Good Times!

A great time was had by all last Saturday, at the Westonbirt volunteers’ summer party.

Luckily the weather was kind to us, and everyone had the choice of sitting under cover with the band, or outside in the sunshine

“Room 10 take a bow, an excellent performance and everybody was very complimentary”
“aren’t they amazing!”

Thank you for having us!

Another recce…

…..this time for a gig in the National Arboretum in Westonbirt, for the volunteers.

Oh! Is this for us?!

Sadly no…it’s for Rag’n’Bone Man, playing there tonight! And Keane on Friday, Madness on Saturday, and Texas on Sunday…we’re in good company!

The Great Oak Hall

We’ll be in the Great Oak Hall, weather permitting.

It’s a gorgeous space!

We’re so lucky, getting a chance to play in such interesting and gorgeous places! Last week a beautiful village green, in a couple of weeks time a stunning oak hall.

Rain didn’t stop play…well, maybe curtailed it a little…!

What a fab time we had this afternoon in Almondsbury! But the heavens opened during our set, which was a real shame, after such a promising forecast. Still, it didn’t stop me dancing in the rain, during the fab instrumentals!

Here are some pics from the afternoon, hopefully more to come.

The crowd’s building up….
I’ve got my rig in, everyone’s working hard!
Nearly ready
Ready for a sound check?
Such a lovely audience! 🥰
Uh oh…the rain’s on…!

Last rehearsal before Almondsbury!

It’s this Friday! So if you’re wondering what to do on the holiday weekend, why not come to this beautiful village and have a fab time!

Not only us there, the Semitones are playing as well, other musical items too, and an airplane display! What’s not to like!

And free admission…but bring plenty of cash for the stalls!

A recce…

Trying out the foldback, singing a song we’re NOT doing in the gig…complete with mask, bag and brolly….

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…

Full speed ahead, towards a gig..

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?!

We’re a band again!

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!

It’s our birthday!

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. 😁

Onward and upward!

Me and the girls giving it welly on our very first gig.
The appreciative audience!
Gig at Ridgewood
Mark…The Boss!
This was such fun! The Filton golf club party.
A birthday party in Cardiff
Tetbury, VE celebrations party
Was there ever a cooler pic?!
Warmley Jazz Club, just before the first lockdown

And finally, in those halcyon Room 10 days….

Freedom day!

Well, I know we’re late to that party, but too many of us were unavailable last week, so it had to be this week’s rehearsal instead!

Great to be singing with room 10 again!

We all agreed that it was so good to have us all there – it makes such a difference to our playing (who knew?!)

Still keeping spaced out!

Surely it can’t be long till we’re out there, entertaining people again?! I really hope not.

Recruiting!

Our fab bassist Richard is sadly leaving us, so we’re looking for a new bass player, preferably an upright, double bass.

Message me if you’re interested, want to know more, or know someone who could be a good match for each other!

We probably won’t invite anyone along for a tryout until we can all play together again – this ‘rule of six’ is so difficult…and such a pain!

We rehearse each Wednesday evening in Yate, so probably someone in the Bristol/South Glos area would be best, although I drive each week from Cardiff, and it only takes about an hour!