Man Down!!!

April 14, 2013

This was always going to be tricky. Once Ed and Si had visited Paul following his hospital visit, it became clear that he wouldn’t be fit for Friday’s gig at Molloy’s in Bury.

Paul went in on Monday to have an operation on his knee to fix damage caused when he fell during a gig last year. The operation went well, but on leaving hospital he passed out, landing on his face. If he didn’t look pretty before, the look is exaggerated now:

Recovering Idiot

Although the damage to his face looks nasty, it’s the knee that is the problem – he wasn’t fit to travel, much less play drums and run around like an idiot. We took the decision to take on the gig without him, as a duo. Theoretically it should work, but we’d never actually tried it before. Then, a couple of days before the gig, Ed’s daughter, Megan, offered her services as stand-in-idiot.

Megan

We weren’t sure how it would go, but gave it everything we could, introducing Megan a few songs in to join Ed on Puttin’ On The Style. Dressed in pyjamas (it was past her bedtime), she did a cracking job of hitting her Dad over the head with a baking tray snaffled from the pub kitchen (our bar trays were in Clatter’s drum case back home…) and impressed immensely with the way she slotted into the band, despite never having watched our set all the way through. Megan even added an extra dimension to the band when she brought out her flute and trumpet for a couple of songs. Great stuff.

The audience seemed to enjoy the stupidity, although those we spoke to afterwards couldn’t believe that we were only 2/3 as stupid as normal. They’ve got a treat in store when we return on 21 June with Clatter in tow.

The Bury Crowd

We’re having a week off next week, so our next gig is at The Dun Cow in Shrewsbury on Friday 26th, a venue we last visited last August. We sincerely hope Clatter will be fit enough to play at this one and we don’t have to rely again on a hastily put together mannequin:

Fake Clatter

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Shrewsbury Again.

April 7, 2013

This week we played at another new venue for us, the Boar’s Head in Belle Vue, Shrewsbury. It’s always a little daunting playing at a venue for the first time – you never know whether people will get what you’re doing. This was the first of two new venues within a week and so far it’s one for one.

A small pub, there were a number of locals sitting quietly as we arrived, waiting to see whether we were any good. A corner of the bar, just next to where we were setting up, had been cordoned off. It turned out that a Hen Party were partying here tonight…

What an evening. I won’t go into details, but Clatter won’t be sitting down for a while.

On which subject, he’s in hospital this week to have the damage caused in Aberystwyth repaired. Scruffy, Caroline, all the ducks, Edcase, WeeMann, Toby and, especially, Hugo wish you all the best mate.

This Friday we’re headed north to Molloy’s in Bury for the first time. If you’re in the area, pop along and see what all the stupidity is about.

Easter 2013

April 3, 2013

On Friday we popped back to The Old Post Office, deep in the heart of Shrewsbury. We’ve played there a couple of times previously and have had a good response on each occasion, but this week was possibly the best so far. It seemed that every song we played was the perfect choice and it has been decided beyond any doubt, via audience votes over the last month, that WeeMann’s choice of Video Killed The Radio Star is a runaway success. Clatter, being about 20 years younger than the rest of the band, was fairly unaware and unimpressed with the track when it was first put forward, but has been shown repeatedly by audience reaction that he should trust the tastes of his band mates when it comes to song choice.

The Old Post Office

The Old Post Office

Following an all too short Easter break, the band are back on it this coming Saturday at The Boars Head in Belle Vue Road, Shrewsbury with a trip to Bury, Lancashire the following week.