Teazle Ground Court, Trowbridge

We made our debut appearance at Teazle Ground Court this afternoon, singing for around an hour to a number of residents in one of their general lounge areas.

One of the residents had recommended us to the home after seeing two of our performances for the Honeypot Club in Trowbridge.

We were welcomed with a cup of tea and then rewarded with tea and cakes afterwards. The programme for today was as follows:-

1) All My Loving

2) Wake Up Little Suzie

3) Mr Tambourine Man

4) California Dreaming

5) Run To Me

6) There’s A Kind Of Hush

7) Pretty Woman

8) With A Little Help

9) I Can See Clearly Now

10) Bye Bye Love

11) King Of The Road

12) Love Me Tender

13) Hello Mary Lou

14) Always On My Mind

15) I Could Easily Fall in Love

16) Sweet Caroline

17) Eight Days A Week

18) Hey Jude

19) American Trilogy

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Bassett House Performance

The following comment was received via email from the activities co-ordinator after our performance in Royal Wootton Bassett on Wednesday 24th May 2017:-

“Just a note to say how much we enjoyed your visit to Bassett House last week.  We have had so many comments from residents saying how much they enjoyed the event and asking that you return and visit them again, I hope we can arrange that if your diary allows. Please express our grateful thanks to all your colleagues, it really was a fun event and our residents loved it.”

‘Retro’ Sounds for Wiltshire College Students

This afternoon we attended the Wiltshire College in Chippenham to assist a few of their students with their media studies course work. We had been asked to perform a selection of songs from our repertoire to enable the student engineers to record our sounds using the recording studios at the Chippenham campus. The students later described our sound as ‘retro’  – which we took as a compliment.

Most of our group were able to help with today’s recording session. We were greeted at the college by Ann – the daughter of singer Roger Whitehouse. She is employed by the college and she stayed with us throughout our visit. After registering at the college’s reception we were escorted to the top floor and shown around the recording suite of rooms. For the recordings we decided to configure ourselves in the circular arrangement used for rehearsals as this would allow us to hear one another.

We played through a few songs to enable the student engineers and studio manager (Vince) to check the microphone positions and sound levels, and then we made an initial recording. This was liked by the recording engineers, and so we then went through a further seven songs – finishing with ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow’.

Vince then played back a couple of the recordings. He explained how the recordings would be uploaded to a central computer server, and then each student would download their own copy for them to customise their own mix of the different music channels – and they may wish to add other instruments to enhance the sounds, e.g. bass guitar.

Three of the recorded songs feature on our latest ‘Golden Tracks’ CD, and we promised to provide a copy of that CD to the college to allow them to compare their efforts with the released versions. Vince stated his intention to provide us with a copy of their recordings.

Another student took photographs during the session in order to advertise the event throughout the college, and we hope to publish some of these in a later posting on this BLOG

We very much enjoyed ourselves today, and there is a possibility that we could use these recording facilities at some time in the near future for our next album.

Bassett House Care Home, RWB

This afternoon we performed for the first time to a number of residents of the Bassett House Care Home in Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire.

We were allocated the ground floor lounge for our performance, but the audience proved too many for the available room and some had to be positioned outside in the garden area – although they probably had the better position because the weather was beautifully warm.

All eleven singers were able to attend this performance. In the audience was the granddaughter of singer Roger Whitehouse, and she had brought along his great grandson Joey – who is just 5 months old. That must make Joey our youngest ever fan!

There were plenty of staff around to assist today’s audience, and the star turn was performed by one staff member who rushed to the front to dance along to ‘Pretty Woman’.

Our programme for today was as follows:-

1) When Will I Be Loved

2) Amarillo

3) There’s A Kind Of Hush

4) Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

5) Can’t Help Falling In Love

6) Pretty Woman

7) Do You Want To Dance

8) Lonesome And Blue

9) Teach Your Children Well

10) Let It Be Me

11) Three Steps To Heaven

12) Where Could I Go

13) Da Do Ron Ron

14) He Ain’t Heavy

15) Sweet Caroline

16) Make You Feel My Love

17) With A Little Help

18) Hey Jude

Wiltshire College

The planned recording session at the Wiltshire College had to be rearranged due to problems at the college with the original date.

The session will go ahead this coming Friday 26th May 2017.

We will use our rehearsals on Wednesday 24th May 2017 to decide which three songs to select for the recording session.

Monday Club, Malmesbury

Today we entertained the Monday Club at Glovers Court, Malmesbury.

This is a regular venue for the group; we have been visiting the club since July 2015. We always receive a warm welcome and once again we met up with our friends who have become familiar to us during our visits.

Dave Hackett and Phil Dyke were unable to perform with us today. That meant that the bass vocals were missing a massive amount of quality and volume, but we stuck to our task and managed to get through the challenging programme.

The programme is shown below. The standout performance was performed by Jack Webb with his rendition of Sting’s ‘Fields Of Gold’, closely followed by ‘Lonesome And Blue’ – a song written by our own Phil Hall back in 1957.

Our finale was introduced by Ron Dolman who explained how his son had run mobile discos for nearly 40 years and nearly always ended with our chosen song – ‘Hi Ho Silver Lining’.

1) When Will I Be Loved

2) Amarillo

3) Da Do Ron Ron

4) Then I Kissed Her

5) Can’t Help Falling In Love

6) Do You Want To Dance

7) Lonesome And Blue

8) Teach Your Children Well

9) Let It Be Me

10) Three Steps To Heaven

11) Where Could I Go

12) Fields Of Gold

13) There’s A Kind Of Hush

14) He Ain’t Heavy

15) Forever In Blue Jeans

16) Make You Feel My Love

17) With A Little Help

18) Hi Ho Silver Lining

 

Chipping Sodbury Concert Feedback

The following message was received via email on the morning after our performance at the Chipping Sodbury Town Hall. The email was sent by the Rotary Club member who had booked our group.

“Just a quick note to say thank you for last night. The audience very much enjoyed the excellent entertainment provided by you and your band colleagues. You connected very well with the audience which is not easy given the particular mix present last night. Moreover us Rotarians and the ladies from our Inner Wheel group very much enjoyed the evening. It was just a pity that two of the care homes cried off at the last minute thus reducing the audience by 25……
Best wishes for your summer season ahead.
Stuart
On behalf of Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club.”

In addition, the next evening we were contacted by the chairman of a residents association in Yate telling us about the experiences of 20 members who had attended the concert. They had all returned saying how much they had enjoyed the evening, and asking her to book the group for later in the year. We will be following this up.

Chipping Sodbury Concert

Last night the group performed at the Chipping Sodbury Town Hall for an audience that had been brought together by the local Rotary Group. Rotary organise an annual concert to entertain the older residents around the Chipping Sodbury and Yate area. A brass band entertained in 2016, and this year EOTT were asked to provide the music.

The Rotary members had allocated us our own car parking spaces at the rear of the town hall, and we were guided to the male changing room for our preparations and interval teas/coffees.

We decided to perform from the floor of the hall rather than the stage – as we felt we would be nearer to the audience and our sound could have been deadened by the stage curtaining.

The Rotary President Ian Lowe introduced the evening before we performed our first session. Dave Hackett was unable to join us for this performance due to ill health.

At the interval the Rotary members served drinks to the audience whilst we took a breather in the ‘green room’. Most of the guys tucked into the complementary biscuits.

We started the second session by thanking our hosts for the marvellous refreshments, and called for the kitchen staff to show themselves. The audience joined us in giving them a great cheer.

Our second session finished at 9:25pm to enable the audience to be loaded into their coaches for their return journey home. Meanwhile, we retired to The Dog Inn for a welcome cold drink.

The programme for the performance was as follows:-

7:30-8:15pm

1) All My Loving
2) Wake Up Little Suzie
3) You’ve Got Your Troubles
4) Pretty Woman
5) Mr Tambourine Man
6) California Dreaming
7) You Are The New Day
8) There’s A Kind Of Hush
9) With A Little Help
10) Daydream Believer
11) American Trilogy

8:40-9:25pm

12) Bye Bye Love
13) Hello Mary Lou
14) Here Comes My Baby
15) I’m Into Something Good
16) Bad Moon Rising
17) Well Alright
18) Can’t Help Falling In Love
19) Searchers Medley
20) I’ll Never Get Over You
21) Sweet Caroline
22) Do You Love Me
23) Eight Days A Week

Glovers Court, Malmesbury

A request has been received from the Tuesday Club based at Glovers Court in Malmesbury. The group have entertained this club on many occasions over the last two years. They have asked for possible dates when we could go back. Four Tuesday dates have been provided to the contact, and these are being considered today by the members.