Hello to Shan and Andrew! Ok, I know they came along last week, but it wasn’t a vocals night, so I wasn’t there!
So…are we expanding? Well, we have a booking for a gig in July, in Westonbirt, but unfortunately two of our regular musicians aren’t available, so Andrew and Shan were asked to step in, and they kindly agreed!
They did brilliantly tonight, especially as we were missing three of our regular musicians, for various reasons. So many of our numbers were a bit…empty. With holes, where the other parts should be! Still, if they can cope with that, they can cope with anything….
Only 50 minutes from Cardiff, much less from Bristol, of course, Resound is a fab venue – professional sound and lighting, just a token entrance fee (pay at the door) and BYOB, so a cheap night out…what’s not to love?! I might even have space in my car for a couple of local friends!
Mark, Hazel and I popped over to Resound this morning, for a recce before our gig on the 11th March. And we all agreed – what a fab place! The very helpful Bob showed us around, and talked us through his lighting and PA plans. This will be our first gig with the venue sorting out our PA mix – how exciting! Anyone who knows me will know how, as someone who’s worked in broadcast sound for so many years, I find it hard to trust anyone else(!) but the lovely Bob reassured us completely. It’ll be fun! And such a joy, to not have to hump all my gear in, wearing a fancy frock and heels…
It’s eight whole weeks since I’ve been to a room 10 rehearsal, due to Christmas and other stuff, so I was thrilled to be back with the gang this evening!
We’ve realised we’ve only eight more rehearsals before our gig in Resound, Bristol, and we have lots to go over, both vocal numbers and instrumentals – it’s nearly two years since our last gig, due to the pandemic! So we’re working hard, polishing up our sound again.
Oh, and the microphone on a radiator? Well, we have the windows open for ventilation, and my mic comes out of my car boot a bit chilly….you wouldn’t want me to have cold paws now, would you?!
A few weeks ago Kathy joined us, playing alto sax, and she’s had a very steep yet successful learning curve! She’s doing brilliantly, and fits in so well, it’s like she’s always been one of us!
And more recently, Pete the double bassist has joined too. He’s still in the process of learning all our tunes, but he’s fitting in fantastically well too, it’s so lovely to hear such a great, smooth bass sound again.
We’re so lucky to have found two such great musicians, and such lovely people too!
So we’ll soon be ready to start gigging again (no pressure, you two!)
I wonder when we’ll play in public again? Fingers crossed it won’t be too long – we want to show off our new musicians!
Four years ago, room 10 got together for the first time…a very different group of people to who we are now! But with about half of us stalwarts from the start, I think I can still confidently say we’re still the same room 10 band!
Here are a few pics from the last four years – and now we’re back to our full complement of nine, and rehearsing madly, I’m sure we’ll soon have more performance photos to add to these. 😁