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Gig diary for July & August

July and August are suddenly behind us, so here’s a quick rundown of what we’ve been up to live performance-wise…

 

6th July – Leaving party at Down Ampney Village Hall

This was a leavers party for a doctor, so the event was full of medical professionals – which is always reassuring (not that we ever fear keeling over whilst performing, Keith Moon-style)!  It was a fun night, the highlight being a specially prepared karaoke verison of Mama Mia (“Mama Mia” replaced with “Martin’s Leaving” – it worked, trust us).  Turns out doctors are great value when it comes to a good party!

 

13th July – Birthday party at Dauntsey’s School Sports Pavilion

It was then off to sunny Gloucestershire for a 50th birthday at the newly constructed and very impressive Dauntsey’s School Sports Pavilion.  Stu got a bit lost trying to find it but we still managed to be set up in time for everyone to arrive.

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The theme was 1969 so everyone was dressed in period outfits – and we’d even swapped our greyscale ties for some more colour ones (thanks to Uncle Al for hanging onto them all these years!).

It was a bit tricky getting folk in to dance, given that the doors leading out to the terrace had to be kept shut, but come the end we’d managed to entice plenty of guests onto the floor and even managed a couple of encores.

 

20th July – Wedding Marquee Oldbury on Severn

Our final gig before a month’s break saw us back on wedding band duty.  This was a cracking night, the venue being a marquee in the stunning back garden of the groom’s folk’s place in Oldbury-on-Severn.  From the first dance (The One by Kodaline) through to our encore the guests filled the dance floor and had a great time!

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23rd August – Wedding at the Chase Hotel, Ross on Wye

Refreshed from out summer holidays, we returned to the wedding trail with another brilliant evening bash, this time at the Chase Hotel in Ross-on-Wye.  The first dance on this occasion was “You’ve Got a Friend” from Toy Story (which we didn’t play!), and once again the guests got properly into the party spirit and danced all night.  No less than 3 songs in the encore told its own story!

 

28th August – Wedding at Hare & Hounds

As mid-week weddings go, this was a great night at the Hare & Hounds – one of our favourite venues.  No first dance on this occasion, so we announced the cake cutting an then got straight into the live music. Highlights were new live favourite “Shotgun” going down well with all ages, Stu dusting down “It’s Not Unusual” in the encore, and the happy couple’s 20-something kids enjoying a few EDM club tunes once we’d finished playing live…

 

30th August – Wedding at Kingscote barn

A couple of nights later we returned to Kingscote Barn for the first time in a while, giving us the chance to catch up with Strawberry Fields head honcho Lee Bishop.  The first dance was that old classic “Better Together”, and you could tell it was a quiet crowd by their reluctance to join the bride and groom on the dance floor (we basically insisted on it!).

Some of the guests stuck around for the rest of the set, and during the break Lee treated us to pizza and a beer, which was gratefully received. We then rattled through a second set, and come 11.30 everyone had gone – leaving us to pack up and head of into the Cotswold night!

 

31st August – Wedding at Kingsweston House

The following night we made our debut at Kingsweston House in Bristol.  This impressive stately pile is set within public grounds, so we were slightly alarmed to see a bunch of “youths” loitering in the gardens, but it was soon time to stop curtain twitching and play some music.

The first dance was “Stand By Me”, always a good choice, and the crowd were brilliant from this point in – dancing and singing their hearts out.  The disco was also a success at the end, with the bride and her mates doing a rather good routine to the Spice Girls “Who Do You Think You Are” as midnight approached.  The last song of the night was “Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” which sung as loudly as I’ve ever heard before – finishing August in impressive style.

As usual, congrats to all concerned – it’s been a great summer!

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…

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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…

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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!

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.