MK Dons Songs from the cowshed

Odd sequencing, a mix of football chant rhythms, a brass brand and Samba can only mean "songs from the cowshed"


Musicians from a host of different backgrounds came together at Saturday's game against Sheffield Wednesday, for a performance that was aimed at capturing the incomparable atmosphere of stadiummk on a matchday, through music.

Brought together by The Stables music venue in Wavendon, 'Songs From The Cowshed' is piece of music and film composed to celebrate MK Dons Football Club and its supporters, created especially for performance at Saturday's home game with the Owls.


The music itself seeks to capture the visceral, energetic, spontaneous street-music of football that you would find here at stadiummk on a match-day. The performers are made up of wind, brass and percussion instruments, who declaim football rhythms, song-fragments and the energizing riffs of the crowd to create a kaleidoscope of conflicting sounds, spontaneous rhythms and textures.

The film you will see on the Marshall Amplification Big Screen, like the music, explores the rhythms and patterns of football as well as its inherent visual beauty and is taken from footage of last seasons exciting 2-1 victory over Norwich City.

MK Dons - Songs from the Cowshed
It is performed by a wonderful group of people brought together for this unique project, ranging from local amateur musicians, professional musicians, young learners, members of two samba bands and a local brass band, to those who before now might even have described themselves as "non musicians". The musicians have been assembled from members of the Milton Keynes Music Service, the Milton Keynes City Orchestra, Bloco Fogo Samba Band, Lobo Tren Band and the Bedford Town Band as well as community members from across the area.

The performance is part of the Rendezvous project, run in partnership between The Stables and MK Dons and funded by the Arts Council, which puts live music into the football matchday experience.