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.
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..
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?!)
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.
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.
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!
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!
Everyone truly had a ‘Knickerbocker Glorious’ day, and we now can’t wait to play our next gig! 🙂
All photos courtesy of Clockwork Prism