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.

Six Indoors Again

Here we are again, rehearsing back indoors again – not in room 10, we have a bigger space now, for social distancing.

Well spread out!

Although the others were back indoors for a short while in the autumn, it’s my first time singing indoors with room 10 for about 15 months, due to the English and Welsh rules not coinciding.

Adam brought along a CO2 meter, to check we’re safe – it has to read under 800….and it read 450! It’s 400 outdoors! Result!

Adam
Mark
Hazel
Helen
Dan
Pat (me!)

It all went very well, I think. Hard to sound tight with no drums or bass tonight, but we did our best!

At Last!

I’m back, singing with (some of) the band! Only six people outdoors, so far. But we’re getting there! This is the first time I’d sung with them in nearly eight months, so as the the song goes “I found a thrill…”

I edited it after the vocal because there are solos for the instruments who weren’t there!

Then the rain came…then hailstones…! But we persevered! It’ll take more that that to stop a room 10 rehearsal..

Back together….

…well, 6 at a time

Adam takes a break from the keyboard to take a selfie!
Ready to start playing.

Six members of the band managed to meet in the car park of our rehearsal rooms for an outdoor practice, the first in months!

Hopefully it’ll get better and better now – no going back!

We’re working!

If you were disappointed today, on Valentine’s Day, this’ll cheer you up!


https://youtu.be/VKdMxDrZxcg

Merry Christmas from room 10!

It’s been a tough year for many, but we’ve still been meeting every week without fail…mostly on line, but occasionally in person, for a proper rehearsal…. when the tiers allowed!


Looking forward to 2021….and all those celebratory parties! And we thought 1999 was a biggie…..


Meanwhile, here’s a little something we’ve put together, enjoy!

https://youtu.be/itV1mSMJHSE


Merry Christmas from room 10 xx

At Last!

No…not that one…! But at last I’ve managed to edit Straighten up and Fly right and get it more or less glued together. This is probably my favourite yet! Such a fun song.

Fingers crossed that we can play together in room 10 next week, and start gigging again in the spring, but until then, here’s what we’ve been up to recently. Enjoy!

Recording again!

I’ve just uploaded my part for our next ‘Zoom’ video…..Richard, our talented bassist is doing the honours this time.

What fun!

Is that really my knitting, sneaking into shot again?!
5 down…another 4 to go…..