Old School Band News

June 30, 2015

Do you mind ?

Filed under: What's going on — Old School Band @ 1:59 pm

Was it the case that when Michaelangelo finished the Sistine Chapel, someone came up and said “Excuse me the Pope wants to know if you wouldn’t mind painting his shed while you#ve got your brushes out”.
We often get the request to do a spot of DJ’ing after the Ceilidh. Seeing as this often happens, people must not have an idea how much work goes into an rvening’s entertainment, plus overheads, rehearsals, years of learning to play, travelling, loading, unloading. If you break all this down, we come pretty cheap, as do all but the most famous musicians. take a skilled worker like a plaster, emplioy five of them on a Saturday night, double time, and compare the Bill.
I wake up in the morning as a rather mixed up Musician and music teacher, if I suffered the quite Kafkaesque fate of waking up as a DJ, I would put my head in the oven (Does it work for natural Gas ?)
So please don’t ask, similarly we do mind loaning out our sound system “Just for the wedding speeches^, and “you don’t mind if we have a disco at buffet time”.
So book us for a Ceilidh, we’re the best for the job, other jobs, get someone else.

June 8, 2015

Per Ardua ad Astra

Filed under: What's going on — Old School Band @ 4:02 pm

Of course you knew this, but my title for this blog shows how we have to go through all sorts of trials trying to perform well at gigs, and thus be stars, Geddit ?
This year alone we’ve driven onto muddy fields to perform in a circus tent, and we regularly go down Farm tracks in the middle of nowhere for a Marquee, or Tepee, all great fun actually.
Last weekend we were in Liverpool !!! Now I’m not singling out this iconic city, but to get to Bold Street, unload and then park is the sort of stuff you have nightmares about. The bigger the city, the more anti traffic they seem to be.
Two of us know the street well, even how to get there, and we researched whether it was one way or not, so we arrive bang on time, pointing the correct way, but no dice, they put up bollards at a certain time, too early for us !
After going down all sorts of side streets, we got there as close as we could, now to carry our gear through the streets !! Luckily we were using the venues P A.
We set up on the stage, and did a sound check, and thanks to adrenalin, and Roger’s stewardship, we did a really good performance, then packed up and went home.
Today I got an Email from Ruth, the bride, thanking us profusely, saying how much everyone enjoyed it.
That makes it worth while, but sometimes it’s harder to get to the centre of a big city than it is to get to the Barn down a farm track in the heart of the country.