The Monks Brook

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!

Richie’s Birthday at the Arrow

It is always nice to be invited back to a venue, but coming back to The Arrow, Eastleigh is a thing of legend… especially when it’s Richie the landlord’s birthday! Friends, locals and the regulars were out in force. The place was completely packed out, with everyone very much up for a few beers and a dance.

It was the first time we had a few technical bugs that decided to show themselves with Mat’s monitoring (within about 8 seconds of the first song!!!), but Tom’s quick thinking meant; by switching to one of our back up rigs, we squashed those nasty bugs before the first chorus with no one any the wiser including the rest of the band… what a pro!!! After that, it was back to business and we effortlessly flew through our first set delivering the energetic and fun performance we are becoming known for.

After a quick pit stop (no alcohol was consumed… promise!) we cracked on with the second set. By now the crowd were well lubricated and were quite simply magnificent in dancing and in voice. We are pretty sure the entire pub sang along with us for most of it – although, some of the “twerking” that took place in Crazy In Love (by the blokes we hasten to add) is something we will never un-see! It was our second outing for “Sweet Child O’ Mine” as well, and once again went down a storm; we think its a keeper!!

It was also a nice surprise to have a couple of clients join us for the evening, and another couple of weddings in the bag! How exciting!! The rest of this year, and some of next year, is getting nice and booked up, which is fantastic!

It just remains to say a huge thank you to every one at the Arrow, you were epic!! Until next time.

Return To The Arrow!

Being asked back so quickly to play at The Arrow in Eastleigh, was fantastic news for us! As a fairly central point for all band members to get to, we were already unpacking the vans and setting up when the final band member arrived; having been slightly delayed due to chasing two escapee guinea pigs round the back garden! In true Take Note style though, with our fantastic team work and adaptability, we weren’t going to be phased. With the sound desk to lighting all set up in a short amount of time, we were able to take a few moments out and chill as a band.

 

Somehow, word on the grapevine had spread to our family and friends from far and wide for this gig. Bex and Tom’s parents had decided to ‘drop in’ (they had driven over from the depths of rural Wales), and Craig’s family and friends had made a mass turn out. From parents, brothers (what a resemblance you all have), aunties, uncles and cousins it was absolutely amazing to have such fantastic support. As soon enough as family and friends had arrived, 9pm chimed and we were off!

 

From start to finish we’ve never seen the dance floor so packed! With music from all eras, from Presley’s Hound Dog, Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer to S Club 7s Reach and beyond we had everyone up dancing. No one was ashamed of their dancing moves, and a big shout out to Grandma who took the lead on the dance floor, getting everyone up, proving that you’re never too old to go and bust some moves! With the crowd (a good couple of 100 people packed into the local pub) asking for more and more (and then even more), we sadly and regrettably had to finish at midnight. It was certainly a fantastic time had by both the band and crowd – although there maybe some sore feet for a few days! We can’t forget a shout out to Sarah’s Dad who even broke out his best move, “the worm” on the dance floor!

“It was an awesome night again guys, can’t wait until the next time”

“Had the best night last night, feet are sore though from all the dancing … Take Note were great as usual xxx”