Playing In The Park

Wow.Wow.Wow. Monday’s gig at the Risley Park was a real gamble, a new band, a new venue but hearts sank as 15 minutes before the start of the dance there was only 4 people in the audience… the show must go on! But by 8pm we had a full house, almost as if a coach party had turned up! The crowd were buzzing and the band on fire. From Jersey bounce to the finale of Valerie, the audience savored every last note. No dance floor, but people danced. The whole band were drenched with sweat, as they played their hearts out to a wonderful bunch of music lovers. Lots of lovely compliments at the end with one recurring question… when will we be back?? Well just like Schwarzenegger… we will be and very soon. Watch this space…. now where’s my motorcycle and Sun glasses?! ‘Hasta la Vista Cranberry Flick’.

 

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Countdown to Cranberry

Every crochet has been finally dissected. Every mimim has been played to its full potential. The staves have been polished. The mezzo fortes honed to perfection. The codas are in place. Cranberry Flick are ready and raring to go. This Monday folks, live in Concert at the Risley Park. Join us for an amazing night of jaw dropping entertainment from the Midlands most exciting new band on the scene. Retro rock romance and rhythm. Forget the Monday blues… come dance to the real blues, swing and jive. The fun starts at 8pm. Food, Raffle and Bar.

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Au naturale

A technical rehearsal for Cranberry tonight. The whole works. All PA all monitors all acoustic shields …but no clothes. By that, I don’t mean we will be playing Tainted Love naked!!! But we won’t be wearing our retro kit. Ted would have nowhere to store his wallet anyway . Joking apart. If you have a loose end tonight, Why not drive to to down town Spondon and a little beer distillery called The Vernon Arms and see how we put the flick  into cranberry. Would be great to see you for a pint. 8 don’t be late.

 

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The Boys (and Girl) Are Back In Town..

 

Very excited to be back in rehearsal next week with Cranberry Flick. Our next gig will be on Aug 22nd at The Risley Park. We have new numbers to try. Old numbers to tweak and a browse round Fugue Music in breaks. Musicians rehearsing in a music shop!!! It’s like an Aladdin’s cave of musical wonders… the only next best thing would be to rehearse in a pub….oh we are.  Coming soon to the Vernon Arms Spondon. Watch this space, you will be warmly welcomed to watch how we put a show together. You will be warmly welcomed to buy us drinks. You will be hugged if you buy a CD.

 

 

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Going to the ball

We are extremely excited as a Band, to be playing at the Risley Park on Aug 22nd. Formally known as the Blue Ball, the venue has been host to many exciting bands and genres of music. For over 20 years it has been the Residency of the renowned Risley Big Band and many top jazz ensemble’s. With a licenced bar and superb restaurant, why not make it a special evening and dine before you dance. If successful, we hope to appear regularly on stage at this fine music emporium. Free to get in…free to get out. As Paul McCartney once said of Cranberry’s bass player Glenn. Who ?

 

 

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First Step

A mighty blogging welcome to Cranberry Flick’s new readers. My name is Glenn and I am extremely proud to be the Bass player within the mighty CF band. I am predominantly a trombone player and play both when required (not at same time. I tried and broke my G string) Cranberry Flick was formed over three years ago by the foresight of our Tenor player Ken and our vocalist Angie. The band play a cocktail of swing jive and blues and there really is something for everyone. I have only been in the Band just over two years and in that time have played for weddings, beer festivals , charity functions and xmas dances. This new dynamic band has a much different approach to other bands with its flexibility of genre’s of music. Cab Caloway, Amy Winehouse, Glenn Miller, Paloma Faith…Peter Kay!!! (Yes you read that right) to name a few. I hope to keep you informed about the bands journey and welcome you aboard to join us as we hit the highway on our musical adventure. x

 

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Check out our latest interview!

Ever wanted to know how we got our name? Wondered what we think of each other? Or indeed asked yourself if it would be better to live with a dog that sings lullabies or a gorilla that can do sign language? Well… worry no longer! Answers to those questions and much more are revealed in our interview for the amazing MusicMuso entertainment website …

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Knickerbocker Glorious; A Gig Story…

17th May 2014 was a beautiful sunny Saturday in the Midlands and we were booked to play at the Knickerbocker Glorious event at Derby’s Cathedral Quarter.
The event takes place at the waterfall in the marketplace. Once a month between 11am and 3pm the stage is filled with music, dancing and poetry to entertain the crowds.

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We arrived at 10am, filling the marketplace with cars, pieces of drums, cases of guitars and shiny things as we unloaded, met with the event organisers @furthestpoint and set up.

11am came and as the first musicians and poets were on the stage, we had the pleasure of drinking coffee and watching along with the lovely crowd of people who had gathered …Until we heard the words ‘ready when you are guys’.
At 12noon…. Excitedly we took to the stage..

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We launched into our first song, an energetic cover of Ray Charles’s ‘Hallelujah I Love Her So’ followed by ‘That Man’ by Caro Emerald… feeling a brilliant warm welcoming atmosphere as the audience clapped and we continued with our set… we played for 20 minutes… which zoomed by! (but I guess that’s because we were having fun?!)

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We finished with Paloma Faith’s ‘Upside Down’ and said “Thank you, we will be back soon!” as we left the stage. We resumed watching the other talented musicians and dancers…. (with more coffee and food) in the still blazing sunshine.

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1.10pm and time for us to play again, Starting with the classic ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ and moving on to songs originally recorded by Norah Jones and Stevie Wonder as the crowd grew bigger with the passing shoppers.

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The wind was blowing through the marquee (naming no names!..) making keeping music on music stands out to be an interesting task! Pages had to be quickly caught and pegged back on as we kept going… ‘Mayhem’… Our next (Apt!) song…. Glenn, swapped his Bass Guitar for a Trombone… and with our temporarily expanded brass section we played. I could not stop the smile as the song sored and the guitar solo rang… just awesome!

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Our very last number for the day was ‘Valerie’ and as the song started to crescendo Ted and Ken our Trumpet and Sax players moved right out to the very front of the stage playing the song out to the end… Applause from the audience as we thanked them… And another 20 minutes had gone by at super speed!

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Everyone truly had a ‘Knickerbocker Glorious’ day, and we now can’t wait to play our next gig! 🙂

We would like to say a BIG huge thanks to everyone for supporting us, Derby Cathedral Quarter and to the brilliant event organisers Furthest From The Sea

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All photos courtesy of Clockwork Prism

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Cranberry Flick – A Taste Of The Mix

 

We here at Cranberry Flick would like to share with you a taster of our very first recordings, set to pictures taken at our first gig; the video includes five tracks we recorded recently at paper-stone studios in Nottingham. Although these were recorded in the studio, we have tried to maintain a live and real sound. The tracks include ‘Mayhem’ by Imelda May, ‘That Man’ by Caro Emerald, ‘Jersey Bounce’ by Benny Goodman, ‘Lady is a Tramp’ by Ella Fitzgerald and ‘Ole Devil Called Love’ by Alison Moyet. hope you enjoy the preview video.