The Yorkshire Musical Saw Player

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The Yorkshire Musical Saw Man

Charles Hindmarsh, stage name The Yorkshire Musical Saw Man, is an English musical performer who specialises in the playing of the musical saw.

A native of the North Yorkshire town of Harrogate, Charles studied violin at college, but gained local notability with his party-trick performances on the musical saw, occasionally playing with his local brass band.[1] As audience appreciation of his skill on the instrument became ever more apparent, he began making professional appearances at old-time musical hall events, charity concerts and sessions as a soloist[2] and/or with accompaniment from either piano or brass band. As well as taking part in the "BBC music live" festival he has also played in a skip outside Belfast City Hall for a "Catalyst Arts" Festival, in a folk festival at Broadstairs and as part of the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in Buxton.[3]

He appeared in the BBC's A Symphony for Yorkshire in 2014 [4] and featured in Britain's Got Talent in 2014, duetting with Banbury's Saw Lady, Caroline Watsham in a duo called "Saws Crossed".[5]

Charles plays his musical saws at events throughout the UK. He is now actively involved in promoting the instrument[6] through workshops[7] and public concerts. He composes music for the instrument, provides backing tracks for other musicians and gives advice to saw makers and other composers.

In 2009, he approached a saw manufacturer in Sheffield with the aim of finding a local musical saw maker. It was a surprise that the saw maker Thomas Flinn had recently procured the firm that had manufactured the Roberts & Lee Parkstone Melody Saw. After demonstrating what was possible Thomas Flinn, started producing the saws again and has become an established British musical saw maker.[8]

In 2013, he formed the "Euro Sawchestra" to perform at Sheffield's 100 year celebration of stainless steel.[9]

Charles also conducts three Brass Bands in Yorkshire. They include Garforth Jubilee Brass,[10] Summerbridge and Dacre Silver Band[11] and Golcar Brass Band.[12] He has also appeared in the feature film, Asylum, playing tuba with some members of the Lindley Brass Band. The film starred Natasha Richardson, Marton Csokas, Ian McKellen and Hugh Bonneville and it was filmed in High Royds Hospital in Menston, near Leeds.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Harrogate Band - Split Notes - Issue 16". Harrogateband.org. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  2. ^ "Leeds saw player is at cutting edge of music!". www.newsrt.co.uk. Archived from the original on 13 September 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  3. ^ "G&S Festival News (June 2007)" (PDF). Editorial.jpress.co.uk. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  4. ^ "A Symphony for Yorkshire - BBC One". YouTube. Archived from the original on 12 December 2021. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Saws Crossed fail to cut it with the Judges : Britain's Got Talent 2014". YouTube. Archived from the original on 12 December 2021. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Charles Hindmarsh – the Yorkshire Saw Player! | Bettakultcha". Archived from the original on 14 September 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Folklife Quarterly FQ 40: Jan 2014 Folklife Quarterly, web version". View.joomag.com. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  8. ^ "It's doh, ray, me, fah, saw - for musical saw players VIDEO - News - …". Archived from the original on 5 May 2013.
  9. ^ "Sheffield Children's Festival" (PDF). Welcometosheffield.co.uk. 2013. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  10. ^ "Latest | Yorkshire Evening Post". Yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  11. ^ "Summerbridge band keeps brass flag flying - Harrogate Advertiser". www.harrogateadvertiser.co.uk. Archived from the original on 13 September 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  12. ^ "New conductor appointed at golcar band,huddersfield". www.themouthpiece.com. Archived from the original on 13 September 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  13. ^ "Charles Hindmarsh". IMDb.com. Retrieved 18 August 2020.

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