Nov 042012
 

So then, Best Soul / R & B Band in the South West?  Well yes actually :)

Ben contemplates world domination

Ben contemplates alternative uses for the award …

Somehow at this years  South West Music Awards we managed to pull it off for the second year running against fellow nominees Joss Stone and Souled.

Only John the drum wasn’t present at the ceremony but we made enough noise to cover for him.

It was great fun even though it was a week night and we were all on our best behavior, especially the brass section who like to blow their horns off inappropriately.  They had to stand up all night the poor honeys so they must have been too tired to misbehave.  It was great to see a bit more music at the event this year especially the Simmertones who always hit all the right buttons and great to see the Humanitarians get the best EP!  Good work Rich and company!

There are a few more pictures here if you’d like to see us all showing off.

So thats a big thanks to the people who voted us into a nomination and to whoever the judges were, muchos gracias.

Public gigs

As always it’s great to do some public events we can get you guys along to.  This years Devon Dubfest was a real scream and we’d love to do more of the same so get in touch if you’re putting something like that together, we’d love to talk.

Coming up we have:

  1. 10.11.2012 – The Teign Valley Community Hall funraiser – £10 a throw with food.
  2. 24.11.2012 – Our very own Cannon Ball 2012.  Back to the Yellow Room, Hannahs at Seale‐Hayne, Newton Abbot, TQ12 6NQ.  £10 a ticket in support of Dame Hannahs.  It was a real gas last year so we’re very much looking forward to it again this year.  We have scored the fantastic Emma and the Convolutions in support and Seal Hayne are putting on some nosh at £5 a head if you want to eat there.  Tickets are available from any band member or We Got TicketsIf you cant come to anything else come to this one!
  3. 14.12.2012 / 15.12.2012 – Christmas Extravaganza nights at the University of Exeter at £36.95 a ticket including 3 course dinner available from the University events team.
  4. 21.12.2012 – A first for us, the Holly Ball, Torquay.  Tickets available here – sorry sold out.
  5. 6.7.2013 – A return to the Chudleigh Ball.
  6. 9.7.2013 – Very glad to be supporting the Devon Air Ambulance for their 21st birthday party at Darts Farm, Exeter.  We’ll post more details as they become available.

So here’s hoping the rest of the year is good for you all, be seeing you in the not too distant future!

Jan 272012
 

So here we are at the end of January, that slipped on by a little too fast.  Already we have 19 confirmed bookings for 2012 and some interesting looking provisional bookings too.

We still can’t believe what a successful year we had last year with a record number of bookings and a ‘best soul band in the SW’ award!  Of course we’re not strictly a soul band but we don’t care about details like that!  We’re happy to accept the award, the ceremony night was great fun and that’s what it’s all about after all.

Last year was topped off by 3 fantastic nights at the University of Exeter’s  Great Hall and this year started with another University booking at Holland Hall for the campus services staff, who were all well up for a party – it was great fun for everybody I think.  If you were at any of those gigs please accept our heartfelt thanks for being such fun!

The Loose Cannons Band, 'Best soul band in the South West' award.
Jake shows off the award

Once again we’re trying to find some nice public booking for you to come along to.  We have a couple of music weekend / festival bookings lined up.

04/05/2012 (Fri)  Bradninch music weekend
14/07/2012 (Sat) Chudleigh Music Festival

Do come and join us!

As I mentioned there are some unconfirmed things in the pipeline.  We’ll be on at Devon Dubfest again over the weekend of 27/07/2012 to 29/07/2012 but we don’t know which night yet.  Also we are hoping to get to Sidmouth during the folk festival again.  No, I know we’re not a folk band either!

If you’d like to keep up with what we’re doing sign up to our mailing list or come and find us on facebook or twitter.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in 2012, have a fab year!

Oct 262011
 

Once again we’re approaching Cannon Ball time.  In fact it’s on Saturday 19th November 2011.  OK, so actually it’s only the second one but we’re hoping it’s going to become an institution!

Last years Cannon Ball was a great success in spite of the snow and temperatures hitting -13°C.  We’re still amazed that so many of you turned up anyway and we all had a fantastic night.  Of course we’re not offended that many ticket holders didn’t come, we certainly don’t blame you!  Maybe you’d like to come this year?  Our two supported charities  ‘Challenge ahead’ and ‘Christow Acorn Community Support’ benefited from our efforts and your support.

Our charity for this year is Hannahs at Seale-Hayne who provide education, therapy, care and respite for children and young people with profound physical disabilities.  100% of the profit from the evening will go to these guys to continue their work bringing the place back to life.  They are doing an awesome job so far and it’s great to have a chance to muck in with them.  We played at their ‘Summer Duck Ball’ this year and the dance floor was full all night so we’re hoping to attract some of you guys back again!

We’ll be in the newly refurbished Yellow Room at Seale-Hayne, complete with nice stage, full bar, comfy chairs and some great music.  So bring your happy face, your dancing shoes and all your friends and family!

Tickets are priced at £12.50 each or £45 for 4.  They are available from our website (we’re sorry there is an online booking fee, it’s not us!),  Seale Hayne reception (01626 325800) or any band member (with no booking fee!).  Food is included in the price!  You’ll get a burger and chips or jacket potato, cheese and beans.

You can also stay over if you’d like?  Basic single rooms are available at a bargain £20.  Please call the venue direct to arrange these on 01626 325800.

Please do come and support us again this year, it’ll be great to see you all there.

Come and get your tickets here http://www.loose-cannons.co.uk/loose_cannons/the_cannon_ball_2011.php, from Seale-Hayne or any of the guys.

Jul 182011
 

Another first for us this year is playing at a DubFest.  For the uninitiated it’s a meeting of Volkswagon enthusiasts in a field somewhere where all things VW occur along with music and general larking around.

It was also a first for the Devon DubFest team as it was the first one they’d put on.

Sadly we missed Saturday night as we had a previous engagement in deepest darkest Devon but were around for the rest of the time.

Friday was great, my first ever experience of silent disco’s and a silent band – very odd – but it actually worked ok.  It’s really weird hearing the interaction of the crowd with the band – take your headphones off and it’s just the crowd singing along with the band you can see but can’t hear!  If I was honest I’d say that I would have preferred a traditionally amplified band, but I know that the restrictions placed on the organisers by the venue and council prevented this.   The silent option was a whole lot better than nothing!

We played on Sunday afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  Thank you again to the crowd, small but friendly and vocal!  Our hour went by all too fast so we’d be up for a longer set next time!  Thanks to kind facebook/forum comments below.

The whole atmosphere was very relaxed and as usual at this kind of affair the campers were friendly and fun to be around.

So once again a big thumbs up from us.  The same again but at a venue that allows us to be a bit more noisy next year please!

A big shout out to Zoe and the DevonDubFest team for a fantastic job in the face of adversity – onwards and upwards guys!!!

baydreamer from Exeteraircooled said:

Excellent entertainment – Loose Cannons were spectacular and Scooby Doo on the saxophone made two little people’s day! (The children were quite impressed too).

goody gumdrops also from Exeteraircooled said:

… As for the Loose Cannons. ….Full marks for getting the likes of them on board. Brilliant.

DevonDubFest facebook comments

by gnats chaffey

May 012011
 

Just got back from a great weekend at the first ever Maypole beer and music festival at Thurloxton.

So a big thanks to James and Jo for sorting that one out and making us so very welcome, and to Benni Jamin and Jamie for providing their usual high standard of sound & light for us (and the rest of the bands too!) .  But you guys in the crowd were the best!! Thank you especially!!  We love it when people are up for a party.

The standard of music was also really good, some cracking bands and musicians there.  I particularly enjoyed The Man from F.U.N.K.L.E, Groove-a-licious, Hannah Partridge (who also did a song with us on Saturday night), Junk Star Kids and The Fos Brothers.  Thats not to diss the other acts who were on, I didn’t see a duff show all weekend.

AND IT DIDN’T RAIN even though there were storms just up the road in Exeter and a mighty fine time was had by all although there may be some cider commandos who can’t remember too much.

So that’s a big thumbs up from us, long live the Maypole beer and music festival!