Sunday, 13 May 2012

A night at The Bantam, with Tape and Gladstone.

    I have been a busy pup these last few weeks, nearly walked my legs off. This week I ended up at The Bantam in Northampton and my word what a night I had.....

    Gladstone were playing with their good friends Tape and when both bands arrived at the pub no one had been told that there was a 
Tape in action.
gig at all...aahhh! But it was soon sorted out and we began to set up, Tape began at 9pm and played a great set which as well as their own compositions included songs from Nirvana and The Pixies.
    At around 10pm it was Gladstone's turn and on they came straight into "The Madness of Tilly Matthews", the set followed the now familiar routine of "Bluey", "Night Creatures" (which had to be started again due to a technical difficulty!) and "The Ballad of William Winter", during "William Winter" Cloud and Spook were joined by Amy Teacake who played a haunting melody on the keyboard.
Amy Teacake and Cloud.
    At this point quite bizarrely old Spook was asked to move his car from one parking space to another around the corner! So with the singer temporarily AWOL Dave Evil and Cloud Gingeris McBuggerballs played the Metallica song "For Whom the Bell Tolls" to the delight of two rather inebriated souls at the front who for the remainder of the set shouted "Satan" every five minutes......!
Dave Evil and Spook perform "Jack Hall".
    With Spook back in place Gladstone resumed the set with "Twisted Lip" followed by "Newgate" and "Dr Dexter's Dream", they got some good audience participation during "Jack Hall" with everyone clapping along to the song and a cry of "Satan" or two.   Next was "Mountain King" followed by "The Curse of Tutankhamun" which was well delivered and received equally well by the audience with the odd shout of "Satan", of course! The end of the set was in sight when Gladstone played the last two songs, the cover of TMTWNBBFN's "Boilerplate Dan" and the epic "God Save the Queen".
Mr Paul "Shovel Hands" Hutchins....
Cloud Gingeris McBuggerballs V.
    It had been a strange night but a good one, many thanks to those who came down to see us, it's always good to see our friends and meet new ones.    Good to see you again Andy, glad you made it Jason and once again thanks Ian for the photos, where would Sherlock's Dog be without you!

Until next long, farewell, auf wiedersehen goodbye......

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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Bank Holiday fun with Gladstone.

"Spook" Stoker and Dave Evil.
    Good day to you all and I hope you had a good Bank Holiday or if you're not in Britain, a happy Monday!

    Sherlock's Dog was out and about on 7th May and I visited an event in Northampton by The Friends of Northampton Castle. Here I met our friends Gladstone who were about to play outside, but being a Bank holiday it rained a lot so the gig was moved over the road to The Old Black Lion!!
Cloud Gingeris McBuggerballs V.
Amy "Teacake" and Paul "Shovel Hands" Hutchins.

    After setting up and a quick sound check we waited for the signal to begin, which came at 3 o'clock and we launched into "The Madness of Tilly Matthews", we played the same set that we had played the week before at Whitby, each song was applauded by a great audience which included various family members of the band and some good friends who came along to see us.
     The new ballads "Jack Hall" and "William Winter" went down well and the band had a great time, the atmosphere in that 720 year old pub is amazing, the outside wall is starting to crumble so we had to play a bit quieter than usual, we didn't want to bring the house down!

    After the gig we talked with the audience, it was good to see our friend Andy Marlow again, soon we adjourned outside (it had stopped raining for 5 minutes) with the man who had organised this gig and to whom we own a lot of thanks, Mr Ian Johnson. The landlord showed us around parts of the pub which are haunted and are regularly visited by paranormal investigators!

    We also visited the Castle Hill Chapel where we met some Medieval people and posed with their knives for a photo shoot which was great fun, we then ended up in St Peters church before heading back to the Old Black Lion to clear up and return to the time machine and "normal life", thanks again Ian for organising this gig and taking these (and many more) photos, superb!

    Thanks for stopping over Gladstonians, see you again soon.

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