We played two new venues this week. Friday we were at The Coracle in Shrewsbury. For the most part the crowd were warm and welcoming, although there were two or three people who didn’t seem to get it and sat with steely glares, wondering what was going on around them. No matter, we were having fun and the rest were coming along for the ride. The duck throwing was relatively tame tonight, although this could be a good thing as our collection is getting extremely depleted at the moment! we had fun here and it looks like we’ll be back in the New year – keep an eye on www.LostThePlotBand.co.uk/gigs/ for more news.
The evening ended with silliness after the pub had cleared out. Clatter went off to chat with the Landlord and relieve him of some cash but seemed to be taking a while. Edcase and WeeMann decided to go outside and wait in the van and, as is often the case, start driving off with the idea of winding Clatter up. As he was still chatting in the other bar he was completely unaware of this, so the lads parked the van opposite the front door before going back in to the bar and waiting. When he finally re-emerged we all walked out the front door, Clatter in the lead walking straight past his van to go to where he had last seen it at the back of the pub… The panic on his face as he saw it had gone was a picture, made even funnier when he saw where it was actually parked.
On Saturday morning we headed off to Borth again, this time to perform two sets at the Victoria Inn. The first was an afternoon set in the beer garden backing onto the beach, due to start at 3:00PM. Unfortunately we hit several traffic jams and didn’t arrive there until after 3:00, but this was no problem. We actually set up on the balcony overlooking the beer garden and beach and were joined by Den York, a friend of ours who lives locally and can play pretty much any instrument you throw at him. For both sets Den added electric guitar and played a blinder, barely dropping a note despite not knowing what song was coming next, let alone what key it would be in.
The afternoon set was a stripped back (i.e. no hats, toys, ducks, etc), laid back affair made all the better by an extremely receptive audience including Jim, a Liverpudlian musician/comedian who, it was decided, was a dead spit of WeeMann and who added some good natured heckling, pointing out that Video Killed The Radio Star was a seventies release, not an eighties one as we regularly announce. Pedant!
After finishing a couple of sets on the balcony, we started to move the gear inside in time for the evening session, at which point the heavens opened and it didn’t stop raining again until we finished loading the van at the end of the evening. Another great set and another great audience and we’ll be back again at the end of August.
We stayed at Den’s overnight, drinking into the wee small hours. As a result, Clatter was in a less than jolly mood on Sunday for the journey home. We stopped at a cafe in Machynlleth where we had a great breakfast, but even this didn’t cheer him up. We did a great job of making him even grumpier by suggesting that the reason he felt rough was the fact that he was lacking part 10. Right until the end of the journey he couldn’t figure out what we were talking about:
The weekend ended with another round of Band Buckaroo, this time with WeeMann winning with this simple, yet effective display. The skill here was to avoid waking Clatter up by spilling any of the opened can of drink:
We’ve got a couple of weeks off now as we enter holiday season, so our next gigs are the 9th, 10th and 11th of August. On the Friday we’re straight back down to Borth to play at the Brynrodyn Caravan Park again, before heading to Wem for our fist visit to the Lower Lacon Caravan Park on the Saturday and finally to Old Faithful, The Telegraph in Shrewsbury on Sunday afternoon.
We’ve then got another 2 week break before we head south to the Great Dorset Steam Fair. We’re really looking forward to this – approx 20 000 visitors over 5 days and we have 3 sets – Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. If you’re interested in coming along, order tickets at www.gdsf.co.uk.