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Today is Saturday the 4th of March and we’re off to Henley to perform at Badgemore Park to perform at the wedding of Claire and Simon! Claire was Jamie’s neighbour and they have been family friends since he was a baby, so we were really looking forward to performing them! We knew it was going to be a great night and we were looking forward to performing in front of lots of people we know. But we had to make sure we were going to put on a very special performance.

We arrived in Henley in good time and just had a quick peep into George Harrison’s old house Friar Park which is right next door to Badgemore Park.

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We met Anna and her family, husband Stuart, son Fraser and daughter Elizabeth when we performed on a cruise in 2015. We were sailing through the med having the best time! We performed in the theatre to a crowd of 1,500. When we asked for a volunteer, a small hand shot up, and young Fraser was chosen to join us on stage when we performed ‘Really Got Me & All Day and All Night‘. We gave him an inflatable guitar and he rocked out like a pro with our lead guitarist Ben. It was brilliant. Continue reading

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This year has got off to a great start. It began in Cuba, and then Jamaica, which was just amazing!! Then we headed back to the UK where we’ve had lots of shows keeping us busy. Our performances have taken us to Bath, Oxford, Hertfordshire, Coventry, Taunton, and that’s all before February has finished! And today we’re heading to North Wales, to perform at the lovely Bodelwyddan Castle.

We set off early as we had a long drive ahead of us. The journey was fun as we played ‘guess the film score’ game with Ben’s new bluetooth speaker.

We arrived in good time, and the team at Bodelwyddan Castle showed us to the ahem…*cue proud moment*… ‘Lowther suite’ where we would be playing that evening! You could say it was made for me! hehe!
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Hello 2017!

So sorry, its been a total age since we’ve written. There’s no excuse really, apart from we’ve been really busy. Like our feet have hardly touched the ground, until now!

December 2016 was one of THE BEST December’s we’ve ever had. We went to Oman, to UAE, to Germany, France and Belgium. And then we saw the New Year in (on the floor of the airport) in Cuba before sailing to Jamaica!! How lucky are we? I literally have 1000s of photos from our trips, so will include only a few below. If you want to see more, send me an email, and we’ll arrange a slideshow. 🙂

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Dubai was hot and interesting. We went to the old Souks (markets) on the river where they sold spices, textiles and gold. We (Tommy) learnt the art of haggling, which came in very useful. We stopped for a bite to eat near the gold souk, where we had some delicious local foods. Jamie bought some of the local attire. We took a little boat across the river (video below) It was an incredible experience.

We saw the Burj Kalifur. Lead singer Jamie, and bass player Tommy went to the top and saw for miles around. I was far too terrified.

The shows we had onboard The Vision of The Seas, whilst in Dubai went down really well. We had standing ovations for all four shows and had the best time meeting everyone afterwards.

Dubai feels like such a long time ago now! After Dubai, we came back to the UK for a couple of days before heading off to perform on a Christmas Markets Cruise! Needless to say, the weather here was very very different to Dubai, it was freezing!! The markets were interesting. We enjoyed some gluvine and some tasty chocolates in Belgium!

Our shows on the ship were brilliant. As it was a smaller ship, we really enjoyed getting to know everyone onboard, and we were sad to leave a few days later.

After disembarking the ship in Southampton, we headed straight to another show, not too far away, we were on a roll!

Then it was back home to get ready for our final show of 2016, our Christmas show at The Beacon Wantage. It was a sell out and the dance floor was packed from the beginning! We had the best time.

Christmas came and went, quickly, as it usually does. We all got to spend a little time with our families which I know we all enjoyed.

Soon enough we were back at Heathrow, making our way to CUBA!! Unfortunately 2 of our suitcases didn’t make it with us to Cuba, which left us with a few challenges…

We were meeting the ship in Havana which was amazing, and so very different to any other place we’ve been to before. It was colourful and musical. People had opened up their living rooms to become shops, where they sold souvenirs. Some of which we bought and made some music…

2017 is set to be our busiest year to date. We have a couple of public shows lined up, first one is at The Beacon, Wantage on the 14th of April (see their website for tickets). We have a few dates available for bookings, so if you’re looking for a band, get in touch as they are filling up fast.

January is busy, we’ve had lots of shows already, and we’re getting ready for another one tomorrow (Wednesday) and another on Saturday. We’re busy planning for the year ahead, taking bookings for this year, and next, and even the next (very organised). We’ve trying to replace the items from the suitcase which is still missing. It’s black, 4 wheels and an orange strap if any of the Air France baggage crew are reading this, and we would just love to get it back.

We’ve got some exciting projects lined up, and some great new ideas and opportunities for the band.

Here’s to the new year.

Lots of love,

The Zoots

 

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Vicki is my one of my cousins so I was over the moon when Ben proposed to her! Vicki and Ben have travelled all over the country to see the band and are fantastic supporters of the band. Ben has even performed with the band although he was in disguise that day.

Vicki on the left, Ben at the back, Amy and Christine have been coming to see the band for about five years now and Ben told me in private about four years ago that one day he wanted us to play at his wedding, even though he hadn’t asked Vicki!

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We had been planning a show local to home for a long time, we just couldn’t find the right venue for The Zoots to play. We rehearsed at the Wyvern Theatre a couple of years back and thought about St Johns but couldn’t decide. I’d been to Marlborough Town Hall but had never been upstairs,  I arranged an appointment and immediately thought it would be a great venue for a Halloween show. It was designed in Victorian times and has a fantastic history and even has cells in the basement for the naughty people.
We booked the hall, got some printed tickets and started selling! We had a great start to sales from our lovely new neighbours who bought the first 60 tickets! We were also very lucky to have the support of Marlborough Academy of Dance and Drama. Cheryl Heuston who runs the academy put together two brilliant Halloween themed dances for the students to open the show. We also planned for one of Ben Jones’s guitar students Ellie to make a guest appearance too. The local press were also very supportive as were Mercers of Marlborough.
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As a band we get to travel around alot and we get to see some lovely places, recently we’ve been to Kusadasi, La Coruna, Split, Lisbon and The Azores. It is a brilliant journey and we are having a great time, we just need to remember to tell everyone about it! Continue reading

The Zoots have been soooooo busy this year and have been away so much its been tough to keep up to date with all our news. We had a fantastic November and got to tour some fantastic places; Turkey, Croatia, Portugal, Italy and a brief trip to the Azores. We have some exciting times ahead, in December we are going to the UAE and Oman in the Middle East aswell as Holland, Belgium, Germany and France. To cap it all off we have a show in Cuba on New Years Eve!! Then to Jamaica early January! Lucky us!

Below is a picture of us being the first to arrive at T2 at about 4.00 am on a cold November morning on our way to Turkey. Travelling to all these warmer places makes winter so much better!
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