November and December gig rundown
A nice smattering of gigs over the late autumn/early winter period to report on, starting with a splendid evening at Kingscote Barn.
It’s invariably a good night at Kingscote, and this was no exception. We kicked things off with “Have I Told You Lately” by Rod Stewart for the first dance followed swiftly by “What a Wonderful World” for a father-daughter dance. Splendid stuff.
The rest of the evening was great, and we finished the disco off with “Happy Birthday” by Stevie Wonder to celebrate the bride turning 30 at midnight, making for an excellent finish to proceedings.
The following weekend we played a birthday party at the Shore Bar (part of the Bristol Hotel) on the waterfront – another marvellous night. We’d played the birthday girl’s weddings a few years back and had been booked here as a surprise, so she was delighted to find us in situ and ready to go when she turned up. Using football parlance, it was a classic game of two halves – with just a few dancers in the first set but a rammed dance floor throughout the second. As we packed away the party goers were still going strong , heading off to good old La Rocca in Clifton to continue the celebrations!
On to December then, and on the 9th we played at Coombe Lodge for an enjoyable wedding evening do. The first dance on this occasion was the already classic wedding song “Thinking Out Loud”, and other memories from the evening were (a) the reliably brilliant burger station, (b) a first ever live performance of “All These Things I’ve Done” by the Killers, and (c) the disappointed reaction of one of the bridesmaids when we suggested playing an encore of “Merry Xmas Everybody”. She wasn’t keen. So we didn’t play it.
Not to worry, the following Friday would see us get to dust down the Slade classic once again. This time we were back at Kingscote, and amongst friends what with Ben Cox doing the videography and Lee Bishop of Strawberry Fields running the show as only he can.
For the first dance we’d put together a bespoke version of “Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay, with Steve and Stu dueting on the vocals and all the guests instructed to pile onto the dance floor when the chorus kicked in. This went great, and the B&G later complimented us on how good it was so hurrah for that!
No game of two of halves this time either – the floor was busy throughout the evening, with special mention going to a brand new cover of “7 Days” by Craig David (yes, “7 Days” by Craig David, you heard!) and also “Let It Snow” and a finale of “Ho Hey” by the Lumineers. And for the encore we played “It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones, “One Day Like This” by Elbow, and – last but not least, “Merry Xmas Everybody” by Slade. Three songs you probably will never hear back to back, but it did the trick.
Oh and here’s a pic of the groom being thrown in the air by his mates:
The disco finished with “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Maria Carey to crown a splendid night’s work, and lead us nicely into a gig-free festive period.
Congrats to our lovely brides and grooms, happy birthday once again to Charlotte, and Merry Xmas Everybody!