Happy end-of-2018 from your favourite vintage swing wedding band!
We’ve been barreling around the country providing top notch wedding entertainment to scores of happy couples, so what better way to finish off the year than a wee summer round up.
We kicked off our springtime boogie with a trip down to Guildford to play for Anna and James as they tied the knot in the stunning grounds of Wotton House. It was like we were going to play for the folks of Downton Abbey! We had a feeling there were going to be a few Scots about as the happy couple had requested a traditional highland song, Wild Mountain Thyme. It's a beautiful tune that we were happy to put together for them (don't worry we didn't turn it into a boogie woogie, no killer solos here!). Once Anna and James had shown them how it's done their guests really got down! It was like a 1920's speakeasy in there, with couples jiving and twisting, kilts a'flyin' like there was no tomorrow. Unfortunately, there was, and a curfew for live music (although try telling the guests that, they were trying to plug Benny's guitar back in!). Another great evening for the Bootleg Boogie and a smooth late-night ride back into town.
Next up was a proper city wedding, Rich and Clare from Balham. It was a scorching day and the stage was set in the garden of a local church. They managed to squeeze in a beautiful Moroccan-style marquee so the bride and groom only had a few steps to take from ceremony to their grub. Tim had quite the warm-up as he played the guests all the way through their wedding breakfast, twinkling away in his own fine style, a few hints here and there of the boogie that was to come. Rather flatteringly, Rich and Clare were big fans of the band, having watched all our online videos. They'd picked out our romantic fave, Sweet Pea, as their first dance. And what a brilliant dance it was, I think they might of had a few lessons in the lead up! We could see the guest's feet were itching so we launched straight into a boogie "Let Me Go Home Whiskey". Chaos thus descended and the dancing began. By the end of our set we had gained a new band member. Bridesmaid Emma had commandeered my tambourine and was really getting into it by the time we'd finished! Luckily, she didn't ask for a cut of the fee (although she'd probably earnt it!).
As we were packing down there were some curious flashings coming from somewhere, almost as if the paparazzi were waiting for us outside (we wish!). As there was no thunder it took us a while to work out it was an extreme lightning show! We managed to get the gear back into the cars before the heavens opened in apocalyptic style. I've never seen anything like it in England, quite the ending to another explosive Bootleg Boogie show.
We then said goodbye to our guitarist Ben. He was off to record an album in Nashville, Tennessee with his increasingly successful band Belle Mt. We waved him goodbye, slapped him on his cute, perfectly formed bottom and told him not to forget his roots (or our next gig, the day he gets back the following month!).
Well, that was the last time it rained in London, so by the time it came to playing for Rob's massive 40th birthday bash in Wimbledon the summer spirit was in full swing. Rob and his wife Lauren have recently finished the conversion of their stunning (and quite massive) family home overlooking Wimbledon Rugby Club. They had invited their nearest and dearest to celebrate their new home in lavish style. The green carpet of Wimbledon tennis was rolled out all around the house and the cocktails were seriously flowing. Unbeknownst to Rob, Lauren had been in contact with us before the show. She'd told us that in all the years they'd been together she'd always refused to pick up her guitar and sing him a song.
That was about to change... Whilst Rob was ushered to the pub (not hard), we did a little run through of John Legend's "All Of Me", with Lauren strumming her acoustic guitar and singing sweetly. It sounded brilliant, although I could tell Lauren was a little nervous. 2 hours and 120 guests later and I could see why! At one point she nearly pulled out completely, but some gentle encouragement and the brave Lauren got up and sang her heart out to her man. It was a very sweet thing to do and I have much respect for her going through with it. Fair play Lauren! Next, we launched in to happy birthday and then we were off, into the boogie and into the night. Fabulous vibes and a great party.