THE DOG ON THE TYNE
Talk about "if this is Chesterfield it must be Monday"!
Five shows in four days, saw the most hectic activity of the year to date.
What a weekend was had by all at The Workhouse in Llanfyllin and in no small part to Dale's tireless efforts, despite loosing his home internet, so many thanks for sitting on the road with his mobile.
More thanks go out to the volunteers at The Workhouse, for the gratis use of the venue, bar and food duties and making everyone feel really welcome. Further thanks to Gladstone, Birthrite, Poisoned Electrick Head, Montague Jaques Fromage and the Saturday afternoon DJs all of whom attended and entertained for free.
With a decent sized crowd still in attendance, including Germans and Norwegians, all in resplendent steampunk dress and some curious locals a delightful time was had by all.
The sound was excellent and BB played two extensive sets on the the Friday Before and between sets the intriguing and beguiling Lord Monty Jaques III, all the way from New Jersey state, took the floor for some banter and his steampunkfunk.
Birthrite and Gladstone were popular as ever on Saturday, the latter unfotunately being robbed of Amy's presence due to her keyboard blowing up the night before . Also very well received were Poisoned Electick Head who though not strictly steampunk were definitely close enough to be touching and certainly would be a welcome addition to any future bills.
The rest of the weekend consisted of a dash back to Derbyshire on Saturday afternoon for BB, heading straight to The Fishpond at Matlock Bath for a booking taken only at short notice to play Saturday night.
Sunday, saw an afternoon slot at Matlock Madness, the new biker festival on the hill above the town and from there straight on to headline a charity show in Barnsley.
A tiring but ultimately satisfying weekend with reseptive crowds and new friends made at all the venues was rounded off on Monday at The Tramway in Chesterfield, reunited, with support from Whiskey Bob Shaker, dancing from Demolitia and a guest appearance by Lord Monty, having found his way from Wales.
Onwards and upwards for another long weekend starting Thursday at The Chesterfield Arms on Newbold Road in Chesterfield, Demolitia and the boys will again be joined by Montague Jaques Fromage, who is currently staying with the band.
A big night on Saturday as all parties make their Newcastle debuts at The Bridge Hotel in Castle Square near to the end of the high level bridge, close to The Central Railway Station and The Quayside.
"All The Best" to Bobby and Heather for whom the guys are playing for at their wedding party in West Yorkshire on the Friday.
Next Thursday BB make a swift return to The Fishpond, to fulfill a longer term booking, sadly without Monty who needs to have moved on to Lincoln earlier in the day.