Commissioned in the Autumn of 2014 through The Cultural Springs Research and Development scheme, ‘Putting The Band Back Together’ aimed to breathe new life into discarded instruments and ‘lapsed’ musicians.

The project started with community get-togethers where folk who hadn’t played an instrument for some time were invited along to play and develop new songs.

Delivered by Unfolding theatre’s Annie Rigby working with Ross Millard, the project then developed into a live stage show which premiered at The Cultural Spring’s Summer Streets music festival in 2016 and then went on to enjoy success at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, complete a UK tour and win best performance at the 2017 Journal Culture Awards.

In the live show Ross and musicians Maria Crocker and Alex Elliott explore the reasons why we stop playing, the vast emotional connections to music each of us can have and the story of Mark Lloyd who inspired the project.