Vinyls September Update 01 September 2014 The-Vinyls Band Posts This summer promised to be the hottest on record and didn’t disappoint. We’ve shed the pounds, jumping around in 3 piece suits in tropical conditions over the last few months (some of us anyway).Playing in a marquee in the middle of a field at Lindertis Farm, Kirriemuir taught my hayfever that it could overpower any antihistamine if it made the effort. And at Wedderburn Castle, Duns the instructions from the newlyweds were to get the first dance over with a.s.a.p. so that everyone could go outside for air. We shouldn’t complain though because the prospect of bad weather disrupting travel and ruining photos will soon follow.I don’t know whether it’s the influence of the summer music festivals or the ‘I could do better than that’ response to X Factor but we’ve been asked more than ever this summer to allow people to sing first dances. Bring it on I say - less work for the band! Sherbrook Castle, Pollokshields: ok, we cheated and let the bride’s friend sing the 1st dance using her own backing track, but the others we learned. Ghillie Dhu, Edinburgh: the bride’s dad sang Hello Marylou, Goodbye Heart by Ricky Nelson then stayed up for Let Your Love Flow, Bellamy Brothers. Shieldhill Castle, Biggar: the groom’s dad sang Jon Allen, In Your Light. Next thing, Gailes Hotel, Irvine we’re playing the Baywatch theme to celebrate the marriage of lifeguards (ok, fair enough, we cheated on that and used someone’s ipod) but at Garfield House, Stepps, we learned Heaven Help My Heart by Tina Arena (taking it down a semitone to F# !) for the bride to sing and we let the groom sing Teenage Kicks by The Undertones. That’s going the extra mile, I tell you. Come to think of it, maybe we’re not so good after all if so many people want to hear themselves or their friends sing.....We did get round to learning a few trickier first dances though: As by Stevie Wonder at Crowne Plaza, Glasgow; This Guy’s in Love with You (Noel Gallagher does Burt Bacharach) at Balbirnie House, Glenrothes; My Favourite Girl by King Creosote at Western House, Ayr. Hopefully we’ll play some of these tunes again. We spent ages perfecting Let’s Dance by David Bowie a few years ago for a first dance and we’ve never played it since.Other highlights of the summer were Glasshouse at Eskmills, Musselburgh: a 40th birthday party and undoubtedly the best fancy dress party we’ve ever attended. A bunch of clubbers who loved their 90s dance music and had clearly gone outwith Musselburgh to get their stage-costume-quality outfits. We even persuaded our (reserved) bass player to decide whether Princess Lea had a better costume than Pocahontas and present the award. And Mar Hall, Bishopton: folk from Uist who asked for Strip the Willow (two or three times) and had one of their own (a famous Gaelic TV star) sing unaccompanied. Anyway, whatever the temperature, bang out a good range of old and new tunes and everyone’s happy. Thanks to everyone we’ve partied with this summer.