Gig report: a Wedding in Snowy Shropshire
As the weekend approached and the snow was showing no signs of stopping, we began to get a bit worried. The band had been booked to head up from London to Shropshire to perform at the wedding of Louise and Francis Collin in the beautiful Walcott Hall. We were as well-prepared as ever: all the travel arrangements were in place, we'd rehearsed the couple's requested first dance (Jackie Wilson's "Higher and Higher") and we were looking forward to playing a great set. However, against the weather, we feared we may not win the battle!
As luck would have it, despite the terrible driving conditions (fearlessly taken head-on by our bassist Jim McKeane), we made it to the venue on time, and the snow, which began to ease off just as we arrived, really gave the whole place an astonishing beauty. The hall's grounds are truly spectacular, with the main buildings set on a hillside overlooking a huge lake, but in the pristine snow blanket there was a particular unique beauty.
We had a full day of work ahead of us, providing ceremony music ("The Prince of Denmark's March" as the Processional), some light background jazz immediately after the ceremony, and of course our full 2 hour party set after the wedding dinner.
The guests certainly seemed to enjoy themselves, with Madness' "One Step Beyond" looking to be a particular favourite.
Louise and Francis (the happy couple) had the following to say:
"Having The Fitzroy Six play our chosen first dance was a particular highlight of our day, and you had everyone on the dancefloor by the end of the song! Could barely get on the floor ourselves at times as it was so packed - the guests loved your repertoire - still getting told this by them two months later! Thanks also for being so flexible around the DJ, cake-cutting times etc, and generally professional and hassle-free to work with from time of booking. Particularly awesome that you agreed to do a song with my guitarist dad - made his night that he got to play at his daughter's wedding!"
Photo credit: Jason Shippey, Mega Pixel Pictures.