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October gig rundown

We are ticking along nicely this autumn with a steady flow of gigs to keep us out of mischief.  Here’s the lowdown…

wedding band bristol bath wick farm

On 6th October we were back at Wick Farm (above) for a wedding bash.  The first dance was a late call – we were all set to play “How Long Will I Love You” by Ellie Goulding until an e-mail came in from the groom the night before changing it to “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You”.  Not a problem for the Moonies, and it all went nice and smoothly.

The rest of the evening was great, and despite a few inebriated guests coming perilously close to falling over the drum kit or into one of our mic stands we were able to complete a solid evening’s work unscathed!

September gig roundup

After a hectic summer, September has been a bit steadier, although we still managed 4 weddings (and before you ask, thankfully no funerals) during the month.

bristol wedding band coombe lodge

Back on 2nd September we performed at Coombe Lodge, and the twist for this one was that the groom (above) was from New Zealand – and a number of his friends and family had made the trip over to celebrate.  This meant we added a bit of Kiwi flavour to proceedings – from the first dance (a nice song called “One Day” by a New Zealand band named Op Shop) through to the various Kiwi tunes played out on the disco at the end of the night (it’s always funny watching lots of people sing along to songs you’ve never heard!).  And we had to play a bit of Crowded House as well – we opted for “Weather With You” as an encore.  All in all a cracking evening.

A busy July & August featuring some impressive wedding cakes and wedding cars…

July and August have been as busy as ever for us in 2017.  Here’s a rundown of what we’ve been getting up to over the summer…

vw wedding car kingscote barn

Back in mid-July we were on wedding band duty at Batch Country House in Somerset, a venue we’ve not played for a few years.  With its fantastic function room (complete with stage and marquee-style interior – very good for the old acoustics) it’s a great place to play, and we enjoyed a splendid evening with a lovely crowd of folk.

Next up was a wedding at the more familiar surroundings of Priston Mill.  For the first dance we had agreed to play an acoustic version of “Slide Away” requested by the groom, and I think we did a decent job of recreating Noel Gallagher’s version (the groom was delighted, so that’s all that matters!).  The rest of the night was brilliant, as is generally the case at Priston’s Tythe Barn.

The summer season kicks in with various smashing gigs across the South West

Yes, it’s that time of year when the diary gets a bit busy… here’s a quick rundown.

Back on the 9th and 10th June we found ourselves playing non-wedding gigs at Priston Milll (near Bath) and the Roman Baths (slap bang in the middle of Bath – and here’s a nice pic below) respectively.  One was a wedding anniversary, the other a joint birthday, and both went well.

bath wedding band moon loungers

At Priston the challenge was squeezing in as much music as possible after a late start, and at the Baths it was all about taking on the acoustics in the very echoey reception room…  In both cases I think we did a good job – both couples were very happy and that’s the main thing!

Loads of gigs in May and already off the mark in June…

The Moonies’ hectic spring schedule continues!  May was definitely one of our busiest to date with gigs every Friday and Saturday, and we’ve already notched our first June wedding.  Here’s a quick run down:

 

30th April – Coombe Lodge, Somerset

This was a marvellous night – one of those weddings where everyone gets into the party spirit without feeling the need to get (a) violently drunk or (b) just violent!  The first dance was “Wonderful World” by Sam Cooke, which Stu does a splendid job of singing, but the real highlight was the bride’s father interrupting our 2nd set to sing a couple of songs to backing tracks.  Sinatra eat your heart out!

coombe lodge wedding band

 

5th May – Coombe Lodge, Somerset

Same venue, completely different night.  The first dance was another soul classic, this time “Stand By Me”.  The rest of the evening went smoothly, with things properly getting going once the disco kicked in with a selection of French songs requested by the bride.  The playlist we put together seemed to work rather well and I think we kind of got the songs sequenced in the right order…