Some solo recordings

Did you know you could book Long Player Lee or Long Player Harry as a solo act? Well you can, it’s true. They do a fine line in acoustic sets, the perfect accompaniment to wedding canapes, for example.

Long Players Wedding BandLong Player Lee has just finished up some solo recordings, giving his take on classics by the Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Bill Withers and the like. Head on over to Lee’s website for a listen.   

He has a regular slot at the Whitbarrow Hotel, playing for the diners most Saturday nights.

Long Player Solo

Long Players Wedding BandAs an addition to his wedding band duties, Long Player Lee will be performing at the Whitbarrow Hotel ( between Penrith & Keswick on February 10th & 17th 2016. Doing material from the folksy end of the Long Players spectrum, it’ll just be Lee and his acoustic entertaining the winers and diners. Hopefully this will turn into a regular slot, so a great opportunity to come and get a feel for what the Long Players do. It’s a nice tucked away spot, serving pretty decent eatables and drinkables, so rather than kick your heels on a Wednesday night, come on down.

So long, 2015

Our wedding band highlights

As the year drowns itself, time for a moment to think back about what an excellent year 2015 has been. Herewith some of our personal highlights…

  • Serenading the guests al fresco at Lowther Castle on a sublime Lakeland summer evening
  • Taking in some sea air at Saltburn, before getting everyone moving at the cliff top Spa Hotel
  • Meeting and mingling with huge numbers of happy, lovestruck partying peoples
  • Being treated (and fed) like guests at so many lovely weddings
  • Getting our new recordings done and dusted – check them out here

And on Thursday, we round it all off with a return to the very grand Sharrow Bay Hotel on the shore of Ullswater (assuming it isn’t underwater…)

All in all, 2015 has been a very fine year to be a wedding band. Can’t wait for 2016.

Happy New Year!

Under the stars at Lowther Castle

A Long Players SunsetLast night was our first properly al fresco performance, in the not insignificantly grand surroundings of Lowther Castle near Penrith. It was the first wedding that Lowther Castle has hosted and the lucky couple couldn’t really have asked for a more perfect evening for it.

We were in the main courtyard with our dulcet tones bouncing off the walls to create a very authentic 1950’s slap reverb effect. The dancers made excellent use of the massive space, culminating in the bride & groom processing through an arch of their guests while we serenaded them with Elvis’ classic I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You.

Long Players at Lowther CastleA particularly lovely moment was when the happy couple joined us on stage to sing a version of Leaving on Jet Plane, for which they’d written their own take on the lyrics specially for the event.

Aside from the midges creating some mildly comic synchronised itching during the stops, it was a near perfect evening with a bright moon following a splendid sunset. All a bit sublime.

Return to New House Farm

Spent a great evening entertaining folks at the wedding reception of Nicola & Matt at lovely New House Farm in the heart of the Lake District. It’s our second time there, which is no bad thing, as it’s really quite a stunning spot, surrounded by dramatic hills a stone’s throw from Loweswater.

IMG_20150627_201411616Perhaps the most spacious stage we’ve ever had resulted in all sorts of grooving about from bass player Dan; he got so into it during Brown Sugar, he kicked his glass of water half way across the dance floor.

The 6 ft high ‘Love’ behind the stage was probably the reason the guests brayed for the Beatles All You Need Is Love as a final encore. We’ve never played it before, but if the presence of every guest on the dance floor circling the happy couple and singing along was anything to go by, we didn’t butcher it completely.

Also noteworthy was the fantastic feed we received, courtesy of Lucy’s of Ambleside. A properly delicious spread was laid on for us, of unprecedented quality. Future clients, take note!

All in all, a splendid evening and we look forward to returning to New House Farm again in future.

In the studio

CannonallThe Long Players have spent a very pleasant and productive couple of days making new recordings at Cannonball Studio in Leeds. The studio is an Aladdin’s cave of modern and analogue recording gear, all housed in the top of a converted mill, owned and run by the very talented and companionable Mr George Riley. We recorded 5 of our favourites – Summertime Blues by Eddie Cochran, Yakety-Yak by the Coasters, Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison, Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and the Comets and No Particular Place To Go by Chuck Berry. George is going to mix them over the next few days, after which we will post them here – watch this space…

A tipi in Kirkby Lonsdale

tipiLast night saw us play our second tipi wedding, in the splendid surroundings of the Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Club. The tipi wasn’t a standard affair, with three peaks, two log fires, a well stocked bar and sizeable dancefloor. A very happy time was had by all, so much so that the crowd wouldn’t let us stop, forcing a full five encores out of us. The pleasingly thick wad of £20 notes pressed upon us by a guest as a tip, followed by complementary bacon sarnies and cake, were additional sweeteners to an already very enjoyable night’s work.

Here’s what the happy couple, Richard and Amanda, had to say about our endeavours:

“In short, The Long Players were simply fantastic. They are talented, professional and very easy to deal with. They had the wedding jumping and we have had a number of our guests comment on how good the band was.

The music had a great range and the dance floor was always buzzing with people dancing, which helped to create an incredible atmosphere for our tipi wedding.

We would highly recommend the band to anyone wishing to have a good party or to make their wedding a very special event.”

Well, shucks.