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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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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

 

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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“The Goodwood Revival is one of the best motorsport events anywhere in the world. It attracts crowds of 150,000 immensely enthusiastic people, most of whom come dressed in period costume – Goodwood’s aim with Revival is to recreate the circuit’s glory years, between 1948, when it hosted Britain’s first post-war motor race at a permanent venue, and 1966, when Freddie March deemed that cars and racing had become too fast for his track.’ – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ Continue reading

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This week has sort of felt like summer! We’ve dusted off our shorts and T shirts and caught a few rays. We’re pleased to see that the glorious weather has continued into today, Friday the 22nd of July 2016. Do you know why? Because today is the day Georgie and Andy are getting married! 😀  Continue reading

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January 2016, do you remember January? So long ago! It was cold and dark and gloomy, but not for us, we were pretty happy because January is when Sonny & Julia decided to get in touch to see if we were available to perform for them on their wedding day on July 23rd 2016. Fast forward 220 days or so, and here we are and we’re on our way to Hothorpe Hall! Continue reading

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Hello weekend, and hello sunshine, sort of. We’ve just returned from a few days overseas, flying to Serbia, then to Kotor, and back from Barcelona. We had a brilliant show in a 900 seater theatre, it was really great (read about it here). But now, were glad to be home. We had a productive practice yesterday, running through some harmonies and some new songs (watch this space). Today, though, were off to Bicester to perform for Kristi and Nick on their wedding day at The Tythe Barn.

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