The first exciting thing that has happened since I finished my placement last week is that we, we being Sweete Harmonie, had our first gig of the summer! It was at Rainham Village May Fayre in Rainham, Essex, on the bank holiday just passed. Here we all are dressed in our Fifties gear!
|From l-r: Belinda, Phillipa, me, Nikki, Charlotte, Sue & Kath|
We need to do a bit of work on our overall look but you get the idea! In my opinion we need to match a bit more and our hair needs to be much more styled! Three of us are wearing Vivien of Hollway dresses and Nikki is wearing one of my original vintage dresses so we are on the right track at least. What do you think?
We only had about 3 proper practise sessions before the actual day so we were all nervous, especially as this is new territory for us and completely different to our usual madrigals of Tudor and medieval origin. Although we did do a set of that as well, meaning we ended up rushing all over Rainham having to quick change from Tudor to 50s! Also, I haven't sung in public for quite a while so I had a bit of stage fright, not helped by the fact the boyfriend's parents had come to see us! Eek. Here is us mid-song wearing our Tudor get up, complete with Rebec, recorder and various percussion instruments.
|You can't see my dress but never mind!|
Overall, I'd say the gig went well. The only problem we had was that the weather was a bit grim so were were freezing in our summer dresses and there was some issue with all the acts on before us overunning so were rushed on and off and the placing off the microphones was completely off. But hey ho it's our first time so we know for the future! We only did 4 songs for the 50s set but we had such a good reaction from the crowd that we are definitely going to expand it to fill 30mins, like our Tudor set.
Overall a good day was had by all, and I managed to browse the many stalls on offer and purchase some homemade clotted cream and Baileys flavoured fudge and some homemade strawberry jam. Yum!
I'll leave you with our rendition of 'Lollipop' by The Chordettes. Forgive the lousy sound quality, my camera is just a normal digital one, nothing snazzy! Hope you like it!
I have a load of blog posts coming up over the coming week, including a charity haul, a clothes and make up haul, a FOTD and a post dedicated to my winnings from Ruby at Wake up, Make up! 's giveaway. So stay tuned if you're interested!
Much love x