A Brief History

Bandiera Rossa was originally formed on 1st May 1992 by a group of parents from a Leeds branch of the co-operative children's leisure organization, the Woodcraft Folk - the old Italian socialist song, Bandiera Rossa, is a favourite from the Woodcraft Folk song book.

After an odd fundraising busking session in Headingley the band had its first gig at Bedford Field Middle School in Leeds on Friday 1st May, swiftly followed by a gig on Friday 24th July of the same year somewhere near Denby Dale, I think, in a barn (barn dance?!) for a pressure group, "Ban the M62/M1 link road".

Soon after the gig the M621 (??) was built. The third gig was on Sunday 11th October, 1992, at a kite flying festival on Harrogate stray (very windy) and from then it's been all up-hill.

Several children from the Woodcraft Folk played with the band in the early years and some went on to musical careers but then they all grew up. The band carried on, recruiting further members from within and beyond Woodcraft.