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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.

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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.

An enjoyable gig at Cleeve House in Wiltshire, and a bridal gown launch event at Tortworth Court in Gloucestershire

It was a busy weekend for the Moonies, getting us back into the swing of things after a couple of weeks off.

On Saturday night we headed to Cleeve House, a marvellous old manor house in Wiltshire that we’ve never been to before.

wiltshire wedding band moon loungers cleeve house

Set up was nice and easy in the Great Hall, and once the speeches had been completed outside (it was amazingly good weather for the time of year) we sound checked and were good to go. Only issue was that, given it was a late wedding with no meal, everyone was now queuing for evening food at the impressive fish and chip bus outside!