Saturday the 18th of June is bright and lovely and wonderful.
We’re off to Fernhill Farm, to perform for the every gorgeous Liz & Ian. Fernhill Farm is a holistic, eco farm situated on the top of Mendip Hills. They believe in being as self sufficient as they can, with home grown resources, water harvesting and recycling and making their own woollen products. We’d met with Jen from Fernhill Farm by chance when we were performing at The Bath and West Show a few weeks ago. Jen and the team had a stall at the show, showcasing their wonderful woollen products, and showing you how to make your own! We loved everything about Fernhill Farm and their ethos, and we just knew this place was going to be special.
We arrived nice and early so that we had plenty of time to set up. We met drummer Simon, lead guitarist Ben, and bass player Dan at the venue, as it made more sense, rather than all travelling together in the van like we normally do. I was really excited as Simon’s wife, Emily, was going to be there today, and I was looking forward to seeing her. (Remember when we played at Simon & Emily’s wedding?)
Today came about on rather a brilliant stroke of luck! Liz & Ian had wanted to book The Zoots many months ago when they began planning their wedding. Unfortunately, we were already booked, but due to a cancellation of our booked event, we were available. Liz & Ian had tried to find another band they liked as much as us, but hadn’t been able to, so when they found out that we were now available, they were delighted that they could book us! I have a funny feeling that it was all meant to be!
Fernhill Farm was great. I loved so much about it. The rainbow bunting, the mini wedding car, the colourful loos, the rustic-ness and the very friendly staff, it was all brilliant.
Set up went really smoothly, there was a cool stage for us to play on, the room was the perfect size with lots of places to sit (and put drinks!). I really loved being able to set up with plenty of time, whilst the wedding breakfast was taking place.
One of my favourite things about Fernhill Farm (there are lots of things), was the ‘tea station’. I just loved that we were able to have cups of tea, lots and lots of cups of tea! This really can make all of the difference when we arrive at a venue, and can often be so hard to source, so it was such a delight to be able to have as much tea as our hearts desired.
We had a quick soundcheck, timing it when it was convenient with the wedding party, who was eating close by in the marquee.
We changed into our outfits for the evening and warmed up ready for the first set.
For their first dance, Liz & Ian had asked if we could learn Sam Cooke’s ‘What a Wonderful World’. We listened to the track, loved it, and knew we’d be able to do a great version of it. Although time was short for learning the song, we smashed it on the night and it sounded brilliant.
We began our first set straight after the first dance, it was brilliant and everyone was up and dancing straight away, it went so quickly!
We had a short break in between sets where Jamie DJ’d, keeping everyone dancing and taking some great requests.
Set 2 was just as fantastic as the first, better in fact. We crammed in lots of songs from our repertoire, and the dance floor was just packed.
Groom Ian was really terrific on the guitar.
I loved lead guitarist Ben’s rendition of ‘Sweet Child of Mine’, he went out into the crowd and they just loved it!
As we were packing up, I managed to have a peek into the marquee where the wedding breakfast had taken place, it was awesome. I love the animal and science theme, which is appropriate as Ian is a scientist!
We received this lovely email the day after our show from the newlyweds:
Ian and I would like to express our gratitude for making our wedding day yesterday. We had a perfect day and ‘The Zoots’ we an absolute triumph! We had compliment after compliment about you all! We gave out your cards and hopefully you’ll get lots of new gigs.
There wasn’t a moment when the dance floor was empty and our friends and family we so full of praise.
Thanks a million x’
The Zoots, Jamie,Ben, Harriet, Simon and Dan x