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.

Joint 70th and 21st Birthday Celebration

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!