Late July brings with it more hot weather – and more gigs!
Incredibly, the hot weather continued into late July, as did the gigs for us! Here is a quick rundown:
21st Jul 2018 – Wedding at Chavenage House
This wedding evening party took place on another very balmy night, and given how stunning the grounds and views are at Chavenage House, we braced ourselves for everyone spending the evening outside…
Thankfully, loads of folk danced – joining in during the first dance (“I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz) and keeping the dance floor busy all evening, making for an excellent party. We were also grateful that the unexpected power outage happened once all guests had left and we’d packed almost all of our gear away. Absolutely pitch black…
26th July 2018 – Wedding at Priston Mill Watermill
With the amazing heatwave continuing for another week, it was time for another warm load in and set up once we’d arrived at a favourite old haunt – Priston Mill Watermill.
Once again our worries that everyone would be outside for the night were completely unfounded; from the first dance (Songbird) right through to the well-earned encore, the bride and groom and their guests were bopping and having a good old sing along to our live sets. Another great night!
27th July 2018 – Wedding at Bailbrook House
Last time we played at Bailbrook we were squeezed into a smaller room, so it was nice this time to be in the main function room with plenty of space. The first dance this time was Ed Sheeran’s perennial slow dance “Thinking Out Loud”, and the first set was going great until the bride took her mates somewhere else to throw the bouquet!
Not to worry, after a splendid bit of buffet we were soon back and in amongst the 2nd set, which saw the dance floor fill up and everyone have a great time. We even managed to get the dance floor-shy groom on the floor right at the end!
28th July 2018 – Wedding at Hestercombe Gardens
For our third gig in 3 nights we headed down a busy M5 to Hestercombe Gardens in Somerset. To be honest, the traffic wasn’t quite as bad as expected so we had a fair old wait before setting up (not helped by the delayed timings), but by 9pm we were up and running.
For the first dance it was Al Green’s soul classic “Let’s Stay Together” (always a winner), and the crowd were absolutely brilliant from the point at which they joined the floor during the first dance right up until the end. A couple of encores were knocked out for good measure, and then it was time for us to head home and go off on our holidays. Or in Chris’ case, cancel his holiday, have an emergency hernia operation and convalesce at home…
12th Aug 2018 – wedding at Wick Farm
After a spot of time off, we returned to wedding band action at Wick Farm near Bath. The acoustic duo was given a rare outing during the wedding breakfast, with Steve & Chris playing a couple of laid back sets, before Stu arrived in the evening and the 3-piece took over.
The first dance was played on our laptop, the choice being “Everywhere” by Fleetwood Mac. The highlight of our live sets came at the end, when we played a specially learned version of “Country Roads” by John Denver – a favourite tune of the groom and his cricket team mates. Definitely one to add to the repertoire…
17th Aug 2018 – Wedding at the Bear of Rodborough
The following weekend brought with it a doubleheader, starting with a cracking wedding bash at the Bear of Rodborough. Here’s the all-important Stu & Bear pic:
With the bride’s Uncle Martin taking care of disco duties (and setting up an amazing array of lasers), we concentrated on the live music, kicking off with “The One” by Kodaline for the first dance. The dance floor stayed packed all night, and a special mention must go to wedding guest Joseph who helped us cart our gear up and down the slightly scary fire escape we had to use to access the room!
18th Aug 2018 – wedding at Priston Mill Watermill
The next night we were back at Priston Mill’s Watermill, this time without the 30 degree heat to contend with…
With the couple choosing not to have a first dance, it was a case of getting straight into our live sets (and tucking into some cheese and bics during the break). Once again it was a really good night, as is normally the case at Priston!
So all in all a splendid months’ worth of wedding gigs for the Moonie Boys. Stay tuned for our forthcoming weekend away in Oxfordshire!