Our debut at The Monks Brook was a fantastic night filled with friends new and old and a lovely warm welcome from the staff.
We demonstrated Jenga like skills as we puzzled our way into a snug corner of the pub and set up camp (we have yet to find a space we can’t fit into!) and put the finishing touches to our set list. The crowd were up and dancing from the offset, which egged us on to try out some new numbers, including a brasstastic version of a La Bamba/Twist & Shout mash up. For all you disco lovers out there we’ve also thrown in some iconic ABBA for good measure! Keep an eye on our repertoire as we have been busy learning lots of new songs…all will be revealed in the next few weeks!
The night flew past and before we knew it, last orders were upon us! The night wouldn’t be complete without an encore or two, and we finished the night with Living on a Prayer; one of our favourites!
A massive thank you to Rebecca and the team at The Monks Brook and we look forward to seeing you all again very soon!
Best band we’ve ever had, great to have brass with male and female vocals, such a change!
Saturday took us back to the Potters Heron Hotel in Ampfield, Romsey. After their devastating fire recently, we were glad to see the venue in such great shape for the Romsey, Chandler’s Ford and District Round Table Ladies’ night.
The event was a celebration not only of their long suffering good ladies, but also of their outgoing Chairman. It was in his closing address where the trouble and mischief started!
Well known for his long speeches, the other members decided to turn the (round) tables on Mr Guest, interrupting his speech with their cabaret show. With music fading in during his first sentence, a meticulously rehearsed dance routine then took place, along with a fantastic parody of the well loved Disney song Be Our Guest, entitled “Be John Guest”. The performance then evolved into a Robin Hood sketch which had the audience members laugh out loud and gasp with shock – what more could anyone want from a cabaret show?
The band then kicked into action with some high tempo songs from the very start. The dance floor was quickly filled with guests boogying the night away. The crowd singing along with Craig and Sarah, the audience were even running up to have selfies whilst we were playing – what a great party atmosphere! With slick solos from Mat and massive fat punchy brass notes from the all girl brass line up, it was a great evening had by all, with lots of money raised for local charities to boot.
“Great night at the Potters Heron, great band, would highly recommend” – Janine C
“They were brilliant xxx” – Kerry
It was the second time Take Note have played at the The Cleveland Bay, Southampton celebrating their beer festival, and this year was made a little bit more special as we were invited to play after a vote by the general public (you guys are awesome!!!).
We welcomed back Jon from injury along with Cecily on sax for her first gig as our newest full time member. She absolutely nailed it!
The Cleveland Bay crew were in fine voice and had clearly polished their dancing shoes as those moves were on show from the first song, (although we suspect the guest ales on offer may have had a little to do with it!). The new automated lighting rig was out to play, and some newly added songs were debuted, both of which helped keep the party going until last orders and encouraged what can only be described as some dubious shapes being thrown on the dance floor… some of which hadn’t been seen since the 80’s!
It was great to see some familiar faces, as well as meet some new clients who were keen to see the band in action, which resulted in a wedding confirmation, a corporate event being booked and some possible birthday celebrations to boot! Winner!
A special thank you to the Chandler’s Ford team at the pub for having Take Note back for a second year and for their hospitality! To end the night in true Take Note fashion, it was a quick stop off at McDonald’s before heading home. After all, who doesn’t want a burger and Nugget feast at 1am on a Saturday morning! #rocknroll