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What do you do if your school that you normally teach at on a Friday, emails you and say it’s a ‘snow day’?

Well, after 5 seconds of thinking, you decide to bring your weekend plans forward.

After a fairly sedate drive to Southampton, we boarded the ferry for East Cowes 9 hours earlier than planned. Yehaa.

we are now sitting in our hotel lounge overlooking Sandown beach and enjoying a cuppa.

Tomorrow I am entertaining the residents of Victoria House in Ryde, and Sunday, I am exhibiting at the Ventnor Botanical gardens Wedding Fayre.

so an extra few hours enjoying our home from home is greatly appreciated.

 

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On the 15th of February this year, I was asked to play at the Leonard Cheshire Disability Centre in Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight.

We started the evening with 8 clients and the Activity coordinator Peter from the Centre.

I have one rule when I am playing at events like this, and that is if you know the song, then please sing along, clap your hands, tap your feet or get up and dance.  If the session is not fun, then I am playing the wrong songs.

Well I am glad to say that we had singing, clapping and feet tapping throughout the evening.

Peter has very kindly written a report for the Leonard Cheshire Website/Newsletter, which I have attached for you to read.

A Very Saxy Evening at Appley Cliff

Last night, we were fortunate enough to have a professional saxophonist visit us here, at Appley Cliff. The musician’s name is David Plummer and he was only visiting the Isle of Wight for a few days and wondered if we would like to have him come to the home and play a few tunes for us. It was a no-brainer for me, as I cannot imagine anyone not wishing to hear that ethereal, mesmerising, haunting sound that the saxophone provides in abundance. It is really quite a special instrument that can stir a plethora of emotions in those who experience it. And….boy, were we all stirred.

After supper, we greeted David in the lounge and several service users came to listen.

The set was great; David played a myriad of well-known classics from various eras, including hits from the Beatles, Van Morrison and suchlike. His playing was faultless and he managed to inject some interesting and fun twists into the mix as well.

Admittedly, my heart skipped a beat when David announced that he was proposing an audience participation section during his set. And my heart almost stopped altogether when he made a further announcement which involved yours truly leading one half of the audience in a sing-song. Not one to shy away from a challenge, I gritted my teeth and played along with David’s cunning (if not a bit cheeky) plan. So what was the nature of this challenge that my team and I now faced? In a nutshell, “Row, row, row Your Boat?” and “Teddy Bear’s Picnic!”

The idea was that we (rather I) lead the song by singing the first line…with David and his team, joining in, starting the song a few lines after we did. To be fair, the end result was pretty impressive…or at least it would have been if the activity didn’t include my booming voice resonating through the rafters of the building.

And…it will probably come as no surprise, but…I’m afraid to say, MY TEAM WON! I can confirm that we’re not releasing a full album of songs any time soon.

After this spectacular reprieve we enjoyed further amusement when David unveiled his collection of weird and wonderful percussion instruments. All of the residents chose their weapon and played along to David’s songs. I took possession of a rainmaker-style instrument and supported Barry to shake it in time to the songs. Barry’s smile was infectious as we shook, rattled and at one point rolled our way through the remainder of the set. If my memory serves me correctly, I will now attempt to give you a full description of which resident played which instrument, though it may be slightly inaccurate in places due to the fact that I have never even encountered some of the items. Teresa (tambourine); Susan (Maracas); Peter G. (small maracas); Lee (a wooden scratchy frog that makes a sound when you stroke its back with a stick!); Richard (cowbells); Philippa (a sort of vibrating ball thing that you hit underneath and the vibe makes a sound); Michael (fell asleep…bless his cotton socks) and Barry & I had the rain-maker.

All in all, it was a terrific evening and offered something a little different. We enjoyed listening to David’s amazing saxophone playing and were very grateful to him for visiting us all.

A special thank you from me to David for his uplifting and thoroughly enjoyable performance and to all of the residents who participated so brilliantly.

We look forward to having David play for us again in the future.

 

All the best,

Peter

 

To finish, I wanted to say thank you to Peter for inviting me, but, I think it was my team that actually won! and I loved meeting you all.  I had a great time, and I am looking forward to playing for you again.

Dave

 

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I have just uploaded a new video medley to You Tube,  from the Wedding Fayre at Lakeside Park Hotel on the 18th of February 2018.

Let me know what you think please.

Lakeside Park Hotel Video

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WWD 4218

There will be 50 stands for you to come and have a look at and talk to.  I will be one of them and would love to chat to you about the music for your special day.

I can play for the Ceremony. Drinks receptions, Wedding Breakfast or almost anything else you can think of.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Ps the Botanical Gardens does a lovely slice of cake to go with your Coffee!

 

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The Isle of Wight is a fantastic place for a wedding, so why not come along to the Lakeside Park Hotel Wedding Showcase on the 18th of February and see for yourself.

I will be exhibiting on the day, and would love to have a chat with you about the music for your special day.

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I am pleased to announce that my latest track Tum Hi Ho has hit cdbaby to purchase, and Spotify. It will also be available on iTunes shortly.

“Tum Hi Ho” (“You are the one”) is a song from the Indian movie Aashiqui 2, sung by Arijit Singh and composed by Mithoon.

I play Soprano and Tenor sax on this Bollywood hit.  It’s one of my favourites to play as it has a beautiful melody line that will around for a long time to come.

i hope that you enjoy it, let me know what you think.

 

best wishes and I hope that you enjoy it.

thanks

 

Dave

 

Dave Plummer on CdBaby.

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I am in the middle of putting together a mini musical tour from the 15th to the 18th of February 2018.

Confirmed gigs are at the Isle of Wight Leonard Cheshire home, The Gouldings Care Home in Freshwater and Byrnhill Grove Care Home in Ventnor, and I am awaiting confirmation of a possible fourth gig.   This is one of my favourite type of  gigs to play at, lots of singing and joining in and loads of smiling faces.  What more could I ask for?

If anyone is looking for some musical entertainment over these dates, there is still plenty of space for you, so why not get in touch.

 

thanks

Dave

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Hi Folks

Just wanted to let you know that I have uploaded a new video to Youtube.

I recorded it at Keythorpe Manor in Rutland, while I was playing for a wedding in July 2017, using my phone.

I have some other videos to add soon so keep an eye out for them.

 

Best wishes

Dave

 

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bosworthThis Sunday. the 23rd of April 2017 I am exhibiting at the Bpsworth Hall Hotel and Spa Wedding Fair.

If you are looking for ideas for your wedding music, why not come along for a listen and a chat about what I can do to help.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Best wishes

Dave

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Hi Folks

I have just released my second track ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight,’a real wedding classic.

Its available to purchase on iTunes and CdBaby along with my previous recording of ‘Blue Suede Shoes’

Let me know what you think, and any ideas for future tracks would be interesting to hear.

Thanks

 

Dave

 

 

 

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