“England’s finest funk jazz band journeys from Leeds to the birthplace of funk, for 3 performances that coincide with the 2007 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Unsure about bringing sand to the beach (or “Coals to Newcastle” as they say in Britain), The New Mastersounds try bringing their brand of funk to New Orleans.
With sit-ins and commentary from several New Orleans master musicians, “Coals to Newcastle,” offers viewers a look into the lives of 5 Britons that have been influenced by a uniquely American art form, and a glimpse at the city that started it all as it struggles to retain its culture after Katrina’s devastation.
The band leader, Eddie Roberts, says, “This is some of the most accurate portrayal of our band we have ever seen… It’s a gesture of the filmmakers, Aaron Dunsay and Marca Hagenstad, to be able to capture our passion for what we do and the challenges we as musicians have with balancing our personal and professional lives. The raw aspect to the filming really highlights our enthusiasm that we get off playing to American live audiences.””