Posts Tagged ‘saxophone music’


Last Saturday I had the pleasure to be booked for a wedding very close to home, in fact the drive was 5 minutes door to door.  The wedding took place at the Ramada Stage Hotel in Wigston.

As both Carys and Hagan like Motown, the order of the day was Stylistics, Drifters and Ben E King for the music during the service and wedding breakfast, with a selection of easy listening and pop tunes mixed in.

Even though the weather wasn’t ideal and the photographs had to be taken inside, the hotel stepped up and very quickly converted the ceremony room into a room suitable to have the pictures taken and serve drinks at the same time to keep the guest happy.

There were a lot of nice comments from the happy couple, Brides father (who booked me) and the guests about the music, which is a sure fire way to put a smile on my face.

I wish Carys and Hagan all the best for their future together and I hope they have a great honeymoon.

Wedding Breakfast

Wedding Breakfast

Wedding Ceremony

Wedding Ceremony

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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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Easter Sunday saw me loading the car for a drive out to Dodford Manor in Northamptonshire. This was not a social trip but I had been asked to play at the wedding of Becky and Daniel.

The Weddings at Dodford Manor are held in a beautifully restored brick barn with all mod cons, also but with lots of  character.

The weather stayed fine for the couple and after the service I played for the guests entertainment whilst they had a drink and a catchup before the reception.

I would like to say thanks to the Grooms mum for the action shot photo, the rest I took with my phone.  I certainly enjoyed my self and with some of the guests having a bit of a dance and with loads of lovely comments, I believe the family and guests did too.

If you are looking for a wedding venue in the Northamptonshire area,

then Dodford Manor is Certainly worth visiting.

Dodford Manor Easter 2015

Dodford Manor Easter 2015

Dodford Manor

Dodford Manor

Dodford Church

Dodford Church

Dodford

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During the summer I was speaking to a chap in Loughborough who’s son plays at weddings. He plays Sitar, tabla and keyboards. His son was looking for a sax player to join him.  We have been rehearsing for the past couple of months and just before Christmas, we recorded some videos to help promote the band.

if you search for Folk foundasian sax trio on YouTube you can view the first two videos that have been mixed.

i had never met the percussionist before the session, but it really added another dimension to the tunes. It was a good afternoon of music making.

we are playing at our first wedding fair on the 18th January in Leicester if you would like to see us live.

happy new year

Dave

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My primary school, Glenmere in Wigston are 50 years old in June, and I have been asked to play at their celebrations in June.

I think my old school shorts, blazer and cap still fit (not!) and my pitch is in the beer tent. Oh dear, its dirty job but someone has got to do it.  Haha.

Glenmere Primary School 50th anniversary  celebrations

Glenmere Primary School 50th anniversary celebrations

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Matt and Erica got married on Easter Sunday at a lovely venue near Castle Donnington airport, called the Priest House Hotel.

This is a lovely venu20130331_161011e for a wedding, standing right next to a river and open countryside and not disturbed by noise from the airport.

They had seen me busking during last summer and asked me to play for them on their big day.  The weather was fresh but nice and bright, allowing the guests to mingle outside for the photo’s.

The ceremony was great and the bride looked lovely.  She kept the groom on tenterhooks by making him wait a little, but he managed to play it cool and did not get flustered at all.

I played whilst the guests arrived, during the signing of the register and during the photos and wedding breakfast. Everyone seemed to have a good time and the best man was under orders not to make his speech too long, which he did (keep it short).  Whoever had decorated the tables had gone to a lot of trouble and everyone enjoyed the Easter eggs inside the antique bird cages on each table.

The new P.A system was on its first outing and worked well (shame I left my microphone at the hotel and had to go back during the week to get it!)

I would like to thank Erica and Matt for asking me to play and may I wish them all the best for the future together.

Dave

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