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!
The following Monday (Yes, Monday!) we found ourselves heading up into the Black Country for a wedding evening bash at The Elms in Worcestershire. Stu had noticed that the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham is buried not far from the venue, so first off we made a pilgrimage to his gravestone. Given what a perfect spring day it was, and what a stunning setting it was – with no-one else around – it was actually quite moving…
Having paid our respects (and in Stu’s case leaving a set of sticks on the grave) we headed to the Elms, where we were greeted with a beer and a warm welcome. Funnily enough, the first dance was “Grow Old With Me” again, so we were well rehearsed on that one… given it was a Monday night, it was a quieter-than-usual but we still got a few folk up dancing, and even knocked out “Africa” for an encore!
Into April, and on the 12th we headed to the more familiar surroundings of Priston Mill. We were in the Tythe Barn, one of our fave venues – complete with increasingly undulating wooden floor (we face downhill from where we are set up!).
For the first dance the couple had chosen “You and I” by John Legend, and given they’d practiced a routine they chose to dance to the original track. This all went smoothly (see above), and we were soon into the first set and testing out a new version of “Shotgun” by George Ezra (verdict – needs a little bit of work but not bad!).
The buffet was great, as was the second set, and we encored with “Ice Ice Baby” and “Moves Like Jagger” – giving both the keytar and the melodica a late run out!
The following night we were at the De Vere Cotswold Water Park (see the pic at the top) for another wedding evening bash. The load in was quite hard work (up a couple of flights of stairs) but the room – complete with stage – was fantastic and well worth the effort….
We managed to set up by 6.30, and then it was a case of waiting, tucking into the amazing food on offer, and being treated to a few magic tricks courtesy of Andy Cole (the local magician, not the former footballer – that would have been very strange).
We eventually started the live music around 9.30, and played another of our marathon 2hr sets. Loads of people danced, and come the end we got them all up for Hey Jude (plus a couple of encores for good measure).
All in all it was cracking night and a nice way to end this recent run of gigs. Congratulations to all the happy couples for whom we’ve played!