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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…

Three weddings in a row at Kingscote Barn!

It has been a bit of a mad week in Moonie world.  We have performed at no less than three weddings at marvellous Kingscote Barn, and spent the time in between them frantically working on our St Peppers Acoustic Covers Album…

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Heres’ a quick summary of those 3 weddings:

21st April – Kingscote Barn

This wedding saw Chris sing the first dance (a rare occurrence!), the song of choice being “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”. It may be an oldie, but there aren’t many better tunes for a first dance – what with the smoochy opening for the couple to dance to on their own, and then the sing-a-long bit for everyone to pile onto the dance floor and join in with.

A packed Easter diary for the Moon Loungers

We are enjoying a busy April, with a couple more gigs to report on (and more to come!).

On Thursday last week (the one before Good Friday – so not your average Thursday) we were back at the Great Tythe Barn, a venue at which we seem to perform no more than once a year these days…

Moonies GTB 2017

Set up was nice and straightforward and for the first dance we played “The One” by Kodaline.  In a change from the norm, the bride and groom (okay so mainly the bride) asked to have the dance floor to themselves for the whole song, but we managed to lure a number of guests to join them once the song was finished – and kept most of them there for the first set.