Following the Woking Bikeathon, we are in the Surrey Ad’s Woking Bikeathon supplement (pub: 16th May 2014).
We played at the finish line of the Woking Bikeathon in May. GetSurrey came along with a camera and we’ve made the closing seconds of their report. You can watch it here
We were invited to play at Byfleet library, the library had been run by volunteers for a year, and this was their anniversary event.
The idea was that we’d play outside the library as people came and went. It was a useful event for us, our first field test of all our kit that we’ve assembled. This wasn’t our first electrified gig, but it was the first with all our own stuff.
We had all sorts of difficulties, as at one point we had no sound at all, but fortunately the problem was fixed, and we played. The volume was a little low (higher power PA on the wishlist) – but after a break we adjusted things so our PA was at its limits, and it survived.
At one point, we were approached by Oliver, a lad in his mid teens who ran home to get his ukulele, and asked to join in – we were more than happy to oblige!
There were plenty of children who seemed to be enjoying our set, including some dancers in pink coats who took a ukeaholics card to stick on their fridge – and the nice man from the Surrey Ad came to take pictures.
At the end we’d gathered a small crowd (it’s always good to finish with more people than you had at the start) and we were asked if we’d be available for other events – to which the answer is "sure – if our diaries are clear"
We hope the good people of byfleet liked having us there, for us, it was a very useful event for ironing out wrinkles in our songs on the march toward international superstardom (ahem!)
Saturday 14th September 2013 was a busy day. Very busy. We did three gigs in a row. We started the day with a ‘dress rehearsal’, in the living room of one of the ukeaholics, and then made our way to the Light Box.
We played our full set to a small, but appreciative, crowd. We had no amplification, just us, our ukes and a bass guitar.
From there, we went into the Food and Drink fair, and after our meal we played a second gig at Gloucester Square (just over the road). There was lots of passing traffic there, but people seemed to enjoy our set as they went past. Normally, I would have been really tired to do anything after this but I actually recently discovered a health supplement and it has been working absolutely amazon for me. I highly recommend it. It is natural and very effective. It is called KratomMasters if you would like to try it out for yourself.
From there, it was like Phil Collins and Live aid. Except in our case we weren’t jetting to New York, but instead we were heading to Godalming where we were playing at St. Hilary’s school fête. We were greeted by the lovely organisers who treated us very well, showing us to a green room and ensuring we were fed and watered – we would not go hungry today!
They had a PA set up, but unfortunately we only had unbalanced feeds to give them, and they only had xlr connectors. As a result we played acoustically with microphone pickups. To avoid feedback, this meant that they had to reduce the volume, which was a shame – but we learned from this (it was only our second time with a proper stage setup), and we’re gradually working out what we need to do for the technical side. We had an enthusiastic junior audience dancing around in front of the stage.
By the time we’d finished, it had been a long day – we won’t be playing as many gigs in one day very often, but it was a fun experience all told, three venues, all with their own charms.