A Day In The Life…

June 20, 2013

We documented a recent trip to Shrewsbury. Watch and see what happened. Part II will follow shortly.

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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.

A Weekend in Wales.

May 6, 2013

Wales. Home of beautiful mountains, rain and site of Scholars Bar, where Clatter destroyed his knee in a tambourine based accident.

The weekend started with our first appearance at Brynrodyn Caravn Park in Borth. The sound and light systems in the hall were designed and installed by our good friend Den, so we knew that we would look and sound great (as far as we can).

The Stage at Brynrodyn

The Stage at Brynrodyn

We’ll be back at Bryrodyn in July and August. Can’t wait.

After a morning stroll along the beach on Saturday we travelled into Aberystwyth to return to Scholars. Being a town centre pub, the audience can be a bit hit and miss. In fact, on our last visit we ended up with one guy sitting at a table right in front of us reading his paper, totally uninterested in us. This time the audience was great. During the first half a group of drunken farming students arrived in fancy dress, closely followed by the police, asking us to turn down. While the students left before the second set, more people came in to enjoy the remainder of the evening, including, surprisingly, Newspaper Man sans newspaper!

On Sunday we drove back to Wellington to play at a post-wedding party for Ian and Jane. Ed fell asleep during the journey, so WeeMann and Clatter decided to play Buckaroo with him. Clatter won with this stunning balancing act using rolls of electrical tape:

Buckaroo

Buckaroo

The party was great. In our opinion, easily our best performance of the weekend with a great (in every sense of the word) audience. The weather was great and people were spilling out into the car park in their hundreds. To top it off they also had a hog roast, so we finished our set early in order to get some crackling.

Clatter did what Clatter often does in situations like this – trying to injure people. Throwing a duck into the audience to the shout of “Duck!!!” he inadvertently hit in the face a lady who couldn’t duck, standing with the aid of crutches following an operation. This was later compounded when we discovered that Gordon, whom he hit over the head with a beer tray, was in the process of recovering from a brain embolism. Clatter has been reprimanded, but we’re not sure this will actually do any good.

Next week we return to The Duke in Oakengates on Friday before playing at a fund raiser for Forton Cricket Club on Saturday (tickets £6 to non-members, available from the club).

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Xmas Is Coming…

December 13, 2012

The last couple of weeks have been hectic.

The start of December saw our return to The Telegraph in Castlefields, Shrewsbury.  This was a Sunday Afternoon gig and we didn’t really know what to expect – our previous visit had been tied in to a retirement party and the pub is quite large, so a crowd of 20, which may look great in a small pub, would look tiny in here.  As we soon found out, the pub gets quite busy on a Sunday afternoon and we had a great time.  It ended in spectacular fashion too, as Landlord Alan treated us to a curry afterwards (more of which later).

Last weekend was a biggie.  During the week, Edcase played on Wednesday with Weezel Diesel and WeeMann played on Thursday with Fat Fighters.  On Friday we got together with our good friends Rich Evans and Si Carswell to perform a special gig at the Harper Adams University Xmas Ball.  The set was made up from songs that Rich plays solo and with Weezel Diesel as well as a few Plot standards.  The party was a big one (approx. 1800 tickets sold) although we’d guess at about 800 – 1000 in the marquee where we played.  We’d only managed 3 rehearsals and weren’t expecting this to be earth shattering, but we had the crowd bouncing from the first notes until we left the stage, with them still shouting for more.

Harper Adams

Harper Adams

On Saturday we drove down to Aberystwyth to return to the scene of Clatter’s accident, Scholars.  The gig went pretty much as expected, but what amused us most was the gentleman who entered the pub with a paper under his arm.  After getting a pint he proceeded to sit down at the table right in front of us and read, completely oblivious to the maelstrom around him.  When we tried to engage him, all we got were angry scowls.  A pub with many empty tables round the other side of the bar and upstairs, and he chooses to sit right in front of us… There’s nothing so queer as folk!

The trip home on Sunday took us to The Wrekin.  This was possibly our best gig here to date.  The audience were warm and receptive and silliness prevailed.  not only this, but on the day that Sir Patrick Moore passed away, a generous fan brought us a Space Duck – a rubber duck dressed for a moon landing.  We dedicated Whole Of The Moon to Moore and Space Duck took centre stage on Edcase’s monitor.

Sir Patrick Moore

Sir Patrick Moore

This week we’re off to Moreton to play at the Music Club Millenium Hall on Friday, before our third gig at The Talbot in St. Georges on Saturday and a fantastic end to the weekend on Sunday.

Going back to the talk of curry, whilst at the Cafe Saffron with Alan after our Telegraph gig, the waiter asked Alan if he knew of any bands he could recommend.  “These guys are a great band” he said, waving his hand round the table.  As a result, we have been asked to play for the opening of their new restaurant within the Admiral Duncan pub in Baschurch.

What could be better?  Beer, curry and great music.

Then we’ll turn the jukebox off and start playing.

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…

Today we’re hitting the road to head north to Dundee for a short tour north of the border.

After an overnight break tonight, we’ll be driving the final few miles to Forfar tomorrow for our first gig at the Chapter & Verse in Castle Street.  This will be followed by our Saturday night appearance at Legends, a bar in Dundee’s Dock Street:

Legends, Dundee

Assuming we’re still fit, on Sunday we’ll be returning to Forfar for our farewell gig at the Vine & Monkey in West High Street.  Fittingly, they server Loons Ale, brewed exclusively for two Forfar pubs.  I think we may have to try a pint or three.

If you can’t make it to Dundee to follow us, firstly, you clearly aren’t devoted enough, but secondly we’ll be back in Shrewsbury next week at the Telegraph Vaults.  Details will follow next week.

Keep your eye on our Twitter page for news as it happens over the weekend.

Assuming we stay sober enough to use it.

Autumn Update

October 18, 2012

So, the autumn is upon us, the clocks will be going back next weekend and the band are having a well deserved weekend off. Clatter is planning to use his time wisely, bringing Moby Dick back to life after she broke down on the way to our recent gig at The Talbot Inn and resting his damaged knee, WeeMann is heading south to become Godfather to his nephew, following an afternoon at a beer festival and Edcase will, doubtless, be figuring out what other songs he can play on Flash, his pet bouzouki.

Clatter & Moby Dick

Clatter & Moby Dick in happier times.

Assuming Clatter gets Dick working again, we’ll be heading north in a week’s time to commence our Scotch North Of The Border Tour 2012, taking in such prestigious venues as Legends in Dundee and the Chapter & Verse and Vine & Monkey in Forfar. Having learnt important lessons during the recent Welsh Tour Of Wales the band should be leaner, slicker and more professional. Time will tell…

Our diary is filling up rapidly for November and December, with the Non-Festive International Xmas Tour 2012 kicking off in style at The Bell & Talbot in Bridgnorth on Saturday 24 November, visiting Shrewsbury, Aberystwyth, Wellington, Moreton, St. Georges and Oakengates, before climaxing at our first gig in Staffordshire. Please have a look at the Lost The Plot Gig Page for details.

Finally, if you know of a pub, club or party that would benefit from the company of three idiots, please send us the details to edcase@losttheplotband.co.uk and point them in the direction of our website. We’re already working on filling the diary for 2013 and would love to be able to fit in some new venues.

If you can’t make it to Dundee, we’ll see you again at our next local gig on Friday 2 November at Shrewsbury’s Telegraph Vaults.

In November, we’ll be playing as part of an evening of music and curry at Burton Borough School, performing alongside the school’s much praised Big Band.  It’s a ticket only event priced at £10 for the evening.  Please e-mail us on info@losttheplotband.co.uk for details and tickets.

STOP PRESS:

MOBY DICK LIVES!!!  The Dick has been returned to Clatter’s home in a fully functioning state.  Clatter was unavailable for comment as we went to press, but was last seen stroking his beloved van, weeping quietly to himself and mumbling something about never forgetting to oil her again.

Fingers crossed we make it to Dundee and back…

In the last of our series of articles, this week we focus on WeeMann, bass and triangle player for the band. Find out what happened to the multi-million pound inheritance to which he was heir and what happened when he announced his dislike for cider.  All this and more on our Band Pages.

WeeMann

WeeMann

Coming soon we will have articles on our guest musicians. Keep your eyes peeled for more information.

A couple of successful gigs this week.  Friday’s first trip to The Old Post Office in Shrewsbury went very well indeed, with the crowd getting into our brand of stupid from the start.  Saturday started a little badly as our van broke down on the way to the gig at The Talbot in St. Georges. Landlord Alan kindly lent us his van to help get the gear to the pub while Clatter waited for the breakdown van, but once we got set up things went well.

These gigs saw the introduction of Edcase’s bouzouki, christened Flash, into the band’s arsenal. A different sound to the guitar, it’s basically a larger, lower tuned mandolin and gives a great new colour to songs like Irish Rover and Saturday’s new addition to the set, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.

We leave for our epic Scotch North Of The Border Tour 2012 next week.  If you’re in the Dundee area, check out Gigs Calendar for details of dates and venues.

Thanks to everyone who came down and made our gig at The Duke so much fun.  No doubt we’ll be heading down that way again soon.

Dates are now pouring in for Lost The Plot’s Non-Festive International Tour 2012. Please check our Gigs Calendar for details.  In the meantime, we’ll be playing at The Old Post Office in Shrewsbury this Friday and The Talbot Inn in St.Georges on Saturday.

This week sees the second of our articles detailing the life and times of the band members. Clatter is up next. Find out what breed he belongs to, the stage school he attended, who his cousin is and who he has been stalking over on our Band Pages.

Next week, WeeMann.

Clatter

Clatter

Last week we embarked on our first international tour, the Welsh Tour Of Wales 2012, taking in such esteemed venues as Rummers Wine Bar and The Scholars in Aberyswyth.

Although the gigs were a success (people clapped and stayed in the bars), injury was the theme of the tour, with Clatter tearing the ligaments in his left knee whilst performing his famed tambourine solo during American Pie.

Here, for your delectation, is a video of our opening number, Road To Nowhere.  As well as being our opening number, this is also our mission statement.

A nice surprise was the visit to our opening gig of Suggs, from Madness.  Sadly, being a singer, he came in late, 5 minutes after we finished playing.  Never mind.

Clatter & Suggs

Clatter & Suggs

We’ll be back in Aber for the 7th and 8th of December as part of our Non-Festive International Xmas Tour 2012.  Please check our gigs page for more details.