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Acoustic Covers playlists on Spotify!

As it’s the off-season gig-wise we’ve been amusing ourselves by putting together lots of acoustic covers playlists on Spotify.  In addition to a general Acoustic Covers collection we’ve curated various decade-specific playlists, as well as bringing together acoustic covers of famous artists including The Beatles, Elton John and Coldplay.

We’ve been recording acoustic covers for over ten years now. Ten years!  So we really should know a good acoustic cover when he hear one.  These playlists are made up of acoustic covers by all sorts of artists, from the lowly unsigned (like us!) through to big names like Ryan Adams.  Keep reading to find out about ten of our favourites:

A quick look back at the Moonies’ November and December

We ticked along nicely in the latter part of the year, with a nice selection of gigs to report on!

Back in November we played an evening party at Bishopstrow House, returning there for the first time since 2013…  Back then we found ourselves trekking into the grounds of the venue to play as a duo in a ceremony; this time we were playing with Stu as a 3-piece for an evening party.

The main recollection of this gig was that it seemed quite cold in the room we were playing, and yet during the 2nd set a bridesmaid asked if it was okay to open a door…  Our policy is always to go with the flow and so it was a chilly old time, but plenty of folk danced and had a good night!

wedding band moon loungers roman baths bath

Later on in the month we played at The Roman Baths in (you’ve guessed it) Bath – see the pic above of the very ornate ceiling!  As we were close to  December, we arrived to find a massive Christmas tree outside the venue along with LOADS of people, meaning we couldn’t park right outside as we usually do… never mind, we carried our gear through all the festive revellers and were soon set up.

An interesting September of gigs…

bath wedding band

September brought with it an eclectic mix of gigs for the Moonies, here’s a quick rundown!

The month started with us in the familiar surroundings of Kingscote Barn for an evening wedding party. As with our last few gigs at Kingscote, Strawberry Fields were catering and Lee Bishop was running his usual tight ship!  Were soon set up and good to go.

We had been in discussions to play “Shut Up and Dance” for the first dance, but in the end the couple went for Ed Sheeran’s “Tenerife Sea” which we played live for the first time in a while.  We followed it up with “Shut Up and Dance” though, and as luck would have it the former finished in the same key as the latter started – we love that sort of thing…

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.

wedding band dauntseys school

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!

wedding band south gloucestershire


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…

ian lloyd caricaturist

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.