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!
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.
Greg joined us for this one (to help us deal with the sound limiter and VERY echoey acoustics). It’s always a late schedule at the Baths, which meant we didn’t start playing until gone 11pm, followed by some disco until 1am…
Into December and we returned to the very swanky Whatley Manor for a daytime and evening booking. Having taken a break from the duo the last year or so it was nice to plug the acoustics in again.. we played an enjoyable set during the drinks reception in the restaurant (see above), including a couple of festive tunes that we’d dusted down!
Once again we hooked up with Greg (above) for the evening party, knocking out a couple of well received sets to a crowd that were particularly good at singing along. The disco ran until 1am again, with Steve trying his best to include as many of the guest requests as possible!
We finished our work for the year with a couple of gigs just before Christmas. First up we made a debut appearance at Somerset Hall in Portishead for a 40th birthday party. We played the birthday boy’s wedding back in 2007 (!) so it was great to see him and his wife again. The venue was surprisingly large, with a massive stage for us to spread out on, and we played a couple of sets with a break for the all-important buffet.
Birthday boy had a to leave early (well done to his mates for giving him a pint of shots!) but as we finished off with the disco a hardcore of friends stuck around (providing us with lots of classic R&B requests for the final half hour).
The following night we were in the more intimate surroundings of Clevedon Hall for a wedding evening bash. This was a cracking night, with guests filling the dance floor all night and really getting into the festive spirit. The highlight came in the encore when Chris played Uncle Al’s keytar on “Ice Ice Baby” and was then able to play the (very seasonal) demo of “Last Christmas” at the correct time of year for once. Cue lots of singing as Stu and Steve joined in and the whole the song got an airing. We still found time for “All the Small Things” before finishing another cracking year of live performances with good old “Merry Xmas Everybody”.
Congrats to all those happy couples we’ve played for in 2020, and indeed everyone who has been nice to us, bought us a drink, listened to our music and watched our videos on YouTube. Here’s to another good year…