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A Lively Festival Wedding in a Marquee in Biddestone

Just on our way back from tonight’s superb wedding in Beddestone. The lovely audience were a joy to play for, the dance floor packed from the very first song!

Marquee weddings can be a risky affair, especially in England’s rolling fields. Though there was torrential rain on the journey down to the wedding, it seemed to pass this wedding by. When we arrived, all the wedding guests were in high spirits, and the reaction to the groom and best man’s speeches were emphatic!

Tonight’s first dance was You Do Something To Me by Paul Weller; a beautiful choice. We were commissioned by the bride and groom to keep the song a little more up beat than the studio recording, and I think we managed that without becoming removed from the romance of the song.

First set enders, Mr Brightside and Sweet Child o’ Mine were definitely highlights of the night, drawing almost every member of the audience to the dance floor. The ‘riot’ section of the second half (I predict a riot, Chelsea Dagger, Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor and I Believe in a thing Called Love) was met head on by the revellers, and some good natured stage invasions ensued… We even caught a member of the wedding party crowd surfing!

All in all, one of the most relaxed and lively weddings we’ve played this year.

Just on our way back from tonight’s superb wedding in Beddestone. The lovely audience were a joy to play for, the dance floor packed from the very first song! Marquee weddings can be a risky affair, especially in England’s rolling fields. Though there was torrential rain on the journey down […]

18/06/2011

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Horwood House Hotel Corporate Event for PWC

Tonight was a bit of a different night for the band, as the entertainment for a corporate staff treat for the good people of Price Waterhouse Cooper. Corporate events like this are great fun. They’re different to weddings, with it being no one’s big day, so there’s less vested emotion and guests are there purely for the entertainment…. Tonight in the form of our live band!

Magic Before The Band

We followed an excellent mind reader with a fascinating style. His whole thing seemed to be telling you exactly how he does his tricks; but at the end you really feel none the wiser! I missed his name, but I’ll see if I can post a link to any of his work.

Steady Start

The first half stated relatively slowly; while kicking off with some great tracks, we knew there was likely to be a bit if time while people get the next round if drinks in, pop out for a cigarette and generally take the chance to mingle. About half way through we kicked off Don’t Feel Like Dancing, which some what ironically was the song that brought people to the dance floor in their droves! It’s a great disco tune, and so often a hilight at the cheesier end of the live set.

Other great songs in the music tonight were Just Dance, Forget You, and Don’t Stop Believing… This was definitely a radio aware audience!

We tried to get some more photos tonight, but there was a problem with the camera. We’ll see of we can fix it for tomorrow! Until then, good night!

Tonight was a bit of a different night for the band, as the entertainment for a corporate staff treat for the good people of Price Waterhouse Cooper. Corporate events like this are great fun. They’re different to weddings, with it being no one’s big day, so there’s less vested emotion […]

18/06/2011

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Horwood House Hotel Corporate Event for PWC

Tonight was a bit of a different night for the band, as the live entertainment at a corporate staff treat for the good people of Price Waterhouse Cooper. Corporate events like this are great fun. They’re different to weddings, with it being no one’s big day, so there’s less vested emotion and guests are there purely for the entertainment…. Tonight in the form of our live band!

We followed an excellent mind reader with a fascinating style. His whole thing seemed to be telling you exactly how he does his tricks; but at the end you really feel none the wiser! I missed his name, but I’ll see if I can post a link to any of his work.

The first half stated relatively slowly; while kicking off with some great tracks, we knew there was likely to be a bit of time while people got the next round of drinks in, popped out for a cigarette and generally took the chance to mingle. About half way through we kicked off Don’t Feel Like Dancing, which some what ironically was the song that brought people to the dance floor in their droves! It’s a great disco tune, and so often a hilight at the cheesier end of the live set.

Other great songs in the music tonight were Just Dance, Forget You, and Don’t Stop Believing… This was definitely a radio aware audience!

We tried to get some more photos tonight, but there was a problem with the camera. We’ll see of we can fix it for tomorrow! Until then, good night!

Tonight was a bit of a different night for the band, as the live entertainment at a corporate staff treat for the good people of Price Waterhouse Cooper. Corporate events like this are great fun. They’re different to weddings, with it being no one’s big day, so there’s less vested […]

17/06/2011

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Live Wedding Music at Barnsley House: Rain Did Not Stop Play, or Dampen Spirits!

In the last few years of playing live music at the beautiful Barnsley House, we’ve never been on such a rainy day! When travelling to weddings, rain often prompts a discussion about how the couple are dealing with the weather. Tonight, we were glad to meet the bride upon arrival smiling the fullest bride’s smile and fully engaging with the weather dealt to her on her big day. We heard from Natalie, the Barnsley House wedding coordinator, that the couple had had photos taken around the grounds – in their wellies! It’s great when a couple can start their married life with such sheer enjoyment that plans changing doesn’t phase them in the least.

Rain had, fortunately for us, cleared up by the time we were due to load in. An exceptionally quick turn around of the room by the well organised team at Barnsley House gave us plenty of time to get ourselves set up, ready for the first set.

Check out these photos taken live at the wedding from the back of the stage!
Barnsley House Live Wedding Band

 

Highlights of the set tonight were definitely 500 miles – the large Scottish contingent really enjoyed it, despite the wonky Scottish accent I adopt during that song! Other great songs tonight were Mercy, Shine and Superstition.

3 live performances at 3 weddings in 3 nights for the band. It was a lovely way for us to end the weekend, working along side the staff a Barnsley House makes for an easy evening for us, which is just what we need at the end of a long weekend like this one. It’s now time for our weekend!

In the last few years of playing live music at the beautiful Barnsley House, we’ve never been on such a rainy day! When travelling to weddings, rain often prompts a discussion about how the couple are dealing with the weather. Tonight, we were glad to meet the bride upon arrival […]

12/06/2011

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A Fun Filled Wedding Reception at Tewin Bury Farm, Welwyn

Tewin Bury Farm is something of a regular haunt for The CoverUps; not a season of weddings goes by without the band playing a live show or two down in Welwyn Garden City. And with the reception at tonight’s wedding, long may it continue!

As is often the case with relatively early first sets, and 3 set evenings, the first set was a fairly gentle affair. Quiet appreciation of the music from the audience is often as much as a wedding party are capable of shortly after a hearty wedding breakfast. And rightly so, especially when there’s 3 x 40 minute sets, there’s plenty of time to get up later…

… And get up they did! The second and third sets were lively, with high points of Sweet Child o’ Mine (monster guitarist, Hywel Bennett’s favourite track of the repertoire!) I Predict a Riot, and Teenage Dirtbag all seeing the party really kick off! John Wright, tonight’s lead vocalist was joined by a couple of the most enthusiastic revellers during the encore (Hey Jude), lending their own vocal stylings to the show!

All in all, another great night at Tewin Bury Farm; certainly one of the top venues for weddings, and a great place for live music!

Tewin Bury Farm is something of a regular haunt for The CoverUps; not a season of weddings goes by without the band playing a live show or two down in Welwyn Garden City. And with the reception at tonight’s wedding, long may it continue! As is often the case with […]

11/06/2011

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Elegant Garden Wedding near Coventry

Just home from a fabulous wedding tonight in Bubbenhall, near Coventry. The couple decided, after visiting a few of the excellent wedding venues in the Coventry area, that having their wedding on the grounds of the Groom’s parents’ house was the option for them. Speaking to them during the evening they mentioned that, while costs worked out about the same as hiring some of the the more prestigious wedding venues around the west midlands, for them having their big day somewhere they have a connection was the most important thing.

We’ll see if we can get hold of any photos of the garden, but for now you’ll have to take our word for it that the garden was immaculately decorated. Lanterns hung from trees, bunting lined the marquee. Every detail was perfectly thought out.

And as for the band’s performance, we had the great honour of playing with the excellent Steve Ling on guitar; always a pleasure! It’s always hard to pick a highlight when the dance floor is busy all evening, but I particularly enjoyed 500 miles. It’s a set regular, and sometimes, like tonight, a few eyes roll as we start playing, but it never fails to get everyone going wild when the first chorus.kicks in!

Off to bed; a good night’s sleep to rest my voice before heading down to Barnsley House for night 3 of this run of weddings!

Just home from a fabulous wedding tonight in Bubbenhall, near Coventry. The couple decided, after visiting a few of the excellent wedding venues in the Coventry area, that having their wedding on the grounds of the Groom’s parents’ house was the option for them. Speaking to them during the evening […]

11/06/2011

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