Snow.

March 26, 2013

Snow was the theme of the weekend. It started coming down heavily on Friday, meaning that our second visit to Wem’s USC was fairly bereft of people. Fortunately this always means we can make our performance that much more personal and the few hardy travellers who came along made a great audience. We used the opportunity to bring out Scratchy, our new washboard for a few new songs. We’ll be trying this out over the coming few gigs, but it seems like a keeper.

The build up to the gig itself was fun for us for another reason. Before the band plays, they hold a pub quiz. We agreed that we were good at quizzes as long as we knew the answers, so we decided to see if we knew any…

As it happens, we did. We were doing well right up until the final round, with two or three other teams close to us on points – it was all down to the final round…

The subject…?

THE SIMPSONS!!!

WeeMann proved his encyclopaedic knowledge of the subject, even gaining bonus points in a tie break question. We won, although it was a close battle.

Woo Hoo!

Woo Hoo!

On Sunday afternoon we received a call from Sam, landlord of The Wrekin Inn, to see if we wanted to cancel, as the snow was likely to keep people away. Our attitude was that we may as well come along and if no-one turned up, we’d just have a rehearsal. We needn’t have worried, a good crowd turned up and we tried a completely ad-hoc set, randomizing the song order and pulling out songs we don’t play too often, giving members of the audience “Good” Bad” and “OK” cards, with which to rate our performances. I doubt there’s any need to detail which card got used most, although none of us remembers creating the ones that said “Sh*t” and “Crap.”

The Band and Scratchy

The Band and Scratchy

Of all the gigs we’ve played, this crowd most got into the whole duck throwing thing. The air above our heads was like a sea of yellow for most of the afternoon, with certain people being too good a shot for our liking…

A final word goes out to the ducknappers:

We Will Hunt You Down

We Will Hunt You Down

This Friday we’re back to Shrewsbury’s Old Post Office before a weekend break for Easter.

See you on the other side!

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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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The much anticipated Non-Festive International Xmas Tour is upon us.  We kick off with our return to Bridgnorth’s Bell & Talbot on Saturday.  We’ve enjoyed the last couple of gigs here and are looking forward to another success with some new songs, hats and soft toys added since our last visit in September, since which we have toured Wales and Scotland, returning a stronger, leaner and more hungover fighting unit.

The following weekend includes our first visit to Wem USC on Fri 30th and a Sunday return to the Telegraph in Shrewsbury.

The following week we’ll be backing our good friend, Rich Evans, at Harper Adams.  The band will also include Sir Simon Prattle on keyboards.  This will be the first time this line up has played since the early summer of 2011, the gig which spawned Lost The Plot and led to all this silliness.

Looking forward to seeing you all during the Christmas period!

Merry Xmas!

Merry Xmas!