Getting booked to perform at Cahoots for the first time can be likened to ordering one of their exquisitely unusual cocktails: an unknown quantity, both exhilarating and nerve-wracking in equal measure. What if I don't like it? What if it doesn't like me? Do they REALLY use an Oxo cube as an ingredient?
In the land of vocal harmonising, nothing really compares to being booked by an 'It' venue, and that's what Cahoots is. Imagine, if you will, that the coolest kid in school is throwing a party. And you're not just invited, but you've been especially asked to come, and maybe there's a stage where you can throw all manner of shapes...and the crowd goes wild for it. Or something like that. In other words, it's REALLY awesome.
Ok, as far as metaphors go these are pretty tenuous, but you get the idea. We three Sisters were asked to perform on Thursday 21st May, with 2 half-hour sets covering a range of our material. Only a third of the group had actually visited the venue before the day - the path to Victory is pretty busy at the moment. Liz, our flame-haired siren, had popped down with Marc, our resident Victory Mister (when we have a 'Bing'-a-long, he leads the crooning) to celebrate Cahoots' opening back in April, and had barely stopped raving about their time there since.
On the day of our performance we trotted into town to have a sound check, left all manner of spangly and khaki outfits in the coat-check, and duly trotted back home to pin-curl and eyeliner our way to readiness. Beyoncé may have 'woken up like this', but we'll let you into a little Sister secret - it takes a fair old while to create our show-ready selves! Luckily one of us is always on hand to make copious cups of tea - Lady Grey for Marcia, Green for Karen and, of course, Yorkshire for Liz (her hometown is, after all, Huddersfield). Primped and preened, at last we were ready to perform. Now just to head back into town, and shimmy into our be-sequinned gowns for our first set.
Our first 30-minutes of sultry jazz numbers flew past in a blur of doo-wops, and soon we were slipping into something a little more comfortable...our uniforms. Created by Liz, our uniforms are our iconic 'Andrews Sisters' look, and as such we performed another 30-minutes full of up-tempo favourites, such as 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy' and 'Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree'. As our set drew to a close, with the classic 'Sing Sing Sing', we beamed with joy to see the audience up out of their seats and dancing along to our harmonies. Shouts of 'More! MORE!' followed, and, assuming they were in response to our music, and not the delicious cocktails (although it quite easily could have been either), we gave them another round of 'Bugle Boy' to end our set.
What happened next remains a bit of a blur, thanks to the enormous amount of adrenaline coursing through our veins, which was then muddled with Cahoots' home brew, and a sampling of their aforementioned delightful cocktails. We remember smiling. We remember drinking. We remember shouting jubilantly to each other "We just played at Cahoots!!". In short, we remember having a ruddy good time, and fortunately, due to modern technology, we can keep the evidence of this wonderful evening forever close to our hearts.
Thank you, Cahoots, for having us, listening to us, and making us feel like the cool kids.
We sure hope to see you again soon.
The Victory Sisters
Watch our highlights video from this night here.