Some things we'd like to share

An idea for your champagne reception.

This is a blog post from my wife Sandie’s web page.

She’s a wedding celebrant and a Hicksville Fan ūüôā

“Had my first meeting this weekend with a lovely couple from London who are getting married this year at¬†¬† which is close to my home. I don‚Äôt generally meet a couple before their wedding other than on Skype ¬†but if possible and ¬†it gives me an excuse to make a trip to the lovely city of Bordeaux ¬†I‚Äôm happy to oblige.

During our meeting we discussed the ceremony and Ben and Lisa had lots of creative ideas. Their French/American alliance is going to make a colourful wedding with nearly 200 guests! And not unusually this couple looked to me for ideas about music for the ceremony and champagne reception.

I just wanted to share this with my readers because your music is of key importance.

My husband is the singer, guitarist and manager of a wedding band here in France.

They literally perform the music for 60/70 weddings a year. I’m not objective , of course, but they are the best band in the area ( maybe in France!)  and quite apart from wanting to  promote them,  I want to share a small tip .

Through George’s experience and my listening to his interminable  practice I have come to learn a great deal about this important consideration for a successful wedding.

I won’t disclose all the tricks of our trade but here is a video of an idea for the champagne reception.

p.s. The other guitarist is our eldest son Thomas Smith whose website is not up yet but you can listen to some ¬†audio ¬†tracks ¬†on this link.”


Decided to bite the bullet and re-vamp our Web-site.!!

Being one of the few English Bands in our area of South West France we have enjoyed many years of non-stop work without much competition but………………………… “the times are a changin’ “

Nowadays the “social media” industry is being exploited by a host of bands who may not be that good “live”¬†but who make themselves look very good “on line” !!

It’s difficult to chose a band ¬†when one hasn’t heard them play live and slick, studio recordings and seductive videos always tell a smokey, unreal story about a live performance.

Testimonials and recommendations are the surest way to chose but we’ve decided to give our web-presence a FACE LIFT!

First off we got a very reasonable quote from the best digital workshop and web designers we’ve come¬†

We told them what we want to achieve and within a couple of days they’d sent us brilliant wireframe of how our site could look.

They were very clear, concise and easy to work with and we knew we were in good hands.

We booked two days at a fantastic new concert music venue which is not far from where I (George) live and the musicians agreed to donate two days of hard work to the project.

Day 1

Photoshoot, video-shoot , rehearsal and live recordings¬† ( there’s a very brilliant recording studio at the venue!!)

It was all filmed by Adam Penny and Jeff Ross    

Day 2


……more videos photos ending in a public concert.

All the members of the band have been working as professional musicians here in France for the past 20 years!

George Smith is English and leads the band with rhythm guitar and vocals. He’s been in France for 25 yrs and you’d be hard pushed to meet someone in Aquitaine who hasn’t been to one of his gigs.

Thomas Smith is half French/half English and, needless to say, is George’s son. He’s a wicked rocky lead guitarist and has a brilliant singing voice.

Florent Thiers

is French, speaks perfect English and is a gypsy/jazz guitarist. He’s also a very skilled luthier and keeps our gear in wonderful nick. He also plays bass in the rock band.

Bimbo Acock is a very well known English multi-instrumentalist who literally plays at least 7/8 instruments, including piano, saxophone soprano/alto etc. flute, clarinette, pennywhistle, guitar, banjo etc.

The band is only as good as their drummer and Leon Schelstraete is brilliant :)))

He also runs a Caron School in Bordeaux

Sebastien Francelin who is also from Bordeaux is a brilliant lead electric guitarist.