The much anticipated Non-Festive International Xmas Tour is upon us.  We kick off with our return to Bridgnorth’s Bell & Talbot on Saturday.  We’ve enjoyed the last couple of gigs here and are looking forward to another success with some new songs, hats and soft toys added since our last visit in September, since which we have toured Wales and Scotland, returning a stronger, leaner and more hungover fighting unit.

The following weekend includes our first visit to Wem USC on Fri 30th and a Sunday return to the Telegraph in Shrewsbury.

The following week we’ll be backing our good friend, Rich Evans, at Harper Adams.  The band will also include Sir Simon Prattle on keyboards.  This will be the first time this line up has played since the early summer of 2011, the gig which spawned Lost The Plot and led to all this silliness.

Looking forward to seeing you all during the Christmas period!

Merry Xmas!

Merry Xmas!

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A Weekend Off

November 15, 2012

This week we’re having a weekend off to recharge our batteries before the Non-Festive International Xmas Tour 2012 kicks off on the 24th at Bridgnorth’s Bell & Talbot.

This will be followed with gigs at Wem USC, The Telegraph in Shrewsbury, The Scholars, Aberystywth, The Wrekin Inn, Wellington, The Music Club, Moreton, The Talbot Inn, St. Georges, The Crown Oakengates and The Greenman in Milwich, Staffs.

In amongst all this we’ll be heading to Harper Adams for a gig backing our good friend, Rich Evans, of Tap The Keg & Weezel Diesel.  As with last week’s sell-out fundraiser at Burton Borough, we’ll also be joined by Sir Simon Prattle on the ivories.

As ever, more details can be found at http://www.losttheplotband.co.uk/gigs

Things seem to be sweeping along quite successfully at the moment.  Last Friday was our first gig at The Telegraph in the Castlefields area of Shrewsbury.  Originally billed as a Tap The Keg gig, following their sad demise we took it over.  A large number of the crowd were in for a retirement party, so the sense of fun was high and the addition of 2 beavers, a new dog and Tweetie Pie (along with several new rubber ducks) to our repertoire ensured a great night, with bookings for next year assured.  We’re back there in a few weeks on Sunday 2nd December.

Sunday night felt a little odd.  It was our first outing to The Malthouse in Ironbridge. The pub is well known for Friday and Saturday night gigs, but Sundays tend to be reserved for new bands so the pub can gauge them before they put them into a busier slot.  As such, Sundays tend to be quite quiet and our gig was no exception.  Four of our friends, two couples enjoying a drink and a party of half a dozen having a meal to celebrate a birthday.  This was going to be a tough night…

As it turned out, we had no reason to be worried, the audience responded brilliantly to us, getting into the idea of throwing things at us in order to knock soft toys off our heads while we played.  Well, off Ed’s head at least – they ignored Paul & Si, and Ed received about a plateful of chips before the beaver took a dive.  Even better, though, was the fact that they have asked us to return half a dozen times throughout 2013 and even play for their staff Christmas party.  A successful evening’s entertainment.

Ducks

Ducks

Tomorrow we’re performing as a four piece for the first time, with our good friend, Sir Simon Prattle, on keyboards.  He’ll be joining us from time to time for special gigs, this one being a fundraising event for Newport’s Burton Borough School.  The evening kicks off with the school’s big band and a curry meal, before we head onstage.  I’d plug it further, but the event is already a sellout, so I’ll leave it there and report back next week.

Next week we have a well earned weekend off before we start our Non-Festive International Xmas Tour at the Bell & Talbot in Bridgnorth on Nov 24th.  See you there and don’t forget to bring your rubber ducks.  I was going to explain that they are to be thrown at Ed, but he doesn’t like that idea, so we’ll keep it to ourselves…

Forfar & Dundee.

November 1, 2012

So, we’re back in Shropshire following a 7 hour drive back from Forfar on Monday.  Wow.  What a weekend.

First of all, thanks for the weekend has to go to our friends Gav and Jen Hedge.  Former Newport residents, the Hedges moved back to Forfar a few years ago and it is they who organised our weekend, booking the gigs and giving us a place to stay, very kindly putting us up in a converted barn they have in their back garden.  Thank you guys.

Our first gig, on Friday night, was at their local, the Chapter & Verse in Forfar.  Not a huge audience, but as warm and welcoming a crowd as we’ve met.  Gav started the evening off with a short set of his acoustic songs.  He plays using a looping pedal, laying down rhythms and basslines to play over, creating a really full, textured sound.

Chapter & Verse

Chapter & Verse

Granted, the crowd consisted of many of his friends, but they loved his performance (as did we) and he left them nicely warmed up for our set.  The gig went by in a bit of a blur, with ducks, rhino and dog playing their usual role (Gav catching the dog square in the face following its drowning).

Bouzouki Power!!!

Bouzouki Power!!!

Saturday started quietly, with a stroll into Forfar for lunch in the Vine & Monkey, the venue for our forthcoming Sunday gig.  Here we met Ellis and his mega burgers.  These burgers were actually taller than WeeMann & Clatter and climbing gear was required to reach the onion rings stored within.  Edcase followed this with an apple crumble which was swimming in a sea of custard that would have put the Mediterranean to shame.

We later travelled down to Dundee for the evening’s gig at Legends.  A short trip over the river to see what Dundee looked like from the other side before setting up and blasting out our bouzouki powered stylings left the Dundonians stunned.  Who are these idiots?!

Legends!

Legends!

The pub was empty as we finished soundchecking, but by the end of the first set had filled to capacity.  Another very warm, welcoming crowd, all insisting we return at some point soon.  So far, this tour was going well.  What would tomorrow bring?

Well, tomorrow (last Sunday as I type this) brought another cracking gig.  Back at the Vine and Monkey (not having eaten again in the preceding 24 hours due to the burgers) we were performing for the afternoon.  Like Friday, the crowd wasn’t huge, but very much into the silliness.  The gig was made more interesting by the Halloween decorations strewn about the pub.  The low ceiling was covered in great clouds of cotton wool and these were constantly getting entangled in our hair and instruments.

Clatter & WeeMann in Forfar

Clatter & WeeMann in Forfar

We finished off our visit by an evening in the Vine & Monkey joining in with a jam session, getting the chance to jam with some local musicians – great fun.

All in all, the weekend was a success, although the seven hour journey home on Monday was a subdued affair. We will be returning to Forfar and the surrounding area in June next year, please see our Gigs Page for details.

Us with our host, Gav.

Us with our host, Gav.

So, back onto home turf, Friday sees us at the Telegraph Vaults in Shrewsbury, a new venue for us:

On Sunday we’ll be making our second début of the weekend at Ironbridge’s Malthouse.  This is our first trip to Ironbridge, so we hope to make it a success.

Edcase & Jen

Edcase & Jen

Also, don’t forget that we’re playing a fundraiser at the Burton Borough School in Newport next Friday (the 9th).  At £10 per ticket you get us, the school Big Band and a curry.  What could be better?

Details are available here.