The Kings Arms, Shirley, Southampton

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?

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.

Melissa’s Fund – Charity Ball Hampshire

Friday saw Team Take Note head over to Hanger Farm Arts Centre in Totton, Southampton, to raise the roof for a very special lady.

Melissa is a 38 year old wife and mother to two beautiful children, who has been fighting cancer since her diagnosis in September 2016. As clinical trials are not available at present, nor treatment available on the NHS for this type of cancer, Melissa’s only hope is to raise funds for this life saving treatment herself.

Melissa’s fantastic family soon set about the fundraising cause, and we here at Take Note felt honoured to be asked to part of this journey!

 

We arrived straight from the “day job” at 5pm for a swift set up and sound check, before the arrival of guests at 7pm. The room looked beautiful, with a Disney theme running throughout; a favourite with Melissa and her family.

Organisers Sarah and David had kindly arranged for the band to be seated with the guests for the fish and chip supper, generously donated by Goodies Fish Bar Hampshire. Whilst we tucked into our battered sausages, our singer Sarah helped with raffle ticket sales and went about promoting the auction, all of the prizes for which had been kindly donated by friends, family and colleagues.

 

8.30pm saw the band ready and poised for their first set, with party goers up on the floor from the get-go! The atmosphere in the room was electric, and guests were in fine voice singing along with the band, (and even joining us on stage for a couple of numbers!)

We took back to the stage after the raffle and auction, (both of which raised an incredible amount of money and got the competitive juices flowing amongst a couple of tables!) and took the opportunity to road test our newest song to the repertoire “Sweet Child O Mine” by the Legendary Guns N Roses. Mat surpassed himself with a guitar solo that can only be described as epic, with dancers stopping in their tracks to watch the master at work. Needless to say, we reckon that one is a keeper!

 

Before we knew it, 11.30pm rolled around at it was time to bid the crowd farewell, with lots of screaming and cheering, along with a countless number of selfies!

Take Note are thrilled to announce the final amount raised was a whopping £3148.95! We are even more delighted to be told that after a visit yesterday , Melissa’s Consultant is “cautiously optimistic” that the treatment is working, and the mass has shrunk. Melissa starts her third round of treatment today.

From all of us here at Take Note HQ, we salute you Melissa! You are such a brave individual and an inspiration to us all.  If you would like to donate to Melissa’s cause, please visit her Crowdfunding page.

More photos of the evening are available on our Instagram page.

Sportsman’s Club Winchester

At last we made a welcome return to our friends at the Sportsman’s Club in Winchester. We love this place as we always get such a warm welcome (not to mention its the easiest load in ever) and tonight the regulars turned out in force which was fantastic!

 

We try not to geek out too much, but we were all extra excited as we made a little additional investment to our lighting rig and couldn’t wait to see it in action… and it didn’t disappoint! Now fully programmed per song, we can deliver an even better atmosphere than before… next on the list is a smoke machine (if Tom gets his way!!!).

 

It was a set filled with all the usual floor fillers you’ve come to expect from us that really get the party going from the word go…. and the lights…. did we mention the lights? Highlights of the night were the surprise backing vocals (the audience) on Mustang Sally, the new light show (did we mention we have new lights?) with extra special programming for Let Me Entertain You and the fine fine singing through Sex on Fire, Mr Brightside and Livin’ on a Prayer.

“Just watched Take Note in the Sportsman’s Club tonight – absolutely awesome. Wonderful music played by great musicians who are lovely people.” – Martin

 

 

It was also great to meet the 3 or 4 couples and their families who came to see us in action, and confirmed us for their weddings later this year and into next year. It was lovely meeting you all and hope you all had a great night, we can’t wait to be a part of your special day.

We always try and keep our sets fresh, so we are excited to add another couple of new songs which we will debut in just a few days time… and boy are they stonkers!