Every year we get the opportunity to play for a friends during the course of the wedding season. Tonight we made the short trip down the A46 to Stratford-Upon-Avon to play in a marquee in the grounds of the bride’s parents – and what a beautiful venue it made!
From time to time the schedule of an evening leads us to arrive nice and early to get set up before things kick off in earnest, and this was one of those occasions. We arrived at the venue just outside Stratford-Upon-Avon just before 3pm, and set about getting our kit onto the ample staging provided. Rather interestingly, the stage was angled into the corner – which worked perfectly with our classic 1-3 band formation!
With the set-up complete around 4pm, we had a little time to kill before the wedding kicked off in earnest later in the evening. Being out in the countryside gave us poor mobile signal – so we took the chance to have a well needed rest in advance of the evening reception!
Live First Dance
The first dance tonight was previously unknown to us: “Solidier” by Gavin Degraw. The military connection was clear from the arrival of the first guests, in full formal military dress It’s always an excellent sight, and we find the military crowds often really know how to party! The first dance went well, the bride and groom dancing elegantly to the 12/8 feel.
The rest of the night was great fun. The first dance was followed by another request by the couple: Mc Fly’s “Love Is Easy”, which is a quaint little pop tune – no mandolin in the line-up, but a high capo did a decent job.
Amongst the highlights for us was I Believe In A Thing Called Love, which has been absent from recent gig, but is always great fun to sing – hitting those high notes is pretty killer, but satisfying to watch a crowd go with you into them! Also recently absent has been Place Your Hands. Tonight showed that it really should make it back into the set a bit more regularly!