A busy July & August featuring some impressive wedding cakes and wedding cars…
July and August have been as busy as ever for us in 2017. Here’s a rundown of what we’ve been getting up to over the summer…
Back in mid-July we were on wedding band duty at Batch Country House in Somerset, a venue we’ve not played for a few years. With its fantastic function room (complete with stage and marquee-style interior – very good for the old acoustics) it’s a great place to play, and we enjoyed a splendid evening with a lovely crowd of folk.
Next up was a wedding at the more familiar surroundings of Priston Mill. For the first dance we had agreed to play an acoustic version of “Slide Away” requested by the groom, and I think we did a decent job of recreating Noel Gallagher’s version (the groom was delighted, so that’s all that matters!). The rest of the night was brilliant, as is generally the case at Priston’s Tythe Barn.
The following weekend we headed to a new venue for us, Whatley Manor near Malmesbury in Wiltshire. We set ourselves up in the lounge area – slightly less room than at the Batch – but it made for a nice intimate atmosphere.
We still had time for a couple more wedding bashes in July, firstly at Wick Farm near Bath (where we opened with a first dance of “Baby I’m Yours” by Arctic Monkeys – always sounds good that one) and Stanton Manor in Wiltshire (where we opened with “Cheerleader” by OMI for something a bit different!).
August began with a wedding at Frampton Court in Frampton-on-Severn, where we’d been persuaded to play in a marquee! Thankfully the very unpredictable weather managed to stay dry so there was no worries about the van getting stuck in the mud or rainwater dripping onto speakers, and all told it was a great night.
It was then off to the Great Tythe Barn in Tetbury for a lively midweek wedding. Here’s the splendid wedding vehicle, by the way:
On this occasion we were booked for the meal and evening, and the highlight of the meal was definitely the father-of-the-bride coming up to the Minstrel’s Gallery to sing his own version of “She’s Electric” (with us as his backing band) as part of his speech!
It was a bit quiet on the dancefloor for our first set, but the second set saw things pick up considerably as everyone suddenly found their dancing feet (maybe something to do with the alcohol kicking in?!). By the time the disco had taken over a number of guests couldn’t even stand up…
Our next wedding was another Cotswold affair, this time at Kingscote Barn. Special mention has to go to the amazing Toy Story wedding cake:
This was another brilliant night, with lots of dancing and – in the case of the groom – lots of being lifted up onto people’s shoulders!
The first dance on this occasion was a specially learned “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole. Steve found this one a bit tricky, due mainly to having to sing one letter whilst playing another on the bass (!), but it actually went rather well.
And to finish the month we headed back to Kingscote Barn, where we found another marvellous wedding car (see the VW at the top of this post). As is often the case at Kingscote, this was another cracking party to round off the month in style – from the first dance of “You & Me” by Lifehouse through to the encore featuring songs by Vanilla Ice and then Elbow – how’s that for diverse?!
Congratulations to all those lovely couples. September here we come!