The summer season kicks in with various smashing gigs across the South West
Yes, it’s that time of year when the diary gets a bit busy… here’s a quick rundown.
Back on the 9th and 10th June we found ourselves playing non-wedding gigs at Priston Milll (near Bath) and the Roman Baths (slap bang in the middle of Bath – and here’s a nice pic below) respectively. One was a wedding anniversary, the other a joint birthday, and both went well.
At Priston the challenge was squeezing in as much music as possible after a late start, and at the Baths it was all about taking on the acoustics in the very echoey reception room… In both cases I think we did a good job – both couples were very happy and that’s the main thing!
After a weekend off we then played the FAB Ball at Tortworth, a regular gig for us since 2008 and always a marvellous night. This was possibly the best one yet, with the dance floor staying packed as we smashed through 2 hours of non-stop live music. Most importantly, loads of money was raised for a brilliant cause!
On 1st July we headed to Corsham Town Hall for a wedding evening party. We arrived a bit early, giving us time for a swift half in the amazing pub next door:
Getting the gear up into the upstairs room wasn’t the easiest but we managed to get ourselves in and ready for an 8.30 start, with special mention for Cyril the cat who kept an eye on things throughout.
We played a specially learned version of “Waterloo Sunset” for the first dance, and the second set also began with a song we’d prepared especially – this time “Roxanne” by the Police, with the guests all partaking in a traditional dance (basically the boys had to sit down whenever we sang “Roxanne”, and it was the girls’ turn whenever we sang “red light”). Give it a try (after a few drinks of course)…
This was another great night with a very responsive crowd throughout – well done everyone! Here is Chris and the happy groom:
Our most recent gig was a wedding at Cadbury House in Somerset. There had been a few delays during the day (bride late to the church, journey from church to venue taking an hour, etc) and so we arrived to find the timings had slipped a fair bit. We set up as fast as possible and were ready to go not long after 8.30, at which point the bride and groom – and then the photographer – went missing! Everyone finally appeared around 9ish for the cake cutting (lovely cake) and then we played a short first set before the evening food.
The second set was much longer and saw the dance floor fill up nicely, with our performance culminating in the nation’s current favourite singalong tune “Don’t Look Back in Anger” – at which point we handed over to DJ Mike and slipped off into the Somerset night.
Congrats as ever to everybody who we’ve played for over the last month!