Journalist John Plunkett meets ‘First First Brass’
“I’m from Walsall,” says Chris Dunne, “but I’ve been flying around the world with my band, First First Brass, for 30 years.
“I play blues, gospel, Americana, all those things that people are in the studio discussing in the pub on the weekend. I play blues harmonica, and then there’s also a ballad side.
“The set I play in the House of Commons, which is once a week, is mostly about strumming harmonica.”
Quitting his day job
Dunne’s life would be easier if the world were set in stone but in reality, the average person’s life isn’t predictable.
“In order to progress in life you have to go through a number of different experiences, and they’re all things that keep you interesting.
“I don’t believe there’s any point being a well-known name in an area for long, because it is so repetitive.
“A lot of people in the choral music industry have decided to retire, and I think it’s because there’s a saturation point and a long shelf life to your life’s work.”
‘Why don’t you have a good time and go home and enjoy it?’
Dunne has a type of constant schedule that he explains could be used by some sportsmen.
“I play at night, and when I do, I get to bed as soon as I can and try to get the most out of it.
“I’ve been following Kevin Pietersen’s career, he’s lived up to his reputation, and I think he’s one of the greatest England cricketers ever.”