he experimented with Arabs in Jerusalem to find that they were enthusiastic in their reception.
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