The Bell in Hardwick

Last night’s gig at The Bell in Hardwick could have been an absolute disaster but turned into one of the best nights the band has had for ages.

The newly refurbished and re-opened pub had booked a Marquee and put on a reopening event selling over 50 tickets for a meal and live band. On Tuesday the new ovens and extractor hoods packed up and they had to refund everyone and arranged for the people to eat elsewhere.

Carnaby Street therefore played the first set to three people and the bar staff.

Suddenly at about 9.45 all 50 of these cancelled bookings turned up in a mini bus and cars and the pub was suddenly packed out.

Loads of people on the dance floor all bopping to the music and the night ended up in a 20 minute encore and a huge conga line dancing through the pub and round the car park. Brilliant!

That’s what we call loyalty. Ian Tring and his wife, the landlords, must be really well thought of in the village for all those disappointed customers to come back after they’d eaten elsewhere en-bloc to support them and their lovely team.

We could all do with a bit more of this kind of local support for village pubs and family run businesses in this country we reckon.

Bit of a break now for a couple of weeks after a fairly hectic few weeks of gigs. Back in the Autumn with some new songs.

Rushmere Country Park

Last night saw the band perched on top of a big Artic lorry trailer in the middle of Rushmere Park in Leighton Buzzard playing for a lovely concert crowd who turned out for a night of 60’s music and a burger.

We were one member down as Karen had gone on holiday, so Martin, Nick, Matt (and even Brian had a mic) all lent a hand doing Karen’s high harmonies (well done guys).

Everyone in the crowd seemed to enjoy themselves and everyone was joining in and dancing on the grass.

It got a little cold towards the end of the evening but that didn’t seem to deter anyone, and most folk stayed until the end.

A good night and we had a great time.

Next gig is this coming Friday (21 August) at The Bell pub in Hardwick near Aylesbury (on the Aylesbury to Winslow / Buckingham road about 3 miles out of Aylesbury).

Hare Fest 2015 - Leighton Buzzard

Lovely sunny afternoon and a big crowd in the Hare pub’s garden for this weekend of music event.

Carnaby Street did about an hour and a half set to a very enthusiastic audience of singers and dancers all and everyone had a great time with all the well-loved 60’s and 70’s favourites.

The Glam Rock set of songs seemed to go particularly well at this gig – lots of air guitar to T.Rex’s Get it On and 20th Century Boy.

Thanks for having us along guys, excellent gig.

The next one is next week in Deanshanger, but a private party, so sorry you’ll have to wait till 8th August to see us again at the Conservative Club in Leighton Buzzard (tickets on the door – but everyone is welcome).

Extra Care Retirement Village, Edgbaston, Birmingham

What a great night this was.

After our singer Steve was taken into hospital with a severe attack of Bronchitis the week of the gig, we were able to persuade our good friend Danny to step into the breach at the very last minute and cover for Steve.

The evening went really well at this fantastic venue with a beautiful function room and stage with very posh lighting in this new very smart retirement village.

A good crowd of residents and their friends attended and were on the dance floor for most of the night and seemed to have a great time.

Danny was brilliant after only a couple of rehearsals with us but never put a foot wrong and looked the part with very smart stage gear and a fantastic voice to match.

We had a ball, and had some great feedback, so hopefully they will invite us back.

We’ve regrettably had to cancel the next gig at The St. Albans Steam Rally, as Steve is still ill, and Danny won’t be available to cover for him, so the next gig will be at Deanshanger Sports & Social Club on 25th July for a private party.

Leighton Buzzard Golf Club

A great night at Leighton Golf Club’s venue on behalf of Leighton Buzzard Rotary Club.

One of our dinner dance black tie functions with a lovely large crowd of enthusiastic dancers on the floor the whole night. All the usual favourites from the 60’s and early 70’s which always go down well with this audience.

Looks like we’ll be invited back for next year, so they must have liked us.

Next gig is on 16th May at a new location for us – Extra Care’s new Retirement Village in Edgbaston, Birmingham. We did a gig for them in Milton Keynes at the Shenley Wood Village last year at we were very well received and it was a terrific night, so we’re looking forward to this one.

Happy New Year

A slightly belated Happy New Year to everyone out there following the band.

Christmas Eve was spent at Leighton Buzzard Conservative Club and we had a really good time. Stacked out with happy people all singing and dancing and we had lots of fun.

New Year’s Eve was at Aspley Guise Golf Club and again, really packed with people and a fabulous night. Fireworks at mid night and lots of dancing. A great Christmas and New Near for the band. Our sincere thanks go to Matt Wainer who deputised for Danny our regular drummer who was abroad for the holidays. Well done Matt.

Having a bit of a rest now and the next gig is a private function at Leighton Buzzard Golf Club and we may also be back at Leighton Buzzard Conservative Club very soon.

Thanks for all your support throughout 2014, and we hope 2015 will be as good for everyone. See you soon.

60th Birthday

Torrential rain and a gig in a marquee could have been a disaster, but what a fabulous night.

Loads of guests turned out in 60’s garb with a pink St. Pepper and an inflated Vegas style Elvis plus many many more. All the guests were supplied with John Lennon round tinted glasses and everyone seemed to have a ball.

The birthday girl had a great time and it was really nice to see so many youngsters, teens and twenty somethings together with the older age group there and all dancing like mad. Everyone loves the 60’s music!!!

Thanks for a terrific night, the band, once again, had a great time.

This Saturday sees us returning to the St. Alban’s Steam Rally so we’re all looking forward to that one – last year was great.

Hope to see everyone there.

Shenley Wood Retirement Village, Milton Keynes

Carnaby Street playing at Shenley Wood Retirement Village

We had a great gig on Saturday 10th May at Shenley Wood Retirement Village in Milton Keynes! What a terrific crowd.

The gig was completely sold out at this amazing retirement village for the over 55’s. The village is brand new, with luxury owners / residents apartments and a large central hub building housing a shop, hairdressers, bar and restaurant, gym, IT room, bowls green, wood working workshop, library, coffee lounge and this fantastic function room with a huge stage area and seating / dance floor for a couple of hundred people.

Loads of folk were up to dance on the first song, and the dance floor remained full for the whole night. Everyone had a real blast and the band had a fantastic time.

Also, this was the first gig with our new drummer Danny Watts who slotted in really well to fill Harry’s shoes. Welcome Dan, you were brilliant.

Thanks to everyone who came along!

Our next gig is on Saturday 24th May which will be for a private 60th birthday party followed on Saturday 31st May with a return visit to the St. Albans Steam Rally, St Albans – details on Lemonrock and, of course, our own site.

April 5th Gig Cancelled & New Drummer

Sorry to announce that the gig at West Haddon Cricket Club on 5th April has regrettably been cancelled due to poor ticket sales. Anyone who has purchased tickets, please contact the organisers for refunds.

We are looking to try to re-book for this venue later in the year.

Also, we are pleased to announce the arrival of our new drummer – Dan Watts – who will be taking over from Harry Moon.

Welcome Dan, we know you’re going to be a great and valuable addition to the band.

Bill's Birthday Bash

A great gig but a bit happy and a bit sad.

This was Bill’s 80th birthday party, and loads of friends and relatives came to celebrate. Cake, singing, lots of dancing and everyone had a terrific time. Bill himself was up on the dance floor and seemed to us to be a lot younger than the 80th suggested. Hope we’re that good when we’re that age.

Now the sad bit. This was the last gig with Harry. After over 11 years, he’s decided to hang up his sticks and concentrate on his songwriting and Elvis caberet performances. He did his Elvis set on this gig, and as usual, went down a storm, everyone loved him.

We’re really going to miss him after all these years, but wish him all the best for the future. He may well reappear from time to time to dep in if our new drummer can’t make the odd gig.

The drum seat will in future be filled by Daniel, who will be joining us for our next gig. More on Daniel in a later blog.

Meanwhile we’ll see you all again in April.

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