Boatband at Beehive

Listening to a band!

Today we actually got out to see the Boatband. They are a cajun band based in Stoke-on-Trent. They have played in Glastonbury and many laces around the UK.

Today they were playing outside the Beehive pub on Honeywall, Stoke-on-Trent. They played cheerful cajun and calypso music today. They tried to make a warm atmosphere out of a cold day. The pub landlady came out and gave us blankets to wrap round us! We stayed for a couple of hours with masks on except to drink and socially distanced. But it was great to see people I hadn’t seen for a year! Scary but good.

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Dog drawing 2014

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Woof!

I drew him in 2014. It’s in amongst some drawings of the Boatband that I did in 2014. But this cheered me up, I think he was howling along with the music as dogs sometimes do. We had a great time as usual. I’ve even found a picture of someone playing a double bass, not something that occurs very often.

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I can’t imagine anyone wanting to bring this into a crowded pub very often. I think I’ve got the proportions wrong!

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Boat Band live!

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I went out for a walk today up our steep hill and then called into the local pub to see our friends in the Boatband who were playing outside in the beer garden. We stayed to listen to the music, it was the first time we had been there since March. Everything was socially distanced with a one way system in the pub so you could use the facilities. The music was cajun. You can find them on YouTube. We had an excellent socially distanced afternoon although I drank far to much gin and tonic! (it’s taken me three goes to type something coherent here).

 

Mystery Music

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Where would the mystery play be without the music. This year as always provided by the brilliant Boatband and Clay Chorus choir.

I don’t want to give away the music or plot too much. But the singing covers dramatic action in the play. I know Clay have been learning the songs for a couple of months now and there are some poignant pieces to illustrate the conditions in the first half of the nineteenth century. We don’t realise just how much things have improved for both adults and children.

I think the audience are in for a treat this year if we all keep our cool and get it right.

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