Elizabeth’s 70th Birthday Party, Oxford Thames Hotel, Oxford, June 2017

A short trek to Oxford, and a setup in a separate room from where the guests were…this was a full 7 piece gig, with the mighty Tim joining us on keyboards, plus Chris Haigh and Jason on fiddle, with female vocals form Holly… plus the usual core 3piece – Rob, Chris and Al.  The event was the 70th Birthday celebration of Elizabeth – we had be co-ordinating with her lovely daughters Alice and Katherine, as well as her husband Roderick.  It was an all age occasion, which is no problem with the band, as we cover all genres, and dropper songs in and out to suit who is on the dance floor.

They were a great crowd to play to – dancing all night, and with real enthusiasm… there was a real warmth (as well as the approaching heatwave weather outside).  Highlight was when they managed to conga in and out of both rooms, pulling even more folk on to the dance floor.

It was a pleasure to play – thanks for looking after us, and happy birthday Elizabeth!

BNI Business Networking Group, Corporate Function, Moor Park Golf Club, Rickmansworth, Jun 2017

This was an event at the rather beautiful main building at Moor Park Golf Club – where we have actually played a few times before.  The company was the BNI Networking group, co-ordinated by Imagine Group (property services)… though I only realised this at the end of the show, after using the ‘Imagine Group’ name for the whole gig (not that anyone had corrected me).

After a large hog roast buffet, and a short introduction speech, we pushed on with the set.  In theory, it would have been a tougher crowd to play to, as people were there to ‘network’, and didn’t necessarily know each other.  However, we got them dancing, and by the end, they were bouncing away to I’ve Got A Feeling’, and stomping’ the floor to 500 Miles.

Great crowd to play to – hopefully we’ll see you again… best of luck in all your futures!

Robert and Mikaela, Wedding Reception, Gate Street Barn, Surrey, June 2017

Great to visit Gate Street Barn again.  This time for Rob and Mikaela who had asked the band to play their first dance – Greatest Day by Take That.  With such a great beginning, the night pushed on in full swing, even as we battled against the warm weather, drawing folk outside (and the toasting giant marshmallows).

Lovely crowd, thanks for looking after us!

Fiona and Tim, Lurgashall Village Hall, West Sussex, June 2017

Tim and Fiona were married last year, so this was the big party to follow.  Out in the quiet village of Lurgashall, we unloaded our gear into the village hall and setup on the stage, behind the curtain.  The food was mini tortillas – Tim’s business is catering, providing this blend of street food for corporate events… so it was a wonderful treat.

First dance was DJ – ‘La Cienega Just Smiled’ by Ryan Adams … going into the band – ‘Let’s Have a Party’ by Wanda Jackson.  And the guests partied on.

It was an absolute pleasure to play to this crowd – congratulations to Tim and Fiona – many thanks for looking after us!

Cath and Rob, Wedding Reception, Farnham Castle, June 2017

Lovely venue – great view across Farnham.  We have played here quite a few times before, so knew the drill.  First dance was ‘Pride’ by Amy Macdonald – and they the band played. Great to see past bride and groom Katie and Tim in the crowd… and lovely to see all ages dancing.

Lovely wedding, friendly guests – thanks Cath and Rob for looking after us!

Lauren & James, Wedding Reception, Theobolds Park, Waltham Cross June 2017

This booking came about after we played Nikki and Ian’s wedding in 2016 at Loseley (look for pictures of Margot Robbie on our site, and that’s the one!)  The parents saw us play, which led to the bride and groom coming along to see the band at Kempton Park… which in turn led to confirmation of the gig… and Theobalds Park, one night in June!

The venue itself looks out onto a lovely courtyard, which is enclosed by rooms that the wedding guests book – so not far back after the reception for these folk.  We setup early, and chilled in the main hotel – then enjoyed the very fine food… De Verre venues have got this nailed – perfect pizzas, chicken curry, burgers…

Fast forward a few hours, and we were playing the first dance – Sade ‘By Your Side’ – which was DJ’d.  From then we pushed on with the set – and the crowd were fantastic.  We had Holly AND Jason on fiddle, so we could through in all the songs, whilst layering on the harmonies – this really is a great format to play with.

Second half, we threw in even more Irish tunes, and the crowd danced away.

This was a superb wedding to play – great to see last years bride and groom Nikki and Ian.  Lauren and James were a fun couple, and it was a pleasure to play for them.  Thanks for looking after us, and best of luck in the future.

Michael and Niamh, Wedding Reception, Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, June 2017

This was a big wedding in between Coventry and Warwick, at a lovely country house venue.  We had Jason on fiddle, so we could through in more Irish tunes, to suit the audience!  First dance was DJ’d, then we pushed on with the set.

The crowds danced away – and definitely loved the Irish tunes.  Literally before we knew it, we had hit the venue’s curfew… but we played one more song, and everyone left happy!

Best of luck in the future to Michael and Niamh – thanks for looking after us!

Sam and Adrian, Wedding Reception, Hookhouse Farm, Redhill, Surrey, April 2017

This was our first visit to Hookhouse Farm, and what a lovely venue it is!  It’s very much a rustic farm – you can hear the cows in the barn, see the ducks waddling amongst the tractors

 

and farm machinery.  The barn itself looked beautiful, with decorated beams, and a permanent stage for the band – another great element.  It’s a busy venue, with weddings every weekend – and hopefully we’ll be heading back there some time.

Sam and Adrian had a large proportion of irish guests, so we had Jason on fiddle (sporting his most splendid beard), and threw in such songs as Fields Of Athenry and Fairytale Of New York.  First dance was Ho Hey, and from then we pushed on into the night… and the guests sang and danced (we were very lucky to have talented Irish girl come up and sing with us for a few songs – a bonus!)  In the break we visited the photo booth – a very cool mobile caravan style feature – and carried on with the second set until the final song.

It was a lovely wedding to play – congratulations to Sam and Adrian – best of luck in the future!

Al and Jason in the photo booth / trailer