Of all the aspects of your wedding day, the one thing no bride or groom has any control over is the weather; whether here in Oxfordshire, or anywhere else in England! Today’s happy couple had booked an acoustic solo set during the afternoon from CoverUps front man, Mike. Those of you who have been to the Tythe Barn will know what beautiful and well kept grounds the venue has; ideal for that chilled afternoon drinks reception, with some soulful acoustic tunes in the background. But, with the best will in the world, it’s a tough call to set up a PA outdoors when foreboding clouds fill the skies! As such, the set up was placed in one end of the Cow Shed, facing out into the gardens; a setup that seemed to work really well, and with the least chance of ending up with a soaking wet singer…
Rain Didn’t Stop Play
As it happened, the sun came out in perfect timing for the drinks reception, and guests were blessed with a couple of hours in the sunny gardens of the Tythe Barn. The acoustic set was really well received; numerous comments about how much people were enjoying it found their way back to us from the venue staff. A comment they made is that people were much more aware of the acoustic set than, for example, pianists or string quarters, and that they all seemed to appreciate it more. I love the elegance of a string quartet, but I can imagine it getting lost under the babble of drinks reception chatter.
Wonderful Evening Reception
So, on to the evening. Will at the Tythe Barn is a great host, and fantastic organiser. He and his team managed to keep the wedding running immaculately to time, giving us plenty of time after the meal to get set up.
First Dance tonight was UB40’s version of I Can’t Help (Falling in Love with You) played live by the band. It was great fun putting together a faithful arrangement of the song, and the couple seemed chuffed to bits as they danced, inviting their guests to join them on the dance floor after the first chorus. From that moment on the dance floor remained packed throughout the evening. As is sometimes the way with 3 set evenings, some momentum was lost in the starting and stopping, but the enthusiastic crowd responded well to each of the opening songs; Valerie for set 2, and All Day And All Of The Night for set 3.
All in all it was great to be back at the Tythe Barn, and we’re looking forward to the next couple of shows that we have there this year!