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Gig diary for June

June was a fairly busy month for us gig-wise, here’s what went down…

First up was a joint 70th birthday party in the Masonic Hall in Chipping Sodbury for some close friends of Uncle Al’s.  With Stu unavailable we drafted in Greg for this one, and as usual he did a great job on the drums.  Uncle Al got a bit annoyed with some people for leaving early (!) but all in all it was a nice evening.

Up next was a wedding at Woodlands Castle near Taunton in Somerset – a new venue for us.  We were delighted to bump into friend of the band Ian Lloyd, who was on caricaturist duties…

ian lloyd caricaturist

The first dance was “You’re My Best Friend”, and we managed to squeeze in a first set before 9pm when the taco van (taco vans are the new thing we reckon) started serving!  Chris also found some bottles of Peroni in a wheelbarrow (as you do), which went down well.

The acoustic duo returns, plus some tight timescales to contend with!

April and May have ticked along nicely for us, with a couple of gigs at the familiar Kingscote mixed in with a couple at venues we’ve never played at before…

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Back on 26th April it was off to Kingscote Barn for an evening wedding party.  It was nice to see Lee Bishop and his Strawbery Fields catering team, who – as usual – swiftly cleared the room for us to set up.

The first dance was “The One” by Kodaline, and whilst this is one we’re adept at playing live, the couple had elected to have the original play – mainly to help with their routine. The crowd was enthusiastic from the off, and after a tasty lasagne during our break (courtesy of Lee) we played a well-received 2nd set plus a couple of encores.

A nice selection of early spring gigs…

wedding band bristol the moon loungers cotswold water park hotel

Spring is here and the gigs are upon us!  Here’s a quick roundup of the last month or so

On the 9th of March we played a wedding at Clifton Pavilion, which is Bristol Zoo to the layman…  The first dance was Tom Odell’s “Grow Old With Me”, which kicked off our live sets nicely.  In between there were pork rolls and a long chat with the security guard on the door, although sadly no opportunities to go and see the lions or monkeys…

A few weeks later we played for Uncle Al’s masonic lodge Ladies Night at the Grange in Winterbourne.  This was a splendid evening, with a slap-up meal followed by one marathon 2hr set of live music that had everyone dancing.  We opened with a specially learned cover of “You Got It” for Roy Orbison fan Uncle Al and managed to keep the floor busy from there on in!

The following Monday (Yes, Monday!) we found ourselves heading up into the Black Country for a wedding evening bash at The Elms in Worcestershire.  Stu had noticed that the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham is buried not far from the venue, so first off we made a pilgrimage to his gravestone.  Given what a perfect spring day it was, and what a stunning setting it was – with no-one else around – it was actually quite moving…

john bonham gravestone the moon loungers

Having paid our respects (and in Stu’s case leaving a set of sticks on the grave) we headed to the Elms, where we were greeted with a beer and a warm welcome.  Funnily enough, the first dance was “Grow Old With Me” again, so we were well rehearsed on that one… given it was a Monday night, it was a quieter-than-usual but we still got a few folk up dancing, and even knocked out “Africa” for an encore!

Into April, and on the 12th we headed to the more familiar surroundings of Priston Mill.  We were in the Tythe Barn, one of our fave venues – complete with increasingly undulating wooden floor (we face downhill from where we are set up!).

moon loungers first dance priston mill

For the first dance the couple had chosen “You and I” by John Legend, and given they’d practiced a routine they chose to dance to the original track.  This all went smoothly (see above), and we were soon into the first set and testing out a new version of “Shotgun” by George Ezra (verdict – needs a little bit of work but not bad!).

The buffet was great, as was the second set, and we encored with “Ice Ice Baby” and “Moves Like Jagger” – giving both the keytar and the melodica a late run out!

The following night we were at the De Vere Cotswold Water Park (see the pic at the top) for another wedding evening bash.  The load in was quite hard work (up a couple of flights of stairs) but the room – complete with stage – was fantastic and well worth the effort….

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We managed to set up by 6.30, and then it was a case of waiting, tucking into the amazing food on offer, and being treated to a few magic tricks courtesy of Andy Cole (the local magician, not the former footballer – that would have been very strange).

We eventually started the live music around 9.30, and played another of our marathon 2hr sets.  Loads of people danced, and come the end we got them all up for Hey Jude (plus a couple of encores for good measure).

All in all it was cracking night and a nice way to end this recent run of gigs.  Congratulations to all the happy couples for whom we’ve played!

February gig roundup

Winter is traditionally quiet gig-wise for us, and this February was no exception with just two outings. But they were both brilliant nights that are well worth a blog post!

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Back at the start of the month we played a 40th birthday party at Chiseldon House in Wiltshire.  With heavy snow falling the day before, actually getting to the venue became the main focus… thankfully things warmed up the next day which meant a lot of the snow had thawed out by the time we headed off.

We arrived in one piece and were soon set up.  With a number of familiar faces amongst the arriving guests, we were able to have a chat with various folk and also tuck into a rather nice chilli-con-carne before getting round to the live music.

Moonies back on wedding band duty in 2019!

After an extended break from live performance going back to December 1st, we were straight back to it with a wedding bash on the first Saturday of 2019.

The location was Orchardleigh, an estate so vast they have managed to find a whole new venue within its grounds.  It is called “The Walled Garden” and has apparently been open for 4 years, so it was nice to finally perform there!

It took us a while to figure out where to park (it was very dark, in our defence), but once the vehicles were in place we were able to enjoy an easy load in. By 7.30 we were all set and ready to go, with a large and foliage-covered photo booth joining us at the edge of the dance floor.

moon loungers orchardleigh walled garden wedding band

The first dance was “Tenerife Sea” by Ed Sheeran, and the subsequent first set went rather well – our R&B/Hip Hop/Soul covers being particularly well received. During the break we had a nice chat with videographer Rob Taylor, and it was soon time for the second set.