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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…

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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.

A nice selection of early spring gigs…

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Spring is here and the gigs are upon us!  Here’s a quick roundup of the last month or so

On the 9th of March we played a wedding at Clifton Pavilion, which is Bristol Zoo to the layman…  The first dance was Tom Odell’s “Grow Old With Me”, which kicked off our live sets nicely.  In between there were pork rolls and a long chat with the security guard on the door, although sadly no opportunities to go and see the lions or monkeys…

A few weeks later we played for Uncle Al’s masonic lodge Ladies Night at the Grange in Winterbourne.  This was a splendid evening, with a slap-up meal followed by one marathon 2hr set of live music that had everyone dancing.  We opened with a specially learned cover of “You Got It” for Roy Orbison fan Uncle Al and managed to keep the floor busy from there on in!

February gig roundup

Winter is traditionally quiet gig-wise for us, and this February was no exception with just two outings. But they were both brilliant nights that are well worth a blog post!

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Back at the start of the month we played a 40th birthday party at Chiseldon House in Wiltshire.  With heavy snow falling the day before, actually getting to the venue became the main focus… thankfully things warmed up the next day which meant a lot of the snow had thawed out by the time we headed off.

We arrived in one piece and were soon set up.  With a number of familiar faces amongst the arriving guests, we were able to have a chat with various folk and also tuck into a rather nice chilli-con-carne before getting round to the live music.

Moonies back on wedding band duty in 2019!

After an extended break from live performance going back to December 1st, we were straight back to it with a wedding bash on the first Saturday of 2019.

The location was Orchardleigh, an estate so vast they have managed to find a whole new venue within its grounds.  It is called “The Walled Garden” and has apparently been open for 4 years, so it was nice to finally perform there!

It took us a while to figure out where to park (it was very dark, in our defence), but once the vehicles were in place we were able to enjoy an easy load in. By 7.30 we were all set and ready to go, with a large and foliage-covered photo booth joining us at the edge of the dance floor.

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The first dance was “Tenerife Sea” by Ed Sheeran, and the subsequent first set went rather well – our R&B/Hip Hop/Soul covers being particularly well received. During the break we had a nice chat with videographer Rob Taylor, and it was soon time for the second set.

2018 finishes up with weddings at The Bishop’s Palace and the Hare and Hounds

One of the features of 2018 has been the number of venues we’ve played at for the first time.  And we found ourselves at yet another one a couple of weekends ago when we arrived in Wells to play at the Bishop’s Palace (part of Wells Cathedral).

We tend to rely on Google maps these days to get us places, and it rarely lets us down; however, on this occasion it took us to the wrong side of the cathedral, which led to lots of driving around Wells (and getting stuck in its one way system) trying to find correct the way in!

Anyhoo, eventually we figured it out and were soon set up and soundchecking in another very echoey room! Thankfully, the guest helped absorb the sound once they piled in and onto the dance floor during the first dance (Angels, which amazingly we’ve never played live before).

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Most guests stuck around for the first set, and after a quick sarnie and a pint we were back on and playing to a packed dance floor for a brilliant second set.  We managed a few encores before letting the disco fill in until the strict 11.30 curfew.  Thankfully it was a lot easier finding our way out of Wells that it was getting in…