We were really touched to be asked by Jason, Cindy and Annabel, the wonderfully energetic new landlords of The Old Orchard Inn, to be their first live band since opening just three weeks ago. Did the residents of Week St Mary know what was coming? Did they have enough moves to keep up with us? And where the hell was Week St Mary?
First challenge for the night was to get there! With a combination of sat nav apps and TomTom technologies, a delightful detour taking Lucy and Fraser via Boscastle museum of witchcraft and Benji completing a few flyby’s of the village, we all made it in one piece … and on time! Talk about professionals!
The crew from Cabin Fever Audio were already unloaded and setting up, and the bar was looking nice a busy. But before our eagerly anticipated entrance on stage, we had business to attend to …. The Strutts secret Santa! Oh yes, we may be all rock and roll on stage, but we like to take time out of our busy schedules to give and receive well thought out festive £5 gifts, and love (man)! Ehem.
Quick change, even quicker sound check and we were off. Crazy in Love, Mercy, Forget You, Disco Inferno …. Boom! The tunes kept coming, the feet were tapping and we even had some early groovers who, in the words of Michael Jackson, just couldn’t control their feet! Get in there. Cindy was cutting a few shapes herself behind the bar! Go girl!
Couple of new tunes in there tonight. Lets Groove and Mercy, which went down well, but favourites of the night seemed to be Mr Brightside, and Don’t Stop Believing, which you knew every single word to! Adele’s Rolling in the Deep was a favourite again, and of course, our final airing of Mariah’s All I Want for Christmas didn’t fail to get the dance floor jiggling.
What a great night. You rocked Week St Mary. Just a few thanks to some special people …. THANK YOU to the burger man for cooking us all amazing burgers at midnight and making the long drive home a yummy one. Thanks to Christian for his over-eager (and at times, sweaty) efforts to get every single person in the bar dancing; and finally thank you to Tom for his awesome breakdance moves on the dance floor. We salute you all, and we hope you didn’t suffer too much the morning after!
Merry Christmas everyone. See you in January!