The Monks Brook

Our debut at The Monks Brook was a fantastic night filled with friends new and old and a lovely warm welcome from the staff.

 

We demonstrated Jenga like skills as we puzzled our way into a snug corner of the pub and set up camp (we have yet to find a space we can’t fit into!) and put the finishing touches to our set list. The crowd were up and dancing from the offset, which egged us on to try out some new numbers, including a brasstastic version of a La Bamba/Twist & Shout mash up. For all you disco lovers out there we’ve also thrown in some iconic ABBA for good measure! Keep an eye on our repertoire as we have been busy learning lots of new songs…all will be revealed in the next few weeks!

 

The night flew past and before we knew it, last orders were upon us! The night wouldn’t be complete without an encore or two, and we finished the night with Living on a Prayer; one of our favourites!

A massive thank you to Rebecca and the team at The Monks Brook and we look forward to seeing you all again very soon!

Best band we’ve ever had, great to have brass with male and female vocals, such a change!

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.