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A Lively Reception For The Band At Their Last Tythe Barn Wedding Of The Season

Tonight’s wedding reception just down the road in Oxfordshire was a lively affair. The generous hosts had provided an extensive tab at the bar – definitely a great way to get the party started! The day had been meticulously planned by the bride and groom and when we arrived there was every indication that their planning had paid off. The Tythe Barn is one of few wedding venues where things often run to time: today’s wedding was down to the minute! (You can see the day’s schedule on display for all to see – a really lovely idea, and it seemed to work!)

Acoustic Music

The couple had a good singer friend who played a set immediately after the speeches in the Tythe Barn’s “Cow Shed”. He used a couple of elements of our PA, and did a great job of entertaining the already well warmed up audience! This bought us plenty of time to get setup, and we were all ready for a speedy sound check once he had finished with our equipment. The changeover went wonderfully smoothly, and before we could catch our breath, the cake had been cut and we were on!

Chasing Cars First Dance

Well known as one of the most popular first dances in recent years, Snow Patrol’s Chasing Cars is always a lovely song to play. Our rendition relies less heavily on the production elements of the original recording, arranged as a 2 guitar track. The builds today got the crowd going, and before we could hit the first big chorus they had flooded the dance floor! Ross Holkham, tonight’s photographer, was busily snapping away, so with any luck we’ll be able to show you a couple of his shots of the first dance. Sadly, our camera wasn’t turned on for the first set, so you’ll have to make do with snaps from the second!

Packed Dance Floor – Great Wedding Reception

The aim with most of the weddings we play is to usher people to the dance floor and keep them there. Tonight’s job was a piece of cake! The friends and family of the bride and groom were amazingly enthusiastic the entire night – from the first dance to the encore. The vibe we got from the audience was amazing, and it has to be one of the most enjoyable wedding performances of the season for the band. Everything remained lively right up until the taxis arrived… and we even heard people exclaiming “the party continues back at the travel lodge!”

That’s All Folks

So, that wraps up our Tythe Barn Weddings for this season (pending any last minute bookings!) We’re certainly booked back there a number of times next year, so it’s definitely Au Revoir, and not good bye! Until then, enjoy these photos from tonight’s wedding at the Tythe Barn.

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Tonight’s wedding reception just down the road in Oxfordshire was a lively affair. The generous hosts had provided an extensive tab at the bar – definitely a great way to get the party started! The day had been meticulously planned by the bride and groom and when we arrived there […]

31/08/2012

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Lost in Music – Wedding at Heydon Grange, Royston

Tonight the band were providing evening entertainment at a really lively wedding in Royston. Not exactly on the band’s doorstep, the musicians arrived nearly an hour early after contingency time in hand wasn’t needed. The staff at the venue were brilliantly accommodating and we had a lovely bit of time catching up with one another on the week’s events.

A Helping Hand and Speedy Set-up

Our catch up was brought to an abrupt end as it transpired that no microphone had been arranged for the speeches. The venue’s in house pa baffled us, so we grabbed the necessary bits and bobs from our vehicles and got a working system in place for the speeches. After speeches were over and things had somewhat typically run over we were challenged with a super speedy setup. The load in was straight forward enough and no technical complications arose leaving us set and ready within an hour of the area being cleared.

Lively Wedding Music and Wedding Guests

Starting that little bit later meant the guests were raring and ready to go when we arrived. The first dance, Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together brought the couples to the dance floor and we took things from there. The dance floor remained bustling through the whole wedding reception; music hitting the spot for young and old alike. Highlights for us included Superstition, Andy hitting the groove just right, and Steve rocking the solos in Don’t Stop Me Now and Don’t Stop Believing. 3 shows next weekend, a busy week ahead… So time for bed!

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Tonight the band were providing evening entertainment at a really lively wedding in Royston. Not exactly on the band’s doorstep, the musicians arrived nearly an hour early after contingency time in hand wasn’t needed. The staff at the venue were brilliantly accommodating and we had a lovely bit of time […]

25/08/2012

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The Tythe Barn: The Wedding Band’s Home From Home

Arriving at a wedding at the Tythe Barn is a lot like a trip back home for the band. In the last 5 years or so the band have played scores of lively weddings at this wonderful Oxfordshire wedding venue and each time been greeted by the staff like we’re members of the family. The staff are a close knit bunch and it makes the world of difference to the atmosphere of the venue.

Ben Folds First Dance

The band played the first dance live. After a momentary technical hitch, the bride and groom graced the dance floor with a lovely routine. The song, the Luckiest by Ben Folds, was an interesting and marvellous choice. We’re great fans of the song; while not an obvious choice for a first dance it certainly sums up the feelings of many happy couples on their wedding day.

Bridesmaids Make a Guest Appearance

During the band’s break a couple of the bridesmaids preformed a couple of sings they’d prepared for the bride and groom. The first song was a capitol rendition of the Pogues’ Love You ‘Til The End. The singer had a marvellous voice, which seemed unaffected by the day’s celebratory drinks and was accompanied deftly on the band’s piano!

The second track the bridesmaids performed included the whole group – I counted 5 in total! It was a very tounge in cheek version of Alexandra Burke’s Start Without You… rap and all! Again, great fun and lovely to have some guests adding to the evening’s live entertainment!

See You Again Soon

It’s only a couple of weeks until we return to the Tythe Barn for our next wedding there… it’ll hardly feel like we’ve been away! Photos of tonight’s show to follow later this week.

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Arriving at a wedding at the Tythe Barn is a lot like a trip back home for the band. In the last 5 years or so the band have played scores of lively weddings at this wonderful Oxfordshire wedding venue and each time been greeted by the staff like we’re […]

18/08/2012

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No-one “Trys” Harder Than the CoverUps – 3-piece Wedding Band at Worcester Rugby Football Club

The CoverUps “first 15” (oh ok not quite 15, but rocking 3-piece) turned out in full away kit of customary CoverUps black shirts and ties to Worcester Warriors Rugby ground tonight.

Full Belly – Happy Band

We were kindly treated to roast beef by the courteous and obviously excited couple and duly tucked in to our tea looking out over the hallowed turf. Then the whistle went for the first dance and our young couple got stuck in to they’re chosen recorded Calvin Harris track. After the necessary substitutions were made and the CoverUps ‘scrummed down’ for two hours of party favourites.

Pitch Invasion

The crowd were great fun and as the night progressed they filled the floor up and were roaring the choruses from the terraces for us by the end.

A big thank you to The Worcester Warriors and of course Andy and Hannah for having us.

As the full time whistle blew, we reckon the scores stood at: Andy, Hannah, The Worcester Warriors and The CoverUps – 10! Anyone who missed it – Nil!!!!

The CoverUps “first 15” (oh ok not quite 15, but rocking 3-piece) turned out in full away kit of customary CoverUps black shirts and ties to Worcester Warriors Rugby ground tonight. Full Belly – Happy Band We were kindly treated to roast beef by the courteous and obviously excited couple […]

11/08/2012

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Wedding Filled with Music at Yeldersley Hall, Derby

Today’s wedding at Yeldersley hall was packed to the rafters with musical delights. On arriving in the afternoon the venue was filled with piano renditions of popular love songs- a fitting start to the wedding reception music.

Live Acoustic Music Over Dinner

The band’s front man, Mike, arrived at the wedding early to provide live music during the wedding breakfast. It’s always a nice change for the front man of a live band to get to perform music in such a chilled manner. Being able to hear what’s going on acoustically allows room for subtleties that can be lost in a full live band, and less dancey songs like “God Only Knows” by the beach boys get to make an appearance.

Live First Dance

The evening got off to a great start, the band performing a rendition of Bryan Adams’ Heaven. It’s a great choice for a live wedding band playing a first dance, just the right combination of love song and rousing chorus; the ultimate power ballad!

The set itself got off to a great start and set the dance floor rocking for the whole night long!

Derby’s Newest Wedding Venue

Yeldersley Hall is amongst the most recent additions to Derbyshire’s wedding venues – and it’s a great one at that. The staff were excellent, and the ground beautifully well kept. The combination of reception room and marquee worked very well for us; allowing us just enough room to perform a lively set, without sound spilling straight from the marquee.

Below are photos from the second set – the camera went wrong during the first set, but you get the idea!

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Today’s wedding at Yeldersley hall was packed to the rafters with musical delights. On arriving in the afternoon the venue was filled with piano renditions of popular love songs- a fitting start to the wedding reception music. Live Acoustic Music Over Dinner The band’s front man, Mike, arrived at the […]

11/08/2012

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Through the Cotswolds to a Wedding at Eastington Park, Gloucestershire

The journey to this week’s wedding was a gentle trip through the Cotswolds (home to may beautiful wedding venues), arriving just off the M5 at Eastington Park. The website describes the wedding venue as stunning and we’d be inclined to when we arrived in the gorgeous grounds!

Relaxed Setup for Wedding Band in Gloucestershire

Upon arrival at Eastington Park, we were greeted by a remarkably relaxed atmosphere. The meals and speeches were finished, and the wedding guests were enjoying the grounds and good weather. Our load in was straight forward, and the only thing preventing us being set up within an hour was a stringent sound limiter.

Sound limiters are never a problem for the band, but some devices are more helpful than others! On this occasion, when playing in sound check at our usual restrained level, the limiter simply flashed red… rumour has it that after 10s on the flashing red light the power would be cut – though we never managed to make it trip! Working around such a limiter while maintaining a great atmosphere is a specialism of the CoverUps. Not an easy thing for a live wedding band to play with verve while never sure if the power will cut – but I think we managed it.

Michael Buble First Dance

The first dance was Michael Buble’s Everything. A beautiful choice, and a great one to play live. The syncopated piano line gives a great dancing rhythm – which is ideal when, as this couple chose, you want the guests to join at the earliest opportunity!

Pop Wedding Band with Adoring Fans

Our second set on this saw the dance floor packed with an audience of mostly female members of the wedding party – always a lot of fun for our all male lineup! The pop tunes from Amy Winehouse to Michael Jackson, Cee Lo Green, Maroon 5 and Lady Ga Ga kept the dance floor moving long into the night.

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The journey to this week’s wedding was a gentle trip through the Cotswolds (home to may beautiful wedding venues), arriving just off the M5 at Eastington Park. The website describes the wedding venue as stunning and we’d be inclined to when we arrived in the gorgeous grounds! Relaxed Setup for Wedding Band […]

06/08/2012

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