Old School Band News

August 26, 2012

How Loud is Loud ?

Filed under: What's going on — Old School Band @ 9:04 pm

Do you want your wedding reception to be deafeningly loud ?

I have already gone on about Dee Jays in this section. On Saturday, we met an “Old Friend^, Howard Rudge, Toastmaster extraordinaire, whom we’ve seen at many a Samlesbury Hall wedding, and book him if you want your day to run without a hitch, by the way !

Conversation turned to Music, and Howard said that a lot of young function Bands of the Pop variety are also very loud, so loud he has to threaten them. Their attitude is arrogant as well, Howard says.

I spent a few years teaching instrumental skills on a College Popular Music Course, so I know how exactly Loud is Loud !

We have a powerful Bose Sound System, but our aim is to project the clean natural sounds of mainly acoustic Instruments.

Even Electric Guitar and Bass are not given any boost. We aren’t playing Iron Maiden Covers, but we set the sound loud enough to be heard, but not to destroy conversation and atmosphere.

I’m all for Live Music of any sort, but I suspect the Long Standing Function Bands have the same attitude as us, a case of Buyer Beware I fear.

PS not too many years ago, the odd person would come up and politely ask us to turn the volume down a little, have all these people given up in the face of Dee Jays massive onslaught ?

August 19, 2012

blatant self advertisement

Filed under: What's going on — Old School Band @ 8:16 pm

So, you’ve put up with my blogs, so what’s my game ? Well I’ve been holding down the Rhythm part of this band for many years ! I do believe some members feel it beneath their dignity to stoop so low, but Ha Ha, without that solid beat, we would have folded years ago !
As i said, we have almost become Pro Musicians this month with the number of gigs.
Our last for the month is a wedding at Bilsborough, now if you have perused our website carefully, you may notice I offer solo Romantic Guitar for Civil Ceremonies, or during the Wedding Breakfast, which is what I shall be doing on Friday afternoon. You are welcome to include this in your wedding package, for a little extra charge.
I think I can say i am qualified, after teaching Guitar professionally for many years now. I am at the moment working with Mik, of the excellent Media Minx, who did our website, to have my own site linked in so that I have a higher profile.
Finally, it’s always nice to get requests like Today’s, where we played at a Wedding 10 years ago, and they want us for their Anniversary.

August 11, 2012

Hello Surfers

Filed under: What's going on — Old School Band @ 10:13 am

Our readership of one (Hey Roger) complained that I hadn’t done a Blog for a while, so here goes …We are in the middle of a Threesome at the moment. Roger called for us at the Villa in Wrea Green, a storming success with a fantastic wedding party, one of the best this year despite the fact we had to use their weird Sound System. It seems that if you are rich enough to live in Wrea Green, as a nimby neighbour, you can scare a big Hotel into submission over noise abatement. Here in New Hall Lane we even have the Police Helicopter every other night trying to quell looting and Riots on the local Sink Estate.
Last night we were in Ulverston, doing an old fashioned birthday bash for a spry Old Lady of 80. Tonight we negotiate the A490 again to Hawkshead for a wedding Ceilidh at Belmount House, once the property of Beatrix Potter, now National Trust, we’ve never done a bad gig there !
So, we are busy, and expect to be so this time next year,
Unfortunately the Folk World is as far removed from the world of commerce as you can get. Exactly at the moment requests flood in for Weddings, the peak of demand in fact, the bearded and sandalled ones polish up their pewter tankards and head off like Lemmings to a sort of Musical Groundhog day called a Folk Festival. This leaves people like me having to turn down gigs right left and centre because we cannot get the staff.
What I am saying is if you want us next Summer strike now or be very disappointed. I have had to turn down at least six gigs this August;. I’m sorry about this fact, but this situation will never change; in fact if you haven’t got your venue booked check us out first, and we can get a Caller and a Band together, I assure that by next June you will have no chance.