The last couple of weeks have been hectic.
The start of December saw our return to The Telegraph in Castlefields, Shrewsbury. This was a Sunday Afternoon gig and we didn’t really know what to expect – our previous visit had been tied in to a retirement party and the pub is quite large, so a crowd of 20, which may look great in a small pub, would look tiny in here. As we soon found out, the pub gets quite busy on a Sunday afternoon and we had a great time. It ended in spectacular fashion too, as Landlord Alan treated us to a curry afterwards (more of which later).
Last weekend was a biggie. During the week, Edcase played on Wednesday with Weezel Diesel and WeeMann played on Thursday with Fat Fighters. On Friday we got together with our good friends Rich Evans and Si Carswell to perform a special gig at the Harper Adams University Xmas Ball. The set was made up from songs that Rich plays solo and with Weezel Diesel as well as a few Plot standards. The party was a big one (approx. 1800 tickets sold) although we’d guess at about 800 – 1000 in the marquee where we played. We’d only managed 3 rehearsals and weren’t expecting this to be earth shattering, but we had the crowd bouncing from the first notes until we left the stage, with them still shouting for more.
On Saturday we drove down to Aberystwyth to return to the scene of Clatter’s accident, Scholars. The gig went pretty much as expected, but what amused us most was the gentleman who entered the pub with a paper under his arm. After getting a pint he proceeded to sit down at the table right in front of us and read, completely oblivious to the maelstrom around him. When we tried to engage him, all we got were angry scowls. A pub with many empty tables round the other side of the bar and upstairs, and he chooses to sit right in front of us… There’s nothing so queer as folk!
The trip home on Sunday took us to The Wrekin. This was possibly our best gig here to date. The audience were warm and receptive and silliness prevailed. not only this, but on the day that Sir Patrick Moore passed away, a generous fan brought us a Space Duck – a rubber duck dressed for a moon landing. We dedicated Whole Of The Moon to Moore and Space Duck took centre stage on Edcase’s monitor.
This week we’re off to Moreton to play at the Music Club Millenium Hall on Friday, before our third gig at The Talbot in St. Georges on Saturday and a fantastic end to the weekend on Sunday.
Going back to the talk of curry, whilst at the Cafe Saffron with Alan after our Telegraph gig, the waiter asked Alan if he knew of any bands he could recommend. “These guys are a great band” he said, waving his hand round the table. As a result, we have been asked to play for the opening of their new restaurant within the Admiral Duncan pub in Baschurch.
What could be better? Beer, curry and great music.
Then we’ll turn the jukebox off and start playing.