It's been a busy winter for your favourite swing wedding band!
We've been all over London (and beyond) churning out cracking wedding and corporate entertainment and have had some really enjoyable evenings. This winter has seen us rock up to some rather swanky joints!
First up was a wedding party in The Royal Horseguards Hotel right in the centre of town at Whitehall. It had perhaps the most extravagant marble staircase we've ever seen! Okay, we're no experts, but it was seriously impressive! We had a little snoop around this grandiose building before we went on. I found an epic library full to the brim of books. On close inspection, however, we found they were actually wooden drawers in the shape of books! I was half expecting for the whole wall to spin around as I pulled on one of them, like some scene from James Bond. Alas, instead the drawer fell out and made a loud crash as it hit the exquisite marble floor. We were shooed away by some cleaners and retreated to the green room, feeling shaken and stirred... The wedding party itself was in a huge banqueting hall, with massive murals depicting ancient Greek scenes painted on the walls. For all the poshness of the surroundings we still got down like it was a speakeasy from prohibition!
Next up was the De Vere Theobalds Estate (sounds swanky, was swanky!), where the delightful Michael and Elizabeth were tying the knot. The father of the bride had filed a special request the week before the big day, and we were more than happy to oblige. According to a guest we spoke to, father and daughter used to dance together to Bill Withers' 'Lean On Me'. With a little help from us, they took to the floor one more time! It went down an utter treat, our favourite moment of the night.
Sandwiched in between all the grandeur was a low-key but equally brilliant wedding party in the heart of North London. Set in a funky restaurant called Frederick's on a little cobbled mews in Angel; Pay, Helen and their guests put up quite the Sunday effort! Our requested rendition of The Temptations 'You Can't Hurry Love' went down really well. It was certainly our first foray into the world of Motown, perhaps not our last. It was only during our last set that pianist Tim leaned over to me and whispered "Psssst, it's the girl from Countdown!". Sure enough, there she was, owning the floor more than anyone! A small claim to fame for the Boogie Boys…
In amongst all of this our singer Ned had the small task of getting married himself! The (un)lucky girl was Kara, his childhood sweetheart, and the venue was the mighty Wells Cathedral, where they met all those years ago. Ned was a chorister at Wells, which means he can apply for a special marriage license to get married there. Music obviously played a massive part in the day, with a 30 strong choir singing 'I Was Glad' by Hubert Parry as Kara made her long walk through the building. The after party was just as music-filled with opera, piano, close-harmony and a kicking little funk band to get people going. Of course, with both Tim (piano) and Ben (guitar) as groomsmen, we couldn't help but have a little play ourselves. We figured it would be rude not to, right?
With such an eventful few months, before we knew it we were into the busy Christmas period. Time to brush off the ol' Christmas tunes and take them for their yearly spin through the boozy Christmas shindigs of old London town. This year we were thrilled to be playing at the HSBC Christmas party in Leicester Square. We weren't entirely sure what to expect. I mean, anyone who's seen 'Wolf Of Wall Street' will know that bankers can party pretty hard. Would it be wild? Would there be cocaine and hookers and fifty dollar bills falling from the sky?? The short answer is no, but they certainly enjoyed themselves. An evening full of booze, boogie and Christmas cheer.
We were equally delighted to be invited out of The Big Smoke down to Bristol to play for our manager Jess' 30th birthday. We hit the road and rocked up at a cracking little pub called The Eldon House. Jess' crew know us pretty well by now so it was great to hear people singing along to some of the more obscure tunes in our rep. 'Caldonia' turned into a complete stomper! What fun. It later turned into quite the night as we ditched the cars, hit the bars and liaised drunkenly with the sodden streets of Bristol. No photo evidence from that night I'm afraid. It has all been destroyed...
After a long run of gigs and the race to the finish line that is NYE, it's time to exhale and relax before things pick up again. January is always a quiet time for us musicians. Time to relax and reflect. Our singer Ned will be recording some of his own material, pianist Tim will be focusing on his composing career as he readies himself for a potential lecturing role, and guitarist Ben will be back over to Nashville to record with hit pop act Belle Mt.
No rest for the weird kids, eh?