Hi all,

Hope you enjoyed your recent ‘Monday off’ 🙂

We now need to focus on our concert for Peel Pensioners which is only 6 practices away !

I’m more than a little concerned that we’re not really up to speed on many tunes, so the next two weeks will be dedicated to establishing a bedrock of material that we know will run OK on the night.

In each case, I plan to check that we can play through the tune starting together, without stopping, and not getting confused by repeats etc.  We can sort out any stylistic stuff later.

Please therefore take the time to make sure that you’re absolutely confident in playing through these pieces reliably, including any tempo changes, repeats and so on.  We’ll stay on the case on each night until we’ve got these tunes to a good standard, so decent preparation will give us an easier time and let us get away before midnight !

The tunes below represent just 24 mins playing time – we need to be at ~40 mins.  We have a few tunes part-baked (Waltzing Matilda, Don’t Cry alone, Simon Smith) which will help to close the gap, but we’ll still be reliant upon some fillers (I’ll do a short piano slot to mark the purchase of the new PP Piano, and David and Matt have offered to help out with a duet etc.).

We can look forward to some intensive work on the run up to March 23rd.

Please let me know asap if you anticipate any problems with attending Monday nights on the run-up.  We don’t have any spare, so if we’re short handed we’ll have to make alternative arrangements.

Cheers Jem


For this coming Monday (15th Feb) our tunes will be … 

Cool Saints

Java Jive

Putting on the Ritz

Three Manx Dances


For the following Monday (22nd Feb) we’ll run with …

Doin’ the Voom Voom


Lone Arranger

The Long and Winding Road


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