Celebrating At The Arrow

What’s that old phrase: three’s a crowd? And there certainly was at our third gig for The Arrow pub in Eastleigh, Southampton!

We picked a very long set list this week, one which we knew the crowd would love. Craig was very excited to be returning to his favourite watering hole and his mates were excited to see him! This year was particularly special as Richie’s 3rd year as landlord and to honour the special occasion, Kool and the Gang paid special tribute to him in their Celebration anthem courtesy of all his loyal patrons.

Since our last gig there in January, we’ve added quite a few songs to our set, and it was a great opportunity to give our old fans something new. Sweet Child ‘o’ Mine, Pencil Full of Lead and Everybody Needs Somebody were all absolute hits with the crowd. Mat, raging out his guitar solo in Sweet Child ‘o’ Mine, as always got a massive cheer from the rest of us who aren’t gifted with his nimble fingers.

It didn’t take long for the crowd to get involved and our main groupie Tara taking up the roll of honourary tambourine player. Another drunken fan managed to get hold of a microphone and belt out Mr Brightside (Beyonce wouldn’t stand for that)! But we found it rather funny as he, slightly less than tunefully, belted out ‘I just can’t look, it’s killing me’ for the whole pub to hear!

After our second encore and playing for 3 hours straight the band were exhausted. But the crowd weren’t done yet. Clamouring for more, and never failing to disappoint, Craig took it upon himself to sing Robbie Williams’ Feel with his voice of Angels (was that pun painful enough?) as the whole pub joined in.

We always love hyping up a crowd! But the best thing about gigs like these is when the crowd hypes itself up and we end up riding on their adrenaline. Some incredible videos of our performance are on The Arrow’s Facebook page and you can feel the energy shining through! In addition to this, Daisy very kindly took some lovely photos of us for future publicity – let me tell you it’s very difficult trying to pull an attractive face whilst playing the saxophone…! The Arrow is a firm favourite in our annual calendar, you always give us a big welcome and we look forward to playing for you again very soon. Links to some snapshots of our performance are found here;

Lisa and David’s Wedding

Who doesn’t love a winter wedding?! With the recent weather warnings, we were worried the day would be snowed off! But thankfully the only glistening white for miles around was the beautiful bride, Lisa!

Arriving at Otterbourne, Winchester Village Hall for 3pm to set up on stage before the guests arrived, the room was adorned with fairy lights. Looking at all our equipment again for the first time after our Christmas break, it took us a few minutes to remember where all the different cables went! But we soon got going and set up in a very speedy 40 mins. This left us enough time to warm our instruments and voices with a quick revival of the set before leaving the guests to enjoy their delicious 3 course dinner.

As with all good weddings, everything was running a little behind schedule, which gave us a great opportunity in the back room to catch-up on our Christmas breaks. Moving onto other topics of conversation, we discussed ‘classic’ wedding subjects of ‘What would you do in the event of a nuclear strike’ before we all concluded its far too unlikely to have to worry about! But you know the classic boy scouts’ motto, ‘always be prepared’!

Leading on straight from a beautiful first dance, the guests were clearly ready for a party. Sarah and Craig are always ready to warm up a crowd but clearly none was needed here. From the first note of Let Me Entertain You all the way to our final Oh What a Night, the dance floor was packed for every song. A particular shout out to the lady in the black dress at the front who didn’t step off the dance floor all night – she seemed to have a different dance routine for every song!

The bride and groom were very kind to give us each a slice of cake after we packed up – a delicious sponge which really rounded off the evening on a high. We hope they enjoyed their big day and wish them all the best in the future. Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day and we hope to see you at other gigs soon!

To anyone wanting to see more pictures head over to our Instagram, otherwise check out our upcoming events. We only have a few gig slots left before August so, book us before we’re gone!

Selina and the Waves – Celebrating 30 years!

On 3rd November, Take Note had the pleasure of taking part in Selina’s surprise birthday celebration aboard a party boat in the Solent.
It was an early start for the band as we had to have everything set up for when the guests arrived.
Originally thinking ourselves to have quite strong stomachs, we became slightly anxious that the rocking of the boat had caused some of us to become rather queasy. However, this didn’t deter us from giving this party the good old TN energy!

The last passenger aboard was the birthday girl herself who was incredibly surprised and a little embarrassed at the huge 80-person party who had amassed for her.
We soon set sail out into the Southampton Solent. Once the guests were settled with drinks, we all looked out over the water to watch the annual fireworks display in Mayflower Park which really set the mood for the evening. It was a privilege to be able to watch the beautiful colours spread out over the glistening water on a warm boat rather than shivering in a crowded park.
As the last bang of the fireworks died away, the party was now in full strength and TN chose this perfect moment to erupt into Robbie Williams’ Let Me Entertain You. The sea breeze blowing from the back of the boat gave us fresh energy and kept us on our feet throughout the night. It did cause a few issues with the ladies’ hair though!

As the candles were lit after the first set, Bex blasted out a triumphant ‘Happy Birthday’ on her trumpet and the guests enjoyed a delicious slice of birthday cake.
The second set had an exceptional atmosphere that even TN rarely experience. This only grew as the boat hit a rocky patch and the band played through it like nothing could sway them. The Sweet Child O’ Mine guitar solo is infamous for any musician but even Slash would have been impressed with Mat’s resilience to the rocking sea waves.
As we blasted out our final song Oh What a Night, riding on the waves of party vibes, a conga line formed which took up the entire floor of the ship. In the function band world, you always know you’ve given a good party if there’s a conga line!
Screaming for one more song, we exhausted the guests’ dance moves with a final energetic Livin’ On A Prayer. As the last note faded, even the sea breeze couldn’t stop the beads of sweat lingering on our foreheads and we knew we’d played our all!

Once the guests had disembarked, we still had too much adrenaline to go home. So, we decided to frequent our local McDonald’s for a late-night snacking session. Armed with nuggets and chips, we were very satisfied with the results of our most recent gig.
From the photos and praise we received, TN are very glad Daisy and Selina had a great night.

What an amazing night, you guys were absolutely brilliant! Great song choices, massive effort to keep the energy up in the first set, brass section compliments the band so well, just loved you guys! Had some wonderful feedback from all the guests as well who were so impressed with you.” – Daisy R