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.
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!
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!