Happy New Year Everyone!
We’ve marked the start of 2018 by adding a few new songs to the repertoire, and in typical Moon Lounger style they form an eclectic mix:
Shut Up and Dance – Walk the Moon
This is one we’ve been meaning to learn for a while, but also one that needed a bit of time spent on it. We’ve played it live a few times now and it has always delivered the goods from a dance floor-filling point of view, whilst giving the three of us an enjoyable musical workout in the process!
Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran’s Xmas number one was an obvious one for a wedding band to cover, so we’ve put together our own version – first dance anyone?
All These Things I’ve Done – the Killers
Another one that’s been on the to-do list for aaages… we finally rolled it out live in December and it’s gone straight to the top of our “songs we like to play most” list. All together now… “I got soul but I’m not a soldier”…
7 Days – Craig David
Stop laughing… when we discovered Stu knew the words (well, to the first couple of verses anyway) this was hurriedly added to repertoire, subsequently very popular at the last wedding we played. All together now… “Craaaiig David!”
All being well we’ll record and film ourselves paying these newbies fairly soon, so keep your eyes trained on our YouTube channel. Or just subscribe and wait to be notified (probably best to go for the latter!).
Sad news folks: after over 10 years of performing as an acoustic duo we've decided to hang up the Takemine guitars and concentrate solely on our 3-piece evening band. So that's it - no more ceremonies, drinks receptions or wedding breakfasts (apart from the ones already booked in, obviously!).
The duo has played all sorts of venues down the years - from little social clubs to enormous castles - and the gigs themseves have varied from the hugely enjoyable to the rather... let's say... challenging! It's certainly something of a bittersweet goodbye.
The good news is that the duo will hopefully live on as a YouTube presence. We intend to find the time to add more acoustic duo videos in the future, so keep your eyes peeled - there is life in those Takemines yet....
Not the most interesting/exciting news, admittedly, but our Public Liability Insurance and PAT Test certificates are now available to download from this very website – check out the new Certification page!
These days it seems most venues require said certificates from their suppliers so we thought we'd make them nice and easy to get hold of.
The page does have a nice close up shot of Chris’ Gibson 335 as well. Still not interested? Okay, fine...
Amazingly, it is 50 years since the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band provided the soundtrack to the 1967 Summer of Love. To celebrate this milestone, we’ve released a Sgt Pepper's Acoustic Covers album containing acoustic versions of every track on the original album. Yes, even Within You Without You.
It is available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, etc so please check it out! Also keep an eye on our YouTube Channel – we’ll be adding videos of all the songs over the course of the summer (starting with opening track Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which is already available to view).
Thanks to everyone who provided their photos for inclusion on the album cover – a CD (remember them?) will be winging its way to you in the near future!
Good news everybody - we triumphed once again at the Bristol & Somerset Wedding Awards on Friday night, picking up another award for best tentertainment (music).
On this occasion we weren't able to make it to the ceremony (we seem to be taking a one year on, one year off approach to attending awards bashes so I guess we'll be there next year!).
As usual a massive thanks goes out to all the couples that took the time to vote for us and say lots of nice things. And thanks to Lee at Strawberry Fields for picking up the award for us (and taking this photo!).
No sooner have we added "Castle on the Hill" to the repertoire and Sheeran releases another song that we couldn't resist covering.
The song is called "How Would You Feel (Paean)" and it's definitely one for the wedding repertoire. We've even put together a video of our acoustic duo version (see below), so make sure you check it out.
In other Ed Sheeran covers news, we're also working on a 3-piece cover of "The Shape of You" and will hopefully have a demo video available at some point soon.
So basically we are covering every song Ed Sheeran releases at the moment - this could get tricky when he releases his album next month...
January and February are always a bit quieter for us gig-wise, but we're spending the time wisely in our new studio. Castle on the Hill - Ed Sheeran's smashing new hit - has been added to the repertoire, and we'll endeavour to post a video of our cover in the next few weeks. Heck, we might even have a go at his other song, Shape of You. Watch this space.
There are lots more YouTube treats on their way in the coming months as well - sit tight folks and your patience will be rewarded!
Rather like the Royal Family, the Moon Loungers have "released" their official Christmas pic for 2016. This stunning image is adorning our Christmas cards and we hope everyone likes it.
Unfortunately there's no Christmas video from us this year - don't worry though, we are busy in the studio working away on a few other musical projects that will be appearing online in 2017.
Happy Christmas one and all - enjoy the festive season and have a great New Year!
In a break from the wedding circuit, we had the pleasure of performing at the NSPCC's Childline 30 Ball at the Bristol Hotel last night.
Celebrating 30 years since Childline was first launched, the evening was a huge success - with thousands of pounds raised for a wonderful cause. Being seated on one of the tables, we were treated to a smashing meal and also took in a number of very moving speeches relating to the work of Childline and the NSPCC.
Esther Rantzen (founder of Childline) couldn't make it, but NSPCC supporter Martin Roberts (of "Homes Under The Hammer" fame) was there to run the auction, whilst standup comedian Ian Royce did a great job as MC. And for some real stardust, Maisie Williams (star of that rather popular TV show Game of Thrones) was in attendance.
We started playing around 10.00 and blasted through over an hour an 3/4 of live music, with loads of guests clearly enjoying the party and hitting the dance floor. Our friends from Coombe Lodge had a table, so it was great to see them letting their hair down (as opposed to working extremely hard co-ordinating weddings, which is how we normally see them!).
Well done to Steve's sister Anna Keir for putting together a great event that raised around £20,000!
Yes, for the third year in a row we've picked up an award! After a couple of years of entering the national Wedding Industry Awards (and winning the regional award both years - check us out...) we decided to get involved in the local Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards for 2016.
It proved a great decision, not only because we won the award for Best Wedding Entertainment but also because we got to go to the awards night - yes, a night out that didn't involve playing music, just having a few drinks and socialising with lots of our wedding industry friends!
Needless to say we had a great time - check out our Facebook page for a few pics of what was a top night at the Bristol Hotel.
Thanks so much to all the couples that voted for us and gave such brilliant feedback - it really does make all the hard work worthwhile!
Hot on the heels of our successful Christmas Fundraiser (thanks to all those who came along, by the way!), we are all set for another charity evening on the 29th January...
This time we are playing a gig to raise funds for a young lady called Ella Powell, who has volunteered to travel to Cambodia in July with Camps International to help improve the quality of life run down and poverty stricken villages. Here's the important info:
Venue: The BAWA Club, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG
Date: 29th January 2016
Tickets: £10 (over 14s only)
We will be there in all our 3-piece glory, so why not come along and enjoy some smashing live music - whilst simultaneously supporting a good cause?!
Followers of the Moon Loungers will no doubt be excited (and surprised) to learn that we are playing a rare public gig on December 18th.
The event will be raising funds for Zion Pre-School (which Steve's nipper attends). Given the time of year we will of course be playing some Christmas songs to help everyone get into the festive spirit! Here's the important info:
Venue: the Miners Hall, 214 Badminton Rd, Coalpit Heath, Bristol, Avon BS36 2QB
Date: 18th December 2015
Advanced tickets: £5
Entry on the night: £6
To book, contact either of the following lovely ladies:
It's taken a lot of work but our latest album, entitled "Acoustic 80s", is now available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, you name it! You can even purchase an actual, real life, physical copy via Amazon USA. So whatever your preferred means of consuming music, hopefully we have catered for you.
As the title suggests, Acoustic 80s contains lots of classic 80s tunes - all stripped down and re-arrranged for acoustic guitars and vocals. As Stu the drummer is a huge 80s fan we made sure he was involved in this one, and he contributes lead vocals to songs such as "Take on Me" and "Africa" as well as completing some sweet 3-part harmonies on the likes of "Uptown Girl".
There's also a "3-people-one-guitar version" of "Billie Jean" and even a cover of Huey Lewis' "The Power of Love" featuring the Wonderwall chords - I know, it sounds weird, but it kind of works...
There will videos for every song finding their way onto YouTube over the coming months so keep an eye out for those.
We hope you like the album - stream it, download it, buy, it, we don't mind as long as you check it out!
Both are fully responsive, so they should work on your mobiles and tablets - hurray!
Amazingly this is our 5th website - hopefully it will last a few years before it needs overhauling again! We hope you like it - any problems then just let us know (and we'll tell Brian).
Visitors to our YouTube channel in recent months will have seen we've been busy adding lots of new videos this year.
There's plenty more in the pipeline - subscribe to the channel and you can rest assured you'll be kept up-to-date with any new videos we add!
Great news - the Wedding Industry Awards have crowned us the best wedding band in the South West for the second successive year!
A massive thank you to all the couples who voted for us and made it possible.
Well it’s been a great summer, with lots of brilliant gigs and also lots of new songs learnt and performed.
Here’s a quick rundown of the eclectic mix of tunes we’ve recently added to the repertoire – all being well we’ll have videos of them all sooner rather than later!
All Of Me - John Legend
This has been a very popular song for the summer of 2014. Our sparse arrangement of Chris finger picking and Steve on vocals seems to work rather well, whether it’s being played as a first dance or a ceremony tune.
Disco 2000 – Pulp
One of those songs we probably should have added to the repertoire a long time ago! This one fits in well alongside our other Britpop numbers, and completes the Oasis/Blur/Pulp holy (or is that unholy?) trinity.
I Bet That You'd Look Good... – Arctic Monkeys
This is another cover we’ve been meaning to add to the set list for ages. Thankfully a couple recently requested we play it at their wedding, which gave us the impetus to finally learn it! It's only 2 minutes, but what a 2 minutes.
Dream Catch Me – Newton Faulkner
We played recently played this for the first time as a first dance song and it sounded really good (if we don’t mind saying so ourselves). Another welcome addition to our ever-expanding list of first dance suggestions.
Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice
This rap classic was requested by a wedding couple for the disco, but - given that Stu already knew most of the words - we decided to have a crack at it. Chris dug out Uncle Al’s 1980s keytar to complete the retro effect!
Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
Another recently released love song that has proved popular with wedding couples over the summer. We can play this as a 3-piece for the first dance, or as an acoustic duo during the ceremony, drinks or wedding breakfast.
Little Things – One Direction
This is actually another Ed Sheeran song, it just so happens that he gave it to One Direction (and then sat back and let the royalties pile in). We played this for a first dance with Chris and Steve on guitars and Stu adding shaker and harmonies.
You Are My Destiny – Lionel Richie
We also played this recently as a specially-learned first dance. Stu absolutely loves the song, leaving Steve no option but to let him take the lead vocals – much to the delight of both Stu and also the bride and groom!
Some news for those fellow guitarists out there who like to learn our arrangements of songs...
We have recently moved our chords and tablature so it is now hosted on the hugely popular Ultimate Guitar website!
You can still find the songs you are looking for using our chords and tab page, the big difference now being that you will be taken to the relevant page on Ultimate Guitar (as opposed to opening one of our pdfs).
This has allowed us to become part of the ever-increasing Ultimate Guitar community and pick up traffic not just from our YouTube videos but also Ultimate Guitar users.
Our aim now is to add to Ultimate Guitar the chords for each and every one of our YouTube covers, so keep your eyes peeled for new additions over the coming months. And if there’s a song you’d like to learn how to play but we haven’t put up the chords yet, then just let us know and we’ll prioritise its inclusion!
Happy strumming/finger picking/etc...
Yes, we’ve finally released a follow-up to our popular “Acoustic Covers” album.
And yes, we’ve only gone and called it “Acoustic Covers Vol. 2”. Groundbreaking stuff, we're sure you'll agree.
The album features 14 new tracks, 12 of which have been mainstays of our acoustic duo set lists for many years. The 2 exceptions are “Young and Beautiful” (Lana Del Rey) and “Grow Old With Me” (Tom Odell), both of which were recorded last year just after they were released.
Much was made of Beyonce releasing her latest album with a video accompanying each track, without anyone realising that she was inspired by the Moon Loungers! We’ve been doing this for years, and Acoustic Covers Vol. 2 is no exception; we’ve already put the first video - Dream a Little Dream - online already, with the others all in the can and ready to be added over the course of the year.
Special thanks to Lee Niel, the man responsible for the cover photo (and, quite frankly, the best wedding photographer you will find in these parts).
Yes, we've hit another milestone with our 1000th YouTube subscriber coming on board last month!
Our YouTube channel was set up way back in 2009 and was ticking over quite modestly until last year, when we made a couple of changes to our approach - namely (a) vastly improving the quality of our videos (basically selling our Flip cameras and buying some grown up Digital SLRs), and (b) starting to record brand new songs, hot off the press.
The combination of these two factors took the channel to another level, and we now hit 2,000 views a day - with subscribers and comments coming in from around the world. Our cover of Atlas by Coldplay (which featured in the Hunger Games film Catching Fire) alone has clocked up almost 70,000 views - blimey!
After adding a new video every week during 2013 (which turned out to be quite intense) we've taken a break so far this year. But fear not, there is more to come from our YouTube channel in 2014 - so if you haven't already subscribed, you know what to do.
We do (modestly) like to think of ourselves as the finest wedding outfit in the region, but now it's all official...
Yes, we were recently confirmed as regional winners of the Wedding Industry Award for live music entertainment in the South West, hurray!
Thanks so much to the many lovely couples who were kind enough to vote for us and make this all happen.
The next stop is the national final, which is held in London on 15th January. Will we be crowned best wedding band in the UK? Watch this space...
In a change of pace from our usual wedding-related exploits, on Tuesday night we found ourselves in the Champions Club hospitality suite at the Emirates Stadium - home of Arsenal FC to those who didn't know...
Whilst our job was, first and foremost, to provide live music whilst the 300-odd guests tucked into the lavish buffet and enjoyed a Heineken (the only beer on offer, courtesy of Champions League sponsors Heineken...), we had also offered to perform the MC duties for the evening. This turned out to be a bit more involved than a few simple announcements, with various competitions to oversee and even an interview with ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann!
Needless to say it was an amazing experience for us - shame Arsenal lost, but you can't have it all... For a full report on what was an eventful night, be sure to check out our blog, which can be found at www.bristolweddingband.co.uk.
We are delighted to announce that we have been nominated for the 2014 Wedding Industry Awards!
For all weddings we have played at (or are due to play at) between 1st November 2012 and 31st October 2013, the brides and grooms in question are eligible to vote for us.
It would be really smashing if we could win an award, so if you are able to vote then please don't hesitate to get involved - it should only take a few moments.
For more info, and to cast your vote, please click here.
Having played numerous al fresco summer drinks receptions over the years as an acoustic duo, our repertoire has always demanded the inclusion of summer-themed tunes; the album contains a number of these live staples, such as "Here Comes the Sun", "Daydream" and "Summertime".
In addition we've also come up with a few new covers, picking some longtime favourites such as the Beach Boys' "Warmth of the Sun" and Sinatra's "Summer Wind" to complete the track listing.
The album is available to download on iTunes, and you can also stream it on Spotify if that floats your boat. Whatever your preferred approach, we hope you enjoy it - just make sure you tie a hanky round your head, crack open a cold beer, unfold your deckchair and get nice and relaxed first. Happy summer everyone!
Yes, we've now added no less than 100 videos to our YouTube channel - a major milestone for the Moon Loungers!
We set up our channel back in 2009 (hence the slightly regrettable channel name "Moonies2009") purely as a place to add demos of our wedding band repertoire, but it has since taken on a life of its own - with views, comments and subscribers coming in from every corner of the globe.
Obviously it's not all been plain sailing; as any "YouTuber" will tell you, whenever an ego-boosting "best cover ever" comment comes in, there's generally a slightly more negative one lying around the corner to keep your feet on the ground!
Here are a few of our favourite comments:
"Guy on left stop shaking your head"
"What a nice gay couple"
"I love this... I like pies"
"Yous look like Noel Gallagher and Peter Crouch"
And saving the best for last, this succinct view of our acoustic cover of "Candy" by Robbie Williams:
Thanks to everyone who has subscribed so far (and if you haven't yet done so, here's a link).
Our aim is to continue adding one video every week until we, um, well, we die I guess... So keep watching!
We are delighted to be part of the Kingscote Barn Open Day taking place this Sunday (24th March).
Steve and Chris will be there with their acoustic guitars to play a few songs throughout the course of the day, and Uncle Al will be on hand to chat to any brides and grooms who are interested in our services (or just want a chat!).
What better way to spend your Sunday than up in the Cotswolds enjoying Kingscote Barn's stunning setting? The event runs from 11.30 until 16:00 - hopefully we'll see you there!
Following up on the success of the Moon Loungers' acoustic version of the Guns 'n' Roses "Sweet Child o' Mine" on YouTube and iTunes, the boys have now released an entire album of acoustic rock covers.
The album features covers of tracks from every decade since the 1960s, with the likes of Led Zeppelin's '71 classic "Black Dog" sitting alongside the Killers' 2012 single "Miss Atomic Bomb" to ensure rock fans of all ages and tastes are catered for!
For an explanation of the cover image (a bowl of M&Ms with all the brown ones taken out, if you were wondering!), please check out our blog. More importantly, if you fancy downloading the album then it is available on iTunes.
Oh, and there are videos of some of the tracks already on YouTube. There's really no excuse not to get involved. Enjoy!
With the summer season of weddings fast approaching, the Moon Loungers have recently added a couple of new songs to their evening band repertoire.
Last weekend we debuted a cover of Robbie Williams' number 1 hit "Candy" to a highly receptive crowd, and we have also put together a version of Bruno Mars' recent single "Locked Out of Heaven" that we hope will raise the roof of many a wedding venue over the next few months!
The inevitable YouTube videos are sure to follow - if you haven't subscribed to our YouTube channel then what are you waiting for?! To do so simply click here and away you go.
Also keep any eye on our song lists as we are always looking to freshen up the repertoire with new releases.
On Friday 23rd November the Moon Loungers 3-piece provided some live background music whilst over 250 guests enjoyed a slap-up 3 course meal at the Bristol Hotel (formerly Jurys). The occasion was a charity ball in memory of Michael Sheppard, with proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation.
The boys all went to the same school as Mike, who sadly passed away earlier this year, and were happy to waive their fee to play at this special occasion.
The event was nothing short of spectacular, with loads of amazing raffle and auction items, no less than two comedians, a DJ, even an F-1 simulator!
Well done to Rachel and Emma for organising such a cracking night and raising almost £8K!
For more information about the appeal please check out the website here: www.sheppysheppard.co.uk