Willie Barr will be remembered by many older readers as one of the finest and most frequently heard cornet soloists on the radio during the 1950’s and 60’s. My own recollection of this brass band legend from north of the border was when I first heard one of his solo performances of Gregor J. Grant’s composition The Flying Scot on a 1967 Scottish CWS recording – cornet playing of the very highest standard.
The death of Frank Bryce who will always be associated with Besses o'th Barn Band was reported widely in the brass band press today.
Here is a band that had a degree of success during the 1920s and 30s at local contests. History shows that it did not survive the Second World War.