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If you’re looking for a light-hearted, amusing theme to build your wedding reception party or themed anniversary party around, the American Wild West can be a surefire winner. After all the formalities of the earlier part of the day are done and dusted, everybody can finally let their hair down, kick off those Jimmy Choos and really celebrate. Thanks to the movie heritage of the John Wayne era, there’s a readymade treasure-trove of iconic imagery to draw on, easy to replicate, all-inclusive, and above all, great fun.
The decoration of your venue can be as OTT as you like, with flags, bunting, ‘Wanted’ posters and inflatable cactuses liberally displayed and distributed. A mid-evening buffet is easy to keep on-theme and is relatively simple to prepare and serve. Appropriate fancy dress is de rigeur – just don’t forget to tell your guests! Finally, the music – and what could possibly fit the bill better than a good ol’ Country’n’Western Band?
Easy-listening, easy-dancing, all-time American classics
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Guitar, bass and drums lay down the basic framework, with honky-tonk piano, pedal–steel guitar or fiddle adding colour and texture to the heartfelt vocal delivery. From ‘Home On The Range’ through ‘Tennessee Waltz’ to ‘Cotton-Eye Joe’ and ‘Hillbilly Rock’, the standard repertoire of the C’n’W genre is emotive, nostalgic and evocative of a bygone era, yet at the same time modern-sounding, varied in tempo and extremely danceable.
Country music has been a popular style in the UK for a number of years, and is performed with a great deal of respect, verve and passion by its many aficionados. The ‘old school’ of Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and Willie Nelson rub shoulders with female counterparts like Alison Krause, Dolly Parton and kd Laing in the playlist of a typical C’n’W band.
Line-dancing is all-inclusive, easy to do and great fun!
Seize the opportunity for all your guests to really get involved and show off their Wild West costumes with a session of line-dancing. Many C’n’W bands can bring along a specialist dance-instructor to show everyone what to do, and maybe throw in some square-dances for good measure. It’s a great way to get everybody up on the dancefloor, a-hootin’ and a-hollerin’ for all they’re worth!
After an energetic session of organised dancing and a well-earned rest, the band can slow things down a little and dim the lights for a more romantic atmosphere. Waltzes and smoochy ballads will appeal to the more mature couples, interspersed with funkier up-tempo numbers for the younger revellers. Country’n’Western music offers an extensive and wide-ranging repertoire with something for everyone to enjoy, and a skilful band will know from experience how to present their music in an all-round entertaining way.
A Country’n’Western Band is an absolute must for musical entertainment and lots of fun at a Wild West-themed wedding party. From the nostalgic, evocative classics of the genre through to a vigorous hillbilly-style hoedown with line-dancing ‘n’ all, C’n’W music is the ideal soundtrack to entertain your guests, summoning up the iconic cowboy imagery of a vanished America.