The Scene Column: MK Chippy Tea for the Hotpots

Vicki McCarthy caught up the with the lead singer of The Lancashire Hotpots, Bernard Thresher, ahead of their first MK gig on October 13.

So where’s 2018 gone? I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan of this time of year, the days are getting shorter, the clocks go back and people are talking about Christmas already… ugh!

I try not to wallow in the winter blues though, attending gigs to brighten the gloomy autumn months. So, how happy was I to learn that the fantastic Lancashire Hotpots are coming to town this month?

Very, is the answer! Formed in 2006, The Lancashire Hotpots have been entertaining music-lovers throughout the years with their comedy-folk offerings, including much-loved tunes ‘I’m Going to Poundland’, ‘He’s Turned Emo’ and the biggest crowd-pleaser ‘Chippy Tea’.

I caught up with Hotpots’ lead singer Bernard Thresher, as the band prepare for their first Milton Keynes gig, on Saturday 13 October at The Craufurd Arms in Wolverton.

With their colourful stage outfits, cheerful personalities and hilarious tunes, this is a sure-fire gig to brighten up a dark October evening.

Bernard elaborated: “We’re really chuffed to get this booking in MK. I’ve been to gigs at The Craufurd before and it’s a brilliant venue.”

In the midst of a busy tour, the band’s just completed a succession of summer festivals, so the indoor gigs are a welcome change of scenery for them.

“Oh aye, we like a good mix of festivals and gigs and it’s been non-stop for over ten years,” laughed Bernard. “We’ve played some great places, including Glastonbury, Kendall Calling and Car Fest, but what we love about gigs compared to festivals is that people have turned up to see us specifically and we don’t have to work that bit harder to win them over.”

He continued: “We really enjoy bringing new material to our gigs and although we consider ourselves an ‘old fashioned folk band’, we’ve actually a modern way of creating our songs, namely a WhatsApp group, where ideas are pinged about between the band. Our demos are shared over our phones too. It works really well for us.”

But one of those songs nearly got them in hot water a few years back, when delightful ditty ‘The Beer Olympics’ came to the attention of the International Olympics Committee!

Issued with a ‘cease and desist’ for ‘breach of trademark’ for the use of the word ‘Olympics’, the band didn’t want to ‘eat into their ale money’ and swiftly changed the song title to ‘The Beer International Non-Profit Non-Governmental Sporting Quad Yearly Event’… genius!

“It might feature on the set list at the Craufurd,” chuckled Bernard. “End of th’ day we pride our gigs on having a big party atmosphere and love reacting to what the crowd wants.”

Well, in that case, I hope Chippy Tea will be a feature too? After all, a chippy tea is as warming and comforting as a decent gig on an autumnal night, so come along and see for yourself.

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This column was published in the October 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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