What a weekend.

Paul was away for a few days, working in Newcastle, way up north, so we invited Gav Hedge down from Bonnie Scotland to play a few gigs under the Lost The Plot Presents… banner. He arrived on Friday with a full contingent in tow.

The Incredible Gav Hedge!!!

The Incredible Gav Hedge!!!

The Telegraph in Shrewsbury was first. Always one of our favourites, we weren’t sure what a Friday crowd would be like. There was nothing to worry about with Gav getting a great reaction from the first song and a few of our friends turning up throughout the evening. Part of Gav’s entourage was his friend Frank Hutcheon, who joined him on bass for a few numbers. Frank hasn’t played live in over 20 years, only recently picking the instrument up again, but you wouldn’t know it to watch him play. Ed & Si also joined Gav for a couple of numbers in the second set.

Gav with "Help" from Ed & Si.

Gav with “Help” from Ed & Si.

Saturday had the potential to go horribly wrong for a couple of reasons. Firstly, on Thursday, we discovered that our original venue were having to cancel due to circumstances beyond their control. After a panicky ring round, Ed found a new venue in Newport’s Honeysuckle. On top of this, Ed met up with the Scottish contingent to watch the rugby in the local. They started drinking at around 1PM. Si caught up with the group at around 6PM and it became clear that a couple of beers had been consumed.

Fortunately Gav was in control for the gig. The Honeysuckle is quite a small pub, and we quickly had the room filled with friends coming along to catch up with their old friend, some of whom hadn’t seen him since he moved away from the area 14 years ago. There was a great atmosphere for the evening and we’d like to thank the staff at The Honeysuckle for stepping up to the plate at the last minute.

Gav and Frank

Gav and Frank

After the gig we went back to Ed’s for a few celebratory drinks. It gets a little hazy, but it seems that those of us who made it to the end finally gave up at about 5AM. One or two notable people had been drinking continuously since the afternoon, so it would be interesting to see how the morning progressed on Sunday.

It didn’t. Si & Ed missed the morning completely. Combined with an afternoon gig at the Wrekin Inn to prepare for, this left little time for breakfast.

The Wrekin, as you will know if you follow our blog, is one of our favourites. It was the site of our first gig as Lost The Plot almost 2 years ago and we always have a great audience here. This would be no different for Gav as he wound up a successful weekend with a storming set. As well as Frank, Ed and Si joining Gav for a few numbers, Ed & Si played a short set in the interval (made shorter by the snapping of Ed’s G-string) and DJ Ant joined in on cajon and bodhrán. A great weekend came to a great finish.

Gav & Friends

Gav & Friends

We’d like to thank Gav and his friends for coming down and giving us such a great weekend and thanks also to Alan at The Telegraph, Liv & Mike at The Honeysuckle and Sam at The Wrekin for supplying the venues.

We’ll have to see whether we can get Gav down again next year.

This week we’re back at Molloy’s in Bury on Friday. Come along if you’re in the area.

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OPO & Baschurch

November 10, 2013

Another couple of crackers this weekend.

On Friday we returned to The Old Post Office in Shrewsbury, scene of some of our favourite gigs. Regular followers of the band and this blog may remember that our friend, Chris Payne, moved to Abu Dhabi at the start of the year and celebrated his move by coming to our gig at The Crown just before Christmas. Well, Chris was back in the country for a couple of weeks, so used this gig as an excuse to have a few beers with some friends. Better than this, prior to arriving at the pub he and his mates went for the obligatory curry. We were about 3 songs into our set as they arrived and Chris walked up to offer us a bag of naan breads for our consumption in the break. The gig was as much fun as any we have had here and we can’t wait to get back at the end of January.

Chris Payne & Spank

Chris Payne & Spank

On Saturday we were at the Admiral Duncan in Baschurch. It was a little quieter than normal (obviously the locals know when to avoid the pub!), but it picked up as we started playing and the crowd were brilliant. The Landlord was away on holiday, so he had his friend Jamie standing in for him. It seems he didn’t know what was coming and spent the whole evening with a silly grin on his face.

Smack!

Smack!

We ended the evening doing something we don’t normally do. One thing that happens a lot when you’re in a band is that you get that one drunken person asking if they can come up and sing a song, because they’re really good singers and do you know something by Celine Dion? Apart from the fact that we don’t know any Celine Dion, very few drunken people can actually sing that well, especially by the end of the evening. We took a punt this time and let Jamie’s better half, Amy, up to sing a song with us. Initially she had asked about doing something by Olivia Newtron-Bomb, so we figured it couldn’t hurt to let her do the female lines in Summer Nights – we only play the one verse, so it would be over quickly if she couldn’t sing!

It turns out that she can sing. Very well. Very well indeed.

A spur of the moment decision saw her sing Hallelujah with Ed figuring out the chords as he went along. To say she brought the house down is an understatement. To end the gig with a spot of real musicality was an odd experience for us, and one I doubt we’ll repeat too frequently, but one we’ll treasure.

We’re hoping to be back in Baschurch in the New Year.

Gav Hedge

Gav Hedge

Next weekend Paul is busy in his other life operating sound for a gymnastics competition oop north, but we have a special treat. Our friend Gav Hedge, from the Scottish town of Forfar, is heading to Shropshire for a weekend of gigs. You can catch him on Friday at The Telegraph in Castlefields, on Saturday at Newport’s New Inn, or at The Wrekin Inn, Wellington on Sunday afternoon. Gav plays acoustic guitar using some kind of voodoo to create his own backing tracks live – it’s a wonder to behold. Ed & Si are providing technical backup and may join in for one or two numbers. This really is a set of gigs not to be missed, not least because they are unlikely to be repeated. Check out our Facebook Page for more details.

October 2014

November 4, 2013

October was a hectic month, so apologies for not getting any updates online. We’ll do a quick roundup here.

The first gig of the month was at regular venue, The Malthouse in Ironbridge. The setup has changed somewhat with a stage area now halfway down one wall, putting the band pretty much in the middle of the pub,m rather than at one end. As a result the sound was far improved and crowd interaction was far easier. We’ve enjoyed ourselves every time we’ve visited the Malthouse, but this has to be our favourite gig there so far.

Devastation at The Malthouse!

Devastation at The Malthouse!

On Saturday things went a little awry. Whilst preparing to leave home for the first gig at The Bridge Inn in Trench, WeeMann took a call from his Mother-In-Law’s to say his son had brought his career as a stuntman to a premature end by falling backwards off a trampoline and breaking his arm. Edcase & Clatter carried on to the pub with the idea of WeeMann catching up later. As it turned out, due to surgery, he couldn’t get away from the hospital until late, joining the guys for the last 4 or 5 songs of the evening. This notwithstanding, the band seemed to go down well and should be back next year.

Sunday’s gig at the Stone Food Festival was similarly marred, although this time Den York was able to join the band as a stand in bass player. The gig was a riot, although a drink left on the sub decided to take a tumble, fusing the electrics a few songs into the set. This was soon remedied and normal service was resumed in time for Clatter to assault a police officer in the name of entertainment. His case is due to be heard in the New Year.

Stone Food Festival

Stone Food Festival

The following week WeeMann was back in place as we took a journey back up to Scotland. Edcase was already on site due to work, so we all met at the venue for Friday’s gig at Legends, Dundee. This was followed by a stellar gig on Saturday at a new venue for us, The Millgate in Arbroath. We didn’t feel many more could have got in to the pub, but we are assured by locals that it could have been even busier! Sunday saw our return to an old favourite, The Chapter & Verse in Forfar. For thoise of you interested in what the pub looks like, you can now have a virtual walk around the Chapter & Verse on Google Maps. You may recognise one of the punters, despite his blurry face, although if you come to our gigs regularly you may only see him as a blur anyway. I’m not convinced any regular followers ever see us sober.

The next two Fridays saw us at a couple of small pubs in Shrewsbury – the Boars Head in Belle Vue and The Wheatsheaf in Frankwell. The Wheatsheaf gig in particular was notable for including a group of people who last saw us at the Great Dorset Steam Fair in August.

This last Friday Clatter was unavailable to play, but we were asked if we’d play for Halloween at Molloy’s in Bury, so Edcase & WeeMann played as a duo. The show has a slightly different feel as a duo, but it was good to see people up and dancing despite the lack of drums and we’re back there in a couple of weeks back up to full strength.

This week we’ll be playing at The Old Post Office in Shrewsbury on Friday, The Admiral Duncan in Baschurch on Sunday, then The Wrekin in Wellington on Sunday. Click the links to be taken to the relevant Facebook Events and sign up.

The following weekend we have something special for you. Our friend, Gav Hedge from Forfar, is journeying south to play a series of gigs in the area. Please check out our Facebook page for details and come along and see him. He’s a great entertainer who uses an acoustic guitar and a looping pedal to build up great backing tracks. There may be a guest appearance or two as well.

See you at a gig soon.