The Corn Barn, Cullompton
A bit of warm, dry weather and sunshine is welcome any time of year - but in this “new normal”, particularly for a wedding band at the moment, dry weather means everything… if we want people to be able to enjoy a dance!
That was the story of the day when we performed at Kayleigh and Joe’s gorgeous wedding recently, setting up outside under a gazebo to allow guests the chance to have a bit of a knees-up in the fresh air, such are restrictions at the moment.
Although we’re a pretty well-travelled Devon wedding band, this was our first time performing at The Corn Barn - and we certainly hope it won’t be our last! The beautifully rustic venue nestled in the glorious Devon countryside just outside Cullompton makes the perfect backdrop to a wedding - and made the perfect setting for just our second gig back as a full band, following the lifting of restrictions in recent months.
We’d waited such a long time to be able to get back to it, and this beautiful occasion certainly went a long way to making up for lost time.
We kicked off the day with our frontman David performing an afternoon acoustic set for an hour, while the full band set up under a gazebo outside (a first for us), kicking off the first set at 8pm. We began with the first dance, a stripped-back version of The Courteeners’ Not Nineteen Forever which crescendoed into an energetic, full-band rendition, with everyone then joining the newlyweds on the makeshift patio/gravel dancefloor.
Thankfully, although the forecast threatened otherwise, the weather was on our side throughout the evening - although guests had to certainly keep their wits about them after a couple of drinks (dancefloors aren’t made from gravel for a reason!).
Our standard wedding repertoire, made up of pop and rock classics through the ages, went down a storm as always, while we were also asked to add a variety of specially-requested covers for the live performance: Will We Talk by Sam Fender, Monkey Man by The Specials and Naive by The Kooks had everyone singing and dancing along; some great selections by the happy couple!
Now we’ve got a taste of it again, we’re so looking forward to restrictions easing even further and getting back into the swing of performing. Massive kudos and thanks to the venue staff for being so helpful, understanding and accommodating in the current climate, and also of course to the bride and groom, Kayleigh and Joe - or Mr and Mrs Day as they are now known. We’re so pleased you chose us to be the entertainment for your big day, and we wish you both all the very best for the future!