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!
It was a welcome return to the The Rising Sun in Colden Common for some of the band, and what a lovely pub it is too! Lots of friendly locals and we received a very warm welcome from all of the staff as well (sorry for making you move all the tables!).
Although it was a somewhat cozy affair, we managed to squeeze in and set up camp for the evening, both playing for the pub and celebrating Sam’s 40th birthday. The guests were in fine vocal form once more, and yet again executed some amazing (and somewhat eye watering!) dance moves that were a thing to behold, (no doubt helped by some of the delights available behind the bar!).
Our first set flew by at what felt like record pace, managing to squeeze in 17 floor fillers before a short break to wet our whistles!
Our return was marked by a rapturous Happy Birthday played by the band, and then it was back to business. After pulling out a melody of “Rock Around the Clock” and “Hound Dog” from our song vault, (as a special request from one of the guests; we hadn’t played it in ages; we had forgotten they are such fun songs to play), we cracked on with the set throwing in some Michael Jackson, Girls Aloud….. even S Club 7 made an appearance!
Another fantastic night, with a top class audience and amazing staff; what more could we ask for? Well a couple of elderflower gins after we packed up to be honest….. Perfect!
So it was our last event of 2017 and what a great night it was! It was our first visit to the Solent Hotel & Spa in Whitely and what a beautiful setting for a joint party, celebrating Carole’s 70th and Emily’s 21st Birthdays; made even more special by the fact it was guitarist Mat’s Mum and Niece!!!
We were playing in the Carisbrook suite which looked amazing with sophisticated birthday decorations and private cocktail bar! We were all pretty sure this was going to be a great night from the moment we arrived.
The entertainment kicked of with a special acoustic song that Sarah and Mat sang for the birthday girls, followed by a rousing “happy birthday” with everyone showing their voices talents early on, setting the bar high for the rest of the evening!
Then it was business as usual, kicking off the first set with a bit of Robbie, followed by a dance floor filling selection of hits from the last few decades… judging by the piles of handbags on the dance floor, we think we got the song selection right! The second set started in the same way that we finished the first, with our faithful dancers back and ready for more. Now, it’s not unusual to get requests from guests (convinced they are on par with an X Factor finalist) to come and sing with the band, especially after plenty of Dutch courage, but tonight it was a request we could not turn down.
The beautiful Lilly who is only 5 years old asked Sarah if she could sing a song with her, and they both agreed Shake It Off by Taylor Swift was the perfect choice! Lilly was absolutely amazing and sang the whole song with the band in full swing…. she quite frankly stole the show. Definitely a star in the making there…..check out the video below…. it’s the cutest thing ever!
It was a fantastic event, with great people and an amazing way to close our 2017 calendar.
“A great big thankyou to Take Note! It was a fantastic evening and your brilliant band and music made it even enjoyable. Roll on next occasion xx” – Carole
2017 has been the best yet for us. We have played in pubs, halls, a brand new luxury hotel and even a teepee! We have entertained at weddings, anniversaries, vowel renewals, birthdays and beer festivals. We would like to thank friends old and new for your support and anyone who has put their faith in us to be a part of their special occasion. We all can’t wait to see what 2018 brings.
Happy New Year!