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Congratulations Helen and Atif! Rollercoaster have played Easthampstead Park a few times before, however, half the band still managed to follow Sat-Nav directions to the wrong location, which was a very different part of Bracknell. After a 10 minute detour, we arrived at the very grand surroundings that is Easthampstead Park and Conference Centre, in glorious sunshine! The staff were friendly and helpful, and the room was great to setup in – lots of space to play, move around etc. First dance was make You feel My Love (the Adele version), played by the band, sung by Emma, from the wedding party. Emma, who had never played with the band before, did a fantastic job.
The first set was more intimate, with the hot weather keeping a few people outside, but it all notched up another gear in the second set, with some wild dancing, jigging, and general partying.
Last song was 500 Miles, and we had some very appreciative guests. Fiddle player had been Chris Haigh (who informed us that he would be in the new Sleeping Beauty film, as a street musician extra), had gained a few fans through the performance, with rip-roaring solos. Always an absolute pleasure to play with this shaggy haired virtuoso of a fiddler, and we look forward to the next time we share a stage with him.
Special thanks to Christine, the mother of the bride, who had co-ordinated the entire wedding… not too much pressure!
Thanks for looking after us, best of luck to Helen and Atif in the future!
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