It’s August already!

August 3, 2014

Where’s the year gone? It’s moving too fast to keep up at the moment.

Bucket Head

Bucket Head

So, Thurs 10 July – The Crown. A comedy show on before us, Patrick Draper and Roger Swift ahead of their trip to the Edinburgh Festival. I’m a little wary of comedy in the pub – is it going to be any good? The answer in this instance was yes, it was great. If you see these guys around, go and see their show, you won’t be disappointed – http://energyapathy.webs.com/

Sat 12 July – Lower Lacon Caravan Park. There were pigs in a pen just outside and air conditioning in the room. The drowned dog attacked Nichola from a great distance.

The Christening

The Christening

Sun 13 July – Christening Party. Our friend, Chris Payne asked us to play for his daughter’s christening. We used every extension lead we own in order to run power out to the beer garden, on the edge of the River Severn. The weather held!

Thurs 17 July – Private Party. Headmaster was leaving the school he’s headed for many years. The weather was great, but the staff had put up a gazebo in case of rain. As it turns out, this made it extremely warm for us.

The Audience

The Audience

Fri 18 July – Molloys, Bury. Another packed Molloys – hot, sweaty and fun. Fantastic chicken tikka kebabs on the way out of Bury.

Sat 19 July – The Milwich Music Festival. Our luck had to end at some point – the rain came down with us playing on the back on a lorry. Fortunately the organisers had the sense to put up numerous gazebos, so the crowd was there for us. Note to self, don’t jump up and down on a lorry stage – the suspension causes the PA to wobble dangerously.

Fri 25 July – The Malthouse. The first time a band has played with the doors open. It’s possible we would have died of heat exhaustion had this not been the case. Despite the heat, the pub was full. A great night.

Beaver

Beaver

Sun 27 July – The Telegraph. Ed and Si offered cheese and ham onna stick. Turns out that some chilli paste was placed between these items. Hot, hot hot. Kindly, landlord Alan offered us a glass of white port to cool us off. Note to self, don’t trust Alan again. Despite the label, this was actually chilli vodka. Even hotter than the paste. Unable to sing due to burning vocal chords.

Fri 1 August – The Old Post Office. The pub was full before we arrived and kept getting busier. What could go wrong? Turns out that the mixing desk could go wrong. After two years of faithful service it decided to pack up mid-set. While Paul sorted the problem out using no more than our pet keyboard player, the landlord and a spare desk, Ed and Si jumped up onto a couple of chairs to sing as loudly as possible and keep the crowds amused. It worked.

PANIC!!!

PANIC!!!

Sat 2nd August. Clivestock, a private charity festival. What a great crowd. As we left home for the site, the rain was coming down in stair-rods. The skies cleared for our arrival, but it clouded over again just as we took to the stage. A little rain, but it didn’t dampen the crowd’s enthusiasm. Loads of dancing and singing ensued.

This week we’re off to Wales for gigs at Brynrodyn Caravan Park on Friday and Rummers in Aberystwyth on Saturday.

Health & Safety Assessment

Health & Safety Assessment

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Where did April go? One minute we were taking a long, arduous journey back from Wales, suddenly it’s May! Here’s a quick roundup of what we’ve been up to.

Fri 11th – The Dun Cow Shrewsbury. Almost a month ago. I have no idea. It can’t have been a bad gig or I’d remember.

Sat 12th – Private Function, Eccleshall. Only a day later, what do you want from me??? We were in a large room for someone’s 40th. There was beer and sausage rolls. And sandwiches. Always sandwiches.

Buckaroo

Buckaroo

Sun 13th – The Wrekin Inn, Wellington. Our last gig here before Sam leaves for pastures new (Bridgnorth). If you’ve seen one of our gigs here, you’ll know how it went. We decided to randomise the set a little, a trick which always keeps it fresh for us and those people who see us regularly.

Easter Weekend – Nothing. We ate chocolate and spent time with our families.

Sat 26th – Si travelled to Essex to play with his old band, Alchemy, for a one off fund raiser. Much louder than LTP, his hearing is still recovering.

Left Handed Si

Left Handed Si

Fri 2nd May – Ah, a little more recent! The crowd at Molloys are always great and security tell us that the pub was at capacity as they were having to turn people away. A sell out is always a great feeling. A sore throat, however, isn’t. Especially when it belongs to Ed, singer of all the songs. He got through it admirably, however.

Sat 3rd May – The George, Bridgnorth. Ed really not feeling well for our first visit to The George, but again makes it through brilliantly. Paul and Si have both played here previously in its previous guises as The Hollyhead and The Apple Shed, but the pub has had a (very classy) makeover in the intervening years. It’s not often we play in pubs where our feet don’t stick to the carpet – this was more like the carpet in your front room (you know, the good room that you only use when guests are round). On arrival it looked like a very small space to play in, but we fit in surprisingly well and enjoyed a good sized, attentive crowd. We’re hoping to be back next year.

George

George

This week we have three return visits to look forward to. Friday is The Malthouse in Ironbridge, Saturday is The Kings Arms in Tipton, and Sunday is The Telegraph in Castlefields, Shrewsbury.

As you may already know, May 19 sees the release of Ed’s first Unlawful Men album, Rope Or A Ladder. Keep up to date by visiting them on Facebook: facebook.com/EdConwayAndTheUnlawfulMen.

Rope Or A Ladder

Rope Or A Ladder

March Roundup

March 27, 2014

It seems that our equipment doesn’t enjoy sitting quietly when it could be making noise. Following our break in February, we went through a weekend of gear breaking down. It’s times like these that test your mettle.

On Thursday the 6th we were invited back to play for the Headteachers’ Association’s annual conference following a successful appearance last year. All went well for this evening and we even ended up with an impromptu band forming after we left the stage:

The Band

The Band

On Friday we returned to The Barley in Newport. We don’t play in Newport very often, so it was going to be interesting to see how we went down. The good news was that the pub was full, particularly the area where we were playing. The bad news is that this is where our equipment woes began…

We had quite a complicated PA setup for this one so that we could throw sound back into the corner alongside us and, amazingly, everything here worked fine. What didn’t work, however, was Ed’s monitor. Then Si’s monitor. We got Ed’s working and Si used a spare, but it knocks the confidence when something goes wrong. On the plus side, the sound going out the front to the audience isn’t affected, but it seriously affects our ability to hear ourselves when there’s a problem with the monitors.

Saturday and we were playing for the first time in Tipton’s Kings Arms. We set up, we started our soundcheck and got about 30 seconds in before the PA speakers failed. We changed the speakers, soundchecked again and set off on the gig. Halfway through it was the turn of Paul’s monitor to go down. He struggled on, but being at the back it’s even harder for him to here what’s going on than for Ed and Simon when a monitor fails. The gig went down well, however, and we’ve been asked to return on 10 May.

Tipton

Tipton

We headed out to Shrewsbury on Sunday afternoon to The Telegraph again. It was 6 Nations time and Wales were playing England. Si was one of only about 3 Wales supporters in the pub so started the gig in a bad mood. Ed played on this by starting the set with Swing Low Sweet Chariot. Si stood with his arms folded as the pub joined in. Paul quietly ignored his Welsh heritage.

This time it was the turn of one of the PA speakers to play up, although we pretty much got through the set unscathed.

The following Thursday we headed out to Stone in Staffordshire to play at Langtrys ahead of St. Patrick’s Day. The mid-week crowd was appreciative and the set ended up with a game of Drummer Buckaroo. Si had to balance as many hats, trays and toys as possible on Paul’s head while the band played their final number.

One more week and we headed to Bayston Hill for a charity event. Local school teacher Hilary Doyle was diagnosed with Breast cancer last summer. She’s been battling since and the evening was set up in her name to raise money for local cancer charities. The evening was a sell out and Hilary was guest of honour, spending the evening dancing and generally having a good time. Our love goes out to Hilary and we hope she beats this cruel disease.

Bayston Hill

Bayston Hill

This Friday we’re playing at The Malthouse in Ironbridge.

Forton CC

March 3, 2014

Following a much needed month off we reconvened on Saturday for a return visit to Forton Cricket Club.

Back In Action

Back In Action

Another fundraiser for the club, as before, this time we were host to a raffle going on throughout the evening. Prizes included cheap wine, chocolates, Play-Doh and a cabbage. Unfortunately for organizer Phiz, the cabbage returned to the stage later at high velocity as he was bringing us a couple more prizes to give out. He’s hoping to be out of hospital some point during May.

Cabbage!

Cabbage (on the right)!

During our time off we worked on a few new tunes and we took the opportunity to air a couple of them in front of the receptive crowd. All seemed to go well including our new reggae medley and the introduction of Ed’s new instrument. I won’t spoil the surprise here by telling you what it is, but I guarantee you won’t have seen a pub covers band using one of these before!

We tried selling our drummer during the night, but there were no takers. Apparently we valued him too high:

50p

50p

For those of you who read our last blog regarding our trip south in June, we’re having to move one of the gigs due to a small complication, so we’re in the process of looking for a new venue for either the Sunday afternoon or the Friday evening. If you have any suggestions, please contact us at weemann@losttheplotband.co.uk

This week we’ve got 4 gigs lined up. On Thursday we’re back at the Headteachers’ Association Conference (quiet at the back please), then on Friday it’s the turn of The Barley in Newport. Saturday sees us travelling into the heart of the Midlands to Tipton and The Kings Arms for our first gig there, then on Sunday it’s back to Old Faithful, The Telegraph in Castlefields.

See you at a gig soon.

Lost The Plot Return To The Great Dorset Steam Fair

Lost The Plot Return To The Great Dorset Steam Fair

The big news this week is that we have been asked to return to The Great Dorset Steam Fair at the end of August.

We had a great time there last year before running away to play in Borth, but this time we’ve made sure we don’t have to disappear anywhere, so we’re ready to party.

All details are available at the Great Dorset Steam Fair website including tickets, camping etc.

The other big news is that, ahead of the Dorset trip, we’re heading to Simon’s hometown of Worthing, West Sussex for a couple of gigs. After two years of Plotting, we felt it was about time to show this sleepy seaside town what entertainment is all about.

For those of you in Worthing reading this, Simon grew up in the town, playing with such bands as Bad Girl City and Dirty Shoes before heading north to seek fame and fortune. He failed and ended up in a band where rubber ducks are used to injure the band on a nightly basis.

On Saturday 14 June we’ll be at The Smugglers Return in Ham Road, then on Sunday afternoon we’ll be in the town centre’s Rose & Crown, Montague Street.

Worthing

Worthing

Worthing hasn’t seen anything like this. In years to come, you could be telling your grandchildren you were there when LTP hit the south coast for the first time.

Or not.

Probably not really.

In other band news, Ed is currently working on a solo project. Several decades in the making, this is Ed’s Folk odyssey. He’s been writing various tunes over the last 73 years and finally has enough to put together an album. It’s being recorded at a secret location in Wales with help from old friend Den York and should be ready for release at some point this decade – watch this space for more info as it comes in.

As a prelude to this, Ed played a small folk gig last Friday at the Unicorn Folk Club. Our pet photographer, Matthew Thomas, has sent us this review of the evening as he attended along with Paul:

Friday evening and Dave and Paul travelled to The Bradford Arms to attend an evening at the Unicorn Folk Club. The evening was a charity event for Alzheimer’s research.

It was a very different yet interesting evening at the club. The room was full and very hot! We enjoyed some brilliant folk music and tales along with some real ale served in the countryside pub with Ed Conway playing the final slot.

Ed played alongside his ‘Unlawful Men’ – Jon Thompson on bass, Ben Moorhouse on mandolin and Anthony Kitchen on the bodhran.

The band played a fantastic 45 minute set. The effort the band had put in over the past few months was clear, and that was just on the uniform (black tie, white shirt) The songs were tight with only one minor problem with a bass lead we wont talk about.

Until the gig I had only heard one of the songs the band played, ‘Mary And The Soldier.’ Eds version was a lot more upbeat and all of the songs appeared to have a new twist. The set was very impressive and well thought out. After they had finished playing I heard nothing but positive comments from the audience all saying how brilliant it was and they were all pleased to see Ed performing at the club after a 2 year gap.

Fantastic evening…Even if paul was bladdered.

We can neither confirm nor deny the allegation of Paul being a little under the weather.

Making the most of the weekend off, Si visited The Malthouse to see Microbaby play. The gig was great, but what really made it was the fact that, upon reaching the bar to order drinks, Si was given a rubber duck by the barman. How often can you walk into a pub and be given a rubber duck without people raising eyebrows? The duck was later used for its intended purpose and thrown at Microbaby’s drummer, Steve Eastment. After bouncing off his snare drum it promptly disappeared. Steve needs to work on being hit by ducks.

See you soon.

The Great Dorset Steam Fair 2014

The Great Dorset Steam Fair 2014

Hit for Six

May 12, 2013

Edcase really needs to learn to think hard before he makes decisions. As a result of a seemingly simple decision made as we finished setting up on Saturday night’s gig in Forton, band members were repeatedly injured throughout the night. But more of this shortly.

Friday was a return gig at The Duke in Oakengates. Our last gig here could so easily have been a disaster due to the heavy snow, but fortunately people came out. It was similar this time, although not due to the weather. Oakengates is seeing fewer people out on a Friday evening at the moment and, as before, the pub was almost deserted as we started playing. Like last time, though, people started turning up during the first set until we had a respectable audience all keen for a good night out. The bar staff surprised us when they showed us that they had kept some masks we left behind in January. By way of revenge for scaring us in this manner, WeeMann took the photo below, asking the barmaids to say cheese as he snapped away. All smiled for the camera before one asked “Why am I smiling with a mask on???”

Cheese!!!

Cheese!!!

And so to Saturday. A fundraiser for Forton Cricket Club, with us being booked by our friend Phiz. The decision Ed made? To leave ducks on the tables throughout the room. So that people could throw them at us.

The people in this case being cricketers, who can throw harder and more accurately than the average drunken pub patron. To top it off, Clatter decided to point out that it wouldn’t matter due to the fact that it was only Forton XI, so we’d be safe. WeeMann barely leapt out of the way before Clatter was hit by a hail of ducks. This continued throughout the night, with WeeMann eventually using a safety helmet for protection after being hit by a particularly accurately thrown duck. New balls please:

Cricket Box

Cricket Box

Edcase has been relieved of decision making duties until he can demonstrate an ability to think through the consequences of his actions.

Following this gig we have reached our milestone of 200 likes on Facebook. Our 200th fan, Sarah Foster, will be receiving a small gift shortly.

Just in case you haven’t seen it, we have uploaded a short video from last week’s gig in Aberystwyth filmed by our tame camera man, Dave. Good job as usual, Dave.

We’ve got a couple of weeks’ break now before we head north to Dundee and Forfar to play at the Forfarfest music festival. We loved playing there last year, so are really looking forward to our return trip. We’ll be staying with our good friends Gav and Jen again and playing alongside Gav at the festival. Can’t wait.

For all our local fans, we’ll be back at the Malthouse in Ironbridge on Friday 7 June and then onto the Newport Carnival on the Saturday afternoon before heading to the Admiral Duncan in Baschurch in the evening.

Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook and also at www.losttheplotband.co.uk where you can check out our gig calendar.

See you at a gig soon.

So, So Tired…

March 20, 2013

Hi, it’s Hugo here, the band’s Gnome Stool and star of the show. I’ve been asked to write this week’s blog, so here goes…

Well, that was a big weekend. It all started on Thursday with a gig for a headteachers’ association shindig just outside Shrewsbury. A crowd of off-duty headteachers relaxing after the first day of a residential course made for a good crowd which included the headteachers from both Clatter and WeeMann’s children’s schools – the latter also being WeeMann’s wife’s boss – we had to be a little careful… A drowned Scruffy was thrown rearward towards the band for the first time in many months.

On Friday we played our first gig at Bridgnorth’s Hen & Chickens, a venue which has been going from strength to strength over the last few months. The audience, including local celebs SheBangg, were great and we look forward to our return in June.

WeeMann with a Drunken Fan

WeeMann with a Drunken Fan

Saturday was a special as part of a fund raiser for the Newport Rugby Club and we arrived just as the England Wales game was coming to an end on the TV. It seems WeeMann was in the minority in celebrating the 30-3 massacre. The stitches come out next week.

The highlight of an already great weekend, hoiwever, was our Sunday afternoon slot at The Telegraph. Already a favourite venue of ours, this gig surpassed our previous visits with a packed pub celebrating St Patricks Day and taking the opportunity to see off a pub regular, Dinky, who sadly passed on last week. Our sincerest condolences to all who knew her, it’s clear that she was deeply loved by everyone whose lives she touched.

The Washboard Arrives

The Washboard Arrives

The gig saw the début of the band’s new instrument, the washboard. New tracks are being worked into the set to take advantage of the fact that we can bring Clatter to the front of the stage and a few of these will be premièred later this week.

On Friday we’re returning to Wem’s USC and Sunday sees us back at our spiritual home, The Wrekin Inn in Wellington.

See you soon!

Love and bubbles,

Hugo.

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Hugo Blogging

Hugo Blogging

Back Into The Groove

March 10, 2013

After such a busy end to 2012, the first couple of months have been a little quiet in Plotland. January kept us ticking over, but we throttled back in February in the run up to our First Birthday Party. Edcase then popped over to Denmark for a few gigs with his old friend and co-conspirator in Rumpus, Martin Dale and Clatter has been providing sound engineering duties for a gymnastics competition in Reading. WeeMann sat at home alone and sad as his friends deserted him.

In amongst this, however, we popped up to Stone in Staffordshire to play at The Swan Inn, a pub that both Edcase and Clatter have played at previously, but this was the first visit for LTP. The gig went well, but some sad news came off the back of it – one of our beloved ducks was kidnapped. We didn’t realise until a few days later, when Ed had a letter pushed through his letterbox:

Ducknapping!

Ducknapping!

At the time of writing, we are still awaiting further developments. If anyone has any news on the whereabouts of Fuzzy, please contact us here. Me miss our duck greatly.

In other news, Hugo has been locked away in Clatter’s drum studio while he was away and has retaliated by getting a song dedicated to the band on local radio station Radio Nova. Carly played Road To Nowhere for the band as, according to Hugo, that’s where we’re headed.

Scruffy, our stunt dog, has agreed to come back to work. You may have read elsewhere that he was refusing to continue until we agreed to use warm water during the drowning sequence and allow him use of the band snorkel. We’ve reached an agreement which sees him return to the fold and would like to thank Toby for stepping into the breach for a couple of gigs.

The Dogs

Scruffy & Toby with WeeMann’s cat, Bravey.

We start again in earnest this week with four, count ’em – 4, gigs. On Thursday we’re in Albrighton (not that one) as the entertainment for a Headmasters’ Jolly, then on Friday we’re heading to The Hen & Chickens in Bridgnorth for our first appearance there. On Saturday it’s a fundraiser at Newport’s Rugby Club before we return to one of our favourites, The Telegraph in Castlefields, Shrewsbury on Sunday afternoon. Details for all these gigs can be found on our gig page.

Monday will see us all falling asleep at our desks, this being particularly treacherous for WeeMann in his guise as a driving instructor.

Finally, we’ve set up a Lost The Plot Dropbox account, so if you have any photos or video of the band you’d like to share with us and the world, please message us with your Dropbox e-mail address and we’ll share a folder with you so you can upload them. Alternatively, share a folder with us using info@losttheplotband.co.uk and we’ll get it that way.

We’re particularly interested in material from our birthday party at the moment, so anything you have that you’re happy to go on our site, please get in touch.

See you all soon.

Back To Shrewsbury

January 8, 2013

There’s no doubt about it, Sunday was tiring.  At 10 AM we found ourselves in a cold muddy field in Newport to play while people ran around in circles in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research:

After a swift pint and some curry cooked by our good friend Quinny (landlord of Newport’s The Phez, he of the bear suit in the video), we travelled over to Ironbridge to play at the pub’s staff Xmas party.

Through the two gigs we tried out three or four new songs which you’ll be able to see in our upcoming gigs and we were joined for both by our pet keyboardist, Sir Simon Prattle. Si will be joining us for the occasional gig throughout 2013 – check back here for news.

This Friday, the 11th, we’ll be back at The Old Post Office in Shrewsbury, so come along if you’re in the area.

If you’ve come here via our website, you may have already seen our In Rehearsal video, otherwise sit back and enjoy the following, a record of our secret rehearsal session from last week.

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2013

Happy New Year from Lost The Plot.

We trust you didn’t overdo it over the Christmas period.  We all had a nice quiet time with our families followed by a wonderful curry evening at Clatter’s with our wives and offspring and are now ready and raring to go in 2013.

We’ve added a last minute booking to the calendar for this Sunday.  We’ve been asked to perform at Newport’s January Jog in Shuker Field, a charity run around a muddy field in Shropshire.  All we can say is that it will be cold, wet and muddy and we may have Sir Simon Prattle returning on keyboards.

That evening we’ll be playing at a private party, so our next public gig is on Friday 11th at the Old Post Office In Shrewsbury, followed by The Duke Of York in Oakengates the following Friday.  You can find these venues on the map below.