Sometimes it feels the title “Bristol Wedding Band” is a little misleading for this blog, given the amount of time we spend away from Bristol in the surrounding counties! Not that we are complaining – a couple of Saturdays ago our “commute” involved driving north away from Bristol and into the beautiful Gloucestershire Cotswolds. On a nice sunny evening it doesn’t get much better.
The venue was the Hare & Hounds near Tetbury, one of our favourites. The couple had gone for it and booked out the whole venue, which meant we were playing in the restaurant (while the wedding brekky took place in the main function room). They’d somehow manage to keep the existence of the restaurant a secret, so we set up quietly to maintain this secret – although once we’d sound checked it’s likely that most guests became aware of our presence…
Nonetheless it must have been a nice surprise for everyone to discover this new room complete with band ready to play for them! The first dance was “Let’s Stay Together”, and despite the very warm weather a number of guests stuck around for a dance.
During the break we were treated to mini fish and chips, and the bride and groom let us buy a round of drinks on their tab – what a lovely couple!
It was one of those VERY rare nights where you could sit outside all evening without getting cold. This meant it was a bit more work enticing folk onto the floor, but the newlyweds weren’t afraid to tell everyone they had to have a dance – always helpful. Come the end of the set everyone was up and getting involved, and it was one of those nights where we had to play “Ice Ice Baby” for the encore.
Our pack down took longer than normal, due largely to the bacon sarnies being served up around midnight! This made for an enjoyable end to a splendid evening – well done all concerned.
The following Saturday we headed a few junctions south down the M5 to Clevedon Hall. After a rainy start the weather had perked up and guests were able to enjoy the amazing grounds as we set up and sound checked.
The first dance on this occasion was “Ho Hey”, which always seems to kick things off perfectly. Given that England had also kicked off at the exact time of the first dance, it was no surprise that the dance floor featured mainly females (although that’s fairly normal anyway to be honest). With Clevedon Hall now boasting some cracking accommodation complete with TVs, someone had put the game on in their room for the lads to enjoy (or endure – it was England after all).
During the break it was pork rolls, which we munched on outside. As it wasn’t quite as humid as the previous gig, getting everyone up dancing second set was much easier, and we played out the second set to a busy dance floor. Hey Jude delivered the goods as our final song, and after a couple of encores it was disco time up until midnight.
So two marvellous wedding bashes for two lovely couples. Congrats to both and thanks to all those who had a dance and a sing along!