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
It’s fair to say that the 2018 Festival Season is well and truly underway, and what better way to celebrate your 50th Birthday than with a festival of your very own? That’s exactly what the lovely Clare did!
Arriving at a field marked with balloons close to Hedge End, Southampton, the Take Note crew were greeted with a sea of glitter and sparkles any seasoned festival goer would be proud of! It’s fair to say that guests really embraced the theme! We quickly set up in the marquee, which was next to the inflatable bar (yes you read that right!) and hog roast tent, in the centre of the party action. The festival was already in full swing with tents being set up all around us and some seriously impressive motor homes pulling onto the site. Mat even set up Home for the evening!
We unloaded the gear and got set for a riotous evening; the crowd certainly didn’t disappoint! Matthew made his dep sax debut, and treated us all to a stonking solo.
Clare left the play list up to us, simply requesting “a little something to keep everyone happy” and so we ensured we played a variety of classics from across the decades. Needless to say, “Sex on Fire” and “Mr Brightside” went down a storm in the buzzing festival tent, with a full crowd singalong as we blasted “Don’t Stop Believin” as our final song of the night.
A special mention must go to the birthday girl; not only for having us but for her simply fabulous rendition of “Valerie” – she was absolutely brilliant; all the more so thanks to her light up wellies purchased especially for the occasion! She was joined by her daughter Maddie and all we can say is watch out X Factor – there’s a new Duo in town!
A massive thanks to Clare from all of us here at Take Note HQ for inviting us along to make your special day one to remember – we had the best time (even if we’re still finding glitter now!) Rock On!
We had the best time ever!!! Surrounded by great friends with fabulous music. You guys absolutely rocked it, we have had sooooo many compliments for you from friends, reckon you’ll be busy with the amount of times we gave your details out. If you ever need an additional singer just let me now!! – Clare
Who doesn’t love a garden party? Take Note love them for sure! We rocked the countryside near Shirrell Heath to play for Ross’ big birthday bash.
Ross’ wife, Ali (better known as a Channel 4’s Come Dine With Me WINNER!) had a vision to transform the gorgeous family back garden into a party paradise, complete with a food tent fit for Royalty, a “Snug” any seasoned Glamper would be proud of, a fully stocked bar and of course the all important band stage!
Beautifully lit with candles and fairy lights, the garden turned into the most atmospheric space imaginable, and with Ross’ help we built the perfect soundtrack for guests to party the night away. With hits such as “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and even a special request of Ross’ favourite Stevie Wonder classic “Superstition”, the dance floor was filled as quickly as the guests glasses! The super slick bar staff made sure of that! Ross and Ali hired in some of the smoothest talking gents to look after their guests (a.k.a their son and his best friend!) – both looking the part with their “STAFF” t-shirts! A great touch!
To really “plus” the evening, we stepped up our game with a new addition to our effects arsenal; a Hazer (smoke machine) which really set the scene on the dance floor!
As for the food, it was a quite simply an exquisite sight to behold – and that’s before we even got to the taste!! Let us vouch for the fact that it tasted every bit as good as it looked!!
We all agreed it’s a party we won’t forget for some time! Every detail was executed to perfection and we were so pleased we could be a part of what was an utterly fantastic evening! Enjoy your holiday Ross & Ali! You’ve earned it!