The acoustic duo returns, plus some tight timescales to contend with!
April and May have ticked along nicely for us, with a couple of gigs at the familiar Kingscote mixed in with a couple at venues we’ve never played at before…
Back on 26th April it was off to Kingscote Barn for an evening wedding party. It was nice to see Lee Bishop and his Strawbery Fields catering team, who – as usual – swiftly cleared the room for us to set up.
The first dance was “The One” by Kodaline, and whilst this is one we’re adept at playing live, the couple had elected to have the original play – mainly to help with their routine. The crowd was enthusiastic from the off, and after a tasty lasagne during our break (courtesy of Lee) we played a well-received 2nd set plus a couple of encores.
We ran the disco until 12.30, but during the last song the bride pointed out we’d not played one of her requests, specifically “Stupid Hoe” by Nicki Minaj. The only option was to play this songwriting masterpiece and watch the bride and her sister have a good old dance off – a perfect ending for the night!
A couple of weeks later we headed to Upcote Barn in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds (above), a new venue for us (see the pic above). Timings were very tight, given that we didn’t access the barn until 8.30, but we managed to (rather heroically, may we add) kick off the first set around 9.20.
The first dance was “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, a good choice – especially if you have a few moves, which the B&G definitely did! We proceeded with 2 quickfire sets (squeezing in a quick break for pizza in between) and the all-important encore before handing over to the disco. No Nicki Minaj this time, but a cracking night that seemed to whizz by in a blur…
It was then back to Kingscote Barn on the 11th May, this time with the acoustic duo booked as well as the 3-piece! Yes we agreed to wheel out the duo for the ceremony, and with the couple keen for it to be outside we were grateful for a good weather forecast. We set up on the lawn and played as guests arrived and assembled, before playing the bride in with “Happy Together”. During the register signing it was more 60s stuff with a Beatles double-header (“Something” and “All You Need is Love”) and then “Better Together” for the exit.
We were treated to a marvellous meal (thank you Clever Chefs for looking after us!) before hooking up with Stu for the evening. This time the first dance was “September Song” by JP Cooper, specially learned and successfully executed!
The first set went well, and after fireworks and some pizza we returned for the 2nd set. It was a really good set, but unfortunately our main memories of it will always be (a) one guest desperately trying to start a fight with his mates towards the end, and (b) the groom becoming uncontrollably livid on discovering our last song was “We Are Young” by Fun (specially requested by the couple) and not “Africa” by Toto (which was also lined up on the disco playlist). Thankfully, he was ushered away before we finished the song – at which point we put the disco on and quickly packed away!
To wrap up our May gig schedule, on the 18th we found ourselves in the far off depths of Wiltshire for another duo and 3-piece wedding. The venue was Ashley Wood Farm, and this time we were playing ceremony AND drinks for the first time in a while! With only a small chance of rain, the plan was for the ceremony to be outside, so we kept our fingers and got ourselves set up. Tea was provided by the groom (see the top of this post) – what a gent.
Thankfully the weather held out for both the ceremony and the drinks. For the bride’s arrival we played a “A Thousand Years”, and after a couple of songs for the register we played “Here Comes the Sun” for the exit. The sun didn’t really come for the drinks, and we had to move the gear to a different part of the venue, but it still went really well and before we knew it guests were being invited inside for the wedding breakfast.
During our break we had a minor disagreement with the chef (who hadn’t bothered to get our food to us, letting it go cold instead…) before greeting Stu and setting up for the evening party.
For the first dance we played a slowed down, low key version of “Use Somebody” by the Kings of Leon, which went very nicely. Both live sets were great, the highlight being the successful performance of a specially learned “3 Little Birds” – the father of the bride had requested some Bob Marley, and was absolutely delighted with our version!
We finished our 2nd set at 11.30 and put the disco on, under the assumption that we could keep it running up until 11.45 – only for the owner to appear and tell us that all music had to stop… not to worry, it and been a cracking day – congrats to the happy couple (and indeed to all the newlyweds for whom we’ve played over the last month).