Posts Tagged ‘garden party’


Hi Folks

I just wanted to wish every one a happy and healthy new year for 2016.

2015 was a good year for me, with a record number of gigs played over the last 12 months.  This included joining up with the guys from Folk Foundasian ( Folk Foundasian sax trio  ) which has been a really good experience and a great learning curve for me.

I have played at some lovely venues this year including Langar Hall in Nottingham, Curradine Barns in Shrawley, a 50th wedding anniversary party in Portsmouth and Hinckley Classis car show to name but a few.

The new year starts with more confirmed gigs in the diary than ever before, and lots of projects in the pipeline, including starting work on recording a cd.

If you would like to chat about any events that you have coming up, then please drop me a line and I will come back to you as soon as possible.

 

Best wishes

Dave

 

 

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Last week Aspire Magazine very kindly took me to dinner and then presented me with a certificate of recognition for services to event entertainment.

This is the first time they have given this award and Its very kind of them, and nice to

have your hard work recognised.

Certificate of recognition

Certificate of recognition

Aspire issue 402

Aspire issue 402

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This is the advert that appeared in issue 400

This is the advert that appeared in issue 400

    Recently I have been doing some promotional work with Aspire Magazine based in Leicester.  This is a free magazine that covers the East Midlands that you can get in coffee shops and supermarkets, and is also available on line.

The advert on the left appeared in issue 400 and the editorial below, was in issue 401.

 

The Editorial from issue 401

The Editorial from issue 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

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just had a phone call asking if I was available to play at a 50th wedding anniversary on the 12th of July. I checked the diary and said yes, I am free, whereabouts is the gig?  We heard you play last year on the Isle of Wight when you were busking and we took one of your leaflets. We live in Portsmouth and wondered if you could play for the party?

i explained that I live in Leicester and that its a bit far, which the gentleman agreed and we ended the call.  I then told my wife and said I don’t like to let people down, so her reply was maybe we could make a weekend of it.

so I rang the chap back and got some more details, so it looks like we are going to Portsmouth for a weekend in July, with a bit of a garden party to play at in the middle of it.

sounds like a plan to me.

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The weather on the 19th of July was not good!  In fact it was chucking it down all morning.  However the ladies of the Soroptomist International society obviously had friends in high places, because 30 minutes before the start of their fund raising garden fete, the clouds parted and the sun shone.  It shone so much in fact, that I had to go and get my hat or risk been fried.

The Soroptomists are a ladies organisation that raise money for women’s projects all over the world, they have 3000 clubs worldwide.

I had been asked to play for the garden Fete as they are raising funds for a maternity and child care unit in the Gambia.  It was a typical fete with Hook a Duck,  Book stalls, etc and of course the compulsory tea and cake tent (guaranteed money maker!).

The weather staid bright and sunny for the rest of the afternoon so hopefully a great deal of funds were raised for a very worthy cause.

I spoke to quite a few people during the afternoon and have been booked to play at a wedding in January and maybe another event in May.

Many thanks to Jacqueline for asking me and please let me know if you need me again.

Soroptomist Garden Fete

Soroptomist Garden Fete

Soroptomist Garden Fete

Soroptomist Garden Fete

Soroptomist Garden Fete

Soroptomist Garden Fete

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Last Saturdays weather forecast was miserable here in Leicester, but with a Garden party to play at the car was packed and ready to go.

On Arrival the rain had stopped but it was too damp to hold the party outside so I was asked to play on the landing so that the music wasn’t too loud for the guests.

I haven’t played on a landing before, but I could see the sense in the request so  upstairs I went.  Whilst setting up I was joined by 3 of the young Grandchildren who wanted to know when the music was starting, and once it did they spent the next hour dancing.  That made me smile.  A quick chorus of happy birthday for the lady of the house got everyone singing

By now the sun had come out, so we all moved outside for the rest of the afternoon.  I was asked to join the family for a chat and a cuppa and a very nice slice of homemade strawberry and cream birthday cake, which went down very well.

A very enjoyable afternoon indeed.

 

 

 

 

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I Think this must be the summer for Garden Parties as I have taken bookings for 2 in 2 weeks.  I love this type of gig as they are nice and relaxed and I get to meet some really nice people into the bargain.  Its not a bad way at all to make a living is it.

 

In 2012 I was asked to play at a charity concert to raise much needed funds for the Alzheimer’s charity. The concert was organised by  a gentleman I met whilst busking, and he puts these events on every 2 years.

He rang yesterday and asked me to play again, this time to raise money for Prostate Cancer funds.  I of course, agreed to join in the fun and play a few tunes.   So if you are around the Braunstone Working mens club in Leicester on Saturday the 8th November at 8pm, why not come and say hi and help raise some money for a very worthwhile cause.

 

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I have just taken a booking for another gig in June.  Its an 86 Birthday/garden party being held locally.  A nice summers evening playing some relaxing music with a glass of Pims.  Life doesn’t get much better than that.

Plus I have been asked to play for a business dinner at the Belfry Hotel and Golf Course near Sutton Coldfield this month.  I am looking forward to that, it should be a good evening.

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