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
The Take Note UK crew love a new venue, and Saturday certainly didn’t disappoint! The Kings Arms in Shirley, Southampton was our home for the night, and what a welcome we were given! Having never played at the venue we didn’t know exactly what to expect. We were greeted by the lovely Kristina, who immediately made us feel at home and part of the team.
After setup was complete, we had time for a quick catchup before heading on to perform. We had an unusual start to the gig as Sarah was singing backing vocals but with not a note to be heard from her mouth, (unusual for our Sarah to be quiet!) It seems that actually plugging your microphone into the mixing desk always helps…(in the immortal words of Meghan Trainor her ‘Lips Are Movin’…..!!)
The crowd were in great voice throughout the night and danced right the way through; the floor didn’t clear all evening! We played a whole host of tracks including “Valerie” which the audience sang all the words to, along with “Park Life” and “Mr Brightside” It was great to see lots of friends in the pub who had seen all the event on Facebook.
Craig was joined on vocals by one of the pub’s regular Karaoke Kings, and what a dynamic duo they made!
The evening ended with not one, but THREE encores – (we got the impression they liked us?!) With the crowd chanting for a repeat of “Sex on Fire” after Sarah making a pinky promise with the lovely Tania that we would oblige! (nobody can break a pinky promise…Right??)
A fantastic evening and we can’t wait to be back in the Kings Arms soon!
“Can’t thank you enough you were all outstanding can’t wait to have you back! x
Nothing but amazing feedback xx” – Kristina, Landlady
Why not check out some photos on Instagram, and some live videos over on our Facebook page?