Well, that just about wraps it up for 2012. Our final two gigs were on Thursday at The Crown in Oakengates and Saturday at The Green Man in Milwich, our first visit to Staffordshire.
The Crown doubled as a leaving party for our friend, Chris Payne, who is moving to Abu Dhabi in the new year. As usual, the crowd were great, getting into our brand of humour from the get go. Ed made several references to his new rubber chicken (or Cock, as it has been christened). Cue endless jokes about squeezing/holding/waving/stroking/treading on* Ed’s Cock. The fun never starts!
*delete as applicable.
Of vital importance to the band was the addition of a new ale into the pub’s repertoire – Arkwright’s Tarquin F’Tang F’Tang Ole Biscuitbarrel. On name alone we had to try it and, as should be expected in The Crown, we weren’t disappointed. A lovely English Pale ale, we had to try a couple, just to make sure it did taste as good as we first thought. It did.
The only sad part of the evening was the fact that Chris, unfortunately, had a dodgy pint which made him rather ill. He can’t remember if it was the 14th or 15th.
On Saturday we braved floods to travel to Milwich in Staffordshire for our final gig of 2012 at The Green Man. We walked in to find a very small, old fashioned pub and spent 5 minutes nursing a pint of Doom Bar whilst figuring out how we would fit without preventing people getting into the pub. We worked it out and were soon kicking into Road To Nowhere. People came in from the other bar after eating and, about 4 or 5 songs in, a large group of people arrived.
“What happened?” asked Ed, “Did a coach break down outside?” Chatting to a couple of people in the interval it turned out he wasn’t far from the truth – a coach trip had become a pub crawl – these people would soon be leaving. Or so they thought. As the second set developed they stayed, stunned at what they saw, wondering whether it would get any more sensible…
This audience was probably a microcosm of the audience Lost The Plot aim to please – we had people from 19 to 90 watching and, without exception, getting into everything we did. WeeMann picked out the person who would catch our drowned dog during Irish Rover, a young lad in with his mates. Unfortunately he missed and hit a frail, if feisty, 90 year old lady perched next to him on a bar stool, nearly knocking her to the floor. Fortunately she took it in good humour.
We couldn’t have asked or hoped for a better way to end the year than this gig and we’ll certainly be returning.
So with those two gigs Lost The Plot is finished for 2012. We’re going to have a rest over the Xmas period and come back refreshed in the new year. We start 2013 the way we finished 2012 – with a party! In fact, we’ve been asked to perform for The Malthouse’s staff Xmas party. Our first public gig is on Fri 11th at The Old Post Office in Shrewsbury followed by a return to Oakengates on the 18th at The Duke and The Malthouse on the 25th.
On the 26th we’re off up to Coton, just outside Whitchurch, to visit The Dog & Bull for the first time and we finish off January with our next gig at The Wrekin in Wellington.
You can keep an eye on our gigs at http://www.losttheplotband.co.uk/gigs/ and you can explore the site and find out more about the band.
The rest of 2013 is looking fairly busy, with over 40 gigs already in the diary, so you needn’t miss out on your dose of silly next year. February sees the first anniversary of the formation of the band and we have a special event planned, so keep your eye on our website for more details as we get closer
We’d just like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who’s come to see us this year, from people who have returned on several occasions (fools!) to those who have stumbled in unaware of what was going on (Newspaper Man in Aberyswyth). We’ve really enjoyed our first year as a band, from the highs to the lows, everything has given us a laugh and that couldn’t happen without you, the audience.
If you like us, please share the link to our blog across Facebook, Twitter or any other website you’ve got access to, tell people about us, drag people along to see us and generally spread the word. That word being ‘Stupid!’
We love you all,
Ed, Paul & Si.