Life’s been a little hectic since Christmas, although we stayed fairly quiet as a band so that we could recover from the last couple of months and get a break from one another.
Our first gig of the year was at The Malthouse to a surprisingly respectable crowd – Paul had been in the night before on a works’ outing and said it had been very quiet, but although it wasn’t full when we played, the crowd wasn’t far off capacity and were in their usual crazy mood.
We followed this with a new venue – Condover Social Club. It seems that an old act prevents the village of having a pub, so they get round this with a social club instead and it was a lovely room with a great crowd.
A birthday party at The Barley in Newport rounded off January before a welcome return to the Oddfellows in Wellington at the start of February. After Sam left The Wrekin, we wondered how a new venue would work out for us. The simple answer is fantastically. Some of the old crowd, some new faces and a large collection of Scooby Doos filled the pub.
Another party followed in Sutton Coldfield. If you read this regularly, you may be aware of Den York, who plays with us on occasion. This was a party for an old mate of his and we are currently in negotiations to play in his pub, so we assume it went well.
The final gig of the year was a return to the Dun Cow in Shrewsbury, not a regular, but certainly a favourite for us to play.
More important than any of this, though, was the band outing to Liverpool in January to visit the Beatles Experience. A whole day devoted to one of our collective favourite bands was a great way of spending a Saturday. One of the exhibits was an interactive computer used for collecting statistical data. Paul decided to have a go and took it very seriously indeed:
It should also be mentioned that Ed took his Unlawful Men folk act out on the road during February, but only because if we don’t, Ed will get grumpy. They played some folk and Paul & Si controlled the sound at some of the gigs. If you want to know any more have a look at the Unlawful Men FB page – we’re here to talk about Lost The Plot, not waste time on them!
Check out our March gigs here and we’ll see you soon.