Another busy weekend last week. On Friday we headed back up to Bury and Molloy’s where we’ve had a couple of successful gigs. We had a message before travelling asking if we minded starting a little later as there was an England match on. It turned out to work well for us as the weather and traffic were horrendous, so it took a while to get there, plus it meant that the pub was full by the time we started. Normally it starts quiet and only really starts getting busy later in the evening, but this time we were able to hold them from the start. We’re back here on 1st November, but as Paul is working away it’ll be a duo with just Ed and Si performing.
After a tiring journey home and a good night’s sleep we were off to Borth again, to our last gig of the summer season at Brynrodyn Caravan Park. Being the first weekend after the schools started again we weren’t holding out much hope for a great audience, although Lorraine, the owner, explained that this was often a good weekend for those without children to get a last weekend away before the weather turns. As it happens we had a great crowd – maybe not as large as some we have seen here, but easily as enthusiastic.
We had a better sound this time as Den York, who joined us once more, had made some set up changes to the in house PA and his wife, Jood, controlled the sound from out front. It’s not an easy room to get a good sound when it’s not full, but Jood did us proud.
All things being equal, we’ll be back again next summer.
The load out at Bryrodyn is down one of two sets of stairs. Due to the distance involved, Den and Ed moved the gear downstairs while Si and Paul loaded it into the van. This is a technique which works well, except tonight it didn’t run according to plan…
We spent the night at Den & Jood’s before leaving for Sunday’s gig at The Wrekin. We unloaded the van and started to set up before realising that we were a guitar short – Simon’s bass. A call to Den later and it transpired that it was still on the stage at Brynrodyn. The gig was performed using Si’s spare bass (which fortunately was at home, just round the corner), although his wireless unit was on the other bass, so he spent the gig tied behind his mic stand.
The crowd were probably as good as we have had at The Wrekin and joined in with great enthusiasm, ducks flying constantly all afternoon. A great afternoon was marred, however, when Si injured himself during his much anticipated triangle solo. On the second hit he misjudged and badly bruised his knuckle, dropping the triangle and bringing tears to his eyes.
A week later and we were back to The Duke in Oakengates. Den had agreed to bring Si’s bass over and join us for another gig, his first with us in Telford. Normally we set up at the entrance to the pub in order to get right in the faces of the audience, but this time we had to set up on the stage at the rear of the pub. Whilst this gave us more room, it also meant that people would sit at the bar, able to chat and not interacting with us.
Happily, during the first set we were joined by a stag party who were more than happy to join in, most of them joining us on stage at one point or another during the evening.
The stag party left us at the interval, but by this point enough people were in the pub to help us perform. This is the last time Den will be performing with us this year, so we’d just like to take this opportunity to thank him for his services. We hope he’ll help us again next year. Cheers Den!
Next Friday we’re back at The Old Post Office in Shrewsbury. Hope to see you there.