March Gigs

March 9, 2015

Already we’re into month 3 of 2015, so here’s what we’ve got coming up this month:

Saturday 14 – The Beeches, Bayston Hill, 9:00PM

Sunday 15 – The Telegraph, Castlefields, Shrewsbury (time TBC – normally around 4PM)

Thurs 19 – Private Function

Friday 20 – The Old Post Office, Shrewsbury, 9:00PM

Saturday 21 – Forton Cricket Club, 9:00 *SOLD OUT*

Coming up later this year:

May 8, 9 10 We return to the Sussex coast – Peacehaven and Worthing

July 12 The Swan Beer Festival, Stone, Staffs

July 31 Clivestock Festival

Aug 7 Borth Carnival

Aug 16 Farmer Phil’s Festival

Sep 2, 3, 4 The Great Dorset Steam Fair

Watch here and on Facebook for more news.

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Finally it was time for the debut visit to Worthing and Si’s hometown gig.

Telford to Worthing normally takes between 3 1/2 and 4 1/2 hours in the car depending upon traffic conditions. If we leave Newport at 11:15 we should hit Sussex by about 5:00. Time to relax before the gig.

Happy

Happy

All was going well until we were approaching Warwick Services at the top of the M40. A sign indicated that the motorway was closed between junctions 10 and 9. The usual alternative of dropping onto the A34 past Oxford was no good as this was at the far end of the closure, so we figured out a detour which took us off the motorway before we hit the delays and past Banbury and Oxford. Rejoining at Junction 9 we’d lost about 1 1/2 hours, but we still had plenty of time in hand as long as the M25 wasn’t too bad. Of course, describing the M25 as not too bad is somewhat subjective – the only motorway worse is the M6 – we expected traffic. It was, however, worse than I’ve seen it in a long time. When we saw signs indicating heavy delays due to an accident between junctions 7 and 6 (where we planned to drop onto the M23) we decided on using the A24 instead. We managed a little over walking pace from Leatherhead to Dorking before the traffic started moving. Now we were cooking – 70 mph on the open road!

Cutting across to the bottom of the M23 as we passed Horsham meant we were getting close to our destination of Peacehaven, it wouldn’t be long now.

Or so we thought. We hadn’t banked on a Rod Stewart concert going on just round the corner from our gig at BHA’s Amex Stadium. The tailback added a little more time to our journey. In the end, instead of taking the planned route (which would have involved driving straight past the stadium’s entrance, we drove further down the coast to Newhaven, then turned back along the coast road. Finally we had arrived.

7 3/4 hours after leaving Newport.

Less Happy

Less Happy

The gig was at The Cliff Inn, Peacehaven, a pub and guest house recently taken over by Si’s old friend, Dani, and her significant other, Fred. The pub only opened the previous night, so this was to be the opening party. It was an intimate affair with a small but enthusiastic audience, but the fun really started after we had packed up. We were staying in the pub overnight, so we left the gear packed away on stage and took to a table with the staff to drink and chat and ended up with an acoustic jam session, with Ed and Si on guitar and Paul grabbing what he could find out of the percussion bag. We played 3 or 4 numbers not included in the evening’s set plus jammed a few that we don’t play (A Little Respect sounding like it could join the live show at some point in the future). The party ended at about 4:00 AM, with the pub staff due to start again at 7:30 with the breakfast orders…

Ninja Duck Missed The Bus

Ninja Duck Missed The Bus

The next morning we headed to Worthing, Si’s hometown, for bacon butties at his parents’ home. Si introduced Ed and Paul to his nephew, Austin, who went into a screaming fit at the sight of them. You’d think he would have grown out of such things at the age of 22.

A pub lunch in the Hare and Hounds and it was time to head to The Smugglers Return for the evening. The gig was moved forward to 8:00 due to the England match starting at 11:00, so we got on early and hit the ground running. The pub wasn’t as busy as normal as the football seemed to keep many away, but the crowd was a healthy size and got into the silliness very quickly. We’d just like to thank the staff and crowd at the Smugglers for their generosity – at the end of the evening we put out a bucket for donations to Si’s Mum’s forthcoming Race For Life (this coming Sunday) and were blown away by the £50 that people threw in. Sincerest thanks to all who so kindly donated.

"Using a bassist as the drum kit. So many levels of right!" - Gav Best.

“Using a bassist as the drum kit. So many levels of right!” – Gav Best.

Before long the night was over and we headed back with a small crowd to Si’s friends’, Jenny and Gareth, for drinks, footie and bed. The plan was an ‘early’ night so we were fresh for the morning trip home. As the football came to a close, two friends (who shall remain nameless, although one was mentioned in the previous sentence and the other shares his first name with Si.) flagged and started checking their eyelids for holes. Ed took a moment to take the piss, commenting on how rock ‘n’ roll they were, before promptly passing out himself.

The good news is that Paul and Si also turned in much earlier than the previous night. It was 3:30 this time.

The journey home the following day was a much more civilised affair, with the journey taking a mere 4 hours. It was also notable in that we overtook Wallace and Gromit on the A27 out of Worthing:

Cracking Cheese!

Cracking Cheese!

Both pubs are keen to have us back, so we’ll be looking at a return trip for early 2015.

This week we only have one gig – Sunday afternoon at The Wrekin from 4:00. Sadly, Friday’s debut visit to The Turf in St. Georges has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, along with the Fortune Tellers’ convention.

In other news, Ed’s debut Unlawful Men CD has had a second pressing and is again available for order – please e-mail edcase@losttheplotband.co.uk to order a copy, including a fiver and promises that you will actually listen to it.

Last week Ed took an electric version of the band to the Newport Open Mic including Paul on drums and Si driving the sound desk. A review can be read at Newport Open Mic Blog

As usual, keep up with Plot News on Facebook, Twitter and at LostThePlotBand.co.uk

Worthing

Worthing

That’s right, it’s time for Lost The Plot to hit Sussex.

On Friday we’ll be travelling from Shropshire down to a land that Paul and Ed have only read about in books – The South.

Our first stop is at The Cliff Inn in Peacehaven, East Sussex. The pub was recently bought (and renamed from The White Schooner) by one of Si’s friends from his college days, Dani King. The pub opens officially on Thursday, with Friday being the big party night. If you already follow the band, you know what to expect. If you’re reading this ahead of Friday’s festivities… be prepared for some stupid. Come along with silly hats and bring rubber ducks to use as ammo.

Once our hangovers are gone in the morning, we’ll be heading over to Worthing to eat bacon sandwiches cooked by Si’s Mum (plenty of HP on mine please Mum!) before preparing for the evening gig at The Smugglers’ Return in Ham Road. This gig will now be starting at 8:02 PM so that we can finish before the football starts (we don’t want people throwing glasses at us because we’re in the way of the screen).

There are treats and surprises in store and we guarantee that Worthing and Peacehaven have seen nothing like this before. We may even play some songs from the Hit Parade.

Well, we’ll certainly hit one another at various points through the evening.

Invite everyone you know. This is our only trip to Sussex this year.

Miss it or miss out.

Yes, I know what I said. I stand by my comment.

More details are available by following the links to the Facebook events:

https://www.facebook.com/events/270636733103265/

https://www.facebook.com/events/1420602411528135/

Worthing

Worthing

You may have read about our forthcoming trip to Sussex on this blog.

There’s been a small change in arrangements as the Sunday gig sadly had to be cancelled. In it’s place we are playing on the Friday (13 June) in Peacehaven, a few miles east of Brighton. One of Si’s old friends, Dani King, has bought a pub and the gig is planned as the grand opening. Formally known as The White Schooner, the newly renamed and refurbished Cliff Inn in South Coast Road will see the ducks flying.

http://www.whiteschooner.com/

The Facebook events are at:

The Cliff Inn, Peacehaven, Fri 13 June – https://www.facebook.com/events/270636733103265/

The Smugglers Return, Worthing, Sat 14 June – https://www.facebook.com/events/1420602411528135/

Please share and invite anyone you know who may interested.

Si

Si

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