A few to catch up on, so let’s dive in.
The Old Post Office. Last time we were here our desk broke from the stress, but all was OK this time.
We’ve had bigger crowds here, but fewer more enthusiastic. What made the gig special, however, was Paul’s new flightcase. As you probably know, we bring a lot of peripherals to our gigs and these entail many trips to and from the van. Fortunately our ever-thinking drummer came up with a solution in the shape of a large, wheeled flightcase. After putting everything in it we wheeled the case up the cobbles to the pub door only to discover that it wouldn’t fit through the door, so it spent the evening just outside the pub.
Our next gig was a return visit to The Swan in Stone. We very quickly realised the flightcase wouldn’t make it through the door again, so it stayed in the van while we played. Playing on a Wednesday we normally have smaller audiences than weekend gigs, but we had a full pub this time.
Next up was due to be Shrewsbury’s Brittania Inn, but sadly Ed’s voice was disappearing due to a cold. He’d struggled manfully (?!) through Wednesday’s gig, but this would have been near impossible, particularly as we’d been booked for a wedding the next day and didn’t want to let the happy couple down. In any event, we wouldn’t have managed to get the flightcase in through the door.
So, onto the wedding. This was taking place in the beautiful surroundings of a golf club in Chepstow. The big problem here was the fact that we had to carry everything up a small staircase to the first floor – the flightcase never even made it out of the van. We were joined by Den for this gig, so sounded somewhat musical for a nice change.
We woke the next morning for a drive to Shrewsbury and The Telegraph, with Den in tow for another gig. By this point the flightcase was buried at the back of the van and wasn’t coming out.
A member of the audience threw us a challenge to play an instrumental and the result was captured on video by our friend Shelley – see what you think:
We went on to Harper Adams university next for a staff/ex-student dinner, again upstairs, rendering the flightcase unusable. After an early setup we had a late start, so visited Paul’s second home, Newport’s curry house for some sustenance before returning to perform for a typically drunken university audience.
We then headed back to Wales and another 2 day residency at Rummers, again with added musicality from Den. By this time Paul had accepted the reality that his flightcase experiment had failed and it was unceremoniously dumped at home. Night one of the residency was a great result, the pub being almost deserted until the point we started playing. As usual the pub filled quickly with a great audience, most of whom were excited to learn we’d be back the following evening.
Playing two days on the trot here makes things a lot easier as we don’t have to pack up at the end of the first night, nor set up on the second night, so on Saturday we went for a curry before the gig. All went well until Paul discovered a body part in his drink. No names, no pack drill, but eye don’t think Paul was too happy.
We finished the month off at The Boars Head in Shrewsbury. Having been a busy month, Paul spent a short while checking his eyelids for holes before we started:
You can keep up to date with our upcoming gigs at www.losttheplotband.co.uk/gigs and come back soon to find out how Santa has ruined Christmas for us.
See you soon!