Words aren’t entirely adequate to describe the sheer wonder of what happened next, all we can say is that there was rapping—at astonishing speeds to boot—and a spontaneous refrain of “funky monkey”, and that all requests for the making of noise were more than adequately fulfilled by an enraptured audience.
We love weddings. No, like, we REALLY love weddings!
Everyone is happy (aka drunk), they have had a wonderful day (been drinking) and are looking forward to a fantastic party (getting more drunk). Inject some Strutts magic and you have yourselves a partaay people!
There were so many reasons why we were looking forward to this gig. 1. we had a stage, 2. a full lighting rig and 3. the added bonus of telling all our friends and family that we had a gig at Eden!
After setting up and sound checking to the youngest audience we have ever encountered (they made us feel like rock stars!), we sat tight waiting for the big ‘first dance’ moment, and trying to calm Tom’s vertigo on being sat so close to the edge. After their first dance (and lots of smooching, of course) we kicked in with a bit of Crazy in Love to remind everyone that it was time to put those boogie-shoes on and get on down with the bad thang … and boy did they!! Men, women and children jiggling and a wiggling all over the place!
Top song of the night had to be ‘Marry You’ by Bruno Mars, which everyone seemed to know the words to … and it was very appropriate! [cue more smooching].
The one thing that Rich and Carla had to do (which we will never be paid enough to provide!) was add some serious romance. Man are those two in luuurve!!! It was magical. Many congratulations from The Strutts. We love you all x
PS: Tom survived
Blog author : Tom Howarth (Drums)
The remote villages of North Cornwall are not like the rest of the county. The bright lights of Truro and the A30 (Cornwall’s northern star) seem light years away as you’re bouncing through endless country lanes, trying desperately to get phone signal so you can scream your last Will & Testament to Siri in case you never make it out. Once you get north of Bude there’s a sneaking suspicion that if you stop to ask for directions you’ll be captured by the locals and burned in a giant wicker pasty, in order to appease Rattlós (the God of Cider).
Fortunately for us (and unfortunate for Rattlós), this perception is as untrue as it is insanely over the top. The locals at The Old Orchard Inn, Week St Mary were extremely welcoming, friendly, fun and GOOD GOD do they know how to party. This was our second time back, and we’ll very happily accept another invite, just to soak up the fun times this place has to offer.
When we arrived the atmosphere was already at a high, due to the fact that the sun had decided to show its face that afternoon. It didn’t exactly ‘have its hat on’, but it was most certainly looking up recent pictures of Pharrell Williams with a wistful sigh. And after the weather we’ve recently had, a nice day was all anyone needed!! As we were sound checking people of all ages were already getting settled, ordering drinks, laughing, chatting sunshine and enjoying themselves. And then we started to play.
This was one of our all time favourite gigs. We haven’t had many at this point, but that’s going to be a hard one to beat. We had everyone in the hugely packed pub singing, dancing and throwing shapes like a riot in a polygon factory. Lucy even managed to get a call & response from the room next door! Despite battling a heavy cold! In heels!
We threw in a few new numbers that night: Tainted Love (not the 80s one) and Sex on Fire, which went down an absolute storm. What a night! If you haven’t paid The Old Orchard a visit, we strongly suggest you do. Tell Jason, Cindy and Annabel the Strutts say hi.
Once again a massive ‘thank you’ to the guys at Cabin Fever Audio for providing a perfect back line and sound for the evening. We start our first round of private functions next week, and if any of them are as good as that: they won’t know what hit them.
Over and out.
Ooh, grown-up stage!
Ooh, grown-up light show!
Backstage area, AAA passes, rider, kick-ass sound system … yes, it was hard not to think we had finally cracked the big time. “Where were you?” I hear you cry. Well, er, St Ives actually. Windy, rainy, flooded St Ives… but man it was good!
We were chuffed to bits to be asked to come and support Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel at the Kevewi BIG Night Out at the Guildhall. It was everything we hoped it would be; made even more special by the fact we were celebrating Fraser and Benji’s birthdays! Both of whom were driving, and well, we don’t really drink before performing anyway, so the extravagant rider went a bit left at the traffic lights and we ended up toasting their health using a kettle, some teabags and a plastic glass full of milk from the kitchen! Cornwall’s ultimate party band? Fuelled by tea.
Sound check happened (which IS actually news, as it was a toss up between that and the sound engineers getting dinner!). Quick blast of Cee Lo and off to get ready; bit of lippy for Lucy, and Alan puts his hat on – boom – we are stage-ready!
To say we loved this gig would be an understatement. To say we REALLY loved it is still a smidge too modest. The crowd was amazing, and the feedback was phenomenal. It was also a real pleasure to be able to check out the other bands on an amazingly varied bill.
Well done to the Kevewi team; cracking show! Looking forward to coming back and doing it all again soon.
Truro, we have three words for you. Wow, wow, WOW! You guys rock! Take one rainy night, a great venue and five funky groove doctors and you have the recipe for an explosive night … or so it would seem!
Despite the wintery January weather and the fact that roadworks made Truro town centre harder to pass through than Mordor, you just kept coming! By the time we launched into Crazy in Love, even standing room was a premium and you were chomping at the bit to have a boogie!
We got the best call-backs yet on Hey Ya (“Ice Cold!”), and Call Me Maybe was a total dance floor winner, but the award for top song of the night – with a reaction that would have done credit to the original Pharrell video – goes to Happy which undoubtedly stole the night … and made us very happy indeed!
The party continued through Rock Your Body, Domino, Locked Out Of Heaven and into Mr Brightside, climaxing on an encore of Don’t Stop Believing. I think there must have been a few Glee cast members out there … certainly some great singing! There was no stopping you!
Total stonker of a night people. Thank you.
(William IV, if you are reading this, we would like to come back PLEASE!)
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!
[cue four hot Strutts and a Struttette leaping out of a large, tastefully wrapped Christmas box dressed in their finest, jiggling jazz-hands].
Yes that’s right, The Strutts have officially launched!
MASSIVE thanks to the Whitehouse Inn at Penhallow for being our new and improved launch venue, and for just letting us, and our massive crew (where did all those people come from?) just do our thang! Cracking food and good beer everyone!
After our rocking intro music came to a dramatic finish (thanks Fraser!), we were straight in with our rendition of Crazy in Love; a song that certainly set the night in the right groove. An electric dancefloor ensued and remained through some epic toons; including some surprise beat-boxing at the end of Rock Your Body. That shocked you all didn’t it?!
Despite the sniffles, Beechams Flu Plus (and homemade ginger-winger potion) saw Lucy through the diva classics such as Adele’s Rolling in the Deep, and that festive favourite, All I Want for Christmas! (You gotta love a bit of Mariah at Christmas!)
We saw some great moves from the dance floor too party people! There were lots of Jay Kays, Arethas, and Pinks, and we even saw your ‘Moves like Jagger’! Totally awesome stuff!
The stage looked fantastic and we would like to thank Alden Evans for the magnificent PA system, Gareth Young from The Cube studios for the sound and Roger Butler from Rainbow Warrior Lighting for putting on a great light show. Plus all the other people on hand to set up and break down. You rock!
See you in Bude on Sat 14th December at the Old Orchard Inn.