Welcome July! We’ve been waiting for you! Sunshine, BBQ’s and sangria, well not quite, but at least its a bit warmer. Today it’s Friday, and we’re pleased as we’re back in the UK after coming back from Turkey on Wednesday. We had an excellent show in the Coral Theater, onboard the Jewel of The Seas, you can read all about it here.
Today, we’re not far from Zoots HQ, 12 minutes in fact, to get to The Marriott Hotel in Swindon, where we’re performing for Geoff & Gina Beale, at the end of the year party for the Rotary Club of Swindon Phoenix. Gina got in touch way back in February 2015 after seeing us perform at Natalie Gill’s birthday party, to see if we’d be available. Natalie saw us when we played at Jess & James’ wedding in 2014. Look how nice they both looked.
When James’ best friend’s (Elliott) sister (Charlotte) got married to Ian, we performed for them too! Read about Charlotte & Ian’s wedding here. We’ve enjoyed some nice dinners and coffees with these lovely lot and have really enjoyed getting to know them all over the years. Jess & James now have little (adorable) baby Logan who we we enjoy seeing when we can. We’re also really looking forward to playing at James’ (Jess’ husband) and Juliet’s (Jess’ mum’s) birthday party in October! We’re also performing for Elliott (James’ best friend) & Jo’s (Elliott’s wife and Natalie’s sister) next year for their 30th birthday! And breathe! (Maybe a diagram would have helped)! 😀
Anyway, back to February 2015! Gina and Geoff knew we got booked up quickly so wanted to firm up a date with us as soon as she could.
Hello present day! We arrived early at the Marriott, to set up and soundcheck. Fortunately, having performed at the Marriott Hotel before for Natalie, we knew where to load in and set up. We were looking forward to this evening as we knew we’d be seeing some familiar faces.
Then it was upstairs to get changed ready for dinner. Geoff & Gina had really kindly arranged for us to have dinner with the guests in the main room downstairs, we couldn’t believe it! The food was so delicious and we felt great after having such an amazing meal. We really can’t thank Gina & Geoff enough for their kind hospitality and for making us so welcome.
We had a quick warm up, upstairs before heading down to begin our first set. Geoff & Gina had chosen lots of really awesome songs from our repertoire for us to perform.
The limbo was perhaps the highlight of the evening:
Before we knew it, it was over and time for us to go home! Here we are with Elliott. We are playing at Elliot’s and party next year in August.
Here we are with Geoff:
Thank you again to Geoff & Gina for booking The Zoots to perform for them. Thank you again for the kind hospitality. And thank you to all the staff at the Marriott for being great.
Lots of Love,
“Dear Jamie and Harriet, thanks to you and the band for a fantastic time on Friday, everyone really enjoyed it.” Gina Beale