York At The York

September 15, 2013

Another busy weekend last week. On Friday we headed back up to Bury and Molloy’s where we’ve had a couple of successful gigs. We had a message before travelling asking if we minded starting a little later as there was an England match on. It turned out to work well for us as the weather and traffic were horrendous, so it took a while to get there, plus it meant that the pub was full by the time we started. Normally it starts quiet and only really starts getting busy later in the evening, but this time we were able to hold them from the start. We’re back here on 1st November, but as Paul is working away it’ll be a duo with just Ed and Si performing.

After a tiring journey home and a good night’s sleep we were off to Borth again, to our last gig of the summer season at Brynrodyn Caravan Park. Being the first weekend after the schools started again we weren’t holding out much hope for a great audience, although Lorraine, the owner, explained that this was often a good weekend for those without children to get a last weekend away before the weather turns. As it happens we had a great crowd – maybe not as large as some we have seen here, but easily as enthusiastic.

We had a better sound this time as Den York, who joined us once more, had made some set up changes to the in house PA and his wife, Jood, controlled the sound from out front. It’s not an easy room to get a good sound when it’s not full, but Jood did us proud.

Jood

Jood

All things being equal, we’ll be back again next summer.

The load out at Bryrodyn is down one of two sets of stairs. Due to the distance involved, Den and Ed moved the gear downstairs while Si and Paul loaded it into the van. This is a technique which works well, except tonight it didn’t run according to plan…

A Well Lit Cock

A Well Lit Cock

We spent the night at Den & Jood’s before leaving for Sunday’s gig at The Wrekin. We unloaded the van and started to set up before realising that we were a guitar short – Simon’s bass. A call to Den later and it transpired that it was still on the stage at Brynrodyn. The gig was performed using Si’s spare bass (which fortunately was at home, just round the corner), although his wireless unit was on the other bass, so he spent the gig tied behind his mic stand.

The Wrekin

The Wrekin

The crowd were probably as good as we have had at The Wrekin and joined in with great enthusiasm, ducks flying constantly all afternoon. A great afternoon was marred, however, when Si injured himself during his much anticipated triangle solo. On the second hit he misjudged and badly bruised his knuckle, dropping the triangle and bringing tears to his eyes.

A week later and we were back to The Duke in Oakengates. Den had agreed to bring Si’s bass over and join us for another gig, his first with us in Telford. Normally we set up at the entrance to the pub in order to get right in the faces of the audience, but this time we had to set up on the stage at the rear of the pub. Whilst this gave us more room, it also meant that people would sit at the bar, able to chat and not interacting with us.

On Stage at The Duke

On Stage at The Duke

Happily, during the first set we were joined by a stag party who were more than happy to join in, most of them joining us on stage at one point or another during the evening.

The stag party left us at the interval, but by this point enough people were in the pub to help us perform. This is the last time Den will be performing with us this year, so we’d just like to take this opportunity to thank him for his services. We hope he’ll help us again next year. Cheers Den!

Den York

Den York

Next Friday we’re back at The Old Post Office in Shrewsbury. Hope to see you there.

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Another One Bites The Dust

September 5, 2013

Dust, dust everywhere…

At least it wasn’t wet and muddy for our trip to Dorset. Last year was, by all accounts, welly weather and not much fun, but the sun shone for The Great Dorset Steam Fair 2013.

We arrived on Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of the first of three sets for the festival. After setting up our tents we sorted ourselves out for the trip to the first venue. The organisation, it turned out, was excellent – the music festival organisers, Festivals 360, laid on a transit to take us and our gear right to the backstage area. All we had to do was make sure we were ready. Once the previous band had cleared the stage we were on.

You Shook Me

On Wednesday and Thursday we were playing in the Black Bull, a beer tent large enough to hold about 3-400 hundred people. On Wednesday it didn’t hold quite that many people. At any other venue we’ve played, the audience would probably have been considered fairly sizable, but sadly it seemed that there weren’t enough music fans at the fair yet. Or the music fans had heard of us…!

Still, things picked up as we got closer to the weekend. Thursday was a much better gig, with probably a good couple of hundred people watching us. On both these evenings the sound was organised by Jack, an excellent sound engineer who, fortunately, seemed to understand us from the start. By Thursday he was throwing ducks at us like an old pro.

Day Two

Day Two

Friday, however, was the best of the three. A move over to the Shire Arms tent, just alongside the arena where the monster trucks and stunt bikes were performing, saw a much more enthusiastic audience. For the first set we estimated about 200 people, but this soon ramped up as we hit the deck running in the second set. By the time we’d put in a spirited performance of 500 Miles, the crowd had grown and was jumping. Zack, a colleague of Jack’s, was on sound duties this evening, and had been warned about the ducks, so he jumped in with little encouragement.

We finished the set and wandered off to the backstage area with the crowd shouting for more. Sadly, timings were critical, so we couldn’t go back on, so Paul jumped up onto the stage to say thanks and explain that the next band needed to get on. This was met with loud boos and more cries of “More!!!” Paul came back and we gave it a minute or two before going back up to pack up our gear. A huge cheer went up…

We don’t like having to disappoint, but it is, let’s face it, our stock in trade!

Day Three

Day Three

We left on Saturday morning for a long trip to Borth on the Welsh coast to play for a second time at The Victoria Inn. The journey took us about 6 3/4 hours and we were exhausted by the time we arrived, but after some flatbreads and nachos (wonderful!) we were ready and, as previously, we were joined by Den York on electric guitar and banjo. A far smaller venue than we had grown used to over the previous few days, but as enthusiastic a crowd as we had had the pleasure to entertain.

This week we’re back off up to Bury and Molloy’s before returning to Borth on Saturday to Brynrodyn Caravan Park and, finally, home again to The Wrekin on Sunday.

Hope to see you at one of our gigs soon.