"Pandemonium" 2012

 

Private 50th Party - Fetcham - June 30th

Amazingly this gig was booked because the host and hostess saw us play in Lydford when Jo was there. They parked at the pub to visit the gorge and felt obliged to have a drink, as they were using the car park. Needless to say they bumped into Jo, and the family, and recognised them from Oakfield School. Jo invited them back the next day when we were playing. They had been looking for an occasion to book us ever since. This was the hostess's 50th birthday party.

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Celia Cross Greyhound Day - Clandon - July 1st

It was lovely to be invited back to this Fun Day at Celia Cross as we were already booked last year when the organisers called us. Despite the odd shower we were all dry under our new gazebo and enjoyed performing for both owners and dogs alike. We received many favourable comments about our performance and Barney had his portrait taken.

 

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Leatherhead Church Fund Raiser - Bookham - July 8th

Ellie's Nan invited us to play for her church's fund raiser in Bookham. It was a black tie event which we were very privileged to perform for. Despite the recent awful weather we were very lucky to have a sunny start to the evening and the audience were so appreciative. They even made a request for us to play "Soul Limbo" and the Aunt of the drummer, Will Champion, from Coldplay was there too so she loved "Clocks" !!

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Olympic Torch Relay - Dorking - July 20th

Having turned down playing for Guildford we had a great site performing on a stage (after much fuss from me - "My children will see the torch!!") on the grass area outside Dorking Sports Centre. This was a great site as the torch was handed over right in front of us. Although it rained for ten minutes it stopped in time for the torch and we were able to play "I Can See Clearly Now the Rain has Gone" after it had gone by.

"Pandemonium" also played their debut of Gotye's "Somebody I Used to Know"

 

 

 

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Caribbean Evening - Effingham - July 26th

Lyn, in one of my adult groups, organised a Caribbean Evening to raise money for our Relay for Life team. She runs Line Dancing classes so it was great to see them dancing as we played. The food was great and the atmosphere was brilliant.

Thanks to a really fun evening Lyn donated 415 to push our total for Relay over 3,000.

 

 

 

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Olympic Cycle Race - Leatherhead - July 28th

This was a lovely occasion, a great atmosphere and cause for celebration. We were so lucky to be a part of it and being described as Olympic Performers was a nice touch !! We even made it into the official publicity programme and also the Leatherhead Advertiser.

Fortunately we even got a good view of the race after we had played and saw the finishing stages on the big screen in Red House Gardens.

 

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Private Party - Bookham  - August 4th

We were invited to play for a 60th birthday party in Bookham and despite all the recent bad weather it was fine whilst we played.

The guests thoroughly enjoyed having a go at playing and we also had an enquiry about playing for a Wedding.

 

 

 

 

 

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Beavers' Bazzazz - Cranleigh Showground - September 29th

As the band booked by the Beavers' was unable to do the event we were asked to take their place. It was a slightly chilly but sunny day and the Bass pans became slightly hot and slightly out of tune. We thought that as there was no threat of rain it would be fine without the gazebo. It just goes to show how senstive they are. However, despite this, several people came up to us and said how good the band was and how much they had enjoyed listening to them play.

It was the first time the group played "We are Family".

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Sky TV Filming - Bagshot - November 2nd

I had a message on the answer machine asking if we would like to do some filming for Sky TV Thursday night, so the very next day we were set up in a back garden in Bagshot being filmed for a programme airing on Sky Living in January 2013 called "Sing Date".

One of the 3 ladies who could be chosen to go on a date with "the man" had played Steel Pans in her past and therefore we taught her a small section of "SOS" by Abba on the Guitar pans and they filmed this as well as the group playing "Stand by Me", "Clocks" and "I Can See Clearly Now".

It was extremely cold, but an interesting experience and we look forward to seeing the results in the New Year.

 

 

This is a the clip from the final edit.

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Rett UK Family Day - Children's Trust - Tadworth - November 10th

Another organisation let down by their entertainment was rescued by "Pandemonium" who played once for the children at the Rett UK Family Day, so they could experience the pans at close quarters, and then again later for a proper performance in the Main Hall.

One or two of the children came over to see the pans and a couple of parents learned the backing part to "In the Jungle".

All in all it was a successful peformance which one young lady in particular was very excited by. Her parents had been looking for a Steel Band to play for her 18th birthday.

 

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Community Entertains Show - Bookham - December 14th and 15th

Pandemonium played during the interval and they also performed the "William Tell Overture" as part of the show.

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