Last week rounded off with:
Two Beaujolais Nouveau events and a WW1 commemoration.
On Friday 17th, we played 3 hours + of floor to ceiling french music at Le Blaireau, Careys Manor, Brockenhurst in the New Forest, https://www.careysmanor.com/le_blaireau.html . It’s one our favourite gigs of the year. This year we both sported berets and helped create a convivial atmosphere with the accordion and violin weaving a series of famous french numbers, some well known and some a little more exclusive. We soon had the staff swaying to the tunes and diners trying their french or franglais with the songs. All great fun.
The following evening, Saturday 18th, we ran a similar show at Chichester Yacht Club which went down a treat with the sailing fraternity. There was dancing and singing too.
Then on Sunday, 19th, it was a completely different engagement. We played for a WW1 commemorative event at Bastion 6, part of the old fort complex on Portsea Island. There is an excellent First World War Museum here and Sunday’s event featured the unveiling of a plaque to the North Sea Naval disaster of December 23rd 1917, almost exactly one hundred years ago. For the simple and affecting ceremony, we played a few appropriate hymns which would have been well known at the time and then followed up with popular songs and tunes from the First World War era, played sotto voce to match the muted and slightly sad atmosphere in the museum on this occasion.