Monday, 21 November 2011

Down for the Count hits the road

Richard takes a look back at a busy summer for Down for the Count

This summer has been a busy time for the band and we’ve been very lucky to have had a calendar packed full of so many functions and events to play for. August and September has been an especially busy period, with almost every weekend taken up with some form of booking. This has meant that as well as being able to meet and perform to many different groups of people, we’ve also had the opportunity to travel around and visit lots of different locations over the months.

We had the chance to visit both the East and West coasts, playing for functions in both Somerset and Suffolk (in the same weekend!), and enjoyed a rare opportunity to relax watching the sea.

We also explored areas closer to home, playing in the South East and South West of London, and closer still was a “South of The River” performance for the Herne Hill Festival. This was a week-long festival at various venues with classical and lighter music in the daytime and jazz music later at night. We were delighted to be asked to close the festival on the Saturday night at The Half Moon Pub. We played a fairly mixed set featuring some up-tempo swing and jump jive numbers, a few small group jazz standards for any prospective “jazz heads” in the audience, and finishing up with some Motown soul. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and we hope to see it grow even bigger in coming years…stay tuned to to see what’s in store!

Now that summer has come to a close and “wedding season” has finished, we are looking forward to some more events closer to home, in particular, our next big public performance! On December 10th we will be putting on a Christmas themed event - A Very Down for the Count Christmas - playing big band arrangements of some classic Christmas favourites. We look forward to kick-starting the holidays with some early Yule-tide fun!

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