For a wedding band, this is the busiest time of year. It’s been a really busy few months for us, and a long time since I’ve written a blog post, but this has been such a memorable start to the wedding “season” that I just had to set aside some time to share it with you all.
The start of a summer of weddings
May began with a few Pelican Groove party band gigs before becoming packed full of celebrations with Classic Soul Dogs. We started by showing our support for a fantastic South Wales Charity called “Children in Wales” for their 20th anniversary party, which was a brilliant night. After a re-visting a few of our favourite venues, it was time for me to become a wedding guest for the night – at my own sister’s wedding. Of course, you can’t book a better band than Classic Soul Dogs, so the boys were called upon to entertain the mix of Scots and Welsh as the skies darkened. Luckily, I didn’t need to remain sober enough to play the drums on this occasion, as our good friend Ray Dijon took the drum stool for the night – and did a fantastic job.
A wedding day FULL of music
Before Classic Soul Dogs took the stage in the evening we’d enjoyed the mellow tones of Lowri, our South Wales wedding harpist. Lowri welcomed the guests into the marquee and entertained them with traditional Welsh music, and a few classical takes on modern classica, during the drinks reception. The guests were piped into the marquee for dinner, and then took to the dance-floor for a fantastic Ceilidh!
Our job was easy, we just needed to play fantastic music with great musicians, and let everyone have a great time – no hardship for this band! Without exaggeration the dance-floor filled within moments of the first note, and stayed that way until the lights came on at midnight. Here’s a few pictures of the band in action on the night.
Following a family wedding
The following week, we were off to the beautiful settings of St Donat’s Castle for an intimate wedding celebration. The main hall at St Donats is truly breath-taking. The original vaulted ceiling remains, and is in fabulous condition, with the stone walls drawing your attention to an imposing fireplace. For the band, there’s a superb tiered stage with LOADS of room for us to dance around and have fun. We took full advantage of that fact and spent the whole night boogieing on down!