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The Long Road to Liverpool

Today’s wedding took the band out of the West Midlands and most of the way up the M6 to the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre in Waterloo, Liverpool. It was a 2:30pm arrival for the advance party (Mike and Gaz) for a solo acoustic set over drinks before the speeches.

Acoustic Drinks Reception Music

The solo acoustic set was great fun. The audience really appreciated the tunes and it was a lovely opportunity to play a few new tracks and some that don’t often get an airing. Probably highlights of the set were Count On Me by Bruno Mars and I’m Yours by Jason Mraz; they certainly summed up the way the couple seemed to feel about one another on their wedding day!

Alternative Wedding Format

The young couple made some significant deviations from what we’ve come to see as the ‘norm’ for a wedding. The first indication we had of that things weren’t going as per usual was there only being 1 hour allocated for speeches and food. It turned out that the main meal was happening as a buffet once the evening guests arrived; a lovely way to include the evening guests.

The cutting of the cake passed us by completely! We often announce the cake cutting as it often happens immediately before the first dance; but we don’t know when, or indeed if it happened – but we weren’t called upon to announce it (or eat the cake! šŸ™‚ ).

The first dance, while being performed live, wasn’t performed by the band… most odd! It was a beautiful rendition of the Eva Cassidy arrangement Songbird by the sister of the bride, Hannah, Her voice really was excellent and it made a really personal and special moment of the wedding reception.

Let The Dancing Commence!

Then it was time for the band to strike up! The young and excitable crowd flocked to the dance floor as soon as we begun. It’s always nice to play a full live set at the evening reception after playing an acoustic set over a drinks reception. The audience are often surprised to see us back, but eager to see a different side to the band.

Highlights of the full set in the first half were Mr Brightside, and a wee Beatles collection – our little tribute to being in Liverpool! Can’t Buy Me Love made a rare appearance, reminding us that we realy should play that song more; it’s a great dance floor filler.

Surprise Connections

Tonight we were pleasantly surprised by a couple of familiar faces in the crowd. Two old friends of Mike popped in just before sound check to say hello. As it happened, it was them who had recommended the band be considered for the wedding entertainment – but they were completely unaware that we’d been booked! Gaz came across an old musical friend; a friend whose album he’d played guitar on a few years back. Much reminiscing ensued in the short break between sets.

End of Summer Wedding Season 2012

This is now truly the end of the wedding season for us. We have a few weeks off now to work on some projects for next year and hone some new tracks. Watch this space for news of some exciting new things the band will be offering in 2013!

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Today’s wedding took the band out of the West Midlands and most of the way up the M6 to the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre in Waterloo, Liverpool. It was a 2:30pm arrival for the advance party (Mike and Gaz) for a solo acoustic set over drinks before the speeches. Acoustic […]

17/11/2012

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Great Fun at a Lively Wedding in East Anglia

The trip to Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, as with many areas east of the Midlands, takes the band straight down the A14. It’s not an exciting route, but it’s always surprisingly quick, which is a great thing to know as I write this blog as a passenger in the car back to the West Midlands.

A Beautiful, Unique Wedding Venue

Hengrave HallĀ Is a wonderful estate, and a very well run wedding venue. Our arrival was straightforward (despite needing to buzz to enter the grounds), and though perhaps not the shortest load in we’ve encountered of late, it wasn’t too far. We had the run of the room we were playing in, and being out of ear shot of the audience we had a relaxed set-up. The stage, as you can see below, felt like it took up nearly half the room. Despite this, it was a great room to play in. Somewhat lively with the wood and stone carvings adorning the walls, we had no issues with the sound limiter or with obtaining a great mix.

Recorded First Dance

Tonight’s first dance was an interesting choice. A key theme in the Twilight Films, Flightless Bird American Mouth by Iron and Wine is a lovely choice. We had offered to play the track live, but also suggested that the recording should be considered. It’s such a delicate and particular arrangement, and while we had designs on how this could be recreated live we know very well how a paricular recording can evoke the emotions associated with fond memories of the song. To that end we were glad they went with the recording, and they both seemed delighted to be dancing together as the last formality of the day.

The Live Music

So the time came for us to kick into the live set and the reception we got was amongst the warmest we’ve had in recent months. The audience was lively butĀ reservedĀ  with a warm ripple ofĀ applauseĀ after each track we played. Particularly well received in the first half were I Believe in a Thing Called Love and Mr Brightside. Steve’s solos soared in the mix tonight and a number of musicians in the room fixated on his every riff.

The second half was slightly truncated after a late start to the first set, but we still managed to whip the crowd to a suitably lively conclusion. Tonight’s encore was Summer of 69 as requested throughout the second half – it seemed only right, and the reminicing themes lyrics tugged gently at the heartstrings of the bridal party.

Return to Coventry

With an early curfew (11:30pm rather than the usual midnight) we hit the road shortly after midnight. The run home seems to be going smoothly, so we should be back before 3am! In the weeks ahead we’ll be working on some new demo tracks, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for those. Until then, enjoy tonight’s photos – oh, and a video of tonight’s packdown… we know you’ve always wanted to see what happens after the show!

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The trip to Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, as with many areas east of the Midlands, takes the band straight down the A14. It’s not an exciting route, but it’s always surprisingly quick, which is a great thing to know as I write this blog as a passenger in the […]

04/11/2012

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