Not sure where this year has gone. September is already over, the summer is as good as over and the nights are drawing in. Not long till Christmas.
The last week of September was another busy one for us.
On Wednesday we headed over to Staffordshire to The Swan in Stone. Always a fun gig, the crowd is different to a weekend gig as people are looking for a quiet drink and a bit of fun to cheer them up mid-week, rather than the full blow out that occurs on a Friday or Saturday. Well, they weren’t going to get a quiet drink with us around. A lovely pair of couples surprised us with their generosity before the gig. While we were setting up, they got up to leave for the curry house. “Bring us something back!” we joked. And they did. There’s nothing better than starting a gig full of garlic naan. Wonderful. Sadly, the gig was marred by WeeMann’s lack of co-ordination when he later jumped and smashed a glass lampshade with his bass. He was brushing glass out of his hair for the next two songs.
All in all, success!!!
Friday saw our return to the Hen & Chickens in Bridgnorth. We were very pleased to see fellow muso Nikki Rous dancing and throwing ducks this evening. Generally it’s difficult as a musician to see other bands as you all play at the same times on the same days, so we appreciate her company when there were probably real bands on elsewhere.
On Saturday we had been invited to play for a 50th birthday party. We had a proper stage and everything and the guests were in posh clothes, rather than the torn jeans and tee-shirts we normally see at our gigs. Everyone got into the duck throwing with enthusiasm and gusto, but we have to say that Molloy’s in Bury still holds the record as the only venue in the country where all the soft toys have been dislodged during our Madness number.
This week we’re heading back to Ironbridge’s famous Malthouse on Friday then to The Bridge in Trench on Saturday for our first gig there. They only have one gig per month, so it seems an eternity since we booked it, let’s hope it works well. On Sunday afternoon we’re off to Stone for the Food & Drink Festival. We’ve got a short set from 2:30 before our friends The Formula show us how to play real songs. Then we’re going to get drunk and buy food that we wouldn’t normally buy, just so that it can sit at the back of the fridge until we discover it in 6 month’s time, mouldy and unrecognisable.
Or is that just me?
In other news, Clatter decided to start growing a beard, as he thinks it makes him look suave and intelligent. We’ll let you decide from these before and after photos, but we think it’ll take a little more work: