PMATL…What the Hell? Pt 181: Fauconberg Arms, Coxwold, Nth Yorkshire – Sat 30th Nov 2013

After a day in Hull, filming two more VTs for Estuary TV, we road-tripped it back to North Yorkshire for a gig hosted by Alexander Wright of the Flanagan Collective or we’d met at the On The Hop festival in October.  As we weaved our way through the Yorkshire countryside on a cold winter night, we speculated that this might be the “best pub ever” that we were on our way to.  At least we hoped it would be.  We had visions of it being the perfect winter retreat.

And so it was.  We’ll come to that in a mo.

We met the other performers on the bill, 4 Shadows Theatre, a trio of multi-talented people who started the evening off with a theatre piece, and then ended the evening with a rousing set of acoustic covers.  We were the odd-ball meat (odd meat-balls?) in their performance sandwich so to speak.  As we shared a laugh and a drink before their first set we were asked by the lovely landlady if we were hungry and would we like to share some chips.  Hell yes.  But before we knew it were presented with two huge sharing platters of gorgeous grub + chips.  Hell to the yes to the yes!

One of the best things about gigging is when venues and performances a just a little bit different.  And doing an a Capella set in rural pub is pretty much a first to us.  So it pleasing to go do well.

Then we got to relax and enjoy the ace set by 4 Shadows – a really entertaining sing a-long affair – whilst drinking one of these…


Is that (Foss)gate beer?  Made by the (Spencer) Vale of York?

No.  It tasted nice though.

And even the gents toilets were pretty special.  And that’s not something I often say.  But I won’t say why they were special.  You’ll just have to go and see what I mean in person (unless you’re a lady) to find out.

Let the Lomo love-in begin…

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